AMHERST, Mass. -
University of Massachusetts men's basketball scored the final five points - all by freshman guard DeJon Jarreau
- as the Minutemen took a 70-67 victory from the Temple at the Mullins Center on Thursday. Jarreau finished with a team-high 16 points while Donte Clark
(14) and Rashaan Holloway
(11) also reached double-figures.
- the shortest Minuteman at 5-foot-11 - led both sides with nine rebounds, including defensive boards on the final two Temple shot attempts. Clark added eight boards and five assists while Jarreau finished with a game-best seven assists and four rebounds. Holloway ripped down six rebounds and blocked three shots.
Obi Enechionyia provided 26 points for Temple; however, the Minutemen limited the remainder of the Owls' lineup to single-digits in the points column as Temple shot 38.2 percent overall (26-of-68), including just 30.6 percent in the second half (11-of-36).
The Minutemen improved to 2-1 with the victory while the Owls dropped to 1-2. It marked the 65th meeting in the storied rivalry between the former Atlantic 10 Conference compatriots and first since Temple left the league following the 2012-13 campaign.
Trailing by two with 50 seconds left after an Alani Moore II bucket, UMass relied on its newcomers to make the game-winning plays during the final minute.
Jarreau drained a right-side 3-pointer on a pass from Zach Lewis
to push UMass ahead, 68-67 with 34 seconds to go before Pipkins ripped down his first of two consecutive defensive rebounds following a Daniel Dingle missed triple with 11 seconds remaining. Pipkins lofted a pass over the Owls to Jarreau, who had raced down-court following the miss. Jarreau caught the pass in-stride, elevated and finished at the rim for the 70-67 lead with seven seconds to go.
The Owls raced down the court and Quinton Rose fired up a contest 3-pointer that clanked off the side of the rim. Pipkins rushed to the play from the perimeter and crashed through the crowded paint for the game-sealing rebound.
In a game that featured 17 lead changes and nine tie scores, neither side led by more than three points over the final 17 minutes of the contest. After Temple briefly led by five, 38-33 with 18 minutes, 39 seconds to play, an 8-2 run by the Minutemen pushed UMass ahead, 41-40 only 2:15 later.
Massachusetts continues its non-conference campaign with a Sun., Nov. 20 contest against Holy Cross (0-2) at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Tipoff is set for 1:05 p.m.
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