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Q&A With Steve Lappas
Coach Lappas' comments prior to Tuesday's game at UConn
From UMass Athletics, 12/29/2003

Q: How much of a factor is UConn's depth?
A: Their depth is unbelievable. First of all, they have four guys averaging 15 points or more a game, so they have plenty of options. Even if two of those guys have off nights, the other two are probably going to make up for it. That is what makes them so good. We will try to match up with them the best we can, but it is almost impossible to shut down all of their scorers.

Q: How do you practice to break their press?
A: We have done well against pressure this year, so I am not as concerned about that as I would normal. Still, we try to simulate it in practice by having seven players press against our five guys. That is the only way we can simulate what they do in making it hard to get the ball up the court.

Q: Did you talk to Paul Hewitt about Georgia Tech's game against them?
A: We saw the tape of that game, and the difference is that Georgia Tech has a team with all juniors. Two years ago, that Georgia Tech team lost like nine games in a row. Now, it is the same guys, but they are all juniors. They are very athletic, and its not so much how they played the game, as much as the experience they have.


Minutemen set to tackle Huskies
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/30/2003

Anthony Anderson and Gabe Lee chatted prior to Monday's practice as the University of Massachusetts got set to prepare for tonight's game at 7 against No. 1 Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center. Both wondered how the Minutemen's new players would react against the Huskies.

Gabe and I were talking about it. None of these guys have any clue what we're going against tomorrow night, Anderson said. ''Hopefully they'll be ready.''

UMass coach Steve Lappas said UConn is as talented as any team can reasonably expect to be on the current college basketball landscape.

''They've got three (NBA) lottery picks. Experience. They're well-coached. They're depth is amazing. They have first-team All American juniors,'' Lappas said shaking his head. ''Nowadays who returns (to college) when they were first team All-Americans the year before? They have it all. That's as good a team as you will see anywhere.''

The three lottery picks, Lappas is referring to are juniors Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon and freshman Charlie Villanueva.

Okafor, a 6-foot-10 center, is averaging 18.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.9 blocked shots per game and is generally regarded as the nation's top post player.

Junior combo guard Ben Gordon had a triple-double earlier this year and is averaging 19.7 points game.

Villanueva, a 6-foot-11 freshman forward, was just declared eligible four games ago, but he's already averaging 12.8 points and 6.8 boards.

Lappas compared Villanueva to one of his former Villanova stars.

''He's a lot like Tim Thomas,'' Lappas said. ''I don't know if he's quite the perimeter player Tim was, but he's similar. He can play outside and play inside.''

The Huskies, who were a consensus preseason No. 1, but lost the ranking when they were surprised by Georgia Tech, 71-66, in the Preseason NIT Semifinals. UConn has won six straight since then and returned to the top spot.

A year ago, the Minutemen delivered a near-perfect first half and stunned the then No. 9-ranked Huskies by taking a 30-9 intermission lead. UMass' finest moment became its darkest hour as UConn stormed back to win 59-48.

''For us to be up 30-9 at halftime... There are no shutouts in basketball, but that's kind of close for a half. It definitely still hurts,'' Anderson said.

In that game, UMass was effective slowing the tempo in the first half, but the Huskies intensified their fullcourt pressure and turned turnovers into easy hoops in the second. The Minutemen have tried to prepare for that by playing 5-on-7 in practice at times.

''The pressure Texas Tech put on us, UConn is going to do the same,'' said Anderson in reference to UMass' 90-50 loss to the Red Raiders last month. ''We'll see how much we've progressed from the second game of the season to the 10th.

''UConn is probably the fastest team in America. They get the ball and they just run,'' Anderson said. ''We're going to have to go out there and try to control the tempo like we did last year, but we have to do it for 40 minutes this time.''

Anderson said because the Minutemen will rely heavily on four first-year players, surviving the game's opening minutes is critical.

''The first five or 10 minutes will be real important. If we go out there and we're down 15 points in the first five minutes, it's going to mess with those guys a lot,'' he said. ''It's important that we stay in it early so the young guys can get a little confidence and think maybe we can win this game.''

Lappas is 6-12 in his career against the Huskies, but when he was coaching Villanova he did knock UConn from the No. 1 spot in 1995 with a 96-73 upset at Gampel Pavilion behind 37 points from future NBA lottery pick Kerry Kittles.

Anderson took comfort in that.

''We have to be just about perfect. But nobody has beaten UConn more than Coach Lappas,'' said Anderson, who was icing his left wrist to combat tendinitis. ''We have a lot of faith in him and he has a lot of faith in us. Coach knows how to beat (UConn coach Jim) Calhoun so we're going to go in there and try to get it done.''

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


Okafor presents daunting challenge
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/30/2003

Just getting to Emeka Okafor is difficult. Heck, against the University of Connecticut press, just getting to halfcourt can be difficult.

But once an opponent has crossed the timeline and survived the Huskies' swarming halfcourt defense, Okafor looms in the paint like the human-embodiment of Heartbreak Hill, making the finish line seem unattainable.

Regarded by many as the nation's best big man, Okafor is a good scorer and a great rebounder. But the skill that truly separates him from his peers is his shot-blocking ability. Despite a back injury that has limited him at times, he's averaging 4.9 rejections per game, which ranks him No. 3 in the country.

If he doesn't block the shot, there's a pretty good chance Okafor will snare the rebound as his 11.3 rebounds are No. 4 in the nation.

Against the Minutemen, he'll likely guard sophomore rookie Rashaun Freeman, who has been UMass' most reliable scorer this season. If Okafor shuts Freeman down the Minutemen could be in trouble.

Freeman is looking forward to testing himself against Okafor.

''He's a great, great player,'' Freeman said. ''Who better to play against being a younger player trying to experience everything that I can?'' Freeman said. ''I just have to play my game. If you worry about how good another player is you're going to be all messed up in the head. I think if I go out and give it my all, I think I'll be good.''

Minuteman junior center Gabe Lee got Okafor into foul trouble last year, limiting his effectiveness. But Lee has a healthy respect for Okafor's ability.

''His defense can change the game so easily. Most people are intimidated at how good he is at blocking shots,'' said Lee, himself the No. 12 shotblocker in the nation at 3.3 per game. You can't worry about it. If you don't worry about it, it can't change the game.''

Lappas agreed with Lee's approach.

''You just have to go at him. You just have to play regular,'' Lappas said. ''If you start altering your shots or playing different, it doesn't really help. When you play against a shotblocker like that you just have to go play.''

At the other end Lee will try to slow Okafor, who is averaging 18.2 points, and maybe block a shot or two.

''Hopefully I can change the game on defense too,'' he said.

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


UConn Pulls Out Stops
Focus On D Against UMass
By Matt Eagan, The Hartford Courant Staff Writer, 12/30/2003

Ben Gordon seems to discover a new way to score every game, but all he has wanted to talk about lately is how things are going at the other end of the floor.

Game Preview
UMass Vs. No.1 UConn
By Matt Eagan

Records: UMass 5-4; UConn 9-1
Site: Civic Center
Time: 7 p.m.
TV: None.
Series: UConn leads, 67-38
Last meeting: UConn, 59-48, Dec. 10, 2002, at the Civic Center.
Streaks: UMass W 3; UConn W 6.

UMASS

  • 1 Rashaun Freeman, F, 6-9, So., 15.6 ppg
    Leads team in scoring and rebounding (8.3)
  • 12 Anthony Anderson, G, 5-11, Sr., 14.1
    Main threat from three (42.9 percent)
  • 2 Gabe Lee, C, 6-9, Jr., 8.2
    Leads team with 33 blocks
  • 11 Maurice Maxwell, F, 6-5, Fr., 8.4
    Has started three of last four games
  • 34 Art Bowers, G, 6-4, Fr., 8.4
    Had 13 in win over Albany Sunday
  • 5 Stephane Lasme, F, 6-8, Fr., 3.1
    Second on team with 14 blocks
  • 22 Jeff Viggiano, F, 6-6, So., 7.3
    Shooting: 5 of 24 on threes; Non-threes, 19 of 36
  • 13 Chris Chadwick, G, 6-3, Jr., 3.0
    Has 22 assists, 10 turnovers in 137 minutes

UCONN
  • 4 Ben Gordon, G, 6-3, Jr., 19.7
    Averaging 23.3 points in last three games
  • 50 Emeka Okafor, C, 6-10, Jr., 18.2
    Has 44 rebounds more than any other UConn player
  • 33 Denham Brown, F, 6-5, So., 15.8
    Shooting 60 percent on threes
  • 21 Josh Boone, F, 6-10, Fr., 5.9
    Has 56.8 FG pct., 33.3 FT pct.
  • 12 Taliek Brown, G, 6-1, Sr., 4.7
    Has 23 assists, 3 turnovers in last 3 games
  • 3 Charlie Villanueva, F, 6-11, Fr., 12.8
    Scored season-low 5 against Ball State
  • 31 Rashad Anderson, F, 6-5, So., 8.4
    Shooting pct. (38.6) inching higher
  • 5 Marcus Williams, G, 6-3, Fr., 3.4
    Second on team with 12 steals

Injuries: F Hilton Armstrong (ankle) questionable.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Tickets: You'll need one to see the game, which is not on television. Those not among the 16,294 at the Civic Center will have to follow along with Joe D'Ambrosio and Wayne Norman on WTIC-AM (1080) or the other stations on the UConn radio network.
  • Gadgets: UMass coach Steve Lappas is the king of the quirky defense. Look for the box-and-one, the triangle-and-two and anything else you might have seen in an old Dale Brown textbook.
  • Defense: The Huskies have been working on defense in recent weeks. This will be another chance to prove they have the discipline to stick with it against a team unwilling to run.
Take Sunday.

After top-ranked UConn defeated Ball State 101-62 Sunday, the fourth straight game the Huskies had held an opponent below 35 percent shooting, Gordon spent a few seconds on his windmill dunk and a few minutes chatting about defense.

"I wouldn't say we're quite there yet," the junior guard said. "We definitely want that to be our identity. We just don't want to be a team with a lot of good offensive players that can't look people up. We still have a long way to go. We think we can get even better defensively."

The Huskies will have a chance to get better again tonight against UMass at the Civic Center. Ever since this game was resurrected - the year after Ray Allen and Marcus Camby left for the NBA - interest in this border dispute has dwindled.

But for UConn coach Jim Calhoun, who remains a champion of New England basketball, it continues to have meaning.

"The UMass-Connecticut rivalry is still a good rivalry," Calhoun said. "It hasn't been hyped as much as it has been in the past obviously because we've had the advantage and that happens sometimes in a rivalry, but I would be very, very surprised if it's not a very competitive game."

Calhoun may be expecting a competitive game, but it is unlikely he will be happy with one. The Huskies have been edging ever closer to forging a team built upon the iron of defense. This will be their final chance before road games against Rice and Rutgers, leading into a Jan. 11 showdown with Oklahoma at Gampel Pavilion.

"I believe they believe in their defense," Calhoun said. "We just don't concentrate on it enough, and I believe we get infatuated with our offense sometimes. When we start really, really scoring, we really, really like it."

That is a normal reaction but not one that Calhoun can permit. He made the point against Ball State by calling a timeout with 7:06 left after the Huskies allowed a string of easy baskets. They were ahead by 28 at the time.

"That's very, very normal, but it takes away from our direction of defense," Calhoun said. "Our identity is a combination. This is as good a fastbreak team as I've had in almost eight or nine years. We're very tough to play when we get into you defensively and then can get into our break and then execute in the half court. Those three things really make us good, and those are three things that we are working on."

UMass (5-4) will do what it can to prevent the Huskies from getting out into the open floor by mixing and matching defenses. The Minutemen may also disdain opportunities in the fastbreak that could lead to an accelerated tempo and allow the Huskies to use their depth to great advantage.

"Their depth is unbelievable," UMass coach Steve Lappas said. "That is what makes them so good. We will try to match up with them the best we can, but it is almost impossible to shut down all of their scorers."

Maybe so, but many of UConn's players were on the floor as UMass took a 34-9 lead in the second half last season. The Huskies needed a 29-2 run and seven second-half threes to wrestle away the game.

"[UMass] could really build on that," Calhoun said. "You could say: `We had them last year, and we let them off the hook.' Steve has his team on the uptick. He has good young kids that play with great enthusiasm, and they are a pretty good team."

Armstrong Decision Today

UConn sophomore forward Hilton Armstrong is still trying to recover from a sprained right ankle.

His availability will be determined today.


`UGame' Will Not Be On TV
By Matt Eagan, The Hartford Courant Staff Writer, 12/30/2003

CBS, ABC and ESPN once would have clamored for rights to a basketball game between UConn and UMass.

But times have changed.

The "UGame" will be the only UConn game not televised this season.

Why?

Officials at WTXX, Channel 20, the local carrier for UConn basketball, could not be reached Monday, but the mechanics of the decision are known.

The station has a contract for 14 games, which it can select after the national networks have taken their share. Officials simply passed on tonight's game and Friday's at Rice. The station is allowed to add extra games for additional fees, but the timing of the games is believed to make them less attractive to advertisers and viewers.

Rice will be shown live by Fox Sports New York at 8 p.m. and on tape-delay by NESN at 9:30 p.m.

NESN would have been interested in UMass-UConn, but the Bruins also play tonight, which would have prevented carrying the basketball game live.


An Unforgettable Comeback
By Matt Eagan, The Hartford Courant Staff Writer, 12/30/2003

The most memorable game in UConn-UMass history is little more than a year old, but even now it seems that we remember all of it wrong. There is no way that it actually could have happened. Look at the score and all it says is: UConn 59, UMass 48.

What is so memorable about that?

"I said after that game that I had never seen anything like that and I have still never seen anything like that," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. "I have seen incredible comebacks, but I've never seen a game like that. It was bizarre."

The game didn't promise to be a memorable one.

UConn entered undefeated in six games and ranked ninth. UMass had lost four of its first five.

There was some pregame interest in Marcus Cox, who transferred from UConn to UMass, but that was the only angle generating any heat. After years of fans and the press clamoring for this game to be played, it had become an afterthought.

Only 14,962 bought tickets.

Fewer than that were in attendance as UMass began to build a first-half lead. The Huskies were stifled by a triangle-and-two defense employed by UMass coach Steve Lappas.

The idea for the Minutemen was to take away Ben Gordon and Taliek Brown and cut the head off the Huskies' transition game.

For one half, it worked. With Micah Brand doing strong work against Emeka Okafor inside and Gordon and Brown unable to shake free, the Huskies blundered about in the first half. They scored nine points, their fewest in a half during the Calhoun era.

"The nine points, still to me, is something I didn't think was possible," Calhoun said. "Tony Robertson is going to score nine points. Ben Gordon is going to score nine points. Emeka. Someone is going to score nine points. It was still one of the most amazing things I've seen in basketball."

The offensive struggles angered the Civic Center crowd.

The fans booed the Huskies during one timeout and Calhoun began to wave his arms at them. Some in the audience thought he was saying "Let `em have it," and the booing increased.

But Calhoun was not encouraging the crowd and in the locker room he used the booing to taunt his stunned players.

UMass was ahead 30-9 and would score the first four points of the second half and seemed on its way to a stunning upset.

"I don't know how that happened," Okafor said. "I just know that we had to put on the D in the second half."

The turnaround was swift. The Huskies pressure had been close to working all game but suddenly it began to click. As the turnovers mounted, the Minutemen were unable to get set defensively. Suddenly there were UConn shooters running free and Brown was finding them.

"We were down by so much," Brown said. "Then we picked it up in the second half and started being explosive again."

Rashad Anderson hit back-to-back threes.

Gordon hit back-to-back threes.

Denham Brown hit consecutive threes.

Then Anderson hit the Huskies seventh three of the half.

"If it had lasted another five minutes we would have won by 20," Calhoun said.

Afterward, Lappas was incredulous.

"That kid Anderson was averaging less than two points per game coming into this," he said. "What are you going to say?"

Performance rating? The NBA has a new stat called efficiency, which combines points with things such as rebounds and steals to boil a player's game down into one number.

It doesn't really work because there is too much that can't be measured in basketball. How do you measure on-the-ball defense? How do you measure charges taken?

The rating also seems horribly biased against guards, but we'll sort those things out in the weeks ahead. Using the NBA's formula, here are UConn's efficiency ratings, presented in per game notation.

Emeka Okafor, 26.4; Ben Gordon, 20.9; Denham Brown, 16.8; Charlie Villanueva, 16.0; Josh Boone, 11.0; Taliek Brown, 8.3; Hilton Armstrong, 6.9; Marcus Williams, 6.6; Rashad Anderson, 5.6; Shamon Tooles, 4.1.


New England Notebook
The best of UMass may not be enough
By Frank Dell'Apa, The Boston Globe Staff, 12/30/2003

After 15 years of competing against University of Connecticut teams, Steve Lappas should be better prepared than most coaches to confront the Huskies. But coaching experience and preparation might not be enough for Lappas's University of Massachusetts team in tonight's game against UConn in Hartford.

The Huskies, 9-1 and ranked No. 1, have been playing at a higher level than UMass, which has won three consecutive games to improve to 5-4.

"UConn is a tremendous team with tremendous talent, they have everything they need to win the national championship," Lappas said yesterday. "We are getting better but are we good enough to beat UConn? We'll see. We are stepping up in class [tonight]."

UConn has won six consecutive games, all by 20 points or more, since a 77-61 loss to Georgia Tech Nov. 26. The Huskies have had three triple-figure offensive outputs, including their last two results -- against Iona (104-54) and Ball State (101-62).

"This is the most talented UConn team they have ever had," Lappas said. "They have depth and the best big guys they have ever had at the same time. They have two [NBA] lottery picks in their big guys, [Emeka] Okafor and [Charlie] Villanueva."

UMass has rallied since losses to Texas Tech (90-50) and Hartford (72-66) in a three-day span in late November.

"There is a big difference between the teams," Lappas said. "We go out with four freshmen in our top seven, a lot of young guys who never played together before. Especially in basketball, chemistry is very important. We play with a lot of heart. If we're a better team than we were a month ago, which I hope we are, and we put together a scouting report, we feel that will help us play a good game."

Guard Ben Gordon (19.7 points per game) leads the Huskies in scoring, followed by Okafor (18.2), Denham Brown (15.8), and Villanueva (12.8). UConn is shooting 50.5 percent and holding opponents to 35.7 percent from the field. UMass counters with center Rashaun Freeman (15.6 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game) and guard Anthony Anderson (14.1 ppg).

"Against big guys you have to box out more, dig in there, and play hard," Lappas said. "We all know they are the better-talented team, but in basketball you never know. We worked all day on the game plan that we think will give us a chance to win. That's how we approach the game.

"I've been there a lot of times with UConn, had success at times. Every game is different, every game is a new game. When you coach, there isn't a game you play that you don't think you have a chance to win. We'll see what happens."


Connecticut 91, Massachusetts 67
By Donna TommelleoThe Associated Press Sports Writer, 12/30/2003

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Massachusetts mobbed Connecticut's Emeka Okafor inside but had no answers for Ben Gordon outside.

Gordon scored 34 points, going 7-of-8 from 3-point range, to lead the top-ranked Huskies to an easy 91-67 victory over its border rival on Tuesday night.

The annual so-called ``U-Game'' was all UConn.

The Huskies (10-1) lead the series 68-38 and have owned the Minutemen the past several years, winning the last 13 meetings and 21 of 22.

UMass (5-5), led by Jeff Viggiano's career-high 22 points, had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Okafor, consistently double-teamed, played just 20 minutes before fouling out and was held to six points, 12 below his average. But the junior center still grabbed 10 rebounds and had five of UConn's 10 blocks. With Okafor's time limited, Charlie Villanueva stepped up in the post with a career-high 19 points, most off offensive rebounds. He also had 10 rebounds for UConn's dominant post game.

The Huskies outrebounded UMass 48-27 and scored 27 points off offensive rebounds.

Unlike last year when UConn rallied to win from a 25-point deficit with under 19 minutes to play, the Huskies wasted no time controlling this game. Gordon opened the game with 3-pointer to kick off an 11-0 run.

The Huskies dominated inside early and in the first five minutes had outrebounded the Minutemen 8-0. The defensive rebounding fueled UConn's transition game and the Huskies led 55-29 at halftime.

The second half was more of the same as it started with a 3 by Gordon and a 9-0 run. Gordon finished three points shy of his career high set Nov. 19, in a 93-79 win over Nevada.

Taliek Brown matched a career-high with 12 assists for UConn.

Rashaun Freeman and Anthony Anderson each scored 15 points for UMass.

The game wraps up a six-game homestand for UConn, which plays at Rice on Friday in a homecoming of sorts for Okafor, who grew up in Houston.


Score it a quick TKO
UMass is no match for powerful UConn
By Paul Harber, The Boston Globe Staff, 12/31/2003

HARTFORD -- If it were a boxing match, last night's game between No. 1-ranked Connecticut and unranked Massachusetts would have been over in the first round.

It wasn't fisticuffs, but it wasn't a basketball contest, either. It was an exhibition, an evening of Connecticut pride as 16,294 at Hartford Civic Center watched their Huskies dismantle UMass, 91-67.

Fans savored the flawless game of Ben Gordon, the tireless work of Emeka Okafor in the paint, and the Parcellian antics of coach Jim Calhoun on the sideline.

It was UConn's 13th consecutive victory over UMass and its 22d in the last 23 meetings. UMass had a three-game winning streak snapped.

UMass coach Steve Lappas said UConn has all the pieces.

"What other team in the nation has two juniors who are All-Americans? They are as extinct as Tyrannosaurus Rex. Junior All-Americans don't exist. They aren't around any more and Jim has two of them," said Lappas, who ranked UConn with the great Huskies teams of the past, and Gordon with the likes of Ray Allen.

Gordon finished with a game-high 34 points in 27 minutes and Okafor, among the top rebounders and shot blockers in the nation, had a game-high 10 boards and 5 rejections in 20 minutes. "I always had confidence in my shooting. It's just that they are falling in a lot more now," said Gordon. "When you start making shots like that, you can see how demoralized they are in their faces." He saw it in the faces of the UMass players last night.

In the second half, with the Huskies rolling along with an 86-55 lead with 4:20 to play, Calhoun was whistled for a technical foul, unhappy with the fifth personal on Okafor.

It wasn't the first time he was irate. In the first half, as his team rolled to a 55-29 lead, he was off the bench, berating bad shots and missed defensive assignments. Vintage Calhoun. Vintage Connecticut.

Calhoun said he was mad at three "very good Big East officials, because they didn't call the game right. We are being penalized because we are bigger, stronger, and better than they were."

From the opening tip until they had a 40-point lead in the second half, the Huskies were at full throttle.

With a big lead, Calhoun called off the press and tried to work on set plays. That's when he got angry at the officials.

UMass (5-5) shouldn't feel bad. UConn (10-1) has been humiliating everybody since its loss to Georgia Tech Nov. 26, eight games ago. UConn has beaten its last eight opponents by an average of 33 points.

UMass never had a chance. In the first 2 minutes 24 seconds the Minutemen were flattened by an 18-wheeler with Connecticut license plates. Two missed shots and a couple of turnovers turned into an 11-0 advantage.

UMass's first points came on a pair of Rashaun Freeman foul shots with 17:36 to play in the half. Its first points from the floor came at 16:19 when Jeff Viggiano (team-high 22 points) went up for a baseline drive and Okafor knocked it off the rim.

The first honest-to-goodness basket was a desperation, fallaway bank-shot in the paint by Freeman at 15:11 that made it 17-5. That was as close as UMass would get.

Gordon hit 3-pointers while closely guarded and turnaround jumpers that found nothing but net. In the first 12 minutes, he had more points than UMass.


No. 1 UConn too much for UMass
By George Miller, The Boston Herald, 12/31/2003

HARTFORD - In just 54 seconds last night, Connecticut demonstrated it's capable of hanging onto the No. 1 ranking in the nation for a good long while.

UConn led, 7-0, when UMass' frustrated coach, Steve Lappas, called a timeout. The lead grew to 11-0 and 15-1 before the Minutemen managed their first field goal, but by then the Huskies were well on their way to a 91-67 blitzing of UMass.

UConn's Ben Gordon threw in seven 3-pointers in eight tries to finish with 34 points, and freshman Charlie Villanueva added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies (10-1), who shot 55 percent from the field and had a 48-27 margin on the glass. Center Emeka Okafor contributed six points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.

The Minutemen (5-5) were led by Connecticut native Jeff Viggiano, who scored a career-best 22 points. Anthony Anderson and Rashaun Freeman added 15 points apiece.

``Who's got two junior All-Americans these days?'' Lappas asked rhetorically, referring to Gordon and Okafor. ``You don't even see that anymore. That's unbelievable.''

Gordon knocked down a left-wing trey 14 seconds in, Denham Brown hit a runner in the lane and Taliek Brown converted a reverse layup. Josh Boone (10 points) then powered over Freeman for a lay-in and Gordon hit from the baseline - and UConn was off and running.

``If we're in the open court, there will be very few teams that can play us,'' Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said. ``We have a lot of bodies coming at you, we can rotate four big kids. Tempo for us is so important, and you saw that in the first half.''

Following the early 15-1 deficit, Anderson hit a 3-pointer for the Minutemen to bring them within 19-10, but Gordon answered with a pair of treys and a wing jumper, and the 6-foot-11 Villanueva scored inside twice for a 31-12 lead.

Ahead 39-25, the Huskies launched a 12-2 run, capped by Villanueva's alley-oop slam off a lob from Marcus Williams, and two free throws each from Boone and Gordon allowed the hosts to enjoy a 55-29 bulge at the break.

``We started to play a little too quick, and that was not what we wanted,'' Lappas said. ``In the second half, we played a little calmer. I want them to feel like if we had just done what we were supposed to do from the beginning, it would have been a better game.''

The Minutemen could claim the satisfaction of more than doubling their point total in the final 12 minutes, outscoring UConn, 36-20, in that span and enabling Calhoun to rail at the officiating crew for disrupting the flow of the game.

``I thought we were penalized because we were bigger, stronger and better,'' Calhoun said. ``I want our kids to use the 40 minutes to get better, and I didn't think we were able to do that in the second half.''


He's Just Ben On A Tear
Gordon Drops 34 On Minutemen
By Matt Eagan, The Hartford Courant Staff Writer, 12/31/2003

With each game, Ben Gordon inches closer to fabled territory.

Photo
Ben Gordon gets one off in front of Stephane Lasme.
The junior guard has not yet crossed the border but if he continues this way, his first name - and only his first name - will be mentioned as long as Jim Calhoun is coaching at UConn.

"He's not Ben," Calhoun will say in reference to some future star. As in not Donyell. Not Ray. Not Rip. Not Caron.

"He's moving himself into that category," Calhoun said. "We've had guys who have been [NBA] All-Stars but if I saw him tonight and had to coach against him I would have thought he was pretty good, too."

Gordon made 12 of 18 shots, including 7 of 8 from three, for 34 points as top-ranked UConn defeated UMass 91-67 Tuesday before 16,294 at the Civic Center. Charlie Villanueva had 19 points and Taliek Brown had 12 assists for UConn (10-1).

"We're not even surprised anymore by Ben," Taliek Brown said. "We see that every single day. ... When he does that out here though, it is incredible and it's great for the fans and everybody else."

Former Suffield standout Jeff Viggiano scored 22 points for UMass. Rashaun Freeman, who leads the Minutemen in scoring and rebounding this season, finished with 15 points and three rebounds.

UMass (5-5) never had a chance.

All season UConn has been using its fastbreak the way Joe Frazier once used his left hook for the knockout. What was different about this one was that the Huskies did not wait for an opening.

They created one with an urgent three-quarter-court press that sped the tempo and loosed the lightning of their transition game. They outscored UMass 13-1 at the start and were never threatened again.

"We started to play too quick and that is not what we wanted to do," UMass coach Steve Lappas said. "The first time they pressed us we took an open jumper and that's the worst thing you can do to play a tempo game against Connecticut. We set a bad tone right there."

Gordon made it worse for UMass. He scored seven points in the 13-1 run and had 15 in the game's first 10 minutes.

"They were playing a triangle-and-two and they were on Denham [Brown] and Ben and he kept hitting the shots," Villanueva said. "There was no solution to the problem for them."

The shooting brilliance exacted a toll on the UMass defenders.

"I don't think he got a whole lot of easy looks," Lappas said. "He made tough shots and that flustered our guys."

There was one moment of peril for UConn in the first half.

Emeka Okafor (six points) was called for his second foul with 13:27 remaining and the Huskies ahead, 19-10. A season ago that would have been cause for alarm on the UConn bench, but not this season. Calhoun rotated Villanueva, Josh Boone and Hilton Armstrong and the pace never waned.

"I could see them start giving up and start arguing with each other on the court," Taliek Brown said. "But we don't let up."

The Huskies expanded their lead with Okafor on the bench, closing out the half with a 16-4 run to take a 55-29 lead. For good measure they outscored UMass 16-2 to start the second half (a 32-6 run over 13 minutes) before calling off the pressure.

"The press was a good weapon for us," Calhoun said. "We're very mobile and big and can bring people off the bench that can play. Last year, we never got into the press because we couldn't make a shot and that wasn't going to happen tonight. We were going to press them on everything we possibly could early."

This is a tactic the Huskies may need in the very near future as they prepare for road games against Rice and Rutgers.

"No disrespect to anyone we have played, but in some ways [this] started our season," Calhoun said. "Because we'll go back to practice [today], leave Thursday, play Friday, spend two days in Houston and after that go to the RAC and then come back here to play Oklahoma. So we have our work cut out for us."


Game Wrapup
No. 1 UConn 91, UMass 67
By Matt Eagan, The Hartford Courant Staff Writer, 12/31/2003

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Ben Gordon scored 34 points in 27 minutes. He made 12 of 18 shots including 7 of 8 threes, the best single-game, three-point percentage for a UConn player (minimum five makes).

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Rashaun Freeman doesn't make it easy for Charlie Villanueva.
"You want to start to compare Ray Allen and Ben Gordon, that is splitting hairs," UMass coach Steve Lappas said.

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Tempo. The Huskies made certain this game was played at top speed. They used a three-quarter-court press to force the issue and pressured the ball all over the floor.

UMass took care of the ball (nine turnovers) but found it difficult to get a good shot in the first half. ... The Huskies outrebounded UMass 48-27.

WHAT WENT WRONG: The Huskies were outscored by two in the second half. There were two main causes.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun called off the press in the second half when the Huskies went ahead by 40.

Also, Calhoun complained about the officiating.

"We were penalized because we were bigger and stronger and better," Calhoun said.

He was hit with a technical in the second half after Emeka Okafor was called for his fifth foul with 4:20 remaining.

"I want our kids to use the 40 minutes to get better," Calhoun said. "I didn't think we were able to do that in the second half because we were penalized."

PLAY IT AGAIN: Lappas was asked if he wanted to keep playing this game and his answer left little doubt.

"We want to play Connecticut. Connecticut is a great program," Lappas said. "Jim and I are good friends. I think that's a stupid question to tell the truth. Anybody who knows me, knows I don't lose a game and run away."

UP NEXT: At Rice, Friday, 8 p.m., Fox Sports New York.


Their Confidence Is Brewing
By Desmond Conner, The Hartford Courant Staff Writer, 12/31/2003

UConn knew what the deal was with Emeka Okafor before the Quinnipiac game. He was going to sit that one out because his back hurt.

The Huskies pressed on without him.

They had no such warning Tuesday night when their All-America junior center got hit with two fouls early in the first half against UMass.

Okafor got hit with two quick fouls against UMass last season, too, as the Minutemen jumped out to a 21-point halftime lead.

That wasn't to be Tuesday night. In what was the Huskies' first true audition as to how they would perform with their big man on the bench in foul trouble, Ben Gordon and many others took center stage.

"I think the biggest problem we had last year is that as soon as we heard that whistle and [the referee] walked over and said `5-0,' we were in trouble," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said.

There is a confidence on this team that far exceeds that of last season, especially with Okafor not in the game.

"Everybody would kind of just slow down, wondering, `Emeka is out, what are we going to do now?'" Taliek Brown said. "But now we're just strong everywhere. We got people to fill his spot. We've got the guards, Denham [Brown] and Ben playing very well.

Charlie Villanueva, Josh Boone and Hilton Armstrong combined for 24 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in the first half. Those are pretty good numbers from the post players.

And they didn't get a chance to show how effective they could be on defense because the big-to-big double UConn usually springs on big men - such as UMass in the past - was not unveiled. Against bigger and better teams, it will be called on if Okafor is on the bench.

There was no need for it Tuesday night, Calhoun said. He said if he did decide to go with it, there would be no way Rashaun Freeman, the Minutemen's 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward, would have gotten off as many shots as he did. Freeman (15 points) was 6 of 13 from the field.

"At this point, I think we're a much better basketball team than last year," Calhoun said. "The good thing is, I think we can be much, much better. I think if Rashad [Anderson] picks up and starts making some shots and actually tries to guard somebody. ... If Charlie can get tightened up, take some of those great skills he has and not go for lift fakes all the time on defense. ... If Hilton continues to show what he showed here tonight. I thought he played 11-12 really good minutes and Josh had his first double-figure game. So overall, we're excited about what's happening."

Right now, that is.

"We still may be in trouble when we play other teams, I don't know that," Calhoun said.

Calhoun might not know. But his players don't think so. It's that confidence.

They say they understand more games like this could be coming. They expect games where Okafor will be on the floor but teams will try to take him away with double- and triple-teams and box-and-ones.

They said they're ready for it. They are proving their point on the perimeter, where Denham Brown and Gordon - whose baskets don't even hit the rim anymore - are shooting well.

"Now we have some other good front court players, not quite as strong as Mek but we have a lot of guys that are skilled who can also come in and block shots," said Gordon, who scored 13 of his 20 first half points after Okafor left. "That helps our team out when Emeka has to sit out a half that we have some guys who can come in and contribute."


Huskies blow out UMass
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/31/2003

HARTFORD, Conn. - University of Massachusetts point guard Anthony Anderson Monday talked about how important it was for the Minutemen to survive the first few minutes of their game Tuesday against No. 1 Connecticut.

But things couldn't have gone much worse. Starting with a Ben Gordon 3-pointer, the Huskies scored the first 11 points of the game and never looked back en route to a 91-67 win at the Hartford Civic Center.

UMass coach Steve Lappas said this is the best UConn team and a rarity in college basketball.

''I told (UConn coach) Jim (Calhoun) before the game that I think this is the most talented team he's ever had,'' Lappas said. ''They're like a dinosaur. Who has two junior All Americans? You don't see that anymore. It's like tyrannosaurus rex and brontosaurus. They're extinct. That's unbelievable.''

Any Minuteman fans hoping for UConn to repeat last year's nine-point first half had that dream dashed quickly as the Huskies matched that figure 1:26 into Tuesday's game.

The UMass scorebook was pretty empty for a considerable stretch. It took the Minutemen 2 minutes and 24 seconds to get on the board, 3:59 to get a field goal and 5:27 to get their first rebound and by that time the outcome had become a foregone conclusion.

''I thought we played a terrific first half,'' Calhoun said. ''I thought we jumped on UMass the way we would like to. As long as we were scoring, which we did early, we were able to get into our press and the tempo of the game was never the same.''

After the Huskies (10-1) had pulled ahead 17-3, UMass (5-5) settled down briefly, keeping the lead around 10 points until about the midway point of the half, but a 9-0 UConn run put to rest any thoughts of a Minuteman comeback.

All-American center Emeka Okafor picked up two quick fouls and only played four first-half minutes, but it didn't matter much. Freshman Charlie Villanueva made up for his absence with 16 of his 19 points in the first half.

The Minutemen had no answer for Ben Gordon, who scored at will against Artie Bowers, Maurice Maxwell, Chris Chadwick, Brennan Martin and Jeff Viggiano. Gordon finished with 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting, including 7-for-8 from 3-point range.

''He can do anything he wants,'' Calhoun said. ''He can get his shot off. He's like (former UConn star) Ray (Allen) - he can get his shot off every time.''

The lack of inside depth for UMass was exposed. Lappas was forced to play both Rashaun Freeman and Gabe Lee with two fouls in the first half and Freeman picked up his third prior to intermission. Lee fouled out quickly in the second half. UConn took advantage by outrebounding UMass 48-27, led by 10 each by Okafor and Villanueva.

Viggiano was a rare bright spot for UMass. The Suffield native had a career-high 22 points in his return to his home state. He was effective driving to the basket and from deep, making 9-of-12 shots including both 3-pointers he attempted.

''Those points don't matter at all, but hopefully they can carry over to Saturday and go from there,'' Viggiano said.

The Minutemen return to action at 5:30 p.m. Saturday when they host Tennessee at the Mullins Center.

''He did a great job,'' Lappas said. ''I'm happy for him. He struggled earlier in the year and now he's finding himself. Vig was definitely a positive.''

Anderson and Freeman each added 15 points.

The Huskies' lead reached 40, but Calhoun lifted Gordon and Okafor fouled out. UMass closed the game on a 33-17 push led by Viggiano, who scored 14 in the second half as the Minutemen made it more respectable down the stretch.

Despite the loss, Lappas saw things on which to build.

''They saw that when they moved the ball and played together, things happen,'' Lappas said. ''We lost our poise in the first half when we started to rush. I think our second half was very positive. I know it's not the same when you're down 26 at halftime, but I thought we made a little statement in the second half. We're not happy, but we got something out of it.''

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


Series shifts to Mullins Center
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/31/2003

HARTFORD, Conn. - The current series between the Universities of Massachusetts and Connecticut has two games left - next year at the Mullins Center and back in Hartford in 2005-06. But UMass coach Steve Lappas and interim Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn said they expect it to continue.

Lappas resented being asked about it.

''Why wouldn't we, because we lost?'' he said. ''That's ridiculous. We have a lot of freshmen. We're trying to build something. I think UConn is a great program. (UConn coach) Jim (Calhoun) and I are good friends. I think that's a stupid question. Anybody that knows me for 16 years knows I don't lose a game and run away. We're not running away from anybody.''

''It's a great series for New England basketball,'' Bjorn said. ''Obviously UConn is on top of their game right now, but we're going to get back to where we once were and we're excited to continue to play the best team which will help our entire program.''

SERIES STATS - The Huskies now lead the 99-year-old series between the two schools 68-38. UConn has won 13 straight and 21 of the last 22 as UMass last won just over 20 years ago when the Minutemen edged the Huskies 67-65 on Dec. 20, 1983.

Calhoun is now 16-8 all-time against UMass and 11-0 as the coach of the Huskies. Lappas fell to 6-13 against his former Big East rival and 0-3 while at UMass.

UMASS vs. No. 1 - The Minutemen are now 3-2 all-time against teams ranked No. 1, with both losses coming against UConn.

BACK TO THE BEGINNING - Lappas returned to the starting lineup that he began the season with. In addition to Rashaun Freeman, Gabe Lee and Anthony Anderson, who have started all 10 games, sophomore Jeff Viggiano and freshman Artie Bowers returned to the floor at tip-off.

NEXT UP - UMass faces Tennessee at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mullins Center. The Volunteers are 7-1 after defeating North Carolina-Asheville 80-67 on Tuesday. Tennessee's lone loss came against Nebraska.

LOPSIDED HISTORY - Blowouts are no stranger to this series as 19 UConn wins and four UMass victories have come by 20 or more points. The Huskies also boast 10 wins of 30 or more and two margins of 42. The biggest blowout came in the first game of the series when Massachusetts beat Connecticut 66-22.

MISCELLANEOUS - UMass senior walk-on guard Paco Kotaridis is on leave from the Minutemen because he returned to Greece for a week. ... Ben Gordon was the first player to score over 30 against UMass since J.R. Bremer of St. Bonaventure had 31 on Feb. 13, 2002. ... Taliek Brown's 12 assists were the most against the Minutemen since St. Joseph's Carlin Warley had 14 on Feb. 1, 1995. ... The nine turnovers were the fewest the Minutemen have had all season.

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


Post-game quotes
From UConn Athletics, 12/30/2003

UMass Coach Steve Lappas
Obviously, they are a really, really good team. I told Jim before the game I thought this is the most talented team heís ever had because I donít think heís ever had that many big guys at one time. Perimeter guys heís had and Ben Gordon is every bit as good as anyone heís ever had. In the game he played tonight, I donít think he got a whole lot of easy looks. He made tough shots and I think that flustered our guys a little bit because they were all over him. We started to play little too quick and that was not what we wanted to do. In the 2nd half we played a little calmer. We moved the ball better and hopefully we learned something going from one half to the next.

What do you want your guys to feel?
They saw that when they make passes, move the ball, and play together that things will happen. And what happens is when you play better offensively, that keeps you in defensivelyÖI want them to feel like if we had just done what we were supposed to do from the beginning, it would have been a better game.

Do you want to see the series continue?
Yes, sure. Why not? Why wouldnít I because we lost? If you get rid of a series every time you lose a game, what is that? Thatís ridiculous. We have all freshmen. We are trying to build something. Weíre not running away. We want to play Connecticut. Connecticut is a great program. Jim and I are good friends. I think thatís a stupid question to tell you the truth. Anybody who knows me for 16 years knows I donít lose a game and run away.

Can you compare this UConn team to the Ray Allen and Donyell Marshall teams?
These guys are so much bigger and physical guys inside. Then you want to start compare Ray Allen and Ben Gordon, thatís splitting hairs. Theyíre like a dinosaur, this team. Whoís got two junior All-Americans nowadays? Itís like theyíre extinct. You donít even see that anymore. Itís like tyrannosaurus rex and brontosaurus. And theyíre not even coming back either. Two junior All-Americans, thatís unbelievable.

On the play of Rashaun Freeman
It was a learning experience for him. Heís going to be a really good player. I think he showed that, but heís going against some tough guys. Emeka Okafor is maybe the best inside defender in the country. So I think the kid handled himself well. We got some fouls that hurt. So he had to sit out. And we didnít have Gabe (Lee) for the whole game for the most part.

On Jeff Viggiano
I think Jeff did a great job. Iím happy for him because he had struggled earlier in the year and he seems to be really finding himself now which happens to a lot of sophomores. A lot of kids in their sophomore year take a step back before they take that next step forward. He took a step back for the first 7 games and then when I started bringing him in off the bench, I started to see some real life. And then today I decided to start him Ė heís a Connecticut kid. I know it was a thrill for him to start today. So, he did a great job.


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Massachusetts Minutemen 67
Connecticut Huskies (#1) 91
at the Hartford Civic Center

Official Basketball Box Score
MASSACHUSETTS vs CONNECTICUT
12/30/03 7:00 p.m. at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
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VISITORS: MASSACHUSETTS (5-5)
                          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  6-13   0-0    3-6    0  3  3   5  15  1  1  0  1  27
22 Viggiano, Jeff...... f  9-12   2-2    2-2    3  1  4   3  22  2  2  0  2  31
02 Lee, Gabe........... c  1-4    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   5   2  0  2  1  1  21
12 Anderson, Anthony... g  5-12   3-9    2-2    1  3  4   1  15  1  2  0  1  35
34 Bowers, Art......... g  1-8    0-2    1-2    0  0  0   1   3  4  0  1  1  23
00 Martin, Brennan.....    0-2    0-2    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  1  0  0   9
05 Lasme, Stephane.....    0-4    0-0    0-2    3  0  3   4   0  1  0  1  3  18
11 Maxwell, Maurice....    4-8    0-2    0-0    2  2  4   1   8  3  1  0  1  21
13 Chadwick, Chris.....    1-7    0-2    0-0    1  2  3   1   2  0  0  0  0  15
   TEAM................                         4  1  5   1
   Totals..............   27-70   5-19   8-14  14 13 27  22  67 13  9  3 10 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-32 34.4%   2nd Half: 16-38 42.1%   Game: 38.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-11 18.2%   2nd Half:  3-8  37.5%   Game: 26.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-8  62.5%   2nd Half:  3-6  50.0%   Game: 57.1%    5

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HOME TEAM: CONNECTICUT (10-1)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 Boone, Josh......... f  4-4    0-0    2-2    2  3  5   1  10  0  1  2  3  22
33 Brown, Denham....... f  3-8    0-2    2-2    0  2  2   2   8  1  1  0  1  27
50 Okafor, Emeka....... c  2-5    0-0    2-5    4  6 10   5   6  0  3  5  1  20
04 Gordon, Ben......... g 12-18   7-8    3-4    1  1  2   2  34  1  0  0  1  27
12 Brown, Taliek....... g  1-3    0-0    0-0    2  4  6   0   2 12  2  0  0  25
02 Swaller, Ryan.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
03 Villanueva, Charlie.    8-13   1-3    2-6    5  5 10   2  19  0  3  2  0  23
05 Williams, Marcus....    0-0    0-0    2-2    0  1  1   3   2  5  4  0  0  15
11 Armstrong, Hilton...    1-1    0-0    2-2    0  4  4   1   4  0  1  1  0  11
24 Baisch, Jason.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
30 Tooles, Shamon......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  0  1  0  0   5
31 Anderson, Rashad....    2-8    2-6    0-0    0  2  2   0   6  0  2  0  0  22
40 Evanovich, Justin...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM................                         4  2  6   1
   Totals..............   33-60  10-19  15-23  18 30 48  19  91 19 18 10  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 21-35 60.0%   2nd Half: 12-25 48.0%   Game: 55.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-10 50.0%   2nd Half:  5-9  55.6%   Game: 52.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  8-12 66.7%   2nd Half:  7-11 63.6%   Game: 65.2%    4

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Officials: Bob Donato, Reggie Greenwood, Pat Driscoll
Technical fouls: MASSACHUSETTS-TEAM. CONNECTICUT-TEAM.
Attendance: 16294
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
MASSACHUSETTS.................   29   38  -   67
CONNECTICUT...................   55   36  -   91

Play by Play

Play-By-Play
MASSACHUSETTS vs CONNECTICUT
12/30/03 7:00 p.m. at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: CONNECTICUT                          TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: MASSACHUSETTS
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GOOD! 3 PTR by Gordon, Ben                      19:46   3-0   H 3
ASSIST by Brown, Taliek                         19:46
                                                19:37              MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (DEF) by Boone, Josh                    19:37
GOOD! JUMPER by Brown, Denham [PNT]             19:28   5-0   H 5
                                                19:16              TURNOVR by Lee, Gabe
STEAL by Brown, Denham                          19:15
MISSED LAYUP by Brown, Denham                   19:12
REBOUND (OFF) by Brown, Taliek                  19:12
GOOD! LAYUP by Brown, Taliek [FB/PNT]           19:09   7-0   H 7
                                                19:06              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                18:43              MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by Okafor, Emeka                  18:43
GOOD! LAYUP by Boone, Josh [PNT]                18:31   9-0   H 9
ASSIST by Brown, Taliek                         18:31
                                                18:00              MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by Okafor, Emeka                  18:00
MISSED JUMPER by Gordon, Ben                    17:51
                                                17:51              BLOCK by Bowers, Art
REBOUND (OFF) by Gordon, Ben                    17:49
GOOD! JUMPER by Gordon, Ben                     17:47  11-0   H 11
FOUL by Okafor, Emeka                           17:36
                                                17:36              MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                17:36              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                17:36  11-1   H 10 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun
MISSED 3 PTR by Gordon, Ben                     17:26
REBOUND (OFF) by Okafor, Emeka                  17:26
                                                17:23              FOUL by Lee, Gabe
GOOD! JUMPER by Gordon, Ben                     17:09  13-1   H 12
ASSIST by Brown, Taliek                         17:09
                                                17:02              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                16:31              TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff
STEAL by Okafor, Emeka                          16:30
TURNOVR by Brown, Denham                        16:24
                                                16:23              STEAL by Lee, Gabe
                                                16:21              TURNOVR by Lee, Gabe
STEAL by Boone, Josh                            16:20
                                                16:19              FOUL by Lee, Gabe
GOOD! FT SHOT by Okafor, Emeka                  16:19  14-1   H 13
GOOD! FT SHOT by Okafor, Emeka                  16:19  15-1   H 14
                                                16:02  15-3   H 12 GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT]
                                                16:02              ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice
MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Rashad                15:49
REBOUND (OFF) by Villanueva, Charlie            15:49
GOOD! LAYUP by Villanueva, Charlie [PNT]        15:45  17-3   H 14
                                                15:12  17-5   H 12 GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by Villanueva, Charlie             14:50
REBOUND (OFF) by Brown, Taliek                  14:50
FOUL by Boone, Josh                             14:43
TURNOVR by Boone, Josh                          14:43
                                                14:43              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                14:33              MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                14:33              REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                14:30  17-7   H 10 GOOD! TIP-IN by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT]
GOOD! JUMPER by Armstrong, Hilton [PNT]         14:23  19-7   H 12
FOUL by Armstrong, Hilton                       13:53
                                                13:45  19-10  H 9  GOOD! 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
                                                13:45              ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun
FOUL by Okafor, Emeka                           13:27
TURNOVR by Okafor, Emeka                        13:27
                                                12:52              MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice
REBOUND (DEF) by Armstrong, Hilton              12:52
GOOD! 3 PTR by Gordon, Ben                      12:36  22-10  H 12
ASSIST by Williams, Marcus                      12:36
                                                12:02              MISSED JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris
BLOCK by Armstrong, Hilton                      12:02
                                                12:02              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                11:53              MISSED JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice
REBOUND (DEF) by Brown, Denham                  11:53
MISSED LAYUP by Anderson, Rashad                11:46
                                                11:46              BLOCK by Lee, Gabe
                                                11:45              REBOUND (DEF) by Chadwick, Chris
                                                11:34              MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (DEF) by Villanueva, Charlie            11:34
MISSED JUMPER by Brown, Denham                  11:24
                                                11:24              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                11:16  22-12  H 10 GOOD! LAYUP by Anderson, Anthony [FB/PNT]
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   11:15
GOOD! 3 PTR by Gordon, Ben                      11:03  25-12  H 13
ASSIST by Williams, Marcus                      11:03
                                                10:40              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                10:33              MISSED JUMPER by Bowers, Art
REBOUND (DEF) by Villanueva, Charlie            10:33
GOOD! JUMPER by Gordon, Ben                     10:09  27-12  H 15
ASSIST by Brown, Taliek                         10:09
                                                09:45              MISSED LAYUP by Lee, Gabe
BLOCK by Villanueva, Charlie                    09:45
REBOUND (DEF) by Brown, Taliek                  09:44
MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Rashad                09:37
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         09:37
GOOD! JUMPER by Villanueva, Charlie [PNT]       09:34  29-12  H 17
ASSIST by Brown, Taliek                         09:34
                                                09:13              MISSED LAYUP by Lee, Gabe
BLOCK by Boone, Josh                            09:13
REBOUND (DEF) by Brown, Taliek                  09:11
GOOD! LAYUP by Villanueva, Charlie [FB/PNT]     09:07  31-12  H 19
ASSIST by Brown, Taliek                         09:07
FOUL by Villanueva, Charlie                     08:54
                                                08:48  31-14  H 17 GOOD! JUMPER by Lee, Gabe
TURNOVR by Anderson, Rashad                     08:40
                                                08:39              STEAL by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                08:26  31-16  H 15 GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]
                                                08:26              ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff
GOOD! JUMPER by Gordon, Ben                     08:10  33-16  H 17
ASSIST by Brown, Taliek                         08:10
                                                07:56              MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (DEF) by Anderson, Rashad               07:56
                                                07:53              FOUL by Bowers, Art
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   07:53
MISSED JUMPER by Gordon, Ben                    07:39
                                                07:39              REBOUND (DEF) by Anderson, Anthony
FOUL by Brown, Denham                           07:34
                                                07:34  33-17  H 16 GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                07:34  33-18  H 15 GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                07:30              FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
MISSED FT SHOT by Villanueva, Charlie           07:30
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     07:30
GOOD! FT SHOT by Villanueva, Charlie            07:30  34-18  H 16
                                                07:24  34-20  H 14 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [FB/PNT]
                                                07:24              ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff
GOOD! 3 PTR by Villanueva, Charlie              07:11  37-20  H 17
ASSIST by Brown, Taliek                         07:11
                                                06:53              MISSED JUMPER by Bowers, Art
BLOCK by Boone, Josh                            06:53
REBOUND (DEF) by Brown, Taliek                  06:51
TURNOVR by Brown, Taliek                        06:48
                                                06:47              STEAL by Anderson, Anthony
                                                06:43  37-22  H 15 GOOD! LAYUP by Bowers, Art [FB/PNT]
                                                06:43              ASSIST by Anderson, Anthony
GOOD! LAYUP by Boone, Josh [PNT]                06:35  39-22  H 17
ASSIST by Gordon, Ben                           06:35
                                                06:15  39-25  H 14 GOOD! 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
MISSED JUMPER by Villanueva, Charlie            05:59
                                                05:59              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                05:37              TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun
STEAL by Gordon, Ben                            05:36
MISSED LAYUP by Brown, Taliek                   05:30
REBOUND (OFF) by Villanueva, Charlie            05:30
GOOD! TIP-IN by Villanueva, Charlie [PNT]       05:28  41-25  H 16
                                                05:06              MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art
REBOUND (DEF) by Boone, Josh                    05:06
                                                05:06              FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
GOOD! 3 PTR by Anderson, Rashad                 04:54  44-25  H 19
ASSIST by Brown, Taliek                         04:54
                                                04:24              MISSED 3 PTR by Chadwick, Chris
REBOUND (DEF) by Villanueva, Charlie            04:24
MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Rashad                04:07
                                                04:07              REBOUND (DEF) by Anderson, Anthony
                                                03:55              MISSED JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris
                                                03:55              REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                03:53              MISSED TIP-IN by Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (DEF) by Armstrong, Hilton              03:53
                                                03:52              FOUL by Chadwick, Chris
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   03:52
GOOD! JUMPER by Brown, Denham                   03:36  46-25  H 21
                                                03:20              MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
                                                03:20              REBOUND (OFF) by Maxwell, Maurice
                                                03:17              TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice
                                                03:06              FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
MISSED FT SHOT by Villanueva, Charlie           03:06
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     03:06
MISSED FT SHOT by Villanueva, Charlie           03:06
                                                03:06              REBOUND (DEF) by Lee, Gabe
                                                02:44              MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice
                                                02:44              REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane
FOUL by Williams, Marcus                        02:41
                                                02:41              MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
                                                02:41              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                02:41              MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (DEF) by Anderson, Rashad               02:41
GOOD! JUMPER by Villanueva, Charlie [PNT]       02:35  48-25  H 23
ASSIST by Williams, Marcus                      02:35
                                                02:13  48-27  H 21 GOOD! JUMPER by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                02:13              ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane
TURNOVR by Williams, Marcus                     02:07
                                                02:05              STEAL by Lasme, Stephane
                                                02:01              MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by Armstrong, Hilton              02:01
MISSED JUMPER by Anderson, Rashad               01:54
                                                01:54              REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice
                                                01:42              FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                01:42              TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                01:36              FOUL TECHNCL by the bench
                                                01:36              FOUL by (TEAM)
MISSED FT SHOT by Gordon, Ben                   01:36
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     01:36
GOOD! FT SHOT by Gordon, Ben                    01:36  49-27  H 22
MISSED LAYUP by Gordon, Ben                     01:27
                                                01:27              BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         01:25
GOOD! DUNK by Villanueva, Charlie [PNT]         01:13  51-27  H 24
ASSIST by Williams, Marcus                      01:13
FOUL by Williams, Marcus                        01:04
                                                01:04  51-28  H 23 GOOD! FT SHOT by Anderson, Anthony
                                                01:04  51-29  H 22 GOOD! FT SHOT by Anderson, Anthony
                                                00:51              FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
GOOD! FT SHOT by Boone, Josh                    00:51  52-29  H 23
GOOD! FT SHOT by Boone, Josh                    00:51  53-29  H 24
                                                00:37              MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by Brown, Denham                  00:37
                                                00:04              FOUL by Maxwell, Maurice
GOOD! FT SHOT by Gordon, Ben                    00:04  54-29  H 25
GOOD! FT SHOT by Gordon, Ben                    00:04  55-29  H 26

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2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1) HOME TEAM: CONNECTICUT TIME SCORE MAR VISITORS: MASSACHUSETTS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ FOUL by Brown, Denham 19:39 19:09 MISSED LAYUP by Lee, Gabe BLOCK by Okafor, Emeka 19:09 19:07 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) 18:45 MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM) 18:45 18:19 FOUL by Lee, Gabe MISSED LAYUP by Okafor, Emeka 18:06 REBOUND (OFF) by Okafor, Emeka 18:06 18:04 FOUL by Lee, Gabe GOOD! 3 PTR by Gordon, Ben 17:51 58-29 H 29 FOUL by Gordon, Ben 17:26 17:12 MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane BLOCK by Okafor, Emeka 17:12 17:11 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) 17:02 MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun REBOUND (DEF) by Okafor, Emeka 17:02 GOOD! DUNK by Brown, Denham [FB/PNT] 16:57 60-29 H 31 ASSIST by Brown, Taliek 16:57 16:34 MISSED JUMPER by Bowers, Art REBOUND (DEF) by Okafor, Emeka 16:34 MISSED JUMPER by Gordon, Ben 16:28 REBOUND (OFF) by Boone, Josh 16:28 GOOD! TIP-IN by Boone, Josh [PNT] 16:26 62-29 H 33 16:01 TURNOVR by Anderson, Anthony STEAL by Boone, Josh 16:00 MISSED JUMPER by Gordon, Ben 15:56 15:56 REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff 15:45 MISSED JUMPER by Bowers, Art REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM) 15:45 TIMEOUT MEDIA 15:43 GOOD! DUNK by Gordon, Ben [PNT] 15:32 64-29 H 35 ASSIST by Williams, Marcus 15:32 15:08 MISSED JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice REBOUND (DEF) by Okafor, Emeka 15:08 MISSED DUNK by Okafor, Emeka 14:45 REBOUND (OFF) by Villanueva, Charlie 14:45 TURNOVR by Villanueva, Charlie 14:42 14:41 STEAL by Lasme, Stephane 14:38 64-31 H 33 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [FB/PNT] 14:38 ASSIST by Bowers, Art 14:32 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane GOOD! FT SHOT by Brown, Denham 14:32 65-31 H 34 GOOD! FT SHOT by Brown, Denham 14:32 66-31 H 35 14:04 MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art REBOUND (DEF) by Villanueva, Charlie 14:04 13:57 FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun MISSED JUMPER by Okafor, Emeka 13:52 REBOUND (OFF) by Villanueva, Charlie 13:52 GOOD! TIP-IN by Villanueva, Charlie [PNT] 13:49 68-31 H 37 13:25 MISSED JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris 13:25 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane 13:23 MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane BLOCK by Villanueva, Charlie 13:23 13:22 REBOUND (OFF) by Chadwick, Chris 13:20 MISSED JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris REBOUND (DEF) by Williams, Marcus 13:20 GOOD! 3 PTR by Gordon, Ben 13:09 71-31 H 40 FOUL by Williams, Marcus 12:53 FOUL by Villanueva, Charlie 12:46 12:43 MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff BLOCK by Okafor, Emeka 12:43 12:41 REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff 12:41 MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff BLOCK by Okafor, Emeka 12:41 12:39 REBOUND (OFF) by Anderson, Anthony 12:37 71-34 H 37 GOOD! 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony MISSED JUMPER by Villanueva, Charlie 12:27 12:27 REBOUND (DEF) by Anderson, Anthony 12:19 TURNOVR by Anderson, Anthony 12:09 FOUL by Lee, Gabe GOOD! 3 PTR by Anderson, Rashad 12:03 74-34 H 40 ASSIST by Brown, Taliek 12:03 11:41 74-36 H 38 GOOD! JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice TURNOVR by Brown, Taliek 11:32 11:31 STEAL by Lasme, Stephane 11:28 MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane REBOUND (DEF) by Brown, Taliek 11:28 11:17 FOUL by Anderson, Anthony TIMEOUT MEDIA 11:17 10:57 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane MISSED FT SHOT by Okafor, Emeka 10:57 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 10:57 MISSED FT SHOT by Okafor, Emeka 10:57 10:57 REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice 10:39 74-38 H 36 GOOD! JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice TURNOVR by Anderson, Rashad 10:23 10:22 STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff 10:07 74-41 H 33 GOOD! 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 10:07 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice 09:50 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane MISSED FT SHOT by Okafor, Emeka 09:50 09:50 REBOUND (DEF) by Chadwick, Chris 09:15 MISSED 3 PTR by Chadwick, Chris REBOUND (DEF) by Gordon, Ben 09:15 GOOD! 3 PTR by Gordon, Ben 09:10 77-41 H 36 08:53 MISSED JUMPER by Anderson, Anthony 08:53 REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff 08:51 77-43 H 34 GOOD! DUNK by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT] 08:50 TIMEOUT 30sec MISSED LAYUP by Brown, Taliek 08:34 REBOUND (OFF) by Okafor, Emeka 08:34 GOOD! TIP-IN by Okafor, Emeka [PNT] 08:32 79-43 H 36 08:04 79-45 H 34 GOOD! JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris TURNOVR by Armstrong, Hilton 07:54 07:54 TIMEOUT MEDIA 07:38 MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony REBOUND (DEF) by Armstrong, Hilton 07:38 MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Rashad 07:31 07:31 REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM) FOUL by Gordon, Ben 07:31 06:56 MISSED 3 PTR by Martin, Brennan REBOUND (DEF) by Okafor, Emeka 06:56 GOOD! 3 PTR by Gordon, Ben 06:48 82-45 H 37 ASSIST by Brown, Taliek 06:48 06:27 82-48 H 34 GOOD! 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 06:27 ASSIST by Martin, Brennan 06:11 FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff GOOD! FT SHOT by Armstrong, Hilton 06:11 83-48 H 35 GOOD! FT SHOT by Armstrong, Hilton 06:11 84-48 H 36 06:00 84-50 H 34 GOOD! LAYUP by Anderson, Anthony [PNT] 06:00 ASSIST by Bowers, Art FOUL by Okafor, Emeka 05:49 TURNOVR by Okafor, Emeka 05:49 05:31 MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun BLOCK by Okafor, Emeka 05:31 05:30 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) FOUL by Okafor, Emeka 05:18 05:18 MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 05:18 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 05:18 84-51 H 33 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun GOOD! DUNK by Okafor, Emeka [FB/PNT] 05:13 86-51 H 35 ASSIST by Brown, Denham 05:13 04:49 86-53 H 33 GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 04:49 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice TURNOVR by Williams, Marcus 04:42 04:40 STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice 04:36 86-55 H 31 GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [FB/PNT] MISSED 3 PTR by Brown, Denham 04:23 REBOUND (OFF) by Okafor, Emeka 04:23 FOUL by Okafor, Emeka 04:20 TURNOVR by Okafor, Emeka 04:20 FOUL TECHNCL by the bench 04:20 FOUL by (TEAM) 04:20 04:20 MISSED FT SHOT by Bowers, Art 04:20 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 04:20 86-56 H 30 GOOD! FT SHOT by Bowers, Art 04:00 MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun REBOUND (DEF) by Villanueva, Charlie 04:00 TURNOVR by Villanueva, Charlie 03:51 03:51 TIMEOUT media 03:27 86-58 H 28 GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] MISSED 3 PTR by Brown, Denham 03:15 REBOUND (OFF) by Villanueva, Charlie 03:15 MISSED JUMPER by Brown, Denham 03:11 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) 03:11 TURNOVR by Villanueva, Charlie 03:06 FOUL by Tooles, Shamon 02:50 02:50 MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 02:50 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 02:50 86-59 H 27 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun TURNOVR by Williams, Marcus 02:46 02:44 STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff 02:38 86-61 H 25 GOOD! DUNK by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT] 02:38 ASSIST by Bowers, Art FOUL by Tooles, Shamon 02:28 TURNOVR by Tooles, Shamon 02:28 02:06 TURNOVR by Martin, Brennan STEAL by Boone, Josh 02:05 MISSED LAYUP by Villanueva, Charlie 02:00 REBOUND (OFF) by Boone, Josh 02:00 GOOD! TIP-IN by Boone, Josh [FB/PNT] 01:56 88-61 H 27 01:42 MISSED 3 PTR by Martin, Brennan REBOUND (DEF) by Boone, Josh 01:42 TURNOVR by Williams, Marcus 01:36 01:35 STEAL by Bowers, Art 01:25 MISSED LAYUP by Bowers, Art 01:25 REBOUND (OFF) by Maxwell, Maurice 01:17 88-63 H 25 GOOD! LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice [PNT] MISSED 3 PTR by Villanueva, Charlie 01:12 01:12 REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 01:05 88-65 H 23 GOOD! DUNK by Viggiano, Jeff [FB/PNT] 01:05 ASSIST by Bowers, Art 00:52 FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff GOOD! FT SHOT by Villanueva, Charlie 00:52 89-65 H 24 MISSED FT SHOT by Villanueva, Charlie 00:52 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) 00:52 00:40 FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun GOOD! FT SHOT by Williams, Marcus 00:40 90-65 H 25 GOOD! FT SHOT by Williams, Marcus 00:40 91-65 H 26 00:24 91-67 H 24 GOOD! JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice
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