Five points from James Daniel and a dunk from James Miller had Howard in front 54-40 with 16:56 to go. But a nearly five-minute drought for Howard gave UMass the opportunity to start cutting into the lead. With 2:35 left and UMass trailing by three, Davis made seven free throws and a 3-pointer for an 83-79 advantage with 34 seconds to go. Hinds added two more free throws with seven seconds remaining.
Daniel scored 30 points and Miller, who fouled out, 27 for the Bison. Marcel Boyd grabbed 11 rebounds.
Howard committed 31 fouls and the Minutemen turned those into 44 free throws, making 28.