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Boston College Eagles vs. UMass Minutemen Final: Minutemen Wake UP for Second Half to Win 71-62

Cady Lalanne records his second double-double of the season in as many games scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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UMass is lucky college basketball has two halfs instead of just one. At the midway point, the Boston College Eagles led the Massachusetts Minutemen 32-24. UMass was sluggish, shooting just 4-14 from the field.

BC on the other hand came out firing. They shot 42 percent from the field and had nine offensive rebounds. Oliver Hanlan had 15 of his 18 points come in the first half.

Free throws were the only thing keeping UMass in the game as they went 16-for-24 which was led by Maxie Esho's 7-for-8 effort.

The second half was a total role reversal. UMass would go on a 14-4 run to start the half and take the lead at the 16:23 mark off of a dunk by Esho. Gordon accounted for eight of those points. UMass would never look and never relinquish their lead.

There were two keys to UMass' impressive comeback. One was shooting. The Minutemen shot much better in the second half scoring at 58 percent rate. They also tacked on 15 more free throws going 31-for-46 for the whole game. Most impressively they won without scoring a three pointer. They actually never attempted one in the second half. BC on the other hand shot just 27 percent from the field in the second half.

The key was UMass' pace of play. I don't know what Kellogg said to the players at half time or if he gave them a swig of Michael Jordan's secret water bottle from Space Jam, but whatever it was it worked. UMass was flying around on both sides of the ball. The press espcially wore down BC who didn't have the athletes UMass does to keep up. The Minutemen had six of their nine steals in the second half and caused 12 BC turnovers.

Player of the game goes to Maxie Esho. He had a team high 21 points and added nine rebounds. Fellow frontcourt mate Cady Lalanne recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards. He also added in five blocks.

Seth Berger continued his role as a starter by position as he only recorded six minutes of floor time. Sixth man Jabarie Hinds played 29 minutes and had a huge role in UMass' press. While Hinds will probably be confined to coming off the bench that role seems to suit him just fine.

Derrick Gordon certainly played much better than his backcourt mate Trey Davis. Gordon shined with 15 points and three steals which led the team. He also hit 7-10 from the free throw line which is an incouraging trend. Davis was quiet on the stat sheet tonight only scoring five points and recording one assist. Hinds did help to pick up Davis when he was in, scoring eight points with four assists to lead the team.

Tyler Bergantino again saw serious game action with Lalanne dancing with foul trouble. That golden lion mane scored once and grabbed three rebounds and played adiquently.

Donte Clark and C.J. Anderson were the only other bench players to see significant time. Playing 15 and 10 minutes respecively. Both provided fresh legs more than anything with Clark scoring five points and Anderson two.

Zach Coleman and Demetrius Dyson both only played a couple of minutes and were non factors. It will be interesting to see if this the rotation that Kellogg is hoping to implement going forward.

But there is no rest for the weary as UMass takes on Manhattan at home on Tuesday at 11 am.