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December 19, 2012 - Ohio at UMass

  • Result: UMass 85, Ohio 76
  • Attendance: 3,821 (capacity: 9,493, 40.3% full)
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Morgan's 35 Points Lead UMass Hoops To 85-76 Win Over Ohio
Philly native's 24 points in first half set new Mullins Center record
From UMass Athletics, 12/19/2012

AMHERST, Mass. - Jesse Morgan scored a career-high 35 points including a Mullins Center record 24 in the first half as the UMass men's basketball team defeated Ohio 85-76 on Wednesday night. The first half performance sparked a key 23-to-1 run for the Minutemen helping them overcome a hot start for the Bobcats.

Morgan's shooting performance was the 11th-best scoring effort by a player in the country this season and the most from an Atlantic 10 player. The Philadelphia native finished the game hitting 12-of-18 from the floor and 7-of-10 from behind the arc.

Ohio (7-4) hit six of its first eight field goals in the game taking an 18-6 lead at the 14:48 mark of the first half. The Bobcats went silent for a seven minute, 18 second stretch from that point missing eight straight field goals and committing five turnovers.

While the Bobcats struggled, Morgan and UMass (6-3) heated up with the 23-to-1 run to take a 29-19 lead with 8:04 to go. Morgan had 22 of his 24 points in a six minute, 22 second span that helped swing the balance in favor of the Minutemen.

In the second half, Ohio was able to tie the game 53-53 on a D.J. Cooper three-pointer from the right wing in the first five minutes of play. Another trio of treys for Morgan pushed the Minutemen back ahead 66-55 as UMass went on a 13-to-2 run which proved a difference maker down the stretch.

The Bobcats managed to cut the lead back down to six, 78-72, with just over four minutes left in the game, but a Maxie Esho steal and fast break dunk ended any momentum Ohio had.

Cady Lalanne finished with his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Despite having just nine points, Chaz Williams finished with eight assists.

Cooper led Ohio with 23 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds. Walter Offutt scored 18 points, while Nick Kellogg added 15 points.

The Minutemen will return to action on Saturday at the Mullins Center against East Carolina at 1:30 PM.


  • UMass scored a season-high 85 points.
  • Jesse Morgan finished with a career-high 35 points on 12-of-18 shooting, including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc. His 35 points scored is the most by any Atlantic 10 player and tied for 11th in the NCAA this season.
  • Morgan's 35 points falls just shy of the Mullins Center record of 38 set back in 1996 by Marcus Camby. Billy Tindall set the school record in 1968 with 41 points.
  • Morgan's seven three-point field goals are the most for any UMass player since Ricky Harris set the school record, with eight, in 2010.
  • Morgan finished the first half with 24 points setting a new Mullins Center record, knocking off the previous mark of 22 by Anthony Anderson in 2003. The most points in any half was 29 set by Julius Erving on January 28, 1970 against Boston University.
  • Twenty-two of Morgan's 24 first half points came in a span of 6 minutes, 22 seconds.
  • UMass' 23-1 run in the first half was its longest of the season.
  • Cady Lalanne recorded his first career double-double. He tied his career high of 12 points on 3-of-6 from the field and a career best 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. Lalanne was also able to pull down a game-high 11 rebounds.
  • Chaz Williams' 26-consecutive game double-digit scoring streak ended, as the redshirt-junior finished with nine points and eight assists.
  • Trey Davis recorded his first career assist on a pick-and-roll dunk to Maxie Esho in the first half.
  • The Minutemen finished the first half shooting 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from three-point land. It is their highest mark in a half this season.

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Box Score

Smith, JonF11111.00000001343000012
Baltic, IvoF3518.12502.00002.00028103095112
Offutt, WalterC36613.46259.55612.50001130220218
Cooper, D.J.G36715.46749.44456.833257101051223
Kellogg, NickG2269.66736.5000002240100215
Green, Kadeem1245.80000000332000008
Hall, T.J.702.00002.000001010000000
Johnson, Ricardo1613.33300000002041002
Taylor, Stevie401.00001.000000001000000
Wilkins, Travis602.00001.000000001000000
Keely, Reggie1535.60000001343004126
TEAM213 1
First half1529.517715.46734.750 40
Second half1435.400515.33336.500 36
Points in the paint26
Points off turnovers25
Second chance points8
Fast break points4
Carter, SampsonF1512.50001.00024.5000221001004
Vinson, TerrellF2016.16702.00069.6670442014018
Putney, RaphiaelF2024.50013.333000001010015
Williams, ChazG3027.28602.00057.7140003085039
Morgan, JesseG381218.667710.70045.80012310110035
Esho, Maxie2636.50001.00012.5000332022117
Davis, Trey10111.00000000330032012
Riley, Freddie1814.25014.250000221011113
Lalanne, Cady2336.50001.00068.750561110030112
TEAM437 1
First half1531.484611.5451216.750 48
Second half1123.478313.2311219.632 37
Points in the paint28
Points off turnovers17
Second chance points11
Fast break points5
Score by Periods1st2ndOT1OT2OT3Final
OHIO4036 76
OfficialsTim Kelly, Donnie Eppley, Ed Crenshaw Jr.
Technical Fouls1 (Ohio: Cooper, D.J.)


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