Miami Knocks Off Men's Basketball 83-75
Dec. 3, 2011
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Chaz Williams scored a career-high 22 points and UMass was within three points three times in the final five minutes, but Miami weathered the storm for an 83-75 win on Saturday at the BankUnited Center. Along with Williams, Sean Carter scored 12 points (8 rebounds), while Jesse Morgan added 10. UMass returns to action on Tuesday at East Carolina.
With the loss, UMass falls to 6-3 on the season, while the Hurricanes improve to 5-2 overall.
Miami had four players reach double-figures led by Durand Scott's 16 points. Shane Larkin added 14 points, while Malcolm Grant had 15 points. Trey McKinney Jones scored 10 alongside eight rebounds.
After falling behind by seven points in the opening minutes of the game, UMass battled back to tie the game at 13-13 on a dunk by Raphiael Putney. The two teams traded leads over the next four minutes until back-to-back three-pointers from Williams gave UMass a 25-22 lead with 8:43 left in the first.
A seven-minute scoring drought, however, made the lead short lived as Miami closed the half on a 19-6 run going into the break with a 41-31 lead.
UMass whittled the lead down to four with 11:59 to go in the second half after a quick seven-point run made it 50-46 following a Carter dunk. Miami responded with a quick 7-0 run of its own over the next minute and 24 seconds pushing the lead back to 11, 57-46.
Early foul trouble put both teams in the one-and-one bonus midway through the second half. With eight minutes to go, UMass picked up its 10th team foul. Miami converted 14-of-16 free throw opportunities down the stretch.
The Minutemen were able to pull within three points, however, on three separate possessions in the final five minutes. With 2:36 left in the game, a Williams jumper pulled UMass within three, 77-74.
For the game, UMass shot 36.4 percent from the field (24-of-66) including 7-of-24 from beyond the arc (29.2%). UMass also converted 20-of-27 free throw attempts.
Miami shot 40.7% from the field (24-of-59) and was 8-for-17 from deep (47.1%). The Hurricanes hit 27-of-36 free throw attempts highlighted by Scott's 16-for-18 showing at the charity stripe.