AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- Chris Lowe's pull-up jumper with 1.6 seconds left in overtime gave Massachusetts an 89-87 victory over Alabama in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.
Stephane Lasme led fourth-seeded UMass with 21 points and nine blocked shots, while Lowe added 19 points. Mykal Riley had 24 points to lead No. 5 seed Alabama, including a 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer to force overtime.
The Crimson Tide (20-12) took an 85-84 lead early in the extra session, but Gary Forbes converted a three-point play to put UMass ahead 87-85 with 1:15 to go. After both teams missed shots, Demetrius Jamison scored inside to tie it before Lowe hit his game-winning shot.
The Minutemen (24-8) advanced to play at West Virginia in the second round Thursday night. The Mountaineers, the No. 1 seed in the East Region, defeated eighth-seeded Delaware State 70-54.
The Crimson Tide led by nine with 11:47 remaining, but coming out of a timeout the Minutemen went on a 12-3 run to tie the score at 65. Alabama stretched its lead back to 78-73 with just under 4 minutes left, but UMass answered again, scoring nine of the next 11 points to lead 82-80 with 5 seconds left.
After Lasme blocked Jamison's shot with 6 seconds left, Alabama was forced to foul, sending Lowe to the line with a chance to clinch the game. The sophomore point guard made the first, but missed the second free throw, giving the Tide a chance.
Riley, who kept the Tide in the game early, came off a screen and barely got the shot off on time, but it dropped in to force overtime.