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UMass ready for A-10 clash with URI
By Bob McGovern, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/9/2005

It's amazing how much can change in a year.

On Jan. 31, 2004, the Massachusetts men's basketball team was just about down and out. It's record stood at 7-11 overall and conference play wasn't much better, as UMass struggled to 3-5 in the Atlantic 10. It was about time to pack in the season as any hopes of a post season bid began to drift away hand-in-hand with another gray Massachusetts winter.

The Minutemen were poised to play the University of Rhode Island that night, a team that had high hopes to make the NCAA tournament, and was almost a sure shot at the NIT tournament. It was almost certain that UMass was about to receive another dose of the same old.

The Maroon and White won its biggest game of the year that night, by a score of 67-63, stunning the Rams and the 6,705 in attendance at the Ryan Center. UMass would only win two more games out of its last 10, leaving the victory over URI as its final shining moment.

Now, a little more than a year later, the Maroon and White (11-8, 5-4 A-10) are traveling back to Kingston tonight for a 7:30 tip-off, to face a very different team under a completely opposite scenario.

The Rams (4-15, 2-6 A-10) have had a rough season thus far and are currently in second-to-last place in the Atlantic 10 Eastern Division, only two games ahead of St. Bonaventure (1-19, 0-9 A-10).

The Rams have lost several players this season, including preseason first-team Atlantic 10 pick Dawan Robinson with a stress fracture in his left foot, and Jamaal Wise who is nursing a stress fracture in his left leg. Robinson was the fourth leading scorer for the Rams last year, averaging 11.2 points per game, while Wise was a backup forward, averaging just over four points per contest.

Even though Rhode Island has been hit hard by injuries, and is currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak (all to Atlantic 10 opponents), UMass coach Steve Lappas is not taking this team lightly.

"They've had a lot of hard luck this year, no doubt. But when you go on the road, like we're going, you know, you're not looking to have any mercy for anybody." Lappas said. "We've just got to go out there and concentrate on what we're doing and try to do it to the best of our ability."

One of the main focuses for the Minutemen will have to be the Rams leading scorer, Scott Hazelton.

Hazelton is a transfer from the University of Connecticut, who was plagued with injuries and limited playing time while in Storrs. Since coming to URI, he has shined, averaging 16.4 ppg. and 7.1 rebounds, leading the Rams in both categories.

Hazelton stands at 6-foot-8, but plays much different than most players of his size. Hazelton frequents the three-guard position, which tends to create a mismatch around the perimeter. Standing sometimes six inches taller than his defender, Hazelton has hit 17 3-pointers this year, good for third on the team.

This presents an interesting match-up issue for the Minutemen, as their most versatile perimeter defender, Jeff Viggiano, is questionable for tonight's game. Viggiano had been seeing a good deal of playing time over the last two games, but may have tweaked an already tender ankle in practice on Monday.

Because of the uncertainty of Viggiano's status, Lappas will have to use the undersized guard quartet of Anthony Anderson, Maurice Maxwell, Chris Chadwick and Artie Bowers to defend Hazelton when he plays out on the perimeter. Maxwell, who is the tallest of the guards at 6-foot-5, is still significantly shorter than Hazelton.

"We really don't have much of an alternative, (Viggiano) is not healthy. We do not have anybody else to play at the perimeter." Lappas said. "It's going to be Chadwick, Anderson, Maxwell and Bowers. We don't have anybody else. That's the way it is."

UMass is coming off its most dominating win of the season, a 74-58 shellacking of St. Bonaventure at the Mullins Center on Saturday, and is looking to gain momentum going into the final seven games of the season. The Minutemen have had trouble going on winning streaks this season and have only mustered one legitimate three-game winning streak.

Lappas, however, does not see the lopsided victory over the Bonnies as any fuel to the fire.

"It could, but I don't really foresee that. In other words I think that we would come out and play with the same kind of emotion against Rhode Island no matter what." Lappas said. "Obviously, though, it's better coming off a win. Once you throw that ball up, whatever happened in the last game doesn't really matter."

NOTE: Artie Bowers, who sprained his right thumb last Tuesday during practice, played against St. Bonaventure with the hand wrapped. Lappas mentioned that during Monday's practice, Bowers came out with the hand wrapped, but removed the tape during practice.


Minutemen heading to hostile environment
By Mike Marzelli, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/9/2005

In a conference full of antiquated, high school-style gyms that lack 21st century appeal but never hesitate to rock-and-roll when given the slightest provocation, the Thomas M. Ryan Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island was built to be different - but not too different.

When the 54-million dollar arena first opened its doors in June of 2002, it marked a significant improvement over Keaney Gymnasium; Rhody's own 3,000-plus seat bandbox that had been home to men's and women's basketball on the South Kingstown campus for 49 years.

It gave the Rams a newfound appeal and credibility in the recruiting battles they had been losing to east coast schools with better facilities and the chance to capitalize on the newfound lust for big time basketball in South County brought on by a stirring run to the Elite Eight in 1998.

However, despite a state-of-the-art video scoreboard and acoustic system, eight luxury suites, brand new locker rooms and athletic facilities and 7,657 cushioned, chair-back seats, the Ryan Center is anything but a plush arena filled with corporate alums and local families of four.

Instead, as the members of the Massachusetts men's basketball team and any other squad in the Atlantic 10 surely know, those who step onto the court with the wood-grained Ram amidst a sea of sky blue are in for 40 minutes of hell that rival any A-10 venue, from Hawk Hill to the Reilly Center.

From the 700 seats reserved for blue-clad URI students - 50 of which are strategically placed behind the visitor's bench - to the three tiers of stands that hang over the court and put each and every fan no further than 74 feet from the action, the Ryan Center was created with the intention of making fans a significant part of the game, and those same fans have responded in kind by turning out in hordes to support the Rams in ear-splitting fashion.

So therein lies the problem for Steve Lappas' Minutemen, once again. Despite having finally proven that it can win on the road, UMass is in for a formidable challenge when it takes the court against Jim Baron's injury depleted URI squad tonight.

The Minutemen have overcome hostile environments at almost every turn this season - with a 59-52 setback at Saint Joseph's being the lone exception, and can even claim success in the Ryan Center itself after pulling a surprising upset of the NIT-bound Rams last season.

But as every A-10 coach will attest to, there is no such thing as an easy conference win on the road, and to fully establish themselves as road warriors and viable postseason contenders, Lappas and the Minutemen must continue to assert their road success and further what has been a growing trend of solid performances away from Amherst.

"I would put us in the category that we can win on the road. Forget about last year and the year before," Lappas said. "This team is completely different than last year, you have to talk about this year. We played Gonzaga on the road and played well, we beat GW on the road, we beat St. Bonnies on the road ... which are all tough places to play."

So as Lappas knows entering play tonight, the Minutemen must come to play with their A-game from the opening tip and, more importantly, they must sustain that high level of play from buzzer to buzzer.

"It is good when you go on the road, you want to establish yourself early, but the game is 40 minutes long and you've just got to be ready for the long haul," Lappas said.

"Energy is always important, [too]. When you play with energy you're always able to play up to your potential and that's the first steop to playing up to your potential.

"We definitely want to come out with energy, we definitely want to come out and play hard, especially in a game like this where rebounding is going to be a big issue in the game."


UMass travels to disappointing URI
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/9/2005

When last season ended, University of Rhode Island men's basketball fans were optimistic about their 2004-05 team. The Rams had Dawan Robinson, Dustin Hellenga, Jamaal Wise and Scott Hazelton all returning as their nucleus in a rebuilding league.

Instead, the Rhode Island roster has been gutted. Hellenga was dismissed from the team over the summer, while Robinson and Wise have both missed nearly the whole season with foot injuries.

All of the preseason promise gave way to a lost season as the Rams enter tonight's game with the University of Massachusetts at 4-15 overall and 2-6 in the Atlantic 10. URI, which hosts UMass at 7:30 p.m., has lost five straight games. Still, UMass coach Steve Lappas warned against underestimating the Rams.

''Every league game they've played this year they've either been ahead or within two or three in the second half,'' Lappas said. ''That tells you what kind of game its going to be.''

Hazelton, in his senior season after transferring from Connecticut, has been the lone bright spot as he averages 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Playing small forward at 6-foot-8, he presents a matchup problem sizewise for the Minutemen.

UMass has regularly used a starting lineup with three guards - 5-foot-11 Anthony Anderson, 6-foot-3 Chris Chadwick and 6-foot-5 Maurice Maxwell - which gives Hazelton at least three inches on whoever guards him.

''He's a tough matchup,'' Lappas said. ''When he's playing the three, we have to give some help on him.''

Jeff Viggiano's uncertain status after re-injuring his right ankle Saturday against St. Bonaventure doesn't give Lappas much room to adjust.

After sitting out Monday, Viggiano practiced Tuesday and will play tonight, but he isn't 100 percent.

While Lappas was planning for Hazelton, Rashaun Freeman had Rhody coach Jim Baron concerned.

''He's very strong and very physical around the bucket. He can really score,'' Baron said. ''We're really going to have to match their intensity.''

Lappas expected the Rams to attempt to deny Freeman the ball.

''They're going to be physical and they're going to try to make it difficult to get it in there,'' Lappas said.

The Rams are the lowest-scoring team in the Atlantic 10, averaging just 58 points per game, and are the league's only team below 60. They're shooting just 38.0 percent from the floor.

Despite being undersized, the Rams are outrebouding opponents by an average of 3.2 boards per game.

''We want to come out with energy and play hard, especially against a team like this where rebounding is going to be such an issue,'' Lappas said.

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


Men's basketball: Rams host UMass tonight
University of Massachusetts coach Steve Lappas is battling for more than a tournament berth this season.
By Paul Kenyon, The Providence Journal Sports Writer, 2/9/2005

SOUTH KINGSTOWN -- If the situation surrounding him and his basketball team is an irritation, Steve Lappas is not letting on. The University of Massachusetts basketball coach insists it is simply business as usual this season.

"I feel the same way now I felt in September, the same way I've felt at this time of the year for the last 17 years," Lappas says.

The truth is, though, that his work situation is different, a delicate situation for any coach to deal with.

THE SCOUTING REPORT

MASSACHUSETTS (11-8, 5-4 Atlantic 10): The Minutemen already have won more games than last season, when they finished 10-19 overall, 4-12 in the conference. . . . Freeman leads the conference in field-goal percentage (52 percent), is sixth in scoring and fifth in rebounding. . . . Anderson is third in 3-point shooting (41.5 percent) and third in steals, at 2.06 per game. . . . Lasme is tied for second in blocked shots, at 2.37 per game. . . . Viggiano, a starter for the last two seasons, recently returned from an ankle injury that forced him to miss eight games. He reinjured the ankle Saturday and is questionable tonight. . . . The team holds opponents to 42 percent shooting from the field, third best in A-10.

URI (4-15, 2-6): The Rams make a brief return home after a two-game road trip before heading to Olean this weekend for a contest at St. Bonaventure. The team has lost its last two at the Ryan Center to fall to 26-17 in the building since it opened. . . . With Daniels' start at Xavier Saturday, 12 players have started at least once. No player has started every game. . . . Rams are holding opponents to 42.1 shooting from the field, fourth best in the conference. . . . Team still leads A-10 in offensive rebounding, at 15.2 per start. . . . Bitee leads team in assists with 35. Lucky and Sullivan each have 33 and Hazelton 32. . . . Overall, the Rams have 201 assists and 260 turnovers.

EXTRA POINTS

WHERE: Ryan Center, 7:30 p.m. SERIES: UMass leads, 69-53. LAST SEASON: Teams split. The Minutemen won at the Ryan Center, 67-63. TV-RADIO: Cox3, WHJJ (920), WJZS-FM (99.3), WRIU-FM (90.3).

When he brings his team to the Ryan Center tonight for a 7:30 contest against the University of Rhode Island, Lappas will be continuing a season-long battle to keep his job. Rarely has any coach had to deal with as public a situation regarding his job as Lappas is this season. His future depends directly on how his team finishes this season.

It is not up for debate. It is actually written into his contract.

A year ago at this time, as the Minutemen were on their way to a 10-19 record, the team's third straight losing season since Lappas became coach, there were reports the school was considering making a change. The reports obviously had merit.

When the season ended, Lappas and John McCutcheon, then the new UMass athletic director, worked out a unique agreement. Lappas still had three years remaining on his contract. With a base salary of $185,657, the school would have owed him more than a half-million dollars if it ousted him. Lappas felt better days were ahead. He staked his job on it, in fact.

He and McCutcheon reworked his contract. The new agreement was made public, at the request of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, before the start of this season.

The agreement stipulates that if the Minutemen do not qualify for either the NCAA or the NIT this season, the school can buy out the remaining two years of Lappas' contract for $92,828, half his base salary for one year. If UMass does qualify for a postseason tournament, the final two years and the $371,314 due Lappas will become guaranteed.

As far as Lappas staying or going, nothing is automatic. The school can keep Lappas, under the agreement, even if the team does not qualify for a tournament. And it can still fire him, even if the team earns a postseason tournament spot, as long as it pays him the full amount for the next two years.

Entering play tonight, UMass is 11-8 overall, 5-4 in the Atlantic 10. The team has knocked off national champion Connecticut and George Washington, which also was nationally ranked at the time. It has played a demanding schedule that has included losses to Boston College, Gonzaga and Miami.

"We have been consistently inconsistent," Lappas said. "That's kind of been the book on us so far,"

If it wins tonight, UMass will equal the A-10 victory total the school has had in any of the four seasons since Lappas arrived. It is doing it with a young team that gives every indication that it has even better days ahead.

Lappas happily talks about his players and the progress they have made, but he deflects questions about his situation.

"We've never felt we weren't stable," he said Monday in the weekly A-10 conference call.

URI (4-15, 2-6) returns home after a two-game road trip. Coach Jim Baron continues to experiment, most recently in an effort to give his younger players more time on the court.

Baron started Will Daniels at forward in place of leading scorer Scott Hazelton in Saturday's game at Xavier and both responded well. Hazelton had 25 points and Daniels 16. Baron said he would wait until after practice was completed before deciding on a lineup for tonight.


Men's Basketball Defeats Rhode Island, 49-44
Minutemen win third straight road game
From UMass Athletics, 2/9/2005

KINGSTON, R.I. - UMass won its third straight road game as the Minutemen downed A-10 rival Rhode Island 49-44 on Wednesday night at the Ryan Center in a defensive struggle. The Minutemen moved to 12-8 overall, 6-4 in the conference for UMass is four games over .500 for the first time since starting the 2001-02 season 4-0. Injury-plagued Rhode Island is now 4-16, 2-7 in the A-10.

Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) led UMass' scoring brigade with 14 points Maxwell scored in double-figures for the seventh game in a row and eighth time in nine games. Over the last seven games he is scoring 14.9 ppg. Rhode Island was led by Will Daniels who had 15 points - as the Rams' only double-figure scorer.

Defense was the order of the day as UMass had its best defensive effort of the season allowing just 44 points and best in any game since holding Rhode Island to just 37 points in a 57-37 win on Feb. 22, 2000 in Providence.

Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) netted 10 points while Anthony Anderson (Lynn, Mass.) and Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) added eight points for UMass.

The Minutemen took a 31-26 lead with 10:52 left in the game and went on a 7-0 run to lead 38-26 with just 8:33 left. Rhode Island cut the lead to six in the final minute, but UMass was able to preserve the win in the final seconds as Jeff Viggiano (Suffield, Conn.) made one free throw with 26 seconds left.

The first half was a tight defensive one with neither team leading by more than five points until Anthony Anderson nailed a three-point field goal with 1:56 left in the half for the final points of half, giving UMass a 20-14 lead at intermission. The 14 points allowed in the half was UMass' best defensive effort in a half since also allowing 14 in the first half against Richmond on Feb. 12, 2003.

The Rams missed their final seven shots of the half and had six turnovers as they were held scoreless for the final 7:41 of the first half. Rhode Island shot just 23 percent in the first 20 minutes (7-for-30). The Rams also missed all 11 three-pointers they attempted in the first half.

Rhode Island took its first lead of the game at 10-9 with 10:58 left in the first half on a Hazelton lay-up. UMass opened the game on a 6-2 run as Rhode Island made just one its first nine shots while Maxwell made a pair of baskets.

UMass continues its two-game road swing against another team nicknamed Rams, as the Minutemen face Fordham on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Rose Hill Gym. UMass returns to the Mullins Center for a big game against ACC foe Florida State on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.


Post-game notes
From UMass Athletics, 2/9/2005

With the win, UMass is now four games over .500 for the first time since being 4-0 to start the 2001-02 season. The last time UMass was four games over .500 this late in the season came on Feb. 22, 2000, when they moved to 15-11 in the 1999-2000 season after a 57-37 win at Rhode Island. On Saturday at Fordham, UMass looks to go five games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 1997-98 season at 21-11.

The win over Rhode Island gave UMass its 12th win of the season, marking its most wins a season since 2001-02 when they finished the year with a 13-16 record. It was also UMass' sixth win in the A-10, its most since being 6-10 in 2002-03.

The win - on the road - marked the Minutemen's third road win a in a row, signifying UMass' longest road win streak since three straight road wins from Jan. 25-30, 2001. In that streak, UMass won at LaSalle, Temple and Rhode Island in three consecutive games away from home. UMass also now has three road wins in the A-10 for the first time since going 5-3 on the road in 2000-01.

UMass held Rhode Island to just 14 points in the first half, its best defensive effort since holding Richmond to 14 points in the first half on Feb. 12, 2003. The Rams missed their final seven shots of the first half on their way to shooting just 23 percent in the first half (7-of-30).

Maurice Maxwell reached double-figures for the eighth time in nine games and for the seventh game in a row with 14. He is averaging 14.9 over the last seven games.along with 4.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds in his strong run.

Rashaun Freeman scored in double-figures for the 14th time in 20 games this season and 38th in 49 career games with 10.

Senior Anthony Anderson added to his career marks on UMass' all-time lists, he is still 20th in career scoring (1,201); second in career three-pointers made (275), second in career three-pointers attempted (697), third in career steals (150) and is seventh in career assists (365)..

Other Notes: UMass won the tap ... Maurice Maxwell canned a jumper to open the scoring 35 seconds in ... Jeff Salovski was the game's first sub 1:36 into the game for Rashaun Freeman ... UMass held URI to just two points for the first 5:29, opening a 6-2 lead ... Jeff Salovski drew a charge on Scott Hazelton at 16:49 of the second half ...


UMass nearly misses out
By Dave Doyle, The Boston Globe Staff, 2/10/2005

KINGSTON, R.I. -- It wasn't pretty, but UMass will take it.

The Minutemen and Rhode Island Rams put on an ugly display of basketball last night, but UMass persevered in spite of shooting 29.4 percent in the first half to post a 49-44 victory over its Atlantic 10 foe.

Though far from artistic, the win was important for UMass's chances of making its first postseason appearance since the 2000 National Invitation Tournament. It was the third straight win, fifth in their past seven games, and third straight road victory for the Minutemen (12-8, 6-4). Rhode Island (4-16, 2-7) lost its fifth straight game.

"I told the guys, `If you're a good team, you've got to win some games where you don't play well offensively,' and this was a classic example of that," said UMass coach Steve Lappas. "We didn't have our best offensive game in a lot of ways."

UMass mixed and matched its lineup to counter Rhode Island's zone, as eight players played at least 13 minutes. Emerging sophomore forward Maurice Maxwell led UMass with 14 points and Rashaun Freeman had 10 despite playing only 23 minutes because of foul trouble. URI freshman Will Daniels led all scorers with 15 points.

Both teams came out sluggish, but Rhode Island was particularly abysmal offensively in the first half, shooting 23.3 percent (7 for 30). The Rams missed five of their first six shots and trailed, 6-2, at the first official timeout. Then URI junior forward Terrence Mack missed two free throws and the Rams bricked three straight shots after Mack's second miss, before UMass gained possession, causing the Ryan Center crowd of 4,481 to briefly turn on the home team.

The Minutemen pushed their lead to 9-4 on an Anthony Anderson 3-pointer, but URI went on a run and claimed the lead. A tip-in by Scott Hazelton (8 points, 8 rebounds) of Somerville, Mass., gave the Rams an 11-10 advantage.

After going scoreless for 4 minutes 39 seconds, a pair of Stephane Lasme free throws put UMass back on top, 15-14. That started a 7-0, half-ending run. Rhode Island went scoreless over the final 7:41 and was 0 for 11 from 3-point range over the first 20 minutes.

URI pulled to within 3 (24-21) a little more than four minutes into the second half. But the Minutemen improved their shooting over the final 20 minutes, hitting 55 percent from the floor (40.4 percent for the game). UMass went on a 16-7 run for a 40-28 lead with eight minutes to play.

"It was a rough game, but we just wanted to get a W," said Maxwell, who is averaging 13 points over his last seven games. "This is the type of game that can come back and hurt you. We're learning what we have to do to win these types of games."

The Rams pulled to within 40-33, but any notions of a comeback were quashed when Maxwell nailed a three with 5:25 left for a 45-33 lead.

"It was an ugly game," said Rhode Island coach Jim Baron. "It was there for either team to take. I thought we made some costly turnovers, for the most part we did a good job defending, but you've got to step up and make some shots."

The game kicked off a stretch of five road games out of seven for UMass, which travels to Fordham Saturday.


Men's basketball: Defeats getting uglier for the misfiring Rams
Against UMass, URI's Will Daniels is the only bright spot on an offensively challenged team.
By Paul Kenyon, The Providence Journal Sports Writer, 2/10/2005

SOUTH KINGSTOWN -- As hard as it might be to believe, it is getting worse for the University of Rhode Island's basketball team. Offensively, at least, the Rams look lost. And they don't have any answers to their problems.

The season-long woes got more troublesome last night as the Rams fell to Massachusetts, 49-44, at the Ryan Center in a contest that was difficult to watch.

"It was an ugly game" was the brief-but-all-too-accurate summation provided by URI coach Jim Baron.

Both teams had huge problems trying to put the ball in the basket, especially URI. The Rams had only 14 points in the first half as they went the final 7:30, covering 11 possessions, without scoring.

Still, because UMass also was having so much trouble scoring, URI was in it throughout. Even with the 14 points, it was down by only six at the half. UMass opened 12-point leads three times in the second half. URI (4-16, 2-7 in the Atlantic 10) got back within single digits over the final few minutes, although it never was a threat to win.

As if to make matters worse, Scott Hazelton, URI's leading scorer and rebounder, was benched for the final 7:55 after expressing his unhappiness with what was happening. Freshman Will Daniels was the only player able to score in double figures, with 15 points for URI.

Maurice Maxwell led UMass with 14 points and Rashuan Freeman added 10 despite sitting out nearly half the game with foul problems.

UMass coach Steve Lappas, whose team is now 12-8, 6-4 in conference play, had a somewhat different view.

"I thought we were very good defensively," he said. "If you are a good team you've got to win some games where you don't play well offensively."

Baron agreed, to a point.

"We did a good job of rebounding (URI won the board battle, 45-30). For the most part, we did a good job of defending," he said.

Both teams played active zone defenses for almost the entire game, challenging the other team to shoot from outside. Both sides struggled badly. URI finished 4 for 26 on 3-pointers, UMass 4 for 16. In the first half, the teams were a combined 2 for 20, with UMass guard Anthony Anderson having the only two made hoops from behind the arc.

While URI continues to work hard and scrap as much as it can, and while its fans remain supportive -- there was considerable murmuring last night after missed shots or turnovers, but almost no booing -- the team simply does not have nearly enough scoring power. The players' confidence seems to be getting worse as the team struggles.

It was the fifth time this season the Rams have shot 31 percent or lower. It was the fifth straight game in which the team has shot less than 40 percent.

The 44 points equaled the season low, set in the loss to Maine. URI came in last in the A-10 in scoring at 58 points per game. Last night, it missed its first 11 treys. It even had problems at the free-throw line, where it was only 4 for 12.

UMass, which came within one point of its season low -- it had 48 in a loss to Boston College -- has much more to play for. It already has won more games than it did last season, both overall and in conference play. It can afford to look at the positives.

"The difference," Lappas said of his team, "is that this team is a much better defensive team."

The offensive woes last night were most dramatic over the final eight minutes of the first half.

Rhode Island took a 14-13 lead on a baby hook from the baseline by Jon Clark with 7:30 left in the half. It didn't score for the remainder of the half.

For the rest of the half, it had 11 possessions. It missed seven shots, including two on one possession. It also had five turnovers. Two of the turnovers led to fast-break hoops for the Minutemen. Those two baskets were big because UMass had only seven points over the final eight minutes for a 20-14 lead at the half. Even though his team never broke it open, Lappas felt confident.

"It was one of those games where being up six was like being up 15," Lappas said. "That's just the kind of game it was."

If there is any good news for URI, it is that its next start is against St. Bonaventure. The Rams had 72 points, their second-highest total of the season, in a two-point victory over the Bonnies last month.

"We hope it gets better," Baron said. Asked what he can do to try to improve the situation, he said, "What you've got to do is keep playing." He admits, though, that seeing a team have such trouble scoring points is new for him, too. He was asked whether he has ever been through anything like this.

"No, not with this percentage, not with the depth of it," he responded.


Men's Basketball Notebook: Hazelton is in hot water after second-half tirade
By Paul Kenyon, The Providence Journal Sports Writer, 2/10/2005

SOUTH KINGSTOWN -- The frustrations for the URI basketball team boiled over last night.

Scott Hazelton, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, did not play over the final 7:55 of a 49-44 loss to Massachusetts at the Ryan Center. Hazelton, who already had sat out much of the game with foul problems, got into a shouting match as the team came to the bench for a timeout with 7:55 remaining.

He motioned repeatedly as if he was unhappy with something. First, coach Jim Baron went to him and spoke with him firmly. When Baron turned to go speak to the other players, tri-captain Dawan Robinson, who is injured and not playing, and assistant coach Lazare Adingono, both went to Hazelton and spoke with him animatedly as Hazelton continued to motion with his hands and shake his head. When play resumed, Hazelton was on the bench.

"I just didn't play him again," Baron said. The coach would not discuss the issue or even the discussions were about, other than to say "I'll look at the film."

Asked if there might be any carryover, Baron responded, "We'll see in practice the next couple of days."

Hazelton finished with eight points (4-for-11 shooting) and 8 rebounds (five off the offensive glass) in 18 minutes. He had been removed for part of the first half, after picking up two fouls, and sat again after quickly picking up his third early in the second half.

Daniels shines again

If there was any bright spot on a dismal night for the Rams, it was freshman Will Daniels.

With Hazelton on the bench, Daniels played 29 minutes and led the Rams with 15 points and 9 rebounds.

"He's a guy that can shoot the basketball. We don't have many guys who can shoot with confidence right now," Baron said.

Misses piling up

Sophomore center J.R. Moore remains out for URI, although Moore did join his teammates on the court for light shooting before the game. He is expected to be out another two weeks or so.

URI now has had 64 games missed due to injury. Jeff Kalapos has missed all 20, Dawan Robinson and Jamaal Wise 19 each. Moore has missed three games, Jon Lucky has missed two and Tyrese Sullivan and Marcel Momplaisir have missed one each.

The future is here

Two future Rams will get to play at URI this weekend.

The National Prep School Invitational, featuring 21 prep teams, takes over the Ryan Center tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

Among those expected to play are Rhody recruits Jim Baron Jr., with his Worcester Academy team, and Nikola Stevanovic, with Laurinburg Prep of North Carolina. St. Andrew's of Barrington, which features Providence College signee Jon Kale, also will take part.

Laurinburg has games tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., Saturday at 12:30 and Sunday at 1:45. Worcester plays just once, Sunday at 10:45 a.m. against Maine Center. St. Andrew's meets Mt. Zion Christian Academy Saturday at 3:45 p.m.

The games at Keaney Gym will include 100 players who are expected to play Division I basketball, and three potential NBA first-round draft picks. Doors open at 11 a.m. tomorrow, with the last game scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Saturday's games will be played from 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., and Sunday's games run from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Honor for duty

URI continued last night the practice it has followed this season to begin games. That is, it had a member of the military present the game ball to officials. Sergeant First Class Norbert Schecher of the Rhode Island National Guard did the honors last night. Sgt. Schecher, who served in Iraq, received the biggest ovation of the night.

Young guns

Massachusetts, like so many teams in the Atlantic 10 this season, has a young team. Ten 10 of the 15 players on the roster are freshmen or sophomores.

Entering last night's game, those players had combined for 72 percent of the team's total points (907) and 69.6 percent of all the rebounds (452).


Daniels not enough in low-scoring Rams defeat
By Patrick Stevens, The Good 5 Cigar, 2/10/2005
The Good 5 Cigar is URI's student newspaper

The halftime score was 19-14, but when halftime scores are consistently in the low 20s at the Ryan Center, 19-14 doesn't seem like it's that much worse.

UMass knocked off URI 49-44 last night in a game that UMass head coach Steve Lappas said seemed like the second half took forever.

Maurice Maxwell scored 14 points and Rashaun Freeman had 10 points as the Minutemen (12-8, 6-4) dropped the Rams' to fifth place in the A-10 East.

URI plays Saturday at Saint Bonaventure (0-10, 1-20), the only team behind them in the division.

Lappas said he went with a three-guard offense and took the risk of being small on defense to go with what was putting the points on the board offensively against the URI zone.

The starting backcourt of Anthony Anderson and Chris Chadwick combined for only 12 points and two assists, though.

They did, however, combine for four of the team's nine steals, which played a big role in UMass's 15 points off 15 URI turnovers.

Lappas praised his backcourt's minutes (Anderson - 38, Chadwick - 33) and the team defense, which counteracted the size Lappas thought he was risking in having the two starters and Art Bowers in the backcourt.

"I thought we had control when we got the lead up to nine," Lappas said.

Freeman scored inside to push the lead to 36-26 at the 9:13 mark.

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URI did manage to make it a two-possession game when they reduced the deficit to six more than once in the final two minutes.

Randy Brooks sank a three-pointer to bring the lead down to eight, 47-35, with just over three minutes to go.

Freshman Will Daniels, who was team-high in scoring (15 points), had hit a free throw just before Brooks' basket and scored the next five points after it.

But as UMass missed six of eight free throws in the final 1:35, its defense prevented URI from capitalizing as it stopped URI two tries to cut it to a one-possession game.

Brooks and Ty Sullivan each had their three-pointers partially tipped enough to cause an airballs.

"It was an ugly game," URI head coach Jim Baron said. "It was there for either team to take. I thought we made some costly turnovers in the second half, and we really miss our upperclassmen."

Dawan Robinson and Jamaal Wise are two of those upperclassmen and have had their injuries that have kept them out all year mentioned every game as having had a huge effect on the team's lack of success.

The seniors who are active, however, did not necessarily "step-up" as Baron often refers to it.

Scott Hazelton, who was the fourth leading scorer in the Atlantic 10, played only 18 minutes after being benched for most of the second half for showing too much frustration for the coaches' liking.

Hazelton responded to score 25 points on Saturday against Xavier when Baron chose to take him out of the starting lineup. Last night, he scored just eight on 4-11 shooting. He did have eight rebounds.

Marcel Momplaisir was 0-2 from the field in 23 minutes off the bench also.

Baron did like Brooks' five minutes of play. He thought the senior guard brought some of that high energy in the final minutes that he continuously calls for from the team.

Daniels, URI's leading scorer, was a part of that lineup also, and Baron complimented his efforts.

"Will brought some high energy for us," Baron said. "He played with confidence and he wasn't just the leading scorer, he led us in rebounds too."

Daniels was one rebound shy of his first career double-double. Six of his nine boards were on the offensive end.


Ugly win for UMass
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/10/2005

KINGSTON, R.I. - An ugly game Wednesday produced a happy result for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team which overcame a rough night shooting and rebounding to escape the Ryan Center with a 49-44 win over Rhode Island. I was anxious to get it done, UMass coach Steve Lappas admitted afterward. ''The clock was going at a snail's pace. - I thought we did a tremendous job keeping our poise.''

Despite its lack of aesthetic value, the win produced quite a few positive milestones for UMass. The win put the Minutemen (12-8, 6-4 Atlantic 10) four games over .500 for the first time since the first four games that Lappas coached in Amherst and two games over .500 in league play for the first time during his tenure. The six wins match the most UMass has had in A-10 play since 2001.

''I thought we played excellent defense,'' Lappas said. ''If you're a good team there has to be games that you win when you don't play well offensively. This was the classic example of that. I thought we played great defense. When we play defense like that we can beat anybody.''

The Minutemen have won three consecutive road games for the first time under Lappas as well, a streak they will try to extend to four at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fordham.

Rhode Island (4-16, 2-7 A-10) is at St. Bonaventure Saturday.

''We know every game in the Atlantic 10 is going to be tough,'' sophomore forward Maurice Maxwell said. ''We're trying to get any game we can get. The final score? It was a rough game, but we came here to get a W.''

The Rams might be pretty good if they could shoot at all. They are among the best rebounding teams in the conference and play strong defense. But Wednesday's 30.5 percent shooting (18-for-59) wasn't an aberration. URI has been under 30 percent shooting in four previous games and has not recovered from the losses of all-conference guard Dawan Robinson and Jamaal Wise, both seniors, because of foot injuries.

''We really miss our upperclassmen, but what can you do?'' Rhode Island coach Jim Baron said. ''It's been too much too soon for these young guys. UMass is a good team. They're very healthy and they have good depth. We have to keep working to get better and working to improve.''

Despite their lack of marksmanship from the field, the Rams might have pulled out a victory if they could have made their free throws. They finished 4-for-12 from the foul line after missing seven of their first eight.

They hung around by outrebounding the Minutemen 45-30, a total that included 21 offensive boards. With Rashaun Freeman limited to 23 minutes by foul trouble, UMass used a small lineup for much of the game.

''That's that they do. They're a very good rebounding team,'' Lappas said. ''We played small a lot with Ray in foul trouble and we played the whole game with three guards.''

The Minutemen led by as many as 12 points on several occasions in the second half, but Rhode Island took advantage of UMass shot-clock violations on consecutive possessions to narrow the margin to 45-38 with two minutes, 50 seconds remaining. Then Freeman split a double team to make it 47-38.

''It was a game where a six-point lead felt like 16,'' Lappas said. ''When we got it back to nine I felt very good. I knew the way this game was being played, that was a big lead.''

UMass missed six of eight free throws in the final 1:23, including two front ends of one-and-ones, but the Rams couldn't muster enough offense to come back.

Maurice Maxwell continued his strong offensive play with 14 points and four assists. Freeman had 10 points and six rebounds.

Will Daniels led the Rams with 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Minutemen came out ahead 20-14 after a hard-to-watch first half. The teams shot a combined 26.3 percent. Rhode Island led 14-13, but the Rams missed seven shots and turned the ball over five times in the final 7:37 as UMass closed the half on a 7-0 run.

The two teams meet again at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Mullins Center.

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


Minutemen near NIT qualification, aim for NCAA bid
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/10/2005

KINGSTON, R.I. - With Wednesday night's 49-44 win over Rhode Island, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team moved within two wins of qualifying for the National Invitation Tournament with seven games to go, but sophomore swingman Maurice Maxwell said the Minutemen have loftier aspirations. We think we can be one of those 64 teams in the NCAA Tournament, Maxwell said. ''You have to have an ultimate goal. We think we have the talent to be there. We think we work hard enough to be there. We have to work as hard as we can to try to win as many games as we can down the stretch to try to be there.''

With a Ratings Percentage Index rating of over 100 entering the week, the Minutemen are at best a long shot to earn an at-large bid even if they finish strong, meaning their only path to the NCAA probably is by winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

''That was one of our goals coming into the season,'' Maxwell said. ''We wanted to try to win the East and win the Atlantic 10 Tournament.''

MILESTONES - The game was the third for UMass when it scored under 50 points this season, and its first win with fewer than 50 points since it beat Virginia Tech 49-41 on Jan. 29, 2000.

It was the lowest scoring game the Minutemen were involved in since losing to Central Connecticut State 46-45 on Dec. 2, 2002.

Rhode Island's total of 44 is the fewest points UMass has allowed this season.

VIGGIANO RETURNS - After re-injuring his right ankle in Saturday's win over St. Bonaventure, junior forward Jeff Viggiano returned to action and played 16 minutes, all at power forward.

RARE RHODY LEAD - When Scott Hazelton scored with just over 11 minutes left in the first half, it was the Rams' first lead in three games. They got down 8-0 and 7-0 respectively to Temple and Xavier in their previous two contests.

HAZELTON HOOKED - With just under eight minutes left in the game, Rhode Island coach Jim Baron yelled at leading scorer Hazelton and did not reinsert him into the game. Hazelton had eight points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes.

ANDERSON CLIMBING - Senior guard Anthony Anderson became the 19th player in school history to crack 1,200 career points. He had eight points to give him 1,201 for his career.

NEXT UP - The Minutemen are at Fordham at 1 p.m. Saturday. UMass beat the Rams 76-63 in Amherst on Jan. 19. The Minutemen will try to end a three-game losing streak at Rose Hill Gymnasium.

MISCELLANEOUS - Rhode Island's 14 first-half points are the fewest UMass has allowed in a half in almost two years. Richmond scored 14 on Feb. 12, 2003.

The Minutemen have played the Rams more than any other opponent. Rhode Island leads the all-time series 69-54.

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


Massachusetts Minutemen 49
Rhode Island Rams 44
at Rhode Island

Official Basketball Box Score
UMASS vs RHODE ISLAND
02/09/05 7:30 p.m. at Kingston, R.I. - The Ryan Center
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VISITORS: UMASS 12-8, 6-4 A10
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 Maxwell, Maurice.... f  6-12   2-5    0-1    1  2  3   0  14  4  0  0  0  33
05 Lasme, Stephane..... f  3-6    0-0    2-2    3  1  4   3   8  0  1  2  0  23
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c  4-7    0-0    2-5    1  5  6   4  10  0  4  0  0  23
02 Chadwick, Chris..... g  1-6    0-0    2-2    0  3  3   2   4  1  2  1  4  33
12 Anderson, Anthony... g  3-9    2-7    0-3    1  4  5   0   8  1  0  0  4  38
22 Viggiano, Jeff......    0-0    0-0    1-2    1  1  2   4   1  1  1  0  1  16
23 Carrier, Lawrence...    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   5
24 Salovski, Jeff......    2-3    0-0    0-1    0  2  2   2   4  1  0  2  0  13
34 Bowers, Art.........    0-3    0-3    0-0    0  3  3   0   0  3  3  0  0  16
   TEAM................                            1  1             1
   Totals..............   19-47   4-16   7-16   7 23 30  15  49 11 12  5  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-27 29.6%   2nd Half: 11-20 55.0%   Game: 40.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-9  22.2%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 25.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-3  66.7%   2nd Half:  5-13 38.5%   Game: 43.8%   2,1

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HOME TEAM: RHODE ISLAND 4-16, 2-7 A10
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 MACK, Terrence...... f  2-6    0-1    2-5    3  2  5   1   6  0  3  1  0  23
21 HAZELTON, Scott..... f  4-11   0-3    0-0    5  3  8   3   8  1  2  0  0  18
44 CLARK, Jon.......... c  1-5    0-0    0-0    2  4  6   2   2  0  1  0  0  23
04 SULLIVAN, Tyrese.... g  1-9    1-7    0-0    0  1  1   1   3  4  1  0  2  30
24 LUCKY, Jon.......... g  1-3    0-2    0-0    0  3  3   3   2  2  3  0  0  25
12 BROOKS, Randy.......    1-2    1-2    0-0    0  0  0   2   3  0  0  0  0   5
14 BITEE, Parfait......    2-7    1-6    0-0    3  4  7   2   5  0  3  0  0  24
25 DANIELS, Will.......    6-14   1-5    2-7    6  3  9   2  15  0  2  0  0  29
42 MOMPLAISIR, Marcel..    0-2    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   1   0  0  0  1  1  23
   TEAM................                         1  2  3
   Totals..............   18-59   4-26   4-12  21 24 45  17  44  7 15  2  3 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  7-30 23.3%   2nd Half: 11-29 37.9%   Game: 30.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-11  0.0%   2nd Half:  4-15 26.7%   Game: 15.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-2   0.0%   2nd Half:  4-10 40.0%   Game: 33.3%   4,4

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Officials: Ed Corbett, Ray Petrone, D.J. Carstensen
Technical fouls: UMASS-None. RHODE ISLAND-None.
Attendance: 4481
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
UMASS.........................   20   29  -   49
RHODE ISLAND..................   14   30  -   44

Points in the paint-UMASS 24,URI 18. Points off turnovers-UMASS 15,URI 5.
2nd chance points-UMASS 7,URI 20. Fast break points-UMASS 8,URI 2.
Bench points-UMASS 5,URI 23. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-4 times.
Last FG-UMASS 2nd-02:25, URI 2nd-00:02.


Play by Play

Play-By-Play
UMASS vs RHODE ISLAND
02/09/05 7:30 p.m. at Kingston, R.I. - The Ryan Center

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: RHODE ISLAND                         TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: UMASS
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                                                19:31   0-2   V 2  GOOD! JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice
MISSED JUMPER by SULLIVAN, Tyrese               19:11
REBOUND (OFF) by CLARK, Jon                     19:11
MISSED LAYUP by CLARK, Jon                      19:08
                                                19:08              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                18:35              MISSED JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice
REBOUND (DEF) by HAZELTON, Scott                18:35
                                                18:24              FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
TURNOVR by MACK, Terrence                       18:16
                                                17:55   0-4   V 4  GOOD! JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris
GOOD! JUMPER by HAZELTON, Scott                 17:29   2-4   V 2
ASSIST by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                      17:29
                                                17:04              TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane
STEAL by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                       17:03
MISSED 3 PTR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                16:43
                                                16:43              REBOUND (DEF) by Chadwick, Chris
                                                16:38   2-6   V 4  GOOD! LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice [FB/PNT]
                                                16:38              ASSIST by Chadwick, Chris
MISSED 3 PTR by LUCKY, Jon                      16:14
                                                16:14              REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice
                                                16:09              FOUL by Chadwick, Chris
                                                16:09              TURNOVR by Chadwick, Chris
MISSED 3 PTR by HAZELTON, Scott                 16:01
                                                16:01              REBOUND (DEF) by Chadwick, Chris
                                                15:46              MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by LUCKY, Jon                     15:46
                                                15:27              BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane
                                                15:27              FOUL by Salovski, Jeff
                                                15:27              REBOUND (DEF) by Salovski, Jeff
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   15:27
MISSED FT SHOT by MACK, Terrence                15:27
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     15:27
MISSED FT SHOT by MACK, Terrence                15:27
REBOUND (OFF) by HAZELTON, Scott                15:27
MISSED LAYUP by HAZELTON, Scott                 15:27
                                                15:27              BLOCK by Salovski, Jeff
REBOUND (OFF) by HAZELTON, Scott                15:27
MISSED LAYUP by HAZELTON, Scott                 15:27
REBOUND (OFF) by CLARK, Jon                     15:27
MISSED LAYUP by CLARK, Jon                      15:27
                                                14:55              MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (DEF) by LUCKY, Jon                     14:55
MISSED LAYUP by HAZELTON, Scott                 14:49
REBOUND (OFF) by MACK, Terrence                 14:49
GOOD! JUMPER by MACK, Terrence                  14:37   4-6   V 2
                                                14:14              MISSED JUMPER by Anderson, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by LUCKY, Jon                     14:14
MISSED JUMPER by CLARK, Jon                     14:01
                                                14:01              REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                13:41              MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane
BLOCK by MACK, Terrence                         13:41
                                                13:40              REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                13:30   4-9   V 5  GOOD! 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
                                                13:10              FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
MISSED 3 PTR by HAZELTON, Scott                 13:08
REBOUND (OFF) by HAZELTON, Scott                13:08
GOOD! JUMPER by LUCKY, Jon                      12:39   6-9   V 3
                                                12:22              TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun
MISSED 3 PTR by BITEE, Parfait                  11:57
REBOUND (OFF) by DANIELS, Will                  11:57
GOOD! TIP-IN by DANIELS, Will [PNT]             11:47   8-9   V 1
                                                11:29              MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
                                                11:29              REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff
FOUL by LUCKY, Jon                              11:23
                                                11:23              TIMEOUT media
                                                11:19              MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art
REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)                     11:19
                                                11:18              FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff
MISSED JUMPER by DANIELS, Will                  11:01
REBOUND (OFF) by HAZELTON, Scott                11:01
GOOD! LAYUP by HAZELTON, Scott [PNT]            10:58  10-9   H 1
                                                10:34  10-11  V 1  GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]
                                                10:34              ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice
FOUL by HAZELTON, Scott                         10:34
                                                10:34              MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (DEF) by HAZELTON, Scott                10:34
MISSED 3 PTR by DANIELS, Will                   10:19
                                                10:19              REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)
FOUL by HAZELTON, Scott                         10:18
                                                10:04              MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice
REBOUND (DEF) by MACK, Terrence                 10:04
TURNOVR by LUCKY, Jon                           09:58
                                                09:57              STEAL by Anderson, Anthony
                                                09:53  10-13  V 3  GOOD! LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice [FB/PNT]
                                                09:53              ASSIST by Bowers, Art
GOOD! LAYUP by MACK, Terrence [PNT]             09:27  12-13  V 1
                                                09:15              FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                09:15              TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff
MISSED JUMPER by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel             08:55
                                                08:55              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
FOUL by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel                      08:43
                                                08:42              MISSED JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice
REBOUND (DEF) by DANIELS, Will                  08:42
MISSED 3 PTR by DANIELS, Will                   08:26
                                                08:26              REBOUND (DEF) by Bowers, Art
                                                07:49              MISSED JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris
REBOUND (DEF) by DANIELS, Will                  07:49
GOOD! JUMPER by CLARK, Jon                      07:41  14-13  H 1
ASSIST by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                      07:41
                                                07:17              TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun
MISSED 3 PTR by MACK, Terrence                  07:06
                                                07:06              REBOUND (DEF) by Bowers, Art
                                                06:35              MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art
REBOUND (DEF) by BITEE, Parfait                 06:35
TURNOVR by DANIELS, Will                        06:21
                                                06:03              MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (DEF) by CLARK, Jon                     06:03
TURNOVR by CLARK, Jon                           05:58
                                                05:55              STEAL by Chadwick, Chris
                                                05:52              MISSED JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris
                                                05:52              REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                05:48              MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (DEF) by SULLIVAN, Tyrese               05:48
TURNOVR by DANIELS, Will                        05:31
                                                05:17              MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
                                                05:17              REBOUND (OFF) by Maxwell, Maurice
FOUL by MACK, Terrence                          05:12
                                                05:12  14-14  T 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
                                                05:12  14-15  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
MISSED 3 PTR by BITEE, Parfait                  04:43
                                                04:43              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                04:22              TURNOVR by Bowers, Art
STEAL by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                       04:20
TURNOVR by LUCKY, Jon                           04:07
                                                04:05              STEAL by Anderson, Anthony
                                                04:03  14-17  V 3  GOOD! LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice [FB/PNT]
                                                04:03              ASSIST by Anderson, Anthony
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   03:56
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   03:40
MISSED 3 PTR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                03:30
REBOUND (OFF) by DANIELS, Will                  03:30
MISSED LAYUP by DANIELS, Will                   03:26
                                                03:26              REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence
                                                03:10              MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         03:10
MISSED JUMPER by HAZELTON, Scott                02:44
                                                02:44              REBOUND (DEF) by Chadwick, Chris
                                                02:20              MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence
REBOUND (DEF) by HAZELTON, Scott                02:20
MISSED JUMPER by DANIELS, Will                  02:11
                                                02:11              REBOUND (DEF) by Anderson, Anthony
                                                02:00  14-20  V 6  GOOD! 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
                                                02:00              ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice
MISSED 3 PTR by HAZELTON, Scott                 01:40
                                                01:40              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                01:22              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                01:05              MISSED LAYUP by Chadwick, Chris
REBOUND (DEF) by CLARK, Jon                     01:05
TURNOVR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                     00:52
                                                00:51              STEAL by Chadwick, Chris
                                                00:48              FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                00:48              TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun
TURNOVR by BITEE, Parfait                       00:30
                                                00:29              STEAL by Chadwick, Chris
                                                00:01              MISSED JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice
REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)                     00:01


                                   UMASS 20, RHODE ISLAND 14

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          UMASS                   8       8       5       6       0      1     2
          RHODE ISLAND            6       2       8       0       2      0     2


2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: RHODE ISLAND                         TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: UMASS
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TURNOVR by HAZELTON, Scott                      19:42
                                                19:15              MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by MACK, Terrence                 19:15
GOOD! LAYUP by HAZELTON, Scott [FB/PNT]         19:07  16-20  V 4
ASSIST by LUCKY, Jon                            19:07
                                                18:42              MISSED 3 PTR by Anderson, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)                     18:42
                                                18:40              FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
TURNOVR by MACK, Terrence                       18:29
                                                18:28              STEAL by Chadwick, Chris
                                                18:26              MISSED LAYUP by Chadwick, Chris
                                                18:26              REBOUND (OFF) by Anderson, Anthony
                                                18:09              MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice
                                                18:09              REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane
FOUL by LUCKY, Jon                              18:01
                                                17:58  16-22  V 6  GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
MISSED JUMPER by MACK, Terrence                 17:34
                                                17:34              BLOCK by Salovski, Jeff
REBOUND (OFF) by MACK, Terrence                 17:33
MISSED JUMPER by MACK, Terrence                 17:32
REBOUND (OFF) by HAZELTON, Scott                17:32
GOOD! TIP-IN by HAZELTON, Scott [PNT]           17:29  18-22  V 4
                                                17:05  18-24  V 6  GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
FOUL by HAZELTON, Scott                         16:49
TURNOVR by HAZELTON, Scott                      16:49
                                                16:30              MISSED LAYUP by Salovski, Jeff
REBOUND (DEF) by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel             16:30
                                                16:24              FOUL by Salovski, Jeff
MISSED FT SHOT by DANIELS, Will                 16:24
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     16:24
MISSED FT SHOT by DANIELS, Will                 16:24
                                                16:24              REBOUND (DEF) by Salovski, Jeff
                                                15:53              MISSED JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris
REBOUND (DEF) by CLARK, Jon                     15:53
GOOD! 3 PTR by DANIELS, Will                    15:44  21-24  V 3
ASSIST by LUCKY, Jon                            15:44
FOUL by LUCKY, Jon                              15:23
                                                14:52  21-27  V 6  GOOD! 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice
                                                14:52              ASSIST by Salovski, Jeff
MISSED 3 PTR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                14:28
REBOUND (OFF) by DANIELS, Will                  14:28
GOOD! JUMPER by DANIELS, Will [PNT]             14:26  23-27  V 4
                                                13:59              TURNOVR by Chadwick, Chris
MISSED JUMPER by SULLIVAN, Tyrese               13:41
                                                13:41              REBOUND (DEF) by Bowers, Art
FOUL by CLARK, Jon                              13:21
                                                12:57              MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art
REBOUND (DEF) by BITEE, Parfait                 12:57
                                                12:56              FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff
TURNOVR by MACK, Terrence                       12:36
                                                12:35              STEAL by Anderson, Anthony
                                                12:25  23-29  V 6  GOOD! LAYUP by Salovski, Jeff [PNT]
                                                12:25              ASSIST by Bowers, Art
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   12:16
MISSED 3 PTR by DANIELS, Will                   11:51
REBOUND (OFF) by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel             11:51
MISSED 3 PTR by LUCKY, Jon                      11:32
                                                11:32              REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                11:13  23-31  V 8  GOOD! LAYUP by Salovski, Jeff [PNT]
                                                11:13              ASSIST by Bowers, Art
FOUL by DANIELS, Will                           11:13
                                                11:13              MISSED FT SHOT by Salovski, Jeff
REBOUND (DEF) by BITEE, Parfait                 11:13
GOOD! 3 PTR by BITEE, Parfait                   10:57  26-31  V 5
ASSIST by HAZELTON, Scott                       10:57
FOUL by CLARK, Jon                              10:24
                                                10:24  26-32  V 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by Chadwick, Chris
                                                10:24  26-33  V 7  GOOD! FT SHOT by Chadwick, Chris
MISSED 3 PTR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                10:04
REBOUND (OFF) by BITEE, Parfait                 10:04
TURNOVR by BITEE, Parfait                       10:04
                                                10:04              STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff
FOUL by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                        09:47
                                                09:47  26-34  V 8  GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                09:47              MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (DEF) by CLARK, Jon                     09:47
MISSED JUMPER by CLARK, Jon                     09:30
                                                09:30              REBOUND (DEF) by Anderson, Anthony
                                                09:13  26-36  V 10 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]
TURNOVR by LUCKY, Jon                           08:44
                                                08:43              STEAL by Anderson, Anthony
                                                08:41  26-38  V 12 GOOD! LAYUP by Anderson, Anthony [FB/PNT]
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   08:33
GOOD! JUMPER by BITEE, Parfait                  08:18  28-38  V 10
ASSIST by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                      08:18
                                                08:06  28-40  V 12 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]
                                                08:06              ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice
GOOD! 3 PTR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                 07:36  31-40  V 9
                                                07:17              TURNOVR by Bowers, Art
MISSED JUMPER by DANIELS, Will                  07:16
                                                07:16              REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice
                                                07:00              TURNOVR by Bowers, Art
STEAL by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel                     06:59
MISSED 3 PTR by DANIELS, Will                   06:55
REBOUND (OFF) by BITEE, Parfait                 06:55
                                                06:45              FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff
GOOD! FT SHOT by MACK, Terrence                 06:45  32-40  V 8
GOOD! FT SHOT by MACK, Terrence                 06:45  33-40  V 7
                                                06:22  33-42  V 9  GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
                                                06:22              ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice
                                                05:57              FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
MISSED FT SHOT by MACK, Terrence                05:57
                                                05:57              REBOUND (DEF) by Anderson, Anthony
                                                05:25  33-45  V 12 GOOD! 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice
                                                05:25              ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff
MISSED LAYUP by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel              05:08
REBOUND (OFF) by MACK, Terrence                 05:08
MISSED LAYUP by MACK, Terrence                  05:05
                                                05:05              BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (OFF) by DANIELS, Will                  05:04
                                                05:04              FOUL by Chadwick, Chris
MISSED FT SHOT by DANIELS, Will                 05:04
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     05:04
GOOD! FT SHOT by DANIELS, Will                  05:04  34-45  V 11
                                                04:29              TURNOVR by (TEAM)
                                                04:26              FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
MISSED FT SHOT by DANIELS, Will                 04:26
                                                04:26              REBOUND (DEF) by Anderson, Anthony
                                                03:48              MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice
REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)                     03:48
TIMEOUT media                                   03:47
GOOD! 3 PTR by BROOKS, Randy                    03:42  37-45  V 8
ASSIST by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                      03:42
                                                03:30              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                03:14              MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun
BLOCK by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel                     03:14
                                                03:14              REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                03:14              TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun
MISSED 3 PTR by BITEE, Parfait                  02:53
REBOUND (OFF) by DANIELS, Will                  02:53
                                                02:50              FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
MISSED FT SHOT by DANIELS, Will                 02:50
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     02:50
GOOD! FT SHOT by DANIELS, Will                  02:50  38-45  V 7
                                                02:25  38-47  V 9  GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun
MISSED 3 PTR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                02:09
REBOUND (OFF) by BITEE, Parfait                 02:09
MISSED 3 PTR by BITEE, Parfait                  01:57
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         01:57
                                                01:54              TIMEOUT 30sec
GOOD! LAYUP by DANIELS, Will [PNT]              01:34  40-47  V 7
FOUL by BROOKS, Randy                           01:23
                                                01:23              MISSED FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         01:23
MISSED 3 PTR by BROOKS, Randy                   01:08
                                                01:08              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                00:52              TIMEOUT 30sec
FOUL by BITEE, Parfait                          00:50
                                                00:50              MISSED FT SHOT by Anderson, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by DANIELS, Will                  00:50
MISSED 3 PTR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese                00:42
                                                00:42              BLOCK by Chadwick, Chris
                                                00:41              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
FOUL by BROOKS, Randy                           00:38
                                                00:38  40-48  V 8  GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                00:38              MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (DEF) by BITEE, Parfait                 00:38
MISSED 3 PTR by BITEE, Parfait                  00:31
REBOUND (OFF) by DANIELS, Will                  00:31
GOOD! LAYUP by DANIELS, Will [PNT]              00:29  42-48  V 6
TIMEOUT TEAM                                    00:27
FOUL by DANIELS, Will                           00:26
                                                00:26              MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                00:26              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                00:26  42-49  V 7  GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff
TURNOVR by BITEE, Parfait                       00:17
FOUL by BITEE, Parfait                          00:13
                                                00:13              MISSED FT SHOT by Anderson, Anthony
                                                00:13              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                00:13              MISSED FT SHOT by Anderson, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel             00:13
GOOD! DUNK by DANIELS, Will [PNT]               00:02  44-49  V 5


                                   UMASS 49, RHODE ISLAND 44

          2nd period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          UMASS                  16       7       2       2       5      0     0
          RHODE ISLAND           12       3      12       2      21      0     0


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................    8   7 -  15
RHODE ISLAND............    2   3 -   5

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................    8  16 -  24
RHODE ISLAND............    6  12 -  18

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................    5   2 -   7
RHODE ISLAND............    8  12 -  20

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................    6   2 -   8
RHODE ISLAND............    0   2 -   2

BENCH POINTS                1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................    0   5 -   5
RHODE ISLAND............    2  21 -  23

SCORE TIED BY               1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................    1   0 -   1
RHODE ISLAND............    0   0 -   0

LEAD GAINED BY              1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................    2   0 -   2
RHODE ISLAND............    2   0 -   2

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