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Minutemen face reeling Rhode Island
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 1/31/2004

It wasn't all that long ago that University of Rhode Island men's basketball fans were thinking about the NCAA Tournament. What seemed unlikely on Nov. 1 seemed reasonable on Jan. 7. After beating Yale that night, the Rams were 12-3, including solid wins over Providence, Charlotte and Miami. All Rhode Island had to do was finish above .500 in its 15 remaining Atlantic 10 games and it would have 20 wins for the year. That seemed pretty possible at the time.

But 24 days later, Rhody is reeling as the Rams head into their showdown at noon Saturday against the Minutemen at the Ryan Center. URI has lost four of its last five games and is 2-4 in conference play with its only two wins coming over last-place Fordham. It has yet to play heavyweights Saint Joseph's and Dayton.

The Rams' NCAA dreams aren't dead, but they're considerably damaged at 13-7, 2-4.

Following seven straight losses, the Minutemen will arrive in the Ocean State on a two-game winning streak. But in both those games, UMass has blown big second-half leads against under-.500 teams.

''We had a couple bad losses. We learned from them. We're taking steps,'' senior point guard Anthony Anderson said Thursday as he was wearing a throwback replica Massachusetts Julius Erving jersey. ''We've been slacking off in the second half. We know it's a game we can go get. We know it's a game we need to get. If we beat them and St. Joe's beats Temple, we'll be second place in the (A-10) east.''

Rams' coach Jim Baron pointed to the wins by UMass in the last week as an area of concern.

''They're a good team. Anderson is shooting the ball very well,'' he said. ''(Rashaun) Freeman is playing very aggressive, very physical inside. They have some players. They're coming off a good Temple win. They can score points and they play hard.''

UMass coach Steve Lappas said he hopes his team's recent success at home would carry over to the road, where it is 0-7 this season.

''Young teams need to learn how to win at home first, then how to win on the road,'' he said. ''We have to learn how to play on the road and keep our poise.''

It figures to be a tough matchup for the thin and small Minutemen against the deep and tall Rams, who have 12 guys averaging at least 9.9 minutes per game, five of whom are 6-foot-8 or taller.

''We're going to be put to a test physically Saturday,'' Lappas said. ''Here's a team that plays 11 or 12 guys and they crash the boards hard. Physically we have to be ready for the challenge.''

The Rams lead the conference with 40.9 rebounds per game, but they don't have a single player among the league's top 20 rebounders.

''Five guys hit the glass hard,'' Anderson said. ''Everybody they have rebounds.''

Senior guard Brian Woodward leads the Rams with 4.8 rebounds per game to go with his 13.7 points. Sophomore Dawan Robinson, who torched the Minutemen for 16 and 29 points in two games last year, is the Rams' top gun at 17.5 points per game.

NOTES: This will be the second straight game that UMass faces an opponent with a former Minuteman as an assistant coach because Tyrone Weeks is in his third season with the Rams. Weeks, who was on Baron's staff at St. Bonaventure before URI, is 7-2 against the Minutemen. ... Oddly the Rams are 9-1 this season when they win the opening tip-off.

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


Men's basketball: UMass benefits from Rams' downward spiral
By Paul Kenyon, The Providence Journal Sports Writer, 2/1/2004

SOUTH KINGSTOWN -- Whatever magic the URI basketball team found when it opened the Ryan Center has disappeared. The good times of last year's inaugural season in the new building are long gone.

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Anthony Anderson tries to keep up with Jamaal Wise.
They have been replaced with frustration and hard-luck losses. Unlike last winter when the Rams found new and exciting ways to pull out victories, now they are coming up short in games they were expected to win.

The latest came yesterday when Massachusetts upset Rhode Island, 67-63.

UMass, a program still being rebuilt, rallied from 10 points down early in the second half to win its first road game of the season. Freshman Maurice Maxwell was the hero, breaking a 62-62 tie by sinking a surprise 3-point shot, a 23-footer with 26 seconds left.

Maxwell came in shooting just 24 percent (11-for-46) on treys on the season. His game-winner was even more of a surprise, though, because he took it early in the possession, when his team had plenty of time to run down the clock.

"There was a seven-second differential," Minutemen coach Steve Lappas noted. "If it had been a three-second differential we would have held for a last shot and let them have three seconds. Seven seconds is too long."

"We were looking to get the ball inside to Ray (leading scorer Rashaun Freeman) but they did a good job on him in that possession," Lappas said. "(He told them) just go play and the first good shot that you have, let it go."

Maxwell broke away from defender Dustin Hellenga well behind the 3-point line and fired home the shot that gave his team (8-11, 3-4) its biggest win of the season.

"Last game, I kept trying to run the offense. I was losing the ball a litte bit," said Maxwell, whose team now has won three in a row. "I just decided to be a little aggressive. It went in."

URI's Brian Woodward was fouled as he pump-faked and then went up for a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining. But Woodward, the second-leading free-throw shooter in the Atlantic 10 (85.1 percent) made only one of three foul shots. UMass point guard Anthony Anderson was fouled with six seconds left and made both shots for the 67-63 final.

"I'm just so happy for them," Lappas said of his players. "They were so happy in the locker room . . . Where it's going to lead I have no idea, but the idea is to get better and I think our kids are getting better."

URI, on the other hand, has mysteriously turned in the wrong direction. After starting 12-3, the Rams have lost five of six -- four to teams with losing records -- and dropped to 13-8. They are 2-5 in the conference, with their only two victories over last-place Fordham.

Rhody coach Jim Baron was at a lost to explain what is happening. His team continues to do some things well. It out-rebounded the Minutemen, 36-31,including 18 off the offensive glass. It forced 18 turnovers while committing only 11. It had 38 points in the paint to 26 for UMass. Its bench outscored the Massachusetts bench, 18-0.

But the Rams are struggling badly in other areas. They were only 3-for-18 on 3-pointers, including 0-for-9 in the first half. They made only 8 of 18 free throws, 6-for-14 in the second half, missing several with the game on the line in the final minutes.

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Scott Hazelton keeps a close watch on Art Bowers.
UMass placed all five of its starters in double figures, Artie Bowers with 18, Freeman 13, Maxwell, Jeff Viggiano and Anderson with 12. The UMass starters, who include three first-year players and one sophomore, played 40, 39, 37, 37, and 33 minutes. The team is finding success despite having lost Gabe Lee, its starting center, for the season to an ankle injury.

URI, on the other hand, looks unsure of itself. Woodward had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Hellenga had 12 points and Robinson 11, but the chemistry is not the same as it was last season.

Until the start of this month, the Rams had been 18-7 in games decided by six points or less since Baron became coach. But they've lost their last three like that, having fallen at Temple and St. Bonaventure before bowing to UMass yesterday.

As it was the game was tied 11 times and there were 17 lead changes. After leading by one at the half (30-29), Rhode Island picked up the pace at the start of the second half and quickly built its lead to 41-31. UMass came back and took the lead at 45-44. URI went out again, 51-45, but then scored only 12 points in the final 10 minutes.

URI's plight was typified on one play late in the game. URI was on top, 61-60, when Freeman missed a free throw with 1:52 remaining. Two URI players went after the ball -- and knocked it away from each other out of bounds, allowing the Minutemen to regain possession. Seconds later, they had the lead on two free throws by Anderson.

"You've got to talk. You've got to communicate," Baron said. "That was a situation where we had the ball and two guys were fighting for it and it goes out of bounds. That was crucial."

Last year, those kind of things happened for URI. Now, they are happening against the Rams.


Rams' dreams fade as promising start slowly squandered
By Bill Reynolds, The Providence Journal, 2/1/2004

SOUTH KINGSTOWN -- This is how a season slips away.

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Art Bowers killed the Rams on the offensive end with 18 points, and here on the defense against Dustin Hellenga.
Not necessarily in a dramatic way. Not in some catastrophic loss, complete with the sound of a drum banging slowly. But in dribs and drabs, slowy, inexorably, like water creeping down a sink. As if one minute you're 12-3 with NCAA Tournament dreams dancing in your head, the next you're 13-8 and hoping you can hang on to an N.I.T. bid.

This is how a season slips away. A missed free throw here, a mistake there, chances squandered, opportunities lost, the kind of games you lose that once you used to win. This is how a season slips away, in places like Philadelphia and Olean, New York, and yes, in Kingston, too. Individual games that start to add up, to the point that December's promise disappears in January, taking a season's dreams with it.

So it was yesterday, in a game the Rams probably had to win to keep their already faint NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Had to win because it was UMass at home. Had to win because they were only 2-3 in their last five coming into yesterday. Had to win because four of their next five games are on the road, and when you hit the road in college basketball the road always hits back.

Instead, it was one of the cruelest of defeats of the year for this URI team, the kind of game this team usually wins. Not only because the Rams were up 10 early in the second half, but because they were up one with three minutes to play, the time when they have made their reputation imposing their will, especially in the Ryan Center, this shiny new show place that has been a basketball version of a field of dreams for the past year and a half.

Not yesterday.

Yesterday, it was UMass that hit the key shot, the kind the Rams always seem to make. Yesterday, it was the Rams who were only 6-14 from the free throw line in the second half. Yesterday, it was the Rams who got out-rebounded in the second half, a telling stat for a team that's gone so far on grit and will.

So what's happened?

Why is this team that seemed covered in pixie dust a month ago stumbled out of the gate in the Atlantic-10 race? Why is this team now 2-4 in their last six games?

Call it a reality check. As if it all came too easy: the incredible success in the Ryan Center. The record in close games. Last year's dream season. This year's great start, highlighted by home wins over PC and Charlotte. All of it. As if this was the new reality, and it was unquestioned. The Rams were always going to out-hustle and out-work other teams, make all the big shots, win all the close games, and everyone was to going to leave the Ryan Center happy.

It was a great fantasy, and making it all the sweeter was that it came true. At least most of the time. Baron was the blue-collar coach who had been able to transmit his work ethic and determination to this team, and the sky was the limit, right? So what if Baron always was preaching a cautionary tale, saying how the Rams weren't there yet, how they still were a work in progress. Who was really listening? Not when the wins kept piling up like starfish on a beach.

Now it's more complicated.

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Rashaun Freeman had 13 points in the Minutemen's road victory.
In the past three weeks or so reality has hit the Rams in the face like a wayward elbow. And it's essentially a simple reality: when the Rams don't shoot well they have trouble scoring. Yesterday, they were 3-18 from behind the 3-point line, and 8-18 from the foul line.

Do you need any more stats? Any more reasons why the Rams got bit by the upset bug yesterday?

This is what happens when you don't have much inside offense, and your defense isn't imposing its will on the oppposition like it often does. This is what happens when you end up in a halfcourt game that's tied with 41 seconds to play, the game as up in the air as a long rebound.

Until the other team makes the big shot, the kind you used to make.

So now the Rams are 13-8, still can make this a season to remember, but things have changed, too. The afternoon they beat PC in the Ryan Center seven weeks ago, while a blizzard raged outside, seems long ago and far away. You would have to be full of wide-eyed wonder to now think this is a team that's going to end in in the NCAA Tournament.

Maybe that was always unrealistic anyway, and it's simply taken these past three weeks to reveal that. Maybe December was an illusion, a month when everything went right, masquerading the flaws. Maybe we overrated the Rams, seduced by the first 15 games, and this is what happens when you get into the league and the landscape changes.

Whatever, right now this is a team that's not as good as it was a month ago, as if that certain something this team had now seems lost in the cold. A team that lost the kind of game yesterday that they usually win. A team that's now four out of its last six, and staring at a bad stretch of schedule. A team that's slowly watching this season slip away.


UMass holds on for third straight
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/2/2004

KINGSTON, R.I. - University of Massachusetts coach Steve Lappas tried to stay positive for weeks during his team's seven-game losing streak.

As the final seconds ticked off the Ryan Center clock in Saturday's 67-63 win over Rhode Island, the Minuteman coach needed no help being positive. He was the picture of joy, raising his hands in the air and hugging his players individually as they walked off the court.

Sophomore rookie Rashaun Freeman took advantage of the opportunity to tousle his coach's hair as Lappas attended the postgame press conference in happy disarray. The win was the third straight for UMass (8-11, 3-5 Atlantic 10) and it ended the team's season-long drought on the road.

The biggest shot of Maurice Maxwell's young career played a significant role in that happiness.

Audio clip: Maxwell's late 3-pointer sets up the Minuteman victory.
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With under 30 seconds left and the score tied 62-62, Maxwell had the ball at the top of the key, with Ram junior Dustin Hellenga marking him closely. Maxwell jab-stepped hard with his left foot and Hellenga took the fake, stepping back expecting to defend a drive.

The extra space was all Maxwell needed. He stepped back and knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Minutemen ahead 65-62 with 25.6 seconds left.

''I jabbed him and set him up a couple times before, but I didn't go for the shot, I passed it,'' Maxwell said. ''It just seemed like I had it right then and there. I just decided to be aggressive. And it went in.''

Lappas gave Maxwell all the credit.

''You see good players make big shots all the time,'' he said. ''It wasn't a play I called. We were running motion.''

At the other end, Brian Woodward (13 points, 10 rebounds) jumped into Maxwell as he hoisted a 3-point try. The ball missed, but Maxwell was whistled for the three-shot foul.

The URI senior guard hit the first one and missed the next two. Jeff Viggiano, who had seven of his nine rebounds in the second half, grabbed this one and passed to Anthony Anderson as the Rams were forced to foul.

Anderson made both free throws to clinch the win.

Bowers was the team's leading scorer for the third straight time with a game-high 18 points, and five Minutemen scored in double figures. Rashaun Freeman added 13, while Anderson (five assists, five steals), Maxwell and Viggiano each had 12.

UMass will try to extend its winning streak to a season-high four games at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rider.

Rhody (13-8, 2-5 A-10), which led by as many as 10 in the second half, held a 51-45 lead with 10:08 left in the game. Bowers, whose recent improvement has coincided with the Minutemen's winning streak, scored the next five points and the game went back-and-forth the rest of the way.

With UMass trailing 61-60 with 1:52 left, Freeman missed two free throws, but Rhode Island guards Hellenga and Woodward collided chasing the rebound and the ball bounced off them out of bounds, giving it back to UMass.

''I was like 'Wow. Thanks,''' Maxwell said.

Anderson made two free throws and Woodward made one, setting up Maxwell's critical three.

Lappas called the win one of his biggest at UMass, but he hopes there are better ones coming.

''It's up there, because of where we're trying to get to,'' he said. ''I hope it's not going to be one of my top 10 when it's all said and done. This one is big now. But hopefully we'll be able to eliminate it.''

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


Rookies making mark
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/2/2004

KINGSTON, R.I. - Saturday it was Maurice Maxwell's turn.

On Jan. 24, freshman Artie Bowers hit a game-winning 3-pointer to lift the University of Massachusetts past Temple. On Wednesday, Rashaun Freeman had a late basket, rebound and free throw sequence that sealed the Minutemen's win over Fordham. That left Maxwell as the only Minuteman rookie starter with out hero's laurels. He collected them in Saturday's 67-63 win over Rhode Island with a 3-pointer with 25.6 seconds left that gave the Minutemen a lead they never relinquished.

The shot served as more tangible evidence that UMass' rookie class has begun to find itself.

''These young guys are starting to figure it out,'' coach Steve Lappas said. ''I know these guys are going to be good. They just need time. They're really enjoying playing together. They've really been enjoying it all year, even through the bad times. When you're young, you're going to have some bumps. I'm so happy for them. They were so happy in the locker room. They were happy to go in the road in a tough place and show people we're getting better.''

Saturday marked the first time all year that Freeman, Maxwell and Bowers have scored in double figures at the same time.

''We had confidence in the other games, we really just didn't know how to play,'' Maxwell said. ''We really didn't know what to do. We're taking better shots. We're learning. We knew that we could win a road game against a good team. But this game really proved it too ourselves, as well as everybody else.

''I think that's what we were fighting with at the beginning. We had to be sophomores and we were nowhere near it. It was hard. But now everything is falling into place.''

Freeman said the team felt vindicated afterward.

''Everybody thought after the little downslide we had at the beginning of the season that we should just give up - that we were too young, we were hurt and that it couldn't happen,'' he said. ''But we didn't think that way in practice. We kept going hard. We kept getting better every day.''

Stephane Lasme, the Minutemen's fourth rookie, is well behind the other three in his development, but the thin big man from Gabon has improved as well. With Freeman in second-half foul trouble Saturday, Lasme had three blocked shots and three rebounds in eight minutes of action.

''With Ray with four fouls, Stephane Lasme stepped up in a big way because we really don't have anyone else,'' Lappas said. ''He did a great job for us.''

BOWERS HONORED _Bowers was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week after averaging 18.0 points, 6.0 assists, and 4.5 rebounds in the Minutemen's two wins.

He's the third Minuteman to earn the honor this year. Freeman has won it five times and Maxwell earned it once. UMass is one of just four teams in A-10 history to have three players win Rookie of the Week honors in the same season.

NEXT UP - The Minutemen will travel to Trenton, N.J., for a 7:30 game Tuesday at Rider. The Broncos are 12-7 (6-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) coming off Saturday's 63-59 win over Marist.

MISCELLANEOUS - UMass improved to 4-7 against teams with winning records. ... It was the first time five Minutemen all scored in double figures since Dec. 23, 2001, when Micah Brand, Kitwana Rhymer, Shannon Crooks, Jameel Pugh and Anthony Anderson did it against Maine. ... Rhode Island had been 9-1 when it won the tip and 11-1 when it led at halftime. Saturday the Rams won the tip and led 30-29 at halftime, but lost the game.

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


Minutemen on a roll
By Mike Marzelli, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian Staff, 2/2/2004

KINGSTON, R.I. Before the sixth-largest crowd ever to watch a basketball game at the University of Rhode Island, the Massachusetts menís basketball team got a little more of exactly what it needs.

Winning.

Trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half of a seesaw contest, the Minutemen rallied to tie the game at 62. Then, freshman Maurice Maxwell nailed a three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining to help solidify what may be his teamís biggest victory of the season, 67-63 over URI on Saturday afternoon before 6,705 at the Ryan Center.

"We knew we could win a road game against a good team," team captain Anthony Anderson said. "We just finally proved it to ourselves, let alone anyone else."

All five starters were in double figures for the Minutemen, as freshman guard Art Bowers led the way with a game-high 18 points, while Anderson, Jeff Viggiano and sophomore Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week Rashaun Freeman added 12 points a piece.

Senior guard Brian Woodward paced URI with 13 points, while Dustin Hellenga chipped in with 12 points and Dawan Robinson with 11.

"This ranks right up there [among most memorable wins] at UMass," Lappas said. "The guys were as happy in the locker room as Iíve seen them, and they deserve that."

With the score tied at 62 and the game clock winding down, it was Maxwell who stepped up and hit the biggest shot of his young career ñ draining a long 3-pointer over Hellenga to give the Minutemen a 65-62 lead with 25 seconds remaining.

In a season gone wrong, something finally went right for the Minutemen.

URI did not go away, however, as Woodward drew a foul while shooting a 3-pointer halfway into the left corner and went to the line for three shots with a chance to even the score.

After making his first free throw, the senior was unable to connect again and UMass took possession of the rebound, allowing Anderson to hit a pair of free throws to ice the Maroon and Whiteís first road victory of the season.

"I just decided to be aggressive on that one," Maxwell said of the game's biggest play. "And it went in. I'm happy it went in."

"I knew it was going in right when he shot it," Viggiano added.

The Minutemen were able to grab a slim edge at the 8:25 mark when Viggiano broke a 2:58 scoreless streak with a 3-pointer from the right wing that made the score 18-16.

URI answered right back, however, as center Jon Clark pumped in a pair of baskets before Terrence Mack converted a layup off a nice feed from Robinson to give URI a 22-18 lead with under seven minutes remaining in the half.

After Bowers answered another Clark hoop with two of his own, UMass went on a 7-0 run which culminated with a solid post move and two from Freeman that gave the Maroon and White a 27-24 advantage with 3:21 left, its largest of the game to that point.

The final blow of the seesaw first half belonged to the Rams, however, as Hellenga knocked down a buzzer-beating jumper to make the score 30-29 in favor of Rhody heading into intermission.

URI came out firing in the second half, as Hellenga was relegated to using the backboard to convert his first of four 3-point attempts on the afternoon, and also tossed in a pair of hoops on an 11-2 Ram run that pushed the score to 41-31 with under 17 minutes left to go.

The Minutemen fought back with a 14-3 run of their own, utilizing Freemanís offensive prowess for six tough points during the streak and taking a 45-44 lead on a Maxwell fast break bucket off a pass from Bowers with over 11 minutes to play.

With Rhody back in front 51-45, the Maroon and White pulled within one with five straight points from Bowers, including his second trey of the afternoon, and took their first lead since the waning seconds of the first half when Viggiano drained a three from the right corner at the 5:44 mark to make the score 55-54.

Rhode Island then became the beneficiary of a disputed call, as a foul was called on the floor against the Rams seconds following a made 3-pointer by Hellenga. After consulting the video replay, the referees ruled the basket good, giving URI a 57-55 edge.

The teams then continued to trade the lead until the 41-second mark, when Woodward picked Viggiano's pocket and advanced up court for an uncontested layup. Viggiano was able to recover and block the guards initial attempt, but Woodward regained possession and was fouled on his second shot, making both shots to tie the game at 62.


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Audio clip Jeff Viggiano hits the 3. (file size = 98kb)
Audio clip Viggiano grabs the defensive rebound to force a late Rhody foul. (121kb)
Audio clip The final seconds tick away on the UMass victory. (219kb)
Audio clip Rashaun Freeman does the next best thing to pouring the Gatorade bucket. (110kb)
Audio clip Some of Steve Lappas's postgame comments. (287kb)
Audio clip Some of Anthony Anderson postgame interview. (935kb)


Massachusetts Minutemen 67
Rhode Island Rams 63
at Rhode Island

Official Basketball Box Score
MASSACHUSETTS vs RHODE ISLAND
01/31/04 12:00 p.m. at Kingston, R.I. - The Ryan Center
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VISITORS: MASSACHUSETTS
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
11 Maxwell, Maurice.... f  5-9    2-4    0-0    0  5  5   2  12  0  0  0  0  37
22 Viggiano, Jeff...... f  4-11   2-5    2-2    5  4  9   3  12  2  4  2  1  39
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c  6-11   0-0    1-6    2  2  4   4  13  0  5  2  0  33
12 Anderson, Anthony... g  3-7    2-5    4-4    0  3  3   2  12  5  2  0  5  40
34 Bowers, Art......... g  6-10   2-4    4-4    1  1  2   0  18  4  6  0  0  37
00 Martin, Brennan.....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   3
05 Lasme, Stephane.....    0-2    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   2   0  0  0  3  0   8
13 Chadwick, Chris.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  1  0  0   3
   TEAM................                         3  1  4
   Totals..............   24-51   8-18  11-16  12 19 31  14  67 11 18  7  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-25 48.0%   2nd Half: 12-26 46.2%   Game: 47.1%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-10 30.0%   2nd Half:  5-8  62.5%   Game: 44.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-4  50.0%   2nd Half:  9-12 75.0%   Game: 68.8%   2,5

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HOME TEAM: RHODE ISLAND
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
24 HELLENGA, Dustin.... f  5-13   2-7    0-0    2  1  3   1  12  3  2  0  4  34
42 MOMPLAISIR, Marcel.. f  3-7    0-0    0-0    2  3  5   2   6  0  1  0  0  24
13 MOORE, J.R.......... c  0-1    0-0    3-6    2  1  3   2   3  1  1  2  1  24
05 ROBINSON, Dawan..... g  5-12   0-5    1-3    0  2  2   4  11  5  2  0  1  33
20 WOODWARD, Brian..... g  5-10   0-2    3-7    5  5 10   3  13  3  1  1  2  32
01 MACK, Terrence......    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   2  0  0  0  1   3
11 MELLO, Steve........    2-4    1-3    0-0    1  0  1   1   5  0  1  0  1  10
12 BROOKS, Randy.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
21 HAZELTON, Scott.....    0-5    0-1    0-0    1  1  2   1   0  0  2  0  2   5
32 WISE, Jamaal........    1-5    0-0    1-2    1  3  4   1   3  1  1  0  0  19
44 CLARK, Jon..........    4-5    0-0    0-0    3  1  4   3   8  0  0  0  0  16
   TEAM................                         1  1  2
   Totals..............   26-64   3-18   8-18  18 18 36  19  63 13 11  3 12 201

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-36 38.9%   2nd Half: 12-28 42.9%   Game: 40.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-9   0.0%   2nd Half:  3-9  33.3%   Game: 16.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-4  50.0%   2nd Half:  6-14 42.9%   Game: 44.4%    6

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Officials: Reggie Greenwood, Murph Shapiro, Bill McCarthy
Technical fouls: MASSACHUSETTS-TEAM. RHODE ISLAND-None.
Attendance: 6705
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
MASSACHUSETTS.................   29   38  -   67
RHODE ISLAND..................   30   33  -   63
ID-226888
6th largest crowd ever in Kingston

Points in the paint-UMASS 26,URI 38. Points off turnovers-UMASS 9,URI 22.
2nd chance points-UMASS 10,URI 10. Fast break points-UMASS 4,URI 12.
Bench points-UMASS 0,URI 18. Score tied-11 times. Lead changed-17 times.
Last FG-UMASS 2nd-00:25, URI 2nd-03:06.


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