BOSTON (AP) -- Chaz Williams scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half to lift Massachusetts to a season-opening 86-73 win over intrastate rival Boston College on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden.
Cady Lalanne had a career-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Minutemen, who outrebounded Boston College 44-27. Sampson Carter added 12 points and eight boards.
The game was the middle part of the inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer tripleheader, featuring six of the state's Division I programs.
The score was tied at 51 before the Minutemen went on a 14-2 run, with Williams' transition 3 making it 65-53 with 8:57 to play. Williams nailed three from beyond the arc during the spree.
After a free throw by BC's Hanlan, Tyler Bergantino had a tip-in for a basket and Williams capped an 18-3 run over a 4-minute stretch with two free throws, making it 69-54 with 7 1/2 minutes left.
The Minutemen turned up the defensive pressure during the game-breaking run, converting a handful of turnovers into easy transition baskets and wide-open looks at 3s.
UMass outscored BC 54-37 in the second half.
The Eagles closed it to 69-59 on Hanlan's 3-point play with just over 7 minutes left, but never threatened the rest of the way.
It was the 46th meeting of the schools dating back to their first game in the 1905-06 season.
BC had gone on a 9-0 run to open a 45-36 lead on Alex Dragicevich's three-point play with just under 17 minutes to go before the Minutemen answered by scoring the next nine points, tying it on Maxie Esho's drive with 14:12 left.
In the opener, Boston University overcame a late seven-point deficit to beat Northeastern 72-69. Harvard faced Holy Cross in the finale.
Trailing by six late in the first half, the Eagles went on a 15-4 run over the next 4 1/2 minutes en route to a 36-32 halftime edge.
Anderson keyed the run with seven points and Patrick Heckmann hit a 3 and made all three free throws when he was fouled on another attempt.
BC lost its opener Friday night, falling 82-79 in overtime at Providence.
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