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UMass takes on FSU
By Bob McGovern, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/15/2005

In the midst of an up and down Atlantic 10 conference schedule, the Massachusetts men's basketball team (12-9, 6-5 A-10) is faced with a legitimate challenge from the always-powerful Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) this evening.

Tonight at the Mullins Center, the Minutemen are hosting Florida State (11-13, 3-8 ACC) for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The game will be the last non-conference game for both squads as they gear up for their respective conference tournaments.

The Seminoles are best known this year for their improbable 91-83 victory over then No. 3 Wake Forest on Jan. 18. The game was only FSU's second conference game of the season, with its first being a 64-63 loss to the University of Miami four days earlier.

Some would say that the victory was the last positive for the Seminoles this season as they went on to lose five of their next six games, including an embarrassing 87-48 loss in a rematch against Wake Forest on Saturday.

UMass coach Steve Lappas has heard talk about Florida State's problems over the past few weeks, but is quick to cast off any doubts about this team. He understands that a team that struggles in the ACC is a little different than a floundering team in a lesser mid-major conference.

"The writer from the St. Petersburg paper said to me this morning 'well you're playing a struggling team' and I said 'whoa, (Florida State) is a struggling team that struggled against Maryland, Duke, North Carolina and Georgia Tech ... that's a little different."

Leading the way for FSU has been the offense of sophomore guard Van Wafer. Wafer had led the Seminoles in scoring in eight of of their last 10 games. He also has the highest scoring output on the team, putting up a solid 14.4 points per game (ppg.).

Wafer's best weapon has been his proficiency from behind the arch. over the course of this season he has hit 61 threes shooting an extraordinary .442 from behind the arch. Lappas, whose team has struggled at times against strong perimeter games, is well-educated in Wafer's shooting prowess.

"The kid Von Wafer is a tremendous player, one of the best shooters in the country believe it or not. He made seven threes against Wake Forest, he's a great 3 point shooter," Lappas said.

Conversely, the Minutemen have been going through a bit of a dry spell from three point land. UMass hit only one three pointer in Saturday's 63-56 loss to Fordham and have shot a mere .319 percent on the season.

Putting a further damper on this statistic is the uncertain status of senior captain Anthony Anderson's back. Anderson has had discomfort in his back, but according to Lappas, it flared u a bit during the Fordham game. Anderson currently leads the team in three (46) and three point percentage (.393).

Lappas knows that in order to be successful against FSU the Minutemen need to play a more consistent inside-out game. However, he is also pleased that UMass is no longer taking as many forced three-pointers as it has in the past.

"Our perimeter shooting has been the biggest Achilles heel of this team the whole year. If we shoot the ball well, we are a much better basketball team. I think we're taking very good shots, we just need to start making them." Lappas said. "The good thing is that we're cutting down on the number of threes we're taking, but we still need to make a couple of them."

If FSU wants to take the Minutemen out of their game they will try to turn up the half court defense. Over the course of this season, the Seminoles have exhibited an athletic approach to their defense, which including letting the opposing cross the half court line before attacking.

Lappas is a bit concerned about catching this team in the midst of a losing streak, especially after a demoralizing loss. He sees this team as one of the most talented UMass has seen this year to date.

"This is a good team. They're very talented and very athletic, and this is as talented a team to come in here this year." Lappas said. "I'm not telling you they're as talented as Boston College, who's having a great year, but this team has talent all over the place. It's a tough game, a tough match up."

NOTE: UMass is 3-0 against ACC teams when they come to play at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen defeated N.C. State 69-62 on Jan. 2, 2003; the historic 1995 Wake Forest team 60-46, and Florida State 62-58 on Feb. 3, 1994... today's game will be the second time in Florida State history that its basketball team has played in Massachusetts, the first was the aforementioned loss to UMass in 1994.


Putting the game together
By Mike Marzelli, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/15/2005

Originally, tonight's game between the Massachusetts men's basketball team and Atlantic Coast Conference foe Florida State wasn't even supposed to happen. Now, it is a crucial non-conference litmus test for UMass, and it's up to the Minutemen to make it happen.

When head coach Steve Lappas and his staff sat down prior to the season and began compiling non-conference games for the 2004-05 season, annual foes like Connecticut and Boston College were the first to be added, along with Dec. 4's Battle in Seattle against Gonzaga.

From there, Lappas added the usual array of mid-majors; local schools such as Boston University and Northeastern, along with credible out-of-towners Davidson and Birmingham Southern before filling in the final pieces here and there with the likes of Rider and Yale.

ACC newcomer Miami was one of the final pieces, and when the Hurricanes signed on the dotted line to agree to play UMass in a home-and-home set over this season and next, there was one last remaining hole in the schedule.

"We were scrambling for our last game and wanted to play somebody of a decent caliber." Lappas said. "We were going to play St. John's or Georgetown, but both of them bailed on us at the last second."

Left without a final game with hardly any time to spare before the schedule needed to be finalized, Lappas called on an old friend to see if he could set something up.

"We were calling around like crazy, and I called Leonard Hamilton," Lappas said. "I knew him from our Big East days when he was at Miami and I was at Villanova, and we got lucky when we found out [he needed a game.

"I said we'd like to play in February, and they had their week off from the ACC this week, so it worked out perfect."

While the scheduling of the game worked out perfectly, scouting an ACC team isn't necessarily as simple. As Lappas explains, ACC coaches adhere to an unwritten edict of not divulging information on other conferences teams outside of the league.

"ACC guys are not allowed to give information on other ACC schools," Lappas said. "[Georgia Tech coach] Paul Hewitt is one of my best friends, and I would call him first, but I don't want to put him on the spot. We really did not speak with anyone in particular about Florida State."

Nonetheless, Lappas was able to obtain numerous tapes of the Seminoles, and can rely on his prior knowledge of Hamilton's style in preparing for the game - a game the Minutemen could sorely use in their quest to finish strong and secure a postseason bid.

"They're easy to prepare for because they've played a ton of games on TV, so we have all their tapes," Lappas said. "We've seen their last 10 games on tape and I know Leonard Hamilton, so I think we have a pretty good idea what they do.

"It's mostly just about us going out there and making some shots, because this is a game that would really help us to win and gain momentum from."

The game is also a rarity in that it is a non-conference matchup smack dab in the middle of A-10 play, as the Minutemen played Fordham this past weekend and will return to conference action this Saturday at La Salle.

Yet Lappas feels as if it is a well-placed game in his team's schedule, and will not only provide a good break from the rigors of conference play, but prevented UMass from having to endure an extremely difficult stretch earlier in the season.

"For us, I like the idea of playing one of these games in February, otherwise you end up playing UConn, BC, Gonzaga, Miami and Florida State all within a three week period in December," Lappas said. "I'd much prefer to play one of those games later in the year, I think it's better for us."


Anderson may sit with hurt back
By Mike Marzelli, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/15/2005

Senior captain Anthony Anderson may not play in the Massachusetts men's basketball team's 7 P.M. game with Florida State at the Mullins Center, according to head coach Steve Lappas.

Anderson has been battling a back injury for much of the season, an injury Lappas said flared up in the days leading up to and during Saturday's loss at Fordham. He will be a game-time decision.

"We don't know if Anthony is going to be playing, so obviously that's something that is a concern," Lappas said. "His back [was] bothering him [yesterday]. We're going to make a game day decision on him, but we're going to assume now that he's not going to be playing."

A four-year starter for the Minutemen, Anderson is currently averaging 11 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. With him out of the lineup, it will be up to senior Chris Chadwick and Sophomore Maurice Maxwell to fill in at the point and run the offense.

From there, the onus will be on UMass' younger players to step up and help fill the void in a depleted rotation that already includes a less-than-healthy Jeff Viggiano.

"[Chadwick's] role doesn't change at all. Maurice Maxwell's does because now he has to play some point," Lappas said. "Artie Bowers needs to obviously start playing some more minutes again, and Jeff Viggiano has to play more around the perimeter. That changes the food chain with Lawrence Carrier and Big Deli in there too.

Nonetheless Lappas feels as if his team is confident in its ability to win even without Anderson.

"I don't doubt that our guys will be fine and know they can win without him, that's not even an issue," Lappas said. "It just obviously hurts our depth, and it's about winning with one less guy, especially a perimeter guy."


Anderson may miss game with Seminoles
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/12/2005

University of Massachusetts senior guard Anthony Anderson's chronic back problem that flared up against Fordham could keep him out of tonight's game against Florida State at the Mullins Center.

He's really hurting today, coach Steve Lappas said Monday. ''It's very stiff and he has lower back pain. ... It was bad Sunday and it's really not much better today.'' If Anderson can't go, Lappas plans to start Artie Bowers in his place and hopes that might jump-start the struggling sophomore.

Both the Minutemen and Seminoles enter the game coming off a Saturday they'd like to forget. UMass lost a disappointing game at Fordham 63-56, while Florida State took an 87-48 whipping at the hands of Wake Forest.

The Seminoles headed into Atlantic Coast Conference play at a respectable 8-5. But the ACC has been a rough road as Florida State is 3-8 in conference and 11-13 overall.

''For us their record is irrelevant. We know they have ACC-caliber athletes and we know there are a number of things we need to do to be successful in this game,'' Lappas said. ''I'm not worried about us defending them. I'm sure we'll defend them. We have to score. Especially with a guy like Anthony probably being out.''

The Minutemen (12-9, 6-5 Atlantic 10) went 3-0 earlier this season without Anderson as his teammates elevated their play in his absence.

''We played fine without him. I certainly hope that happens again, but we didn't play anyone the caliber of Florida State,'' Lappas said.

The Seminoles have had some impressive wins this season, beating Wake Forest, Florida and Minnesota, but they couldn't sustain them. They arrive at the Mullins Center for the final stop of a nine-day, three-game road trip on a four-game losing streak.

Von Wafer, a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard, is Florida State's only double-figure scorer with 14.4 points per game.

UMASS vs. ACC - While the ACC arguably has been the nation's best conference in recent years, its members have struggled against UMass. The Minutemen are 3-0 against ACC teams in the Mullins Center and 5-0 anywhere in Massachusetts.

ENTERTAINING HISTORY - These two teams have some entertaining history. In 1992-93 the Sam Cassell and Bob Sura led Seminoles edged the Minutemen 67-64.

Sura came to Amherst the following year and brought Heisman Award winner Charlie Ward with him, but the Minutemen held off Florida State 62-58.

The teams played again in 1999, meeting in Fort Lauderdale in the Orange Bowl Classic. Behind 30 points by Monty Mack, the Minutemen won 69-60.

SOUNDS FAMILIAR - Florida State senior big man Adam Waleskowski is the younger brother of former Dayton standout Keith Waleskowski.

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


Freeman Scores 27 But Men's Basketball Falls 63-56 At Fordham
Loss snaps Minutemen three-game win streak
From UMass Athletics, 2/15/2005

AMHERST, Mass. -- Maurice Maxwell tallied game-high 19 points and also recorded six steals in leading the Massachusetts Minutemen to a 78-68 victory over the Florida State Seminoles in non-conference play from the Mullins Center in Amherst.

Rashaun Freeman added 13 points and five boards for UMass (13-9), which won for the third time in its last four games. Art Bowers turned in 12 points and seven assists in the victory, while Jeff Viggiano and Lawrence Carrier each chipped in 11 points.

Von Wafer paced the Seminoles (11-14) with 16 points and five steals. Todd Galloway contributed 11 points and six assists, as Florida State dropped its fifth game in a row.

The Seminoles shot 50.0 percent from the floor in the opening frame, taking a 30-27 lead into the break.

In the second half, the Minutemen shot a scorching 70.8 percent from the field, as they came from behind for the 10-point win.

UMass made a season-high 57.1 percent of its total field goals in the game, while Florida State hit on 44.6 percent its shots from the floor.


Notes & quotes
From UMass Athletics, 2/15/2005

UMass is now a perfect 4-0 at the Mullins Center against ACC teams (in the league at the time of the game), having previously beaten NC State (1/2/03), Wake Forest (12/6/95) and Florida State (2/3/94). Including two wins over Maryland, one each in Worcester and Springfield, UMass is 6-0 against ACC teams in the state of Massachusetts. All-time, UMass is 18-15 against teams from the current ACC (including Virginia Tech and Miami).

UMass has beaten a team from the Big East (UConn) and ACC (Florida State) in the same season for the first time since the 1999-2000 season when the Minutemen also beat Florida State as well as Boston College and Villanova.

UMass had five scorers in double-figures for the second time this season, also done vs. Xavier.

UMass is a perfect 9-0 when scoring 70 or more points this season and 26-9 under Lappas over the last four years.

Maurice Maxwell reached double-figures for the eighth time in the last nine games and ninth time in the last 11 games with 18. Maxwell had a career-high six steals in the game.

Rashaun Freeman reached double-figures for the 40th time in 51 career games and 16th time in 22 games this season with 13.

In his first start in 10 games, Art Bowers also scored in double-figures for the first time in 12 games and sixth time this season with 12. It was his 18th career game with 10 or more points. He also had a season-high seven assists. Freshman Lawrence Carrier had a career-high 11 points in the game. He also set a new career high with three 3-pt field goals made.

Jeff Viggiano had his best game since returning from an ankle injury three weeks ago, as he scored 10 points. It was his third game of the season in double-figures and 25th of his career.

UMass is now 4-0 when Anthony Anderson is not in the line-up winning three games back in December.

UMass had a season-high 57.1 percent from the floor (28-of-49). It was the highest since Jan. 28, 2004 when they shot 59.5 percent (25-of-42) against Fordham.

UMass had a huge shooting half in the final 20 minutes, hitting (17-of-24) in the second half. In the first half, UMass was just 11-for-25 in the first half.

Conversely Florida State was just 13-of-32 in the second half going 12-of-24 in the first half for 50 percent.

Senior Anthony Anderson did not dress due to a sore back ... walk-ons Tim Collins (mono) and Nana Ampim (ankle) also did not dress for the game. Alassane Kouyate continued to sit out with bad knees.

Other Notes: UMass won the tap ... Maurice Maxwell hit a jumper for the first points 31 seconds into the action ... Maxwell dunked home UMass' second basket ...


Head Coach Steve Lappas on the team's play:
"I thought that we played a terrific basketball game. I don't usually say that often but I have to say it tonight. In the second half we played much better defensively. In the first half we followed or plan. We slowed them down, but they got a couple of transition baskets. They are a very fast team. Once we are able to turn the game into a half court game, that was much better for us. Our half court offense was as good as it's been all season."

Lappas on the play of Jeff Vigiano:
"Terrific. Unbelievable. I asked him in shoot-around how he was and he said `I feel pretty good coach.' He'd tell me. The other day he told me that he was feeling a little stiff. You saw what he does for us. He does everything."

Lappas on the team's offensive play:
"I thought our guys moved the ball as well as we have all year. What I was trying to tell the players is that the more passes you make, the more points you score. Players think, `Less passes, more points,' and that's not the case. We passed the ball tonight unbelievably. We got great shots and great looks. Our half court game tonight was on the money."

Lappas on Art Bowers:
"I give the guy credit. He is going through the toughest time in his life basketball-wise. He's never experienced anything like this before. He's had a terrific attitude from the time he was on the bench to today. He never moped. I'm sure he was upset, but he came everyday to practice and worked hard. In the last couple of games, even though he wasn't making shots, he was playing more under control, and tonight it paid off."

Lappas on the team's toughness:
"I thought our guys were really tough tonight. Even though we didn't rebound the ball particularly well by numbers, I thought we were very game. I thought we fought hard and we didn't give them an inch, and that says something about the tenacity of our guys."

Lappas on the team's season:
"We've been preaching the same thing all year. We're going to get better as the year goes on. We played eight guys tonight: six freshmen, one junior, and one senior. Guys are fitting in and starting to understand a little more now. We knew we were going to be good but we also knew we were going to be a work-in-progress. We're not a finished product yet, but we're getting better and better. We're not great right now, but we're certainly good."

Rashaun Freeman on his slow start: "I was so overwhelmed the first three minutes of the game, I have never been that tired ever. My legs were so tired, but when I came out and saw how my teammates were playing and I went in there and did what I could do. I knew that the touches would come".

Rashaun Freeman on the physical aspects of tonight's game:
"We knew it was going to be very physical. This was one of the most athletics teams we have played all year, but we just never gave up. I realized how this game was going to be played after the first few minutes. I just posted up deeper and made them eventually back off me".

Lawrence Carrier on his role tonight and his playing time this season:
" I just came out and played my game, the shots were open, and I just fed off my teammates. I mean, everyone wants to play, but the people in front of me are playing great, so I can't complain. I am just going to wait for my time".

Maurice Maxwell on the performance against Florida State this evening: "We got a little pattern, that when we play at our lowest, and then we play a team that most people think we shouldn't beat, and we come out and play good against them".

Maurice Maxwell's on the victory over Florida State as a momentum builder:
"This game is going to be the one. It's getting towards the end of the year and we are trying to play as consistenty as we can. We definitely need to build off this one, and look at the past games and see that we need to come out with this type of effort and really focus".

Maurice Maxwell's comments on executing tonight's game plan:
"We knew we had to win this game in the last 10 minutes of the second half. We came out knowing that we couldn't blow them out. We were practicing all week to finish strong, and we just followed the gameplan".

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Jeff Viggiano works on Jason Rich.

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Rashaun Freeman reacts to Anthony Richardson's rebound.

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Freeman loses track of Rich.


Minutemen conquer Seminoles
By Mike Marzelli, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/16/2005

Just when they make you think they're fading, just when they make you think they're coming apart and just when they make you think they're ready to be counted out, the members of the Massachusetts men's basketball team have consistently found a way to remind you of something.

They're not.

Playing without senior captain and point guard Anthony Anderson and coming off a disappointing loss at Fordham, the Minutemen came together and produced their most balanced offensive attack of the season, breaking open a close game in the second half to storm past Atlantic Coast Conference rival Florida State 78-68 before 4,690 at the William Mullins Center.

UMass (13-9, 6-5 Atlantic 10) returns to action on Saturday when it will resume conference play at La Salle in Philadelphia. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at Tom Gola Arena.

"We played a terrific basketball game," UMass coach Steve Lappas said. "We've been preaching the same thing all year: we're going to get better as the year goes on ... the guys are fitting in and starting to understand things now.

"I knew we'd be good, but I also knew we'd be a work in progress. We're not a finished product yet and we may not be great right now, but we're certainly good."

Running the point for significant minutes with Anderson out, sophomore guard Maurice Maxwell produced game-highs in points with 19 and steals with six to lead UMass on both ends of the court.

Classmates Rashaun Freeman (13 points) and Art Bowers (12 points) joined Maxwell in double figures, along with junior Jeff Viggiano and freshman Lawrence Carrier who chipped in with 11 points apiece.

"I thought we did a great job on the offensive end, and our half court offense was as good as it's been all year," Steve Lappas said. "I thought our guys moved the ball as well as they have all year. We took great shots and had great looks and ... we were making five or six passes per possession. For us, more passes equal more points."

The Minutemen lost the battle of the boards to the Seminoles 33-24, but asserted themselves physically in the lane with strong shot blocking from Stephane Lasme and outscored Leonard Hamilton's club 34-24 in the paint -- something Lappas views as evidence of his team's tenacity.

"Our guys were really tough tonight," Lappas said. "Even though we didn't rebound the ball particularly well by numbers, I thought we were very game and I thought we fought hard and we didn't give them an inch. It says something about the tenacity of our guys."

FSU (11-14, 3-8 ACC) star guard Von Wafer bounced back from a slow start to lead his team with 16 points, and point guard Todd Galloway added 11 points and six assists.

"[Lappas] deserves a lot of credit because he had a good plan and had his guys ready to play us," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They took it to us on both ends, and we weren't able to respond to them."

Florida State was holding a slim 40-39 edge with just under 14 minutes remaining when the Maroon and White took hold of the game's first swing of momentum with a 13-2 run.

Back-to-back lay-ups by Freeman pushed UMass out in front by three, before the Minutemen's depleted backcourt took center stage with two of the game's more impressive hoops.

First it was Bowers who extended the lead to three when he knifed under the basket from the wing and flipped a reverse lay-up off the glass for two.

Then it was Maxwell who one-upped his backcourt partner, taking a laser-beam pass from Jeff Viggiano and connecting on a reverse lay-up of his own while being fouled. After adding the free throw, UMass' lead was six, at 48-42.

The Minutemen then went to their big man to finish off the run, getting a pair of free throws from Jeff Salovski and a Lasme lay-up off another feed from Viggiano to give UMass its largest lead of the game at 52-42.

However, after being held quiet for the first three-quarters of the game, Wafer then finally made his presence felt to get the Seminoles back into the contest.

Scoring 10 consecutive points on his own, including his first two treys of the night, the sophomore guard was personally responsible for a 10-3 FSU run that cut the UMass lead to 55-52 at the 6:47 mark.

Yet in the end, the Minutemen were not to be denied. Utilizing an aggressive offense and arguably their best interior defense of the season, UMass regained control with a 10-3 run of its own.

Stymieing FSU inside with a flurry of blocks on possession after possession, UMass carried that intensity into the offensive end and got aggressive hoops on nearly every trip.

After Freeman began the run with an easy hoop down low, Viggiano went to the hoop himself and tossed in a lay-up before Maxwell picked up a loose ball off an FSU turnover and cruised in for an uncontested hoop that solidified UMass' edge at 61-53.

Wafer added a free throw for the 'Noles on their next possession, but Viggiano responded immediately with another strong lay-up, and Maxwell beat the shot clock with a last-second 3-point heave to keep UMass in front at 68-56 with 1:27 left in the game.

The Maroon and White shot 5-of-7 from the foul line down the stretch and hung on easily to collect its 13th win of the season.

"This was a huge game for us," said Viggiano, whose 26-minute effort Lappas deemed "terrific" and "unbelievable."

"To show that we can play together gives us the confidence we need as a team heading back into conference play."

Both teams came out firing in the first half, with the Seminoles using a 9-3 run to grab an early 11-7 lead and eventually pushing the edge to as many as six.

The Minutemen were able to hang tough and keep the score close throughout the half, using good perimeter shooting by Art Bowers and Lawrence Carrier and solid defense on Wafer, who was held to 2-of-5 from the floor and 0-of-3 from 3-point range in the frame.

Tied at 27, UMass was able to hold for the last shot of the half but Bowers dribbled into traffic and threw the ball out of bounds.

Todd Galloway then took the inbounds pass with under three seconds on the clock and dribbled up court before nailing a running 3-pointer just before the buzzer to send the 'Noles into halftime leading 30-27.


UMass wins without Anderson
By Bob McGovern, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/16/2005

Before every game, the Massachusetts men's basketball team huddles up with senior captain Anthony Anderson in the middle. They jump, holler and go through a three-beat chant before they break off and hit the trenches.

Last night was slightly different.

Anderson was still in the middle of this pre-game ritual, but this time he was in street clothes. Ailing with back injuries that flared up during UMass' 63-56 loss to Fordham on Saturday, Anderson sat and watched as his teammates picked up the slack and downed visiting Florida State 78-68.

Yesterday is a further illustration of the fact that the Minutemen don't need their ideal starting five to win. However, it has shed light on a rather peculiar trend.

In all games that Anderson has not dressed, the Maroon and White have gone 4-0. During Anderson's midseason suspension, the Minutemen went on to win three straight games over Davidson (Dec. 19), Rider (Dec. 23) and Boston University (Dec. 28). The three-game win streak was also sandwiched between two losses, both with Anderson starting.

UMass coach Steve Lappas has noticed the trend but sees it as more as a coincidence than anything else.

"Anthony is such a good team player that he fits in well the way we're trying to do things." Lappas said. "I think that there is some coincidence, but there are probably some guys -- Lawrence Carrier, Artie Bowers -- that know they are going to play more and relax a little bit more, who knows."

If anything, Bowers has reaped the benefits of Anderson's absence. In the four games that Anderson didn't dress, Bowers has averaged 15.3 points per game, as opposed to the 7.5 ppg he has averaged to date.

Bowers has been efficient in other aspects of the game as well. He grabbed five rebounds on top of 13 points against Davidson, and dished out seven assists last night.

The Minutemen had five players in double figures last night, showing a type of cohesion that has not been the norm this season. Adding to this balanced scoring attack was the aggressive play of junior Jeff Viggiano.

In Anderson's absence, Viggiano was the most experienced player on the floor, with three years of playing time under coach Lappas. He had 11 points, three assists and two rebounds on the night, showing that his previously injured ankle is recovering as planned.

Viggiano was quick to mention how helpful Anderson was on the sidelines. In the character of a true captain, Anderson was a vocal member of the team.

"When we were in the huddle and we were in the time-out huddles, he was just trying to keep us motivated." Viggiano said. "When the game got close he was telling us not to worry. I think he would make a great coach because he thinks just like Coach Lappas."

Another player who picked up his game with Anderson on the bench was sophomore Maurice Maxwell. Maxwell had a career game against the Seminoles, dropping 19 points, with five rebounds and six steals.

Before the warmups, and well before game time, Anderson took Maxwell aside and told him what he needed to do.

"He talked to me before the game and told me I had to step up and not to pass up open shots." Maxwell said. "He told me to keep up the energy and keep everybody up. When you have a player like him, it's impossible to take it for granted. I know we need him."

Although the Minutemen have had an unusual amount of success with their captain on the bench, it is clear where they stand. No one questions how valuable Anderson is when he's available, or whether or not they are a better team with him.

Quite the contrary, actually. It seems that the Maroon and White takes it upon itself to pick up the slack and mirror the intensity of its fallen leader, whenever he isn't on the court.

"We all knew with Anthony being out, our leader and our go-to guy, that our offense would have to step up." Viggiano said. "Of course you want Ant [Anderson], but there is nothing we can do to change that, we just had to step up and give a little more."


Hot-shot Minutemen rock Fla. St.
By Gus Martins, The Boston Herald, 2/16/2005

AMHERST - UMass might still be an up-and-down team that can thrill fans one day and annoy them the next.

Last night, however, the Minutemen left little doubt they can be a very good team with a 78-68 victory over Florida State in front of 4,690 fans at the Mullins Center.

The Minutemen shot a blistering 71 percent from the field in the second half and scored a season-high 51 points to obliterate a three-point halftime deficit. Maurice Maxwell scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the second half to lead five UMass players in double figures.

Rashaun Freeman added 13 for UMass, while Art Bowers had 12 and Jeff Viggiano and Lawrence Carrier 11 each.

Facing a fast and deep crew of Seminoles, the Minutemen turned the game into a halfcourt affair after halftime, limiting the visitors' running ability.

``We knew we had to make them play half court,'' said Maxwell, a 6-foot-5 sophomore who stepped in at point guard for the injured Anthony Anderson (back). ``We saw how they were getting their points in the first half and knew how important getting back (on defense) was. We knew we had to control the pace of this game and not give the ball away.''

The Minutemen, who improved to 13-9, committed 13 turnovers but forced the Seminoles into 16.

Florida State led by as many as six points, 25-19, in the first half but UMass pulled even at 27 before Todd Galloway (11 points) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Seminoles a 30-27 halftime lead.

UMass asserted itself right away in the second half, scoring the first five points. But the big push began at the 14-minute mark when the Minutemen ripped off a 15-1 run to take control and a 52-42 lead. The Minutemen got six points from Freeman, a three-point play from Maxwell, traditional buckets from Bowers and Stephane Lasme and two free throws from Jeff Salovski.

But the Seminoles mounted a furious comeback through the efforts of star Von Wafer (16 points). The 6-5 sophomore scored the team's next 10 points on two treys and a pair of breakaway steals to single-handedly pull Florida State within 55-52 with 6:45 to go.

The Minutemen then turned the heat up on defense, preventing the Seminoles from going inside to 6-10 forward Alexander Johnson (1-of-11 shooting, seven points), making things increasingly difficult for Florida State.

The UMass offense got it going again as well. Buckets by Freeman, Viggiano, Maxwell and Chris Chadwick quickly rang up another 10-point lead (63-53) with 3:55 left.

The teams traded buckets from that point but it was too late for Florida State to get back into the game.

Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said the Minutemen's defense was only part of the story. He said his team's 40 percent shooting and paltry 16 points in the paint in the second half were key factors.

``You have to give them credit,'' he said. ``They capitalized on our mistakes. We gave up 51 points in the second half. If anything your defense has to be a constant. It has to be your mainstay. But give them credit. They swung the ball around and found the open man. They had to have at least five possessions in which they managed to score with less than 10 seconds remaining on the shot clock. That wears a team down.''


UMass deep-sixes another ACC foe
Florida State latest to fall to Minutemen
By Marty Dobrow, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 2/16/2005

AMHERST -- Beyond the ocean in their names, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Atlantic 10 have little in common. When it comes to basketball, the A-10 is 20,000 leagues under the ACC.

After all, in the current Associated Press poll, the ACC has three teams in the top seven, four in the top 25; the A-10 has no ranked teams. In the RPI power ratings, the top 50 teams in the country include seven from the ACC, and not a single one from the A-10.

So why is it that every time an ACC team visits the University of Massachusetts, the Minutemen rise from the water like Shamu, grab the opponent in mid-leap, and gobble it down to thunderous applause?

Last night, UMass continued its success against the nation's top conference by defeating Florida State, 78-68. The Minutemen have entertained ACC schools four times at the Mullins Center, and twice at other Massachusetts venues. Their record is a cool 6-0.

Granted, the Seminoles are a bottom-feeder in the ACC, standing 10th in the 11-team league with an overall record of 11-14. But they have a number of impressive victories in the bank: home wins over Wake Forest and Florida, road wins at Minnesota and Mississippi.

UMass, which has had major offensive disappearing acts all season, shot a blistering 70.8 percent en route to a 51-point second half. The Minutemen were extremely efficient in the halfcourt, with five players getting double-figure points.

"We definitely felt we could play with them the whole way," said Maurice Maxwell, who led the Minutemen with 19 points.

UMass also got 13 from Rashaun Freeman, who came out of hibernation after a dreadful first half during which he felt "so overwhelmed" and "more tired than I've ever been in my life."

Art Bowers, struggling through a very disappointing sophomore season, came through in a big way with 12 points and a game-high seven assists. Lawrence Carrier had 11 on 4-of-6 shooting (3 of 4 from behind the arc), and Jeff Viggiano, who missed a significant stretch of the season with an ankle injury, fought his way to 11 points, while contributing some tenacious play on the defensive end.

"I thought our guys were really tough tonight," said UMass coach Steve Lappas, who saw his team improve to 13-9 (6-5 in the A-10). "We were game. We didn't give them an inch."

In a game that had postseason implications -- albeit probably for the NIT -- the Minutemen had an up-and-down first half, and went to the locker room trailing, 30-27, after a dispiriting sequence. With the score knotted at 27, UMass tried to hold for the final shot, but Bowers threw a pass out of bounds with 1.9 seconds left. The Minutemen then offered scant defensive pressure as Todd Galloway zoomed into the frontcourt, and lofted a 3-pointer at the buzzer that found nothing but net.

In the second half, though, the Minutemen awakened, summoning their best sustained stretch of play all season. They worked the shot clock to just a few seconds and nailed one clutch shot after another. They knifed to the basket fearlessly, and went toe-to-toe with a physical Seminoles squad on the other end. A three-basket sequence by Freeman within 1:12 put UMass ahead to stay, 43-40, with 12:53 left.

The Minutemen sustained their intensity, and opened the lead to double digits (63-53) on a pair of Chris Chadwick free throws with 3:55 remaining.

UMass played without senior captain and No. 3 scorer Anthony Anderson, who sat out with back pain. Earlier this season, he missed three games serving a suspension. UMass is 4-0 in those games.

"They capitalized on every mistake we made in the second half," said Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton, whose team was led by Von Wafer's 16 points. "I thought their team was very focused. One of the kids was injured; other people had to step up, and that shows that their team is developing character."


UMass edges 'Noles
Loss deals huge blow to FSU's playoff hopes
By Jack Corcoran, The Tallahassee Democrat Staff Writer, 2/16/2005

AMHERST, Mass. - Stephane Lasme rejected Alexander Johnson in the paint. And then Andrew Wilson stopped himself, missing an uncontested layup.

Florida State's first two possessions of the second half Tuesday at Massachusetts set the tone for yet another disappointment on the road. Breakdowns on the defensive end followed the missed opportunities in the 78-68 defeat at the Mullins Center.

The Seminoles, who lost their fifth in a row and are all but out of postseason contention, allowed UMass to score 51 points and shoot 70.8 percent from the field in the second half.

"I've never had so many good looks and point-blank shots that we were not able to finish," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "And it seemed as though every time we missed one of those opportunities Massachusetts capitalized on them."

The Minutemen, playing without starting point guard Anthony Anderson (back), had five players score in double figures. Sophomore Maurice Maxwell scored a game-high 19 points. He scored in transition during an 8-1 run that helped UMass pull away late.

So the Seminoles (11-14) returned home to Tallahassee early this morning with nothing to show for their week on the road. The trip, which also included losses to Virginia and Wake Forest, all but sealed their postseason fate.

In order to make itself eligible for the NIT, FSU now has to win its final five regular-season games or finish up with four wins and then reach the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Too many missed opportunities prevented the Seminoles from keeping up with the Minutemen (13-9).

Johnson went 1 of 11 from the field. He had five misses in the span of two possessions midway through the second half. Lasme, who finished with four blocks, ended the flurry with another rejection.

"I told Al (Thornton) to pump-fake, and then I went in there and I didn't pump-fake," Johnson said.

The Seminoles had 14 misses on 16 shots in the paint in the second half.

"We got the shots we wanted against their zone, but we just didn't finish around the goal," Thornton said.

Sophomore Von Wafer led FSU with 16 points but was held in check until midway through the second half.

Wafer missed his first five attempts from 3-point range but finally struck with 8:53 remaining. That was the start of a 10-point barrage in just over two minutes. His breakaway dunk with 6:46 left pulled FSU within three, 55-52. But FSU scored just one basket in the next five minutes.

Junior Todd Galloway, who had 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting, scored with 1:08 remaining. But by that time, UMass already had the game in hand.

Sophomore Rashaun Freeman, who had 13 points, scored on a putback to give the Minutemen breathing room. Junior Jeff Viggiano, who had 11 points off the bench, took a foul from Johnson but scored with 4:53 left.

After Maxwell's basket, senior Chris Chadwick added a pair of free throws to put UMass up 63-53.

"Our half-court offense was as good as it's been all year," UMass coach Steve Lappas said.

Art Bowers, who started in place of Anderson, had 12 points and seven assists. Reserve forward Lawrence Carrier added 11 points.

"We allowed our inefficiency on the offensive end to take away our energy on the defensive end," Hamilton said.


Swann moonlights at shooting guard
By Jack Corcoran, The Tallahassee Democrat Staff Writer, 2/16/2005

AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman Isaiah Swann was on the floor late in the game. And so was junior point guard Todd Galloway.

Swann, who has struggled to make the transition to point guard, shifted to shooting guard. The experiment helped produce 12 points in the final two minutes of FSU's 78-68 loss at Massachusetts on Tuesday.

"We're looking at that," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "It maybe something we might need to do to give us a little added offensive firepower."

Galloway and Swann each had five points in the closing minutes. They also set each other up for 3-pointers.

"Obviously we know Isaiah has a lot of offensive skills," Hamilton said. "We're trying to develop him from being a two guard to a point guard. It has not been easy for him because he's been more of a high-octane scorer all his life. ... I think he's probably sacrificed an awful lot of his game from an offensive standpoint. But we've been thinking that maybe we probably need to give him a little bit more of an opportunity to score."

Galloway said he was intrigued by the possibilities.

"It would be a lot more up-tempo like that," Galloway said. "But at the end of the game you're shooting with reckless abandon and you're not really thinking about it. But I don't really know. That's the coach's decision."

Halftime buzzer

FSU hasn't been able to master the buzzer-beater this season. Seven of FSU's losses have ended with misses in the final seconds. Galloway was able to beat the halftime buzzer against the Minutemen.

With 1.9 seconds remaining, Galloway caught an inbounds pass from Adam Waleskowski near midcourt. He took two dribbles before hitting from the right wing as time expired. The 3-pointer gave the Seminoles a 30-27 lead at the intermission despite 11 turnovers.

A big sub

Move over Big Jelly. UMass freshman Jeff Salovski, who's listed at 6-foot-11 and 325 pounds, is known as Big Deli. He picked up the nickname after eating a 1-foot sub sandwich at basketball camp when he was a kid.

Salovski came into Tuesday's game against FSU averaging 3.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. He had four points and blocked a shot in eight minutes against FSU, which was where Nigel "Big Jelly" Dixon began his career.


Unlikely trio boosts UMass to win
Bowers, Carrier, Viggiano make key contributions

By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/16/2005

Key contributions by three unlikely heroes lifted the University of Massachusetts past Florida State Tuesday at the Mullins Center.

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Jason Rich tries to contain Art Bowers.
An injury limited Jeff Viggiano for much of the season, while Artie Bowers has been mired in a prolonged shooting slump and Lawrence Carrier has had limited playing time all year. But the trio played essential roles in the 78-68 win over the Seminoles by helping the Minutemen overcome the absence of injured senior guard Anthony Anderson. ''We knew with Anthony out that we all had to step up a little bit,'' Viggiano said. ''We all had to give a little more.''

Bowers reached double digits for the first time in 2005. He finished with 12 points and a season-high seven assists. His eight first-half points helped keep the Minutemen in the game early.

''The kid deserves a lot of credit. He's going through the toughest time of his life basketball wise and he's had a terrific attitude,'' UMass coach Steve Lappas said. ''For the last few games, he's played really under control and took good shots. Tonight it paid off for him and for us.''

Carrier, a freshman who was highly touted coming into the season, has averaged just 9.8 minutes per game. But he sparked UMass Tuesday, matching Bowers' eight first-half points and finishing with a career-high 11 including three 3-pointers.

''I just came out and played my game,'' Carrier said. ''Everybody wants to play, but the people playing in front of me are doing such a good job, I can't complain. I'm just sitting back and waiting my turn.''

After Saturday's 63-56 loss to Fordham, Lappas said Viggiano was almost all the way back from his ankle injury. He appeared to be 100 percent Tuesday with 11 points in 26 minutes during an overall strong game.

''He was terrific,'' Lappas said. ''To not have the kid for nine games was not easy. You see what he does for us - everything.''

Maurice Maxwell led the Minutemen with 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and six steals. Rashaun Freeman added 13 points and five rebounds. UMass completed its nonconference schedule at 7-4 and improved to 13-9 overall (6-5 Atlantic 10).

''I thought we played a terrific basketball game,'' Lappas said. ''I thought our guys did a great job. Our halfcourt offense was as good as it's been all year. We moved the ball as well as we have all year. We got great shots and great looks tonight.''

The Minutemen need just one more win to guarantee their first regular season at .500 or better under Lappas. UMass travels to Philadelphia to play La Salle at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Minutemen scored the first five points of the second half to erase Florida State's three-point halftime edge. The teams traded the lead until Freeman scored consecutive baskets in the paint to start a 13-2 UMass run highlighted by Bowers' no-look reverse layin.

With the Minutemen up 52-42, Seminole coach Leonard Hamilton called time-out with nine minutes, 31 seconds left. Whatever he said sparked Von Wafer (16 points) who scored the next 10 points for Florida State - broken up only by a long 3-pointer by Viggiano - to slice the UMass advantage to 55-52.

But Freeman grabbed a rare Minuteman offensive rebound (they had only four in the game) and scored to take back the momentum. That started a 13-3 surge that put the Minutemen comfortably ahead.

UMass shot a jaw-dropping 70.8 percent in the second half (17-of-24) and made 28-of-49 shots in the game (57.1 percent).

Florida State (11-14, 3-8 ACC) led for most of the first half, but never by more than six points. A 6-0 UMass run tied the game at 25-25 with 3:32 left. Al Thornton made two free throws, but Bowers scored driving to the basket to knot the score again.

After a Florida State turnover, UMass tried to hold for the last shot, but a turnover by Bowers opened the door for Todd Galloway's double-clutch buzzer beater from well behind the 3-point line that gave the Seminoles a 30-27 halftime lead.

Maxwell said the team needs to maintain Tuesday's intensity for the final five regular-season games.

''It seems like we've got a little pattern,'' Maxwell said. ''When we're at our lowest and we play a team most people think we shouldn't beat, we come out and play great. We need to come out and play as consistent as we can for the stretch run and build off of this.''

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


UMass wins without Anderson
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/16/2005

For the fourth time this season, the absence of senior Anthony Anderson resulted in the rest of the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team improving its play to compensate. Tuesday's 78-68 win over Florida State boosted the Minutemen to 4-0 in games Anderson had missed this year.

UMass coach Steve Lappas and Maurice Maxwell said the success without him is coincidental.

''There are situations were he makes everybody feel more comfortable,'' Maxwell said. ''We definitely need him.''

''Maybe it helps someone like Artie Bowers because he knows he's going to play so many minutes,'' Lappas said. ''Some guys are more comfortable when they know they're not going to be coming out much.''

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Jeff Viggiano provided strong upper-classman leadership in Anthony Anderson's abscence.
Junior forward Jeff Viggiano said Anderson was helpful from the bench.

''In the time-out huddles he was trying to keep us motivated,'' Viggiano said. ''I think he'd make a great coach because he thinks just like coach Lap thinks.''

Bowers' scoring has increased the most in Anderson's absence. Bowers' four-game average without him is 15.2 points, compared to six points when Anderson is in the lineup.

Lappas said it was too soon to speculate on Anderson's availability for Saturday's game.

REBOUNDING - The Minutemen won despite being outrebounded 33-24 and managing only four offensive rebounds.

''We shot such a high percentage (57.1) that there weren't many offensive rebounds to be had,'' Lappas said.

CROWD - The attendance of 4,690 was the third largest of the season behind the games against Connecticut and Boston College.

ACC STREAK - UMass is 4-0 at the Mullins Center and 6-0 in Massachusetts all-time against schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Minutemen beat a Big East team and an ACC team in the same season for the first time since 1999-2000 when they defeated Florida State, Boston College and Villanova which was coached by Lappas at the time.

UMass faces three ACC teams next season. The Minutemen will host Miami and play at Florida State and Boston College during its first season in the conference.

TIME CHANGE SATURDAY_ The Minutemen return to the road this weekend for a 2 p.m. game at La Salle in Philadelphia. The game was originally scheduled for 4 p.m.

Led by Steven Smith with 21 points and 11 rebounds, the Explorers beat Rhode Island 73-63 Tuesday. La Salle improved to 8-15 overall and 4-8 in conference.

MISCELLANEOUS - The 51 points scored by UMass after intermission was its most in a half this season, surpassing the 43 scored in the second half against Fordham on Jan. 19. ... Rashaun Freeman scored in double figures for the 40th time in 51 career games.

The Minutemen had only nine players in uniform with Anderson and walk-ons Tim Collins (mononucleosis) and Nana Ampim (ankle) joining Olivier Lamoureux and Alassane Kouyate among the injured. ... UMass all-time leading scorer Jim McCoy was in attendance.

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


Florida State Seminoles 68
Massachusetts Minutemen 78
at the Mullins Center

Official Basketball Box Score
Florida State vs Massachusetts
02/15/05 7:00 pm at Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
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VISITORS: Florida State (11-14, 3-8 ACC)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
20 WILSON, Andrew...... f  1-5    1-3    0-0    1  1  2   0   3  1  1  0  0  25
32 JOHNSON, Alexander.. f  1-11   0-0    5-6    6  1  7   4   7  0  3  1  1  23
54 RICHARDSON, Anthony. f  2-5    1-2    0-0    1  4  5   1   5  0  3  1  1  18
04 GALLOWAY, Todd...... g  4-7    3-5    0-0    0  2  2   2  11  6  3  0  0  32
22 WAFER, Von.......... g  7-12   2-7    0-1    1  0  1   1  16  3  1  0  5  35
03 SWANN, Isaiah.......    2-2    1-1    0-0    0  2  2   3   5  2  2  0  0  11
10 MIMS, Ralph.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
12 THORNTON, Al........    1-3    0-0    5-9    0  2  2   1   7  1  1  0  1  14
21 RICH, Jason.........    3-6    0-0    0-0    2  2  4   3   6  1  0  0  0  16
25 ROMERO, Diego.......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
51 WALESKOWSKI, Adam...    4-4    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   2   8  0  2  0  0  21
   TEAM................                         2  3  5
   Totals..............   25-56   8-18  10-16  14 19 33  17  68 14 16  2  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-24 50.0%   2nd Half: 13-32 40.6%   Game: 44.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half:  5-10 50.0%   Game: 44.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-4  75.0%   2nd Half:  7-12 58.3%   Game: 62.5%   2,1

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HOME TEAM: Massachusetts (13-9, 6-5 A-10)
                          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  7-15   2-7    3-3    0  5  5   0  19  3  0  0  6  36
05 Lasme, Stephane..... f  1-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   2   2  2  2  4  2  19
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c  6-8    0-0    1-2    2  3  5   2  13  1  4  0  1  31
02 Chadwick, Chris..... g  1-1    0-0    4-4    0  2  2   2   6  1  4  0  0  30
34 Bowers, Art......... g  4-9    2-5    2-2    0  0  0   0  12  7  1  0  1  33
22 Viggiano, Jeff......    4-7    1-2    2-5    0  2  2   3  11  3  1  2  1  26
23 Carrier, Lawrence...    4-6    3-4    0-0    1  3  4   0  11  0  1  0  1  17
24 Salovski, Jeff......    1-1    0-0    2-2    0  1  1   3   4  0  0  1  0   8
   TEAM................                         1  3  4
   Totals..............   28-49   8-18  14-18   4 20 24  12  78 17 13  7 12 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-25 44.0%   2nd Half: 17-24 70.8%   Game: 57.1%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-10 40.0%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 44.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%   2nd Half: 13-16 81.3%   Game: 77.8%   1,1

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Officials: Duke Edsall, Bryan Kersey, Bernard Clinton Jr.
Technical fouls: Florida State-None. Massachusetts-None.
Attendance: 4690
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Florida State.................   30   38  -   68
Massachusetts.................   27   51  -   78
ID-292609

Points in the paint-FSU 24,UMASS 34. Points off turnovers-FSU 11,UMASS 16.
2nd chance points-FSU 9,UMASS 9. Fast break points-FSU 12,UMASS 8.
Bench points-FSU 26,UMASS 26. Score tied-8 times. Lead changed-6 times.
Last FG-FSU 2nd-00:24, UMASS 2nd-00:28.


Play by Play

Play-By-Play
Florida State vs Massachusetts
02/15/05 7:00 pm at Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Florida State
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GOOD! JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice                19:29   2-0   H 2
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           19:29
                                                19:06              MISSED JUMPER by RICHARDSON, Anthony
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        19:06
                                                19:04              REBOUND (OFF) by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                19:01   2-2   T 1  GOOD! LAYUP by JOHNSON, Alexander [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                18:37
                                                18:37              REBOUND (DEF) by GALLOWAY, Todd
                                                18:30              TURNOVR by GALLOWAY, Todd
STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice                       18:28
GOOD! DUNK by Maxwell, Maurice [FB/PNT]         18:26   4-2   H 2
                                                18:16              TURNOVR by RICHARDSON, Anthony
STEAL by Freeman, Rashaun                       18:14
TURNOVR by Chadwick, Chris                      18:09
                                                18:07              STEAL by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                18:01              MISSED 3 PTR by WAFER, Von
                                                18:01              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                17:48              TURNOVR by JOHNSON, Alexander
STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice                       17:47
MISSED JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice               17:43
                                                17:43              REBOUND (DEF) by RICHARDSON, Anthony
                                                17:23   4-5   V 1  GOOD! 3 PTR by WILSON, Andrew
                                                17:23              ASSIST by WAFER, Von
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     17:04
                                                16:34              TURNOVR by WILSON, Andrew
STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice                       16:32
MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane                16:22
                                                16:22              REBOUND (DEF) by WALESKOWSKI, Adam
                                                16:11   4-7   V 3  GOOD! JUMPER by RICHARDSON, Anthony [FB]
                                                16:11              ASSIST by GALLOWAY, Todd
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      15:51
                                                15:51              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                15:34              TURNOVR by GALLOWAY, Todd
STEAL by Lasme, Stephane                        15:32
GOOD! 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                      15:27   7-7   T 2
                                                15:07              MISSED LAYUP by RICHARDSON, Anthony
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        15:07
                                                15:07              REBOUND (OFF) by RICH, Jason
                                                15:07   7-9   V 2  GOOD! JUMPER by WALESKOWSKI, Adam
                                                15:07              ASSIST by RICH, Jason
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     14:20
                                                14:20              REBOUND (DEF) by RICH, Jason
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         14:19
                                                14:11   7-11  V 4  GOOD! JUMPER by WALESKOWSKI, Adam
                                                14:11              ASSIST by GALLOWAY, Todd
GOOD! LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence [PNT]          13:46   9-11  V 2
ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun                      13:46
                                                13:40   9-14  V 5  GOOD! 3 PTR by GALLOWAY, Todd
GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT]             13:20  11-14  V 3
                                                13:02  11-16  V 5  GOOD! LAYUP by RICH, Jason [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence               12:40
                                                12:40              REBOUND (DEF) by WALESKOWSKI, Adam
                                                12:40              TURNOVR by RICHARDSON, Anthony
STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff                         12:40
                                                12:16              FOUL by RICH, Jason
GOOD! 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                      12:04  14-16  V 2
ASSIST by Chadwick, Chris                       12:04
                                                12:04              MISSED LAYUP by JOHNSON, Alexander
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         12:04
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   11:42
MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff                  11:42
                                                11:42              BLOCK by JOHNSON, Alexander
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         11:42
GOOD! LAYUP by Salovski, Jeff [PNT]             11:00  16-16  T 3
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           11:00
                                                10:50  16-18  V 2  GOOD! JUMPER by THORNTON, Al [PNT]
                                                10:50              ASSIST by WILSON, Andrew
MISSED JUMPER by Viggiano, Jeff                 10:50
                                                10:50              REBOUND (DEF) by THORNTON, Al
                                                10:25  16-20  V 4  GOOD! JUMPER by WAFER, Von [FB]
                                                10:25              ASSIST by WAFER, Von
GOOD! 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence                10:01  19-20  V 1
                                                10:01              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                09:52              TURNOVR by SWANN, Isaiah
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                09:41
                                                09:41              REBOUND (DEF) by SWANN, Isaiah
                                                09:30              MISSED LAYUP by THORNTON, Al
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              09:30
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   09:26
TURNOVR by Carrier, Lawrence                    09:07
                                                09:05              STEAL by WAFER, Von
                                                08:51              MISSED 3 PTR by WILSON, Andrew
REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice               08:51
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                08:15
                                                08:15              REBOUND (DEF) by SWANN, Isaiah
                                                08:12  19-22  V 3  GOOD! DUNK by WAFER, Von [FB/PNT]
                                                08:12              ASSIST by SWANN, Isaiah
TURNOVR by Chadwick, Chris                      07:55
                                                07:53              STEAL by THORNTON, Al
FOUL by Chadwick, Chris                         07:51
                                                07:51              TIMEOUT media
                                                07:51              MISSED FT SHOT by THORNTON, Al
                                                07:51              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                07:51  19-23  V 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by THORNTON, Al
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     07:25
                                                07:23              STEAL by WAFER, Von
                                                07:18              MISSED 3 PTR by WAFER, Von
                                                07:18              REBOUND (OFF) by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                07:11              TURNOVR by JOHNSON, Alexander
STEAL by Bowers, Art                            07:10
MISSED JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice               07:06
                                                07:06              REBOUND (DEF) by RICHARDSON, Anthony
                                                06:56              MISSED 3 PTR by RICHARDSON, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               06:56
                                                06:48              FOUL by RICHARDSON, Anthony
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               06:43
                                                06:43              BLOCK by RICHARDSON, Anthony
                                                06:40              REBOUND (DEF) by RICHARDSON, Anthony
                                                06:17  19-25  V 6  GOOD! JUMPER by RICH, Jason
GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun                05:44  21-25  V 4
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           05:44
                                                05:21              MISSED 3 PTR by WAFER, Von
REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice               05:21
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      05:04
                                                04:34              MISSED JUMPER by RICH, Jason
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 04:34
GOOD! 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence                04:10  24-25  V 1
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      04:10
                                                03:48              MISSED JUMPER by ROMERO, Diego
REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice               03:48
                                                03:32              FOUL by GALLOWAY, Todd
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              03:32
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     03:32
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               03:32  25-25  T 4
                                                02:55              TURNOVR by GALLOWAY, Todd
STEAL by Carrier, Lawrence                      02:55
MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                  02:24
                                                02:24              REBOUND (DEF) by RICH, Jason
FOUL by Salovski, Jeff                          02:16
                                                02:16  25-26  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by THORNTON, Al
                                                02:16  25-27  V 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by THORNTON, Al
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                01:54
                                                01:54              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                01:36              MISSED JUMPER by RICH, Jason
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              01:36
GOOD! LAYUP by Bowers, Art [FB/PNT]             01:29  27-27  T 5
                                                01:13              TURNOVR by THORNTON, Al
MISSED LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence               01:13
                                                01:13              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                00:21              FOUL by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                00:21              TURNOVR by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                00:11              FOUL by RICH, Jason
TURNOVR by Bowers, Art                          00:01
                                                00:01  27-30  V 3  GOOD! 3 PTR by GALLOWAY, Todd


                               Florida State 30, Massachusetts 27

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Florida State           8       4       4       6      13      1     1
          Massachusetts          10       8       2       4      12      4     0


2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Florida State
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                                                19:33              FOUL by JOHNSON, Alexander
MISSED JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice               19:22
                                                19:22              REBOUND (DEF) by WILSON, Andrew
                                                18:58              MISSED JUMPER by JOHNSON, Alexander
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        18:58
REBOUND (DEF) by Chadwick, Chris                18:56
GOOD! LAYUP by Chadwick, Chris [PNT]            18:49  29-30  V 1
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           18:49
                                                18:29              MISSED LAYUP by WILSON, Andrew
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               18:29
GOOD! 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                 18:12  32-30  H 2
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           18:12
                                                17:49              MISSED 3 PTR by WAFER, Von
REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)                     17:49
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     17:34
                                                17:34              STEAL by RICHARDSON, Anthony
                                                17:13              TURNOVR by RICHARDSON, Anthony
STEAL by Lasme, Stephane                        17:12
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     17:08
                                                17:08              REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         17:07
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        16:51
                                                16:51  32-31  H 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                16:51  32-32  T 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by JOHNSON, Alexander
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                16:28
                                                16:28              REBOUND (DEF) by RICHARDSON, Anthony
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        16:17
                                                16:14  32-35  V 3  GOOD! 3 PTR by RICHARDSON, Anthony
                                                16:14              ASSIST by GALLOWAY, Todd
MISSED JUMPER by Bowers, Art                    15:42
REBOUND (OFF) by Carrier, Lawrence              15:42
GOOD! 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence                15:33  35-35  T 7
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      15:33
                                                15:09              MISSED 3 PTR by WAFER, Von
                                                15:09              REBOUND (OFF) by RICHARDSON, Anthony
FOUL by Salovski, Jeff                          14:52
                                                14:52              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                14:52  35-36  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                14:52  35-37  V 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by JOHNSON, Alexander
GOOD! JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice                14:37  37-37  T 8
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           14:37
FOUL by Salovski, Jeff                          14:19
                                                14:19              MISSED FT SHOT by THORNTON, Al
                                                14:19              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                14:19  37-38  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by THORNTON, Al
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           14:05  39-38  H 1
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      14:05
                                                13:41  39-40  V 1  GOOD! LAYUP by WALESKOWSKI, Adam [PNT]
                                                13:41              ASSIST by THORNTON, Al
                                                13:19              FOUL by WALESKOWSKI, Adam
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           13:13  41-40  H 1
                                                13:04              TURNOVR by WALESKOWSKI, Adam
GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]          12:53  43-40  H 3
                                                12:31  43-42  H 1  GOOD! LAYUP by RICH, Jason [PNT]
GOOD! LAYUP by Bowers, Art [PNT]                12:11  45-42  H 3
                                                12:04              MISSED LAYUP by GALLOWAY, Todd
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              12:04
GOOD! LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice [PNT]           11:46  47-42  H 5
ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff                        11:46
                                                11:46              FOUL by WALESKOWSKI, Adam
TIMEOUT media                                   11:46
GOOD! FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice               11:46  48-42  H 6
                                                11:12              MISSED LAYUP by JOHNSON, Alexander
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         11:12
                                                10:53              FOUL by RICH, Jason
GOOD! FT SHOT by Salovski, Jeff                 10:53  49-42  H 7
GOOD! FT SHOT by Salovski, Jeff                 10:53  50-42  H 8
                                                10:38              MISSED LAYUP by JOHNSON, Alexander
BLOCK by Salovski, Jeff                         10:38
                                                10:36              REBOUND (OFF) by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                10:34              MISSED LAYUP by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                10:34              REBOUND (OFF) by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                10:33              MISSED LAYUP by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                10:33              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                10:09              MISSED JUMPER by JOHNSON, Alexander
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        10:09
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                10:07
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            09:56  52-42  H 10
ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff                        09:56
                                                09:51              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                09:38              MISSED 3 PTR by GALLOWAY, Todd
REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice               09:38
TURNOVR by Chadwick, Chris                      09:10
                                                08:54  52-45  H 7  GOOD! 3 PTR by WAFER, Von
                                                08:54              ASSIST by GALLOWAY, Todd
TURNOVR by Chadwick, Chris                      08:21
                                                08:19              STEAL by WAFER, Von
                                                08:17  52-47  H 5  GOOD! LAYUP by WAFER, Von [FB/PNT]
FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff                          08:17
                                                08:17              MISSED FT SHOT by WAFER, Von
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         08:17
GOOD! 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                   07:56  55-47  H 8
ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane                       07:56
                                                07:49  55-50  H 5  GOOD! 3 PTR by WAFER, Von
                                                07:49              ASSIST by GALLOWAY, Todd
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   07:40
TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff                       07:25
                                                07:24              STEAL by WAFER, Von
                                                07:18              MISSED 3 PTR by WILSON, Andrew
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               07:18
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     06:50
                                                06:48              STEAL by WAFER, Von
                                                06:47  55-52  H 3  GOOD! DUNK by WAFER, Von [FB/PNT]
MISSED JUMPER by Bowers, Art                    06:23
                                                06:23              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                06:20              TIMEOUT media
                                                06:01              TURNOVR by SWANN, Isaiah
STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice                       05:59
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                05:41
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               05:41
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           05:37  57-52  H 5
                                                05:31              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                05:24              MISSED LAYUP by JOHNSON, Alexander
BLOCK by Viggiano, Jeff                         05:24
                                                05:22              REBOUND (OFF) by JOHNSON, Alexander
FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff                          05:17
                                                05:17  57-53  H 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                05:17              MISSED FT SHOT by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                05:17              REBOUND (OFF) by WILSON, Andrew
                                                05:10              MISSED LAYUP by JOHNSON, Alexander
BLOCK by Viggiano, Jeff                         05:10
                                                05:08              REBOUND (OFF) by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                05:06              MISSED LAYUP by JOHNSON, Alexander
REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice               05:06
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     05:00
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               05:00
                                                04:59              FOUL by JOHNSON, Alexander
GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT]             04:53  59-53  H 6
                                                04:53              FOUL by JOHNSON, Alexander
MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                04:53
                                                04:53              REBOUND (DEF) by JOHNSON, Alexander
                                                04:36              MISSED JUMPER by WILSON, Andrew
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 04:36
GOOD! LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice [FB/PNT]        04:30  61-53  H 8
ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff                        04:30
                                                04:14              TURNOVR by WAFER, Von
STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice                       04:12
                                                03:55              FOUL by SWANN, Isaiah
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   03:55
GOOD! FT SHOT by Chadwick, Chris                03:55  62-53  H 9
GOOD! FT SHOT by Chadwick, Chris                03:55  63-53  H 10
                                                03:38              MISSED 3 PTR by GALLOWAY, Todd
                                                03:38              REBOUND (OFF) by RICH, Jason
                                                03:20              MISSED JUMPER by RICH, Jason
                                                03:20              REBOUND (OFF) by WALESKOWSKI, Adam
                                                03:05              MISSED LAYUP by THORNTON, Al
                                                03:05              REBOUND (OFF) by WAFER, Von
                                                03:01  63-55  H 8  GOOD! LAYUP by WAFER, Von [PNT]
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   02:49
GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT]             02:29  65-55  H 10
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           02:29
FOUL by Chadwick, Chris                         02:07
                                                02:07  65-56  H 9  GOOD! FT SHOT by THORNTON, Al
                                                02:07              MISSED FT SHOT by THORNTON, Al
REBOUND (DEF) by Chadwick, Chris                02:07
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   01:41
GOOD! 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                 01:27  68-56  H 12
FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff                          01:20
                                                01:20              MISSED FT SHOT by THORNTON, Al
REBOUND (DEF) by Salovski, Jeff                 01:20
                                                01:16              FOUL by GALLOWAY, Todd
GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                 01:16  69-56  H 13
MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                01:16
                                                01:16              REBOUND (DEF) by GALLOWAY, Todd
                                                01:10  69-58  H 11 GOOD! LAYUP by GALLOWAY, Todd [FB/PNT]
                                                01:08              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                01:05              FOUL by SWANN, Isaiah
GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                 01:05  70-58  H 12
MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                01:05
                                                01:05              REBOUND (DEF) by THORNTON, Al
                                                00:56  70-60  H 10 GOOD! LAYUP by WALESKOWSKI, Adam [PNT]
                                                00:56              ASSIST by WAFER, Von
                                                00:55              FOUL by WAFER, Von
GOOD! FT SHOT by Bowers, Art                    00:55  71-60  H 11
GOOD! FT SHOT by Bowers, Art                    00:55  72-60  H 12
                                                00:53  72-63  H 9  GOOD! 3 PTR by GALLOWAY, Todd
                                                00:53              ASSIST by SWANN, Isaiah
TIMEOUT TEAM                                    00:50
                                                00:49              FOUL by SWANN, Isaiah
GOOD! FT SHOT by Chadwick, Chris                00:49  73-63  H 10
GOOD! FT SHOT by Chadwick, Chris                00:49  74-63  H 11
                                                00:43              TURNOVR by WALESKOWSKI, Adam
STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice                       00:42
                                                00:38              FOUL by THORNTON, Al
GOOD! FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice               00:38  75-63  H 12
GOOD! FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice               00:38  76-63  H 13
                                                00:32  76-66  H 10 GOOD! 3 PTR by SWANN, Isaiah
                                                00:32              ASSIST by GALLOWAY, Todd
GOOD! DUNK by Freeman, Rashaun [FB/PNT]         00:28  78-66  H 12
ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane                       00:28
                                                00:24  78-68  H 10 GOOD! LAYUP by SWANN, Isaiah [PNT]


                               Massachusetts 78, Florida State 68

          2nd period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Florida State          16       7       5       6      13      1     2
          Massachusetts          24       8       7       4      14      2     3


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2 - Tot
Florida State...........    4   7 -  11
Massachusetts...........    8   8 -  16

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2 - Tot
Florida State...........    8  16 -  24
Massachusetts...........   10  24 -  34

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Florida State...........    4   5 -   9
Massachusetts...........    2   7 -   9

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Florida State...........    6   6 -  12
Massachusetts...........    4   4 -   8

BENCH POINTS                1   2 - Tot
Florida State...........   13  13 -  26
Massachusetts...........   12  14 -  26

SCORE TIED BY               1   2 - Tot
Florida State...........    1   1 -   2
Massachusetts...........    4   2 -   6

LEAD GAINED BY              1   2 - Tot
Florida State...........    1   2 -   3
Massachusetts...........    0   3 -   3

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