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February 17, 2024 - UMass at La Salle

  • Season: 2023-24
  • Date: Saturday, February 17, 2024
  • Opponent: La Salle
  • Start Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • Site: Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia PA
  • Special Event: Atlantic 10 conference game
  • Television: none
  • Stream: ESPN+
  • Radio: WEEI 105.5 FM, WCRN 830 AM
  • Spread: UM -6½1)
  • UM personnel report: All players dressed2)
  • Result: La Salle 82, UMass 81
  • Attendance: 1636
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Comeback Falls Short As Massachusetts Drops 82-81 Decision At La Salle
From UMass Athletics, 2/17/2024

PHILADELPHIA, PA. - The Massachusetts (16-9, 7-6 Atlantic 10) comeback bid fell short as the Minutemen dropped an 82-81 decision to La Salle (12-14, 3-10 Atlantic 10) on Saturday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena.

Trailing 51-41 at halftime, UMass was able to make it to a three-point game following a Rahsool Diggins three-pointer with 1:29 remaining, 78-75. UMass created an open look but missed a game-tying three-point attempt with 14 seconds to play. La Salle sealed the win at the free throw line despite a pair of deep three-pointers by Robert Davis Jr., and Jaylen Curry in the final five seconds of the game.

Josh Cohen had a game-high 21 points, adding 13 rebounds for a double-double performance. Matt Cross tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals completing another all-around performance.

Robert Davis Jr. led all Massachusetts freshman with 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range.

Junior Rahsool Diggins scored 14 points and dished out three assists in a homecoming game for the Philadelphia native.

Breaking Down The Action

  • Matt Cross got the scoring started for the Minutemen, sinking a hook shot to claim the initial advantage with 19:29 to go in the first half.
  • Eight points from Cross helped buoy the Minutemen early, as a diving layup from the senior gave UMass a 16-13 lead with 12:58 remaining in the initial half.
  • The Explorers wasted no time getting back into the action, taking back the lead, 24-25, off a Tunde Vahlberg Fasasi dunk with 8:30 on the clock.
  • Two free throws from Josh Cohen halted a 13-5 La Salle run as the Explorer lead rose to 29-36 with 5:13 to go in the first half.
  • A pair of free throws from Rahsool Diggins capped a 7-2 Minuteman run, cutting the La Salle lead to 39-40 with just over two minutes left on the clock.
  • Three consecutive three-pointers from La Salle's Daeshon Shephard pulled the La Salle advantage back out to 41-51 at the halftime break.
  • Cross opened the second half with two quick layups, cutting the La Salle lead to eight, 45-53, with 18:12 to go.
  • A Fasasi three for La Salle capped a 14-5 Explorer run that opened their advantage to 53-71 with just over 10 minutes to play.
  • A Diggins three-pointer capped a three-minute, 10-4 Minuteman scoring run which cut the Explorer lead to three with 1:29 left in regulation.
  • The Minutemen created an open from three-point range to tie the game with 14 seconds remaining but came up empty.
  • The Explorers closed the game at the free throw line, securing the win.

New Kids On The Block

  • Senior Josh Cohen led all newcomers with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds on the day.
  • Davis Jr shot 3-of-5 from three-point range, tallying 12 points in 16 minutes on the floor.
  • Sophomore Daniel Hankins-Sanford grabbed four rebounds while adding four points in 21 minutes of action.

Numbers To Know

  • 5: With his performance Cohen earned his fifth double-double of the season and second against La Salle.
  • 7: The Minutemen turned it over just seven times on the day.
  • 10: Cohen recorded 20-plus points in a game for the 10th time this season.
  • 30: Massachusetts held the advantage in points in the paint, 30-28, the 20th time this season they have won the battle down low.
  • 45: Cohen has now scored a combined 45 points in two matchups with La Salle this season.

Year Two Under Coach Martin

  • Massachusetts Head Coach Frank Martin now holds a 31-25 record leading the Minutemen.
  • Martin now sits with a 319-226 collegiate career record.

Series History: UMass now holds a 30-21 record all-time versus the Explorers, dropping the 52nd matchup between the two programs.

Up Next: The Minutemen come home for a Tuesday night matchup with VCU on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center. The broadcast can be found on CBS Sports Network with links and live updates available at or @UMassMBB on X (Twitter).

Men’s Basketball Opens Homestand with Win Over Massachusetts, 82-81
From La Salle Athletics, 2/17/2024

PHILADELPHIA – The La Salle men's basketball team (12-14, 3-10 A-10) took down the Massachusetts Minutemen (16-9, 7-5 A-10), 82-81 for a massive home victory on Saturday afternoon. For the Explorers, it is the highest NCAA NET Ranking win of the season.

Five Explorers scored in double-figures for the first time since 1/6 when La Salle took down Fordham on the road. Khalil Brantley continued his impressive run of play, scoring in double-figures for the seventh straight game and recording his second double-double in just 10 days.

Explorers' fans can follow the team on X/Twitter @LaSalle_MBB and Instagram @lasallembb.


First Half

  • UMass scored the only basket of the game for the first 2:10. Jhamir Brickus hit from beyond the arc to open up the scoring for La Salle followed closely by an old-fashioned three-point play from Daeshon Shepherd (6-6).
  • After another lull, the game broke open with both sides scoring in bunches. Brantley took over for La Salle, scoring seven straight points.
  • UMass scored five straight following a Tunde Vahlberg Fasasi three-pointer (24-19, UMass).
  • The Explorers had an answer, with Anwar Gill and Vahlbdrg Fasasi scoring to give La Salle the lead once again, 25-24.
  • Following some back-and-forth action, La Salle exploded on an 11-3 run to take a 36-28 lead. The Minutemen threw a counter punch, cutting the lead to two points going into the final media timeout of the frame (38-36, LaS).
  • With the Explorers up 40-39, La Salle hit the gas. Brickus got the run started with a jumper, then Shepherd got hot, ending the half with three straight three balls to put the team up 51-41 going into halftime.

Second Half

  • Brickus and Rokas Jocius combined for the first four baskets of the half for La Salle (59-50, LaS).
  • Gill drilled a three-pointer out of the under-16 media timeout followed by a Brickus fastbreak layup to put the Explorers up 64-50.
  • UMass cashed in a three-point play, but La Salle scored the next seven points to go up 18 (71-53).
  • The Minutemen were not done yet, going on a 10-1 run of their own to cut the lead down to nine points, 72-63, with 5:35 remaining.
  • La Salle managed to stop the bleeding, thanks to timely baskets from Brantley and Jocius. The Explorers held a 76-67 lead with 3:16 remaining.
  • The Minutemen kept coming, cutting the lead to 78-75 with 1:29 left on the clock.
  • The La Salle defense stood strong, not allowing UMass to score for the next 1:19 and securing the 82-81 victory.


  • La Salle has now defeated UMass in three of the last four games between the two.
  • The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Explorers.
  • Khalil Brantley recorded his second double-double in four games with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The guard scored in double figures for the seventh straight game. It is the 19th time this season and the 58th time in his career.
  • Daeshon Shepherd scored 19 points, his most since pouring in the same number vs Penn, and only three short of his career-high.
  • Anwar Gill had a well-rounded outing, with 10 points, six rebounds, and five assists.
  • Jhamir Brickus had a phenomenal performance, tying for the team-high 19 points alongside six assists.

UP NEXT: The Explorers return home to Tom Gola Arena on Wednesday as St. Bonaventure comes to Philadelphia. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 and the game will be aired live on ESPN+. Tickets are available at

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