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Holy Cross shocks UMass again
By Mark Murphy, The Boston Herald, 12/5/2001

AMHERST - This might as well have been Worcester, with the since-departed Josh Sankes at the free throw line, and Holy Cross doing all of the little things to weaken its more athletic opponent.

Micah Brand pulls up for the jumper.
It still works that way, apparently. The Minutemen dropped to 4-1 with last night's 67-56 loss to Holy Cross - their second in as many seasons to the Crusaders.

Like last season, the Crusaders (3-3) got the better of the Minutemen inside, except that this time they won the battle and the war by swarming Micah Brand and Kitwana Rhymer whenever someone attempted to feed the post.

Brand scored UMass' first nine points of the game over the first 4:30, but just six the rest of the way for a team-high 15 points. On the other hand, Holy Cross guard Ryan Serravalle, who scored 16 points, and the rest of the Crusaders' perimeter crew were just heating up.

Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard focused his defense on shutting down the inside, and the Minutemen were at a loss for an alternative.

``Overconfidence, without a doubt,'' said UMass coach Steve Lappas, referring to the wave of good feeling that carried the Minutemen into last night's game.

They had just completed an impressive two-fer, knocking off Oregon in Springfield last week, followed by last Saturday's win on North Carolina State's home court. As of last night, they were ranked only behind Duke in the Ratings Power Index (RPI). That will change.

All it took to ruin the celebration was a return grudge match against the same underestimated Crusader team that had contributed so unexpectedly to last season's brutal 2-9 start.

``This is definitely a hard loss to take,'' said Shannon Crooks. ``We just have to get better. But the guys can't let this get us down and hurt our season.''

As far as Lappas is concerned, that will mean returning to normal on every front, for the Minutemen came up empty in every area last night.

There was, for example, a furious Holy Cross barrage that produced a 53 percent (25-for-47) performance from the floor, including 8-of-11 (72 percent) from downtown.

Serravalle and freshman Michael Smiley combined to shoot 5-for-7 from 3-point range.

``Give them credit, but we let them shoot that well,'' said Lappas. ``I guarantee you that we made at least five mistakes that led to open 3s for them. So give them credit for shooting that well on bad defense.''

UMass' mortal stretch started with 10:53 left, when freshman Anthony Anderson drained a trey to cut the Holy Cross lead to 51-50.

The Minutemen went scoreless for the next 7:18, forking over five turnovers and missing four shots in nine possessions, before Crooks broke the dry spell with a trey from the corner.

The problem was that the Crusaders, courtesy of a methodical 9-0 run that included four points each from Smiley and Tim Szatko, led 60-53 with 3:36 left at the time of Crooks' trey.

Despite Anderson's third trey of the game with 1:39 left, cutting the score to 63-59, the Crusaders managed to successfully work down the clock.

Crusaders happy with Smiley
UMass Notebook
By Mark Murphy, The Boston Herald, 12/5/2001

AMHERST - Though a freshman, Michael Smiley obviously doesn't lack confidence in his shot.

The Swampscott native, who has logged considerable playing time in his first year as a reserve guard for Holy Cross, scored a career-high 13 points in last night's 67-56 win over UMass.

Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard, who does not allow first-semester freshmen to speak to the media, had no problem coming up with some words of his own regarding Smiley.

``All of our guys spend time taking 3s in practice, and Michael consistently hits eight or nine of 10 when we do that,'' Willard said. ``He certainly has a lot of confidence. That's the reason we recruited him.''

They don't get easier

UMass will try to bounce back Saturday at Boston College. The Minutemen have lost their last two games to the Eagles, with last night's performance not offering much fresh hope.

``We'll see if these lessons are learned from tonight, and if they benefit us Saturday,'' said UMass coach Steve Lappas. ``But never mind about Saturday. I'm anxious to see how they react when we come back for practice on Thursday.'' . . .

An apologetic Jameel Pugh rejoined the Minutemen during Monday's practice, and was dressed and on the bench for last night's game.

The 6-foot-4 sophomore forward, who has struggled for playing time, missed the team bus for the airport last Friday and was subsequently told by Lappas to remain on campus instead of joining the team for Saturday's win over North Carolina State.

Long and short of it

The Minutemen went from shooting 50 percent (13-of-26) in the first half to 35 percent (8-of-23) in the second. But what struck Lappas the most was his team's 6-of-18 performance from 3-point range. The Minutemen, baffled by the Crusaders' ability to double- and triple-team Micah Brand and Kitwana Rhymer, resorted to far too many deep shots.

``Everything we had worked on as a team to get to this point didn't happen out there, and that's disappointing,'' Lappas said. ``Of our 49 shots, we took 18 3s. We led the Atlantic 10 in 3-point shooting, but by taking 10 or 11 per game, not 18. And that's what they did to us tonight. They made us take those shots. They were smart.''

Cross off UMass from unbeaten list
By Mark Blaudschun, The Boston Globe Staff, 12/5/2001

AMHERST - It had seemed so different. So much better. Four wins to start the season - the best start for a University of Massachusetts basketball team since 1995-96. Impressive victories over Oregon and North Carolina State.

Anthony Anderson sticks like glue to Holy Cross' Ryan Serravalle.
All the Minutemen had to do to make Saturday's game against Boston College a matchup of unbeaten cross-state rivals was get past a Holy Cross team that had lost its last three games. And do it at home.

The only problem is, someone forgot to tell Ralph Willard's Crusaders what their role was last night at the Mullins Center.

In an eerie repeat of last year, UMass went belly-up in the second half and Holy Cross came away with a somewhat surprising 67-56 victory.

''The best thing I can tell you was that was a beaut,'' said UMass coach Steve Lappas in his most sarcastic tone. ''Everything we had worked so hard on didn't happen. We reverted back to ... whatever.''

''Whatever'' took a while to happen. UMass (4-1) played reasonably well in the first half, building a 36-32 lead. It relied mainly on the inside game of Micah Brand, who scored 9 of his team-high 15 points in the first five minutes.

But unlike the wins over Oregon and North Carolina State - in which the Minutemen acted like underdogs and overachieved - they underachieved against the Crusaders (3-3), who soon figured out what UMass was doing.

The strategy was simple, according to Willard, who has 11 scholarship players, five of them freshmen.

''We did a good job of preparing for this game,'' he said. ''We blocked out and knocked down some shots.''

Some? The Crusaders made 8 of 11 3-point shots, sagged on the Minutemen inside, and dared the opponent to beat them from the outside. Which didn't happen.

Four Holy Cross players, led by guard Ryan Serravalle's 16 points and Swampscott freshman Michael Smiley's 13 (3 of 4 on 3-point attempts), were in double figures.

Holy Cross hung on and watched as the frustration level of UMass started to build. It culminated in a scoring drought of 7:18 in which the Crusaders turned a 2-point lead with just under 11 minutes left into a 13-point bulge with 3:34 left.

''This is definitely a hard loss to take,'' said UMass guard Shannon Crooks. ''But we're going to have to get better. We can't have something like this happen again.''

Lappas said he saw signs of trouble early on.

''We were overconfident, without a doubt,'' he said. ''I knew it was going to happen. It was inevitable.''

Lappas said he tried to warn his team but he knew they went into the game feeling they were better than the Crusaders.

''They just acted differently,'' he said. ''They didn't pay attention to the scoreboard. They thought they could just play and it would happen.''

Lappas then looked at the box score, which showed Holy Cross making 72.7 percent from 3-point range and 53.2 percent of its shots overall.

''Great shooting and poor defense,'' said Lappas. ''They shot great, but we let it happen, too.''

Lappas must give his players a day off today, but he can't wait until practice resumes tomorrow. It is time for some tough love for the Minutemen, who Lappas feels were looking ahead in the schedule to the game against BC and then Connecticut Tuesday. They were feeling full of themselves. They felt that simply showing up last night was enough.

''Now,'' said Lappas, with a shake of his head, ''they know better.''

Crusaders knock off Minutemen
Holy Cross 67 UMass 56
By Josh Bousquet, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette Staff, 12/5/2001

AMHERST - One game. Two reversals of fortune.

University of Massachusetts vs. Holy Cross Postgame Notes
From UMass Athletics, 12/4/2001

* This was the 53rd meeting between UMass and Holy Cross. With the loss, UMass now trails in the series 17-36, and the Crusaders have won the last two meetings.

* The Minutemen lead the contest 36-32 at halftime. The Minutemen fall to 2-1 on the season when leading at the break.

* Senior guard Shannon Crooks (Boston, Mass.) was 3-6 from three-point range on the evening. Dating back to the final game of last season, Crooks has now hit a trey in each of his last six games. Crooks has connected on at least two from downtown in four of UMass' five games this year.

* Crooks finished with 12 points on the evening. He has now scored at least 10 in every game this season, and in his last seven contests overall.

* Junior forward Micah Brand (Middletown, N.Y.) finished the game with 15 points. It was the 17th time Brand has totaled double digits in his career, and the fourth time in five games this season. This was the second time Brand has led the Minutemen in scoring.

* Senior center Kitwana Rhymer (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) tied a career-high with his six blocks in tonight's contest.

* Sophomore guard Anthony Anderson (Lynn, Mass.) poured in 13 in tonight's contest. The total marked a career high and it was the second time this season Anderson reached double digits.

* Anderson's seven assists were also a career high, eclipsing his previous best of four.

* Holy Cross shot 53 percent from the floor tonight. UMass had not allowed a team to shoot better than 36.2 percent in its previous five outings this year.

* The Crusaders committed only 12 personal fouls in the contest, the fewest by a UMass opponent since January 30, 2001 when Rhode Island was whistled 12 times.

* The Minutemen pulled down just 24 rebounds on the evening, the lowest by a UMass team since a March 10, 2000 contest against Temple.

*** The University of Massachusetts ticket office will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 9. ***

Holy Cross stopped its three-game losing streak by handing UMass its first loss of the season with a 67-56 shocker at the Mullins Center before a crowd of 6,625 last night.

The loss was also the first of Steve Lappas' tenure as coach of the Minutemen.

Holy Cross seemed to figure out everything that had made the Minutemen so successful until last night. UMass had given up only a maximum of 62 points before the game, and had held opponents to no better than 36.2 percent shooting from the field. The Crusaders finished at 53.2, including 72.7 from 3-point range.

It was HC's second straight victory over UMass. The Crusaders won, 78-65, at the Centrum last season after losing the four previous games to the Minutemen in the '90s.

“We did a good job of preparing,” HC coach Ralph Willard said, “and trying to take away some things that UMass had been very successful at early in the season.”

Another of those areas the visitors took away was the size advantage.

“We hit the backboards well,” Willard said, “and did well doubling down in the post.” That proved especially true in the second half when the Minutemen pulled down a paltry eight rebounds, and only two on the offensive glass.

The solid play in the post negated the effect of UMass' big men, Kit Rhymer and Micah Brand. Rhymer got off only two shots in 27 minutes. Brand finished with a team-high 15 points, but scored his team's first nine points before being virtually shut down by double- and triple-teaming.

“We started kind of panicking,” Brand said concerning the Crusaders' new style of defense.

“We've been working on that for three days,” Lappas said, “and we didn't respond well. It looked like we had no idea.”

And the play in the paint was only part of Holy Cross' second-half dominance. Coming out of the half down, 36-32, the Crusaders shot 61.9 percent from the field in the second. During one seven-minute span, they went on a 9-0 run while forcing UMass into committing seven fouls. They also shot 75 percent from behind the arc in the half.

The solid 3-point shooting may become the new style of Holy Cross basketball.

“We've been taking 200 shots every morning from the 3-point line,” Willard said.

Holy Cross trailed throughout most of the first half, but never fell out of contention. The most it trailed by in the half was six.

It was perimeter shooting that kept the Crusaders going in the early half. Michael Smiley was 3 for 3 from behind the arc in the half, with Ryan Serravalle adding one from downtown as well.

The game may prove to be the coming-out party for freshman Smiley. He scored 13 points and his enthusiasm seemed to spark the team on the court. Coming into the game, he had recorded only 14 points all season.

Serravalle led Holy Cross in scoring with 16. Nate Lufkin (13 points) and Tim Szatko (12, 9 rebounds) also finished in double figures.

Patrick Whearty, who has been hampered by a hairline fracture in his left wrist, warmed up with the team, but played only 2:17 in the first half.

Willard said he did not want Whearty to play, but that Whearty made the decision and obviously prematurely. He will undergo a surgery Friday for a staph infection in his elbow, and is expected to miss the next three weeks.

Holy Cross resumes play tomorrow with a 7 p.m. home game against Brown. UMass will try to rebound from the loss when it travels to Boston College on Saturday.

Crusaders are double trouble
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/5/2001

AMHERST - For 7:18 seconds in the second half, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team went scoreless.

The Crusader defense rises up to challenge Eric Williams.
Turnovers, offensive fouls and missed shots of all varieties were plentiful during that stretch, and ultimately the Minutemen's undefeated early season suffered a blow Tuesday as they fell to Holy Cross, 67-56, at the Mullins Center.

During the same stretch, the Crusaders scored only nine points, but that, combined with terrific defense, was enough to knock off the Minutemen for the second consecutive year.

The Minutemen return to action Saturday at 8 p.m. when they travel to Conte Forum to play No. 13 Boston College.

The warm excitement that accompanied UMass' 4-0 start disappeared quickly Tuesday, as many of the 6,625 fans on hand were long gone before the game ended. Holy Cross shot its game-clinching free throws in a less than half-filled Mullins Center.

Steve Lappas, who suffered his first loss as coach of UMass (4-1), pulled no punches.

"Everything we worked on as a team that allowed us to get to the point where we were at, didn't happen out there," Lappas said. "That's disappointing."

Lappas pointed to overconfidence as a key culprit.

"Overconfidence was a factor, no doubt. When we were up four or six points at halftime against North Carolina State, everyone was happy," Lappas said. Today for some reason we're up four points at the half and we're flipping out. You have to get past that."

"Every time you play, you have to respect the scoreboard," Lappas said. "We should be beating them by 10. But that's not where we are right now. We've been doing what we'd been doing for a reason and we're not going to lose sight of that. I won't let them."

Micah Brand (14 points) looked nearly unstoppable in the first half, scoring UMass' first nine points, but once the Crusaders began to double-team him as soon as he got the ball, the Minutemen's apparent size advantage disappeared. Holy Cross' less heralded tandem of Tim Szatko and Nate Lufkin outscored (25-19) and outrebounded Brand and Kitwana Rhymer (13-9).

"Our game plan was to double him right away on the pass," said Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard. "We didn't do that at the beginning of the game. We kept reiterating that we had to be there when he caught the basketball so he couldn't have time to get a move off."

Lappas said the strategy was not unexpected.

"We've been working on that for three days," Lappas said. "We expected it, but we certainly looked like we had no idea."

Even without graduated 7-footer Josh Sankes, who thrashed the Minutemen in last year's 78-65 loss at the Centrum, the Crusaders controlled the glass, 30-24, led by Szatko's nine.

"We negated them on the backboards pretty well," Willard said. "We also did a good job of blocking out. We held UMass to seven offensive rebounds with the size advantage that they had."

Ryan Serravalle led the Crusaders offensively with 16 points, while freshmen Michael Smile and Nate Lufkin had 13 each.

Anthony Anderson was a rare bright spot for the Minutemen with 13 points and seven assists, both career highs, and just two turnovers, but Lappas said he, too, could have played better.

"I think we're going to watch that tape tomorrow and show him four or five other instances where he could have done something," Lappas said. "He took eight shots, but he could have taken 11."

Holy Cross rode the strength of 53.2 percent shooting, including 72.7 percent (8-for-11) from 3-point range.

"We let them shoot that," Lappas said. "That's great shooting. That's poor defense. It's both, if the kids are out there by themselves with nobody playing against them, but give them credit for great shooting on bad defense."

The Minutemen led the entire first half, but never could quite pull away despite controlling most of the play. Holy Cross hit five of seven 3-pointers to stay in the game, led by Smiley, who hit all three of his attempts.

Shannon Crooks gets caught in the trap.
Holy Cross took its first lead with 3:40 in on a 3-pointer by Serravalle, but the teams went back and forth and the game stayed close.

But after Anderson's 3-pointer with just under 11 minutes to play that brought UMass within one at 51-50, the Minuteman offense hit the drought that finished them off.

Lappas vowed that the team would bounce back.

"We're going to continue to work hard and make the adjustments that we need to make," he said. "And we're going to get back to playing the way we need to play together that made us win those first four games.

"We didn't handle our success well. We started to think we were something that we're not. That's my fault probably more than anything," Lappas said. "I'm anxious to see how they react Thursday. I'm not even waiting until Saturday. It's too bad we have to give them off tomorrow because I could be ready to practice at 12:01."

Loss a bummer, but not surprising
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/5/2001

AMHERST - After the game, University of Massachusetts fan John Boyd was still accepting hugs and high fives among the Minuteman fans who hadn't streamed out the exits with just over three minutes left in their team's 67-56 loss to Holy Cross. He was the only happy face in the house.

The Minutemen could have used Boyd, a 44-year-old alum, who won a car at halftime for making a halfcourt shot, since they were having a hard time making shots from much closer ranges.

But other than Boyd, most fans left feeling a combination of dejected and angry. The players and coaching staff leaned more toward the latter.

If wins over Oregon and North Carolina State were birdies, this one splashed down loudly in a water hazard on its way to a double bogey.

The magic of a 4-0 start is gone. With it are likely the votes in both top 25 polls as well as a chance to have Saturday's Commonwealth Classic against Boston College serve as a battle of two undefeated Bay State heavyweights.

Some of the ingredients that led to the four victories were noticeably absent Tuesday.

After shining for the first four games, Raheim Lamb and Willie Jenkins played like the rookies that they are. Kitwana Rhymer was impressive with five first-half blocks (six overall), but he was less of a presence defensively in the second half and was never a factor on offense, with just two shots and four points.

Now comes the challenge for coach Steve Lappas. His team raised the bar for itself by going 4-0 out of the gate. Before the season, had you told most UMass fans they'd be 4-1 after the first five games, they'd have been excited. But if you told the same fans that before Tuesday's game, the reaction would have been reversed. Holy Cross was supposed to be an automatic win.

But forget the setback to the fan base, which will always be fickle. Lappas has to resurrect his team's psyche. This is a team that has had its share of disappointing losses in recent years, which have weighed heavily on them.

Damaged confidence then led to more losing, which created a cycle that was difficult to break. But senior Shannon Crooks said he doesn't think that pattern will apply now.

"It's definitely a hard loss to take, but guys are just going to have to get better from it," Crooks said. "I don't think guys are going to get down because we know how special we can be this season."

Bouncing back and winning the next one won't be easy. At No. 13, Boston College is the highest-ranked opponent on UMass' schedule, and Saturday's 8 p.m. game will be at a sold-out Conte Forum.

It doesn't get much easier Tuesday when Connecticut comes to the Mullins Center. A sweep of those two would make Holy Cross be forgotten quickly, but the Minutemen will have to be much better than they were Tuesday.

Lappas knew this would happen eventually.

"I talked about it from the beginning of the year. I didn't know when, but I knew at some time there was going to be a hard lesson to be learned," Lappas said. "Unfortunately, when you're building something, you learn more sometimes from bad nights than you do from good nights. I knew it was going to happen. It was inevitable."

He's right, of course. As well as UMass started its season, the team was bound to have an early stinker. Everyone was willing to suspend logic momentarily because this team has been fun to watch for the first four games. But to expect a team with a new coach, and a new system, using four new players, to be as poised and collected every night as it had been is unrealistic.

More than likely , this won't be the only game UMass plays poorly this year. It's part of the growing process. On the bright side, there are more games like Oregon still to come, too.

How many of the remaining 22 fall into which category will determine how successful this season will be and how big a step forward the program takes this year.

Either way, John Boyd will arrive in style.

Holy crusade led against Minutemen
By Eric Soderstrom, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, 12/5/2001

Get ready for it, please - because it won't be too amusing.

Today, tomorrow and for the rest of the week, UMass hoop critics from around New England will rise up once more and remind us all why the Massachusetts men's basketball team isn't as good as everyone thought it was.

And I sincerely wish them all the luck in the world with the construction of that argument.

Really, what is there to say?

"They lost to Holy Cross," will be the most popular assertion. But what follows? Probably something like, "uh, they lost to the Crusaders."

It's much harder this year to construct the "UMass isn't going anywhere" argument. Last year, when the Minutemen dropped a 78-65 decision to Holy Cross at the Centrum Centre in Worcester to drop to 1-2 on the season, the Maroon and White faithful really couldn't argue against anything the doubters had to say.

But this time around, after UMass' 76-65 loss to the Crusaders last night at the Mullins Center, the Minutemen are still 4-1. They have beaten Orgeon. They have beaten N.C. State (on Tobacco Road). And most importantly, UMass is not a team that's used to losing. They just got a bit too used to winning, and had trouble focusing in on a 2-3 squad from the Patriot League that had lost its three previous games to Manhattan, Dartmouth and Boston University.

"Overconfidence, without a doubt, in my opinion," said Head Coach Steve Lappas immediately after the game. "Every time you play, you have to respect the scoreboard. And we didn't respect the scoreboard because we thought we should be beating them by 10."

Teams can use "overconfidence" as an excuse. They can say they just didn't get up enough for the game, and before they knew it, they were down 10 points with five minutes left in the contest. It's a decent justification for a blunder.

But Lappas won't take it as one, even though he knew it was bound to happen. With his hiring, so began the rebuilding years of UMass basketball - years that, with any program, aren't immune to unexpected dips.

"I talked about it from the beginning of the year, that there was going to be a time - I didn't know when, where, what - that there was going to be a hard lesson to be learned," said Lappas, who in his nine seasons at Villanova had only two losing campaigns. "And unfortunately when you're building something, you learn more from bad nights sometimes than you learn from good nights."

And Tuesday night was one of those bad nights. The key for the Minutemen is to bounce back in the next two games versus No. 13 Boston College Saturday and UConn on Tuesday.

Losing to Holy Cross isn't the end of the world. Actually, if you allow yourself to believe that some losses are good ones, then this was a good one. Let's just say UMass blew out the Crusaders last night. When would the Minutemen realize they weren't going to go undefeated? Probably Saturday at B.C.

Instead, Lappas' preparation exercises for the clash at Conte Forum will be some of the most memorable hours ever for his 14-man roster. He wasn't too happy last night.

"There's going to be a lot to be learned from this game," Lappas said. "I knew it was coming. It was inevitable, because we didn't handle our success and where we were well. We started to think of something we weren't, and we're not. And that's my fault probably more than anybody's."

In any case, nothing is over yet. It could be in a few weeks, but UMass' performances in its first four games kind of negate that prophecy.

Remember, no excuses. Just lessons. Perfection does not exist in sport, especially in college basketball.

No need for doubts after one loss
By Eric Soderstrom, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, 12/5/2001

Through its first four games of the 2001-2002 season, the Massachusetts men's basketball team had constantly found a way to make big baskets late in ball games in order to pull out the victory. However, its luck ran out last night, as the Minutemen lost for the first time in this young season, falling 67-56 to Holy Cross at the Mullins Center.

The Crusaders (3-3) used an 18-6 run over an 11-minute stretch in the second half to overcome a two-point deficit and turn it into a 10-point lead with under four minutes to go. During that stretch, UMass (4-1) made just two field goals and committed seven fouls while Holy Cross began to get hot from the floor. The Crusaders made 62 percent of their field goals in the second half, including three-of-four from behind the arc. This was the first time in the Lappas Era that UMass had allowed an opponent to shoot better than 36.2 percent.

"We let them shoot that," UMass Head Coach Steve Lappas said of Holy Cross' 72.7 three-point percentage for the game. "That's great shooting, that's poor defense - it's both."

The turning point of the game came during that stretch when Shannon Crooks and Raheim Lamb were called for questionable offensive fouls on consecutive trips down the floor with the Crusaders clinging to a narrow 51-50 lead. Lamb had buckets that would have given UMass the lead waved off on each trip as a result of the charges and Holy Cross made UMass pay, scoring the game's next nine points to put it out of reach at 60-50 with 3:51 to play.

Despite trailing 36-32 at halftime, the Crusaders felt good about the fact that they were hanging around with the Minutemen. Freshman Michael Smiley came off the bench to spark the Crusaders by scoring nine points in the opening 20 minutes on three-of-three shooting, with each basket coming from three-point range.

"We thought we were in a good position but we knew we couldn't take it for granted and we couldn't be complacent," Holy Cross' Tim Szatko, who had 12 points and nine boards, said. "We knew we had to keep playing our game, keep executing and stick to our game plan."

At the other end of the floor, Holy Cross Head Coach Ralph Willard made defensive adjustments in order to limit the effectiveness of UMass' Micah Brand. Brand came out of the gates red-hot by scoring the Maroon and White's first nine points in the opening six minutes, but managed just one point the rest of the half.

"Our game plan was to double team him [Brand] right away, on the pass, and we didn't do that early on in the game," Willard said. "He really hurt us early and then we just told our guys, kept reiterating, that they had to go on the pass and be there when he caught the basketball, so he didn't have time to get a shot off."

One of the few bright spots for the Minutemen on the evening was the play of sophomore point guard Anthony Anderson. Anderson returned to the starting lineup after coming off the bench Saturday against N.C. State, and responded with a career-high 13 points as well handing out seven assists, which also marked a career-high.

"Yes, he played well," Lappas said of his point guard. "I think we're going to watch that tape tomorrow and show him four or five instances where he could have done something, like everybody else."

The goal for the Minutemen will now be to put this loss behind them and shift their focus toward the Saturday night encounter at Boston College.

"I'm anxious to see how they react on Thursday [at practice,] I'm not even waiting to see how they react on Saturday," Lappas said. "I'm anxious to see how I react on Thursday."

Holy Cross Crusaders 67
Massachusetts Minutemen 56
at the Mullins Center

Holy Cross vs Massachusetts
12/04/01  7:00 p.m. at Amherst, MA(Mullins Center)
VISITORS: Holy Cross ( 3- 3)
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15 MEADE,Jave           g  1-5    1-1    1-2    1  2  3   0   4   8  1  0  2  39
24 HURLEY,John             0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   4
44 SMILEY,Michael          4-5    3-4    2-3    0  1  1   1  13   0  3  1  1  25
45 WHEARTY,Patrick         0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0   0  1  0  0   2
50 RICHTER,Greg            1-1    1-1    1-2    0  0  0   2   4   1  1  0  0   8
TEAM ........................................   1  1  2
TOTALS                    25-47   8-11   9-19   9 21 30  12  67  15 14  1  7 200

TOT-FG 1stH: 12-26 46.2% 2ndH: 13-21 61.9% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 53.2% Deadbl 3pt-FG 1stH: 5-7 71.4% 2ndH: 3-4 75.0% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 72.7% Rebs FThrow 1stH: 3-5 60.0% 2ndH: 6-14 42.9% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 47.4% 6, 1

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Massachusetts ( 4- 1) TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS No. N A M E FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 01 JENKINS,Willie f 0-4 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 15 40 BRAND,Micah f 6-13 0-1 3-5 1 3 4 1 15 3 1 0 1 31 33 RHYMER,Kitwana c 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 5 5 3 4 1 3 6 0 27 12 ANDERSON,Anthony g 4-8 3-7 2-2 0 2 2 3 13 7 2 0 0 39 30 CROOKS,Shannon g 4-9 3-6 1-2 2 0 2 4 12 3 4 0 3 36 11 WILSON,Kyle 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 9 21 WILLIAMS,Eric 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 1 6 0 0 0 1 22 34 LAMB,Raheim 3-6 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 4 6 0 3 0 2 21 TEAM ........................................ 1 0 1 TOTALS 21-49 6-18 8-11 7 17 24 21 56 16 16 6 7 200

TOT-FG 1stH: 13-26 50.0% 2ndH: 8-23 34.8% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 42.9% Deadbl 3pt-FG 1stH: 3-7 42.9% 2ndH: 3-11 27.3% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 33.3% Rebs FThrow 1stH: 7-9 77.8% 2ndH: 1-2 50.0% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 72.7% 2

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OFFICIALS: Fran Connolly, Gene Monje, Terry Murphy TECHNICAL FOULS: Holy Cross - none Massachusetts - none ATTENDANCE: 6,625 SCORE BY PERIODS: 1st 2nd OT1 OT2 OT3 OT4 TOTAL Holy Cross 32 35 67 Massachusetts 36 20 56

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