Boston College guard Patrick Heckmann, center, looks for an opening past Massachusetts center Cady Lalanne, left, and forward Seth Berger, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senn
Steven Senne
November 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) Maxie Esho scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Massachusetts to a 71-62 win over cross-state rival Boston College on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden.

Junior guard Derrick Gordon, the first active openly-gay player in Division I basketball, received a nice hand from the sparse crowd in pregame introductions and scored all 15 of his points in the second half for the Minutemen (2-0).

Cady Lalanne had 11 points and 10 boards for UMass, which beat Boston College for the second straight year.

Olivier Hanlan led the Eagles (1-1) with 18 points.

The game was the middle one of the second annual Coaches vs. Cancer tripleheader, featuring six of the state's Division I programs.

UMass converted six turnovers into easy transition baskets during a 21-5 run to start the second half, turning an eight-point deficit into a 45-37 lead with 14 1/2 minutes to play.

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