UNRISE, Fla. - UMass guard Monty Mack and his teammates expected coach Bruiser Flint to address the team first after yesterday's 69-60 win over Florida State.
But there was a slight change of plans - Julius Erving did the honors.
Erving, in town scouting for the Orlando Magic and to attend a UMass alumni meeting, talked with the players, most of whom had never met him before.
For Mack, it was the perfect ending to a day in which he set an Orange Bowl Classic record with 30 points, won Most Valuable Player honors and almost single-handedly defeated the Seminoles at the National Car Rental Center.
``I'd never met (Erving) before. I was happy to meet him,'' Mack said. ``He just told us to keep playing hard and we'd win some games.''
Mack helped the Minutemen (5-3) win yesterday, but he didn't get off to a blazing start. He was 3-of-8, including 1-of-6 from 3-point range in an 11-point first half.
His performance came exactly one week after being benched during UMass' 63-59 loss to Detroit. Mack struggled to hit his shot, scoring only four points in that game.
``I'm proud of him because last week we had to bench him because he was not hitting his 3s,'' Flint said. ``(Yesterday) he did what he needed to do to win the game. Last week he wasn't helping us. I told him, `We need you to help us win. You don't need to score 1,000 points.' Today he did both for us.''
And Mack helped avert several FSU runs in the second half. After trailing by eight with 15 minutes to play, the Seminoles went on an 11-0 run to take a 42-39 lead. UMass came back to take the lead thanks to two 3-pointers from Mack.
FSU tied it again at 48 with eight minutes to play, but UMass went on a 6-0 run to regain the lead. The Seminoles' final chance came with a little more than two minutes to play. FSU forward Ron Hale, who had a team-high 22 points, hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 57.
UMass then went on a 12-3 run to close out the game. Eight of those points came from Mack, who went 8-for-8 from the line in that stretch.
``I'm going to keep shooting the ball,'' Mack said. ``I knew it was going to come back and I'm glad it came back today. They told me, `Go out and play, don't win the game by yourself.' ''
Chris Kirkland added 16 points, and Kitwana Rhymer had a team-high eight rebounds and nine points to complement Mack's effort.
And that's something even Dr. J can smile about.
``I'm proud of them,'' Erving said. ``I'm always proud of them win, lose or draw.''
UNRISE, Fla.-- Monty Mack even made Dr. J proud.
Mack scored a season-high 30 points and hit eight free throws in the final minute to give Massachusetts a 69-60 win over Florida State yesterday in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Hall of Famer Julius Erving, the UMass alumnus better known as Dr. J, talked to the Minutemen just after the game.
He told us to just keep playing hard and we'd win some games, Mack said.
Erving, executive vice president of the Orlando Magic, was in town scouting and attending a UMass alumni function. He said he was impressed with Mack as well as the other Minutemen.
I was proud of them, Erving said. I'm always proud of them, win, lose or draw.
Erving's locker-room visit was a surprise to the team. It was the first time Mack and many of his teammates had ever met the NBA Hall of Famer. Mack hopes it will not be his last after playing like a future NBA star.
Mack carried the Minutemen (5-3) down the stretch, maintaining the ball and making all his shots. He was fouled four times after the Seminoles (3-5) cut the lead to 60-58 and was flawless from the free-throw line.
The senior shooting guard finished 7 of 18 from the field, with the majority of his misses from 3-point range. He was 4 of 11 from beyond the arc.
Mack didn't miss from the foul line, though. He hit all 12 of his free throws en route to setting the Classic record for points in a game. Mack broke the 29-point mark shared by Miami's Tim James and Florida International's Marshod Fairweather.
He played well, especially at the end of the game, UMass coach Bruiser Flint said. He didn't get off to a great start, but he stepped up and made plays at the end.
Chris Kirkland added 16 points for the Minutemen.
UMass led, 39-31, with 14 minutes to play in the second half and looked as if it would pull away. But the Seminoles used an 11-0 run to regain the lead for the first time since holding a 19-18 edge early in the first half.
Ron Hale ignited the run with seven straight points before teammates Delvon Arrington and Adrian Crawford chipped in with baskets.
I thought we had the game pretty much under control, then the run came, Flint said. Hale got on fire and it was a game again.
Hale finished with 22 points, but he could have helped Florida State with better foul shooting. He missed four free throws, all in the second half.
Arrington and Anderson added 10 points apiece for the Seminoles, who shot 45 percent from the field.
Miami tied the game at 57-57 with 2:27 remaining, but went the next two minutes without a field goal. That's when Mack took over.
Players have got to make plays and he made plays tonight, FSU coach Steve Robinson said. He hit free throws. He hit two big 3-point shots. He responded, and that's what you've got to do.
or a few shining minutes Saturday, Florida State's men's basketball team stopped reeling and started rolling.
A furious defensive stretch and a flurry by FSU's lone true scoring threat, Ron Hale, turned an eight-point deficit into a three-point advantage, and the Seminoles revived dormant hope.
But in the end, Monty Mack's timely 3-point marksmanship and clutch free throws bailed out Massachusetts, 69-60, in the HIP Health Plan Orange Bowl Classic at National Car Rental Center.
``Once Monty Mack gets on a streak, it's hard to stop him,'' FSU playmaker Delvon Arrington said after the Seminoles dropped their third straight and fell to 3-5. UMass is 5-3.
Mack, who finished with 30 points, stopped UMass' bleeding and erased FSU's brief 42-39 lead with one of his four 3-pointers.
Then, after Arrington's slick feed set up Oliver Simmons for an easy lay-in and a 44-42 edge, Mack returned to his favorite spot deep on the wing and drilled another 3-pointer.
``They set a lot of screens for him and get him wide-open shots,'' Arrington said, ``and he knocks them down.''
Mack sealed the deal with eight free throws in the final minute and made all 12 in a game in which his only double-figure scoring help came from 6-6 Chris Kirkland with 16.
Kirkland's short, turn-around bank shot with 2 1/2 minutes remaining broke a 57-57 tie that had been forged by Hale's 3-pointer, and the Minutemen's final 10 points came on free throws as the Seminoles scrambled in vain.
FSU coach Steve Robinson, whose club sleepwalked through a 79-56 home loss to Seton Hall a week ago, continues to look for light at the end of the dark tunnel through which his team is traveling toward a foreboding Atlantic Coast Conference schedule.
``We had a stretch in the game where we looked as good as we've looked all season,'' Robinson said of the 11-point burst.
But the Seminoles could not compensate for scoring droughts of 4 minutes 58 seconds in the first half and 4:50 in the second.
``We had opportunities,'' he said. ``But we've got to make plays when the game's on the line. They [the Minutemen] made those plays. They got the offensive rebound. They knocked down the free throws. They knocked down the shots at a crucial time.''
Hale, not consoled by his 9-for-15 shooting for 22 points -- nine more than he had against Seton Hall last Saturday -- conceded only that ``it's definitely better than getting beat by 20 at home against a team you should beat. But we didn't get the win.''
Hale scored seven of his 22 to trigger FSU's second-half rally but bemoaned four missed free throws, including the front end of a one-and-one with Massachusetts up, 45-44, and a pair when he was trying to carve into a 55-50 deficit.
For the first time since a stray elbow broke his nose in FSU's season-opening loss at Florida, Hale operated without a protective plastic facemask. That did encourage him.
``I can see the whole court better,'' he said. ``Also, when you've got the mask, I drive, and people bump it, and it's over my eyes when I'm shooting. . . . It's tough.''
Damous Anderson, FSU's second go-to guy, returned after sitting out the Seton Hall game with a sprained ankle. He played 20 minutes and produced 10 points and five rebounds.
``[The ankle is] weak,'' Anderson said. ``I really can't push off it yet, but it's good enough that I can be out there.''
The Seminoles obviously will have to be at peak performance to even challenge the North Carolinas and Dukes and Marylands.
Robinson, 34-36 in two-plus seasons at FSU, shook his head. ``I look at us sometimes and say, `We're so close.' But you've got to win a game to really understand what you're going through. I know it's tough on those guys right now.''
UNRISE, Fla. When Ronell Blizzard first came to the University of Massachusetts, he was projected as someone who might give the men's basketball team something it has rarely had a forward who could spot up and shoot.
It has never really worked out that way, but today at the National Car Rental Center, UMass coach Bruiser Flint will try to find out if Blizzard can offer what the Minutemen are missing. The 6-foot-8 sophomore will make his first career start today against Florida State as UMass (4-3) tries to find someone who can give a spark to its flagging offense.
"I just think he can give us something we need," Flint said as UMass prepared for the Orange Bowl Classic game that begins at 4 p.m. Florida State (3-4) has good size, but has been plagued by inconsistency, losing 79-56 at home to Seton Hall Saturday.
UMass hasn't played since losing 63-59 at Detroit a week ago, giving Flint time to think about ways to liven up the offense. The Minutemen are averaging 62.5 points over their last six games, and small forward Mike Babul has reverted to offensive problems that have dogged him throughout his career.
Enter Blizzard, whose numbers don't guarantee any quick-fix solutions. The former star at Sacred Heart of Waterbury, Conn., took a medical redshirt as a freshman two years ago after being sidetracked by foot problems.
Last year, he made a bit of a splash in the preseason games but played in only 10 games 66 minutes in all and averaged 1.8 points and 2.1 rebounds. He went 0 for 8 on 3-point tries.
This year, Blizzard has appeared in all but one game and averaged 7.4 minutes, 2.3 points and two rebounds. But his second career 3-pointer came in the final seconds against Detroit, bringing UMass to within three points, and hinted at the appeal his game carries for a team that is starved for points.
In short, Blizzard isn't afraid to shoot, even if most of the shots don't go in and a few aren't even close. He can also play either forward spot, though today, he'll start at small forward on offense and power forward on defense, with Chris Kirkland as the other forward.
Babul, on the other hand, has been tentative and failed to finish a handful of wide-open chances recently. He has taken 21 shots (making eight) in 160 minutes.
Blizzard is 7 for 17 in 52 minutes, so for now, Flint will live with the 205-pounder's defensive mistakes and foul problems.
"Mike is a better defensive player, but we need points and rebounding, and I think Blizz can give us both," Flint said. "Anyway, we've got to see. I don't think we'll get hurt that much on defense, because we've still got a good defensive team overall."
Today starts a busy stretch of four games in seven six days for UMass, which leaves by charter after the game for the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic, which opens Tuesday when the Minutemen play Southern Illinois.
Today's game could be decided not only by scoring, but by whether UMass can hold its own on the boards. The Minutemen have been outrebounded five times in the last six games.
UNRISE, Fla. The opponent may not have been the best men's basketball team the University of Massachusetts will face this season, but that doesn't alter the fact that this was the season's best win by far.
The 69-60 Orange Bowl Classic victory over Florida State did more than just give UMass (5-3) its fourth win in five games, as well as some momentum heading into the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic that opens Tuesday. It proved that when the Minutemen make the extra pass, refuse to concede the boards and get help from the bench, this team can look pretty good.
"I thought we had the in game control in the second half, but then we had a few unforced turnovers, (Florida State forward) Ron Hale got on fire, and it was a game again," UMass coach Bruiser Flint said after the game at the National Car Rental Center.
"But what I liked was that we kept our poise," Flint said. "And we got something from everybody who played."
Monty Mack scored a season-high 30 points and hit a career-high 12 foul shots in 12 tries. His output came in satisfying contrast to last week's four-point, 2-for-11 shooting struggle in a loss at Detroit, when Mack was benched for the final three minutes.
"I'm going to keep shooting the ball," said Mack, who scored 19 points in the second half. "One game won't change that. I know it will come back for me."
Mack hit eight free throws in the last 48 seconds for UMass, which withstood two second-half surges by Florida State (3-5). And not only did the 6-foot-3 guard deliver points, he twice found center Kitwana Rhymer open under the basket for second-half dunks.
"I figured he'd shoot, but I was glad he saw me there," Rhymer said.
"I was proud of Monty, and it wasn't just his scoring," Flint said. "He kicked the ball over to Kit on a couple of big plays. He got frustrated last week, and he started slowly in this one, but this time it didn't affect him."
Rhymer's task was to neutralize a huge Florida State lineup whose top six players included four of at least 6-7 size. The 6-10 UMass center struggled until the final minutes, when he dominated the paint to finish with nine points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
"Urgency," Rhymer said when asked what motivated him. "Coach was screaming at me the whole game, saying he knew I could do better. And I knew I could, too."
Forward Chris Kirkland had 16 points for UMass, which also received worthwhile contributions from the bench. All 10 Minutemen who played had at least one rebound, and six of them every player under 6-8 had at least one assist.
Hale led Florida State with 22 points, including seven straight during an 11-0 run that gave the Seminoles a 42-39 lead with 12:40 left. His last dagger was a 3-pointer with 2:27 left, ending a 9-2 Seminole surge which tied the game 57-57.
But Kirkland posted up and scored to put UMass ahead for good, and led by Mack, the Minutemen closed out the game with 10-for-12 foul shooting.
Mack earned game MVP honors (as voted by media) after breaking the Orange Bowl Classic scoring record. He passed the mark of 29 set by Miami's Tim James in 1998, and tied by Florida International's Marshod Fairweather in yesterday's 78-70 overtime loss to St. Bonaventure in the Orange Bowl opener.
Despite Florida State's size advantage, UMass earned a 40-33 rebounding edge, with 5-9 Jonathan DePina grabbing five boards.
"I also thought Jonathan did a great job running the team at the end," Flint said. DePina had three assists and one turnover in 27 minutes.
UNRISE, Fla. A few postgame words from Julius Erving made yesterday's Orange Bowl Classic victory even more special for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team.
The most legendary player in UMass history was in attendance at the National Car Rental Center, and saw the Minutemen play their best all-around game of the season in a 69-60 win over Florida State. After the game, Erving visited the UMass locker room and spoke to the team.
"He said he was proud to be a Umie," UMass coach Bruiser Flint said. The players, none of which were born when UMass starred for UMass from 1969-71, said it mattered to play well with Erving in the stands.
"When Dr. J is in the house, you want to play well," forward Winston Smith said.
"I told him he had to teach Kit Rhymer some post moves," guard Monty Mack joked. "But it was a good feeling. I'd never met him before, but I turned around, and he was there."
Another UMass alumnus was on hand, too. Tyrone Weeks is a St. Bonaventure assistant coach, and was on the bench as the Bonnies shaded Florida International 78-70 in overtime, the opener of the Orange Bowl hoop tripleheader. North Carolina beat Miami 78-68 in the nightcap.
"He's been an excellent addition to the program," Bonnies coach Jim Baron said. "The guys have seen him play, but Tyrone has also proven how important it is to have balance between athletics and academics."
Weeks began his UMass career as an academically ineligible freshman. He went on to graduate and finish his playing career in 1998.
"I didn't think my playing career would be over so soon, but I've always thought about coaching," said Weeks, who played briefly as a pro but was hampered by injuries. "I work with the big men on this team, and they're responding."
Weeks has especially worked with St. Bonaventure center Caswell Cyrus, a talented but often moody senior. This year, with Weeks paying attention to him, Cyrus has been far more consistent.
"He's a guy you can't holler at," said Weeks, whose Bonnies are 6-1 and visit UMass Jan. 6. "So I just talk to him."
Mike Babul's starting streak ended when Ronell Blizzard (two points, three rebounds, four fouls in 12 minutes) started at forward. Not counting last season's final regular-season game, when Babul gave up his spot to let the team's senior players start, the 6-foot-6 forward had started 68 straight games.
"It was different, but I just want to win games," said Babul, who played 26 minutes. "Bruiser told me it wouldn't affect my minutes. And I wound up playing more than I probably would have, had I started."
Other than Senior Day last year, Babul had started every game since his freshman season in 1996-97.
"He wasn't in at the beginning, but he was in at the end," Flint said. "Actually, Mike had just about his best week of practice here since I've been the coach.
"I thought Ronell did a good job, too," said Flint, who sounded inclined to stay with the new lineup. "I thought he'd be more nervous than he was."
With 30 points yesterday, Monty Mack has 1,139 in his career, and passed Mike Williams (1,122) for 25th place all-time at UMass.
ORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - After Saturday, University of Massachusetts coach Bruiser Flint might try to get Julius Erving in the building before every game.
With the former UMass star on hand to meet the team after the game Saturday, the Minutemen went out and delivered their best overall effort of the season, defeating Florida State, 69-60, in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.
After a 7-0 FSU run authored entirely by Ron Hale tied the game at 57-57 with 2:20 left, the Minutmen counterpunched with a knockout blow. A Chris Kirkland layup inside started a 12-3 run highlighted by eight free throws from Monty Mack that sealed the win for UMass (5-3).
Mack rebounded from his two-game scoring slump that landed him on the bench in crunch time during last week's loss to Detroit. He scored a season-high 30 points, a new Orange Bowl record. He made all 12 free throws he took. With Florida State (3-5) keying on him, Mack was able to draw defenders to him. He fooled the FSU defense twice late in the game by driving toward the hoop, then firing bullet passes to Kitwana Rhymer for easy looks at the hoop.
"I'm proud of him because last week I had to bench him," Flint said. "This week he came in and got off to a slow start, but he did the things we needed him to do to win a game. He played good defense. He rebounded the ball and made good passes."
Mack was as proud of his other contributions as he was of his scoring.
"Those are the little things coach said I need to do," Mack said. "When I do good things like that, I feel good inside."
Chris Kirkland added 16 points, while Rhymer shook off a tough, foul-plagued first half to deliver nine points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
Ron Hale scored 14 of his 22 in the second half to rally the Seminoles late, but he was their only consistent scoring threat.
For the Minutemen, maybe the most encouraging aspect of the game was the way each player settled into his role. Flint used 10 players and each of them contributed. Even seldom-used center Anthony Oates, who played just a minute, neutralized Florida State behemoth Nigel Dixon so effectively that FSU coach Steve Robinson took the 6-foot-10, 375-pound center out of the game for the rest of the way.
"We kept our poise. Guys made plays and we pulled it out at the end," Flint said. "Everybody did a good job and helped us. That's the way we have to play to win games. Jonathan (DePina) did a good job running the team today. Kit made some big plays at the end."
Florida State took an early lead, but it never reached more than four points. Mack scored seven points amid a 13-2 UMass run that put the visitors ahead, 29-21, with just over three minutes to play in the first half.
Hale ran off another 7-0 run by himself midway through the second half, followed by fast-break baskets from Delvon Arrington an Adrian Crawford, giving the Seminoles a 42-39 lead with 12 minutes left in the game and bringing the mostly pro-FSU crowd to life.
But Mack sat the fans back on their hands. He buried a long 3-pointer to tie game, and after an Oliver Simmons lay-in, Mack drained another three to put UMass back ahead, 45-44.
"Mack did an outstanding job," Robinson said. "He shot the ball well. In the second half he made plays they needed."
"When they made their runs, we stayed calm and executed what we had to do," Kirkland said.
The Minutemen never trailed again (although Florida State tied the game twice) before UMass delivered its game-clinching run.
After the game the players were excited about meeting Dr. J.
"Me and Dr. J. ..." Rhymer mused. "Wow. That's like once in a lifetime."
"Meeting Dr. J was pretty exciting," said junior Winston Smith. "When you have Dr. J in the house, you want to play as good as you can. He said he was proud of us."
"I think it was good that he came in and talked to us, Mack said. "People look up to people like him."
"He just talked about being proud to be a UMie," Flint said. "He told the guys to represent well. I go back to high school with Doc, because I used to be his (son Cheo's) big brother. Cheo and I went to the same school."
Shortly after the game, the Minutemen departed for Puerto Rico, where they will take part in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic beginning Tuesday.
ORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The answer to the University of Massachusetts' rebounding problems was in Florida Saturday, but unfortunately for the Minutemen, he was wearing a suit, not a uniform, and is out of eligibility.
Former UMass forward Tyrone Weeks was at the National Car Rental Center Saturday in his first year as a coach for the Minutemen's Atlantic 10 rival, St. Bonaventure, which was playing Florida International in the first game of the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic's triple-header.
After completing his UMass career in 1998, Weeks played basketball briefly overseas before deciding it wasn't for him. He then began looking for coaching positions in the U.S. With a recommendation from UMass coach Bruiser Flint, Weeks landed in Olean, N.Y. He's enjoyed his time on the bench so far for the upstart 6-1 Bonnies, which beat Florida International, 78-70, in overtime.
"Life is good. We're winning," Weeks said. "I'm enjoying myself. I didn't think my playing career would end this quick, but I always knew I wanted to coach."
Weeks has worked a lot with the Bonnie big men and the results have been good. Former reserve Peter Van Paasan has become a key part of the Bona attack and talented but enigmatic center Caswell Cyrus has been consistent so far.
"They respond. They listen," Weeks said. "I told them, 'I can't steer you wrong. I played with a lot of good guys.' They've been doing a good job and playing hard."
St. Bonaventure coach Jim Baron praised Weeks' contributions.
"He's been an excellent addition to our program," Baron said. "Having a guy that's just been through it, coming from an excellent program like UMass, is great.
"He was a quality student athlete and we feel he's added to our program. I've thrown a lot at him because my expectations are a little bit higher because he knows the league. He knows the intensity."
The upstate New York town is a far cry from Weeks' hometown of Philadelphia.
"It's quiet," he said. "There's not much to do, but I'm here to do my job. I expected it to be that way."
Weeks and the Bonnies will be in Amherst to open conference play on Jan. 6.
"It'll be a good game," Weeks said. "I can't wait to get back to the Mullins Center."
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When UMass coach Bruiser Flint gave Ronell Blizzard his first career start, he ended a long starting run by Mike Babul. With the exception of Senior Day last year, when Babul sat briefly so Andy Maclay could start his final game, Babul had started 68 straight games dating back to his freshman year.
Flint was pleased with the way both players handled the move.
"I thought Ronell did a good job, he just got into foul trouble," Flint said. "I told him, for his first start I thought he'd be nervous, but he did a real good job. I told Mike Babul that he'd be out there and he was out there at the end of the game."
Both players finished with two points and three rebounds. Blizzard was limited to 12 minutes due to foul trouble, while Babul played 26.
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Senior guard Monty Mack passed former Minutemen guard Mike Williams to move into 25th place on the UMass career scoring chart. Mack now has 1,139 for his career. He needs nine to move into a three-way tie for 24th with Will Herndon and former teammate Lari Ketner.
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MASSACHUSETTS (69) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Blizzard 12 1-4 0-0 1-3 0 4 2 Kirkland 35 5-11 6-13 2-6 3 2 16 Depina 27 0-2 0-0 2-5 3 2 0 Mack 35 7-18 12-12 1-3 3 1 30 Rhymer 21 3-4 3-4 4-8 0 4 9 Oates 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Smith 9 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 4 Babul 26 1-2 0-0 0-3 2 1 2 Crooks 17 1-6 0-0 1-3 2 2 2 Brand 17 2-3 0-0 1-3 0 1 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 22-55 21-29 12-36 14 18 69 _______________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Blizzard 0-2, Mack 4-11, Crooks 0-2). Team rebounds: 44. Blocked shots: 4 (Rhymer 4). Turnovers: 12 (Crooks 3, Kirkland 3, Mack 2, Rhymer 2, Depina, Smith). Steals: 6 (Mack 2, Babul, Crooks, Depina, Rhymer). FLORIDA ST (60) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hale 34 9-15 3-7 0-2 1 2 22 Simmons 21 2-4 4-4 4-6 2 4 8 Crawford 31 3-11 0-0 1-2 0 4 6 Arrington 30 5-9 0-0 0-3 8 3 10 Dav Anderson 24 2-5 0-0 2-8 0 1 4 A Dixon 19 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Tucker 6 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 Dam Anderson 20 4-9 1-2 1-5 1 4 10 N Dixon 2 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 Mott 13 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 25-56 8-15 9-29 12 20 60 _______________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.533. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Hale 1-1, Crawford 0-4, Arrington 0-2, Dam Anderson 1-3). Team rebounds: 37. Blocked shots: 3 (Dav Anderson 2, Dam Anderson). Turnovers: 10 (Arrington 5, Crawford 2, Hale 2, Dam Anderson). Steals: 5 (Arrington 2, Dam Anderson, Mott, Simmons). __________________________________ Massachusetts 33 36 - 69 Florida St 27 33 - 60 __________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Officials: Duke Edsall, Brent Kerbs, Harrell Allen.