No. 21 UMass downs Eastern Michigan

Updated: December 3, 2013

Ypsilanti, MI ( – Raphiael Putney had 15 points to lead five
Massachusetts scorers in double figures and the No. 21 Minutemen beat Eastern
Michigan 69-57 on Tuesday in their first game as a ranked team in 15 years.

Trey Davis added 13 points and Chaz Williams and Cady Lalanne scored 12 apiece
for UMass (7-0), which is off to its best start since going 7-0 in 2010-11.

Derrick Gordon chipped in 10 points for the Minutemen, who had been idle since
beating Clemson on Nov. 24 to win the Charleston Classic.

They were ranked No. 24 last week — their first appearance in the Associated
Press Top 25 since the week of Nov. 17-23, 1998. They climbed three spots to
No. 21 this week.

Tuesday marked UMass’ first true road game this season and its ninth straight
non-conference road win.

Karrington Ward scored 11 points and Da’Shonte Riley and Daylen Harrison both
had 10 to lead the Eagles (5-2), who were coming off their first loss of the
season last Wednesday to No. 3 Kentucky after going 5-0 for the first time in
17 years.