#DUQMBB Falls to UMass in the Final Minute
March 5, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Trey Davis came off the bench to score 16 of his 20 points in the second half - including a big late 3-pointer - to lead Massachusetts to a 78-74 win over Duquesne at Palumbo Center.
The Minutemen moved to 23-6 overall (10-5 in the A-10), while Duquesne dropped to 12-16 (4-11).
Chaz Williams had 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for UMass.
Duquesne led 72-71 when Davis - who hit a contested 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer 90 seconds earlier - buried another 3-pointer to give the Minutemen a 74-72 lead with 1:43 left.
The Dukes still trailed by two when Raphiael Putney, who finished with four blocks, rejected a Mason drive in the lane. The ball bounced toward the sideline near midcourt, with Duquesne's Jeremiah Jones and UMass' Chaz Williams in pursuit, and was knocked out of bounds with 21.9 seconds left.
There was a nearly five minute delay as the officials tried to determine possession. When a definitive determination could not be made, the ball was awarded to UMass based on the possession arrow.
Cady Lalanne was then fouled and missed the front end of a one-and-one. Soko, whose 13 boards tied his season high, rebounded setting up a Jerry Jones baseline drive that rimmed out with seven seconds left. Davis was then fouled by Soko - his fifth - with 6.4 seconds left and made both.
Mason hit a layup with 1.1 seconds left, before Davis was fouled again and hit both for the final margin.
Both teams shot 45 percent.
Davis hit all four of his 3-pointers in the second half for the Minutemen who finished 10-of-25 from the arc. Mason had four 3-pointers for DU which made 7-of-20 from 3-point.
Duquesne got 3-pointers from four players in taking an early 27-16 lead, but managed just one bucket over the next five minutes as UMass cut the lead to three on a Maxie Esho 3-pointer.
The Minutemen, who took their first lead since the early moments on a pair of Williams free throws with 2:23 left, led 41-40 at the half.
DU rallied to take a four-point lead just over four minutes into the second half before the Minutemen got two 3-pointers from Sampson Carter and a third from Williams to take a 54-50 lead with 14:02 left.
Esho pushed the lead to eight on a layup before the Dukes got a jumper from Soko and a fourth 3-pointer from Mason to cut it to 66-63.
Neither team led by more than three until Davis' second free throw with 6.4 seconds left.
Duquesne concludes the regular season at George Mason on Saturday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. (MASN TV).
Micah Mason, who entered the game as the nation's leading 3-point shooter (.566), went 4-of-6 from the arc in scoring 20 points ... it was his second consecutive 20-point game ... Mason is now 64-of-112 (.571) from 3-point for the season.
Mason led the Dukes with 5 assists (and 0 turnovers) in 35 minutes ... he now has 67 assists and 11 turnovers on the season (a 6.1-to-1 ratio).
Ovie Soko's double-double (18-13) was his seventh of the season and 18th of his career.
The Dukes outrebounded the Minutemen 36-32 and outscored UMass 14-9 off turnovers ... UMass had 14 second-chance points to 5 for DU.
DU concludes the 2013-14 regular season at George Mason on Saturday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by MASN (available locally on DISH and DirectTV).