Men's Basketball Hangs On For 63-58 Win At ECU
Dec. 6, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - UMass hit four free throws in the final 40 seconds of play as the Minutemen held on for a 63-58 win at East Carolina on Tuesday nightat Minges Coliseum. Freddie Riley led all players with 14 points which he scored in the first half. UMass will face Siena on Friday in the Hall Of Fame Holiday Showcase at the Mass Mutual Center.
The Minutemen (7-3) jumped out to a 40-21 lead at halftime, but the Pirates mounted a furious comeback effort in the second half to cut the lead down to one-point with 40 seconds left in regulation. Sean Carter, Rapiael Putney, and Chaz Williams each hit free throws in the stretch to seal the win, while the defense forced a turnover and two missed three-point shots.
East Carolina (4-4) was led by Darrius Morrow (13 points) and Maurice Kemp (12 points). Miguel Paul and Shamarr Bowden each had 10 points to round out the Pirates' top scoring.
The Pirates started the second half with a 13-2 run in the first four minutes of play. Morrow hit eight points in the run after being held to just four in the first half.
A pair of Javorn Farrel free throws stemmed the tide, but a Kemp lay-in and free throw made it 44-37 with 15 minutes left in the second half.
The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half as UMass held on to a 10-point cushing until the Pirates put together a 10-2 run making it a 59-58 game with 40 seconds left.
Riley sparked UMass with 14 points off the bench in the first half as he drained four three pointers including a pair of them in a 17-3 run that put the Minutemen up 33-14 with just over six minutes to go. The Minutemen's pressure defense held the Pirates scoreless for over four minutes in the run.
UMass took its largest lead of the first half on a Williams jumper with 3:16 to go which put the Minutemen up 22 points, 40-18.
Putney and Carter each finished the game with nine points. Carter had seven rebounds, while Terrell Vinson had a team-high nine.
The Minutemen finished the game shooting 21-of-48 for the game (43.8%) highlighted by a 15-of-28 performance in the first half.
Free throws proved the difference maker down the stretch as UMass was 15-of-25 for the game and East Carolina was 9-of-23 overall.
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