UMass Advances To A-10 Quarterfinals With 77-72 Win Over GWU
March 14, 2013
On a tightly contested first day of the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament in Brooklyn, UMass and George Washington served as a night cap that ended more like a heavy weight fight. Trey Davis hit two big three pointers in the final three minutes and hometown hero Chaz Williams had two lay-ups and a steal to knock out George Washington 77-72 at the Barclays Center.
The Minutemen (20-10) will face #3 seed Temple on Friday night at 9 PM in the Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinals. The game will be televised in Western Mass on CBS3 Now on Comcast, Charter, and UMass Cable. A complete listing of outlets carrying the game can be found here.
Thursday's opening round match-up featured 19 lead changes and 14 ties.
GW (13-17) led by five, 66-61, with just under four minutes left in the game following a Kevin Larsen jumper.
Davis hit back-to-back three pointers for the Minutemen to pull UMass within one, 68-67.
With 2:25 to go, a Williams driving lay-up gave UMass the lead, 69-68, which was the first of five lead changes in those final moments.
Williams hit another lay-up with 32 seconds to go putting UMass up three and then forced a steal following a GWU rebound off a missed three pointer to tie the game.
Davis sealed the win with a pair of free throws with five seconds to go.
The Minutemen were led by Williams' 16 points and 14 points from Terrell Vinson. Davis also added a career-high 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting including a 3-for-3 performance from beyond the arc. Raphiael Putney chipped in 12 points off the bench including three three-pointers.
Larsen had a game-high 17 points for George Washington. Isaiah Armwood added a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Lasan Kromah and Joe McDonald also hit double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
UMass shot 45 percent from the floor and hit 7-of-20 three pointers. The outside shooting proved effective as the Colonials were 0-for-8 beyond the arc. George Washington had a commanding perforance on the boards with a 50-to-32 advantage. GW had 25 offensive rebounds which it converted into 21 points.