UMass fails to put it all together against Hurricanes
Miami started four guards, but it was a post player who made key late plays that secured the win.
Kenny Kadji had an uncontested dunk and blocked a shot in the final two minutes to help Miami defeat Massachusetts, 83-75, yesterday in Coral Gables, Fla.
Kadji didn’t start, but he played in the crucial moments down the stretch. His dunk gave the Hurricanes an 81-74 lead with 24 seconds remaining. The dunk followed Kadji’s block of Sean Carter’s shot with 1:31 remaining as the Minutemen tried to reduce a 79-74 deficit.
“They were trying to come back and I was just trying to play hard on defense, get rebounds, and help the team,’’ said Kadji, who finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Durand Scott scored 16 points to lead the Hurricanes (5-2). Scott scored all of his points on free throws - he finished 0 for 6 from the field but made 16 of 18 attempts from the foul line. He also had six assists and six rebounds.
The Minutemen (6-3) had two earlier attempts to cut into the 79-74 deficit, but Carter missed two free throws and Chaz Williams’s running jumper bounced off the rim.
Williams scored 22 points to lead UMass. He converted four free throws and Raphiael Putney hit two more as the Minutemen rallied from a 73-64 deficit and cut the Miami lead to 73-70 with 4:29 left.
UMass trailed, 41-31, at the half.
“We have to put a complete 40 minutes on the road or at a neutral site, where there is a tough environment and everything is stacked against you,’’ UMass coach Derek Kellogg said.
UConn 75, Arkansas 62 - Ryan Boatright scored 23 points and had six assists in his home debut and the No. 8 Huskies (7-1) beat the Razorbacks (5-2) in the Big East-SEC challenge.
UConn played its first six games without the freshman point guard, who was forced to sit by the NCAA for a rules violation.
B.J. Young scored 28 points for Arkansas.
Yale 68, Vermont 52 - Greg Mangano scored 22 points and added 15 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (5-2) over the Catamounts (4-4) in New Haven.
Freshman Four McGlynn had 16 points to pace Vermont, which trailed by 18 at halftime.
Iowa 75, Brown 54 - Melsahn Basabe had 14 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Hawkeyes (5-3) in a home win over the Bears (4-5).
Andrew McCarthy scored 17 points for Brown, but the Bears missed 18 3-point shots.
Holy Cross 62, UNH 57 - Junior guard R.J. Evans totaled 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 assists, leading the Crusaders (3-5) over the Wildcats (2-3) in Worcester.
Central Florida 67, Hartford 48 - Isaiah Sykes scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, both career highs, to lead the host Knights (5-2) over the Hawks (0-8).
Bentley 92, Southern N.H. 76 - Jasper Grassa had seven 3-pointers en route to 27 points as the host Falcons (6-2, 3-2 NE-10) flew past the Penmen (4-3, 2-3).
UMass-Lowell 68, Merrimack 66 - Akeem Williams scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists as the River Hawks (5-3, 2-3 NE-10) beat the visiting Warriors (5-4, 2-3).
Central Conn. 82, Sacred Heart 80 - Ken Horton and Robby Ptacek each scored 30 points as the host Blue Devils (5-2, 2-0 Northeast) won in overtime.
Bowdoin 69, Maine-Presque Isle 66 - Ryan O’Connell scored 20 points, Will Hanley had 14 points and 16 rebounds, and the Polar Bears (4-2) dropped the visiting Owls (2-3).
Lasell 85, Mount Ida 82 - Sean Bertanza sank a 3-pointer with two seconds left, lifting the Lasers (2-5, 1-0 GNAC) over the host Mustangs (3-2, 0-1).
Emerson 90, Suffolk 74 - Nathan Firn scored 29 points to lead the Lions (1-5) over the host Rams (3-4) in both teams’ GNAC opener.
Wheaton 64, Bridgewater St. 63 - Brendan Degnan hit a free throw with no time left to give the visiting Lyons (5-2) the win over the Bears (2-4).
MIT 92, Lesley 52 - Mitchell Kates hit all 10 of his shots from the field, tallying 28 points, and the visiting Engineers (8-0) cruised by the Lynx (2-3).
Fitchburg St. 72, Daniel Webster 71 - Sophomore guard Mike Ingram-Rubin drew a foul and sank three free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining to give the Falcons (6-1) the edge over the Eagles (1-5) in Nashua.
Eastern Nazarene 73, Wentworth 66 - Max Barbosa led all players with 24 points and seven assists and the host Lions (1-5, 1-1 CCC) rallied past the Leopards (4-1, 1-1).
Endicott 78, Roger Williams 69 - Lance Greene’s 15 points sparked the Gulls (4-2, 1-1 CCC) in a win over the visiting Hawks.
R.I. College 65, Plymouth St. 51 - Mike Akinrola poured in a game-high 29 points and had 12 rebounds as the Anchormen (7-0, 1-0 LEC) blew by the host Panthers.
New England Big Four Challenge - Nate Simpson scored 20 points, 15 in the second half, and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Salem State (6-1) to a 65-57 win over Brandeis (2-5) in the opening round in Salem . . . Tufts (5-1) made late free throws to make Scott Anderson’s game-high 15 points stand up as Babson (7-1) fell, 54-48, in the opening round.