Posted January 08, 2014 on AP on Fox
Chaz Williams scored eight of his 22 points in the closing six minutes Wednesday night, leading No. 19 Massachusetts to a 66-62 comeback win over Saint Joseph's in the conference openers for both teams. Maxie Esho scored 12 points and Raphiael Putney had 11 for the Minutemen (13-1 overall, 1-0 Atlantic-10). Halil Kanacevic led Saint Joseph's (9-5, 0-1) with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Langston Galloway had 18 points and DeAndre Bembry 16 for the Hawks, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. UMass pulled out the win despite an off night by center and second-leading scorer Cady Lalanne, who picked up two early fouls. He finished with four points. Kanacevic's basket with just over nine minutes to play broke a 48-all tie and triggered a 9-0 run over a 2:35 stretch. He also scored off a baseline jam, nailed a free three and hit a jump hook in the lane to give the Hawks a 57-48 lead with 6:27 to play. But Williams nailed a pair of 3s as UMass scored eight of the next 10 point...
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