UMass 96 Nebraska 90
Derrick Gordon had 20 points to lead five Massachusetts players in double figures and the Minutemen held on in the final minute to open the Charleston Classic with a 96-90 victory over Nebraska on Thursday.
Gordon scored 12 of his points in the second half as Massachusetts built a 13-point lead with just under 10 minutes to play. The Cornhuskers (3-1) rallied down the stretch, closing to 89-87 with 1:39 left on Tai Webster's foul shots.
Nebraska was down 91-88 moments later, but Gordon stood firm on defense and drew a charging call on Deverell Biggs.
Texas Tech transfer Terran Pettaway led the Cornhuskers with a career-high 28 points.
The Minutemen started 4-0 for the third time in the past four seasons. They'll take on either No. 19 New Mexico or UAB in Friday's semifinals of the eight-team tournament.
Sampson Carter scored 16 points, Cady Lalanne 15, Maxie Esho 13 and Raphiael Puntey 12 for Massachusetts. Chaz Williams, the Minutemen's leading scorer this season, was bottled up most of the way by Nebraska. He managed just seven shots and finished with 10 points, 11 below his average coming in.
The Minutemen used strong runs at the start of each half to put Nebraska on its heels. UMass started the game on an 11-3 run and opened the second half with an 18-10 surge to lead 60-49. Each time, though, Nebraska got back in it.
Nebraska had started 3-0 for the second straight season under coach Tim Miles and looked to keep things going against undefeated Massachusetts. The Minutemen's wins included ACC foe Boston College and SEC opponent LSU.
Massachusetts was still ahead 32-24 when Nebraska bounced back behind Pettaway's outside shooting. He had a jumper and two 3-pointers to draw the Cornhuskers within 35-32. Pettaway's two foul shots a short time later put Nebraska back in front 37-36.
However, Lalanne's inside basket and Seth Berger's foul shots sent the Minutemen to the locker room ahead 42-39.
Pettaway, who sat out last season after transferring, had three 3-pointers and matched his previous career best of 17 points in the first half.
New Mexico 97 UAB 94 F/2OT
Cleveland Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 39.5 seconds left in the second overtime to give No. 20 New Mexico the lead for good in a wild 97-94 victory over UAB at the Charleston Classic on Thursday.
The Lobos (3-0) forced overtime on Kendall Williams' desperation 3 as time ran out to tie it 75-all. Then Alex Kirk hit a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in the first overtime as New Mexico dug its way out of an 86-81 hole for another period.
The Blazers (3-1) weren't through after Thomas' long-range bucket put them down 95-92. Chad Frazier hit two foul shots to cut the lead a point. After Williams' turnover, Frazier drove the lane for what appeared to be a go-ahead basket.
But Frazier's shot missed and Obij Aget grabbed the ball with 18 seconds left and the Lobos held on. They'll play Massachusetts here on Friday.
Davidson 94 Georgia 82
De'Mon Brooks scored 21 points and Brian Sullivan 20 to end Davidson's winless start with a 94-82 victory over Georgia at the Charleston Classic on Thursday night.
The Wildcats (1-3) were off to their longest losing streak to start a season in four years and made sure to put away the Bulldogs (1-2) with a 13-4 run at the end of the opening period to take a 46-36 lead into the half. Georgia never got closer than 8 points the rest of the way as it dropped a second straight game after losing to rival Georgia Tech last Friday night.
Davidson has advanced to the past two NCAA tournaments as Southern Conference champion. Yet, it hadn't broken through for a win before now in a difficult early schedule.
The Wildcats will play either Clemson or Temple in Friday's semifinals.
Nemanja Djurisic had 19 points lead Georgia.
Brooks was 13 of 16 from the foul line and added a team-high eight rebounds. Sullivan had three of Davidson's eight 3-pointers.
Jordan Barham finished with a career high 18 points for the Wildcats, making seven of eight shots. Jack Gibbs was Davidson's fourth player in double figures with 13 points.
Djurisic had four of Georgia's five 3-pointers and tied with Juwan Parker for the team lead with six rebounds. Charles Mann, the Bulldogs top scorer this year, had 18 points, Kenny Gaines had 13 and Cameron Forte 10.
Davidson has plenty of good tournament memories in Charleston, winning four Southern Conference titles at the nearby North Charleston Coliseum in 2002 and three straight from 2007-09. Its time at the Charleston Classic at TD Arena is another matter. When the Wildcats played in this eight-team event in 2009, they lost all three games as part of the only 0-4 start in coach Bob McKillop's 25 years.
And even with Davidson ending its long association with the SoCon — it's off to the Atlantic 10 Conference next season — McKillop and the Wildcats put on stellar show against the Bulldogs of the Southeastern Conference.
Davidson went on a 13-4 run the final five minutes of the opening half to move in front 46-36. Sullivan, who had 18 points in the first half, got the run started with a 3-pointer before Barham had a layup and a foul shot. Sullivan had two foul shots and Barham a 3-pointer. Sullivan wrapped it up with two more from the foul line and the Wildcats were comfortably ahead.
Georgia shot 50 percent (14 of 28) in first half and out-rebounded Davidson 17 to 14. But they had nine turnovers that led to seven points by the Wildcats.