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UMass falls to St. Joe's
By Jim Pignatiello, The Boston Herald, 1/12/2003

PHILADELPHIA - UMass junior Anthony Anderson hasn't faired well against Saint Joseph's in his career. In two starts against the Hawks last season, the Lynn native averaged four points and two assists. Anderson averaged 10 points and 3.4 assists in being named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 2001-02.

In yesterday's 76-47 loss at SJU Fieldhouse, Anderson, who entered the game averaging 10.5 points and 3.5 assists, managed just five points and two assists and committed a season-high five turnovers against the Hawks.

UMass coach Steve Lappas felt that Anderson's tough times against Saint Joseph's (11-1, 3-0 A-10) isn't a fluke, but the result of playing against one of the best point guards in the country, junior Jameer Nelson.

``It's not a coincidence,'' Lappas said of Anderson's struggles against the Hawks. ``(Nelson) is a great player, maybe an All-American.''

St. Joe's went on a 10-0 run early in the second half and jumped its lead to 48-26 with 15:38 left in the contest. Hawks shooting guard Delonte West, who led all scorers with 19 points, hit a 3-pointer and a 12-foot jumper during the run.

UMass (6-8, 0-2) never recovered from the run and was unable to cut the lead below 17.

Nelson, who missed the last two days of practice with a dislocated finger, was held scoreless in the first half, but contributed seven assists in the first 20 minutes. The A-10 Player of the Year candidate found his jump shot in the second half, hitting 4-of-7 from the field for 12 points.

Nelson came into the game averaging 19.7 points and four assists.

After falling behind by 10 in the first half, UMass cut the lead to 29-23 with 1:19 left in the half, but four unanswered Saint Joseph's points brought the difference back up to double digits.

UMass, which held the Hawks leading scorers, Nelson and West, to just five points in the half, gave up 10 points to Russian center Alexandre Sazanov in the opening frame. Sazanov, who shot 6-for-6 from the field, came into the contest averaging just 2.9 points per game.

``We did a great job on the perimeter players,'' Lappas said of his team's first half effort. ``But (Sazanov's play) hurt us.''

The Hawks fell behind early in the first half, but never trailed after a Sazanov layup made the score 4-3 with 16:33 remaining.

UMass committed a season-high 26 turnovers. Three players, Anderson, Jackie Rogers and Marcus Cox, committed five turnovers each.

Senior Micah Brand was the only Minuteman in double figures, scoring 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting.


ST. JOSEPH'S 76, UMASS 47
Minutemen's effort half-hearted
By Joe Burris, The Boston Globe Staff, 1/12/2002

PHILADELPHIA - They had held the best player on the Atlantic 10's best team scoreless. They had overcome 35 percent shooting with solid defense, battled well on the boards, and forced 12 turnovers. The University of Massachusetts trailed St. Joseph's by 10 points at halftime, but entered the locker room confident.

''We would have been closer if we had hit our free throws and rebounded,'' said junior point guard Anthony Anderson.

Talk about squandered opportunities; a solid effort gave way to a drubbing. St. Joseph's point guard and leading scorer Jameer Nelson, who had not practiced for two days because of a broken finger on his right hand, got going offensively, and the Hawks denied all Minuteman attempts to get closer.

With 14:14 remaining, the 10-point deficit had been stretched to 24. The Minutemen would never seriously threaten, as they finished with a season-high 26 turnovers and left Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse with a 76-47 loss, their worst of the season.

Nelson scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting in the second half, and second-leading scorer Delonte West had a game-high 19 points to lead St. Joseph's, which improved to 11-1 overall, 3-0 in the A-10, and 6-0 at home. Stymied at times by the UMass defense and their own mistakes, the Hawks played with much more precision on offense and scored the second-most points after intermission against UMass all season - 43.

After having won four of their last five games, the Minutemen fell to 6-8, 0-2, with their only win away from home being a triumph at Division 2 Chaminade. Micah Brand was the only UMass player in double figures, netting 10 points. Teammate Jackie Rogers had 9 points, on 3-of-6 shooting, all of which came in the first half, and had five turnovers, four after intermission.

Anderson and guard Mike Lasme combined for 13 points, on 4-of-11 shooting, 4 assists, and 9 turnovers.

The Hawks shot 70 percent in the second half, 61 percent for the game, to become the first team to hit at least 60 percent of its field goals against the Minutemen since Xavier Feb. 1, 1996.

St. Joseph's shot 52 percent from the floor in the first half, led by 7-foot-1-inch center Alexandre Sazonov, who entered averaging 2.9 points per game but left with 10 first-half points and 12 total.

The Hawks' second-leading scorer before halftime was reserve guard Tyrone Barley (6 points). UMass had done an exceptional job on the Hawks' starters to that point.

''We had a game plan, we came in there and we executed it,'' said Anderson. ''In the second half, they just wanted it more than we did.''

The Hawks outscored the Minutemen, 19-5, to go ahead, 52-28, with 14:14 left. Nelson had 4 points, a steal, and an assist during the surge. West added 7 points.

UMass cut the lead to 54-37 on a layup by Lasme with 9:28 left. Then Nelson had his best stretch of the game, scoring 8 points in a 15-4 Hawks surge to give them a 69-41 advantage with 4:23 remaining.

''I thought we came out in the first half and gave them a great effort. Unfortunately, they had guys who hadn't scored all year score,'' said UMass coach Steve Lappas. ''That really hurt us. But I thought the job we did on their perimeter guys, who were their main people all year, was well. But you can only hold their guys down for so long. They had their spurt, and then we didn't respond.''

The 26 turnovers were the Minutemen's most since Jan. 27, 1995. Credit many of their miscues to a St. Joseph's defense that collected 12 steals.

''Those turnovers were not for lack of skill,'' said Martelli. ''You will see some teams with lack of skill. [UMass] is not unskillful. But everything gets going so fast, the way the ball is guarded, it's frenetic.''

The Minutemen host Rhode Island Wednesday then host defending A-10 tournament champ Xavier Saturday.


Rankings aside, Hawks play like a winner against UMass
By Ray Parrillo, The Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer, 1/12/2002

Judging from the profound indifference they displayed today when the topic of the basketball polls was raised, the St. Joseph's Hawks will not likely be thumbing through the sports sections of their favorite newspapers or surfing the Web to find out whether or not they're ranked this week.

"We really don't care about the rankings," sophomore guard Delonte West said after the Hawks' voracious defense sparked a breezy 76-47 victory over Massachusetts at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. "We really don't."

Jameer Nelson's shrug was even more telling than West's.

"Do the rankings matter? Not to me," he said. "We're sure not putting any extra pressure on ourselves just to try to get ranked."

Asked if he is overcome with similar indifference, coach Phil Martelli said, "If indifference means I don't care, then yeah, I don't care. And I'll be honest, we're not one of the top 25 teams in America. I watch all those teams. But if we can continue to get better and the time comes to play those teams, then bring it on."

If St. Joseph's remains on the cusp of cracking the top 25 when the polls are released todaty , it won't change the fact that the team is 11-1, 3-0 in the Atlantic Ten Conference, and one that appears to be improving from game to game.

Their heads spinning from St. Joe's relentless pressure, the Minutemen (6-8, 0-2) had 10 more turnovers (26) than baskets (16). Their star player, 6-foot-8 senior Jackie Rogers, managed to squeeze off only six shots. He scored nine points, nearly four below his average, and was held scoreless and without a shot in the second half.

"Defensively, we felt Rogers was a key for us to control," Martelli said. Glancing at the boxscore, Martelli added, "Only six field-goal attempts. ..."

Aside from a stingy defensive effort that's been consistent throughout the season, the Hawks showed a different look on offense. Rather than rely solely on their guards, they pumped the ball inside to Alexandre Sazonov, and the engimatic 7-1 center made all six shots he took for a season-high 12 points in 16 minutes of playing time. Sazonov scored 10 of the Hawks' first 25 points, giving the Minutmen a headache they didn't anticipate. Sazonov went into the game averaging 2.9 points.

"In a game like that, when they're trying to take away Jameer and Delonte, it's my job to contribute," Sazonov said. "In the long run, our defense is going to win for us, but we want to be a threat from anywhere on the court. I had my legs and I was able to get into a rhythm."

Since the Hawks have more quality depth at guard than at any time during Martelli's eight seasons as head coach, they can become even more dangerous if they get some offense from their three-man rotation at center. Once again, 6-11 Dwayne Jones and 6-11 Chris Cologer capably guarded the lane. Cologer added seven points and Jones had three to go with six rebounds. The three centers combined for 22 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.

"I still don't think we're all the way there, and that's not me being a jerk," Martelli said. "But if we can get inside presence, if we can keep getting this kind of balance, then I think we'll be pretty good."

Amazingly, St. Joe's had a 33-23 halftime lead even though their three leading scorers - Nelson, West and Pat Carroll - had combined for only two baskets. West went on to lead the Hawks with 19. Sore from dislocating the ring finger on his right hand during Wednesday night's game at St. Bonventure, Nelson still scored 12, handed out eight assists and took the ball wherever he wanted. Junior guard Tyrone Barley added eight points and disrupted the Minutemen playing defense as if he's possessed.

St. Joe's shot 60.5 percent for the game, the best against UMass since Xavier shot 60.5 percent against them on Feb. 1, 1997. The Hawks made 14 of 20 shots (70 percent) in the second half, when they blew open the game with a 14-2 run that expanded the lead from 38-26 to 52-28.

Last week, St. Joe's was ranked No. 30 in the Associated Press media poll. But the Hawks refuse to grumble about lack of respect. After all, they opened last season ranked No. 8 and failed to make the NCAA tourney.

"Nobody expected us to do what we're doing," West said. "Last year, we had that No. 8 ranking and I think we felt teams were just going to roll over and die for us and maybe we didn't go as hard as we should have. This year, we're going to earn everything we get. It's better that way."

Contact staff writer Ray Parrillo at 215-854-2743 or rparrillo@phillynews.com.


UMass finds no love in Philadelphia
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 1/13/2003

PHILADELPHIA - In the midst of the Eagles in the NFL playoffs, Philadelphia is very green at the moment. There are "Go Eagles" signs everywhere and several of the city's skyscrapers have traded its regular white lights for green ones.

The Eagles are by far the dominant sports story in the City of Brotherly Love now, but when football season finally ends in Philadelphia, the city hung-over with football, will find it has got a good college basketball team within its borders.

At 11-1 (3-0 A-10) Saint Joseph's is just outside the Top 25. The University of Massachusetts found out why Saturday as the Hawks pounded the Minutemen, 76-47, at Hawk Hill with several of the 3,200 in attendance wearing Donovan McNabb jerseys or other Eagles gear.

UMass trailed by 10 at halftime, but the Hawks opened the second half on a 19-5 run and cruised past the Minutemen.

"To come out in the second half and be outplayed by that much is definitely frustrating," junior point guard Anthony Anderson said.

UMass (6-8, 0-2 Atlantic 10) will continue its search for its first conference victory on Wednesday when it plays host to Rhode Island at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.

St. Joe's has built its team around a halfcourt ball-pressuring defense and it proved stifling for the Minutemen, who turned the ball over a season-high 26 times.

"Those turnovers were not from lack of skill," St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli said. "(UMass) is not unskillful. Everything gets going so fast, the way the ball is guarded. It's frenetic and it has to cause you some consternation."

Effective combinations were hard to come by for the Minutemen as nobody seemed to be able to score with any consistency. UMass coach Steve Lappas eventually turned to a one big-man, four perimeter-player lineup for long stretches. It was effective at times, but nothing completely slowed the Hawks as they pulled away.

"I thought the best that we played as a team was when we went small with (Jeff) Viggiano as the four-man," Lappas said. "Because of their pressure, we needed to have another guy in there that could handle the ball a little bit."

For the second straight game, the opposing center gave UMass trouble early as Alexandre Sazonov scored 10 of his season-high 12 in the first half. The 7-foot-1 Russian, who'd been averaging 2.9 points per game, had eight of St. Joe's first 13 points as the Hawks opened the game on a 13-5 spurt. He made all six shots he attempted and grabbed four rebounds in just 16 minutes of action.

"I thought we came out in the first half and gave a great effort," Lappas said. "Unfortunately they had some guys, who hadn't scored all year, score some points and that really hurt us."

Jackie Rogers had nine points in the first half to lead the Minutemen, but the Hawks did a good job of denying him the ball after intermission. He didn't attempt a shot in the second half.

While St. Joe's was containing the UMass offense at one end of the floor, the Hawks were getting good looks at the other basket.

St. Joe's made 14-of-20 shots, a 70 percent rate after halftime, led by Delonte West, who scored 14 of his game-high 19 after intermission. Jameer Nelson, who had a dislocated finger on his right hand, added 12 points and eight assists.

Lappas left the game impressed with the Hawks.

"They're a great team," he said. "These guys were the best anybody has played against us this year."

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com.


Coach deflects blame from Anderson
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 1/13/2003

PHILADELPHIA - University of Massachusetts junior point guard Anthony Anderson continued his struggles against Saint Joseph's in Saturday's 76-47 loss to the Hawks, finishing with five points and a season-high five turnovers. But UMass coach Steve Lappas was emphatic about shifting the blame away from Anderson.

"He did struggle, obviously, but defensively he was unbelievable in the first half and that took a lot out of him," Lappas said. "He struggled offensively, there's no question, but a lot of times he was the only guy out there who could handle the ball. But he did a great job on Jameer Nelson in the first half. I don't know if he ran out of gas or the frustration level got to him."

Anderson scored a combined eight points and had just four assists last year in two losses to the Hawks. Lappas did give Jameer Nelson, St. Joe's All-Conference point guard, some of the credit for Anderson's struggles.

"Nelson is a great player. It's not a coincidence. That kid is a great player, maybe an All-American," Lappas said. "But I really think Anthony's problem today was more what they did to Mike Lasme and Jeff Viggiano than what they did to him. If he doesn't have help or somebody to throw it to him when he's open, he's going to struggle."

COX RETURNS - Junior guard Marcus Cox returned to the UMass lineup after serving a one-game suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

The transfer from Connecticut finished with six points, had no assists and five turnovers. His 18 minutes were the most playing time he's seen since he was lifted from the starting lineup five games ago.

"It was one of his better days," Lappas said. "He helped us. That was a positive."

ROAD WOES - UMass moved to 1-6 away from the Mullins Center this season, with the lone win coming against Division II Chaminade. The Minutemen are 6-16 all time outside of Amherst under Lappas.

"We haven't played well on the road," Anderson said. "There's not much to say. We have to just come out and get one."

STREAKS AND DUBIOUS MILESTONES - The Minutemen have now lost three straight to the Hawks.

UMass senior forward Jackie Rogers' streak of double-figure scoring games ended at six.

Brand's team-high 10 points made him UMass' lowest-producing leading scorer since last year when Shannon Crooks also had 10 against St. Joe's.

The Minutemen's 47 points were their second lowest of the season since scoring 45 in a loss to Central Connecticut.

UMass' 26 turnovers are the most since Feb. 18, 1994, when the Minutemen had 26 giveaways against Manhattan at the Mullins Center.

St. Joe's second-half shooting (26-for-43 for 60.5 percent) was the best by a UMass opponent since Xavier shot the same percentage on Feb. 1, 1996. UMass had gone 167 straight games without allowing an opponent to shoot 60 percent or better in a half.

MISCELLANEOUS - The first 100 fans at Hawk Hill wearing Eagles gear were given free admittance into the game.

The UMass bus broke down in New Jersey on the way home, causing the team an approximate 90-minute delay.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com.


Massachusetts Minutemen 66
Saint Joseph's Hawks 47
at Saint Joseph's

OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E   T O T A L S
Massachusetts vs Saint Joseph's
1/11/03 2:05 at SJU Fieldhouse, Phila., Pa.  ATLANTIC 10
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VISITORS: Massachusetts 6-8, 0-2
                          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
02 ROGERS, Jackie       f  3-6    0-0    3-7    2  2  4   2   9   3  5  0  1  27
22 VIGGIANO, Jeff       f  1-4    0-2    2-2    2  1  3   3   4   1  2  0  0  28
40 BRAND, Micah         c  4-9    1-1    1-1    2  0  2   1  10   1  3  0  1  25
01 LASME, Michael       g  2-7    1-4    3-7    2  2  4   3   8   2  4  0  2  31
12 ANDERSON, Anthony    g  2-4    1-2    0-0    0  2  2   4   5   2  5  0  3  36
00 MARTIN, Brennan         0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   3   0   1  0  0  0  10
04 LEE, Gabe               1-1    0-0    3-5    0  1  1   2   5   1  2  0  0  21
14 KOTARIDIS, Paco         0-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0   0  0  0  0   1
21 KOUYATE, Alassane       0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0   0  0  0  0   2
34 LAMB, Raheim            0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   1
50 COX, Marcus             3-7    0-1    0-2    1  1  2   3   6   0  5  0  1  18
TEAM ........................................   1  1  2
TOTALS                    16-39   3-10  12-24  11 12 23  22  47  11 26  0  8 200

TOT-FG 1stH: 8-23 34.8% 2ndH: 8-16 50.0% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 41.0% Deadbl 3pt-FG 1stH: 2-7 28.6% 2ndH: 1-3 33.3% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 30.0% Rebs FThrow 1stH: 5-11 45.5% 2ndH: 7-13 53.8% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 50.0% 6, 1

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Saint Joseph's 11-1, 3-0 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 33 CARROLL, Pat f 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 2 5 3 1 0 1 20 40 MALLON, Dave f 1-3 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 1 1 13 51 SAZONOV, Alexandre c 6-6 0-0 0-2 2 2 4 2 12 0 2 1 1 16 14 NELSON, Jameer g 4-10 0-4 4-5 0 2 2 4 12 8 3 0 2 30 15 WEST, Delonte g 6-11 3-5 4-4 0 4 4 2 19 1 4 0 2 28 01 COLOGER, Chris 2-3 0-0 3-4 1 1 2 2 7 0 0 2 0 10 02 JESIOLOWSKI, Brian 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 03 FARRELLY, Mike 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 05 LEE, Dwayne 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 1 2 0 0 9 10 MARTELLI, Jr., Phil 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 12 BARLEY, Tyrone 3-3 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 8 1 2 0 1 17 13 STACHITAS, Chet 1-2 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 2 12 21 JONES, Dwayne 1-1 0-0 1-4 3 3 6 2 3 0 0 0 0 16 34 BRYANT, John 0-1 0-0 2-4 2 3 5 2 2 0 2 0 1 21 43 HARTSHORN, Robert 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 TEAM ........................................ 1 0 1 1 TOTALS 26-43 7-17 17-29 9 18 27 24 76 15 19 4 12 200

TOT-FG 1stH: 12-23 52.2% 2ndH: 14-20 70.0% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 60.5% Deadbl 3pt-FG 1stH: 4-12 33.3% 2ndH: 3-5 60.0% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 41.2% Rebs FThrow 1stH: 5-10 50.0% 2ndH: 12-19 63.2% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 58.6% 7

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OFFICIALS: Ken Clark, John Hughes, Frankie Bordeaux TECHNICAL FOULS: Massachusetts - none Saint Joseph's - none ATTENDANCE: 3,200 SCORE BY PERIODS: 1st 2nd OT1 OT2 OT3 OT4 TOTAL Massachusetts 23 24 47 Saint Joseph's 33 43 76


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