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Recap: Massachusetts 83, Ohio 71
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Date: December 18, 2013 7:00 PM EDT
  

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Massachusetts isn't relying on just one or two players to keep its unbeaten season going.

Maxie Esho and Chaz Williams both had double-doubles and three others scored in double figures as the 22nd-ranked Minutemen beat Ohio 83-71 on Wednesday night.

'I thought we played really well offensively,' UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. 'We're getting a lot of contributions from a lot of different players.'

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Esho had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Williams had 11 points and 11 assists for the Minutemen (10-0), who shot 61.5 percent from the field (32 of 53) and led by as many as 19 points.

Sampson Carter added 14 points, including eight straight in the second half, while Derrick Gordon scored 13 points and Raphiael Putney added 11 for the Minutemen.

'It's been like that (a team effort) since the start of the season,' Esho said. 'We got some good looks.'

UMass, which never trailed in the road win, was 9 of 14 (64.3 percent) from 3-point range.

Maurice Ndour scored 16 points for Ohio (7-3), which made just five of 24 attempts from 3-point range (20.8 percent).

Nick Kellogg made two second half 3-pointers and finished with 12 points for the Bobcats, who were playing their first home game against a ranked opponent since 1997.

'We wanted to make sure that we stayed connected with him (Nick Kellogg) and made the game hard on him,' Derek Kellogg said. 'If you have an older team, they can do a good job of paying attention to scouting reports more so than when you have younger guys and I think that's been a good advantage for us.'

UMass led by as many as 13 points in the first half and was up 45-34 at halftime. Putney had all of his points before halftime and Williams had 10 in the opening 20 minutes.

'I'm fortunate to have one of the best point guards in college basketball on my team,' Derek Kellogg said. 'He's not worrying about scoring, he's really worrying about how good he can be for our team and the reality of it is that he controls the game when he's on his game.'

Carter made all three of his 3-point attempts.

The Minutemen shot 65 percent from the field in the first half while the Bobcats shot 42 percent including going just 1 of 11 from beyond the arc.

Ohio, which finished with a 38-37 rebound advantage, cut its deficit to 53-47 with 16 minutes remaining, but UMass scored nine consecutive points - six by Esho - to pull away.

'Every time we got back in the game, you know, we made a double mistake,' Ohio coach Jim Christian said. 'We'd have a bad possession on offense and combine it with a bad defensive possession, so I give them credit, they made us pay.'

The Bobcats turned the ball over just eight times, compared to 15 by the Minutemen.

'They seem pretty grounded and level-headed (through this winning streak),' Derek Kellogg said. 'A team like Ohio U. is a high RPI game, so I think this is a good game for us.'

UMass plays Florida State on Saturday in the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at Sunrise, Fla.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MASS  -130   -2   150.5 
 OHIO  +110   +2   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MASS  -135   -2    
 OHIO  +115   +2   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MASS  84%   69%   n/a 
 OHIO  16%   31%   n/a 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Wednesday, Dec 18
 
    Drexel at St Josephs
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    La Monroe at Mississippi
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    Texas at North Carolina
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    James Madison at UNC Greensboro
7:00 PM EDT
    Massachusetts at Ohio
7:00 PM EDT
    Delaware at Ohio State
7:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina State at Tennessee
7:00 PM EDT
    College of Charleston at Old Dominion
7:00 PM EDT
    Detroit at Akron
7:00 PM EDT
    San Francisco at St Johns
8:00 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Saint Louis
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    Western Michigan at Drake
8:00 PM EDT
    Northern Illinois at Loyola-Chicago
8:00 PM EDT
    Southern Miss at W. Kentucky
8:00 PM EDT
    Chattanooga at UAB
8:00 PM EDT
    Stanford at Connecticut
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    HOUSTON BAPTIST at DePaul
9:00 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Texas Tech
9:00 PM EDT
    Southern Utah at San Diego State
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Davis at San Jose State
10:00 PM EDT
    Radford at UNLV
10:00 PM EDT
    Towson at Oregon State
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