AMHERST, Mass., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Led by Drew Lavender's 19 points and nine rebounds Sunday, No. 22 Xavier downed Massachusetts 77-65.
The game was tight for the first seven minutes before Xavier opened some breathing room with a 12-1 run which led to a 21-10 Xavier lead with 9:20 remaining in the first half.
UMass pulled within 27-20 before a 7-0 spurt gave Xavier a 34-23 lead at the break.
Its lead swelled to 49-31 with just under 16 minutes remaining and UMass could not answer.
Massachusetts was led by Etienne Brower's 22 points and four rebounds.