AMHERST, Mass. – Luwane Pipkins
scored a game-high 28 points to lead four Minutemen in double-digits as UMass defeated Dayton 86-82 in double overtime on Saturday afternoon in the Mullins Center. The Minutemen (11-13 Overall, 4-7 A-10) held Dayton (10-12 Overall, 4-6 A-10) to just 3-of-10 shooting in the overtime period as the Minutemen scored on their final two possessions of the second overtime period on their way to picking up the win.
Pipkins knocked in one of those two key shots in the final seconds as the sophomore banked in a three from near half court with the shot clock expiring to put UMass ahead 84-81 with just under a minute remaining in the second overtime. Unique McLean
sealed the win a possession later with a jumper in the paint over a defender to push the lead to four with 11-seconds left.
UMass opened up the afternoon shooting 8-of-11 from the field behind 10 points from Pipkins early to take a 18-15 lead at the 12:22 mark in the first. Pipkins scored 18 points in the first 20 minutes, including five during a quick 8-0 UMass scoring run that saw the Minutemen go ahead 24-15 with 7:44 left. The Minutemen offense assisted on each of their first 11 field goals on their way to recording a season-high 27 assists led by Pipkins' eight and C.J. Anderson
Dayton chipped away at the UMass lead throughout the opening moments of the second half after the Minutemen extended their lead to 10 points twice, connecting on 9-of-10 to open the half on their way to tying the score up at 49-49 after a 1-0 scoring run. Dayton took their first lead since the 17:45 mark in the first half with 11:26 left in the game, pushing their lead to as many as four with just over 10 minutes left in regulation.
The Minutemen regained the lead on three straight buckets from Pipkins to go ahead 64-63 as the guard dropped in seven quick points. Anderson converted on an and-one play with 1:36 remaining to put UMass ahead 69-67 before a Dayton dunk brought the score to 69-69 at the end of regulation.
UMass jumped out to a four-point lead in each of the overtime period a Malik Hines
' dunk opened the first overtime before Anderson made a pair at the line to go up 73-69. The Minutemen made their second and final field goal of the first OT on a McLean alley-oop dunk from Anderson on an out of bounds play with 39-seconds left.
gave UMass a four-point lead in the second overtime with a layup with 3:45 remaining before Dayton answered with back-to-back scores of their own to tie it at 81-81 prior to Pipkins' 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring.
Anderson finished with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists while shooting 6-of-7 at the line for a UMass team that shot 8-of-11 on the afternoon. Hines reached double-digits in the scoring column for the fourth straight game with 14 points while Carl Pierre
added 15 on 4-of-8 from behind the arc.
The Minutemen will return to the court in a week when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Saint Joseph's on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.
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