UMass wins Gotham Classic opener over Pacific

December 9, 2016 GMT

Donte Clark had 12 points, Luwane Pipkins added nine points and three steals and UMass beat Pacific, 72-48, in the Gotham Classic opener last night in Amherst.

It was the first meeting between UMass and Pacific. The teams will each face Kennesaw State, North Carolina A&T and Rider in the round-robin tournament over the next two weeks.

The Minutemen (6-2) took the lead for good in the early part of a 23-2 run that spanned both halves. It ended with Seth Berger hitting a pair of free throws to make it 45-29 with 15:27 left.

The Tigers (3-5) had the lead for over 10 minutes in the first half but never recovered in the second half after the UMass run. The Minutemen’s largest lead was 26.

Ray Bowles and Jack Williams led Pacific with 11 points each. The Tigers had 19 turnovers which UMass converted into 23 points.

Iowa 78, Iowa State 64 — Peter Jok scored 23 points and the Hawkeyes (5-5) upset the No.?25 Cyclones (6-3) in Iowa City, Iowa, snapping a three-game losing streak against their instate rival.

Isaiah Moss had 14 points to help the Hawkeyes beat a Power Five opponent for this first time this season. Matt Thomas scored 14 points to lead the Cyclones, who were just 8-of-30 from 3-point range.

Merrimack 62, Assumption 59 — After failing to score a field goal for over nine minutes, sophomore Troy McLaughlin hit the game-winning layup with 19 seconds left to give the Warriors (7-3, 4-2) beat the Greyhounds (2-7, 2-5) in a Northeast-10 game in Worcester.

Amherst 99, Babson 97 — Johnny McCarthy nailed a 3-pointer to tie it with 51 seconds left in the second overtime, and Jayde Dawson hit a layup with one second to go to lift the top-ranked Lord Jeffs (7-0) the win over the No.?2 Beavers (9-1) in Amherst.

The final bucket ended Dawson’s 32-point night, and he also hit a layup to tie it with 23 seconds left in the first overtime. McCarthy added 19, including a 3-pointer that tied the game at 81 to force overtime. Joey Flannery poured in 41 for Babson.

Endicott 82, Salem State 64 — Max Motroni had 20 points, while Kamahl Walker of Worcester added 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the No.?20 Gulls (6-1) beat the Vikings (4-5) in a nonleague affair in Beverly.

Shaquan Murray of Boston led all scorers with 21 points for Salem State.

Lasell 97, Keene State 79 — Armin Omanovic had 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Yordan Villalon had 11 points and 19 rebounds as the Lasers (6-3) routed the No.?19 Owls (5-2) in Newton.

Women’s basketball

Michigan State 85, Rhode Island 48 — Charise Wilson scored 14 points but the Rams (4-6) fell to the Spartans (9-2) in Kingston, R.I.

Assumption 63, Merrimack 47 — Morgan O’Donnell of Easton and Ursuline Academy had a season-high 20 points off the bench, and added six rebounds and three assists, to lead the Greyhounds (6-3, 4-3) over the Warriors (4-6, 3-3) in a Northeast-10 clash in Worcester.

Brown 62, Vermont 50 — Erika Steeves had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Bears (6-3) beat the Catamounts (3-6) in Burlington, Vt.

Bowdoin 68, Endicott 41 — Emily Pratt scored 10 points as the Gulls (3-4) were beaten by the No.?16 Polar Bears (6-0) in Beverly.

Men’s hockey

Curry 1, Babson 0 — Brett Sinclair made 21 saves and Jake Heisinger scored 41 seconds into overtime to give the Colonels (6-3-1) the nonleague win over the Beavers (7-5-1) in Milton.