Obviously [we] just didn’t play well,” UMass head coach Matt McCall said. We] didn’t play well enough to beat a talented team like Saint Louis. To beat a team like that on the road, offensively you have to be clicking on all levels and obviously we weren’t, our numbers prove that.
The UMass men’s basketball team trailed the Spiders by as many as 18 in the second half, and Mitchell’s old-fashioned three-point play was part of a 10-2 run that pulled the game back to single digits. But the Spiders showed their veteran savvy all night. Richmond senior Jacob Gilyard drew a foul against UMass freshman Javohn Garcia in the open floor and sank two free throws to restore balance and begin a 9-2 spurt.