UNCASVILLE. Ct. (seminoles.com) — Jabarie Hinds and Trey Davis combined to hit five of six free throws in the final 29.4 seconds as UMass (4-1) held on for a 75-69 victory over Florida State in the in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Hinds and freshman Donte Clark came off the bench to lead UMass with 15 points each. They combined to make 12 of 14 free throws, and the Minutemen were 23 of 30 from the line as a team. Center Cady Lalanne added 14 points.
Florida State lost its third consecutive game. Xavier Rathan-Mayes led the Seminoles with 22 points, but missed a pair of free throws with 15.1 second remaining and UMass leading 73-69. He rebounded the second miss and then missed a 3-point attempt.
Boris Bojanovsky came off the bench to score 18 points for Florida State, which scored the first eight points of the game on the way to a 35-34 halftime lead.
The first half was an exhibition of poor shooting by both teams. UMass made 12 of 31 shots from the field (38.7 percent). Florida State was just slightly better, connecting on 14 of 35 attempts for 40 percent. UMass was 1 for 7 from 3-point range but the Seminoles came up empty on their three shots beyond the arc.
Clark hit some timely shots,” Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. “Any time you’ve got a guy coming off the bench to give you that type of lift in a nip and tuck game, it gives you a tremendous boost.”