AMHERST, Mass. - UMass connected on 14 3-pointers, leading to a 72-48 win over Pacific in the first game for both teams of the fifth annual Gotham Classic inside the Mullins Center. Thursday's tilt was only the second for the Tigers in Eastern Time in the last decade.
Donte Clark tallied 12 points to lead as many Minutemen that entered the scoring column Thursday. Luwane Pipkins netted nine points and the nation's leader in steals added three to his total. C.J. Anderson, Malik Hines and Seth Berger tallied eight points each, and Dejon Jarreau had six points, six rebounds, and eight assists.
Jack Williams narrowly missed a double-double for the Tigers after scoring 11 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Ray Bowles also had 11 points, while David Taylor added eight. Tonko Vuko pulled down nine rebounds, and Maleke Haynes contributed six. Haynes and Taylor dished out four assists apiece. Taylor had three steals, while Haynes recorded two.
UMass (6-2) was 45.5 percent (25-of-55) shooting and 38.9 percent (14-of-36) from deep. The Minutemen were 8-of-14 from the free throw line.
Pacific (3-5) shot 31.5 percent (17-of-54) from the floor and 4-of-13 from beyond the arc, extending its streak of consecutive games with at least one 3 made to 893. The Tigers were 10-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Williams and Taylor combined to hit three-consecutive 3s as part of a 9-0 run to give the visitors a 13-6 edge at the 13:29 mark of the first half. The Tigers led for nearly seven minutes midway through the frame.
"I thought in the first half we moved the ball well," Williams said. "We wanted to get off to a good start, but they were the aggressors in the second half."
A Sami Eleraky two-handed flush with 3:49 to play before halftime kept Pacific's lead at five, but the Minutemen closed on a 10-0 run to lead 32-27 at intermission.
"We do a good job of playing in spurts, but we've got to play a 40-minute game on the road," Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire said. "We've got to believe that we're capable of winning each and every day we step on the floor."
The Tigers shot 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from the field in the first 20 minutes. Eleven of the team's points came via the fastbreak, and 14 came inside the painted area.
UMass shot 40.0 percent (12-of-30) from the floor in the first half, and 22 of the 30 attempts were from beyond the arc. The Minutemen made eight treys and were 36.4 percent in the period from distance.
Pipkins and Berger hit consecutive treys to push the difference to 11 less than two minutes into the second half, and UMass led by double digits the rest of the way.
Pacific and Rider battle Saturday as the Tigers return to Stockton, Calif., for seven-straight games. Tip-off for the Gotham Classic affair inside Stockton Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.