Gordon's Put Back Lifts No. 23/22 UMass Over Providence, 69-67 In Overtime
Dec. 28, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Derrick Gordon's put back with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime gave No. 23/22 Massachusetts a 69-67 win over Providence before a sold-out Mullins Center Saturday night.
Gordon grabbed the rebound in the lane after Trey Davis missed on a 3-point attempt. It was the second-straight year UMass defeated PC on a last-second shot, following last-season's Terrell Vinson tip-in at the end of regulation in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
UMass (11-1) had five players in double figures, with Sampson Carter (12 points, 12 rebounds), Cady Lalanne (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Chaz Williams (10 points, 10 assists) collecting double-doubles.
For Carter, it was his first double-double of the year and second of his career. Lalanne's was his Atlantic 10-leading seventh of 2013-14, while Williams' was his fourth overall and third in the last five games. It was the first time in 14 seasons that three players have notched double-doubles in the same contest.
The Minutemen shot 39 percent and were just 9-of-18 from the free throw line.
UMass never trailed in the overtime. The extra session was needed when the Friars closed the second half on a 13-3 run over the final 4:01.
UMass twice had 10-point leads, with the last at 56-46 following a pair of 3-pointers from Carter on the right wing and Williams beating the shot clock at the top of the key.
The Friars tied the game at 59 on a Bryce Cotton layup with just under ten seconds left. Trey Davis' shot was altered and he passed to Lalanne who got turned around and had his attempt blocked.
Providence led 29-28 at the half before UMass opened the period on a 9-2 run to lead 37-31. The Minutemen lead reached double figures at 43-33 on a Davis baseline jumper with 12:45 remaining.
A pair of LaDontae Henton free throws and a Cotton layup cut the margin to 50-46 before the two triples from Carter and Williams.
Providence (10-3) also shot 39 percent and was led offensively by Cotton's game-high 24 points, which included 16 after the half. Tyler Harris finished with 16 points and nine boards.
The crowd of 9,394 marked the 60th sellout in Mullins Center history and was the first since Dec. 2, 2006. The BYU game - played at the MassMututal Center in Springfield earlier this season - was also a sellout, marking the first time the Minutemen have had multiple home sellouts in a season since the 1998-99 campaign.
UMass will host Miami (Ohio) next Saturday, Jan. 4, at 7:00 p.m. in its final pre-conference game of the year.
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