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UMass set to tip off season
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 11/18/2003

AMHERST - University of Massachusetts men's basketball coach Steve Lappas' excitement-induced insomnia started Sunday night as he slept poorly in anticipation of tonight's season opener against St. Francis (7 p.m.) at the Mullins Center.

He wasn't expecting many more Z's Monday night either.

''I didn't sleep last night. I definitely won't sleep tonight,'' he said after Monday's practice. ''I'll try to stay up late and fall asleep while I'm watching TV and hopefully I'll be able to stay asleep. But I'll be up 5 a.m. (today), I know it.

''I'm excited. It's fun. I'm really looking forward to it.''

Lappas wasn't alone in his anticipation.

''I can't wait,'' said senior captain Anthony Anderson. ''We've been getting ready for a month and change for it. I can't wait to go out there and play.''

''I'm sure tonight laying in bed, I'll be flapping all around,'' said sophomore Jeff Viggiano. ''We've been waiting for this since the end of the George Washington game last year. We're very excited. We're tired of playing each other.''

Tonight's Preseason NIT game will feature the debut of five Minutemen. Lappas is counting on them not only to be a big part of the program's future, but to make a considerable impact as freshman as well.

''I definitely feel like everybody is ready. The young guys don't seem like young guys,'' Anderson said. ''We're definitely further ahead. There's way more talent I think than last year.''

Headlining that talent is sophomore Rashaun Freeman, who looked impressive in both exhibition games. He will debut as UMass' starting power forward. The Minutemen are counting on Freeman to be a scoring and rebounding presence.

He'll be joined on the floor at tip-off by fellow rookie Artie Bowers, a freshman guard from Delaware, who arrived at UMass with an impressive hoop resume that he backed up in exhibition play. He'll start at shooting guard.

Three other new players will likely see considerable minutes off the bench. Versatile freshman Maurice Maxwell could spell Bowers for stretches, and could spend time at small forward or point guard.

Junior college transfer Chris Chadwick is the backup point guard and at times will share the floor with Anthony Anderson, allowing the senior point guard to shift to two-guard to concentrate on scoring.

Freshman big man Stephane Lasme is thin, raw and potentially foul prone. That said, he's shown a knack for the ball and feel for the game that could allow him to become a good player. UMass needs it to happen soon because he's one of only three healthy big men.

Frontcourt depth doesn't figure to be a huge issue tonight as St. Francis has some size questions of its own, with only two players 6-foot-8-inches or taller.

''They're going to be smaller than us,'' Lappas said. ''Their four and five men are going to play like threes. Gabe (Lee) and Rashaun are going to have to guard guys that aren't real post players.''

Beyond size, that the Minutemen don't know a lot about the Terriers, who lost their top three scorers from last year's 14-16 team.

''I know they like to press a lot and trap a lot. We watched tape from last year,'' Lappas said. ''Otherwise we're going in cold. They only have five kids back from last year. Their top three scorers are gone. They have a bunch of guys we don't know.

''You're preparing for plays that were run last year. We're going to have to do some things on the fly.''

Viggiano said fans at the game will get the first real glimpse of what he considers a much improved team from last year's which went 11-18.

''It's so much different from last year,'' he said. ''People think we're the same team as last year. But we're ready to show them that we're not.''

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


UMass basketball comes full circle
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 11/18/2003

AMHERST - As the University of Massachusetts men's basketball program begins a season that it hopes will begin a return to national status, it's only fitting that the Minutemen open in the Preseason National Invitation Tournament.

It could be argued that the school's two previous appearances in the event marked the Minutemen's entrance and exit from the national spotlight.

UMass had been to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, when the 1993-94 season kicked off, but nationally, John Calipari's Minutemen were regarded much the same way Butler is today - a mid-major making a good run.

But when UMass knocked off No. 1 North Carolina in a Preseason NIT overtime game that still gets shown on ESPN Classic, the college basketball world was awakened to the Minutemen's arrival in the big time. They went from Cinderella to Final Four contender in most people's eyes.

Five years later and two years removed from a trip to the Final Four, UMass entered the Preseason NIT in the top 25 and was No. 23 when it faced a Ron Artest-led St. John's team in the second round at Alumni Hall. The Minutemen fell 73-69.

That game was part of a 2-5 start that led to a 14-16 season. UMass fell out of the polls and hasn't returned since. The Minutemen missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight years that season and have yet to return.

The 2003-04 edition of the Minutemen aren't the same caliber of club as the 1993-94 squad, but UMass is young and optimistic heading into this season trying to climb back into the national spotlight beginning at 7 tonight against St. Francis at the Mullins Center.

THE FIELD - This year's event has a handful of teams that are already in the national spotlight.

Connecticut is the only ranked team in the field as the No. 1 Huskies are the clear favorite.

But Utah, Georgia Tech and Texas Tech bring name recognition to the event.

None of the schools in the tournament have won the event before, but Red Raider coach Bob Knight has won the Preseason NIT on two occasions.

COX, KOUYATE STILL IN QUESTION - Senior guard Marcus Cox's status remains uncertain, although UMass coach Steve Lappas expects to have it cleared up today. With the coach's blessing, Cox took a one-week leave from the team to decide whether he wanted to remain on the roster, while dealing with the pain and rehabilitation of his severely arthritic knee.

Cox played in UMass' first exhibition game against the Harlem Globetrotters, but his knee swelled up afterward sidelining him for the game against the Playaz.

Sophomore big man Alassane Kouyate's status for the season opener will be determined today depending on how his tendinitis-plagued knees respond to working out Monday. Like Cox, Kouyate faced the Globetrotters but not the Playaz.

MISCELLANEOUS - Lappas is 1-1 in Preseason NIT play. His 2000 Villanova Wildcats beat Fairfield in the first round before losing to Duke in the second round.

Regardless of the participants or location, Friday night's NIT contest between the winners of the games between UMass and St. Francis, and Texas Tech and Davidson, will be played at 7 EST because it will be shown on ESPN2.

Former UMass broadcaster George Miller will make a temporary return to the Minuteman broadcast booth for Tuesday's game filling in for Bob Behler.

Saturday's three-overtime football game briefly knocked out Behler's voice, which was already plagued by bronchitis and laryngitis before kickoff.

If UMass were to advance to the NIT Finals, it could face Connecticut, setting up what would be the first of two meetings between the rivals. The Minutemen and Huskies haven't met twice in a season since 1981.

Former UMass star Lou Roe holds the record for free throws attempted in the Preseason NIT with 47 in 1993.

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


Minutemen throttle, dominate Terriers: 3-point surge carries UMass over St. Francis
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 11/19/2003

AMHERST - Explosive? Athletic? Fun to watch? Is this the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team?

The Minutemen's impressive offense that they displayed during two exhibitions carried over to the regular season as UMass steamrolled St. Francis 80-58 Tuesday in the first round of the Preseason National Invitation Tournament.

''They're a fun team,'' UMass coach Steve Lappas said. ''People are missing out if they don't come and watch these kids. It's a fun team to coach.''

The Minutemen will travel to Lubbock, Texas, Friday for a 7 p.m. game against Texas Tech and Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight. The Red Raiders blasted Davidson Tuesday 89-58.

UMass led 44-28 at halftime, but came out sloppy after intermission and a 3-pointer-fueled Terrier charge cut the lead to 53-48 with just over 11 minutes left in the game.

After freshman Stephane Lasme made two free throws, the Minutemen drained 3-pointers on four straight possessions, the first and last by senior Anthony Anderson around two by freshman Artie Bowers.

The surge began an 18-2 run than ended any suspense in the game as the Minutemen rolled from there.

''We're going to have games this year where we're going to be down two or down three, then just like that we're going to be up nine,'' Lappas said. ''We have the ability to do that, which we have not had for two years. We have guys that can make those shots. The three breaks the game open.''

Anderson led UMass with 21 points, five rebounds, six assists and just one turnover. Bowers scored 14 in his debut.

Christian Brown led the Terriers with 13 points and five rebounds.

Scoring 80 was notable for UMass, as the Minutemen reached the mark only three times previously in Lappas' two seasons.

The Minutemen did the bulk of their offensive work inside with 52 points coming in the paint. Sophomore rookie Rashaun Freeman had 11 points and 14 rebounds in his debut, while junior Gabe Lee added eight points to go with his 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots. UMass outrebounded the Terriers 49-30.

''Rashaun Freeman has bred some confidence in everybody,'' Lappas said. ''They know that we have another guy down there that's a horse.''

Lappas used an eight-man regular rotation, with an occasional sprinkling of Brennan Martin before emptying his bench in the final minute, marking the debuts of walk-ons Tim Collins and Adham Osman.

While the five UMass scholarship newcomers accounted for 19 of the team's 25 turnovers, the group showed considerable ability and athleticism. In addition to Freeman and Bowers, who started, Maurice Maxwell, Chris Chadwick and Lasme played effectively off the bench.

Chadwick had seven points backing up Anderson at point guard, while Maxwell and Lasme had six points each. Lasme was limited to 11 minutes because of foul trouble but still managed to grab six rebounds.

''They showed they can play,'' Lappas said. ''Even though they were freshman-like in a lot of ways tonight, they don't play like freshman. They made some mistakes, but they're capable of going out there and doing some things.''

''They played hard,'' Anderson said. ''As long they come play hard every night, we're going to get a lot of wins.

Anderson said getting the first win was important, but warned against looking too far ahead.

''It's big. It gives us a lot of confidence and it gives the young guys a lot of confidence,'' he said. ''But I remember my freshman year, we started out 4-0 and ended 13-16, so we have to build on it.''

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


Lee intimidates offensive attack
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 11/19/2003

AMHERST - With 5 minutes and 31 seconds left in the second half, St. Francis guard Mike Wilson had the ball on the break. He lowered his shoulder and started to drive. But when he looked up and saw Gabe Lee in his path, he hit the brakes and retreated to the perimeter.

Wilson was respecting Lee's shot-blocking ability, learning a lesson from his teammates' mistakes. The University of Massachusetts junior big man blocked seven shots and altered quite a few more in the 80-58 win by the Minutemen.

St. Francis coach Ron Ganulin said Lee's presence knocked his team out of sync.

''You go in and you think you think you have an easy shot. In our practice you get that shot off, and here it's rejected,'' he said. ''It's very frustrating. Those rejections lead to fast breaks and easy shots on the other end. It's a great advantage to have a shot blocker back there to pick up all your mistakes.''

Lee enjoyed the intimidator role.

''Once you block a couple shots, you make the guy driving think about it,'' Lee said. ''My specialty is blocking shots and I have fun doing it. It makes the opponent scared to come into the hole.''

Lappas compared Lee's one-game performance to a legend.

''It was Bill Russell-like in this game,'' Lappas said. ''He was everywhere dominating the game defensively. We (told the guards) to stay with the shooters. If they want to drive, we have a guy in there. Besides the seven blocks, who knows how many he intimidated. He changed the game.''

Senior point guard Anthony Anderson said Lee's interior presence makes it easier to defend on the perimeter.

''We were able to push out and pressure them more,'' Anderson said. ''If you get beat, let them go to Gabe. When they got in there, they were just throwing it off the backboard. They weren't even trying to make shots (against him).''

COX GONE, KOUYATE OUT - Senior guard Marcus Cox's career is over. After dealing with an arthritic knee throughout the preseason, Cox told Lappas that he didn't want to continue.

''He came to me today and said he doesn't have the desire to mess with that knee every single day and do what he needs to do to even have a chance to play,'' said Lappas, who expected Cox would sit on the bench for some games to support his teammates. ''I'd love to have him do that. He's a good kid.''

Cox transferred to UMass from Connecticut and averaged 4.8 points per game as a junior last year.

Sophomore big man Alassane Kouyate is having his own knee issues as he sat out with tendinitis in both. Lappas isn't sure when he might return.

''Alassane practiced for 10 minutes Monday and his knees blew up'' Tuesday, Lappas said.

MISCELLANEOUS _The 2,089 fans at the game were the fewest in Mullins Center history.

The Atlantic 10 is undefeated so far as the UMass win brought the league to 8-0.

Rashaun Freeman and Lee's double-digit rebounds marked the first time UMass had two players with 10 or more since March 9, 2000, when Kitwana Rhymer had 11 and Chris Kirkland had 10.

The margin of victory was UMass' biggest since it defeated Rider 76-54 last year.

It's the Minutemen's most lopsided victory in an opener since they upset No. 1 Arkansas 104-80 in the Tip-Off Classic in 1994. The Minutemen have won five of their last six openers.

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


UMass is a sharper shooter
Difference clear in opening win
By Joe Burris, The Boston Globe Staff, 11/19/2003

AMHERST - Four possessions, four 3-point baskets. That's what the University of Massachusetts converted during a 1-minute-34-second stretch of last night's 80-58 rout of St. Francis (N.Y.) in the first round of the preseason National Invitation Tournament at the Mullins Center.

That alone is indication of how improved the Minutemen are from last season.

After the visitors cut a 14-point halftime deficit to 53-48 with 11:07 to go, UMass went on an 18-3 run that included four consecutive treys -- a pair each by senior guard Anthony Anderson and freshman guard Art Bowers -- to establish its biggest lead to that point, 71-50.

Consider that last season the Minutemen had nine games in which they did not register four treys overall. In recent seasons, in fact, they've been a team whose offense has lagged behind its defense.

Nothing doing last night. The Minutemen's 54-percent shooting from the floor -- including 6 of 10 on threes -- complemented their rebounding edge (49-30) and a defense that held St. Francis to 31 percent shooting. They got the lead up to 24 points and posted the program's largest margin of victory in a season opener since 1994-95, when UMass shocked top-ranked Arkansas, 104-80.

The contest was played before 2,089 -- a record low for the Mullins Center -- and third-year coach Steve Lappas made it a point to say that fans who opted not to attend missed out on their first glimpse of a team that should play a more exciting brand of basketball than they've seen in recent seasons.

''We're going to have games where we're up 1 or down 3 and just like that we're going to be up 9, because we have the ability to do that, which we have not had for two years,'' said Lappas. ''We have multiple guys who can make those shots.''

UMass was led by Anderson, who scored a game-high 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting (3 for 5 on treys) and added 6 assists. Bowers added 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

Freshman Rashaun Freeman had 11 points and 14 boards, and junior center Gabe Lee had 8 points, 11 boards, and 7 blocks.

The victory was so decisive that it overshadowed the fact that UMass turned the ball over 25 times.

''We talked about that in the locker room after the game and we pointed out that 18 of the 25 mistakes came from four freshmen,'' said Anderson. ''They'll learn from their mistakes.''

For Anderson, this was a confidence-builder.

''It's big, it gives us a lot of confidence, and it gives the freshmen a lot of confidence,'' he said. ''But I remember my freshman year we started off 4-0 and we finished up 13-16. It's a great confidence-builder but we have to build on it.''

The Minutemen went ahead early, 14-5, before St. Francis, whose staple is 3-point shooting, rallied to take a 24-22 lead. But UMass outscored the Terriers, 22-4, the remainder of the half for a 44-28 halftime advantage. ''We went small, and we hoped the 3-point shots would drop, and we hoped for the best,'' said St. Francis coach Ron Ganulin, whose team was 11 of 32 on threes. ''We hit some threes and got back in it, but we couldn't sustain it.'' UMass will meet Bob Knight and Texas Tech -- which beat Davidson, 89-58, last night -- in the NIT second round Friday at Lubbock, Texas.. . .

Lappas said senior guard Marcus Cox, a University of Connecticut transfer who has been bothered with knee problems, has left the team, though he will remain in school. With sophomore Alassane Kouyate also sidelined with knee problems, the Minutemen are suiting up nine scholarship players. ''Marcus is not going to be back,'' said Lappas. ''He came to me and said he doesn't have the desire to mess with the knee.''


UMass takes 1st step: Anderson leads way in Preseason NIT win
By Matt Kalman, The Boston Herald, 11/19/2003

AMHERST - Don't expect UMass senior guard Anthony Anderson to make any sightseeing plans for New York City based on the Minutemen's performance in last night's season-opener.

Just because the Minutemen's leading returning scorer had a game-high 21 points in an 80-58 first-round rout of St. Francis (N.Y.) in the Preseason NIT at the Mullins Center, he knows a strong opener doesn't always foreshadow a season of bliss.

``(The win) is big. It gives us a lot of confidence, it gives the young guys a lot of confidence, but my freshman year we started out 4-0 and ended up 13-16,'' said Anderson, who averaged 11.8 points for last year's 11-18 squad.

``So I mean we've just got to build on this. It's a good confidence boost, but we've got to build on it.''

The Minutemen, however, did take their first step toward the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden with the win over the Terriers. UMass, which is now 3-0 in NIT openers, will play in the second round on Friday at Texas Tech (7 p.m.).

With seven players, including four freshmen, making their Minutemen debuts, sloppy play was expected as coach Steve Lappas opened his third season at UMass.

The Minutemen committed 26 turnovers but overcame the shaky ball movement with a 49-30 advantage on the boards, led by sophomore forward Rashaun Freeman's 14 caroms. UMass also enjoyed a whopping 29-6 edge in free-throw attempts, with the Minutemen converting on 20 of their freebies.

``We said that our big thing was that we wanted to outrebound this team by 10. That was our goal before the game started,'' said Lappas, now 2-1 in Minutemen openers. ``We ended up outrebounding them by 19. We also got 18 turnovers from our four freshmen, which is understandable. But I think they showed that they can play.''

On the strength of a 14-1 run, UMass took a 44-28 lead at halftime. St. Francis made its last run of the night at the outset of the second half with a 7-0 spurt that cut the UMass lead to seven points.

``Massachusetts was bigger than us, stronger (than us) and they dominated the boards,'' said St. Francis coach Ron Ganulin. ``We just wanted to match their intensity and I was very proud of the way we came back at the beginning of the second half. We could've dropped our heads and been blown out.''

The Terriers showed more tenaciousness and pulled to within five, 53-48, with 10:31 remaining.

But Stephane Lasme hit a pair of free throws to open an 18-2 UMass run, which saw the Minutemen begin dialing long distance.

Anderson buried a 3-pointer, freshman Art Bowers followed with two of his own and Anderson hit from downtown once more as UMass opened a 67-50 lead and never looked back.

``The difference (this year) is just about everybody on our perimeter can hit 3's now,'' Anderson said. ``Whoever's out there, you can kind of count on them knocking it down.''

UMass extended its lead to as many as 24 points en route to the final margin of victory.

Fittingly, a newcomer scored the first points of the Minutemen's 2003-04 campaign when Freeman was fouled in the opening seconds on a layup attempt. Freeman, who sat out last year under NCAA academic guidelines, sank 1-of-2 free throws for his first collegiate point, and sent the Minutemen on a 6-0 run to open the game.

Anderson nailed a 3-pointer and Bowers scored his first points on a running shot 17:35 into the contest.


Lee a nice building block for UMass
Notebook
By Matt Kalman, The Boston Herald, 11/19/2003

AMHERST - St. Francis (N.Y.) accepted the invitation to Gabe Lee's block party last night, and the UMass junior didn't set off any fireworks or allow the Terriers to throw balls at a dunk tank.

All the Minutemen's starting center did was reject the Terriers' shots as the Camilla, Ga., native finished with a career-high seven blocked shots in UMass' 80-58 season-opening win in the first round of the Preseason NIT.

``Once you block a couple of shots, it always makes the guys driving think about it twice,'' said Lee, whose previous career high for blocks in a game was five. ``It's something I like to do and it helps the guards out because they won't drive all the way to the hole and get the guards in foul trouble.''

Lee, who also recorded eight points and 11 rebounds, had UMass coach Steve Lappas dreaming about a legendary big man from New England's past.

``Honestly, I don't really mean it, but he was Bill Russell-like in this game,'' Lappas said of Lee, who entered the contest averaging just 1.6 blocks per game in his career. ``I mean he was everywhere, dominating the game defensively.''

With two big men and three players in serious foul trouble throughout, St. Francis couldn't cope with Lee and wound up firing 32 3-pointers rather than taking the ball through the lane.

On the attack

In Lappas' first two seasons as coach, the Minutemen became known for their affinity for taking 3-pointers. Two years ago they set school records for 3-pointers made (204) and attempted (587), and last year they sank the fourth-most treys (164) in the program's history. Last night, UMass attempted just 10 3's - making six of them.

Although Minutemen players still have the green light to shoot, teams that press might find out UMass can take it to the hole now as well.

``We attacked the basket,'' said Lappas, whose team went to the foul line 29 times and sank 20 free throws. ``They want to press, they want to open up the floor and you have to attack when people press you. . . . All in all, there weren't 3's because we were attacking the basket on these guys.''

A night of debuts

Seven UMass players, including four freshmen, made their regular-season debuts last night. Rashaun Freeman made the biggest impact with 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while Art Bowers nailed a pair of treys and Maurice Maxwell added six points. . . .

Lappas said he didn't mind not starting the season in Hawaii again (the Minutemen lost to Indiana last season in the Maui Invitational).

``You'd rather start at home. Maui was fun - don't get me wrong - until the game started,'' he said. ``Especially with this group. This group needed to start at home. They didn't play great, the young guys, but they got some positive reinforcement for their effort.'' . . .

Lappas said Marcus Cox has decided to sit out the season because of an arthritic knee, essentially ending the senior guard's college basketball career. Cox already sat out one year after transferring to UMass from UConn.


Minutemen tame Terriers
By Becky Horowitz, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian Staff, 11/19/2003

The Massachusetts men's basketball team broke a major 2002-03 trend by outrebounding St. Francis in last night's game.

With their big men stepping up, the Minutemen were able to overpower and intimidate the smaller Terriers, making it next to impossible for them to come up with an inside game.

Largely because of this, the Minutemen advanced to the second round of the Preseason National Invitational Tournament with an 80-58 win, where they will meet Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, Friday night.

With four starters taking part in their first-ever regular season game, the University of Massachusetts was able to overcome pockets of turbulence as they dominated a much smaller St. Francis team in almost every aspect of the game.

Coming into this match with little knowledge of their opponent, the Maroon and White was not only forced to change its game plan minutes before tip-off, but also on the court, mid-play.

"Our team wasn't nearly as well-prepared as they're going to be in later games," Coach Steve Lappas said of his young team. "These guys changed their offense completely. They had some new guys that we didn't know, we had never seen any tape of them. ... I was very happy, our guys adjusted on the fly."

The Minutemen came out running, something they intend to do much more this season than last. However, due to a combination of constant transition and a young team, they produced 25 turnovers (18 coming from freshmen) to the Terriers 16.

Although it got out to an early lead, UMass was inconsistent as it allowed the Terriers back in the game. With the majority of its offense coming from behind the arc, St. Francis netted three quick shots from downtown to come within one and take the eventual lead at 24-22 in the first half.

UMass then held the Terriers to one more shot before the break, and scored 20 points off a combination of free throws and inside shots, giving it a 44-28 lead at the half.

Even though the Terriers lead was short-lived, it gave St. Francis coach Ron Ganulin some hope, as well as put a little more confidence into his young squad.

"I thought, in spurts, we played pretty well, but of course they're bigger and stronger," he said. "I was very proud of the way we came back in the beginning of the second half because we could have dropped our heads and been blown out. We might have been blown out at the end but at least we fought."

The Maroon and White came out flat in the second half, giving St. Francis the chance to catch up. With quick shots from the outside and multiple drives to the basket, the Terriers posed a threat.

The Minutemen were able to get back on track with the leadership and composure of junior captain Anthony Anderson, and the undeniable presence of junior center Gabe Lee.

"Anthony Anderson controlled everything. ... He's a great leader," Lappas said. "And then Gabe Lee, he was everywhere dominating the game defensively."

Anderson showed that he is a true leader as he guided the new players on the team during periods of pressure.

"That's my job," Anderson said. "I have to calm them down and keep them straight-headed."

Lee notched seven blocks and forced multiple turnovers, as his positioning under the basket posed a problem for the St. Francis frontcourt. He also grabbed 11 of the Minutemen's 49 boards.


St. Francis (NY) Terriers 58
Massachusetts Minutemen 80
Pre-Season NIT, First Round
at the Mullins Center

Official Basketball Box Score
Saint Francis (N.Y.) vs Massachusetts
11/18/03  7:00 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
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VISITORS: Saint Francis (N.Y.)  0-1
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
13 BROWN,Christian..... f  4-10   3-5    2-2    2  3  5   3  13  1  1  1  3  32
21 NECKLES,Devon....... f  0-4    0-1    0-0    1  1  2   3   0  1  1  1  1  13
42 THOMPSON,Eric....... c  4-7    1-1    0-1    0  5  5   3   9  0  3  1  2  31
03 CAVALIERI,Tory...... g  2-11   0-3    1-2    2  1  3   3   5  4  2  0  2  33
05 QUINTANA,John....... g  4-19   2-11   0-0    3  1  4   1  10  2  7  0  0  34
00 WILSON,Mike.........    3-9    2-4    0-0    0  2  2   0   8  4  1  0  1  22
01 DANTZLER,Sean.......    3-6    3-6    0-0    1  0  1   5   9  0  1  0  1  19
04 CZAPLINSKI,Tom......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
11 WIATRE,Rob..........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  1   2
25 HERARD,Damien.......    1-2    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   4   2  0  0  1  0   6
34 THEVENOT,Patrice....    1-2    0-0    0-0    2  0  2   0   2  0  0  0  0   5
50 FRANKLYN,Brian......    0-0    0-0    0-1    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
   TEAM................                         1  2  3
   Totals..............   22-71  11-32   3-6   14 16 30  22  58 12 16  4 11 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-33 30.3% 2nd Half: 12-38 31.6% Game: 31.0% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 7-17 41.2% 2nd Half: 4-15 26.7% Game: 34.4% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 1-2 50.0% 2nd Half: 2-4 50.0% Game: 50.0% 0,1

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Massachusetts 1-0 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 01 FREEMAN,Rashaun..... f 3-8 0-0 5-8 3 11 14 0 11 2 5 1 2 30 22 VIGGIANO,Jeff....... f 2-4 1-2 2-4 1 2 3 2 7 2 1 1 1 27 02 LEE,Gabe............ c 4-8 0-0 0-0 2 9 11 1 8 1 4 7 0 30 12 ANDERSON,Anthony.... g 6-10 3-5 6-6 0 5 5 1 21 6 1 0 1 37 34 BOWERS,Art.......... g 5-8 2-3 2-4 0 1 1 2 14 3 5 0 1 21 00 MARTIN,Brennan...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 05 LASME,Stephane...... 2-4 0-0 2-2 3 3 6 4 6 0 3 0 0 11 11 MAXWELL,Maurice..... 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 6 3 5 0 3 24 13 CHADWICK,Chris...... 2-3 0-0 3-5 0 2 2 0 7 0 1 0 1 14 14 KOTARIDIS,Paco...... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 20 COLLINS,Tim......... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+ 40 OSMAN,Adham......... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+ TEAM................ 2 1 3 Totals.............. 27-50 6-10 20-29 11 38 49 11 80 17 25 9 9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-24 58.3% 2nd Half: 13-26 50.0% Game: 54.0% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-4 25.0% 2nd Half: 5-6 83.3% Game: 60.0% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 15-21 71.4% 2nd Half: 5-8 62.5% Game: 69.0% 4

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: Earl Walton, Bernard Clinton, Ray Perone Technical fouls: Saint Francis (N.Y.)-None. Massachusetts-None. Attendance: 2089 Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total Saint Francis (N.Y.).......... 28 30 - 58 Massachusetts................. 44 36 - 80 Pre-season NIT


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