UMass basketball notebook: Luwane Pipkins’ big night overshadowed by loss

  • Luwane Pipkins, left, of UMass, drives to the basket against Mike'l Simms, of VCU, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at the Mullins Center.

  • Luwane Pipkins, right, of UMass, shoots against Justin Tillman, of VCU, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at the Mullins Center.

Published: 2/21/2018 11:28:41 PM

AMHERST — Because the performance came in a tough loss and is the latest in a season of big nights, UMass sophomore guard Luwane Pipkins’ big statistical night will be overshadowed.

But it will be well represented in the program’s record book.

His 38 points were the second highest of the season for him and the sixth most ever in a game by a UMass player. He’s on top of that list with 44 against La Salle earlier this season. Pipkins had six assists, which led to 14 points (four 2s and two 3s) meaning he either scored or set up 52 points, exactly two thirds of UMass’ total.

Pipkins has reached 30 five times in his career

His eight 3-pointers marked the second time he tied that single game school record. That mark has been reached 10 times. He joined Carmelo Travieso and Lorenzo Sutton as the only UMass players to do it twice.

His 94 3-pointers are UMass’ fifth best single-season mark in school history. Ricky Harris’ record 104 set exactly 10 years ago is very much in reach.

Pipkins is now averaging an Atlantic 10 best 21.5 points per game. If he were to maintain that average, it would be the sixth best in program history. He had 939 points in his career which puts him on track to reach, 1,000 as just a sophomore. If he maintains his average he’d get it in the regular season finale on March 3 against Duquesne.

RANDALL THE REBOUNDER – Quarterback/forward Randall West continued to contribute in his third game since joining the team. The junior played a career-high 18 minutes and had six rebounds.

“The guy was squatting, bench pressing and clean and jerking two weeks ago getting ready for spring football,” McCall said. “The guy comes out tonight and plays 18 minutes and gets six rebounds and goes 1-for-2 from the floor. He’s impacting the game.”

SCOREBOARD WATCHING – The loss made it more likely UMass will have to play in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The bottom four teams play in the first round. At 4-11, UMass is two games behind Duquesne and George Washington, who are currently tied for 10th.

MISCELLANEOUS – The win was VCU’s first ever in the Mullins Center. The Rams lead the all-time series 6-2. The Rams had nine players score, while UMass only had seven see action.

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