AMHERST, Mass. –
University of Massachusetts men's basketball team dropped their first game of the season on their home court at the Mullins Center as they fell to Georgia State 71-63 on Wednesday night. The Minutemen (6-6 Overall) led for over 30 minutes of play before the Panthers (8-4 Overall) connected on seven-straight 3-pointers down the stretch to take control late.
and Carl Pierre
both led the way for UMass in the scoring column with 14 points apiece that included eight combined 3-pointers for a UMass squad that made 11-of-29 from deep.
The Minutemen opened the night 5-of-8 from behind the arc for the third straight contest as UMass led by eight early at 14-6 before Pipkins knocked down the fifth UMass three with 4:42 remaining in the first half and the score at 23-18.
Georgia State took their first lead since 2-0 with 1:32 left in the first to go ahead 26-25 on a D'Marcus Simonds 3-pointer as the game was knotted at 28-28 heading to the break. Simonds scored a game-high 24 points and added a game-high nine rebounds.
scored six straight points for UMass to open up the second half as the Minutemen went up four at 34-30 with 16:22 left in the game. Holloway finished the night with eight points and four rebounds for a UMass squad that out-rebounded their opponent for the fourth straight game as they finished with a 34-31 advantage on the glass.
UMass extended the lead to six points on a Rayshawn Miller
3-pointer at the 10:17 mark, taking a 45-39 lead on one of the junior's two 3-pointers. Miller scored the first five points for UMass in the contest and finished with 10 points on 4-of-5 from the field.
Pierre brought the lead back to six points with two makes from deep in three possessions for UMass, but Georgia State answered with makes of their own from behind the arc to open up a span where the Panthers made seven straight 3-pointers. Malik Benlevi made the seventh straight Georgia State 3-pointer and fifth in as many possessions with 1:02 left to give the visitors their largest lead of the game at 70-60.
Georgia State finished the game shooting 64-percent from deep on 16-of-25 and 44-percent from the field while the Minutemen shot 38-percent from deep and 40-percent from the field.
led UMass in assists for the fourth game in a row and for the eighth time this season with six while Unique McLean
and Chris Baldwin
came off the bench to lead the Minutemen in rebounds with seven apiece.
UMass will wrap up their non-conference slate on Friday at home as they are set to take on Maine at 4 p.m. in the Mullins Center.
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