Feb. 23, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - Idris Hilliard led the Hawks with 10 points and Ronald Roberts, Jr. chipped in with nine, but the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team fell to Massachusetts, 69-51, on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center.
Saint Joseph's (7-20 overall, 2-11 Atlantic 10) started the game with its biggest scoring drought of the year. The Hawks scored three points on free throws but did not convert their first field goal until a short jumper by Hilliard at 8:28 broke a string of 13 missed shots. By then, Massachusetts had built up a 20-6 lead.
A three-pointer by Anthony Gurley at 3:06 gave the Minutemen a 29-12 lead and by halftime, UMass held a 34-15 lead. It was the lowest point total in a half for the Hawks this season, with the previous low being 19 at Penn State. SJU shot just 4-for-23 in the half, and 1-for-13 from three-point range, while UMass shot 52 percent from the field.
The Hawks shot 30.8% for the game, including 15.4% from long range.
Massachusetts (15-11 overall, 7-6 Atlantic 10) pushed the lead to 26 four minutes into the second half after a layup by Terrell Vinson gave the Minutemen a 47-21 lead.
With UMass leading 50-25, the Hawks held the Minutemen without a point for over six minutes. During that time the Hawks ran off 10 straight points, with five from Hilliard, to cut it to 50-35. Anthony Gurley broke the streak for UMass with a three-pointer at 7:12 and then a pair of free throws by Raphiael Putney built the home team's margin back up to 20, 55-35.
Hilliard finished with 10 points, while Roberts added nine points and seven rebounds to lead the squad. Gurley was the game's leading scorer with 22 points and Sampson Carter poured in 10 for the Minutemen.
Saint Joseph's returns to action for its final two home games on Saturday, February 26, against St. Bonaventure, and Wednesday, March 2, against Richmond.