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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Zach Lewis scored a career-high 37 points, including six 3-pointers, and Massachusetts pulled away from La Salle 84-71 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.
Lewis, whose 37-point effort was the best for any player in the Atlantic 10 this season, hit nine of his 16 field goal attempts overall and was a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line. Dejon Jarreau added 20 points and four 3s for UMass (14-15, 4-12).
Pookie Powell hit five 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and B.J. Johnson added 20 points to lead La Salle (14-13, 8-8).
Both teams shot similar percentages and had similar 3-point totals, but the Minutemen finished with a plus-14 advantage at the free throw line.
La Salle remained within striking distance but a 13-4 stretch for UMass midway through the second half pushed its lead to 63-51. The Minutemen kept the Explorers at arm's length the rest of the way.
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