Top 25 basketball: UMass now 5-0 after routing tired No. 19 New Mexico
Charleston, S.C. • Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg waited for No. 19 New Mexico to wear out and had his Minutemen ready when the time came.
Chaz Williams scored 19 points and Raphiael Puntey added 18 as Massachusetts ran past the weary, 19th-ranked Lobos 81-65 Friday to reach the Charleston Classic championship.
The Minutemen used a late 14-0 run to take control and improve to 5-0 for the second time in four years. Cady Lalanne had his third double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Kellogg knew after the 19th-ranked Lobos' double-overtime, drama-filled victory over UAB in the Charleston Classic opener Thursday that his semifinal opponents would likely not have the legs to withstand his team's up-tempo pace late in the game.
"Their stamina was a little bit better than I anticipated or expected," he said. "Both teams played really hard. But once that run came, we were going to take advantage of it."
Not only did Williams strike for a team-high in points, he had five rebounds, five assists and a steal. He also played effective defense on New Mexico's high-scoring guard Kendall Williams, who was held to 13 points after going for 29 in the UAB win a day earlier.
No. 14 Michigan 82, Florida State 80 (OT) • At San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nik Stauskas scored 26 points, including seven in overtime, as Michigan erased a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Florida State in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Derrick Walton Jr. added 15 points and Mitch McGary had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
• No. 1 Michigan State 96,Virginia Tech 77
• No. 2 Kansas 88, Towson 58
• No. 10 VCU 73, Long Beach State 67
• No. 14 Michigan 82, Florida State 80 (OT)
• No. 18 Connecticut 59, Indiana 58
• Massachusetts 81, No. 19 New Mexico 65
• No. 22 UCLA vs. Morehead State, late
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