AMHERST, Mass. -- No. 19 Massachusetts staged a furious comeback and pulled out a 73-68 Atlantic 10 victory over St. Bonaventure.
Down by 13 and mired in poor shooting, turnover and fouls midway through the second half, the Minutemen (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic 10) charged back and ripped off nine straight points in the final 1:53 to secure their third straight victory.
UMass outscored the Bonnies 26-8 over the final 8:47.
Guard Trey Davis, who had been suffering through a 1-for-9 shooting game, scored on a drive to bring his team to within two and then, after forward Sampson Carter grabbed an offensive rebound and got it out to Davis, Davis drained a 3-pointer with 1:12 on the clock.
A second straight St. Bonaventure turnover gave the ball right back to UMass and guard Chaz Williams, who had a miserable offensive day, was fouled on a drive with 10.1 seconds left. He hit the free throws and then stole the inbounds pass, knocking it to teammate Raphiael Putney, a forward, who was fouled with eight seconds left. His two foul shots sealed the verdict.
The win was the 99th at UMass for coach Derek Kellogg, while counterpart Mark Schmidt, looking for his 100th at St. Bonaventure, fell to 99-100 as his team saw its four-game winning streak stopped and fell to 11-5 and 1-1.
Putney led UMass with 17 points and eight rebounds, while center Cady Lalanne had 16 points. Williams, just 1 of 7 from the floor, had eight points, nine assists and three steals.
Guard Charlon Kloof led the Bonnies with 15 points and center Youssous Ndoye added 11 points and five rebounds.
The rally started after St. Bonaventure went ahead 60-47 with 9:48 left. Two free throws by Lalanne triggered a 6-0 run that got it going and really got the fans into the game.
Both teams lost their top season scorers for major time in the first half because of two fouls. St. Bonaventure guard Matthew Wright left with two after playing seven minutes, while Williams was in and out with a pair.
Wright, scoreless in the first half, scored eight points in the first 5:31 of the second.
Williams picked up his second foul with 8:44 left as part of a double technical foul. He was yapping with Ndoye and both were T'd up.
NOTES: St. Bonaventure visits George Mason Wednesday, while UMass, which plays five of its next six on the road, opens a three-game trip at St. Louis. The next home game for the Minutemen is Jan. 26, against Fordham. ... Both teams entered the game with six players averaging nine points or more per game. .... UMass staged its first-ever alumni game after Saturday's contest. Julius Erving and Marcus Camby were not in attendance. ... UMass F Maxie Esho averaged 11.9 points and shot 70 percent from the floor off the bench in the last 11 games. He scored nine and was 3 of 3 Saturday.