MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Frank Young scored a career-high 31 points to lead West Virginia to a 90-77 win over Massachusetts in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Thursday night.
Young -- the Big East leader in 3-pointers -- hit six 3s, including one with 2 minutes left that sealed the game after UMass rallied from a 19-point deficit to pull to 74-70 with 5 minutes left. He had three in the final 6 minutes of the first half to help the Mountaineers build a 37-23 edge at the break.Young tied a school record for 3s in a season with 101, set by Chris Leonard in 1992.Darris Nichols added 14 points and Alex Ruoff had eight points and seven assists for the Mountaineers, who advanced to the quarterfinals to face the winner of NC State-Marist.James Life led UMass (24-9) with 20 points. Gary Forbes added 15 and Stephane Lasme had 14. Lasme also had 14 rebounds for his 14th double-double this season.West Virginia, the East region's top seed, survived a furious rally by fourth-seeded UMass. The Minutemen, down by 19 at 46-27 with 17 minutes left, pulled to 56-52 before West Virginia hit six consecutive free throws to rebuild its lead.UMass closed to 74-70 before Young scored six of WVU's next nine points to push the lead back to double digits.The Mountaineers (24-9), who advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals each of the past two seasons, have won 24 games for just the third time in the last 18 years.The fast-paced game slowed considerably in the second half. The teams were whistled for a combined 35 fouls. The Mountaineers, who made their first 12 free throws, were in the double-bonus with almost 10 minutes left. They finished 16-for-21 on free throws.