AMHERST, Mass. -- Anthony Anderson scored 21 points, including two 3-pointers in a key 18-2 second-half run, as Massachusetts pulled away for an 80-52 win over St. Francis, N.Y. in the first round of the Preseason National Invitation Tournament
Much of the offense came inside as the Minutemen (1-0) scored 52
points in the paint. Sophomore Rashaun Freeman, who sat out last
year under NCAA academic guidelines, showed few signs of rust with
11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Gabe Lee had 11 rebounds and
The Minutemen led 44-28 at halftime, but a combination of
turnovers and 3-pointers by St. Francis brought the Terriers within
five at 53-48 with 10:51 remaining.
But Stephane Lasme's two free throws started an 18-2 run that
included four straight 3-pointers, two by Anderson and two by Art
Bowers (14 points) that put the Minutemen comfortably ahead.
Christian Brown led the Terriers with 13 points and five
The Minutemen will face Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, on Friday. The Red Raiders beat Davidson on Tuesday night.