Charleston's Hot Shooting Downs UMass In Bahamas, 85-61
Nov. 26, 2011
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - A day after putting on a red-hot 3-point shooting performance of its own, UMass (5-2) fell victim to stellar outside shooting in Saturday's finale of the Battle 4 Atlantis, falling to the College of Charleston, 85-61, as the Cougars (5-1) shot 12-of-23 from behind the arc. Cady Lalanne led the Minutemen with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
The Cougars used a 20-4 run between the 12:38 and 6:50 marks of the second half to turn a five-point lead into a 68-47 advantage.
Thr Minutemen shot 34.7 percent overall and were 4-of-28 from 3-point range. The Cougars shot 50.9 percent from the field and were even better from 3-point range at 52.2 percent.
Charleston's Anthony Stitt and Antwaine Wiggins each scored 23 points and were 5-of-8 and 3-of-5, respectively, behind the arc.
A day after coming within one of the school record for made 3-pointers with 15, the Minutemen missed their first eight shots from behind the arc against the Cougars, falling behind by as much as seven on two occasions in the first half, but went four for its next eight from long range, including two from Morgan, to go into halftime down by four, 38-34.
Morgan led UMass with eight points in the first half, while Stitt led all scorers with 13. The Cougars were 5-of-10 from behind the arc in the half, but a 22-16 rebounding edge, nine of which came at the offensive end, kept the Minutemen within four.
The Minutemen never let their deficit reach more than seven until three free throws by Sundberg after he was fouled by Putney on a 3-point attempt gave the Cougars an eight-point lead, 51-43, and Stitt followed with a 3-pointer to make it an 11-point game, 54-43 and force a UMass timeout with 11:01 remaining.
The Minutemen pulled down 24 offensive boards in the game, converting them into 18 second chance points.
The Minutemen return home to host Towson on Wednesday at the Mullins Center in a 7 p.m. tip-off.
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