There haven’t been many opportunities for UMass to display its ability to bounce back from a loss this season. This was certainly one way to do it.

Chaz Williams scored a game-high 18 points with eight assists and the 13th-ranked Minutemen trounced Fordham this afternoon, 90-52, at soldout Mullins Center, the second such turnout of the season.

It was the Minutemen’s first 30-point victory since 2011, and the much-needed lopsided game came as the team was still licking its wounds from a 58-55 loss to Richmond earlier in the week. UMass (17-2), which could see its national ranking dip with the loss, hadn’t played a focused, high-powered game like this in a while.

“We wanted to come out and feel like we got our swagger back,” Williams said. “We weren’t playing UMass basketball and doing what we were used to doing. Coming out today we just wanted to focus on executing coach’s game plan and doing what we were used to doing.”

The initial moments in front of the 9,493 fans really wasn’t what Kellogg was looking for. UMass turned the ball over four times in the first four minutes and Fordham jumped out to a 7-0 lead.

Enter Maxie Esho and Trey Davis, and it was basically all over from there.

The Minutemen went on a 20-2 run with Esho starting things off with a putback off an offensive rebound and then a thunderous dunk in transition. Williams gave the Minutemen their first lead at 11-8 with a 3-pointer, and he splashed another one on their next possession. The Rams (8-11) were outscored 40-17 in the final 17:09 of the first half, and the 24 points allowed at the break tied for the lowest output given up by UMass this season.

“I couldn’t watch anymore,” Kellogg said of the 7-0 run by Fordham to start the game. “Maxie at least brought energy and I think Trey has proved that he has made some open shots. We just needed to mix it up a little bit and it kind of worked out.”