AMHERST, Mass. - Anthony Harris scored a career-high 33 points as Miami held off a late charge from UMass for a 72-71 win Tuesday night in the Mullins Center. Senior center Rashaun Freeman and junior guard Gary Forbes each scored 16 points to lead UMass. Freeman also tallied 10 rebounds for the 36th double-double of his career. UMass will next play at La Salle on Saturday with tip-off slated for 4 p.m.
After trailing by as many as eight in the second half, 65-57, UMass (10-4) mounted a comeback effort pulling within two, 70-68, on a James Life lay-up with 1:21 remaining. Miami hit two-of-four free throws down the stretch and held UMass scoreless until Forbes hit a three as time expired.
Senior Stephane Lasme was a major force in the rally posting four of his seven blocked shots in the final seven minutes.
Four players, paced by Freeman and Forbes, finished the night in double- figures for UMass. Life ended the night with 14 points, while Lasme posted 10 points, seven blocks and five rebounds.
For Miami (8-7), Jack McClinton scored 15 off the bench and Denis Clemente scored 11 to round out the Hurricane scoring.
Miami shot 50 percent on the night hitting 26-of-52 from the floor, while UMass shot 44.8 percent going 26-of-58. Free throw shooting hurt UMass who hit 13-of-25 from the charity stripe compared to 9-for-15 for Miami. UMass did hold an edge on the glass outrebounding Miami 37-to-29.