Men's Basketball

A Look Back At Great Moments In March Madness

March 20, 2014

Over the course of March Madness, UMass has had many memorable moments in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the NIT Tournament and, of course, the NCAA Tournament. As we prepare for the 2014 NCAA Tournament meeting against Tennessee, let's look back at some of the key March Madness moments that define UMass basketball!         


March 7

1994: UMass cruises past Duquesne 69-52 in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament to move on to the finals against Temple. The Minutemen would eventually beat Temple for their second consecutive A-10 Title.

March 8

1996: Donta Bright and Marcus Camby each chip in 19 points in an Atlantic 10 semifinal win over George Washington (74-65).  UMass would move on to face the Temple Owls for a fourth consecutive season in the conference championship game.

March 9

1996: UMass routs Temple 84-55, for its 4th straight conference title over Temple University and 5th straight title overall. Marcus Camby and the Minutemen would march into the NCAA tournament and win 4 games that year, earning the school’s first-ever birth in the Final Four.

2012: Chaz Williams & Jesse Morgan lead UMass to a 77-71 upset of No. 21 Temple in the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. If was the first quarterfinal win for UMass since 2001. Williams had 20 points, while Morgan led all players with 21. UMass trailed by 5 at halftime, but used a 15-0 run to start the second half.

March 11

1993: UMass defeats Temple defeats Temple 69-61 in the Atlantic-10 Championship Game. It would be the Minutemen's second consecutive A-10 title and the first of four straight title game victories over the Owls from 1992 to 1996.

March 12

1962: UMass qualifies for its first-ever NCAA Tournament, but falls to New York University 70-50 at the Palestra in Philadelphia.

1992: UMass defeats West Virginia 97-91 to claim the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship. It would be the first of 5 straight conference crowns and 7 straight NCAA tournament appearances for the Minutemen. 

March 13

2007: UMass tops Alabama 89-87 in overtime of the first round of the NIT tournament. With the win, UMass earned its first national postseason win since their trip to the Final Four in 1996.

2012: In the first round of the NIT Tournament, UMass posts a thrilling 101-96 double overtime win at Mississippi State on national television. Chaz Williams solidifies his standing as a house hold name with a 28 point performance. Sean Carter adds 20 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

March 14

1996: UMass romps 16-seed Central Florida in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 92-70. Carmelo Travieso accounted for 21 points and Marcus Camby pitched in with 14 of his own.

March 15

2013: In the last meeting between the two teams as Atlantic 10 conference rivals, UMass defeats Temple 79-74 in the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals. The win put UMass into the A-10 Semifinals for the second consecutive year.

March 16

1996: UMass spreads the wealth, as 5 different players score in double figures and edge 9-seed Stanford 79-74. The second round win earned UMass their second consecutive trip to the sweet 16.

March 17

1973: UMass scores its first postseason victory in the program’s history, earning a 78-71 victory over Missouri in the first round of the NIT Tournament.

1995: UMass defeats Stanford 75-53 in the NCAA Second Round at Knickerbocker Arena in Albany. 

2012: A back-and-forth NIT second round game came down to the final three minutes of play as UMass defeated Seton Hall 77-67 on the road. UMass clung to a one-point lead, 65-64, before back-to-back three pointers from Chaz Williams and Terrell Vinson gave the Minutemen cushion to hang on for the win. The 24th win of the season tied for the sixth-most in program history for a single-season.

March 18

2008: Dante Mulligan drops a career-high 24 points in first round NIT win over Stephen F. Austin. UMass would move on to the Final Four of the NIT Tournament that year.

March 19

1993: UMass earns a 54-50 win over Pennsylvania in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. They would fall to the University of Virginia two days later in the second round.

1995: UMass tops Stanford 75-53, earning a birth in the Sweet 16. Senior forward Lou Roe scored a game-high 16 points, while sophomore Marcus Camby rejected 5 shots.

March 20

1971: Julius Erving closes out his UMass career in a 90-49 loss to first-seed North Carolina in the first round of the NIT Tournament.

2012: UMass erases a 17-point deficit to defeat Drexel in Philadelphia 72-70 in the NIT Quarterfinals. The match-up of Derek Kellogg and former UMass mentor and assistant coach Bruiser Flint played heavy in the pregame coverage. UMass trailed 53-36 with 16:26 to go, but outscored Drexel 26-7 over a stretch of nine minutes. The win put UMass in the NIT Semifinals for the third time in program history (1991, 2008).

March 21

1991: Tony Barbee hits the "Shot Heard Round The World" in an NIT quarterfinal game against Siena at Knickerbocker Arena in Albany. Prior to the shot, the PA announcer had infamously informed the crowd about ticket and transportation options for Siena fans going to the NIT Semifinals. Barbee's last second shot forced overtime and an eventual win which put UMass into the NIT Final Four for the first time in school history.

1996: The #1 seeded Minutemen beat up on 12-seed Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament to advance to their second consecutive Elite Eight. Five different UMass players finish the game in double figure scoring.

March 22

1992: UMass defeats Syracuse 77-71 in overtime of the second round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Center Harper Williams hits a clutch 3-pointer with under a minute left to seal the victory for the Minutemen.

March 23

1996: UMass defeats Georgetown 86-62 to advance the school’s first ever Final Four. The Minutemen downed Allen Iverson and the Hoyas with sharp shooting from Carmelo Tavieso, who was 6 of 13 from three-point land. All-American Marcus Camby put up 22 points and played stout defense, as UMass held Georgetown to 27.1% shooting in the second half. 

March 24

1995: UMass defeats Tulsa 76-51 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Powered by 20 points from Marcus Camby and 12 from current Head Coach Derek Kellogg, the Minutemen advance to the first Elite Eight in the history of the program. 

March 25

2008: Minutemen overcome a 22-point second-half deficit to stun Syracuse 81-77 and move on to the Final Four of the NIT Tournament, the first such appearance for the school since 1991. The win also marked the second win over the Orange in the Carrier Dome that season, making UMass the first ever team to do so.

March 26

1992: UMass drops NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game to Kentucky, 87-77, marking senior Jim McCoy’s last game in a UMass uniform. He finished as the all-time leading scorer for the Minutemen, tallying 2,374 career points.

2007: Stephane Lasme is named AP Honorable Mention All-American. He was the first player to earn the honor since Marcus Camby did so in the 1995-1996 season.

March 27

2012:In Chaz Williams' first return to his hometown of Brooklyn, UMass' postseason magic ran out as Stanford defeated the Minutemen 74-64 in the NIT Semifinals. Despite shooting just 34 percent from the floor, UMass was able to hold a 50-49 lead with 8:05 left in the second half. The Cardinal, however, hit 12-of-15 free throws down the stretch to hold UMass at arms length.

March 30

1996: Playing in their only Final Four in school history, UMass is defeated by Kentucky by a score of 81-74. Future NBA player Marcus Camby scored 25 points and Edgar Padilla added 12 assists. UMass cuts the lead to 3 points with 1:02 remaining in the game, but Kentucky hits 8 free throws down the stretch to end the Minutemen’s magical season.

April 1

2008: UMass cruises past two-time defending champion Florida in the semifinals of the NIT Tournament. They would move on to face Ohio State in the NIT Championship Game.

April 3

2008: UMass falls to Ohio State in the NIT Championship Game by a score of 92-85.  Ricky Harris dropped a game-high 27 points but future NBA guard Evan Turner answered with 20 of his own, including a perfect 3 for 3 from behind the arc. 



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