PHILADELPHIA — Chaz Williams scored 20 points and UMass rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to defeat Drexel and former Minutemen coach Bruiser Flint 72-70 in a NIT quarterfinal game on Tuesday.
Terrell Vinson had 14 of his 18 points after halftime and Jesse Morgan added 13 points for the Minutemen (25-11), who advanced to next Tuesday’s semifinals at Madison Square Garden against the winner of today’s Stanford-Nevada game.
“I’m proud of the team that we never caved in and did an amazing job in the second half,” UMass coach Derek Kellogg said.
UMass shot 30 for 51 (58.8 percent) from the field while matching the most points scored this season against the Dragons, who entered fifth in the country in scoring defense (55.7 points per game).
The Minutemen shot 17 for 24 (70.8 percent) after halftime.
Dartaye Ruffin scored all 17 of his points in the first half to lead Drexel (29-7), which had its 18-game home winning streak snapped. Frantz Massenat added 16 points for the Dragons.
In Seattle, Terrence Ross scored 24 points to lead Washington to a win over Oregon in the quarterfinals.
Tony Wroten added 22 for the Huskies (24-10).
E.J. Singler led the Ducks (24-10) with 19 points. Tony Woods added 15.