AMHERST, Mass. Jesse Morgan led five Massachusetts scorers in double figures with 14 points, and the Minutemen forced 19 Davidson turnovers in a 73-65 men's basketball victory at the Mullins Center on Thursday night.
De'Mon Brooks scored 22 points and had eight rebounds to lead Davidson (7-4), and Tyler Kalinoski came off the bench to score 12. Nik Cochran scored nine points, and Clint Mann added eight points and six rebounds.
Maxie Esho recorded 12 points and four steals for UMass (10-3). Raphiael Putney, Chaz Williams and Javorn Farrell each scored 10. Sean Carter had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Davidson trimmed a six-point UMass lead to one on two Jake Cohen free throws with 3 minutes, 30 seconds to go. Williams answered with a runner, and after Brooks was whistled for traveling, Farrell scored a layup.
J.P. Kuhlman answered with a driving layup for Davidson, but Terrell Vinson nailed a 3-pointer from the wing, his only field goal of the night, to make the score 65-59 with 1:58 remaining.
Davidson came up empty on its trip down the floor, and the Wildcats were forced to foul with 1:22 left. The Minutemen went 8-for-10 from the free-throw line to seal the win.
After leading 35-29 at halftime, the Wildcats struggled through the first seven minutes of the second period and scored four points after shooting 2-for-10 from the floor and committing four turnovers.
That stretch helped UMass go on a 17-4 run and open a 46-39 lead.