ST. JOE’S BOUNCED FROM A-10 BY UMASS 70-63; 10TH LOSS IN LAST 11!

By Annie Ross

C.J. Anderson scored 17 points, Zach Lewis added 14 and Massachusetts held off a late rally from St. Joseph’s for a 70-63 victory in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament last night.

No. 13 seed St. Joseph’s (11-20) lost ten of its last 11.

Luwane Pipkins’ 3-pointer stretched the Minutemen’s lead to its largest of the game, 58-39, with about eight minutes left. But the Hawks rallied with a 24-6 run to pull to 66-63 with 14 seconds left. Lewis made a pair of free throws and forced a turnover, and Anderson sealed it with a dunk.

Lewis surpassed 1,000 career points and Pipkins finished with 13.

James Demery (above) scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead St. Joseph’s.

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