George Mason 76, Massachusetts 74
Records: Massachusetts (12-10, 2-7 A-10) • George Mason (14-7, 4-4 A-10)
Location: Mullins Center; Amherst, Mass.
- C.J. Anderson made his first start of the season and the 12th of his career. He finished with 11 points (4-11 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and one assist. It marked his fifth game of the season in double-digits.
- Donte Clark finished with a team-high 13 points and moved into 36th place all-time at UMass for points scored. He surpassed former teammate Cady Lalanne (1,107; 2010-13) during play against George Mason.
- Tyrn Flowers added 11 points via a trio of 3-pointers and a one-hand slam in 16 minutes off the bench. He shot 4-of-9 overall with three rebounds and two blocks.
- The Minutemen turned aside 12 George Mason shots, the most in one game on the year and highest output since UMass stuffed 13 Towson shots on Nov. 30, 2011. Rashaan Holloway and DeJon Jarreau each had three blocks while Tyrn Flowers and Brison Gresham recorded two apiece.
- The UMass reserves – led by Clark (13) and Flowers (11) – outscored the George Mason bench, 32-10. It marked the 10th instance in the 13 games UMass' reserves outscored the opposing team's counterparts and the eighth game where the bench personnel at least double-up their foes.
- DeJon Jarreau scored 10 points, dished out six assists, grabbed five rebounds and turned aside three George Mason shots. It was his ninth game scoring double-figures in 2016-17 and 10th with five or more assists.
The sides exchanged the lead nine times in the opening seven minutes before George Mason used a 16-4 run to move in front, 29-18, halfway through the frame. Luwane Pipkins
sparked the offense for the Minutemen with a pair of made 3-pointers, but Otis Livingston II shot 5-for-7 in the first and had 13 points for the Patriots in guiding George Mason to a 43-32 halftime advantage.
Massachusetts slowly crept back into the game, but was unable to mount the sizable comeback down the stretch. A Malik Hines
tip-in followed by an Anderson 3-pointer pulled the Minutemen within 55-50 of George Mason with 13 minutes to play. The Minutemen continued their slow climb back to even with a Tyrn Flowers
left side 3-pointer in front of the UMass bench that brought it to a 3-point deficit with exactly nine minutes to go before Donte Clark
cut it to 66-65 with a nifty finish at the rum at the 4;47 mark.
After George Mason went back up by five in the final seconds, Jarreau sliced the deficit to 76-74 with seven seconds to play. The Minutemen fouled before George Mason inbounded the ball, which put Livingston II on the foul line. Livingston II missed the front end of his one-and-one, Jarreau grabbed the rebound and raced up the floor. Jarreau spotted Anderson open on the left side, but Anderson's potential game-winning 3-pointer was off the mark as time expired.
Head Coach Derek Kellogg
On what he was thinking during C.J. Anderson's last-second shot:
"I actually thought it was in. It was right on the line, I was feeling pretty good. Then when it doesn't go in obviously all the 39 minutes, 58 seconds of the game kind of comes down to that. It either gives you a great satisfaction or a punch in the gut and right now I got a bunch of punches in the gut and I know the guys feel the same way.
Junior Guard C.J. Anderson
On his last-second shot:
"I thought I hit it... I knew (DeJon Jarreau
) saw me open... I thought it was in."
Junior Guard Donte Clark
On building off of the good aspects of the second half despite the final outcome:
"I think we can build off the good things. I don't want to say that we did a lot of bad things, but we made some minor mistakes that hurt us towards the end of the game and throughout the game. The way we start off some games is kind of slow, which gives the other team a confidence and they take the lead and we're playing from behind."
Follow the team throughout the season on Twitter and Instagram (@UMassBasketball). Massachusetts takes to the road for the next game through a Sat., Feb. 1 game at La Salle at 7 p.m.