Knee-Jerk Reactions: UMass vs. La Salle

Donte Clark with the high release for three (UMass Athletics)

Donte Clark with the high release for three (UMass Athletics)

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s four wins in a row for your UMass Minutemen! La Salle came on the road to snowy Amherst and played a tough game with a good deal of impact in the A10 standings, but UMass was able to pull out another close victory by a final score of 66-59. The UMBR crew trekked to the Mullins Center and we were not disappointed by the experience.

Knee-Jerk Reactions

  • Yesterday’s big win has put UMass (7-3 conference record) in a tie for third place in the A10 with Dayton and George Washington. UMass already has a victory over Dayton this season, and will play GW in the final game of the regular season.
  • The loss for La Salle places them 2 games behind UMass in the standings and 3 games behind the conference leaders, VCU and URI. Big, positive swing in the standings here for the Minutemen.
  • What a game by Donte Clark! 5 of 7 from three-point land, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and one very big steal near the end of the second half. Clark continues to prove why he should keep his spot in the starting lineup.
  • UMass won the rebounding battle, which was a key to this victory. They also shot 75% from the stripe, which made all the difference down the stretch.
  • Cady had a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards. Also give some credit to Trey Davis, who put up a sneaky solid (but not spectacular) line of 8 points, 5 boards, and 5 assists.
  • UMass stayed out of foul trouble all game.
  • T-Berg had a monster put-back dunk in the first half which got the crowd energized. It’s always good to know that we at the UMBR aren’t the only ones who love the the imaginary-bow-and-arrow-wielding center. Unfortunately, when Kellogg tried to give him floor time in the second half, T-Berg looked out of sorts and was put back in his usual place on the pine.
  • UMass was able to use the baseline drive with some success against the zone. The baseline drive was Sampson Carter’s bread and butter, but those skills seemed to have petered out when he graduated. It’s a good way to beat a defense which is aggressive out to the three-point line.
  • La Salle big man Steve Zack was held in check for most of the game. 13 rebounds but only 6 points. Cady wasn’t even guarding him for a good portion of the game, so it was nice to see others members of the team step up there. Zack Coleman especially spent much of his time on the court guarding him.
  • Despite all the good points here, UMass still struggled to close out the game with under 6 minutes to go. They allowed the Explorers far too much leeway on the floor and too many easy drives to the rim. Defensive help was slow to arrive, if it even materialized at all.
  • Very sloppy full-court press last night. Some players showed hustle while others lazily slogged back to the other side of the court. If you’re going to play full-court defense, the entire team has to be dedicated!
  • Solid crowd at the Bill for such a snowy day, but the students could have made a better effort to show up. It was too sparse behind the basket.
  • It was a shame Matty G wasn’t there. He’s the best hype man in the game!

UMBR Game Ball

Once again, it goes to Donte Clark. Great all-around game from the freshman guard, as noted above.

UMBR Dunce Cap

Nearly gave this one to Jabarie Hinds, but it’s going to CJ Anderson instead. 7 minutes on the floor and absolutely nothing to show for it.

  • Daniel Stein

    UMBR staff game ball goes to slim phil for safely getting us back to Boston in a blizzard! Only took 4 hours…worth it

    • Slim Phil

      I’ll put this virtual game ball on the shelf right next to the real one I got in Little League

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