Jesse Morgan scored 21 points and Chaz Williams had 20 to lead Massachusetts to a 77-71 win over No. 21 Temple on Friday, advancing to the Atlantic 10 tournament semifinals.
The eighth-seeded Minutemen (22-10) stunned No. 1-seed Temple with a 15-0 run to open the second half and spoil the Owls' bid for a fourth tournament title in five seasons.
UMass took control in the second half on a string of 3-pointers and Williams clinched it down the stretch from the free-throw line. Williams popped his No. 3 jersey toward a small but vocal group of UMass fans behind the basket in celebration.
Khalif Wyatt scored 15 points and Ramone Moore had 14 for the Owls (24-7). The Owls won their first outright A-10 title since 1990 will still be in the NCAA tournament field of 68.
The game was another back-and-forth showdown in the second half, reminiscent of their last meeting, Temple's thrilling 90-88 overtime win on Feb. 29.
Knowing a tournament bid depended on winning the A-10, the Minutemen s...