UMass 80, Xavier 73
Chaz Williams scored a career-high 29 points and dished out nine
assists to lead Massachusetts past Xavier 80-73 Tuesday night,
snapping a two-game skid overall and a six-game losing streak to
Williams was 6 of 8 from the floor for the Minutemen (19-8, 8-5
Atlantic 10 Conference) and barely missed his third straight
UMass shot 44 percent (27 of 61), hitting 10 of 27 from long
range. The Minutemen were 16 of 18 from the free-throw line and
made their final 13 to hold off Xavier, which cut a double-digit
deficit to five late in the game.
Trailing 21-16 with 8:41 to go until halftime, the Minutemen
made four 3-pointers in a 14-2 spurt.
UMass expanded the lead to 41-29 at the break and led by as many
as 20, at 59-39.
Xavier (17-10, 8-5) was led by Dezmine Wells with 19 points and