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UMass welcomes Marshall, Marcum
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/20/2003

AMHERST - The last time the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team played a game, Saddam Hussein was still at large and most people believed that Alex Rodriguez coming to Boston was inevitable. It's only been 11 days, but a lot has changed since then.

UMass coach Steve Lappas hopes a lot has changed with his team as it tries to shake off a 2-4 start at 4 p.m. Saturday against Marshall.

One thing that hasn't changed is that freshman Artie Bowers is still out of the Minuteman lineup with a sprained ankle that he suffered against Boston College Dec. 6. Bowers is off crutches and could play Tuesday when UMass hosts Maine at 7 p.m.

''He's getting better, but it's still no (for Saturday),'' Lappas said Friday. ''I'll say possible Tuesday. He's walking for the first time without a limp. He hasn't run at all or worked on his shot.''

Freshman Maurice Maxwell will make his second consecutive start in Bowers' absence. He said he's more ready this time.

''I thought it was going to be easy coming off the minutes I was playing probably, but it was totally different,'' said Maxwell, who thought he needed to score more. ''I need to be more consistent. It was more of a sense of confusion. I really didn't know what was a good shot and when should I take a shot.''

Lappas said the team has used the long layoff to focus on itself.

''It's been a lot of working on our stuff,'' he said. ''We've been trying to refind our game. Working on everything. Just these past couple days we've been working on Marshall.''

Senior guard Anthony Anderson said the team has made progress.

''We're getting better as the days go on,'' he said. ''In practice guys are making plays they wouldn't have made last week.''

Saturday's game marks the end of the three-game contract with the Thundering Herd. The Minutemen will try to keep former UMass Athletic Director Bob Marcum on the losing end of this game for the third straight year. Marcum was at UMass in 2001 when Marshall defeated the Minutemen 81-66 in Huntington, W. Va.

After taking an early retirement package from UMass, Marcum became the athletic director at his alma mater last year and saw the Herd fall to the Minutemen 81-58. Marcum, who will have the odd distinction of having hired both of the game's coaches, is expected to be present at Saturday's game.

The is Marshall's first year under head coach Ron Jirsa, but UMass will be a familiar opponent for him. Jirsa served as an assistant on former Dayton coach Oliver Purnell's staff for the past four years.

The Herd is 3-3 (1-0 Mid-American Conference) so far under Jirsa. Other than a 65-56 season-opening stumble against North Carolina-Wilmington, Marshall's losses have come against tough opponents as it lost to Kentucky (89-76) and Oregon (90-61).

The Herd won its MAC opener, upsetting Northern Illinois 85-76 Saturday at the Cam Henderson Center. It also has wins over Radford and Morehead State.

Junior guard Ronny Dawn is Marshall's top scorer with 13.3 points per game. He has the best career 3-point shooting percentage in Marshall history at 44.3, making 101 of 228. He's been better this year at 55.7 percent making 21 of 38.

''He's lights out,'' Anderson said. ''He can hit from anywhere at any time. He barely has to have the ball in his hands and it's going in.''

Inside, 6-foot-7 Marvin Black leads a slightly undersized front line with 12.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

''The kid Black is a really good player inside,'' Lappas said. ''He's very quick inside. He's a very quick scorer.''

Junior point guard A.W. Hamilton was last week's MAC East Division Player of the Week. He's averaged a team-best 6.7 assists to go with 9.0 ppg.

NOTES: Walk-on junior guard Mike Jones, who transferred from Lasell College, will be eligible to play for UMass beginning Tuesday.

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


Herd expects best from Minutemen
Marshall endures long, winding road en route to Massachusetts
By Rick McCann, The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington WV), 12/20/2003

AMHERST, Mass. ó The road became a bit longer Friday for the Marshall basketball team.

Marshallís early afternoon flight from Tri-State Airport to Pittsburgh was canceled, forcing the Thundering Herd to find an early evening flight out of Charleston scheduled to arrive in Hartford, Conn., at about 9:30 p.m.

The Hartford airport is about an hour-long bus ride to the team hotel, then another short trip to the site of todayís game against the Massachusetts Minutemen. Friday nightís practice at Mullins Center was also canceled.

"We practiced this morning (Friday) before we left," said head coach Ron Jirsa while waiting to board a plane in Charleston. "We like to practice before we travel. It takes the pressure off and you get your work in. We had a good workout."

Jirsa said the team will get acclimated to Mullins Center in a morning shooting practice before Marshall (3-3) meets UMass (2-4) in a 4 p.m. game televised on WSAZ-3.

No reason was given for the canceled US Airways flight, Jirsa said.

"You just roll with the punches," he said.

Marshall has seven players -- Ronny Dawn, Marvin Black, Enoch Bunch, Ardo Armpalu, A.W. Hamilton, Mark Patton and David Anderson -- who were on the Mullins Center court last season when UMass downed the Herd, 81-58.

The Herd shot only 36.8 percent in last seasonís game after getting in a full practice the night before.

Jirsa and assistant coach Josh Postorino made three visits to UMass in the past four seasons when they were on the Dayton staff. Dayton won two of those games against its Atlantic 10 Conference foe.

UMass is struggling, which creates a dangerous situation. UMass has been off since a Dec. 9 loss at Central Connecticut State, 53-52.

"I know theyíll place a lot of importance on this game because they're not doing well," Jirsa said. "They certainly won't be looking past Marshall University on Saturday night."

The Minutemen are big up front with 6-foot-9 Rashaun Freeman, 6-6 Jeff Viggiano and 6-9 Gabe Lee. Freeman averages 12.4 points and 7.2 rebounds. Lee is scoring 8.2 points a game and is the leading rebounder with a 7.4 average.

Senior guard Anthony Anderson is the player who makes the Minutemen go. Anderson averages 16 points with three 20-plus games, including 29 in a loss to Vermont. He scored 21 when UMass defeated St. Francis (N.Y.) and 20 in an overtime defeat at Boston College.

Anderson is one of the best scoring point guards Marshall will face, Jirsa said.

Marshall got in some extra practice time this week with school out for the holidays. On most days the players reported in the morning for shooting drills and returned for a regular afternoon practice.

The Herd won its last game Dec. 13 at home, beating preseason Mid-American Conference favorite Northern Illinois, 85-76.

Point guard A.W. Hamilton played 34 of the 40 minutes against Northern Illinois and recorded 11 assists with zero turnovers. The junior also had six points and seven rebounds in a MAC Player of the Week performance.

All the extra time in the gym isnít being wasted, Hamilton said.

"I love school," he said with a smile. "But, I love basketball too, so this is a good time of year. We all love to play."

Dawn leads the Marshall scorers (13.3) and is ranked 15th in the NCAA three-point field goal percentage statistics (21-for-39, 53.8). Black scores 12.7 points per game and is fourth in the MAC in rebounding with a 7.7 average.

Marshall has 10 players getting an average of at least 10 minutes of playing time per game.


Jirsa feels Marshall needs more rebounding
By Jack Bogaczyk, The Charleston Daily Mail Sports Editor, 12/20/2003

Ron Jirsa wants an early Christmas present from his Marshall basketball team.

"We still need to rebound the ball better," said Jirsa, who through six games has watched his Thundering Herd lose the boards twice. "We're in the negative there for the season. It seems like we're getting pushed under the basket (too deep) too much."

If the Herd is going to push back, now would be a good time for that to start. Marshall (3-3) visits Massachusetts (2-4) today in a 4 p.m. tipoff at the Mullins Center, the first of three straight road dates for the Herd.

Marshall plays five of its next six, and six of its next eight away from the Henderson Center, through the Toyota Capital Classic date with West Virginia at the Charleston Civic Center on Jan. 21.

"We don't put too much emphasis on whether we're playing on the road or not," said Jirsa, the first-year Herd coach. "There's a difference, but we don't make too much of it. As long as you practice the same and go on the road and do things professionally, it shouldn't matter a lot.

"You have to win on the road to be good though. We know that. We have to win on the road to get where we want to be."

Jirsa's point on rebounding is well taken. Thee Herd is minus-1.3 per game off the glass, but Northern Illinois had a 10-rebound advantage in its loss in Huntington a week ago. Marshall's rebound would be improved, it figures, if the club's top two rebounders didn't also lead the Herd in fouls.

Marvin Black (7.7 rpg) and Mark Patton (4.8) have struggled with personals. In the win over NIU, Black and backup power forward David Anderson were saddled with fouls too early to suit Jirsa.

"Marvin has to be more in a ready position defensively," Jirsa said. "He has to get into a stance on defense and he needs to be more alert when his man has thee ball. A lot of it is mental.

"It's like a lot of what we're doing (as a new staff). It's a continual process."

Jirsa also said the Herd "has to finish better." He pointed to a second-half lead in Cincinnati against Kentucky that was turned around by MU turnovers. In the Herd's Mid-American Conference opener against Northern Illinois a week ago, Marshall "missed some crucial free throws down the stretch before we started making them right at the end," Jirsa said.

"When you're in a close game, you've got to make free throws. Some of the MAC wars, I'm sure, are going to be close at the end and come down to that. We need to learn, as a group, how you win those games."

UMass is no longer the juggernaut it was a decade ago. The Minutemen have beaten St. Francis (N.Y.) and Vermont, and fallen at Texas Tech (by 40), Boston College in overtime and Central Connecticut State. UMass also has a home loss to Hartford.

"It's the kind of team that could really get on a roll in a game," Jirsa said. "They can give you different looks. Against BC, they played a zone and played it well, and then came out thee next game (Central Connecticut) and played man-to-man.

"It's an athletic team that will try to make us go up and down."

Marshall point guard A.W. Hamilton will have a defensive test against lone UMass senior starter Anthony Anderson (17.4 ppg), the leading Minuteman scorer. Beefy UMass sophomore forward Rashaun Freeman (12.4 ppg) already has been the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week twice this season.

UMass Coach Steve Lappas probably feels a lot like Jirsa about free throwing, too. The Minutemen are a poor .538 (56-for-104) at the stripe this season.

HOOF BEATS: Following the game, the Herd players with disperse for a holiday break. They will be due back in Huntington for a Christmas night practice to begin preparing for a Dec. 30 date at Alabama-Birmingham ... UMass thumped the Herd 81-58 in Amherst last season, but Marshall leads the series 3-2 ... Shooting guard Ronnie Dawn continues to lead MU is scoring (13.3 ppg), with Black next (12.7) ... Jirsa said he will continue to rotate 10 players. All 10 Herd scholarship players are averaging at least 11 minutes per game ... The Herd coach said junior-college transfer forward Eric Smith has been impressive in workouts this week, and could get more playing time against the Minutemen ... The Herd's next home date in a Jan. 6 MAC visit by Kent State.


Turnovers doom MU in loss to UMass
Minutemen force 24 miscues, limit Dawn to just seven points
By Rick McCann, The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington WV), 12/21/2003

AMHERST, Mass. - When Marshall protects the basketball it wins. But, when the Thundering Herd throws the ball away more than normal it loses.

That was pretty much the story Saturday when Massachusetts (3-4) received a lot of assistance from its gracious visitor and drilled Marshall, 83-65, in front of a small, but pleased afternoon crowd of 2,240 in Mullins Center.

Marshall (3-4) committed 24 turnovers, second only to its season-high of 25 in a loss at Oregon. UMass, which averages 18 a game, committed only 12.

The high number of thrown-away balls seriously limited Marshall scoring chances in a game where the Herd shot well enough to win (45.3 percent) and out-rebounded its opponent by one.

"Extremely frustrating," said Marshall coach Ron Jirsa. "UMass had 15 more shots than us. Our team does not have a big margin for error."

UMass tossed a blanket on Marshall scoring leader Ronny Dawn. The junior guard averaging 13.3 points a game was held to seven on a pair of three-point shots and a free throw. In the official NCAA boxscore Dawn is listed as going 2-for-2, but he actually missed a short jump shot in the first half.

The Minutemen assigned their best guard, senior Anthony Anderson, to cover Dawn one-on-one. Anderson turned his back to the rest of the game on defense and focused on stopping his man.

Dawn explained the UMass strategy as "face-guard and deny everything."

Marshall was led by forward David Anderson off the bench with 11 points -- the second year in a row he represented MUís only double-figure player in a loss at UMass. A.W. Hamilton and Enoch Bunch both scored nine while Marvin Black and LaVar Carter both had seven.

Anderson also collected eight rebounds and Mark Patton grabbed six.

UMass jumped to a 6-0 lead after two Marshall turnovers in the first three minutes of the game and led 27-17 on Maurice Maxwellís three-pointer at 8:59 of the half. Stephane Lasmeís foul shot following Eric Smith's turnover, the 14th in the half by Marshall, put UMass ahead, 46-29, at halftime.

Marshall had a better grip on the ball in the second half, but didnít get closer than 58-44 on Tre Whittedís layup with 13:26 left to play.

Maxwell, a freshman guard with 19 points, gave the Minutemen a 78-54 edge after intercepting a pass by Marshall point guard A.W. Hamilton and driving for a layup with 5:34 remaining.

Hamilton, coming off an 11-assist, zero turnover game in a victory over Northern Illinois, had six assists, four turnovers and nine points.

Anderson and Whitted led the turnover breakout with five apiece. Dawn turned the ball over three times, including back-to-back plays in the first half when he failed to pass the ball inbounds against the UMass full-court press.

"We just didnít play 40 minutes," Hamilton said.

UMass attacked inside early, getting the ball to 6-foot-9 Rashaun Freeman who got 14 of his 18 points in the first half. Freeman also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Freeman drew a foul on the Herdís Black in the first minute. Black, Anderson, Carter and Ardo Armpalu all picked up two fouls in the opening half and spent time on the bench. Carter and Armpalu slowed Freeman down some, but didnít stop him completely.

Black, averaging 12.2 points and 7.7 rebounds, was limited to seven points, five rebounds and 16 minutes of action.

Early foul trouble for Black is becoming a habit, Jirsa said.

"Weíre going to have to adjust that," Jirsa said. "Iím not sure how we're going to address that."

Lasme, a 6-8 freshman, had five of the 10 blocked shots for UMass. Six-foot-nine junior Gabe Lee, who was recruited by Marshall in high school, rejected four shots.

Marshall has a nine-day layoff until a Dec. 30 game at Alabama-Birmingham. The players have some free time until a Christmas night practice in Cam Henderson Center.

Jirsaís parents, Ron and Joan, drove in from Ledyard, Conn., for the game.

The Herdís TV "jinx" continued with its 12th consecutive loss over two seasons in televised games.

Marshall picked up its third non-scholarship player, John Ward, who wore jersey No. 32 on Saturday. Ward is a 6-foot-4 freshman guard from Phoenix, Ariz.


Blundering Herd hand it to UMass
By Joe Burris, The Boston Globe Staff, 12/21/2003

AMHERST - Call it the Marshall fault. The Thundering Herd played a sloppy, error-filled contest yesterday against Massachusetts, committing 24 turnovers and 24 fouls. Many miscues were caused by Minutemen pressure that led to 13 steals. Some were unforced. Suffice it to say, Marshall's effort was scarcely enough to contend with a team that had 11 days off since its last game.

The Minutemen reached a season high in points in their 83-65 rout before a Mullins Center crowd of 2,240.

Freshman guard Maurice Maxwell had a career-high 19 points and five steals to lead UMass (3-4), which shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half en route to a 46-29 halftime lead, then led by as many as 24 points in the second half.

Freshman Rashaun Freeman added 18 points and 10 boards, and senior guard Anthony Anderson had 17 points, 6 assists, and keyed UMass's solid defensive effort.

"Our team as a whole both ends of the floor played well," said UMass coach Steve Lappas, whose team rebounded from an overtime defeat at Boston College Dec. 6 and a loss to Central Connecticut three nights later. When you have guys like Maurice and Rashaun, it's great for the future, but for one game to the next you don't know."

If the Minutemen have proven anything this season, it is that they're a much more dangerous team given time to prepare. Two of their three wins came with more than a week off from their previous game. The other was the season-opening win over St. Francis. All three were double-digit victories. UMass hosts Maine Tuesday.

The Minutemen took command early, in part because of lousy ballhandling by Marshall (3-4). The Thundering Herd turned the ball over on seven of their first 13 possessions, and though the Minutemen failed to capitalize on each of them, they were able to mount a lead; Marshall's seventh turnover was a steal by Maxwell, who converted a dunk to put the Minutemen ahead, 14-8.

Maxwell finished the first half with 5 of the Minutemen's 10 steals.

Marshall managed to close the gap with the inside play of David Anderson and LaVar Carter. The former went 4 for 4 for 8 points; the latter went 3 for 5 for 7 points in the first half. Their low-post scoring helped rally the Thundering Herd get to within 16-13 with 11:36 remaining.

The Minutemen spent the remainder of the half pulling away, due in large part to better shooting and the foul trouble of Anderson and Carter. UMass mounted its first double-digit lead when Anderson sank two free throws to give the Minutemen a 37-26 lead with 2:28 left. UMass outscored the Herd, 9-3, for the remainder of the half.

The second half was much like the first, with the Minutemen pressuring the ball, Marshall turning it over, and the Minutemen capitalizing for easy baskets.

"[Turnovers] were key because that was giving us opportunity to fast break more than we usually do," said UMass forward Brennan Martin, who started in place of sophomore Jeff Viggiano. David Anderson had 11 points to lead Marshall. Ronny Dawn, its leading scorer, struggled while being heavily guarded by Anthony Anderson, took just two shots from the floor (both converted treys) and scored just 7 points, 6 below his average.


UMass thunders past the Herd
By George Miller, The Boston Herald, 12/21/2003

AMHERST - Having 11 days off at any point during a basketball season can be tough enough on players and coaches, especially following a bad loss. But UMass showed yesterday that it hadn't accumulated any rust.

The Minutemen led from the outset, flew to a 17-point halftime lead and built their advantage to as many as 24 points before settling for an 83-65 takedown of Marshall in front of 2,240 at the Mullins Center.

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Rashaun Freeman works the paint against Mark Patton.
Behind the three-fisted punch of freshman Maurice Maxwell (19 points, five steals), freshman Rashaun Freeman (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Anthony Anderson (17 points, six assists), and a defense that produced 24 Marshall turnovers, UMass improved to 3-4 in its first game since an unsightly one-point loss to Central Connecticut State on Dec. 9 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

``There's nothing we could do. We wanted to get a game on the schedule last Saturday,'' said UMass coach Steve Lappas of the long layoff. ``We did use the time effectively, but this break was way too long.''

UMass got its running game in high gear against the Thundering Herd, helped by numerous giveaways. Marshall (3-4) turned the ball over seven times on its first 13 trips down the floor, 14 times in all before halftime.

``That gave us the opportunity to fast break more than we usually do,'' said Brennan Martin, who started at small forward for the Minutemen and pitched in with eight points. ``Our defensive pressure kept them on the edge the whole game.''

The Minutemen scored the first six points of the afternoon and Maxwell put up 11 points in the first 11 minutes as UMass took a 27-17 lead. A stretch of 6:45 ensued without a field goal, but UMass still extended its lead by one, to 35-24, before Chris Chadwick's layup in traffic at the 2:15 mark.

Freeman then scored three baskets in the last 1:51 and the Minutemen went into the break ahead 46-29, their highest point total in a half this season.

Two jumpers by Maxwell and a lay-in by Anderson gave UMass its largest lead, 52-29, two minutes into the half before the Herd rallied behind 3-point bombs from A.W. Hamilton and Ronny Dawn to come within 14 twice, the last at 58-44 with 13:26 to go.

From there, though, Jeff Viggiano made good on an old-fashioned three-point play and Anderson stuck a pair of treys to get the Minutemen out of the woods.

``Some games, certain things work better than others,'' said Maxwell. ``I felt more comfortable in the transition game today. I guess it's just the matchup with the other team.''

Stephane Lasme added five points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots off the bench for the Minutemen.

``It helped us that we got a lot of easy baskets,'' said Lappas. ``It's a slow game that bothers us right now. We decided we needed to be more aggressive and pick up the pace.''


Maxwell leads way for UMass
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/22/2003

AMHERST - Just over six minutes into Saturday's game, University of Massachusetts freshman guard Maurice Maxwell was backpedaling on defense, when something caught his eye. Quickly changing direction, he curved back toward half court.

His path put him in perfect position to intercept Marshall point guard A.W. Hamilton's pass and race in for an uncontested dunk.

Before the game Friday, and after it on Saturday, Maxwell said his transition to college basketball has been difficult and at times confusing. It sure didn't look like that in the Minutemen's 83-65 win over the Thundering Herd at the Mullins Center.

Maxwell's steal was one of five to go along with a game-high 19 points as he put on the best display of his young career as UMass produced a much-needed win.

''He has a pretty good natural instinct for things like steals,'' UMass coach Steve Lappas said.

''It feels like its been rough though,'' Maxwell said. ''Sometimes I'll be in the game and I don't know what's going on. It feels like it's moving fast.''

He moved fast on Saturday and his performance earned him the Atlantic 10's Rookie of the Week honors.

While Maxwell may have been up-and-down so far this season, fellow newcomer Rashaun Freeman remained steady. The sophomore rookie had his third double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

''What Ray has done is a little bit abnormal,'' Lappas said. ''He's been pretty consistent, which a lot of young kids are not.''

Senior point guard Anthony Anderson added 17 points and matched his season high with six assists. But his biggest contribution was on defense.

Anderson held Marshall leading scorer Ronny Dawn to just seven points, all of which came late in the game with the Minutemen comfortably ahead.

''It was the only time this year that we decided we had to go out and deny a guy touches,'' Lappas said. ''Anthony Anderson, when you give this guy a game plan, he's unbelievable. He gave an unbelievable effort defensively.''

David Anderson was the only member of the Thundering Herd (3-4) in double figures with 11 points.

The Minutemen (3-4) return to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they host Maine.

''I thought our team as a whole played very well on both ends of the floor,'' Lappas said.

UMass scored the first six points of the game and led wire-to-wire. The Minutemen finished the first half on a 15-5 run to lead 46-29 at intermission.

The lead increased to as much as 24 late in the second half before a few Marshall baskets trimmed the final score.

''It really looked like Coach Lappas really had his team ready to play,'' Marshall coach Ron Jirsa said. ''They jumped on us.''

Lappas was happy to have the victory, but wasn't ready to say his team had turned the corner.

''Tuesday could be completely different from today,'' Lappas said. ''That doesn't mean we can't win, but I know that Tuesday may not be like today. I hope it is. But I know it might not be.

''I know what this team can be some day - and some days, like today. What a couple of our young guys, Maurice Maxwell and Rashaun Freeman, did - those were great signs for the future.''

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


Changes provide boost to players
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/22/2003

AMHERST - When University of Massachusetts coach Steve Lappas elected to pull sophomore Jeff Viggiano out of the starting lineup in favor of junior Brennan Martin, he was hoping to ignite the struggling Viggiano.

He got a bonus. The move seemed to spark both players, who helped the Minutemen defeat Marshall 83-65 on Saturday.

''I thought Brennan Martin and Jeff Viggiano were both very much positives in this game,'' Lappas said. ''I did it because I though Brennan Martin deserved a shot and because I wanted to shake Jeff up and get him to play the way he's capable of playing.''

Viggiano's seven-point, four-rebound numbers weren't his best of the season, but he played much better. He's struggled all year from 3-point range and didn't even attempt a trey against the Herd.

Instead he scored by driving the baseline and off offensive rebounds. Viggiano's sharp passing and feel for the game seemed to have returned as well, at least for one game.

''I felt a lot better,'' Viggiano said. ''I had a lot less stress on my shoulders. I obviously wasn't doing my thing when I was starting. As long as we win, I could care less what happens.''

Entering the game, Martin had been primarily a 3-point specialist. He'd only attempted two field goals from inside the arc all year. But Saturday he ventured a few steps inside and knocked down all four 2-pointers he attempted and finished with eight points.

''It's just happened that way,'' Martin said. ''Usually if you get a couple twos, the threes fall easier.''

Martin, who made his seventh career start, said he felt comfortable in the role.

''It helps you get into the flow of the game,'' Martin said.

ANDERSON RESTS - For the first time since UMass lost to Hartford Nov. 24, senior point guard Anthony Anderson actually came out of the game. He first exited for 10 seconds until the TV time-out at 7:59 in the first half.

He came out for 71 seconds midway through the second half and then left when Lappas inserted the walk-ons. Anderson finished with 38 minutes played.

INDISPENSABLE CONTRIBUTIONS _UMass is 3-0 when either Maurice Maxwell or Artie Bowers scores 11 or more points and 0-4 when they don't. Maxwell reached double figures for the third time in his seven-game career.

Marshall coach Ron Jirsa said Maxwell could put the Minutemen over the top.

''If he plays like that, they'll probably win the league championship,'' Jirsa said. ''You've got a great point guard and you've got an inside guy that can score. Now one of the wing players is really shooting the ball for you. That's a real added dimension for them tonight and hopefully for UMass in the future.''

MARCUM STREAK - Former UMass athletic director Bob Marcum, who now holds that position at Marshall, has now been on the losing end of the last six games between the Minutemen and Thundering Herd.

Marshall won three straight basketball games in the series as well as winning the 2001 football game between the two schools. Since Marcum moved to Marshall in the summer of 2002, UMass has won the last two hoop games.

NEXT UP_Maine beat Morgan State 69-63 Saturday behind 22 points and 11 rebounds from sophomore guard Kevin Reed. The Black Bears will be in Amherst at 7 p.m. Tuesday

MISCELLANEOUS _Freshman Stephane Lasme stayed out of foul trouble and had eight rebounds and five blocked shots, while Gabe Lee added four blocks Saturday.

Marshall's 24 turnovers were the most UMass has forced this year, while the Minutemen's 12 were the fewest they've given up.

Rashaun Freeman entered the game shooting 48.1 percent (13-for-27) from the free throw line, but he knocked down eight of nine Saturday improving him to 58.3.

The crowd of 2,240 featured some recognizable faces. Former UMass big men Kitwana Rhymer and Eric Williams as well as future big man Jeff Salovski were all in the crowd.

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


Marshall Thundering Herd 65
Massachusetts Minutemen 83
at the Mullins Center

Official Basketball Box Score
Marshall vs Massachusetts
12/20/03  4:00 p.m. at Amherst, MA(Mullins Center)
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VISITORS: Marshall ( 3- 4)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
00 BLACK,Marvin........ f  3-5    0-0    1-2    3  2  5   3   7  1  1  1  0  16
33 PATTON,Mark......... c  1-5    0-1    0-0    2  4  6   4   2  0  0  0  0  15
03 HAMILTON,A.W........ g  3-5    1-1    2-3    0  3  3   2   9  6  4  0  1  37
10 DAWN,Ronny.......... g  2-2    2-2    1-2    0  2  2   1   7  0  3  0  2  29
14 WHITTED,Luther...... g  2-6    0-1    0-0    0  4  4   2   4  2  5  0  1  21
01 SMITH,Eric..........    0-6    0-1    3-4    0  2  2   2   3  1  2  1  1  20
05 BUNCH,Enoch.........    3-7    1-3    2-2    1  0  1   2   9  0  1  0  1  14
15 ANDERSON,David......    5-10   0-0    1-4    4  4  8   4  11  2  5  1  0  18
31 CARTER,LaVar........    3-5    0-0    1-1    1  0  1   2   7  1  2  1  0  17
55 ARMPALU,Ardo........    2-2    0-0    2-2    0  2  2   2   6  2  1  0  0  13
   TEAM................                         1  1  2
   Totals..............   24-53   4-9   13-20  12 24 36  24  65 15 24  4  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-26 46.2% 2nd Half: 12-27 44.4% Game: 45.3% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-4 25.0% 2nd Half: 3-5 60.0% Game: 44.4% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 4-6 66.7% 2nd Half: 9-14 64.3% Game: 65.0% 5,1

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Massachusetts ( 3- 4) TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 00 MARTIN,Brennan...... f 4-6 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 8 1 3 0 0 25 01 FREEMAN,Rashaun..... f 5-14 0-0 8-9 6 4 10 4 18 1 2 0 3 30 02 LEE,Gabe............ c 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 4 4 4 4 1 0 4 0 19 11 MAXWELL,Maurice..... g 9-14 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 19 3 4 1 5 29 12 ANDERSON,Anthony.... g 5-13 3-8 4-4 1 1 2 1 17 6 2 0 2 38 05 LASME,Stephane...... 2-4 0-0 1-4 4 4 8 2 5 0 0 5 0 22 13 CHADWICK,Chris...... 2-6 0-1 1-4 1 1 2 2 5 2 0 0 2 17 14 KOTARIDIS,Paco...... 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 20 COLLINS,Tim......... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 22 VIGGIANO,Jeff....... 2-6 0-0 3-3 2 2 4 2 7 1 1 0 1 17 40 OSMAN,Adham......... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 TEAM................ 2 1 3 Totals.............. 31-68 4-16 17-25 16 19 35 20 83 15 12 10 13 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 17-34 50.0% 2nd Half: 14-34 41.2% Game: 45.6% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-6 16.7% 2nd Half: 3-10 30.0% Game: 25.0% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 11-16 68.8% 2nd Half: 6-9 66.7% Game: 68.0% 4

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: Gene Monje, Murph Shapiro, D.J. Carstensen Technical fouls: Marshall-None. Massachusetts-None. Attendance: 2240 Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total Marshall...................... 29 36 - 65 Massachusetts................. 46 37 - 83


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