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Utah 69, Massachusetts 53
From The Associated Press, 11/26/2002

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- Nick Jacobsen scored 14 of his 21 points over the final 11 minutes and Utah beat Massachusetts 69-53 Tuesday in the consolation round of the Maui Invitational.

The Utes (2-1) led by 17 points with 12:21 to play and saw Massachusetts (0-2) get within six twice before Jacobsen hit two 3-pointers as Utah pulled away.

Utah will play for fifth place Wednesday against Arizona State, which beat Chaminade 101-72.

Tim Frost had 17 points for Utah, leading the way inside as the Utes took a 49-32 lead with 12:21 left on a layup by Chris Jackson.

The Minutemen took advantage of a sudden cold-shooting spell by the Utes to close to 53-47 on an inside basket by Micah Brand with 6:12 left. Marcus Cox scored on a drive with 4:24 to go to get Massachusetts to 55-49, but Jacobsen took over from the outside.

Jacobsen, who set the school record last season with 71 3-pointers and was 23rd in the nation at 44 percent beyond the arc, hit consecutive 3s to make it 63-49 with 2:35 left.

Utah extended the lead to 69-51 by going 6-for-8 from the free-throw line, a far cry from the 5-for-18 effort from there in the 71-52 opening-round loss to No. 20 Gonzaga.

Jacobsen was 8-for-9 from the line and Utah finished 16-for-27. The Utes shot 58 percent from the field (24-for-41) and were 5-for-10 on 3s with Jacobsen going 3-for-6.

Jackie Rogers had 17 points for the Minutemen, who shot 38 percent (21-for-54), including 6-for-20 from 3-point range.

Britton Johnsen had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Utah.

Player of the Game
11/26 Utah
Anderson (0) 0%
Brand (4) 13%
Cox (0) 0%
Lamb (0) 0%
Lasme (2) 7%
Lee (0) 0%
Martin (2) 7%
Rogers (22) 73%
Viggiano (0) 0%

Total Votes: 30

UMass comes up short again
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 11/27/2002

LAHAINA, Hawaii - Long scoring droughts at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second were too much for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team to overcome. The Minutemen fell to Utah, 69-53, Tuesday in the Maui Invitational.

The loss dropped UMass (0-2) into the seventh-place game today against Division II Chaminade at 7 p.m. The Utes (2-1) will play Arizona State for fifth place.

For the second-straight day, a lack of interior defense hurt the Minutemen. The Utes shot 58.5 percent (24-for-41), largely on the strength of shots in the paint. Taking advantage of four players 6-foot-10 or taller, 40 of the Utes' 69 points came inside.

"They shot a very high percentage," UMass coach Steve Lappas said. "They play a very efficient game and they came out and executed tremendously. Two days in a row, we got destroyed in the paint. That's a problem right now. We need to develop some presence in the lane which we don't have right now."

Nick Jacobson led the Utes with 21 points. Tim Frost had 17 points while Britton Johnsen added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Jackie Rogers was the lone Minuteman in double-figures with 17 points to go with his six rebounds.

The Minutemen appeared to be clicking in the first half. Anthony Anderson (nine points), who struggled shooting against Indiana, made a 3-pointer to put UMass ahead, 23-18, with 3 minutes, 16 seconds left in the first half.

Gabe Lee gets wrapped up by Britton Johnsen.
But the Minutemen's shooting went cold after that. They missed their last three shots and turned the ball over twice as Utah finished the half on a 12-0 run, capped by a Jacobson 3, and led 30-23.

"That run gave us a lot of spirit and a lot of momentum," Utah coach Rick Majerus said.

The Minutemen tried to go inside to start the second half. Rogers scored the first four points of the second half, two on a nice high-low pass from Micah Brand and two on a spin move in the lane. It cut the deficit to 30-27 and sparked a timeout from Majerus. Whatever he said worked. The Utes went off on a 17-5 spurt that left the Minutemen in a 49-32 hole with 12:20 left in the game.

"We couldn't stop them. That was frustrating," Lappas said.

Anderson hit a 3-pointer to stop the Utah surge and start one for UMass. After Jacobson hit two free throws, a Brennan Martin 3, and long two-pointers by Mike Lasme and Gabe Lee preceded another Anderson trey. The 13-2 run brought the Minutemen within six at 51-45.

The lead fluctuated back and forth from six to eight points. But after Lee missed the front end of a one-and-one, Jacobson buried a 3-pointer from the right corner. Lee drew another foul at the other end and again back-rimmed the front end. Utah got the ball to Jacobson again in the same spot and he made it again, giving the Utes a 63-49 lead that finished off the Minutemen.

"Those we such back-breakers," Lappas said. "When you're coming back from 17 down, you need almost every play to go your way. Those 3s really hurt."

Utah struggled from the free-throw line (16-for-27), but made enough down the stretch to prevail.

Brand, who has been battling a sprained left ankle, played just 24 minutes and had four points and five rebounds. He picked up a technical foul for voicing his frustration to the officials.

"He was very sore after the game," Lappas said. "It definitely hurts. I'm going to guess that he's somewhere between 60-80 percent."

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Senior leadership lacking
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 11/27/2002

LAHAINA, Hawaii - University of Massachusetts coach Steve Lappas wasn't happy with much about his team's performance Tuesday against Utah, but he expressed particular irritation at the leadership provided by his senior captains.

"We need to get Micah Brand and Jackie Rogers to continue to work at being leaders and to keep their frustration level down," Lappas said.

Both senior big men have picked up technical fouls already. Rogers was whistled for taunting after a dunk in the first half Monday against Indiana. It was his second foul of the game, which forced him to sit out most of the half. Brand's came Tuesday for arguing with the referee in the second half.

"I've been a coach for 15 years. I think there's been one time that a player of mine has gotten a technical foul and now we've had two in two days," Lappas said. "That shows your frustration level is not good. If that happens with your seniors, it's something that needs to be attended to. If it was (freshman) Mike Lasme, I would have blasted him, but understood. But (Brand and Rogers) have been through some wars. There's no excuse."

Lappas said the problem goes deeper than the two seniors.

"We have not developed any chemistry or cohesion yet," he said. "When things go bad, you need some cohesion and we have zero right now. We can play well, but as soon as it turns, our frustration level hurts us. (Tuesday) we were in control of the game, but when things didn't go good, the bottom kept falling and falling and falling. Things turn in a game. You have to maintain your poise and your focus. Right now, we don't have it."

The Minutemen could use a boost from more offense by junior point guard Anthony Anderson, who has scored a combined 11 points in the two games.

"Anthony is not playing as well as he can play," Lappas said. "We have to get him going. No question. One of the dangers in a great tournament like this is that you can go south a little bit playing against good players. Now he just has to get his head back. It's been hard for him."

Lappas said he didn't expect to alter his lineup but wouldn't rule it out.

"Probably not, but I'm a little annoyed about some things that are non-basketball related," he said. "It's a possibility."

The Minutemen will try to begin the ship-righting process today against Division II Chaminade, the tournament's host. Lappas said the opponent didn't matter.

"Right now, we just need to go out and beat somebody," he said. "Fortunately or unfortunately, it's Chaminade. We need to go win a game. I don't care who we're playing. I think the experience of playing in a game and playing together will help our guys. We have a bunch of guys that have never played together and it's showing."

The Silverswords haven't won in this tournament since 1992 when they beat Stanford in overtime. They gave Houston a scare last year, but the Cougars escaped, 76-73.

This year they lost to Virginia (86-72) and Arizona State (101-72).

UMass beat Chaminade, 59-48, in the 1996 Maui Invitational in the first game of Bruiser Flint's head coaching career.

DUBIOUS BEGINNING: This is UMass' first 0-2 start since 1982 when the Minutemen fell to Harvard and New Hampshire. That team went 0-4 before beating Bentley.

MISCELLANEOUS: This tournament marks Lappas worst record off the mainland. He'd previously been 14-1 in five trips to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico ... Brennan Martin's eight points were one short of his career high ... After a 17-point, 12-rebound effort Monday, Raheim Lamb had just four points and two boards.

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Utah upends UMass
By Pat Bigold, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 11/27/2002

LAHAINA, Hawaii - Steve Lappas put it in a nutshell.

Brennan Martin gets a bump from Bryant Markson.
''Our frustration level is just too low,'' said the Massachusetts coach.

For the second day in a row at the Maui Invitational, the Minutemen (0-2) yielded the lead for good in the first half and allowed things to go from bad to worse, losing to Utah, 69-53, yesterday.

UMass is relegated to playing today for seventh place against Division 2 tournament host Chaminade (0-3). The Silverswords lost to Arizona State, 101-72, yesterday.

''Things turn in a game but you have to maintain your poise and focus,'' said Lappas. ''Right now we don't have it. It starts at the top with me and we've got to get it.''

UMass, which shot 40 percent in an 84-71 loss to Indiana Monday, shot less than 39 percent yesterday. Utah shot 58.5 percent. The Minutemen were also outrebounded, 30-27.

Jackie Rogers, who redshirted last season, was the lone bright spot for the Minutemen. He had his second double-digit game in a row for UMass with 17 points.

The Minutemen took a 13-12 lead 8:10 into the first half on a steal and fast break 3-pointer by sophomore forward Brennan Martin. They held that lead for just less than nine minutes, losing it amid a 12-0 period-closing run by the Utes (2-1).

Utah started two 6-foot-10-inch players (senior forward Britton Johnsen and junior center Tim Frost) up front and used 6-11 freshman Chris Jackson off the bench for 11 minutes. The three combined for 34 points in the low-scoring game.

''They're big and they catch the ball and they seal you up,'' said Lappas. ''Right now we need to develop some presence in the lane.''

Rogers said the big Utes dominated inside.

''The big men kept getting fed and we had no weak-side help,'' he said.

Utes junior guard Nick Jacobson led all scorers with 21 points, including two consecutive crucial 3-pointers late in the game.

The treys came one minute apart in the final four minutes after UMass had cut a 49-32 Utes lead to 57-49.

Point guard Anthony Anderson, last year's Atlantic 10 rookie of the year, scored 7 more points than he did against Indiana (2) but combined that with only three assists in 36 minutes.

Utah Defeats UMass at Maui Classic
By Rory Brunner, The Daily Utah Chronicle, 11/27/2002
The Daily Utah Chronicle is Utah's student newspaper

Unlike the U men's basketball team's Maui Classic opener against Gonzaga Monday, the Utes kept their composure early when they found themselves down five points in the first half against Massachusetts.

Marcus Cox sneaks up on Bryant Markson.
After a push before the half, the Utes shot the lights out of the Lahaina Civic Center in the second half at the Maui Classic for a 69-53 consolation win over UMass.

Utah (2-1) used 69 percent shooting from the field--75 percent from three point range--in the second half to cruise to a 69-53 win over Massachusetts (0-2).

With the win, the Utes advance to the fifth place game to face 2-1 Arizona State today at noon, a team Utah plays in 10 days at the Huntsman Center. Arizona State defeated host Chaminade 101-72 Tuesday, and will play with senior point guard Curtis Millage. Millage, the returning scorer from last season, sat out the first three games on allegations of academic ineligibility.

The game will not be televised on ESPN, but it can be heard on KALL 910.

The way the game began, it appeared the Utes were on their way to a repeat performance of their 71-52 disaster Monday night against Gonzaga.

Utah opened the game with an early lead--10-4 after a Bryant Markson hoop--but found itself trailing 23-18 after the Minutemen's Anthony Anderson hit one of his three treys.

Utah responded with a 12-0 run, highlighted by a Richard Chaney three-point play and a Tim Frost three-ball. The run was capped off just before the half, as Britton Johnsen found Jacobson for a three just before the horn sounded, and the Utes carried a 30-23 lead into the locker room.

Utah kept pouring it on the second half, as a frustrated UMass team shot just 39 percent from the field.

The Ute lead ballooned to 51-35 after a technical foul on the Minutemen's Micah Brand, but there was fight left in UMass. The Minutemen clawed their way back to 51-45, but two threes by Nick Jacobson, part of a 9-4 run, pushing the lead back to 14 points before the 69-53 final.

Jacobson led all Utes with 21 points, including 3-6 from three-point range and 8-9 from the free throw line. Tim Frost totaled his highest output of the season--a 17-point showing--on 7-10 shooting.

Johnsen finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in three games, though he again struggled at the free throw line (3-6).

Jackie Rogers led UMass with 17 points and six rebounds.

UMass will play Chaminade for seventh place.

Jacobson Shoots Utes Past UMass
By Steve Luhm, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11/27/2002

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Playing in this tropical paradise again Tuesday, Nick Jacobson escaped a personal purgatory.

Brennan Martin tries to keep up with Trace Caton.
After a slow start to his junior season, Jacobson exploded like a Hawaiian volcano in Utah's 69-53 victory over Massachusetts in the loser's bracket of the EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Jacobson, limited to 19 points on 7-for-21 shooting in the Utes' first two games of the season, scored 21 during Utah's win over UMass. In the final minutes, he made back-to-back three-pointers to thwart a desperate comeback by the Minutemen.

"Those are two back-breakers," said UMass coach Steve Lappas, "especially when you're trying to come back from 17 down."

"We needed him to have a game like that," said Utah teammate Britton Johnsen. "And Nick needed a game like that."

Jacobson scored 16 points in the second half, including 12 in the final 6:27. He buried eight of his nine free throws -- his first trips to the foul line all season.

"He's a good shooter," said coach Rick Majerus. "The best thing is, he let the game come to him."

Jacobson played 38 minutes, including the entire second half. When UMass trimmed a 49-32 deficit to 51-45 with 6:27 left, he scored 10 of Utah's next 12 points. When he finished, the Utes owned a 63-49 lead.

"We know basketball is played in streaks," said Utah center Tim Frost. "We just kept fighting and stayed strong on 'D.' "

"I was proud of our guys," Majerus said. "I thought they gave a great effort."

UMass shot only 38.9 percent against the Utes, including 6-for-20 from three-point range. The Minutemen also shot only seven free throws. Just 15 hours earlier in a 71-52 loss to Gonzaga, the Bulldogs shot 43 free throws, thanks in part to Utah's stand-around defense.

"We played with more urgency on defense," said Johnsen, who finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"All our guys did a terrific job on defense," said Majerus. "If there's one thing we have to do, it's defend as a team."

Just before halftime, it appeared the Utes were in trouble against UMass. They trailed 23-18 after Anthony Anderson's three-pointer with 3:12 left. But Utah closed the half with a 12-0 burst, which started with a three-point play by freshman Richard Chaney and ended with a three-pointer from the corner by Jacobson.

In between, Frost scored four of his 17 points and Chaney added a jumper as Utah built a 30-23 lead.

"That run gave us a lot of momentum and a lot of spirit," Majerus said.

After Massachusetts opened the second half with four quick points to make it 30-27, the Utes outscored the Minutemen 19-5 by going inside to Johnsen, Frost and backup center Chris Jackson. Those three combined for 16 points, helping Utah open its 49-32 lead.

"We got destroyed in the paint," said Lappas. "Their big guys can catch the ball, and they do a good job of sealing you. . . . I thought we were doing a good job of pressuring them. But they were finishing."

Jacobson took over from there, finishing off the Minutemen with his three-pointers and his free-throw shooting.

"I just wanted our guys to give a good effort and keep trying to get better," Majerus said.

Mission accomplished.

With the win, which improved its record to 2-1, Utah moved into the Maui Invitational's fifth-place game against Arizona State today (noon, ESPN). The Sun Devils advanced in the loser's bracket with a 101-72 victory over Chaminade.

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Massachusetts Minutemen 53
Utah Utes 69
Maui Invitational, Second Round
at the Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Maui, HI

Official Basketball Box Score
Massachusetts vs Utah
11/26/02  4:00 p.m. at Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Hawaii
VISITORS: Massachusetts 0-2
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
02 ROGERS,Jackie....... f  7-12   0-0    3-3    4  2  6   5  17  3  2  0  1  27
34 LAMB,Raheim......... f  1-4    0-1    2-2    1  1  2   4   4  1  1  0  1  24
40 BRAND,Micah......... c  2-6    0-0    0-0    1  4  5   4   4  2  2  0  0  24
12 ANDERSON,Anthony.... g  3-9    3-8    0-0    1  3  4   0   9  3  1  0  2  36
50 COX,Marcus.......... g  2-6    0-2    0-0    1  1  2   4   4  2  2  0  0  22
00 MARTIN,Brennan......    3-5    2-3    0-0    0  1  1   2   8  0  0  0  2  16
01 LASME,Michael.......    2-9    1-5    0-0    1  3  4   3   5  2  4  0  0  24
04 LEE,Gabe............    1-2    0-0    0-2    0  2  2   2   2  0  1  1  0  22
22 VIGGIANO,Jeff.......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   5
   TEAM................                            1  1
   Totals..............   21-54   6-20   5-7    9 18 27  24  53 13 13  1  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-28 32.1%   2nd Half: 12-26 46.2%   Game: 38.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-10 30.0%   2nd Half:  3-10 30.0%   Game: 30.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-2  100 %   2nd Half:  3-5  60.0%   Game: 71.4%    0

HOME TEAM: Utah 2-1
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 CATON,Trace......... f  0-2    0-1    2-2    1  1  2   3   2  3  1  0  0  26
31 JOHNSEN,Britton..... f  4-8    0-1    3-6    0 10 10   2  11  2  1  0  1  35
54 FROST,Tim........... c  7-10   1-1    2-6    1  2  3   4  17  2  0  0  0  25
11 DRISDOM,Tim......... g  0-0    0-0    0-0    0  4  4   3   0  4  3  0  2  26
15 JACOBSON,Nick....... g  5-10   3-6    8-9    0  4  4   1  21  0  2  0  2  38
02 JACKSON,Marc........    1-1    1-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   3  2  1  0  0  15
13 CHANEY,Richard......    2-3    0-0    1-1    1  0  1   0   5  0  0  0  1   3
20 MARKSON,Bryant......    1-2    0-0    0-3    0  2  2   1   2  1  1  0  0  17
30 JACKSON,Chris.......    3-3    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   6  1  1  0  0  11
42 KOFORD,Cameron......    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   2  0  3  0  0   4
   TEAM................                            3  3
   Totals..............   24-41   5-10  16-27   4 26 30  16  69 15 13  0  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-25 52.0%   2nd Half: 11-16 68.8%   Game: 58.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-6  33.3%   2nd Half:  3-4  75.0%   Game: 50.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-6  33.3%   2nd Half: 14-21 66.7%   Game: 59.3%    6

Officials: Art McDonald, Jim Copenhaver, Steve Olson
Technical fouls: Massachusetts-BRAND,Micah. Utah-None.
Attendance: 2500
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Massachusetts.................   23   30  -   53
Utah..........................   30   39  -   69

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