Updated: Saturday, 11 Dec 2010, 11:19 PM EST
Published : Saturday, 11 Dec 2010, 11:19 PM EST
AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Behind 60 percent shooting from the floor, including 11-of-22 from 3-point range, Seton Hall set a Mullins Center record for points in a game as it defeated UMass, 104-79 on Saturday night. Anthony Gurley led all scorers with 26 points for the Minutemen (7-3), while Jordan Theodore (17 points) led seven Pirates (4-4) that scored in double figures.
The previous Mullins Center record for points in a game was 102, set by Fresno State on Dec. 10, 1996, and matched by UMass on Feb. 28, 2007 against La Salle. The 56 second-half points by the Pirates was tied the opponent record set by Providence on Dec. 7, 2000.
UMass shot 34.7 percent in the game, but were 9-of-22 (40.9 percent) from 3-point range. Freddie Riley (14 points) was 4-of-10 from behind the arc and Gurley was 3-of-5.
Herb Pope had a double-double for Seton Hall with 11 points and 13 rebounds, while UMass was led on the boards by Sampson Carter's career-high 10.
Seton Hall tied a Mullins Center record for opponent points in half with 56 in the second period. The Pirates opened up a 24-point lead, 93-69 with 4:44 to go and the lead reached its largest, 27 points, on a Fuquan Edwin 3-pointer with 1:36 left, 104-77.
The Pirates used a 15-4 run over a four-minute span in the second half to turn a six-point lead into a 17-point advantage, 73-56 with 12:05 left. Patrik Auda scored eight points in the run, including a pair of 3-point plays. The Seton Hall lead reached 21 points on back-to-back transition lay-ups by Keon Lawrence to make it 83-62 with 8:56 remaining.
Terrell Vinson opened the second half with back-to-back hoops inside as UMass started the half with an 8-2 run to pull within seven, 50-43 with 18:26 left. After a pair of Pirates 3-pointers put them back up by 13, the Minutemen scored seven-straight as they forced two turnovers in a row with their fullcourt press. A Gurley lay-up made it a six-point game, 58-52 with 15:48 left.
After UMass pulled within four, Seton Hall closed the first half by scoring seven-straight points to take a 13-point lead to the locker room, 48-35. Gurley led all scorers with 15 points in the first half as the Minutemen were 6-of-10 from 3-point range, but made just 5-of-26 from inside the arc. Robinson led the Pirates with 10 points as his club shot 50 percent in the opening 20 minutes and blocked six UMass shots.
3-pointers by Gurley and Riley sandwiched two free throws by Sampson Carter as UMass went on an 8-0 spurt to cut what was a 15-point deficit to seven, 35-28 with 4:20 left in the first half. That turned into a 15-4 Minutemen run as an acrobatic hoop in the lane by Gurley made it a four-point game, 39-35 with 2:51 on the clock.
The teams traded the lead four times and were tied four times in a back-and-forth first nine minutes of the game, but Keon Lawrence's 3-pointer with 10:37 left in the half started an 18-3 run that saw the Pirates build a 15-point lead, 35-20 with 5:54 left in the first half.
Gurley asserted himself early in the contest, scoring 10 of UMass' 13 points in the first seven minutes, including back-to-back 3-pointers that gave the Minutemen a 13-11 lead with 13:02 left in the first half.
The Minutemen do not return to action for 11 days. They host UCF on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at the Mullins Center in a 7 p.m. tip.