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Siena Saints vs UMass Minutemen Basketball Final: Minutemen Outlast Saints 95-87 in High-Scoring Affair

Trey Davis put to rest any questions whether he could take over for Chaz Williams . He set a career high in points with 28.

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Coach Derek Kellogg said he wanted  the Massachusetts Minutemen to score a lot of points this season and he certainly got what he wanted. He may want to work on other teams also scoring at a high margin.

Siena's Rob Poole started the game off with two quick baskets that led to a 4-0 lead. Poole played an excellent game for the Saints finishing with a team high in both points and rebounds with 19 and 9 respectively.

Trey Davis quickly answered with a three pointer that should have been worth four.

Both teams would trade baskets and leads in the first half. Siena would end the half with a 41-36 lead. However head coach Jim Patsos had a bone to pick with the officials on his way to the tunnel and ended up leaving with a technical.

Trey Davis would hit both of those freebies to start the second half.

The second half was just as back and forth as the first. Fouls eventually caught up with Siena as three key starters: Rob Poole, Brett Bisping, and Javion Ognunyemi would all foul out.

Maxie Esho and Cady Lalanne both have a good claim to best highlight dunk of the game. Esho had a monstrous slam off of a pass from Donte Clark. Lalanne had a backwards jam that drew a technical foul essentially for being too badass.

As UMass pulled away at the end of the game free throws became essential and UMass answered the bell. They finished with 39-52 from the stripe, most notably Derrick Gordon hit 11 of his 12 attempts. Gordon finished with 17 points but shot just 3-12 from the field. He was beast on the boards with nine but his outside shooting was still a problem. Going 0-3 from deep and missing some long twos it looks like his contested jump shot may still need work.

Davis' performance will help people forget about his predecessor. He had a game high with 28 points adding on four ssists and two steals. Playing all of three minutes he orchestrated the offense very fluidly. His four threes were instrumental and he will need to continue that kind of shooting for UMass who are still looking for outside shooting.

Esho and Lalanne proved that this front court will be a handful for any opponent this year. Esho showed why he was dubbed a "super sub" last year as he scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Lalanne's first half was plagued by foul trouble. In the second half he exploded for 15 points and a team high ten rebounds. He was also a force on the defensive end with six blocks. This is the Cady that needs to show up every game if UMass wants to be a dominant team again.

Fifth starter Seth Berger only played ten minutes and looks to be starter solely based on his position. Tyler Bergantino was the first man off the bench tonight as Cady was in foul trouble. Scoring two points and one board in just 11 minutes, he filled in nicely but did nothing too special. Donte Clark had a nice showing in his first UMass appearance. playing 15 minutes he hit his only three point attempt and let the game come to him.

Jabarie Hinds is the real fifth starter on this team as he played 18 minutes and was the one on the court down the stretch. Finishing with six points and two assists he will only get better as he becomes more accustom to his new environment.

Zach Coleman, Demetrius Dyson, and C.J. Anderson all saw limited time. Coleman may have played less because of the knee he aggravated in their scrimmage early in the month.

Next up for the Minutemen is a battle against that other team in Massachusetts. They will travel to the TD Garden to take on the Boston College Eagles at 3PM.