UMass 72, Quinnipiac 67

Massachusetts used an 18-0 run to start the second half and

overcame Quinnipiac 72-67 on Saturday night in a nonconference


The Minutemen (9-3) were trailing 40-36 at halftime when they

came out as hot as Quinnipiac was cold. Five different players

scored in that 18-point run before Ike Azotam finally hit the

second of two free throws with 14:54 left for the Bobcats’ first

point of the second half.

Azotam and James Johnson each scored 22 points for Quinnipiac

(5-5), but no other Bobcat scored more than five points. The

Bobcats missed their first seven shots from the floor in the second

half and committed four turnovers to end their 3-game winning


For UMass, guard Chaz Williams led the way with 14 points and

dished out seven assists. Forward Terrell Vinson scored 13 points

to go with his eight rebounds and Raphiael Putney added 12