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0 after holding off Sacred Heart The University of Massachusetts spent much of Wednesday night playing some fairly unattractive basketball. Fortunately for the Minutemen, it didn't cost them a spot on the left side of the win loss column. Anthony Gurley scored a game high 18 points and freshman guard Darryl Traynham scored the first 11 points of his college career as UMass knocked off stubborn Sacred Heart 73 65 at the Mullins Center. UMass opened the game shooting 1 for 11, the second time in as many games that the team has started slowly. "We definitely have to figure out some things as to why we're coming out so flat," said Gurley. "That also is a lesson in closing out teams. We had a 10 point lead in the second half and they got some buckets. That's another area of improvement we need to work on." The game was a coming out party for freshman point guard Darryl Traynham. The 5 foot 9 guard scored a career high 11 points, had four assists, four turnovers and four steals. He was 5 for 6 from the free throw line in the final minute to help ice the victory. "I was a little nervous in the first half, but I'm just trying to get accustomed to the college game. I think I'm doing a good job of it," said the freshman from Upper Marlboro, Md. "You have to have confidence. It is the first of five games in 10 days for UMass, which hosts New Mexico State in the Hall of Fame Classic Saturday night at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The Minutemen will then face TCU on Monday night in Springfield. "I'm not sure if we're ready for it, but let's find out," UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. "You coach and you play to see where you stand up against NCAA Tournament level teams." It was a game that was hard to quantify. The Minutemen had a 15 4 run in the first half, turning a 7 4 deficit into a 19 9 lead that they never gave up. UMass led by 10 in the first half before taking a 34 27 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Minutemen were able to put this game into the win column thanks to a 15 3 run midway in the second half. Sacred Heart's Jerrell Thompson's basket with 9:13 to play cut UMass' lead to 46 43. Freddie Riley answered with a pull up jumper from the foul line to start the run. The Pioneers had five possessions and could have stopped UMass' momentum, but they went 1 for 3 with a pair of turnovers and went 1 for 4 from the line. Sacred Heart did hit a couple of late 3 point baskets, by Shane Gibson and Evan Kelley to trim points off the lead. The Minutemen held the visitors to just two points in the final minute to salt away the victory. What concerns Kellogg the most is that he has seen deficiencies that need working on in practice. But there's no real time to do that. After playing TCU on Monday, the Minutemen get American International on Wednesday, Holy Cross a week from Saturday and then they travel to Quinnipiac on Dec. 1. "It's impossible, it really is. When you play this many games in such a short amount of time, how much can we really practice?" Kellogg said. "It's more going to be mental than it is going to be physical. I'm going to make sure that we're energized and ready for Saturday night."