LBANY, N.Y. -- Massachusetts' big names and reserves came through in an impressive first half and the second-seeded Minutemen went on to a 75-53 victory over Stanford on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
While Lou Roe and Marcus Camby, both first-team all-Atlantic 10 selections, played as expected, the Minuteman bench also came through early in the game as Carmelo Travieso and Tyrone Weeks helped UMass to a 43-23 halftime lead.
The loss was the worst of the season for 10th-seeded Stanford, which trailed by as much as 27 points, the last time at 69-42.
The seventh-ranked Minutemen (28-4) advanced to the East Regional semifinals where they will play the winner of Sunday's Old Dominion-Tulsa game on Friday night at East Rutherford, N.J.
The only other time Massachusetts advanced that far in the tournament was 1992 when Kentucky beat the Minutemen at Philadelphia in the round of 16.
The Cardinal (20-9), which beat North Carolina Charlotte 70-68 in the first round, has not gone beyond the second round in three tournament appearances since winning the national championship in 1942.
Roe, the conference's player of the year, finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds, becoming the school's career leader in the latter category. The senior forward has 1,054 rebounds, five more than Julius Erving had in his two seasons with the Minutemen.
Travieso finished with 13 points and Camby and Donta Bright had 10 each.
Dion Cross led the Cardinal, who lost by 19 at Oregon State for its worst loss of the season, with 14 points, while Tom Young had 13 and Brevin Knight 10.
While Roe was his consistent self on both ends, Camby was the first of the Minutemen to have a first-half flurry. He had a huge dunk followed by a nice low move and then blocked a shot at the other end. He and Bart Lammersen of Stanford were assessed technical fouls for a pushing incident at 10:17 and after the free throws Massachusetts had a 20-13 lead.
Enter Travieso. He scored the first eight points of a 10-0 run that gave the Minutemen a 30-15 lead with 6:58 left. He sandwiched 3-pointers around a layup following a steal by Donta Bright.
The came Weeks. The reserve center had rebound baskets around a block at the other end and when Roe hit a jumper in the lane, Massachusetts was up 40-21 with 2:21 left.
Edgar Padilla put the clincher on the first half when he nailed a 3-pointer with three seconds left for the 43-23 lead.
That was Stanford's lowest point total in a half this season as the Cardinal went 8-for-23 from the field, while the Minutemen shot 19-for-31.
Cross had 11 points in the first half, going 3-for-5 from 3-point range.
The win was the eighth straight for the Minutemen, who beat St. Peter's 68-51 in the first round.
|Stanford Cardinal (E10)||53|
|Massachusetts Minutemen (E2) (#7)||75|
|NCAA Tournament Second Round|
at Albany NY
MASSACHUSETTS (75) -- Dana Dingle 2-4 2-3 6, Donta Bright 5-6 0-0 10, Edgar Padilla 2-7 4-4 9, Derek Kellogg 1-6 0-0 3, Louis Roe 7-13 2-4 16, Marcus Camby 4-8 2-2 10, Carmelo Travieso 4-8 3-3 13, Jeff Meyer 1-1 0-0 2, Tyrone Weeks 2-2 0-0 4, Ted Cottrell 0-1 0-0 0, Rigoberto Nunez 0-0 0-0 0, Inus Norville 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 29-57 (50.9%) 13-16 (81.3%) 75.
HALFTIME: Massachusetts 43, Stanford 23. 3-POINTERS: Massachusetts 4-11 (Travieso 2-4, Kellogg 1-3, Padilla 1-4), Stanford 6-13 (Cross 3-5, Thompson 1-1, Jackson 1-1, Harbour 1-2, Gravely 0-1, Poppink 0-1, Knight 0-2). REBOUNDS: Massachusetts 37 (Roe 8), Stanford 32 (Young 9). ASSISTS: Massachusetts 17 (Padilla 5), Stanford 6 (Knight 3). FOULED OUT: None. TECHNICAL FOULS: Camby, Lammersen. TOTAL FOULS: Massachusetts 18, Stanford 16. ATTENDANCE: 15,100. RECORDS: Massachusetts 28-4, Stanford 20-9.
Stanford 23 30 -- 53 Massachusetts 43 32 -- 75