That didn’t take long. Less than 24 hours after lighting it up from three-point land, the Minutemen floundered behind a flurry of missed three-point shots. In the end the team shot 14% from that distance with their 4 for 28 performance.
The team’s shooting was poor all around. Inside the arch, the team shot just 25 for 72 — a 35% clip. Mix the Minutemen’s awful shooting with a hot Charleston squad and you get a blowout. It was actually miraculous that UMass was able to stay in the game for the first half.
I wondered if the team could sustain the frantic pace of play for 3 straight days. It appears we got that answer on Saturday night. Even with a deep bench, this team did a lot of running over this holiday weekend.
This pace of play might not be ideal for a 3 day tournament setting. This, of course, makes me wonder about the team’s ability to sustain this pace in Atlantic City come March.