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Beat goes on for UMass: Drops 11th in row to UConn
By Mark Murphy, The Boston Herald Staff Writer, 12/12/2001

AMHERST - It wasn't a sellout, but it was close - 8,894 of the 9,493 Mullins Center seats were filled with loud, passionate UMass fans roaring for UConn's head.

Traffic was backed up for a half-mile down University Drive, and a huge student section was made to order for the national television audience. Fans actually responded to the ``stand up'' chant for the first time in memory.

Only the goal remains unattainable.

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Shannon Crooks tries to work himself out of trouble under the basket.
The Minutemen fell to the Huskies, 69-59, last night, a result that says a lot about their need for polish. It was the 11th straight time UConn has defeated UMass, which hasn't tasted victory in the rivalry since Dec. 15, 1983.

The Minutemen, who have lost three straight after a 4-0 start, dropped to 4-3. UConn, with only a loss to No. 3 Maryland, is now 5-1.

``I had goosebumps when I walked out for the game,'' said UMass coach Steve Lappas. ``The crowd was tremendous. I just wish our guys could have given them a better effort.''

Instead, for the second straight game, the Minutemen started off against a more athletic team with their feet in shackles. The Huskies built a 36-23 halftime lead, and then fought off a reconstituted Minutemen charge over the last 20 minutes.

``It's important on the road,'' UConn coach Jim Calhoun said of his team's ability to jump out quickly. ``I watched that second half they played against (Boston College) three times. (UMass) was magnificent in that game. But getting a lead means that the other team will always end up fighting uphill.''

Thus last night's dilemma.

The Minutemen, forced to work too hard for their offense throughout the night, shot 1-for-18 from 3-point range and 32 percent (23-for-70) overall.

The starting backcourt of Shannon Crooks and Anthony Anderson shot a combined 9-for-21. But worse than that, the big man duo of Kitwana Rhymer and Micah Brand shot a combined 8-for-22, while getting plenty of opportunities.

Rhymer, alone, had his shot blocked four times by Emeka Okafor, UConn's impressive 6-foot-9 freshman center.

``I just tried to crash the boards, and to do whatever I could,'' said Rhymer, shaking his head. ``And he kept blocking my shots.''

The Minutemen, despite coming back strong over the first 10 minutes of the second half, ran into a wall when attempting to scale a final 4-5 point barrier.

But with 1:11 left, sophomore Raheim Lamb's put-back cut the UConn lead to 62-56.

Rhymer then forced Johnny Selvie into a five-second violation, the Minutemen survived two battles for rebounds that rolled out of bounds, and Anderson came up with the ball on the right side of the circle. His shot rimmed out, but the sophomore guard was fouled by UConn's Taliek Brown, and went to the free throw line.

But Anderson made only the last of his three shots. UConn guard Ben Gordon was quickly fouled, hit both free throws for a 64-57 Huskies lead, before Okafor blocked Crooks and held onto the ball. He was fouled, and hit both free throws for a 66-57 lead.

Lamb, making the first start of his college career, had done a fine job guarding Caron Butler throughout the game. The UConn forward finally broke into double figures (12 points) with 5:42 on a pair of free throws, courtesy of Lamb's fourth foul, for a 54-46 UConn lead.


Slow starts costly
UMass Notebook
By Mark Murphy, The Boston Herald Staff Writer, 12/12/2001

AMHERST - Against Boston College on Saturday night, UMass trailed by 23 points at halftime.

Last night, the Minutemen trailed UConn by 13 points at the break.

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Kitwana Rhymer gets stuffed by Emeka Okafor.
In both instances, the Minutemen came back strong in the second half. And in both cases they lost, last night falling by a 69-59 score for their third straight loss.

Something clearly has to change.

``It's frustrating,'' said senior guard Shannon Crooks. ``We dig ourselves into a hole, and think that we can play back into the game in the second half. We have to understand that we have to play right away.''

Said sophomore point guard Anthony Anderson: ``We have to stop playing just one half of basketball.''

At least UMass coach Steve Lappas can take comfort in the fact that his players understand the problem.

Not that it makes the problem any easier to solve.

``It's the same story,'' he said. ``And scoring is the bottom line to it. We had something like nine points with 10 minutes left in the first half. And we got good looks, too. But even at that, we couldn't get anything going.''

Lamb gets start

Raheim Lamb, coming off an outstanding performance against Boston College, was rewarded with the first start of his college career.

He drew one of the toughest assignments in college basketball - UConn forward Caron Butler.

Considering that Butler, who is off to a slow start this season, finished with 13 points on 3-of-12 shooting, Lamb had noteworthy impact in the defensive end.

But overall, after finishing with four points on 2-of-5 shooting, Lamb could easily see where he needed work.

``I wasn't really nervous, but I guess I was just a little fidgety out there,'' he said. ``(Butler) is a good player, but I made a couple of mistakes on him defensively.''

Said Lappas: ``I don't know if he was nervous out there, but he did OK. He knows that he also has to get better.''

Hazelton helps out

Sophomore Scott Hazelton, a Central Catholic product, is coming off the bench for UConn after seeing little action as a freshman. He capped his evening with a nice drive for a three-point play in the first half.


Huskies add to their 'U' haul
Another win over UMass is in hand
UCONN 69, UMASS 59

By Mark Blaudschun, The Boston Globe Staff, 12/12/2001

AMHERST - It has slowly evolved into the rivalry it was meant to be when it was restarted six years ago.

UMass vs. UConn in the ''U Game,'' a meeting of neighboring-state schools that have each achieved their highest level in the last 10 years.

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Caron Butler catches Raheim Lamb by surprise.
But, as has been the case each year since the series resumed, Connecticut prevailed over Massachusetts, 69-59, last night at Mullins Center before a near-sellout crowd of 8,894.

''They are a very good defensive team,'' said UMass coach Steve Lappas, looking at a box score in which the Minutemen shot a woeful 33 percent, including 1 for 18 on 3-point attempts. ''Right now, I'd rather play a good offensive team.''

UConn, which improved to 5-1 and has only lost to No. 3 Maryland, may be both before too long.

''I think we're going to be good,'' said UConn coach Jim Calhoun, who has won an astounding 77 consecutive games against nonconference New England opponents, including all 6 ''U'' games since the series was revived for the 1996-97 season. ''We're just not that good right now.''

Last night, the Huskies were good enough when it counted. They sprinted to a 36-23 halftime lead as the Minutemen came out sluggish in the first 20 minutes for the second straight game. They trailed Boston College by 26 points before losing, 80-78, Saturday.

''We keep digging ourselves in a hole,'' said UMass guard Shannon Crooks, who led the Minutemen with 14 points. ''We can't keep doing that. We have to come out right away.''

The Minutemen did that at the start of the second half and cut UConn's lead in half in the first five minutes. Then UMass went into a zone, making a series of runs at the Huskies, but ultimately could not catch them.

The Minutemen's last opportunity came with 43.4 seconds left. Trailing by 6, Taliek Brown fouled Anthony Anderson on a 3-point attempt.

Anderson missed two foul shots and the Minutemen were done.

Lappas, who has seen his teams lose three games in succession to Holy Cross, BC and UConn, could only shake his head at the shooting misfortunes and the other squandered opportunities.

''We just couldn't get it going,'' he said. ''And when we needed a stop on a key possession in the second half, we didn't make it.''

Part of the reason was that the Huskies wouldn't let them on offense or defense.

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How'd Johnnie Selvie get open for the jam? He was called for an offensive foul on the play, no basket.
Calhoun has a young team that is going to get better as the season progresses.

In the first half, 6-foot-9-inch freshman center Emeka Okafor (six blocks) was all over Kitwana Rhymer, blocking everything he tried. ''What can you say,'' said Rhymer. ''He was just blocking my shots.''

Calhoun said he likes the way his team is playing, to a point. ''We were efficient,'' said Calhoun, who has not lost a nonconference game to a New England team since 1987. ''We are a very young team and we play young at times. Given our upcoming schedule [games with Oklahoma and Arizona] we are going to have to play older really quick.''

The way UMass (4-3) is playing, Lappas is going to get older really quick.

The Minutemen continue their New England tour for two more games, facing Central Connecticut Saturday and Maine Dec. 23 before hitting the road Dec. 29 for a nonconference game against Marshall.

If the Minutemen can win all three, they should be in decent shape when they open their Atlantic 10 schedule with St. Joseph's Jan. 5.

Calhoun offered some words of encouragement. ''They're a superior team to what they were last year,'' he said.

But not a superior team to UConn.

At least not last night.


It's Not Their Style
But Huskies Find A Way
By Matt Eagan, The Hartford Courant Staff Writer, 12/12/2001

AMHERST, Mass. -- This was an argument over the best way to play basketball. UMass wanted to keep things rough, even ragged, and UConn longed for the wide open spaces where its transition game flourishes.

In terms of style, UMass got what it wanted.

When Tony Robertson was knocked to his knees with 10:08 left, it was clear the Huskies could forget about breathing room. They were going to have to find some other way to win this one.

So that's what they did.

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Micah Brand and Johnnie Selvie battle.
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With an ailing leg and cold, Caron Butler, who limped through this. With Robertson, smooth in the first half, unable to shake free for a second-half field goal until 17 minutes were gone. With Johnnie Selvie ineffective because of constant double-teaming.

And with a crowd of 8,894 turning this into the road test that bothered them so much last season, the Huskies found a way to win.

Robertson scored 15 points, including a critical three late, as UConn defeated UMass 69-59 in the UGame at the Mullins Center. Taliek Brown, Butler and Emeka Okafor each had 13 for UConn. Shannon Crooks had 14 for UMass.

"We allowed the game to get to a half-court game, which really wasn't in our best interest," coach Jim Calhoun said. "But overall it's a good win for us on the road."

The Huskies won because point guard Taliek Brown found his way inside the UMass defense in the second half, when the Minutemen (4-3) took away all the other options. They won because freshman center Emeka Okafor has figured out how to play rugged and smart at the same time. And because Butler stemmed one UMass rally with a baseline jumper and Robertson stopped another with a three. Oh, there were a lot of reasons.

"You can't have it going your way every night so you have to find different ways to get it done," Robertson said. "We knew they were going to try take Johnnie away and Caron was banged up and so guys had to step up and contribute."

There were anxious moments late in the game.

The Huskies led 54-49 with 5:49 left after UMass scored three straight points, which was considered a run in the final 15 minutes of this one. Butler stopped this with a baseline jumper, his only second-half field goal.

The Huskies led 56-51 with 3:33 left, when Robertson sank a three. It was his only second-half field goal.

"There were a couple of key possessions where we didn't make the stop we needed to make when the game got close," UMass coach Steve Lappas said.

And with 43.4 seconds left, UMass guard Anthony Anderson had three free-throws that could have made it a single-possession game, but he missed the first two.

UConn (5-1) found its answers. UMass did not.

UMass opened the second half with an 8-0 run to get back in the game. The Minutemen attacked inside, either through penetration or by pounding the ball to Kitwana Rhymer (12 points).

On the other end, the Huskies missed their first five shots and turned over the ball three times. What had appeared to be a comfortable, if ruggedly built lead, was down to five. Selvie finally ended the drought with 14:39 left with a baby hook in the lane.

"We only played in stretches," Calhoun said. "We took too many possessions off. And we got pounded on the backboards, which doesn't usually happen to us."

UMass outscored UConn 45-23 in the paint. The Minutemen had a 23-6 advantage in second chance points. They outran the Huskies, 12-9 and outscored them off turnovers, 11-10. They outshot UConn 70-46. But none of this was enough. When it mattered most, UConn was better.

"I think it's good for the team," Calhoun said. "I really do. We needed a game like this. This game was very losable all the way through."


UConn - UMass Wrapup
By Matt Eagan, The Hartford Courant Staff Writer, 12/12/2001

Player Of The Game

Tony Robertson had 15 points and hit the game's biggest shot, a three-pointer with 2:53 left, that put UConn up, 59-51.

"He was the difference in the game," UMass coach Steve Lappas said.

Deciding Factor

UMass took 70 shots but made only 23, including 1-for-18 on three-point attempts.

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Emeka Okafor gets Kit Rhymer again.
Not In The Box Score

UMass outscored UConn 45-23 in the paint.

Of Note

UConn-UMass may be the only regular season college basketball game that has a sponsor yet is not associated with a tournament. For those television viewers who didn't see the midcourt banner, that sponsor is Mass Mutual. ... The student body arrived early and began chanting at the Huskies even before warmups. What were they chanting? Hey, this is a family newspaper. ... UConn has won 11 straight against UMass. ... UConn has won 77 consecutive games against non-Big East New England opponents.

On The Rivalry

The UGame means different things to different folks. Newcomers might not understand how a game with such a one-sided history can generate this kind of interest.

UMass coach Steve Lappas was one such newcomer.

"Not being from the area, I didn't realize how important this game was to people here," Lappas said. "I've gotten hit with it in the course of being here. I've learned how important the game is."

Native New Englander Jim Calhoun needs no such lessons.

"As long as these two schools play, it will be a rivalry game," Calhoun said Monday. "[Former coach] Dee Rowe came by today and it was a rivalry when he was here, in Fred Shabel's time, in Hugh Greer's time, and it still is."

A New Home

Marcus Cox chatted with his former teammates about an hour before the game. Cox, who transferred to UMass after his sophomore year at UConn, said it was difficult knowing he wasn't going to be able to play in the game.

"It's real hard knowing I've got to sit here and watch the game that I wanted to play in," Cox said. "But I'll have my time."

Cox has been practicing with the Minutemen and said Lappas' system isn't all that different from Calhoun's.

"There are more set plays," Cox said.

Robertson is one of the UConn players who has kept in touch with Cox. He said it was going to be strange seeing his friend on the other bench.

"He seems happy," Robertson said Monday. "I know he can't wait to get on the floor."

No doubt he'll get his chance next year.

Up Next

Quinnipiac, Dec. 21, Civic Center, 7 p.m.


UMass loses again to UConn
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/12/2001

AMHERST - With time running out and the University of Massachusetts trailing by six points Tuesday night, Anthony Anderson launched a 3-pointer while being fouled by Taliek Brown.

At the top of its arc, the shot looked promising.

"I thought that shot was falling," Anderson said after the game.

But it hit the back of the rim and kicked out. Anderson, normally a reliable free-throw shooter, then missed two of the three free throws, effectively ending UMass' comeback bid.

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Shannon Crooks glides in for 2 of his 14 points.
UConn (5-1) hit enough free throws down the stretch to pull away with a 69-59 win - the Huskies' 11th straight over UMass - in front of 8,894 at the William D. Mullins Center.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun was pleased but not satisfied.

"Overall I'd say it was a good win on the road," Calhoun said. ""We're a very young team and at times we play young. But we're going to have to play older awfully quick with the teams we've got coming up."

The Minutemen (4-3) will try to end their three-game losing streak when they face Central Connecticut on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Mohegan Sun.

Going into the game, UMass coach Stave Lappas pointed to rebounding and containing UConn's transition offense as keys to a UMass win. The Minutemen did both well, but couldn't shoot well enough to take advantage.

The struggles that plagued the Minutemen in the first half against Boston College were present the entire game. UMass hit just 23-of-70 shots (32.9 percent) including 1-of-18 (5.6 percent) from 3-point range.

"I thought we had good shots and good looks, but we couldn't get enough going," UMass coach Steve Lappas said. "We got the ball down low. We have to get something done when we get it down low.

"We have a lot of pressure on us because offensively we scrape and scrap," Lappas continued. "Every possession comes down to do or die on both ends."

Shannon Crooks led the Minutemen with 14 points, while Kitwana Rhymer added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Emeka Okafor had 13 points, 11 boards and six blocks to lead the Huskies, while Tony Robertson scored 15 points.

The Minutemen hit just 10 of their 33 shots prior to intermission. Except for forward Caron Butler and Johnnie Selvie, who shot a combined 2-for-10 from the floor, the Huskies were impressive offensively. Robertson hit all five of his shots for 12 first-half points that helped the Huskies open a 36-23 halftime advantage.

"We have to come focused," Crooks said. "We dig ourselves in a hole. We have to start with momentum. We can't keep shooting ourselves in the foot."

The Minutemen brought their home crowd back to life with an 8-0 second-half opening run that made the score 36-31.

While UMass was able to get as close as four points, the Huskies kept their advantage around eight for most of the half. The once-noisy crowd's decibel-level dropped drastically when Okafor put back an offensive rebound to bring the Husky lead back to double-digits at 52-42 with seven minutes left.

But the fans found their voices again as the Minutemen broke off a 7-2 run capped by crowd-favorite Jameel Pugh's put-back off an offensive rebound that made it 54-49 with just under five minutes to play.

With UConn holding on to a 62-56 lead with 1:11 left, Johnnie Selvie was unable to inbound the ball against UMass pressure and was whistled for a 5-second violation, setting up Anderson's missed 3-pointer that finished off the Minutemen.

Still, Calhoun predicted good things for the Minutemen.

"UMass is clearly a much superior team to last year," Calhoun said. "They have good mobility and they're obviously going to knock down some shots. They really pound the boards. They're a good basketball team."


Okafor an unexpected problem
By Nate Crossman, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/12/2001

AMHERST - The University of Massachusetts' coaching staff probably felt as though it had other University of Connecticut players to worry about on Tuesday night, like reigning Big East All-Rookie team member, sophomore Caron Butler, and his classmate, burly floor general Taliek Brown. Even the slick-shooting Tony Robertson may have warranted a few more minutes at the chalkboard, but not freshman center Emeka Okafor, although he had been leading the Huskies with an average of eight rebounds per game.

Brown and Butler quietly did their part as UConn upended UMass for the 11th straight time, 69-59, and Robertson was the star offensively, knocking down an absolutely back-breaking 3-pointer in the second half to put his team up 59-51 with 2:55 left.

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Emeka Okafor challenges Kitwana Rhymer.
But Okafor was the MVP of this 104th meeting, finishing with 13 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks and Minuteman forward Kitwana Rhymer in his back pocket.

At the post-game press conference, Rhymer sat with his head in his hands, barely audible when answering a question. It had been one of those nights, thanks mostly to Okafor, who had four blocks in the first half, all on Rhymer.

"He played better than I thought (he would)," UMass coach Steve Lappas said. "I didn't think he hurt us offensively, I think what he did defensively is what really threw us for a loop."

Defensively, Okafor never allowed UMass to establish its low post, which might not have been so bad if the home team wasn't shooting the ball so poorly (10-of-33 in the first half). Rhymer, along with forward Micah Brand, finished the first half with a combined eight points. Rhymer finished the game with 12 points and four blocks

"I knew I had to come in and play hard like any other game because my team was counting on me to hold down the fortress, the paint, and I think I did a good job," said Okafor of his first half. "But you can never feel satisfied, because that's when you let up."

Not satisfied, Okafor kept up his defensive play in the second half, blocking two more shots and grabbing six more rebounds, but also added some timely offense.

With 26 seconds left and UConn leading 64-57, Okafor hit a pair of foul shots, and added two more with 9.4 seconds left to put UConn up by the final 69-59 margin. Okafor finished with 11 points in the second half.

Like any dutiful freshman, Okafor, who hails from Bellaire, Texas, is just happy to contribute. Every game is a new challenge or another milestone for what is shaping up to be a great first year.

"Every game's different," Okafor said. "Tonight, I got the ball more and just tried to capitalize."

UConn coach Jim Calhoun, a fair judge of talent considering the players he has sent to the NBA, went out of his way after the game to praise Okafor's exemplary performance.

"Obviously, Emeka was pretty special tonight," Calhoun said. "Not too many 18-year-olds can come into your building on the first day and have some of the skills that he has.

"He wasn't happy with how he played offensively tonight," said Calhoun, "but we'll keep him."


Rivalry too one-sided
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/12/2001

AMHERST - There are a lot of University of Massachusetts men's basketball fans that dreaded getting out of bed this morning, and not just because of the lack of sleep derived from staying up late to either watch or attend last night's 69-59 UMass loss to the hated Connecticut Huskies.

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The UMass crowd did their best to support their team.
They feared today because many of them work with UConn fans. Everyday they have to see the cars with the Husky Pride bumper stickers or the 1999 National Championship baseball hats that sit unworn decorating their co-workers desks.

For that large faction of UMass fans, winning last night would have made up for losing to Holy Cross and almost made up for losing to Boston College.

Because a victory would have meant escaping another year-long set of bragging rights that accompanies every UConn U Game victory.

Hardcore UMass fans spent months dreaming about this possibility only to be disappointed again, causing them to spend another 365 days getting their noses rubbed in it.

Even the UConn media rubs it in. The Hartford Courant ran a story in its Tuesday edition that basically derided the Minutemen for not holding up their end of the rivalry and questioned whether or not it should continue. UConn has won the last 11 meetings.

Right now it's not much of a rivalry in the true sense of the word. It's been too one-sided. Instead it has become too much like the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry where the Yankees not only always win when it matters, but their fans enjoy reveling in the Red Sox fans' pain after the fact.

Minuteman coach Steve Lappas knew there is only one way to change it.

"We need to win some games," he said. "It's a rivalry in what we think here. But rivalries usually go back and forth. This one hasn't gone back and forth yet. Give us some time and hopefully we'll be able to get it to go back and forth."

Tuesday's was a winnable game for the Minutemen. Small forward was the only position on paper where UConn was decidedly better. The Huskies are young and potentially vulnerable.

After a shaky first half, UMass put together a second half that was admirable, but not good enough to dig itself out of the first-half hole.

"It's frustrating to know that we actually could have probably beaten them," senior Kitwana Rhymer said.

Rhymer was among the culprits doing the digging, as he and frontcourt comrades Micah Brand and Eric Williams were a combined 8-for-27 from the floor.

Brand's tantalizing potential and maddening inconsistency makes him particularly frustrating. At 6-foot-11 he has athletic ability and the touch of an NBA player, but too often allows himself to get pushed around by stronger opponents.

From a rational standpoint fans know that this is an evolving Minuteman team that should be better in February than December and that the program appears to be heading in a positive direction.

But that isn't much of a response to UConn-rooting co-workers. But there is no recourse, as the teams don't play again for another year and you can't call in sick forever.


UMass seeks right combination
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/12/2001

AMHERST - Just over a week ago, it was the feel-good story of the season. The University of Massachusetts small forward position was an unexpected bright spot as the team went 4-0.

But in the team's three straight losses, the play from that position has fallen off. Former starter Willie Jenkins hasn't scored since the N.C. State game and his rebounding numbers dwindled as well. That, combined with Raheim Lamb's 12-point, seven-rebound effort against Boston College, led to a line-up shuffle last night.

"We've been juggling the three spot all year in a lot of ways. I wanted to shake it up a little and try Raheim," Lappas said. "He did okay. We have to do better."

Lamb had four points and five rebounds, while doing a solid defensive job on Connecticut forward Caron Butler, whose 13 points fell below his 17.6 ppg. average.

Lappas also gave Jameel Pugh his first extended time of the season, as the sophomore played nine minutes. He scored two points on an offensive rebound, but took two ill-advised shots and turned the ball over once as well.

He got a mixed review form Lappas.

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Steve Lappas doesn't hold back during a time-out.
"I thought he was okay. I wasn't happy with the shot that he took at the end to be quite honest with you. He hasn't played that much so it's hard to give him a fair shake after one game. Let's see how he does over the next couple," said Lappas, who plans on giving freshmen more time as well. "We want to find out who Brennan Martin is too."

Consistent Crooks: Senior Shannon Crooks extended his double-digit scoring streak to nine games, the longest of his career. He leads the Minutemen with 15.3 points per game.

He now has 758 career points at UMass. He needs to average just 11.5 points per game the rest of the way to become UMass' 35th 1,000-point scorer. At his current pace he'd hit the milestone Feb. 16 at Temple.

Stats: The Minutemen have now attempted 116 free throws this season compared to 162 by their opponents.

Rhymer's 12 points and 12 rebounds gave him his first double-double of the season and the 15th of his career.

UMass is 0-2 against Big East teams and 0-3 against New England opponents.

The Minutemen have trailed by 10 points or more in five of their seven games.


Video clips
2001 UMassHoops.com

All clips in MPEG format.
Video clip UMass comes in, ready for battle. (file size = 376k)
Video clip Team stands for national anthem. (761k)
Video clip An enthusiastic crowd was on hand. (474k)
Video clip Anthony Anderson slips past the UConn defenders. (506k)
Video clip The crowd tries to distract the Husky foul shot. (604k)
Video clip Talik Brown meets The Army. (603k)
Video clip Jameel Pugh doesn't make the flashy play, but he still gets the basket. (635k)
Video clip A couple offensive rebounds later, Raheim Lamb gets the basket. (699k)


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Connecticut Huskies 69
Massachusetts Minutemen 59
MassMutual U-Game
at the Mullins Center

OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E   T O T A L S
Connecticut vs Massachusetts
12/11/01  9:00 p.m. at Amherst, MA(Mullins Center)
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VISITORS: Connecticut ( 5- 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
03 BUTLER,Caron         f  3-12   0-0    7-9    2  6  8   2  13   3  1  1  3  37
44 SELVIE,Johnnie       f  2-6    0-0    1-2    0  1  1   4   5   0  2  1  0  29
50 OKAFOR,Emeka         c  4-7    0-0    5-7    3  8 11   2  13   1  1  6  0  33
12 BROWN,Taliek         g  5-8    0-0    3-6    0  1  1   3  13   6  4  0  1  36
32 ROBERTSON,Tony       g  6-9    3-5    0-0    0  0  0   1  15   1  2  0  2  33
04 GORDON,Ben              1-2    1-2    4-6    0  1  1   1   7   0  1  0  0  12
20 BROWN,Justin            0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   0   0  0  0  1   6
21 HAZELTON,Scott          1-1    0-0    1-1    0  0  0   4   3   0  0  0  1  14
TEAM ........................................   2  2  4              2
TOTALS                    22-46   4-7   21-31   8 20 28  18  69  11 13  8  8 200

TOT-FG 1stH: 13-25 52.0% 2ndH: 9-21 42.9% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 47.8% Deadbl 3pt-FG 1stH: 3-3 100.% 2ndH: 1-4 25.0% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 57.1% Rebs FThrow 1stH: 7-9 77.8% 2ndH: 14-22 63.6% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 67.7% 5, 3

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Massachusetts ( 4- 3) 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 34 LAMB,Raheim f 2-5 0-0 0-0 4 1 5 4 4 0 2 0 0 21 40 BRAND,Micah f 3-8 0-0 1-2 1 5 6 5 7 0 2 1 0 35 33 RHYMER,Kitwana c 5-14 0-0 2-4 7 5 12 3 12 1 2 4 0 28 12 ANDERSON,Anthony g 3-12 1-7 3-5 3 4 7 2 10 3 1 0 0 39 30 CROOKS,Shannon g 6-19 0-6 2-2 4 2 6 4 14 5 1 1 1 38 01 JENKINS,Willie 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 03 BLIZZARD,Ronell 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+ 11 WILSON,Kyle 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 0 1 9 21 WILLIAMS,Eric 2-5 0-2 4-4 1 1 2 0 8 0 3 0 0 17 24 PUGH,Jameel 1-4 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 9 TEAM ........................................ 5 1 6 TOTALS 23-70 1-18 12-17 26 20 46 23 59 10 13 6 2 200

TOT-FG 1stH: 10-33 30.3% 2ndH: 13-37 35.1% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 32.9% Deadbl 3pt-FG 1stH: 1-8 12.5% 2ndH: 0-10 00.0% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 05.6% Rebs FThrow 1stH: 2-2 100.% 2ndH: 10-15 66.7% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 70.6% 3, 1

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OFFICIALS: Mike Kitts, Robert Donato, Reggie Greenwood TECHNICAL FOULS: Connecticut - none Massachusetts - none ATTENDANCE: 8,894 SCORE BY PERIODS: 1st 2nd OT1 OT2 OT3 OT4 TOTAL Connecticut 36 33 69 Massachusetts 23 36 59


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