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UMass moves to 10-0 by subduing Ohio

Athens, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Maxie Esho led five players in double figures with 16 points to go with 10 rebounds as No. 22 Massachusetts downed Ohio, 83-71, on Wednesday.

Sampson Carter totaled 14 points, Derrick Gordon had 13 and Chaz Williams and Raphiael Putney each contributed 11 for the Minutemen (10-0), winners of 10 straight to begin a season for the first time since going 26-0 in 1995-96.

Maurice Ndour poured in 16 points, adding six rebounds and four assists for the Bobcats (7-3). Nick Kellogg added 12 points in the setback.

UMass was in control from the outset, using an 11-2 run to go up 17-7 on a 3-point play from Carter roughly seven minutes in.

Ricardo Johnson's triple later on pulled Ohio within six before another brief burst found the Minutemen ahead 32-19 on a Cady Lalanne bucket. Johnson hit 1- of-2 from the line as the Bobcats closed to 32-24, then the Minutemen countered with a 13-8 burst before taking a 45-34 edge into the break.

Esho's slam gave UMass a 64-49 advantage -- its largest of the game to that point -- with 12:18 to go. Ohio briefly awoke, scoring seven straight points that included three from Treg Setty to get within 64-56, but faltered thereafter.

Carter hit two baskets, including a triple, around a Johnson layup to make it a 69-58 game with 7:22 remaining. Less than three minutes later, the Minutemen's lead stretched to 75-59 after another trey from Carter and a 3- point play from Trey Davis.

Tyler Bergantino converted a layup with 2:28 on the clock for an 82-63 UMass lead and the visitors coasted to the buzzer.

Game Notes

UMass has won all three meetings with Ohio, including an 85-76 decision last season in Amherst ... Davis finished with nine points in 24 minutes ... Williams dished out a game-high 11 assists ... Massachusetts connected on 9- of-14 shots from beyond the arc and made 32-of-52 from the field (61.5 percent) to claim victory.

12/18 22:12:27 ET