Thursday, April 24, 2014

BYU vs. No. 21 UMass live blog: Minutemen's athleticism too much for Cougars to overcome

Published: Sat, Dec. 7 1:45 p.m. MST

 Massachusetts' Sampson Carter, left, and BYU head coach Dave Rose, right, react after a basket by Carter during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Massachusetts' Sampson Carter, left, and BYU head coach Dave Rose, right, react after a basket by Carter during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Jessica Hill, AP)

No. 21 UMass had too much speed and athleticism as the Minutemen handed BYU a 105-96 loss at the MassMutual Center on Saturday.

The Cougars cut an 11-point halftime deficit to three early in the second half but UMass led by double digits, or near double digits, over the final 14-plus minutes of the contest. The Minutemen shot 55.6 percent for the game.

Chaz Williams led the Massachusetts attack, scoring 32 points to go with 15 assists. Sampson Carter (20 points), Raphiael Putney (15), Maxie Esho (12) and Trey Davis (11) also scored in double figures.

Tyler Haws countered with 25 points to lead the Cougar attack, as he shot 9-of-16 from the field. Matt Carlino added 23 points. But the up-tempo Cougars simply couldn't keep up with UMass, which made nine three-pointers to four for BYU.

The Cougars led 7-3 early, but UMass responded with an 11-1 run to take control and led throughout most of the game.

It's the third loss to a Top 25 team for BYU during the non-conference slate, as the Cougars drop to 7-3.

Deseret News web sports intern Lafe Peavler posted updates from today's basketball game between the Brigham Young University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst in addition to posting commentary from social media. Look below for blog updates from the final few minutes of the game.

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1. CordonBleu
Park City, UT,
Dec. 7, 2013

Good luck today Cougars; after a couple of close losses to Top 25 teams, it's time to close one out with a win!

2. BlueCoug
Orem, UT,
Dec. 7, 2013

Go Cougars!

3. NevadaCoug
Overton, NV,
Dec. 7, 2013

Cougars have 8 assists, compared with UMass' 15.
Carlino and Collinsworth, the guys who usually bring the ball down, are 3-11. The rest of the team is 10-16.
Looks like a couple of guys need to stop forcing shots and start finding the open man.

4. BYU9293
Clinton, UT,
Dec. 7, 2013

BYU is not looking good in this one. On defense they are moving very slow and too many forced shots on O, Carlino seems to always rush. Go fast, but don't rush. Does not look good. Putney should have had a flagrant 1 for the elbow to the throat of Haws, other than that, the officiating has been fair.

5. idablu
Idaho Falls, ID,
Dec. 7, 2013

Haws gets thrown to the ground and he gets a technical foul? Then add all the phantom fouls agains BYU ... I don't know how these guys (officials) sleep at night.
Regarding game management. UMASS is eating up our zone. Rose HAS to change up the defense a bit.
Collinsworth is killing us--forcing shots and frequently turning the ball over...
With the way the officiating has gone UMASS pretty much has their way in the paint, getting uncontested layup after layup.