Well, that was certainly a half of mixed results. The UMass Minutemen and Boston College Eagles spent 20 minutes trading momentum before a big run from Boston College helped the Eagles open up a six-point lead before taking a 36-32 lead into the half.
Ryan Anderson paced the Eagles throughout the half, scoring on a combination of jump shots and inside post-up moves. Anderson finished the half with 15 points and five rebounds and Patrick Heckmann finished with nine points, including a back-breaking three that forced Derek Kellogg to take a timeout.
Cady Lalanne led the Minutemen in scoring with nine points and chipped in five rebounds, but to say he led them in the half would be a misinterpretation of what was happening. Despite a few nice inside moves, Lalanne failed to capitalize a few times inside against much smaller competition. He also failed to stop Anderson on a few post ups at the other end, which given his height advantage, simply shouldn't happen.
Derrick Gordon had a strong half, scoring five points with four rebounds and two steals -- although he did go just 2-for-8 from the field. His aggressiveness early in the half was a big reason UMass was leading by as many six midway through the half.
Picking up where he left off against AIC, Chaz Williams has been an understated part of the game. He connected on a three and a jumper for five points, but was otherwise very quiet. With Gordon and Lalanne being the offensive focal points, Williams has been able to manage the game.
As the second half starts, UMass will need to do something about Anderson and find more ways to put the ball in the basket.