No. 12 Massachusetts 90, Fordham 52: Chaz Williams had 18 points, eight assists and three steals as the host Minutemen used a dominant defense to rout the Rams in Atlantic 10 play.
Raphiael Putney and Trey Davis each scored 13 points for Massachusetts (17-2, 4-1), while Maxie Esho added 10 points off the bench. Davis dished out a career-best nine assists as the Minutemen had 25 assists on 33 field goals.
Chris Whitehead led Fordham (8-11, 1-5) with 13 points while Branden Frazier added 12 points and four assists. Freshman Jon Severe, the leading scorer in the Atlantic 10, finished with seven points - matching his season low - on 2-of-14 shooting from the floor, as the Rams shot 31.6 percent from the floor, including 6-of-26 from 3-point range.
It looked good early for the Rams, as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead before the Minutemen got on the board. But Massachusetts went on a 20-2 run to take control of the game and never let up, forging a 16-point halftime lead.
Any hope the Rams had was put to rest early in the second, as the Minutemen opened with a 17-0 run, holding Fordham scoreless for the first five minutes of the second half. From there it was a laugher, with the Minutemen clearing their bench when the lead reached 30, as all 11 Massachusetts players that saw playing time scored at least four points.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Fordham's Ryan Rhoomes came into the game averaging 7.7 points and 8 rebounds, but finished with 1 point and 1 board, attempting just one field goal. … The Minutemen dominated the glass, 43-30, led by Esho and Bergantino, who grabbed six rebounds apiece. … Massachusetts hit 13-of-27 from beyond the arc.