AMHERST, Massachusetts (Ticker) -- North Carolina State's shooting woes could be attributed to the unfamiliarity of playing on the road.
Anthony Anderson scored 25 points and Jackie Rogers added 17 as Massachusetts posted a 68-56 victory over the 24th-ranked Wolfpack.
North Carolina State (7-2) built its impressive record with seven wins at home over lightweights such as Fairleigh Dickinson, Wofford, Coppin State and North Carolina A&T. This was the Wolfpack's first true road game as its first loss was a 69-61 setback to Gonzaga on December 17 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The Wolfpack missed their first 12 shots of the second half as Massachusetts (5-6) scored 10 straight points, taking a 42-27 lead on a pair of free throws by freshman Michael Lasme with 16:28 remaining. It was part of an 18-2 run bridging both halves that helped the Minutemen establish control.
UMass freshman Jeff Viggiano was the catalyst with six of his season-high 14 points in the 10-0 burst to start the second half. Viggiano, the reigning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, has averaged 14.7 points in his last three games after scoring only 14 points in his first eight games.
NC State finally broke its drought on Julius Hodge's three-point play with 8:53 to go, part of a 9-2 surge in which Hodge did all the scoring to cut the deficit to 44-39.
Anderson's 3-pointer capped an 8-2 run by the Minutemen for a 52-41 cushion with 5:13 left.
Hodge finished with 18 points although he made just 6-of-16 shots. NC State shot a woeful 30 percent (9-of-30) in the second half and were just 3-of-12 from the 3-point arc for the game.
Massachusetts started the game slowly with just one basket in the first eight minutes as NC State took a 14-5 lead. Viggiano had a 3-pointer and he and Gabe Lee dunked in a 14-4 run that gave the Minutemen a 19-18 lead.
The Minutemen took advantage of a huge disparity at the foul line, shooting 76 percent (31-of-41). Anderson was 11-of-13 and Rogers sank 9-of-10.
Anderson also grabbed nine rebounds as UMass fell just short of winning the battle of the boards, 31-30. Viggiano had four of the team's eight steals.
The win was coach Steve Lappas' first over a ranked opponent at UMass and the Minutemen's first at home over a ranked opponent since a 57-49 victory over Temple on February 28, 1999.