UMass Drops First Game Of The Season, 60-55, To Florida State In Orange Bowl Classic
Dec. 21, 2013
SUNRISE, Fla. - Cady Lalanne posted his sixth double-double of the season but was called for offensive basket interference in the final few seconds as No. 22/20 Massachusetts fell to Florida State, 60-55, in the Metro PCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at the BB&T Center Saturday.
Chaz Williams put the Minutemen ahead 55-54 with just under two minute left on a driving layup that bounced around the tight rims a number of times before falling through.
Florida State got two free throws from Ian Miller before Okaro White followed a UMass turnover on a lob to Lalanne with a layup to go up 58-55 with 14 seconds left.
On the final possession, Maxie Esho sent a pass into the post where Lalanne went up strong for the dunk. Contact was made with FSU's Boris Bojanovsky and when the ball was rattling around and above the rim, Lalanne was still hanging on the goal and whistled for touching the rim while the ball was considered in the cylinder.
The Seminoles made two free throws to ice the game.
UMass suffered its first loss in 11 games this season as it shot a season-low 33 percent. The Minutemen made just one 3-pointer and was 14-for-24 from the free throw line.
Lalanne had 10 points and tied his career-high with 15 rebounds. Williams had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Derrick Gordon had 12 points and a pair of steals.
Florida State (8-3) was led by Aaron Thomas' 18 points and four rebounds. The Seminoles shot 37 percent and were 11-for-18 from the line.
Neither team led by more than five points and there were 13 lead changes.
UMass will open a four-game homestand next Saturday, when it plays host to Providence on Dec. 28 at theMullins Center. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m.