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No. 23 UMass beats Miami 73-65
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- Chaz Williams had 18 points and eight assists, leading No. 23 Massachusetts to a 73-65 victory over Miami of Ohio on Saturday night.
Maxie Esho added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Minutemen (12-1), who host Saint Joseph's on Wednesday in their Atlantic-10 opener. Cady Lalanne had 12 points and Trey Davis finished with 11.
Will Felder scored 22 points for Miami (4-7), which went 1 for 14 from 3-point range. Geovonie McKnight had 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Davis made two straight 3-pointers to help Massachusetts open a 36-27 lead in the first half. But Felder had a layup at the buzzer as Miami closed to 36-32 at the break.
Felder and McKnight had 10 points apiece in the first half.
The Minutemen used their press to pull away from Miami in the second half. Esho's driving three-point play made it 49-38 with 11:26 left.
Miami scored only six points in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Back-to-back hoops by Oswald got Miami within 51-44 but Williams had a big 3-pointer and a key steal that helped UMass run the lead back out to 61-50 with 3:57 left.
The Minutemen were plagued by turnovers early on, but played solid defense and then began plugging away inside with Lalanne. Williams started to get out on the break and his second three-point play put UMass up 20-12 with 8:43 left in the first half.