Last-Second Hoop Lifts UMass Over Quinnipiac, 66-64
Dec. 1, 2010
HAMDEN, Conn. - Anthony Gurley scored at the buzzer off an inbounds play with one second left to give UMass (7-0) a thrilling 66-64 victory over Quinnipiac (4-2) on Wednesday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. After trailing the Minutemen by 17 at the half, the Bobcats battled back to tie the game in the closing seconds.
After UMass was awarded possession with one second left under the basket, the inbound pass went to Gurley. His lay-up was swatted away as it made its way toward the hoop, but a goaltending violation was called as the final horn sounded to give UMass the two-point win.
With the score tied, Gurley hit a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left to give UMass the lead, but Deontay Twyman answered with a 3-pointer of his own with 12 ticks left.
UMass is now 7-0 and continued its best start since the 1995-96 season (26-0 start) in its first road game of the season. The Minutemen are also riding their longest win streak at seven games, since the 1997-98 season, when they won 10 in a row. Quinnipiac fell to 4-2.
Sophomore Javorn Farrell (career-high 25 points and senior Gurley (19 points) led the charge for UMass all night. Farrell had 14 in the first half alone as the Minutemen broke open the game with a 16-2 run midway through the first half.
The Minutemen used a strong effort on both ends of the court, shooting 41 percent from the field as Quinnipiac shot 40.3 percent. UMass' defense was especially stifling in the first half as the Bobcats were 0-of-7 on 3-point field goals and had a scoreless stretch of 6:16 while UMass went on a 10-0 surge.
UMass was 13-of-17 at the foul line, while Quinnipiac struggled at the charity stripe, going 9-of-25.
UMass used that 16-2 spurt to take control of the game. The Minutemen stood tied at 7-7 with 15:14 left in the first half and proceeded to score the game's next 10 points while keeping the Bobcats off the board to take a 17-7 lead on a Gurley lay-up. The lead grew to 14 on back-to-back lay-ups by Farrell with 7:44 left in the first half at 23-9.
UMass expanded to its lead to 38-21 on another driving lay-in by Farrell, giving him 14 first-half points - one shy of his career-high entering the game. Sampson Carter followed with a putback for a 19-point bulge and UMass led 40-23 at halftime.
Quinnipiac began the second half on a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to nine points at 42-33, four minutes into the stanza. Farrell continued to be a scoring machine as he tallied six of UMass' first nine points of the half as the Minutemen brought the lead back to 14 at 47-33 with 12:33 left on a jumper by the sophomore.
The Bobcats mounted a comeback to cut the UMass lead to just four at 51-47 with 7:37 left as Rutty scored seven points in a row for QU. But the Minutemen showed great resolve to retake a lead as large as nine, but Quinnipiac tied the game twice at 59 and 61
UMass returns to the court on Saturday in the Boston Tip-Off Classic as the Minutemen take on Boston College at the TD Garden in Beantown. Tip-Off is set for 6:30 p.m., and the game will air on Comcast SportsNet New England.
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