|Las Vegas Classic - UMass Downs Southern Illinois 84-62 - Match Report|
The battle between UMass and Southern Illinois didnt turn out to be much of a battle at all as Southern Illinois was handed a 84-62 defeat on Thursday at Orleans Arena.
Bettors who backed UMass were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as an underdog of +2.0 at sportsbooks.
Rashaan Holloway had 16 points for UMass and Luwane Pipkins chipped in with 15 points. Luwane Pipkins had 6 assists for them, while Jonathan Laurent was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 8 boards.
Southern Illinois got 18 points from Eric McGill in a losing cause and another 12 points from Kavion Pippen. Aaron Cook contributed 4 assists for them, while Armon Fletcher had 6 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed UMass were victorious, as the score was $HalfScore at the break.
The rebound battle favored UMass as they grabbed 38 boards, while Southern Illinois only had 26
UMass heads into a battle against Quinnipiac. Southern Illinois, meanwhile, will have their next action against Colorado State.