College Roundup: UMass men, MCLA women's basketball teams drop home contests

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AMHERST — After a five-game winning streak to begin the season, Wednesday's game made it four-straight losses for the Minutemen. South Carolina came into the Mullins Center and left with an 84-80 victory.

A.J. Lawson led all scorers with 24 points in 35 minutes to lead the Gamecocks (6-3). Jermaine Couisnard added 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting with six assists.

UMass (5-4) had four different players score in double digits and it was Tre Mitchell leading the way with 17 points, which was bolstered by 7 of 11 made attempts at the charity stripe. Sean East II was right behind him with 16 points, three assists and two steals. T.J Weeks and Carl Pierre combined for 28 points as UMass clawed back into the game late in the second half. Pierre hit a 3 pointer with eight seconds left to bring UMass within 82-80, but Lawson hit the free throws to seal it.

The Minutemen will look to get back on track on Saturday at Harvard. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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Elms 63, MCLA women 57

NORTH ADAMS — MCLA women's basketball tallied 25 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to complete the comeback in a loss against Elms. The Trailblazers (2-5) were outscored by nine points in the second quarter, which allowed the Blazers (2-5) to pull away for good.

Angelica Peguero-Flores was on fire from the opening tip for Elms. She finished with 27 points on 11 of 16 shooting from the field and brought down 18 boards with seven coming on the offensive end of the court.

Kylah Langston led MCLA with 16 points and Hannah Mazzeo provided a double-double that consisted of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Trailblazers are off until they travel to Smith College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tip off.


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