Mack's Heroics Lift UMass Past Florida State, 69-60
Dec. 18, 1999
By MARK LONG
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.
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.