EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 29, 2009

UMass can't stay with Michigan State

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — UMass Amherst played a No. 2-ranked team for the fourth time in school history and the Minutemen took it hard as second-ranked Michigan State picked up a 106-68 victory yesterday in the Legends Classic Semifinal at Boardwalk Hall.

The Spartans, who play a rematch of the 2009 NCAA Championship game with North Carolina Tuesday night, used a 30-3 run in the first half to put the game out of hand.

Guards Anthony Gurley (24 ponts) and Ricky Harris (15) led UMass, which fell to 2-4 overall. For Gurley it was tied a career-high. The Spartans, which improved to 5-1, had five players score in double figures.

It was the first time UMass allowed 100 points to an opponent since the epic 107-100 win at Syracuse in 2007, two years ago to the day.

The last time the Minutemen gave up 100 in a loss was back on Dec. 10, 1996 in a 102-81 loss to Fresno State.