Men's Basketball

Mack's Heroics Lift UMass Past Florida State, 69-60

Mike Babul slams home two points Saturday in UMass' 69-60 victory over Florida State.

Mike Babul slams home two points Saturday in UMass' 69-60 victory over Florida State.

Dec. 18, 1999

Box Score

Associated Press Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. - Monty Mack scored a season-high 30 points and hit eight free throws in the final minute as Massachusetts beat Florida State 69-60 on Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic.

Mack carried the Minutemen (5-3) was fouled four times after the Seminoles (3-5) cut the lead to 60-58, and was flawless from the free-throw line.

Mack finished 7-of-18 from the field, with the majority of his misses coming from 3-point range. He was 4-of-11 from beyond the arc.

The senior point guard didn't miss from the free-throw line, though. He hit all 12 of his free throws en route to setting the Classic record for points in a game.

Mack broke the 29-point mark held by Miami's Tim James and Florida International's Marshod Fairweather.

Chris Kirkland added 16 points for the Minutemen.

UMass led 39-31 with 14 minutes to play in the second half and looked as if it would pull away. But the Seminoles used an 11-0 run to regain the lead for the first time since having a 19-18 edge early in the first half.

Ron Hale ignited the run with seven straight points before teammates Delvon Arrington and Adrian Crawford chipped in with baskets.

Hale finished with 22 points, but he could have helped Florida State with better free-throw shooting. Hale missed four free throws - all in the second half.

Arrington and Anderson added 10 points apiece for the Seminoles, who shot 45 percent from the field.

Miami tied the game at 57 with 2:27 remaining but went the next two minutes without a field goal.

UMass led 33-27 at the half.



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