Trey Davis leads UMass in victory over Boston University


AMHERST — Trey Davis doesn't always have this kind of an audience to perform in front of.

Injured Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, a childhood friend of Davis' from Dallas, did not make the trip to Mexico with his teammates. So Smart showed up courtside at the Mullins Center Wednesday night and watched Davis score a game-high 20 points in UMass' lopsided 99-69 win over Boston University.

"It was cool. We were playing together since we were young," Davis said when asked what it was like to have that kind of a performance in front of Smart.

Davis was 8 of 17 from the field, 3 of 6 from 3-point range, had five assists and three steals for the Minutemen (5-1). Davis' biggest contribution to this blowout win might have been electronic.

UMass coach Derek Kellogg said that he and his team were tired returning from the MGM Grand Main Event in Las Vegas. The UMass coach said that he had planned to go with a hard practice on Saturday, but changed his mind.

"I planned to go hard on Saturday, then one of my senior captains sent me a text to back off a little bit on practice No. 2," said Kellogg. "We're starting to get a good rapport with the guys on the team as far as how hard to push them and how hard to pull back at times."

Davis was the perpetrator of the text message.

"Yeah, I'm that senior captain, and yeah, I had to back it up," he said with a smile.

It was a good bounce-back win for UMass, who saw its perfect season end in a 97-76 loss to Creighton in Las Vegas last Wednesday. The Minutemen play Ole Miss Saturday in Springfield and won't be back in Amherst until Dec. 16.

Five different UMass players scored in double figures, four were starters. Donte Clark joined Davis with a game-high 20, while Rashaan Holloway had a career-high 18 points, Jabarie Hinds had 18 and C.J. Anderson had a career-high 12 points.

It was the most points scored by UMass since the Minutemen put 105 on the board in a 105-96 win over Brigham Young on Dec. 7, 2013.

"We just wanted to get back on the right track," said Davis. "We have a big game Saturday against Ole Miss."

The Minutemen came out firing from the opening tip and never trailed. In 40 minutes of game time, the Minutemen led for 37:35 and the Terriers did not lead at all.

The last time the Terriers were close in the game came with 14:35 left as Cheddi Mosely drained a 3-point shot to tie the game at 12. Anderson hit the first of back-to-back treys that started a 16-2 run for UMass. The first of his 3-point shots was from deep on the left wing and his second was deep from the right wing.

BU coach Joe Jones couldn't stop the run with a time out. Clark drove through traffic for a hoop that made it 31-15 and closed out the run, but the Terriers were staggered and never really got up off the mat.

Anderson, a sophomore guard from Memphis, Tenn., had come into the game having scored 13 points in the Minutemen's first five contests. He also had three assists and three rebounds.

"I thought C.J.'s two 3's in the first half were big baskets," said Kellogg. "The first one was wide open because they were helping on the inside. The second, he kind of raised up and made it.

"I thought they gave him some good confidence to go make some plays that we're expecting out of him, that he can make on a regular basis."

UMass led by double figures the rest of the way, with the biggest lead 37 points with 2:04 to go in the game on a layup by Seth Berger. Kellogg, who stands for most of the game, actually sat down for the final five minutes of play.

The only thing that went wrong for the Minutemen was that they couldn't get into triple figures on the scoreboard. UMass missed its final four shots and had to settle for 99.

Justin Alston had 13 points to lead BU while Nathan Dieudonne and Cedric Hankerson each had 10.

Contact Howard Herman at 413-496-6253.


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