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Massachusetts 79, Northeastern 54

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Junior guard Jabarie Hinds came off the bench to score 14 points, leading Massachusetts to a 79-54 victory over Northeastern on Wednesday in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, Mass.

Hinds led four players who scored in double figures for UMass (5-1). Junior guard Derrick Gordon had 13 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists. Senior center Cady Lalanne added 12 points and six rebounds, and freshman guard Donte Clark scored 10 points.

Junior guard David Walker scored 14 points for Northeastern (4-1), which suffered its first loss after opening the season with victories over Boston University, Florida State, Navy and Manhattan.

Sophomore guard T.J. Williams had 12 points and five rebounds. Senior forward Scott Eatherton scored 11 points.

Massachusetts shot 52.9 percent while holding Northeastern to 37.3 percent. The Minutemen made only 3 of 17 from 3-point range, but the Huskies were just 3 of 15.

Northeastern’s starters made 20 of 43 field-goal attempts, but its bench combined to make just 2 of 16. Massachusetts’ reserves combined for 36 points on 17-of-32 shooting.

The Minutemen opened the game with a 9-2 run and never trailed. They led 36-24 at the break and continued to extend their lead in the second half.

UMass took advantage of its superior size to dominate the boards, amassing a 43-27 rebounding advantage.

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