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Massachusetts 69, Chaminade 55
From The Associated Press, 11/27/2002

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Anthony Anderson had 20 points and nine assists and Massachusetts held Chaminade to seven points over the final nine minutes in a 69-55 victory Wednesday in the seventh-place game of the Maui Invitational.

It was the 30th consecutive loss for the Silverswords (0-4) in the tournament they have hosted since 1984. Chaminade, a Division II school, has a 3-52 record in the event with its last victory coming over Stanford in the seventh-place game in 1992.

Massachusetts (1-2) used a 12-1 run to take a 65-49 lead with 4:36 left. Anderson started the run with a 3-pointer and he capped it with a layup after he stole the ball from Jason Walters just on the other side of the midcourt line.

Leon Ballard had 14 of his 15 points in the first half and grabbed nine rebounds for Chaminade, which shot 38 percent (21-for-54), including 5-for-18 from 3-point range, and committed 16 turnovers. The Silverswords were just 7-for-25 from the field in the second half.

Michael Lasme had 14 points for Massachusetts, 2-4 in its two Maui Invitational appearances, both wins coming over Chaminade.

Player of the Game
11/27 Chaminade
Anderson (18) 55%
Brand (1) 3%
Cox (0) 0%
Lamb (0) 0%
Lasme (6) 18%
Lee (6) 18%
Martin (0) 0%
Rogers (0) 0%
Viggiano (2) 6%

Total Votes: 33





UMass holds off Chaminade, 69-55
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 11/28/2002

LAHAINA, Hawaii - A 21-4 run kept a bad Maui Invitational for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team from turning disastrous as the Minutemen held off Division 2 Chaminade, 69-55, Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center. With the win, UMass (1-2) escaped its first loss to a Division 2 team (Lowell) since 1989. The host Silverswords haven't won in the Maui Invitational in 29 games since they upset Stanford in overtime in 1992.

"I was happy with the way we played today," UMass coach Steve Lappas said. "We were kind of in a no-win situation out there. We knew it was going to be a tough game. We're not out of the woods, but now we can go home and regroup and get ready for the next game."

Leading 34-33 at halftime, the Minutemen struggled to shake Chaminade after intermission. The two teams were tied at 44-44 with 13:46 left when UMass turned a 7-0 run into the 21-4 spurt and pulled away for the win. Anthony Anderson capped the burst by blocking Roy Stigall's 3-point attempt and breaking away for an easy lay-up.

Anderson shook his two-game scoring slump and led UMass with 20 points and a career-high nine assists while freshman Mike Lasme added 14 points, the first double-figure scoring game of his career.

"That was huge," Lappas said. "It makes everybody else play better when Anthony is scoring. I think the psychological effect is almost worth more than the point effect."

"I feel like if I'm not scoring I can't get anybody else into the game either," Anderson said. "But today I was hitting shots, so I could do other things, like penetrate and kick out to guys."

UMass plays its next three games against New England foes beginning Monday at 7 p.m. against Central Connecticut State at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Minutemen looked flat out of the gate in a nearly empty gym. After UMass took a 6-2 lead, the Silverswords scored 10 straight points to move ahead 12-6.

Marcus Cox's first 3-pointer as a Minuteman followed by a trey by Lasme quickly brought UMass within two at 14-12.

Mike Ross hit one of two free throws for Chaminade, but the Minutemen scored the next seven points to take a 19-15 lead with just over nine minutes left in the game.

UMass built its lead to five points at 30-25 with 3:23 left in the half, but Chaminade got a dunk from Leon Ballard and a 3-pointer from Roy Stigall to tie the game.

After a Micah Brand lay-in, Jason Walters hit a 3-pointer to put the Silverswords ahead 33-32. Lasme's jumper from the corner with four seconds left gave the Minutemen a 34-33 halftime lead.

The much smaller Silverswords actually out rebounded the Minutemen, 20-14, especially on the offensive glass. Twelve of their 33 first-half points came on offensive rebounds.

Freshman Jeff Viggiano gave the Minutemen a lift off the bench with seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

And Alassane Kouyate made his UMass debut, playing 1:48 in the first half.

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


UMASS 69, CHAMINADE 55
UMass gets on board in Hawaii
By Pat Bigold, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 11/28/2002

LAHAINA, Hawaii - Anthony Anderson snapped out of his scoring slump and led the University of Massachusetts to a 69-55 victory yesterday over Division 2 Chaminade.

The win gave the Minutemen seventh place and a 1-2 record in the Maui Invitational.

Anderson scored 20 points and had nine assists with only two turnovers. He tied a career-high in points and eclipsed his career-high in assists by two.

He was 6 of 12 from the field, including four 3-pointers, and had three steals.

Freshman guard Michael Lasme added 14 for UMass.

Anderson, last season's Atlantic 10 rookie of the year, had scored only 11 points in losses to Indiana and Utah earlier in the week.

''It gives the other guys more confidence when Anthony is scoring,'' said UMass coach Steve Lappas.

He added that the psychological effect of his starting point guard's breakout game yesterday was even more valuable than the points.

''When I'm not hitting I can't get the guys into the game,'' said Anderson, a junior from Lynn.

Leon Ballard, a 6-foot-5-inch senior forward, had 15 points for the Silverswords, including 8 in a 12-6 run to start the game.

Chaminade gave the Minutemen all they could handle, taking the lead eight times.

The Minutemen took the lead for good on a Lasme jumper with 11:53 left.

Lappas noted that Chaminade hadn't won a game in the tournament in 10 years.

UMass shot 47 percent to Chaminade's 39 percent. The Silverswords outrebounded the Minutemen, 34-33.

''Our overall guard play was very good but we did have 13 turnovers - a little bit too much,'' said Lappas.

UMass hadn't gone 0-2 to start a season since 1982-83. ''I'm not going to say we're out of the woods, but we're happy to win this game,'' said Lappas.


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Jeff Viggiano draws the charge from Jason Walters.

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Jackie Rogers goes up for the short shot in traffic.

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Anthony Anderson starts the break in front of Michael Ross.


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2002 UMassHoops.com

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Massachusetts Minutemen 69
Chaminade Silverswords 55
Maui Invitational, 7th Place Game
at the Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Maui, HI

Official Basketball Box Score
Massachusetts vs Chaminade
11/27/02  7:00 p.m. at Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Hawaii
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VISITORS: Massachusetts 1-2
                          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  2-2    0-0    4-4    4  2  6   3   8  2  4  0  1  22
34 LAMB,Raheim......... f  1-3    0-0    2-3    1  1  2   4   4  0  0  0  1  21
40 BRAND,Micah......... c  3-7    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   6  0  0  0  0  14
12 ANDERSON,Anthony.... g  6-12   4-10   4-5    0  3  3   0  20  9  2  0  3  38
50 COX,Marcus.......... g  2-8    1-4    1-3    4  1  5   3   6  1  3  0  1  27
00 MARTIN,Brennan......    1-3    1-3    0-0    0  0  0   3   3  0  0  0  0  10
01 LASME,Michael.......    6-8    2-4    0-0    0  1  1   1  14  1  1  0  0  22
04 LEE,Gabe............    4-7    0-0    0-0    3  3  6   1   8  2  3  0  0  22
21 KOUYATE,Alassane....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
22 VIGGIANO,Jeff.......    0-3    0-3    0-0    0  7  7   4   0  2  0  2  4  23
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   25-53   8-24  11-15  14 19 33  20  69 17 13  2 10 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-30 43.3%   2nd Half: 12-23 52.2%   Game: 47.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-12 33.3%   2nd Half:  4-12 33.3%   Game: 33.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-6  66.7%   2nd Half:  7-9  77.8%   Game: 73.3%    1

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HOME TEAM: Chaminade 0-4
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 BALLARD,Leon........ f  7-14   0-1    1-2    6  3  9   1  15  0  3  0  0  31
24 WALTERS,Jason....... f  3-7    1-3    2-2    1  5  6   4   9  3  4  0  0  29
15 DONEGAN,Mike........ c  0-3    0-0    4-7    3  3  6   3   4  0  1  0  1  25
03 SYKES,Bryon......... g  3-10   2-6    0-0    0  2  2   2   8  4  1  0  1  25
12 STIGALL,Roy......... g  3-8    2-7    0-0    1  0  1   3   8  3  0  0  0  29
02 THOMAS,Jaborri......    1-2    0-0    0-0    3  0  3   1   2  0  1  0  0   6
04 KIRK,John...........    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   2  1  2  0  0  11
21 MCAFEE,Rahshaw......    1-2    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   1   2  0  1  0  0   9
35 ROGERS,Donald.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  2  0  0  0   7
42 WELLS,Jerry.........    1-3    0-0    0-1    1  0  1   0   2  1  2  0  1  12
44 ROSS,Michael........    1-4    0-0    1-2    1  1  2   1   3  0  0  1  0  16
   TEAM................                         1  1  2             1
   Totals..............   21-54   5-18   8-14  17 17 34  17  55 14 16  1  3 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-29 48.3%   2nd Half:  7-25 28.0%   Game: 38.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-7  42.9%   2nd Half:  2-11 18.2%   Game: 27.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-5  40.0%   2nd Half:  6-9  66.7%   Game: 57.1%    3

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Officials: Tommy Nunez, Steve Olson, Lawrence Britton
Technical fouls: Massachusetts-None. Chaminade-None.
Attendance: 2500
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Massachusetts.................   34   35  -   69
Chaminade.....................   33   22  -   55

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