Men's Hoops Outlasts LSU 92-90 As Part Of Tip-Off Marathon
Nov. 12, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - A dynamic inside-outside game by Chaz Williams and Cady Lalanne along with clutch free throw shooting from Sampson Carter down the stretch led the way as the UMass men's basketball team defeated LSU 92-90 on Tuesday morning as part of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
Williams led UMass (2-0) with 24 points and nine assists. Lalanne poured in 16 points, all in the second half, proving largely unstoppable hitting eight of his nine attempts. He had just one shot attempt in the first half after playing just four minutes when he collected two fouls.
Sampson Carter and Raphiael Putney each scored in double figures for the Minutemen with 17 points and 14 points, respectively. Carter hit four straight free throws (11-of-15 overall) in the final 13 seconds of play to hold the Tigers at bay.
LSU (0-1) was led by a pair of double-doubles as Johnny O'Bryant had 23 points and 11 rebounds alongside Jordan Mickey's 16 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Stringer and Anthony Hickey also reached double figures with 21 points and 16 points, respectively.
For the second straight game, the Minutemen opened the second half on a tear sparked by Lalanne. UMass opened the second stanza on an 11-to-2 run taking a 60-47 lead just three minutes into the action. Lalanne accounted for six of the points after missing much of the first half with two fouls.
The Tigers again cut the lead down to five, but back-to-back dunks by Lalanne forced a timeout by LSU with 12:37 to go bringing the Mullins Center alive as the Minutemen led 69-59.
LSU continued to hang in the game using a 13-to-4 run cutting the lead down to one, 73-72, with 10:14 remaining. The Tigers were spurred by a pair of Stinger three points and another by Anthony Hickey.
The two teams traded baskets from there on until a three pointer by Trey Davis from the right elbow and a tip-in by Lalanne extended the Minutemen's lead to 83-76 with just over six minutes to go.
Williams extended the lead to eight 88-80 with just over a minute to go with a floating tear-drop in the lane.
The Tigers missed back-to-back three point attempts and a tip-in before Malik Morgan hit a free throw with 33 seconds remaining to trim the lead to 88-83. Stringer hit a fastbreak lay-up after a Morgan steal on the ensuing possession cutting the lead to three with 21.6 seconds to go.
Carter hit four consecutive free throws in the final 13.1 seconds as the Minutemen managed to hold off the Tigers for the 92-90 win.
UMass led 49-45 at the intermission but led by as many as 10 during the opening stanza.
A 10-4 run midway through the first half opened up the game for the Minutemen. Williams opened up the run with a three-pointer, while Gordon had a jumper and then a free throw to close it giving UMass a 28-18 edge at the 6:45 mark.
The Tigers whittled down the lead closing to within one on a Stringer jumper with 32 seconds to go. Williams hit his second three pointer of the opening half with five seconds left to push the lead back to four at the break.
The Minutemen were also bolstered in the first half by hitting 19 free throws compared to just 10 for LSU.
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