The Massachusetts Minutemen lost yet another road game, making them 0-4 away from the Mullins Center and 6-6 overall.
UMass fought well during regulation and this game was a giant step up from the Providence blowout.
Maxie Esho had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation when he stepped up to the free throw line with one second on the clock and trailing 62-61. He would hit the first one but miss the second, sending the game into overtime.
Overtime started out very promising for UMass as Trey Davis hit a three pointer to give UMass the early lead. With 3:28 to go Maxie Esho fouled out which was a huge blow for UMass. Esho led the team in scoring with 16 points and recorded nine boards.
With 2:53 remaining Cady Lalanne hit the back-end of a trip to the free throw line to make it 68-65 UMass. The BYU Cougars would then go on a 12-3 run to close out the game, thanks to four points from both Skyler Halford and Anson Winder.
UMass' outside shooting struggle continued today after hitting just 5-22 attempts. Trey Davis hit three of those, however he also missed seven. Davis would finish in double figures with 11 points and added four rebounds and three assists.
The first half was very competitive with UMass having the lead for most of it. The Minutemen would extend their lead to seven at the 12:23 mark. BYU would claw back and finish on a 4-0 run to end the half with a 32-30 lead after two free throws from Skyler Halford.
The second half was just as close with no team holding more than a four point lead.
Cady Lalanne was a beast on the offensive glass with five and finished with 10 total boards. He also had 11 points and blocked two shots.
UMass had no answer for Anson Winder off the BYU bench. He had a game high 25 points and we 3-7 from deep. Kyle Collinsworth also chipped in with 18 points and a game high 15 boards.
Donte Clark had another nice game off the bench with 14 points and shot 50 percent from the field.
Derek Kellogg has to be pleased with his squad even though they couldn't pull off the win. After the debacle with Providence this was a much better performance and should give UMass something to build on as conference play draws near. BYU is a solid team with a 10-3 record, which would have made for a nice resume building win.
The Minutemen will have a week off for the holidays as their next game is next Tuesday at home against Iona at 7PM.