Boxscore
Massachusetts 72, Drexel 70
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - Daskalakis Athletic Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Officials - Brian O'Connell, Jeff Anderson, Gene Steratore
Attendance - 2293

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Massachusetts 31 41 72
Drexel 41 29 70

Recap


Massachusetts 72, Drexel 70: Terrell Vinson scored 14 of his 18 points after intermission as the Minutemen erased a 17-point deficit in the second half to snap the Dragons’ 18-game home winning streak and punch their ticket to the NIT semifinals.

Vinson’s jumper with 4:14 left capped a 32-9 run – and a personal 6-0 spurt – to put the Minutemen in front 68-62.

Drexel fought back to pull within 72-70 on a pair of Frantz Massenat free throws with 1:23 left. After Massachusetts’ Chaz Williams missed the front end of a one-and-one with 23 seconds to go, Massenat missed a runner in the lane with four seconds remaining.

Williams scored 20 points for the Minutemen (25-11), who shot 70.8 from the field in the second half and became the fourth team in NIT history to reach the semifinals with three road victories.

Massachusetts, which lost to Ohio State 92-85 in the 2008 NIT final, will meet Stanford or Nevada on March 27.

Massenat finished with 16 points and nine assists and Dartaye Ruffin scored all 17 of his points in the first half for the Dragons (29-7), who outrebounded the Minutemen 35-16, including 19-6 offensive.

Drexel scored the first nine points en route to a 41-31 halftime lead.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Dragons coach Bruiser Flint was an assistant at Massachusetts when Minutemen coach Derek Kellogg was the point guard. Kellogg later became a graduate assistant under Flint, who took over from John Calipari at Massachusetts following the 1996 run to the Final Four. … Ruffin scored 20 points in his previous five games. … The teams met in a preseason scrimmage. … The Dragons’ home winning streak was the sixth-longest in the nation. … Drexel was 0-5 in the NIT prior to this season. 

Massachusetts Minutemen

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Sean Carter 21:00 3-7 0-0 0-1 1 0 1 0 4 0 2 1 6
Jesse Morgan 27:00 4-6 2-3 3-5 1 0 1 0 1 4 2 0 13
Raphial Putney 7:00 1-3 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 3
Terrell Vinson 35:00 8-15 0-3 2-4 2 3 5 2 3 2 3 2 18
Chaz Williams 40:00 8-13 2-3 2-4 2 2 4 4 3 2 1 0 20
Maxie Esho 22:00 3-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 1 6
Freddie Riley 13:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Javorn Farrell 32:00 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 1 3 0 6
Matt Hill 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 30-51 4-10 8-17 6 10 16 9 20 11 13 4 72
  58.8% 40.0% 47.1% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 13

Drexel Dragons

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Samme Givens 27:00 5-12 0-0 2-2 8 2 10 2 4 2 4 0 12
Damion Lee 13:00 2-4 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 1 3 1 2 1 4
Frantz Massenat 40:00 5-12 0-3 6-12 1 1 2 9 3 0 3 2 16
Daryl McCoy 30:00 2-5 0-0 2-2 2 6 8 1 4 0 0 0 6
Derrick Thomas 32:00 5-12 0-3 0-0 3 0 3 1 3 1 0 0 10
Dartaye Ruffin 22:00 8-10 0-0 1-2 3 4 7 0 2 1 3 1 17
Chris Fouch 34:00 1-7 1-5 2-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 2 0 5
Goran Pantovic 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 28-62 1-13 13-20 20 16 36 14 20 5 14 4 70
  45.2% 7.7% 65.0% Team Rebs: 7   Total TO: 14
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