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Williams, UMass down Miami-Ohio

Amherst, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chaz Williams had 18 points and eight assists as No. 23 Massachusetts defeated Miami-Ohio 73-65 on Saturday afternoon.

Maxie Esho added 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists off the bench, while Cady Lalanne chipped in with 12 points and six boards for the Minutemen (12-1), who have started 8-0 at home and won two straight since their lone defeat of the year against Florida State on Dec. 21.

Will Felder led the RedHawks (4-7) with 22 points and seven rebounds.

Williams nailed a 3-pointer, registered a pair of three-point plays and netted 11 points in the first 11-plus minutes as UMass raced out to a 21-12 start.

The RedHawks hung around, though, and trailed 36-32 at the break.

Esho scored 6 points during a 9-2 spurt for the Minutemen in the early stages of the second half. His three-point play gave UMass its largest advantage of the game at that point, 49-38, with 11:26 to go.

Miami never got within less than six the rest of the way.

Game Notes

The Minutemen shot 51 percent (25-of-49) from the field and 43.8 percent (7- of-16) from beyond the arc ... Miami was just 1-of-14 from 3-point range ... Geovonie McKnight had 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds for Miami.

01/04 21:38:06 ET

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