Men's Basketball

Minutemen Fall In Bahamas Opener To #22 FSU, 73-53

Nov. 24, 2011

Box Score

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - A 16-4 run to end the first half erased a one-point UMass lead and led No. 22/20 Florida State (5-0) to a 73-53 victory over the Minutemen (4-1) in a physical first round game that featured 52 total fouls and 50 free throws on Thanksgiving afternoon at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. The Minutemen will play next on Friday at 9:30 p.m. against the loser of Harvard and Utah, Thursday's 9:30 p.m. game. The game will be televised on HDNet.

It was a physical contest throughout as UMass was whistled for 30 fouls and Florida State was called for 22. Four technical fouls were called in the game, two against each team. The Seminoles went 30-for-39 at the line, while the Minutemen were 13-for-21.

Raphiael Putney led the Minutemen with 11 points, Maxie Esho netted 10 and Javorn Farrell added nine. Chaz Williams dished out a game-high six assists to go with eight points.

FSU's Michael Snaer led all scorers with 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Okaro White also had a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards.

Both sides struggled to shoot at Imperial Arena. The Minutemen shot 28 percent for the game including 2-of-23 from 3-point range. The Seminoles shot 35 percent and were 3-of-12 from behind the arc.

After the Seminoles jumped out to a 15-6 lead with 11:44 left in the first half, the Minutemen responded with a 14-4 run fueled by pressure defense. Two free throws by Raphiael Putney finished off the run and gave UMass its first lead of the game, 21-20 with 5:09 left in the half.

The Seminoles responded with 16-4 run to close out the half and take an 11-point lead, 36-25, into the half.



The FSU lead reached as much 17 points, 45-28 with just under 15 minutes to go, but the Minutemen were able to run off seven straight points to cut it back to an 11 point game, 45-35, with 12:53 to go, thanks to a Putney 3-pointer and free throws from Sampson Carter and Maxie Esho after the defense came up with two steals in a row.

Fouls and FSU free throws took their toll down the stretch however, as Farrell and Putney both foulded out.


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