UMass Pushes The Pace, Upsets No. 19/20 New Mexico, 81-65
Nov. 22, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Massachusetts used a 16-0 run late in the second half to upset No. 19/20 New Mexico, 81-65, in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic presented by Gildan at TD Arena Friday.
UMass (5-0) pushed the tempo and pressed for the majority of the game, in an attempt to expose the tired legs of the Lobos after their double-overtime game a day earlier, and it paid off as UNM was held without a field goal over the final 7:51 and committed a season-high 13 turnovers.
With the Lobos leading 27-22 and just under eight minutes remaining in the first half, the Minutemen rattled off 14-consecutive points over a 3:55 stretch. UMass never trailed again but did see UNM tie it before the big run to close the game.
Raphiael Putney led the five UMass starters in double figures with 20 points, including 14 on 6-of-9 shooting in the second half. Chaz Williams added 19 and five assists as both players went 3-for-6 from outside. The seven 3-pointers were a season-high for the Minutemen.
Cady Lalanne had his third double-double of the year with 12 points and 14 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end that directly led to 10 of UMass' 19 second-chance points.
UNM (3-1) got a career-high 32 points from center Alex Kirk as he was 11-of-26 with a career-best four 3-pointers. Kendall Williams was held to 13 points and Cameron Bairstow, who was averaging 23 points this season, was held to eight.
UMass has now scored at least 80 points in all five games and been the first team to defeat its last four opponents.
UMass will face the Clemson in Sunday's championship game at 9 p.m. The contest will be televised on ESPN2.