Recap: Massachusetts vs. Rhode Island
Amherst, MA (Sports Network) - Jesse Morgan scored 25 points as the Massachusetts Minutemen downed the Rhode Island Rams 89-83 to close the Atlantic 10 regular season at the Mullins Center.
Sean Cater scored 22 points and pulled down 10 boards for UMass (20-10, 9-7), which had lost four of its previous five. Chaz Williams added 19 points and nine assists for the Minutemen, who will host Duquesne Tuesday night in the opening round of the conference tournament.
Orion Outerbridge scored 24 points for the Rams (7-24, 4-12), who did not qualify for the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Jonathan Holton provided 18 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Malhoit finished with 13 points and Billy Baron 11.
The Minutemen led 44-43 at halftime after shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. Rhode Island meanwhile shot 45.7 percent from the field.
Massachusetts used a 12-2 run to take a 59-48 lead with 16:23 remaining in the game. Rhode Island rallied to take a 72-71 lead at the 6:48 mark, but the hosts scored the next 14 points to secure the win.
Massachusetts was 14-of-30 from long range.Game Notes