LEAN, N.Y. - UMass senior Jackie Rogers has been a model of consistency all season. He's been good for 12 points and five rebounds in most of the Minutemen's contests.
But against smaller St. Bonaventure (11-12, 5-5 Atlantic 10) last night, Rogers was more than just consistent, he was dominant. The Syracuse, N.Y., native scored a career-high 26 points on 11-for-13 shooting from the field as UMass (10-14, 4-7 A-10) beat the Bonnies, 82-76, for its second straight win.
``We were playing a team which didn't have great size,'' UMass coach Steve Lappas said of his power forward's ability to dominate inside.
Rogers added 10 rebounds to his career performance for his third double-double of the season.
``Jackie Rogers really hurt us inside,'' St. Bonaventure coach Jan van Breda Kolff said after his team was outscored 30-14 in the paint.
A tight game throughout the second half, the lead changed hands 10 times until Rogers put back an offensive rebound at 7:22, giving UMass a 63-61 lead. The Minutemen never trailed again.
UMass couldn't extend the lead past six points for the next 6 minutes, but an 8-for-10 free throw shooting performance from the Minutemen down the stretch kept the Bonnies at bay.
cw-2Sophomore Brennan Martin gave UMass its first lead since the opening basket with a deep 3-pointer that gave the Minutemen a 47-45 advantage.
Joe Shepherd answered with a 3 of his own to put the Bonnies back on top, but Martin converted a four-point play to give UMass a three-point advantage.
``The four-point play was really big,'' Lappas said. ``He came off the bench ready to play.''
Martin's 10 points were a career high, breaking his nine-point performance at the Reilly Center last year.
``I love it here so far,'' Martin said. ``I think (the back-to-back 3s) were big because the game was so nip and tuck.''
Down by eight at the half, the Minutemen cut the lead to just one in the first 4:26. Rogers scored seven points on UMass' 12-5 run, while Anthony Anderson drained a 3-pointer and Raheim Lamb jammed one home after beating defender Mike Gansey to the lane.
The Bonnies led throughout the first half behind 19 points from junior point guard Marques Green, who shot 6-for-10 from the floor and 5-for-6 on 3-pointers.
After a Gansey 3-pointer gave the Bonnies their biggest lead of the half at 40-27 with 3:30 remaining before the break, the Minutemen ended the frame with a 5-0 run behind a trey by Anderson and a dunk by Rogers to cut the lead to 40-32 at the half.
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LEAN, N.Y. - In the closest thing to a homecoming game he'll play all season, Jackie Rogers turned in a career performance.
Playing just three hours from his hometown of Syracuse, N.Y., the senior scored a career-high 26 points to lead the University of Massachusetts to an 82-76 win over St. Bonaventure in an Atlantic 10 East Division game last night.
''I really wanted this one, because it's close to my home,'' Rogers said. ''This is one of the best wins we've had.''
With his parents and several cousins among the 6,000 fans in the sold-out Reilly Center, Rogers led the Minutemen (10-14, 4-7 A-10) to their second consecutive win and their best offensive showing of the year.
UMass's 82 points were far above the 49.7 it averaged in its three previous games. The Minutemen scored 50 points in the second half, which is more than they've scored in four entire games this season.
A big reason for that was the 6-foot-8-inch Rogers, who overpowered the Bonnies' small lineup and helped the Minutemen rally from a 13-point first-half deficit.
''I knew he could play good in this game, but I didn't know he'd get 26,'' said UMass coach Steve Lappas. ''In the second half, he dominated the game.''
The Bonnies (11-12, 5-5) jumped out to an early lead.
Marques Green, the Bonnies' 5-7 all-league point guard, scored his team's first 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers in the first four minutes.
The Bonnies hit nine 3-pointers in the first half, and Mike Gansey's three with 3:22 to go in the half gave them a 40-27 lead.
But UMass held the Bonnies scoreless for the rest of the half, and closed the gap to 8 by intermission. Green finished with 25 points, but just 6 came after halftime.
''I knew there was no way [Green] was going to do that for 40 minutes . . . Michael Jordan couldn't do that for 40 minutes,'' Lappas said. ''At halftime, they had made nine threes and we were only down 8. I thought we were in pretty good shape.''
Rogers took over the game in the second half. At one point, he scored 7 straight points to lead the UMass rally.
''I was trying to get the ball into the lane, because I knew what I could do to them,'' Rogers said. ''They can't really stop me.''
Four Bonnies forwards tried to guard Rogers, but none had success. Rogers had 22 points and six rebounds in the second half alone.
He finished with 10 rebounds - his third double-double of the season.
''Jackie Rogers really hurt us inside,'' said St. Bonaventure coach Jan van Breda Kolff.
Brennan Martin, who had a career-high 10 points, hit a 3-pointer and converted a 4-point play to give UMass the lead with 14 minutes to go. A Rogers put-back with 7:25 to go gave UMass the lead for good.
Anthony Anderson added 19 points for UMass, which hosts Duquesne Saturday.
T. BONAVENTURE — With less than four minutes to go in the first half, the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team had a comfortable 13-point lead on Massachusetts.
Over the next 26 minutes, everything fell apart.
The Bonnies collapsed in the second half, falling to UMass, 82-76 in a devastating loss in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,000 fans at the Reilly Center.
The loss is Bona’s third in its last four games.
“I have no clue about what happened,” said Bona guard Marques Green. “I think they were hungrier than us. We just didn’t capitalize on opportunities we had, and they did. That’s the game in a nutshell right there.”
The loss spoiled a record-setting night for Green. He had six assists, which gives him the single-season Bona record. He now has 181 on the season, breaking the record he held along with Glen Hagan.
Bona (11-12, 5-5 league) is still in third place in the Atlantic 10 East Division but missed a golden opportunity to gain ground on the leaders. First-place Saint Joseph’s and second-place Rhode Island both lost on Saturday, and a win would have put the Bonnies within a half game of second place.
Instead, they are a game-and-a-half behind Rhode Island for second place and the accompanying first-round bye in the conference tournament. Bona has six games left in the regular season.
“This is a tough one to swallow,” said senior guard Joe Shepherd. “We wanted to make a run (in the A-10) right now, and this was the time we wanted to make it, so it’s a real tough loss.”
A week after the Bonnies beat Richmond with their best defensive performance of the season, they relapsed into playing poor defense.
UMass’ 82 points is the most it’s scored in a game all season — and a far cry from the 49.6 points they averaged in their last three games.
The Minutemen (10-14, 4-7 A-10) scored 50 points in the second half alone — which is more than they’ve scored in four entire games this season.
The prime reason for UMass’ success was center Jackie Rogers. The 6-foot-8 Syracuse native, who was recruited by Bona under former coach Jim Baron, scored a career high 26 points and had 10 rebounds.
“In the second half, we lost our focus,” said Bona coach Jan van Breda Kolff. “Obviously, you’ve got to say that Jackie Rogers really hurt us inside.”
Things started out promising for the Bonnies, as Green was on fire at the outset. He hit four three-pointers in the first four minutes and scored Bona’s first 14 points of the game.
Bona led for all but 90 seconds of the first half, and Mike Gansey’s three-pointer with 3:22 left gave the Bonnies a 40-27 lead.
But late in the half, the Minutemen switched defenses, going to a box-and-one that focused on Green.
“On the first possession against the box and one, we were patient and Mike hit a three,” van Breda Kolff said. “The next subsequent possessions, we were shooting the ball too quickly. We missed some shots that we would have liked to have.”
The Minutemen closed the gap to eight points by halftime — which was all UMass coach Steve Lappas wanted to see.
“I knew there was no way (Green) was going to do that for 40 minutes ... Michael Jordan couldn’t do that for 40 minutes,” Lappas said. “At halftime, they had made nine threes and we were only down eight. I thought we were in pretty good shape.”
UMass — specifically Rogers — quickly took over in the second half.
At one point, Rogers scored seven consecutive points to lead the Minutemen rally.
The Bonnies tried four different post players against Rogers, none of whom had success. Jamil Terrell was ineffective and played just 10 minutes due to foul trouble. Robert Cheeks, Calvin Brown and Saulius Dumbliauskas also tried to stop Rogers but couldn’t.
Rogers had 22 points and six rebounds in the second half alone, as UMass outscored Bona in the paint, 30-14.
“Jamil gave us an inside presence earlier in the year, but lately he hasn’t played as well as we’d like him to,” van Breda Kolff said. “We rotated all four guys, trying to find the answer.”
Lappas added, “I knew (Rogers) could play good in this game, but I didn’t know he’d get 26. In the second half, he dominated the game.”
Brennan Martin scored a career-high 10 points for UMass, including a three-pointer and a four-point play that gave UMass the lead with 14 minutes left.
Bona stayed close thanks to Shepherd, who scored all 11 of his points in the second half. But the Bonnies had no answer for Rogers, whose put back with seven minutes left gave UMass the lead for good.
The Bonnies were within three points with two minutes to go but got no closer. Bona, normally a good free-throw shooting team, missed five crucial free throws in the second half.
“That’s been one of our strengths, shooting free throws,” Shepherd said. “That just adds on to all the negatives that we had.”
Green led Bona with 25 points, but he scored just six in the second half. Patricio Prato added a quiet 16 points, while Moe Young had 10 points off the bench.
“We had opportunities to win the game,” van Breda Kolff said. “We’re the type of team that has to try to do those things. But we’ve just got to dig in and try to keep improving.”
T. BONAVENTURE - You know that talk about St. Bonaventure and the National Invitation Tournament?
Well, after Saturday night, you can forget it unless Team Enigma gets its groove back in the next six games.
And last evening’s 82-76 loss against struggling Massachusetts make that circumstance seem highly unlikely.
That’s 10-14 UMass ... the one that lost to Central Connecticut and Lafayette — on neutral courts — for crying out loud.
Before the Minutemen’s visit to the Reilly Center, a popular scenario suggested the Bonnies would hold serve at home — beating the UMass, Fordham, George Washington and, hopefully, Dayton (or a winning at Massachusetts)— to finish the regular season 15-14.
A split in the Atlantic 10 Tournament would leave Bona at 16-15 and with an NIT bid thanks to its strength of schedule and long history in that event.
Something happened to that “gimme” against UMass.
The Bonnies, stoked by a sellout crowd of 6,000, came out on fire.
On a night that was supposed to be a celebration of Marcus Green becoming Bona’s all-time single-season assist leader — which he eventually did — the junior point guard instead opened with a Greg Sanders imitation.
He hit his first six shots — four treys from near-NBA range and two tosses from the stripe — and the Bonnies, collectively, knocked down half of their 18 tries from beyond the arc over the first half.
Just over three minutes before intermission, Bona was up 13 and the faithful were pondering 13-11 after an RC visit by Fordham’s 2-19 disaster-in-the-making come Wednesday night.
BUT UMASS coach Steve Lappas, whose team finished the half on a 5-0 run, was actually encouraged.
“If you told me they were going to make nine threes in the first half, I’d have said we’d be down by 20,” he admitted. “We were down eight ... so I thought we were in pretty good shape.
“I’ve been watching games for years and years and I knew for 40 minutes (that kind of shooting) couldn’t happen.”
Lappas was right, of course.
The Bonnies finished the game with 15 three-pointers on 35 attempts, both records against UMass, but they were only 6-of-17 on treys after intermission.
“In the second half (our accuracy) disappeared,” admitted Bona coach Jan van Breda Kolff.
Yet it wasn’t three-point shooting that doomed the Bonnies on this night.
But, rather, as VBK concluded, “the little things.”
This season, Bona is among the nation’s elite free throwing teams, averaging nearly 79 percent before last night ... almost 82 percent at home.
However, van Breda Kolff’s crew was a pedestrian 13-of-21 against UMass, including a couple of key missed front ends of one-on-ones.
Then there was the communication breakdown with Bona trailing by four and some 80 seconds to play. The Bonnie defense forced a bad UMass attempt as the shot clock was expiring, had two players in perfect rebounding position on the miss and had the ball go off them as they fought each other for it, handing the Minutemen another 35 seconds.
And how is it that a UMass team averaging 49 points over the previous three games can go for 50 against the Bonnies in barely 19 minutes of the second half?
Afterward, a clearly discouraged van Breda Kolff conceded, “We had our opportunities to win this game.”
Meanwhile, an emotionally spent Lappas concluded, “It was a great win for us. When you win on the road, with a young team (two freshman starters) in a tough environment where they play hard and aggressive and we’re down 13 and hang in there...”
The Bonnies, meanwhile, are merely hanging.
But, at this rate, the rope will be cut early in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
LEAN, N.Y. - Most basketball people dread traveling to Olean, N.Y. The self-proclaimed "Enterprising City with the Hometown Touch" is as cold as it is difficult to get to. Add to that the hard-to-win-at Reilly Center, and most teams avoid scheduling St. Bonaventure.
University of Massachusetts coach Steve Lappas disagrees. After Saturday's 82-76 win over the Bonnies, he'd be more than happy to go back. The Atlantic 10 could schedule its league tournament at the Reilly Center and Lappas would be unlikely to protest.
"Must be the building," said Lappas, who then realized it could be western New York. "I had a class at Villanova that graduated never having lost at Syracuse. We won four straight in the Carrier Dome."
Sophomore Brennan Martin would be happy, too. In his just-under two-year career, the California native has averaged 1.8 points per game outside of Olean. But Martin has made the Reilly Center his personal playground, averaging 9.5 points in two trips there.
With 14 minutes, 47 seconds left in Saturday's game and UMass trailing St. Bonaventure by one, junior point guard Anthony Anderson found Martin open in the corner. The sophomore forward buried the 3-pointer, giving the Minutemen their first lead since the first minute.
Joe Shepherd answered with a 3-pointer, but Martin hit another one and was fouled in the process. He made the free throw to complete the rare four-point play. He finished with a career-high 10 points.
"I'll take it," Martin said. "Each trip here I had a pretty good game. I love it here so far. No bad experiences."
The sequence shifted momentum, knocking the Bonnies back on their heels. The Minutemen took the lead for good shortly afterward.
The Minutemen (10-14, 4-7 A-10) get the week off and return to action Sunday when they play host to Duquesne at 1 p.m.
Senior big man Jackie Rogers is from western New York hailing from Syracuse. After playing at Barton County Community College, he was considering UMass and St. Bonaventure. In his final game in his home state, Rogers was dominant.
In front of several family members who made the trip West, Rogers had a career-high 26 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds. He was unstoppable in the second half, scoring 22 of his points.
"I was trying to get the ball in the lane, cause I knew what I could do to them," Rogers said. "They can't really stop me. They had to foul me and send me to the line. This is one of the best wins we've had. I really wanted this because it's close to my home and all my family came to watch me."
"It was a great game for him, because they're an undersized team," Lappas said. "There aren't many guys at his size that are better than him at what he does. If he's playing guys that are his size, he's really tough."
Anderson continued his strong play as well with 19 points and seven assists.
Marques Green led the Bonnies (11-12, 5-5 A-10) with 25 points, while Patricio Prato added 16.
Green looked like he might score 50 early in the game. He scored the Bonnies' first 14 points on four 3-pointers and a pair of free throws, as Anderson struggled to guard him. Lappas switched Mike Lasme to him in man-to-man and box-and-one scenarios. The move slowed Green considerably. He finished with 19 points in the first.
"The difference in the game was what we were able to do with Marques Green in the second half," Lappas said. "We put Mike on him in the man-to-man and the box-and-one. He did a great job. He's a great defender."
"I think my size kind of helped a lot," Lasme said. "I was pretty physical with him. Most of the time when you take guys like that in the box (and one) they don't try to do anything. They just stand there and watch the game. So I watched the game with him. I'm doing the best I can to help the team. Today I focused on defense more."
NOTES: After missing practice with flu-like symptoms and a hip injury, Gabe Lee didn't play for UMass. Raheim Lamb started in his place.
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LEAN, N.Y. - The wall separating the University of Massachusetts locker room from a Reilly Center hallway wasn't thick enough to hide the Minutemen players' enthusiasm.
The words were too muffled for the disappointed St. Bonaventure athletic staff, milling around outside to comprehend, but the joviality within was obvious after the Minutemen's 82-76 win Saturday.
Behind that wall, a team that has tried to put a good face on disappointment a lot this season seemed downright giddy to win a close game in a tough atmosphere.
Freshman Mike Lasme walked around the locker room high-fiving his teammates, smiling broadly. He paused to answer reporters' questions then slapped some more hands.
The excitement was warranted. In what was easily the most entertaining UMass game this season, the Minutemen delivered a great effort.
Obviously, St. Bonaventure is not the best team UMass has played this season. Far from it. But what made the win noteworthy is that the Minutemen overcame some things that have given them trouble in the past.
Few teams have had less success on the road than UMass, which had beaten only George Washington and Division II Chaminade outside of the Mullins Center.
Even good road teams can struggle in Olean as the Reilly Center is one of the Atlantic 10's, if not the northeast's, toughest homecourts.
The building was packed and their fans were nasty. UMass had to enter the court from an alternate entrance to avoid the saliva shower that some former Bonnie opponents have experienced.
St. Bonaventure uses pressure and zone almost exclusively on defense and both have given UMass trouble in the past.
But Saturday night the Minutemen handled the road and the Bonnies effectively.
Junior Anthony Anderson and senior Jackie Rogers seemed to feed off the crowd's negative energy and the taunts that were specifically targeted at them as they scored 19 and 26 points, respectively.
UMass moved the ball well all game. Anderson and Lasme were both strong against the press and the zone. Each guard had seven assists.
"I think it was the best we moved the ball all year," UMass coach Steve Lappas said.
The Minutemen stayed poised in tough spots, maintaining their composure and the tempo even when the Bonnies made a run and erased a 13-point lead.
"We've had trouble sometimes in tight games," Anderson said. "This was definitely a sign that we've learned and everybody has gotten better."
From key free throws by Marcus Cox to critical shooting by seldom-used Brennan Martin, there were a lot of fingerprints on the success. Everybody who entered the game played a role in the victory.
"Everybody participated in this win which was real big," Anderson said. "We need more of that all year. That's probably what was missing."
The win opened the door a bit on the possibility of UMass moving up in the Atlantic 10 standings as well. At 4-7, the Minutemen are in striking distance of the Bonnies and Temple (both 5-5) in the A-10 East.
With the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament being played at campus sites, a move into fourth would allow the Minutemen to have a home game, making their path to Dayton (the site of the rest of the tournament) much easier.
That door would slam shut quickly if the Minutemen can't keep it going, though, and building off success has not been a strong point.
After surprising NC State in early January, they delivered a stinker in a loss to Fordham. Saturday's win will be meaningless if they can't hold off a bad Duquesne team on Sunday and keep the high fives coming at least a little longer.
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OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E T O T A L S Massachusetts vs St. Bonaventure 2-15-03 7:00 at St. Bonaventure, NY (Reilly Center) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: Massachusetts 10-14(4-7 A10) 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 11-13 0-0 4-4 4 6 10 3 26 0 4 1 0 31 22 VIGGIANO, Jeff f 2-6 1-3 2-4 2 2 4 5 7 4 2 0 0 26 34 LAMB, Raheim c 3-4 0-0 0-0 3 5 8 4 6 1 4 2 0 29 01 LASME, Michael g 2-11 2-8 1-2 1 3 4 4 7 7 1 0 1 39 12 ANDERSON, Anthony g 5-8 4-7 5-6 0 3 3 4 19 7 3 0 0 37 00 MARTIN, Brennan 2-5 2-4 4-6 0 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 1 12 40 BRAND, Micah 1-4 0-0 4-6 0 1 1 1 6 0 1 1 0 9 50 COX, Marcus 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 6 6 1 1 0 1 0 0 17 TEAM ........................................ 2 2 4 TOTALS 26-51 9-22 21-30 12 28 40 22 82 20 16 4 2 200
TOT-FG 1stH: 10-23 43.5% 2ndH: 16-28 57.1% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 51.0% Deadbl 3pt-FG 1stH: 5-11 45.5% 2ndH: 4-11 36.4% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 40.9% Rebs FThrow 1stH: 7-13 53.8% 2ndH: 14-17 82.4% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 70.0% 4
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: St. Bonaventure 11-12 (5-5 A10) 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 10 CHEEKS, Robert f 2-5 0-0 2-3 5 4 9 5 6 0 1 1 0 18 20 PRATO, Patricio f 5-12 3-8 3-6 1 3 4 3 16 1 1 0 0 30 55 BROWN, Calvin c 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 8 04 GREEN, Marques g 7-20 6-11 5-5 0 5 5 2 25 6 3 0 2 39 05 SHEPHERD, Joe g 4-8 2-3 1-3 4 1 5 4 11 2 1 0 2 23 01 SMITH, Ahmad 0-4 0-2 0-2 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 16 03 GANSEY, Mike 2-7 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 6 1 0 0 1 25 11 DUMBLIAUSKAS, Sauli 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 21 SUTTON, Cortez 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 23 YOUNG, Maurice 3-7 2-4 2-2 1 0 1 1 10 1 1 1 0 19 30 TERRELL, Jamil 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 1 10 TEAM ........................................ 1 3 4 TOTALS 24-65 15-35 13-21 15 20 35 23 76 15 8 3 6 200
TOT-FG 1stH: 13-30 43.3% 2ndH: 11-35 31.4% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 36.9% Deadbl 3pt-FG 1stH: 9-18 50.0% 2ndH: 6-17 35.3% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 42.9% Rebs FThrow 1stH: 5-8 62.5% 2ndH: 8-13 61.5% OT: 0-0 00.0% Game: 61.9% 4
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OFFICIALS: David Elliott, Ken Clark, Jeff Clark TECHNICAL FOULS: Massachusetts - none St. Bonaventure - none ATTENDANCE: 6,000 SCORE BY PERIODS: 1st 2nd OT1 OT2 OT3 OT4 TOTAL Massachusetts 32 50 82 St. Bonaventure 40 36 76
2nd Chance Pts: SBU 9, UMASS 16 Pts. In Paint: SBU 14, UMASS 30 Pts. Off Turnovers: SBU 14, UMASS 5 Fastbreak Pts: SBU 15, UMASS 6