Troy Gillenwater finished with 13 points and seven rebounds as the Aggies dropped their second consecutive game losing 71-57 to UMass at the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Springfield, Mass on Saturday night.
The Aggies trailed 44-23 at halftime behind hot shooting by UMass and ice cold shooting by the Aggies. UMass hit 65.4 percent of their shots in the first half while the Aggies hit just 30.4 percent. Hamidu Rahman paced the Aggies with 10 points in the first half but did not score the rest of the game. UMass jumped out to a 6-1 lead and by the under 12 minute media timeout the Aggies trailed 20-7. UMass would go outscore the Aggies 7-2 and at the under eight minute media timeout the Aggies trailed 27-9. The Aggies would fall behind even further trailing 35-13 with 5:27 left. The Aggies would cut the deficit to 14 points down 37-23 with 3:02 left but the Aggies would not score the remainder of the half and trailed 44-23 at the break.
The Aggies would trail by 23 points early in the second half but would put together a run to cut their deficit to 14 points at 48-34 with 16:00 left to play. UMass would counter with a 6-1 run to push their lead back out to 19 points with 13:21 left to play and would maintain a comfortable cushion as they led 63-48 with 7:07 left to play. The Aggies would trim the lead to 12 points at 63-51 and again at 65-53 with 3:24 left to play but could get no closer as the Minutemen would go on to win by 14 points.
Anthony Gurley led all scorers with 21 points as he finished 8-of-12 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line for UMass. Troy Gillenwater struggled finishing 4-of-15 from the field and just 5-of-10 from the free throw line. Hamidu Rahman was the only other player in double-figures scoring all 10 of his points in the first half and was limited to just three rebounds in the second half.
The Aggies drop to 2-2 on the season and are back in action on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. MT for a contest against the USC Trojans.