Chaz Williams Intent On Turning NBA Doubters Into Believers

WALTHAM, Mass. — Chaz Williams is in the midst of a whirlwind trek back and forth across the country, working out for any NBA teams that will allow him onto their court. And he cherishes every minute. Whereas many of the top prospects in the 2014 NBA draft can’t yank their names out of workouts fast enough, Williams would try out at the local playground if a professional scout...
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite Atlantic 10 quarterfinal loss, UMass shooting to win NCAA tourney

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Barring an egregious gaffe by the selection committee, UMass’ next game will be in the NCAA tournament. Derek Kellogg knows that, even after his Minutemen fell to George Washington, 85-77, in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals on Friday night, and the conference’s depth is to thank. “Times past, you lose here and you go home,” Kellogg said. But UMass should buck...
Via The Catch and Shoot
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 17 Billikens must find way to stop slump against high-scoring UMass

While Saint Louis has clinched the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament, the Billikens are hoping to regain some of their swagger before heading into the postseason. They'll have to find a way to end their slump against high-scoring Massachusetts, which has lost once at home all season. Seventeenth-ranked Saint Louis looks to stop its longest skid in more than three years...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Williams, UMass hold off Rhode Island 70-67

Chaz Williams scored 16 points and Massachusetts dominated from the foul line and rebounding for a 70-67 win over Rhode Island on Wednesday. The Minutemen (22-5, 9-4 Atlantic 10), made 21 of 31 free throws and had a 41-28 rebounding advantage over the Rams (12-17, 4-10), who were 11 of 18 from the foul line. Trey Davis came off the bench to add 13 points and Sampson Carter had...
Via AP on Fox
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Chaz Williams, UMass steal big win

UMass finally got the old-school atmosphere back into the Mullins Center it has been seeking for almost two decades, and the Minutemen responded with a win that reminded many of the golden age of this program. Chaz Williams scored a game-high 20 points, with 14 coming in the second half, and stripped VCU’s Briante Weber in the closing seconds to secure a 80-75 victory in a battle...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

UMass turns away VCU 80-75

Chaz Williams scored 20 points, including four key free throws late, as Massachusetts topped Virginia Commonwealth 80-75 in front of a sellout crowd Friday night. Williams hit two free throws to put UMass (21-5, 8-4 Atlantic 10 Conference) up 78-75 with 16.8 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Williams came up with a steal and was fouled again, hitting two more at the...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Minutemen block Rams’ upset bid

The road woes for UMass have subsided, at least for a day. Chaz Williams exploded for 11 of the team’s final 18 points, and Raphiael Putney stretched all of his elastic-like limbs as far as they could go with a game-saving block in the final minute as the Minutemen came back from a seven-point deficit in the final 8:35 to defeat the University of Rhode Island, 73-68, last night...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Massachusetts outlasts Rhode Island 73-68

Chaz Williams had 21 points with seven assists and Derrick Gordon added 11 points and nine rebounds as Massachusetts defeated Rhode Island 73-68 Sunday. The Minutemen (19-4, 6-3 Atlantic 10) shot 53.1 percent from the field and outrebounded Rhode Island 36-27. Raphiael Putney chipped in 11 points. Rhode Island (11-13, 2-7) was led by E.C. Matthews with 24 points and Xavier Munford...
Via AP on Fox
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Chaz Williams, UMass too much for La Salle 79-67

Chaz Williams had 17 points and eight assists on Wednesday night to help Massachusetts end a two-game skid with a 79-67 victory against La Salle. The Minutemen (18-4, 5-3 Atlantic 10) went on a 10-0 run late in the first on their way to a 16-point halftime lead, and they stayed comfortably ahead the rest of the way. Trey Davis and Cady Lalanne each scored 13 while Derrick Gordon...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

UMass-Saint Joseph's Preview

The road has not been kind to Massachusetts and star guard Chaz Williams. The 21st-ranked Minutemen conclude a two-game swing away from home Saturday night against Saint Joseph's, and they'll look to avoid a third straight road defeat in a place they've had trouble securing wins. UMass (17-3, 4-2 Atlantic 10) has dropped two of three and is in danger of falling out...
Via AP on Fox
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

UMass responds with rout of Fordham

There haven’t been many opportunities for UMass to display its ability to bounce back from a loss this season. This was certainly one way to do it. Chaz Williams scored a game-high 18 points with eight assists and the 13th-ranked Minutemen trounced Fordham this afternoon, 90-52, at soldout Mullins Center, the second such turnout of the season. It was the Minutemen’s first 30...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 13 UMass beats Fordham 90-52

Chaz Williams had 18 points and eight assists and No. 13 Massachusetts rebounded from a loss earlier this week with a 90-52 victory over Fordham on Sunday. Raphiael Putney and Sampson Carter both had 13 points and Maxie Esho had 10 points and six rebounds for the Minutemen (17-2, 4-1 Atlantic-10), who lost at Richmond on Wednesday. Chris Whitehead led the Rams (8-11, 1-5) with...
Via AP on Fox
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 13 UMass comes up short at Richmond, 58-55

Massachusetts has made a habit recently of winning close games in the final minutes. Kendall Anthony, Cedrick Lindsay and Richmond didn't let it happen Wednesday night, making a second-half run stand up and ending the No. 13 Minutemen's six-game winning streak, 58-55. Anthony scored 21 points and Lindsay, in foul trouble all night, had six in a row midway through the second...
Via AP on Fox
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

UMass-Richmond Preview

Coach Derek Kellogg feels Chaz Williams gives Massachusetts a chance to win every game, and that's certainly been the case against Richmond. Williams will try to lead the No. 13 Minutemen to a seventh straight victory Wednesday night against the Spiders, who seek their fourth straight home win over a ranked opponent. Williams leads UMass (16-1, 3-0 Atlantic 10) with an average...
Via AP on Fox
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Lalanne leads No. 16 UMass past Elon 84-74

Cady Lalanne scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half and Chaz Williams scored all 20 of his points in the second half as No. 16 Massachusetts held off several Elon rallies to win 84-74 on Saturday night. The Minutemen (16-1) won their sixth game in a row, this time spoiling the occasion as the first nationally ranked visitor to play on Elon's campus. Maxie Esho finished...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

UMass-Elon Preview

Massachusetts will get to take a break from Atlantic 10 play this weekend, and it's probably also hoping to get a breather after a string of dramatic games. The 16th-ranked Minutemen, however, needed overtime to beat Elon last season and will try for a more comfortable result while seeking a sixth consecutive win Saturday night. UMass (15-1) has dealt with some late drama during...
Via AP on Fox
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Fanta Report: 5 Takeaways From Wednesday's Games

Chazz Williams/ masslive.com1. The Xavier Musketeers showed why they have the potential to be a dangerous NCAA Tournament on Wednesday night. While Chris Mack’s team did not play very good basketball in the first half against John Thompson III’s Georgetown Hoyas, Xavier put on a second-half performance that sent a message. The Musketeers clearly cannot be counted out, as defense...
Via College Hoops Digest
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

UMass Basketball Stuns George Mason In Final Seconds, Improves To 15-1 (Video)

The UMass men’s basketball team added another chapter to its magical season Wednesday night. The Minutemen, who entered the matchup with Atlantic 10 foe George Mason ranked No. 16 in the nation, found themselves trailing by four points with 26 seconds to play. Stud senior guard Chaz Williams hit one of two free throws to cut the deficit to three, and Williams followed up an ensuing...
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Williams shakes off injury, leads No. 16 UMass past George Mason

If Chaz Williams still had any lingering effects from a bone bruise he suffered in his left ankle last weekend, it certainly did not show against George Mason. Massachusetts' senior point guard had 26 points and eight assists, and Derrick Gordon made a go-ahead layup with 8 seconds remaining as the 16th-ranked Minutemen beat the Patriots 88-87 on Wednesday night. UMass (15...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Williams helps No. 16 UMass edge George Mason

Chaz Williams had 26 points and eight assists, Derrick Gordon made a go-ahead layup with 8 seconds remaining and No. 16 Massachusetts beat George Mason 88-87 on Wednesday night. The Minutemen (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic 10) rallied from eight points down in the second half to win their sixth straight. Sherrod Wright scored 26 points to lead the Patriots (7-10, 0-3), who lost for the eighth...
Via AP on Fox
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

UMass Storms College Basketball Rankings, Aims for Deep Postseason Run

Nothing comes easy in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The VCU Rams were the consensus preseason pick to run away with the A-10 men’s college basketball title, but now that conference play is underway, it’s obvious it’s going to be a dogfight this year. For the moment, the top dogs are the No. 16 Massachusetts Minutemen at 14-1 straight up and a healthy 9-6 against the spread. The...
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

UMass-George Mason Preview

Massachusetts has played some close games during its win streak but would appear to have a chance to break that trend with a visit to the lowest-scoring team in the Atlantic 10. George Mason, though, hasn't suffered any lopsided defeats at home this season as its hosts a Top 25 team for the first time when it faces the 16th-ranked Minutemen on Wednesday night. UMass has won...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Bonaventure-UMass Preview

Massachusetts almost squandered its highest ranking in nearly 16 years with a lackluster performance in its conference opener. Chaz Williams then bailed out the Minutemen with another strong performance. Given the result in its last meeting with St. Bonaventure, No. 19 UMass might need more than just a big game from its standout point guard Saturday to defeat a Bonnies club looking...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Hawks Lose Thriller

There were six minutes left in the second half. The Hawks were leading 57-48. They had all the momentum and looked poised to upset the number 19 team in the nation, Massachusetts. Then it became Chaz Williams’ time. A pair of his free throws started a 15-5 run which gave the Minutemen a one point lead. He scored seven points in the spurt and played lockdown defense. The Hawks had...
Via Fightin For Philly
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Saint Joseph's sloppy in loss to No. 19 UMass

Saint Joseph's looked as if it might pull off an upset despite some sloppy play. Then it committed another turnover, and that hope was quickly erased. 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. The Hawks were clinging...
Via AP on Fox
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss
College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Fans must temper expectations for Derrick Rose

Heisman Watch: Top 10 contenders

Stone Cold making a comeback?

Brady shares his old résumé

Peyton Manning: Legalized pot helped Papa John's

WATCH: Gatorade pays tribute to Jeter

Hamilton eschews alcohol celebration

NFL's five biggest let-down players

Concussions lead Texas QB to retire

LeBron's new and improved hairline

Another NFL player arrested

Mayor egged for moving ballpark

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.