AMHERST (AP) -- Chaz Williams knew he and his Massachusetts teammates had just survived a battle.

"It was very physical, very intense. First play of the game there was trash talking between both teams," the UMass guard said after the Minutemen downed LSU 92-90 Tuesday.

"It was a real gritty game. and we had to pull up our shorts and lace our sneakers and go out there and play -- and I think we did a good job of that."

Williams, who figures to be a candidate for Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, scored 24 points and big man Cady Lalanne added all 16 of his points in the second half, leading the Minutemen to their second straight win to start the season -- as LSU lost its opener.

Coach Derek Kellogg was clearly pleased with the 2-0 start, which came under rather unusual conditions. The Minutemen beat Boston College in a Sunday evening game (5:45 start) at TD Garden in Boston -- and then had to come out and play at 11 a.m. Tuesday as part of ESPN's college basketball marathon.

"I was a little apprehensive as to how it was going to play out," Kellogg said. "This was a tough stretch, and I would say this is about as good as I could have imagined coming out of this - not only that we're 2-0 but I wanted to see what kind of team we had."

UMass, picked to finish fourth in the A-10, held LSU, tabbed fourth in the SEC, without a field goal for over five minutes down the stretch but almost squandered an eight-point lead in the final 63 seconds.


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