UMass Advances To NIT Quarterfinals After 77-67 Win At Seton Hall
March 17, 2012
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Chaz Williams scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures and Terrell Vinson came up huge down the stretch as Massachusetts defeated Seton Hall 77-67 in the NIT Second Round at Walsh Gymnasium Saturday. Williams finished with seven rebounds, six assists to lift UMass (24-11) to a berth in Tuesday's quarterfinal round against the winner of Drexel and Northern Iowa.
With the Minutemen clinging to a 65-64 lead and just under three minutes remaining, Wiliams and Vinson connected on back-to-back 3-pointers which pushed the margin to 71-64 with 1:30 left.
Following a Williams free throw, Jordan Theodore converted a three-point play with 54.5 tics on the clock, but that would be the last points for the Pirates as the Minutemen closed out the contest with 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Vinson finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. All eight of his second-half scoring came in the final 6:22. Raphiael Putney had 15 points and Sean Carter posted his second-consecutive double-double with 11 and 11.
UMass shot 45 percent from the floor and 71 percent from the line.
Seton Hall (21-13) was led by Fuquan Edwin's 21 points. Herb Pope pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds and blocked three shots. The Pirates shot just 35 percent and were just 2-of-27 from outside.
UMass took control of a back-and-forth start to the first half with a 14-to-2 run sparked by the play of Maxie Esho. Vinson's jumper with 13:04 to go sparked the run, while Javorn Farrell hit a three-pointer from the left wing just before the under-12 media timeout to swing momentum towards the Minutemen. Esho scored five points in the two minutes after the media timeout capping the run with a free throw at the 9:14 mark giving UMass a 22-14 lead.
After an Esho tip-in off a missed Jesse Morgan three-pointer with 4:14 to go, UMass was unable to score again from the field as Seton Hall closed the gap with a 8-to-2 run to go into halftime trailing by just six, 36-30.
Seton Hall started the second half with a 7-2 run to pull within one, 38-37, after a three-pointer from Theodore with 17:29 to go. UMass pushed the lead back to back to four, but a pair of free throws by Herb Pope tied the game at 42-42 at the 14:15 mark.
A lay-up by Farrell followed by a put-back from Sean Carter and a three-pointer from Williams quickly pushed the Minutemen back ahead by four, 51-47, as the Minutemen kept attack the Pirates.
Brandon Mobley's three-pointer from the right wing gave the Pirates a 52-51 lead with 9:51 to go marking the first time Seton Hall had led since the 13:04 mark of the first half.
After a Carter lay-up gave the Minutemen back the lead, Fuquan Edwin hit a pair of free throws to extend the Pirates to a three-point lead, 56-53, with 8:49 to go.
The Pirates went up by four for their largest lead of the second half, but a Vinson drive and free-throw after Pope's fourth foul of the game cut it back to one, 60-59, with 6:27 left in the game. The Minutemen retook the lead, 61-60, on a Carter lay-up 30 seconds later.
Vinson hit another put-back lay-up and Williams hit a three-pointer with 2:24 left in the game giving UMass a 68-64 lead forcing Seton Hall to call timeout.
Vinson continued his hot shooting late in the second half when his three-pointer with 1:31 extended UMass' lead to 71-64 and forcing another timeout from Seton Hall. After scoring just two in the first half, Vinson was key down the stretch with eight points.
UMass closed the game on a 13-5 run to seal the 77-67 win.
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