UMass Men’s Basketball: One Week In
By: Freeman Alfano
After the first week of action, the UMass Men’s Basketball team is off to a solid start. The Minutemen have a record of 2-1, with their only loss coming to Harvard on Tuesday by three points. Can UMass continue its winning ways in their upcoming games?
Although the season is only three games in, UMass can move forward knowing they started out the season well. They didn’t play their best basketball in the season opener against UMass Lowell, but the Minutemen still secured the victory through Sophomore Carl Pierre’s impressive showing, which included a 20-point effort from the talented guard.
The game where the Minutemen really exhibited their potential, however, was against the University of New Hampshire on Friday. With no one to match his physical dominance, bruising center Rashon Holloway led the way with 18 points on 81% shooting. The roster also featured many other contributors that game, as seven Minutemen besides Holloway scored more than eight points. Junior and Freshman guards Luwane Pipkins and Tre Wood made unselfishness a precedent moving forward, combining for 15 assists in the win.
And while the team couldn’t ultimately get the W at the Mullins Center against Harvard, they still put up a strong showing, nonetheless. Luwane Pipkins really starred in this one, posting an absurd stat-line of 36 points, five assists, and four steals. Considering this was his first game this season with more than 20 points, look for him to build off of this stellar performance and start imposing his will on opponents.
In addition to Pipkins, Pierre, and Holloway, one player who has stood out for the Minutemen this year is Redshirt Junior Curtis Cobb. He’s averaging double-digit scoring this season on 60% shooting, along with four rebounds per game. Additionally, Cobb has shot well from deep, draining 44% of his attempts from beyond the arc. The Minutemen have performed well up to this point and should continue their winning ways in the week ahead, starting tonight against Howard in the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational.