Scores

Final

Fordham 76

(7-7, 0-1 A 10)

Massachusetts 80

(12-3, 1-0 A 10)

    7:00 PM ET, January 5, 2012

    William D. Mullins Memorial Center, Amherst, Massachusetts

    1 2 T
    FOR 32 4476
    UMASS 33 4780

    Top Performers

    Fordham: C. Gaston 16 Pts, 18 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Massachusetts: T. Vinson 14 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    UMass 80, Fordham 76

    Associated Press

    AMHERST, Mass. -- Chaz Williams scored 20 points, including Massachusetts' last six points in the game's final 2 minutes, to lead the Minutemen over Fordham 80-76 on Thursday night in the Atlantic-10 Conference opener for both teams.

    Terrell Vinson added 14 points and 14 boards, while Raphiael Putney had 10 points and 10 rebounds for UMass (12-3, 1-0). Freddie Riley had 13 points and Jesse Morgan 12 for UMass, which has now won a season-high six straight since a Dec. 3 loss at Miami.

    In a back-and-forth contest, Alberto Estwick's jumper put the Rams ahead 40-39 with 16:59 left to play. But a Putney dunk started a 19-4 run for the Minutemen, and they led the rest of the way.

    Fordham pulled within 74-70 with 2:24 left, but Williams took over from there to seal it for UMass.

    Branden Frazier led Fordham (7-7, 0-1) with 19 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FOR
    UMASS
    Points 76 80
    FG Made-Attempted 28-67 (.418) 25-67 (.373)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-15 (.400) 8-26 (.308)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-20 (.700) 22-37 (.595)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 14

    2011-12 Season

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