UMass 85, Elon 67

Sophomore transfer Chaz Williams scored 18 points and handed out

eight assists as Massachusetts defeated Elon 85-67 Friday night in

a rare appearance at the Curry Hicks Cage.

The game was the second in 18 years for the Minutemen at their

former campus home, which they gave up to move into the Mullins

Center in 1993.

Williams, playing his first game for Massachusetts after

transferring from Hofstra, also grabbed six rebounds and had three

steals for the Minutemen. Terrell Vinson added 17 points and 11

rebounds for the Minutemen and Sampson Carter also scored 17.

After Elon took its largest lead of the game, 45-39 with 19:46

remaining, Massachusetts outscored the Phoenix 21-4 over the next

5:09 to lead 60-49 with 14:37 left.

Carter scored eight of his points during the run, which included

11 Massachusetts points off turnovers.

Lucas Troutman scored 15 points and Drew Spradlin 14 for