RALEIGH, N.C. — After a 16-year wait to return to the NCAA Tournament, UMass had its one shining moment. It lasted 15 seconds.
That’s how long UMass led in its opening — and only — game of the tournament, against Tennessee. Derrick Gordon hit a jumper with 18:50 remaining in the first half. Tennessee’s Jordan McRae followed with a 3-pointer 15 seconds later. Your State U never led again, as its return to March Madness was short and bittersweet.