Bench steps up for UMass in win over Miami (Ohio)

Thursday, January 09, 2014
AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts got a lift off the bench as Maxie Esho and Trey Davis each had good nights offensively in UMass’ 73-65 win over Miami (Ohio), Saturday night at the Mullins Center.

Esho had 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds, while Davis had 11 points.

UMass coach Derek Kellogg said Esho was a rare player to deliver intensity.

“Maxie is the one guy that has brought energy consistently,” Kellogg said. “Now the other guys have to feel off him a little bit.”

Esho has scored in double figures in five of UMass’ last six games.

Davis, who spent extra time shooting before and after practice this week, made three 3-pointers.

“Trey is a tough cookie. He brings strong heart and comes out to play every game,” senior point guard Chaz Williams said. “It’s good to see him making shots because the kid works hard. I’m really happy for him. I hope he continues this play.”

MACACHUSETTS — The Minutemen are now 8-0 over two seasons in games against Mid-American Conference opponents, including 4-0 this year. As part of UMass’ agreement to play football in the MAC, the men’s and women’s basketball teams are each required to play four games against MAC teams.

The Minutemen also defeated Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Northern Illinois this season.

Miami (Ohio) is the only team UMass has beaten in men’s basketball and football.

CROWD — UMass had 5,834 fans in attendances as it improved to 5-0 in the Mullins Center this season and 7-0 in the state. The Minutemen are 15-1 in nonconference games at the Mullins Center over the past three seasons.

It was UMass’ second largest home crowd in the Mullins Center this year.

COLEMAN REDSHIRTING? — Freshman Zach Coleman, who was injured in the preseason, has yet to appear in a game. Kellogg said that while no final determination has been made, there remains a strong chance that the forward from Texas will redshirt. Barring injury, it’s unlikely he would see action behind Sampson Carter and Esho.

Because he hasn’t played, Coleman wouldn’t have to apply for a medical redshirt. If he doesn’t see action, he’d automatically have four years of eligibility remaining beginning next year.

MISCELLANEOUS — Kellogg’s nephew, Cameron Kellogg, performed the national anthem on alto saxophone.

Esho entered the game with four assists this season and had four in the game.

Staff assistant Lou Roe remained away from the team for personal reasons, but is expected back shortly.

Clyde Santee played in the first half for the first time of his career. He played two minutes in the game.

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