Gordon's 22 Paces Group Effort As UMass Holds Off Nebraska, 96-90
Nov. 21, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Derrick Gordon scored 22 points to lead six players in double figures as Massachusetts defeated Nebraska, 96-90, in the opening game of the Charleston Classic presented by Gildan at TD Arena on Thursday.
Gordon, who had scored 24 combined points in three games prior to Thursday, used his slashing, attacking style to get to the rim as the transfer from Western Kentucky had 15 points in the second half. He played in the event two years at WKU and had 19 points in three games.
All five starters reached double figures for UMass (4-0). Sampson Carter had 16, Cady Lalanne had 15 and nine rebounds, Raphiael Putney had 12 and Chaz Williams finished with 10. Maxie Esho came off the bench for 13 points and six rebounds in 19 minutes.
The Minutemen shot 50 percent from the floor and made 33-of-43 free throws, including 20-of-24 in the second period.
Nebraska (3-1) got a game-high 28 from Terran Petteway before he fouled out with 2:30 to play. At the time, the Huskers were in the midst of a 7-2 run and had trimmed the deficit to five. They got as close as 89-87 but never were able to tie the game. Nebraska shot 43 percent but committed 13 turnovers that led to 20 UMass points.
UMass led 42-39 at the half and opened the second by playing pushing the pace while extending the margin to double-digits with a 9-2 run. The lead stayed around 10 points for the majority of the half before Nebraska made its run in the final five minutes.
There were four ties and seven lead changes in the game. UMass claimed the final of those changes on a Lalanne layup with 1:25 left in the first. Lalanne shot 5-for-7 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the line.
UMass has scored over 80 points in its first four games for the first time in school history.
UMass will now face No. 19/20 New Mexico on Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.