NIT 2012: Score and Recap from Saturday, March 17th

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2012

Courtesy of Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger
Courtesy of Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger

There was just one game lined up in the NIT on Saturday. No. 1 seed Seton Hall took on No. 5 Massachusetts. 

This was the second game of the second round of the NIT. The Washington Huskies took down Northwestern on Friday in the first game of the second round. 


No. 5 Massachusetts 77, No. 1 Seton Hall 67

The Minutemen continued their hot play by taking down Seton Hall. This was UMass' fifth win in their last six games, and they are getting better with each one. 

The Associated Press, via ESPN, offered up this postgame comment from UMass coach Derek Kellogg: 

It's a testament to the guys on my team. They are playing some of the best basketball we have played all year, and they want to play to July. I keep saying it. They would love to play all the way to July, if they could. Maybe even August because the weather is nice.

UMass was in control of this one all game. They entered halftime with a 36-30 lead and were playing at a level above Seton Hall all game. 

The Minutemen were led by their point guard Chaz Williams. He played all 40 minutes and pitched in 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. 

He was 4-8 from the field, and his aggressiveness was evident by the fact that he finished 10-14 from the charity stripe. 

This was an excellent showing for the talented and diminutive 5'9", sophomore guard. With Williams playing like this, the Minutemen are going to be tough to beat. 

Fuquan Edwin of Seton Hall was the game's high scorer with 21 points. He finished 8-of-14 from the field and pitched in seven boards.