Opponent: George Mason Patriots
League: Atlantic 10 Conference
– Luwane Pipkins was ruled out of this one with a concussion.
– With no Pipkins, a win against any team in the conference seems unlikely, but the Minutemen were able to jump out to a 5-0 lead and had it deadlocked at fifteen halfway through the first half, thanks to a hot start from Carl Pierre.
– Led by Justin Kier, George Mason Recorded a 21-5 Run in the final ten minutes of the half as the UMass offense began to stall as would be expected without Pipkins’ creating ability.
– The Minutemen trailed 36-20 at the break, a very low scoring period.
– Pierre Scored 12 out of the 20 points on four three pointers.
– Unique McLean (8 points) and Ray Miller catalyzed the UMass attack to start the half, contributing a combined twelve points in the first five minutes of the second to cut the deficit to four (38-34)
– It remained a very back and forth contest until Kier began to find a rhythm and stretch the lead back to eight (46-38) with ten minutes remaining in the contest
– C.J. Anderson began to find his scoring touch, starting a 17-8 run, culminated by a Malik Hines Dunk to tie the game (55-55).
– On the following possession, with just over two minutes left in the game, Ray Miller (11 points, 5 assists) converted a layup to give UMass their first lead since very early in the game.
– Down One in the final minute, Malik Hines (13 points, 11 rebounds) came through in the clutch with a short jumper to give the lead back to UMass with just twenty-four seconds on the clock.
– The defense was solid in the next possession, forcing a contested Justin Kier (14 points, 9 rebounds) layup to miss
– Carl Pierre (15 Points) grabbed the defensive rebound and smoothly drained both free throws after being fouled.
– UMass led by three in the final seconds, but Unique McLean made a deadly mistake, fouling Goanar Mar (18 Points 7 rebounds) from three point land with just one second remaining.
– Mar converted all three from the line and the game was headed for Overtime.
– George Mason controlled the start of the extra period stretching their lead to as much as four thanks to Otis Livingston (20 Points)
– The Minutemen stayed resilient behind C.J Anderson (21 points) who scored the final six points for the team and tied the game with five seconds remaining on a jumper.
– The Patriots rushed down the court and Ian Boyd crushed the hearts of the Minutemen with a driving layup at the buzzer
– The game concluded with a final score of 78-76
Team Stats: UMass George Mason
Field Goals: 29-70 (41.4%) 31-68 (45.6%)
3 Point Field Goals: 7-19 (36.8%) 11-26 (42.3%)
Free Throws: 11-16 (68.8%) 5-10 (50.0%)
Rebounds: 39 (11) 46 (12)
Assists: 15 15
Turnovers: 6 13
Record: 11-18 (4-12)
– 5th loss in a row
– Amazing comeback effort in a game that UMass ultimately should have won.
– UMass did a decent job of containing Livingston, forcing him to take a lot of contested shots, but they allowed Jaire Grayer to have a really solid game with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
– Much better job rebounding and took very good care of the ball without a primary ball handler in Pipkins
Wednesday, February 28th vs the Richmond Spiders