UMass Collects 20th Win After Taking Down George Washington, 67-61
Feb. 15, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sampson Carter tied his career high with 20 points to lead Massachusetts to a 67-61 road victory over George Washington at the Smith Center on Saturday.
Carter was 7-of-10 from the floor with a career-best 4-of-5 from outside while adding three assists as the Minutemen won their second-consecutive road contest.
But Carter wasn't the only UMass player who played well. A number of Minutemen made plays down the stretch to give UMass (20-5, 7-4 Atlantic 10) its third-consecutive 20-win season for the first time since the mid 1990s. UMass also handed the Colonials their first home loss in 13 contests this season.
Chaz Williams fought through foul trouble and finished with eight points, six assists and a pair of steals. His biggest came with 12 seconds remaining and UMass ahead by four. After a missed Carter free throw, Williams stepping front of an Isaiah Armwood pass and was fouled going to the rim His free throw put UMass ahead by five before Raphiael Putney grabbed his team-high ninth rebound and scored the final point from the charity stripe.
Derrick Gordon made numerous drives into the interior of the GW 1-3-1 defense and finished with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
UMass shot 49 percent for the game and 50 percent in the second half. The Minutemen's shooting was the second-highest by a Colonial opponent this season.
Once again UMass struggled from the line, making just 12-of-26.
UMass used a 13-1 run to claim a 32-22 lead with just under three minutes to play in the half. But GW scored the final seven in the period as the Minutemen took a 32-29 lead into the break.
The Minutemen maintained a lead close to 10 points for much of the second half before GW made its big run. The Colonials turned in a 13-4 run and took a 56-55 lead with 6:11 to play.
UMass responded and regained momentum on the next possession with a Gordon jumper in the paint. Armwood put GW back ahead before a Cady Lalanne alley-oop dunk from Williams was the final lead change of the contest, putting the Minutemen up 59-58.
Maurice Creek tied it with a free throw before UMass outscored GW 8-2 over the final four minutes.
The Minutemen converted 5-of-8 from the foul line over the final minute of play to push a two point lead to six at the buzzer. The Colonials missed all four of their shots in the game's final two minutes.
GW (19-6, 7-4) was led by Patricio Garino's 20 points and three steals. The Colonials shot 37 percent and were 13-for-21 at the line.
UMass returns home to face VCU on Friday night. The game is sold out with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m. and an ESPN2 national audience.