UMass Boards Up Duquesne, 84-80 In OT
Feb. 11, 2010
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - UMass rallied from a 16-point deficit with 17:30 left in the second half and pulled off a thrilling 84-80 overtime win on Thursday night at the Palumbo Center. The Minutemen grabbed 60 rebounds, the most since the 1996 Final Four team. Ricky Harris netted 29 points while Sean Carter had 11 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. Carter put home the exclamation point with a putback dunk with seconds left for a four-point win.
The Minutemen now stand at 9-15 overall, 3-7 in the A-10. The Dukes fell to 12-12 overall and 3-7 in the league.
Anthony Gurley added 20 points for the Minutemen.
Harris gave UMass its first lead in overtime on a pair of free throws with 1:22 left in the extra session at 82-80.
The 16-point rally was UMass' largest comeback win since its 22-point margin comeback at Syracuse in 2008 NIT Second Round at Syracuse. The Minutemen trailed that game 54-32 with 14:37 left in the second half on March 25, 2008.
This was UMass' first overtime win in four years. The last time UMass won an overtime game was the 2007 NIT First Round win over Alabama at the Mullins Center, 89-87 on March 13, 2007. The Minutemen had lost four extra session games in a row.
UMass rallied to win a game it trailed at halftime for the second time this season (the other being Memphis).
Saunders missed two free throws with 44.5 seconds left. Then Gurley came down the court and launched a 3-pointer which missed, but UMass got the rebound as the ball went out of bounds with 10.1 seconds left. The Minutemen had two chances in the final seconds but missed shots and the game went to overtime.
Gurley's NBA-range 3-pointer with 4:46 left put the Minutemen up 69-65, the largest margin for the team to that point. It signally a 20-point swing in the game in about 13 minutes. But Duquesne scored the next five points to retake the lead 70-69 on a lay-up by Monteiro. Monteiro then slammed home an Eric Evans runner with 1:37 left make it 72-69. Harris quickly answered with a 3-pointer with to deadlock the game at 72 all.
The Minutemen took their first lead of the game on back-to-back lay-ups by Harris to grab a 60-58 edge with 8:12 left in the second half. That continued a 26-8 run for the Minutemen.
Down 50-34 with 17:30 left in the second half, UMass went on a 15-3 run keyed by four 3-pointers in a row (two by Harris and one each by Gurley and Vinson). That cut the margin to just four at 53-49 with 13:22 left in the second.
Saunders scored his 1000th career point on a lay-up with 17:30 left in the second half.
Duquesne scored the game's first nine points and jumped out to a lead as large as 16 in the first half as the Minutemen struggled to find their shooting touch. The margin was in double-figures for the final 14:30 of the first half. UMass trailed 41-29 at halftime as Harris bombed in a 30-footer as time expired.
UMas grabbed 60 rebounds vs. Saint Joseph's on Feb. 28, 1996.
The Minutemen's next game is set for Sunday, Feb. 14 vs. Saint Joseph's at 4 p.m., at the Mullins Center. That game will air nationally on CBS College Sports.
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