In fact, UMass assumed the lead from the opening tip and never gave it up the entire game. The hot shooting of Rashaun Freeman (18 points, 10 rebounds), Maurice Maxwell (19 points), and Anthony Anderson did the damage against Marshall.
UMass jumped out to the 46-29 lead at the half, and held off an 11-2 Marshall run in the second half that cut the lead to only 58-44, the closest The Herd would come during the game. The Minutemen shot a blistering 50% in the first half, and held off the short run by Marshall by doing the same, shooting 41.2% to finish the game. Marshall, meanwhile, did shoot a respectable 45% for the game. However, The Herd only attempted 53 shots compared to UMass' 68 shots.
10 Marshall shots were blocked by The Minutemen, led by Stephane Lasme's five. Marshall also committed 24 turnovers during the game, while UMass had only half of that with 12.
Both teams emerged from the game with 3-4 overall records. Marshall now enjoys the Christmas holiday before returning to action at UAB in Birmingham, Alabama on December 30.