Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament - Recap - Massachusetts Defeats Rhode Island 65-61

Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament - Recap - Massachusetts Defeats Rhode Island 65-61

Massachusetts grabbed a 65-61 win over Rhode Island on Thursday, behind a 15-point effort from Maxie Esho at Barclays Center.

Massachusetts did not, however, defeat Rhode Island against the spread, which closed at 6 at most sportsbooks.

Chaz Williams had 11 points for Massachusetts and Derrick Gordon chipped in with 10 points. Chaz Williams had 3 assists for them, while Sampson Carter was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 8 boards.

Rhode Island got 24 points from Xavier Munford in a losing cause and another 10 points from E.C. Matthews. Hassan Martin contributed 3 assists for them, while Gilvydas Biruta had 8 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Rhode Island were victorious, as the score was 37-29 at the break.

Massachusetts won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 42-35.