UMass 79, NJIT 58

Four players scored in double-digits and Massachusetts used a

first-half run to pull away and beat New Jersey Institute of

Technology 79-58 on Thursday night.

After a Ryan Regis layup tied the game 26-26, UMass (3-0) went

on an 18-2 run during the final 5:19 of the first half. During that

span Javorn Farrell, Terrell Vinson and Raphiael Putney accounted

for all of UMass’ points.

Farrell finished with 17 points, Vinson added 15 and Putney

tallied 12 from the bench.

NJIT (1-2) shot just 35.5 percent (11 of 31) and was

outrebounded 25-18 during the first half. NJIT’s shooting woes

continued into the second half, as the Highlanders missed five of

their first six shots. The Highlanders cut the deficit to 11,

48-37, but UMass used a 21-12 run to take a 69-49 lead with 4:20

remaining.

Chaz Williams scored 15 points and added nine assists for the

Minutemen.