The Massachusetts Minutemen sure do like to give their fans a close game to watch. They also looked pretty good in their new all black sleeved Adidas uniforms.
UMass had fought back from a five point deficit to take the lead with 2:29 to go in the game after a Trey Davis three. Both teams traded baskets until four straight free throws from Cady Lalanne gave the Minutemen a 61-58 lead with six seconds to go.
After a Tyler Wilson free throw made it a two point game, Manhattan lost the ball out of bounds. Seth Berger attempted to throw the ball into Davis but threw behind resulting in a change of possession.
Steve Masiello got a free timeout so the refs could look over the clock and he drew up a beauty of a play. Emmy Andujar lobed the ball from the baseline to a cutting Rich Williams who caught the ball mid-air and threw it down for a thunderous alley-oop that sent the game into overtime.
The Jaspers may have been too fired up after sending it to overtime because UMass dominated from the start, taking a 65-63 lead with 3:30 left and never letting Manhattan any closer.
While Cady Lalanne dominated the stat sheet and the game, Derrick Gordon was the glue that kept UMass in it down the stretch. Gordon had one of the best all-around games of his career falling just short of a triple-double. He had 12 points and eight rebounds and assists. He also made a multitude of hustle and defensive plays at the end, and scored six crucial points in OT, all free throws. He was a perfect 8-8 from the line for the game. Lalanne had his third double-double in as many games and had a team high in points and rebounds with 23-16. Six of those boards were offensive.
Maxie Esho struggled with fouls all game eventually fouling out at the 1:47 mark. He had 12 points and only two boards in a quieter game for him. Trey Davis got backed into the double digit points club, scoring 14 and dished out three assists. His lone three was a key turning point in UMass winning the game.
Jabarie Hinds scored double figures for the first time as a Minutemen with 10. He had a rough shooting performance going just 4-11 and made some mental errors late.
Seth Berger got to play late in the game with Esho out and he had mixed reviews. While he did play some good defense and force a crucial miss, he did have a game changing turnover that almost lost UMass the game. It will be interesting to see if Kellogg looks past the inbound play or not.
Ashton Pankey for the Jaspers was shut down, only scoring seven points and six rebounds. Cady Lalanne really had his way with him inside. Emmy Andujar had his breakout game with a team high 21 points and 10 rebounds. Shane Richards was Manhattan's deep threat hitting three of seven on his way to 13 points.
UMass finally get some time off as they will not play until next Saturday against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The game starts at noon at the Mohegan Sun Arena.