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UMass basketball getting people’s attention

Minutemen respected on the road

AMHERST — When the clock ran out on Wednesday and the fans and students at Richmond came rushing onto the floor, senior point guard Chaz Williams didn’t make a beeline for the UMass locker room, like most of his teammates. He lingered for a bit, taking in the scene. More importantly, what it signified.

Records are sketchy and memories fade over time. This much is certain: It had been a good, long while since a basketball victory over UMass prompted anyone to storm the court. Those celebrations are typically reserved for beating the sport’s blue bloods, or a rivalry game, or an unranked team taking down someone with a number next to its name.

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