AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- Dante Milligan had a career-high 24 points to go with nine rebounds and seven blocked shots as No. 2 seed Massachusetts coasted past Stephen F. Austin 80-60 Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.
The Minutemen (22-10) face Akron, which defeated Florida State 65-60 in overtime Tuesday night, in the second round. The Lumberjacks, who shared the Southland Conference regular-season championship with Lamar, closed their season at 26-6.
UMass led by as many as 12 in the first half. But the Lumberjacks cut the home team's advantage to 33-25 at halftime and opened the second half on a 9-2 run to get within one at 35-34.
The 80 points were the most the Lumberjacks gave up all season.