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fter defeating La Salle on Saturday, the Massachusetts men's basketball team (14-9, 7-5 Atlantic-10) clinched its first winning season since the 1999-2000 season and a possible spot in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).
However, since the selection process is not based on the same system used by the NCAA, every one of the Minutemen's four remaining games carries a slightly heavier weight.
Tonight at 7 p.m. the Minutemen will face the Rams of the University of Rhode Island (4-19, 2-10 A-10) at the Mullins Center. UMass defeated URI in their last meeting in a sloppy 49-44 defensive showdown at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. on Feb. 9.
Adding to the emotion of the game will be the inevitable increase in attendance due to the 2004 World Series trophy, which will be shown at halftime. UMass coach Steve Lappas was excited about the energy that the trophy will add to the game.
"I'm fired up, I hope it gets more kids in here," Lappas said.
For the second game in a row, the Minutemen will be without the services of senior captain Anthony Anderson who is suffering from a nagging back injury. However, in the absence of Anderson, the Maroon and White have gone 5-0, including one road win against La Salle.
Lappas is pleased with the way his team has responded to the vacancy left by its captain.
"These guys have shown that they can go out there and without him keep it together and play in a tough situation, play in a close game and get it done." Lappas said. "I think all that can do is help when he does come back."
Lappas mentioned that Anderson is improving and may be available to play in Saturday's game at Temple, but he is wary to use the sharp-shooting guard this close to the tournament.
"We don't want him to play until he's 100 percent because our big concern is what's gong to happen in the conference tournament, where we're hopefully going to play two, three or four days in a row." Lappas said. "If we were playing the league championship tonight, would he play? Probably."
The last time these teams met, the Rams' premiere player, Scott Hazelton, who averages 15.6 points per game and seven rebounds, was taken out of his game early after picking up two quick fouls.
The loss of Hazelton caused the Rams to turn to a guard combination that kept the teams offensive balance off-kilter for most of the evening.
"Obviously it helped." Lappas said. "It helped that he got two fouls and couldn't play most of the first half. That's usually a big factor and, that's something that you can't control."
One concern for the Minutemen has been the ankle of junior forward Jeff Viggiano. In his last game against the Rams, Viggiano scored four points, but played an important role in guarding Hazelton when he was on the court.
"He's not really 100 percent. Everyday he says he feels like an old man because it takes him like a half an hour to get his leg going." Lappas said. "He's definitely not 100 percent, but he's closer."
NOTES: Dante Milligan, a transfer from the University of Pittsburgh, was in practice gear for UMass yesterday. Milligan is not practicing with the team because he is injured with a strained ligament in his thumb. He is, however, able to do one-on-one training and may be able to practice with the team in two weeks.
f the Mullins Center had a marquee, today it might read something like ''WORLD SERIES TROPHY HERE TONIGHT'' in big letters and ''basketball game also'' in little ones.
In this baseball-mad, sometimes college hoops-indifferent region, the presence of the World Series championship trophy for Red Sox Appreciation Day overshadows the Atlantic 10 game at 7 tonight between the Universities of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The trophy will be displayed at center court at halftime where a picture will be taken with one fan wearing Red Sox apparel to the game. There will be other Sox-related giveaways during the game.
But the game is important for the Minutemen (14-9, 7-5 Atlantic 10), who are trying build momentum in their final four regular season games heading into next month's Atlantic 10 tournament.
Despite UMass' up-and-down season, the Minutemen could still finish in second place in the Atlantic 10 East and earn a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
If UMass beats Rhode Island (4-19, 2-10 A-10) tonight and then upends Temple (13-11, 9-4 A-10) in Philadelphia Saturday, the Minutemen and Owls would be tied for second. UMass has the tie-breaking advantage.
The Minutemen won their earlier meeting with the Rams 49-44 on Feb. 9 in an ugly game in Kingston. UMass had Anthony Anderson in that game, but he will likely be out tonight.
''He's improving, he's getting better, but we do not want him to play until he's 100 percent,'' UMass coach Steve Lappas said. ''Our big concern is the conference tournament where we could be playing two, three, four games in a row. If this was the league championship game, he would play because there may not be a tomorrow anyway. But we're concerned with what effect playing might have on him because we have potentially a lot of games left.''
Lappas isn't ruling Anderson out for Saturday's game at Temple.
When Anderson doesn't suit up, senior Chris Chadwick's playing time goes up significantly. He is averaging 23.7 minutes per game when Anderson plays and 34 minutes in the five games that Anderson has miss. Chadwick will continue to have more responsibility against a Rams team that is hard to play against.
''You get fewer possessions, so you have to take advantage of the possessions you get because they really slow the game down,'' Chadwick said. ''If we go out there with our game plan we should be all right.''
Lappas agrees. ''It very important that we not turn the ball over because it's that type of game with not a lot of possessions,'' Lappas said. ''We have to be efficient on offense. We were just fair last time'' at URI.
In that game, the undermanned Rams crushed the Minutemen on the boards 45-30. They will have more size available tonight because 6-foot-9, 245-pound sophomore J.R. Moore will be back in action after missing the last game with a knee injury.
''We really need to do a better job rebounding the ball,'' Lappas said.
URI leading scorer Scott Hazelton quarreled with teammates and coaches on the bench and watched the last several minutes of the UMass win. But relations appeared to be patched as Hazelton had 15 points and nine rebounds in Rhode Island's 56-54 loss to Fordham Sunday.
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MHERST, Mass. -- It probably will happen tonight. If not, then Saturday against St. Joseph's. One way or another, it seems inevitable.
The only way the University of Rhode Island can avoid continuing one of the most unusual streaks in college basketball is to win the national championship this season.
THE SCOUTING REPORT|
URI (4-19, 2-10 Atlantic 10): Rams play their final road game. They are 1-11 away from home. . . . With their two-point loss at Fordham Sunday, the team is 1-5 in games decided by five or fewer points, 3-9 in games decided by eight or fewer points. . . . In the three games in which he has not started, Hazelton is averaging 19.7 points and 10 rebounds. Hazelton made 24 straight free throws before missing his last one in the Fordham game. He is up to 80.6 percent on the season, 86.4 percent in the 12 conference games. . . . Mack is averaging 11.1 points in conference play. Lucky is 11th in assists, at 3.3, in conference games. He has 40 assists and 30 turnovers in A-10 play.
MASSACHUSETTS (14-9, 7-5): Minutemen have won four of the last five, including a victory over Florida State last week in which they shot 70 percent in the second half. They need one more win to clinch the team's first winning season since 1999-2000, when its record was 17-16. . . . The key this season has been coming through in the clutch. With their overtime win at La Salle Saturday, the Minutemen are 9-1 in games decided by six or fewer points, including 4-0 in overtime games. . . . They also are 9-0 when they score at least 70 points. . . . Anderson, normally the starting point guard, did not play Saturday because of a back problem and is doubtful for tonight.
There are many teams that regularly hit 20, but none that have done it the way URI has. Almost everywhere else, a team is on one side or the other. It regularly wins 20, or loses 20.
URI knows both the good 20 and the bad 20. The 20 losses this year will make it 6-5, the good leading the bad. Six times in the past 11 years the Rams have won 20. Five times they will have lost 20.
In terms of hitting the 20 mark, going back to the 1994-95 season, the Rams have gone lose, win, win, win, win, lose, lose, lose, win, win and now back to losing 20. It is rare when a team goes from one extreme to the other even once in back-to-back years. URI now will have done if four times, all the while keeping 20 in the record over 11 seasons.
Tyson Wheeler saw both sides. So did Brian Woodward, Ibn Bakari and now Terrence Mack. As far as can be determined, no school has ever had a streak like the one URI is stringing.
As has been the case a number of times during the streak, reaching 20 this season is a surprise. The last two seasons it was a positive surprise. This year, obviously, it is very much a disappointment.
Assuming Dawan Robinson and Jamaal Wise, both of whom have missed virtually the entire season, are able to return next year, it seems possible the Rams could hope to keep the streak alive next year -- back on the positive.
The Rams tonight meet another school that has seen dramatic changes in its win-loss record although the Minutemen have done it much more predictably. UMass won an Atlantic 10 record five straight regular-season titles from 1991-92 to 1995-96. It did not merely get to 20 wins each year, it averaged almost 29 victories in that stretch.
Expectations were raised. Coaches who have followed John Calipari, the coach who put together those records, albeit later to be found under the stain of NCAA violations, have paid the price.
Coach Steve Lappas, in fact, had to renegotiate his contract to save his job last year. Lappas needs to make a postseason tournament, either the N.I.T. or the NCAA, to ensure payment of the two remaining years of his contract.
By winning four of their last five, the Minutemen have guaranteed themselves to be N.I.T.-eligible. Even if they lost every game the rest of the way, they would finish at .500, 14-14, the N.I.T. minimum. One more win, obviously, would guarantee a winning record and a likely N.I.T. invitation.
The Minutemen could be without starting point guard Anthony Anderson tonight. He has back problems and did not play Saturday at La Salle.
"I think he's going to be out," Lappas said in this week's A-10 conference call. "It's one of those things. He could probably play some minutes, but I want him to be 100 percent. . . . I think I'm going to hold him out."
MHERST, Mass. - Sophomores Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) and Art Bowers (Wilmington, Del.) helped UMass enhance its hopes for a postseason berth on Wednesday night as the Minutemen defeated the Rhode Island Rams 70-64 in front of 5,324 fans at the Mullins Center. Freeman scored 24 points and pulled down 17 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season, while Bowers added 18 to lead Massachusetts to its third consecutive win.
The game was a school-record tying fifth of the season as the Minutemen improve to 5-0 in overtime games. The NCAA record for overtime wins is currently six held by the 1989 Chattanooga squad who went 6-0 in those games and the 1984 Wake Forest team which posted a 6-1 record in overtime games. The five wins in OT are the most by an Atlantic 10 team.
In a tightly contested match-up, free throw shooting provided the edge for UMass who improved to 10-1 in games decided by six or fewer points. The Minutemen converted 24-of-29 from the charity stripe, while the Rams were 17-of-24.
Rashaun Freeman makes his way through traffic.
UMass' 15th win is the most in a single-season under head coach Steve Lappas in his four years in Amherst improving the squad to 15-9 overall and 8-5 in the Atlantic 10.
Defensively, the Minutemen had one of their best performances this season allowing the Rams to shoot just 30 percent from the floor. Sophomore Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) set a career-high with seven blocked shots - adding seven points and five rebounds on the night. His bucket with 23.0 seconds remaining gave UMass a 59-57 lead after URI had tied the game on a three-pointer by Jon Lucky. With 10.4 seconds remaining, he recorded his final blocked shot of the night as Scott Hazelton went for the tie.
The ball went off the Rams out of bounds turning it back over to the Minutemen.
Rhode Island (4-20, 2-11 A-10) forced a turnover as UMass inbounded the ball in front of the Ram bench and Hazelton was able to get the turn-around hook to bank off the glass forcing the overtime with the teams tied at 59 each.
In the overtime, senior Chris Chadwick (Union, N.J.) hit a three-pointer from the right wing giving UMass a 63-60 lead after both teams exchanged free throws.
Chadwick then converted two free throws extending the Minuteman lead to 65-60. A dunk by URI's Marcel Momplaisir with 57.8 seconds to go pulled URI within three points, 65-62.
Free throw shooting down the stretch was in favor of UMass as Bowers and Freeman each converted two free throw attmepts to seal the victory.
In the second half, led by as many as 11 points but the Rams hung around managing to tie the game at 57 each with 53 seconds remaining on consecutive three-pointers by Tyrese Sullivan and Lucky. Freeman scored eight of his 12 second half points at the free throw line. Despite going 3-for-11 in the period, Hazelton led posted 10 points in the half including the game tying jumper.
Rhode Island shot 25.8 percent in the first half connecting on eight of 31 shots allowing the Minutemen to take a 28-21 lead into the intermission. UMass closed the half on a 8-2 allowing just one Ram field goal in the final 5:07 of the period.
Hazelton led the Rams with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Lucky added 14 points.
With the win, UMass has set up a battle for second place in the A-10 East as the Minutemen (8-5) face second-place Temple (9-4) on Saturday in Philadelphia. In that game, Owl head coach John Chaney will sit out after a self-imposed one-game suspension. Tip-off for that game is slated for 2:00 p.m. Fans can catch Bob Behler and Kevin Kennedy on the UMass Radio Network, available on WRNX (100.9 FM) and via UMassAthletics.com starting thirty minutes prior to the tip.
Mass is now six games over .500 at 15-9, for the first time since the end of the 1997-98 season when they finished 21-11. UMass has also secured an above .500 mark in the entire season for the first time since the 1999-2000 season when they finished 17-16.
• UMass' 15th win is the most in a single-season under Steve Lappas in his four years in Amherst. The 2000-01 team went 15-15 prior to his arrival. UMass also won its eighth conference game, its best A-10 record in four years under Lappas.
• Wednesday's game was the 124th in the series with Rhode Island. UMass holds a 71-53 lead in the series winning both games this season (49-44 back on Feb. 9). It's the first time UMass has swept its longest-standing rival since the 2000-01 season when they won in Providence (78-46) and in Amherst (82-67).
• With the win, UMass has set up a battle for second place in the A-10 East as the Minutemen (8-5) face second-place Temple (9-4) on Saturday. In that game Owl head coach John Chaney will sit out after a self-imposed one-game suspension.
• UMass won its fifth OT game of the season to set the school record for OT wins in a season, the 1995-96 team went 4-0 in extra-session games. The All-Time NCAA Record for overtime wins in a season is six, done twice by Wake Forest in 1983-84 and Chattanooga in 1988-89.
• The win over Rhode Island marked UMass' fifth win in overtime vs. an A-10 team, setting a new conference record. Previously, the 1990-91 Saint Joseph's team and this year's UMass team won four conference games in OT.
• UMass played its fifth overtime game of the season, tying the school record of five set in 1990-91 and 1997-98.
• UMass had a season-high in blocked shots with 12 led by the A-10's second-best shot blocker Stephane Lasme, who set his career-high with seven blocks for the fourth time in his career.
• UMass had its best field goal defense of the season in a game limiting Rhode Island to just 30.0 from the floor. UMass held Temple to 30.3 on Jan. 5.
• UMass is 10-1 this season in games decided by six or fewer points.
• Rashaun Freeman reached double-figures for the 42nd time in 53 career games and 18h time in 24 games this season with 23. He had 11 points in the first half. Freeman reached 20 points for the seventh time this season and 12th in his career.
• Freeman also had 17 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season and 16th of his career. It was his second game this season with 15-plus rebounds and third of his career.
• Art Bowers was also in the starting line-up for the third straight game with Anthony Anderson coming off the bench because of a back injury. He finished with 17 points, his third straight game in double-figures and eighth time this season. He now has 20 career games with 10 or more points. His point total was his most since Dec. 23 vs. Rider when he had a season-high 21.
• Anthony Anderson entered the game with 6:12 left in the first half after missing the last two games with a back injury. Anderson did not score in six minutes.
• Lawrence Carrier did not dress as he has a left hamstring injury.
• Alassane Kouyate dressed for the first time this season. He missed all of last season and has not played this season with chronic knee injuries.
• The crowd of 5,324 was the third-largest of the season after the UConn (9,037) and Boston College (6,837) games.
Other Notes: UMass won the tap ... Rhode Island's Parfait Bitee opened the game scoring with a three-pointer ... Art Bowers answered with his own trey at 17:50 ... Jeff Viggiano was the game's first sub with 15:57 left ... Viggiano drew a charge on Marcel Monplaisir with 9:49 left in the first half ... Rhode Island had a scoreless stretch of 4:25 - missing four shots in a row, as UMass went on an 8-0 run to build its largest lead of the half at 28-19 with 1:08 left in the first half ... UMass assisted its first nine baskets of the game and all but its last field goal of the first half ... UMass shot 55.6 (10-of-18) in the first half, holding Rhode Island to just 25.8 percent in the first half (8-for-31) ... for the second time this season Stephane Lasme donned No. 52 after getting blood on his No. 5 jersey (also vs. Xavier on Jan. 8).
Lappas on his playing Anthony Anderson:
"I didn't want to play him, but Chadwick got his second foul, and I didn't like the way it was going. Anthony hasn't practiced in 10 days, but he said he was ready. Hopefully he will be good to go by Saturday."
Lappas the team controlling their own destiny:
"I told the guys, this is the biggest game that has been played here in February in a while. It is the biggest game in six years."
Coach Steve Lappas on the gritty victory:
"I told the guys that at the end of the year, you don't look at how it was played, you look at the numbers. Al that matters is that we won. That number was right for us tonight."
Chris Chadwick on his overtime play:
"Maurice Maxwell just penetrated and they were playing off of me all game. It was there so I just took it."
Rashaun Freeman on his 17 rebounds:
"I knew I had to be a factor. We all had to contribute with rebounds. Going into the game, I knew we had to do that in order to win. They're the best rebounding team in the A-10, so I knew I had to be a factor."
Freeman on the team's 5-0 record in overtime:
"We all hate it. When it comes down to that situation, we are comfortable because we have been there before. We don't panic like another team will. We're focused and we know that if we stay together, we can get it done. They said we're going to break a record, and I don't want to do that. We don't want to get into that situation, but if we do, we feel comfortable."
Freeman on his 11-12 performance from the foul line:
"The first couple of shots I made, they felt good out of my hands. The more I got fouled, the more comfortable I felt on the line."
MHERST -- Continuing its victory lap around the Bay State, the Red Sox World Series trophy put in a gleaming appearance at halftime at the Mullins Center last night, earning raucous applause from the 5,324 on hand, ostensibly to watch a college basketball game.
The University of Massachusetts Minutemen might not be in line for any trophies, but they showed enough mettle to knock off a scrappy Rhode Island squad in overtime, 70-64. UMass has now played five overtime games this season, and won them all. The five OT victories constitute an Atlantic 10 record.
The NCAA mark for OT wins in a season is six, shared by Wake Forest in 1984 and Chattanooga in 1989.
"We all hate it, but when it comes to being in overtime, we don't panic," said Rashaun Freeman, who scored 24 points and hauled down 17 rebounds.
Chris Chadwick drives on Parfait Bitee.
"We've got some things to tighten up," said coach Steve Lappas, "but the important thing is to win along the way. We're good. Our goal is to be great."
The Minutemen are enjoying their most successful stretch in recent memory, winning five of their last six games. Granted, that stretch has not exactly pitted them against the Dukes of the world -- not even, for the most part, the Duquesne Dukes. All of those victories have come against sub-.500 teams. Two were against the Rams, who have been Rhode kill all year, going 4-20. One has come against a St. Bonaventure squad that is limping home with a 2-23 record.
Still, the Minutemen have, at their best, proved capable of playing with some of the bigger boys in college basketball, with wins over a pair of nationally ranked squads.
Last night, UMass found itself in an unexpected battle against a Rhode Island team that has lost nine in a row and 11 out of 12. Rhody showed plenty of grit in battling back from an 11-point, second-half deficit to tie the game twice in the final minute of regulation. First, Jon Lucky knotted the game at 57 with a 3-pointer with 53.8 seconds left. UMass regained the lead it held almost throughout when Stephane Lasme scored with 30.5 seconds remaining. After the teams traded turnovers, URI responded when Scott Hazelton (team-high 22 points) followed his own miss with the tying bank shot with 1.5 seconds left.
In overtime, UMass went right to work. Chris Chadwick put the Minutemen ahead to stay with 3:49 left, nailing a 3-pointer from the right wing for a 63-60 lead. Moments later, he added a pair of free throws to extend the margin to 5. URI cut the gap to 65-62 on a Marcel Momplaisir dunk. After a turnover, the Rams had a chance to tie, but Randy Brooks's 3-point bid from the right corner rimmed out with 26 seconds left.
The Minutemen salted the game away on the free throw line, with Art Bowers (18 points) netting four, and Freeman adding one.
URI now has the remarkable distinction of either winning or losing at least 20 games in each of the last 11 years. Six of them have been very good years. This has been one of the five to forget.
Still, coach Jim Baron saw some silver lining in his team's feisty effort. "It was a gutty performance, especially for the seniors," he said. "Our guys really hung in there hard."
MHERST - Overtime seems to bring out the best in UMass.
Last night, the Minutemen captured their school-record fifth overtime victory of the season, defeating Rhode Island, 70-64, in front of 5,324 fans at the Mullins Center.
The victory gives UMass (15-9, 8-5 Atlantic 10) a sweep of its two-game season series with the Rams and thoughts of making a long run through the upcoming conference tournament.
``This is the biggest February game played here in a while,'' said UMass coach Steve Lappas. ``It was by no means the biggest game ever played here in February. But the biggest in six or seven years.''
The Minutemen were led by sophomore Rashaun Freeman's 24 points and 17 rebounds. Freeman, who hit 12-of-14 free throws, was just 6-of-17 from the field.
Art Bowers chipped in 18 points for UMass.
Lappas, who lauded Freeman's fortitude, thought the players' poor shooting was the reason the game went into overtime instead of the Minutemen winning comfortably in regulation.
With the Rams shooting a horrific 21-of-70, it was a mystery how the game did go to overtime. Rhode Island was led by former Central Catholic star Scott Hazelton, who scored 22 points.
UMass led 28-21 at halftime and led for the entire second half until the Rams' Jon Lucky (14 points) tied it at 57-57 with a 3-pointer with 53 seconds to play.
|Video of Maxwell's dish to Lasme.|
But the Minutemen couldn't hold the lead. The Rams got the ball back when Maxwell was backed into a corner and stepped out of bounds with seven seconds to go.
Rhode Island set up a play for Hazelton, who missed his shot but scored on the rebound with 1.2 seconds left.
To their credit, the Minutemen came out strong in overtime. Lasme hit a free throw before Chris Chadwick (nine points) hit a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to push UMass ahead, 65-60 with 2:52 to play.
``They'd been playing off me all night when Maurice penetrated. When I got the ball I just shot it,'' Chadwick said of his pivotal trey.
The Rams hurt themselves with two turnovers and a missed jumper in their next three possessions, but Marcel Monplaisir delivered a dunk with 57 seconds left to close the gap to 65-62. Art Bowers (two) and Freeman (1-of-2) hit at the line for UMass and the lead was pushed to six at 68-62.
Hazelton then dunked in traffic but Bowers closed the scoring with two free throws with 11 seconds remaining.
Rhode Island (4-20, 2-11), which lost its ninth straight game, held its last lead at 17-16. Freeman hit a free throw and Bowers followed with a 3-pointer and UMass never trailed again.
And UMass played superbly in overtime for the fifth time this season. Freeman would prefer to have avoided the extra session.
``They said we broke a record or something with the win,'' he said. ``I don't want to break a record. I'd rather win in (regulation). We all hate it. But when it comes to overtime we don't panic like other teams might.''
MHERST, Mass. -- Some people complain about having to work overtime. It's not likely, though, that anyone on the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team is in that group.
The Minutemen do some of their best work in overtime.
For the fifth time this season, UMass had to work longer than planned last night. And, for the fifth time, the Minutemen got the job done. This time, they fought off a determined upset bid by Rhode Island, posting a 70-64 victory at the Mullins Center.
URI, entering on an eight-game losing streak, fought, scrapped and hustled despite being behind the entire second half. The Rams forced overtime on a short bank shot by Scott Hazelton with 1.5 seconds left, following a rebound off his own missed shot.
That tied the score at 59. UMass took control early in the overtime on five straight points by senior guard Chris Chadwick, and this time never gave up control.
All five of the UMass overtime victories have been in Atlantic 10 play, a league record. The NCAA record for overtime wins for a season is six. UMass, 15-9 overall and 8-5 in A-10 play, is an amazing 10-1 in games decided by six or fewer points.
"I'm going to be 51 in a few weeks," said UMass coach Steve Lappas. "I told the guys after the game I don't know if I'm going to make it to 52."
"We all hate overtime," insisted UMass center Rashaun Freeman, who led his team with a monster effort, finishing with 24 points and 17 rebounds. "But we know we've been in that situation before, so we don't panic."
URI, on the other hand, was left only with more frustration despite one of its better efforts of the season. The Rams are now 0-2 in overtime, 2-7 in games decided by six points or fewer. They are 4-20 overall, 2-11 in conference play.
"I thought it was a gutty performance," Rhody coach Jim Baron said. "Down the stretch, we just didn't make enough shots."
Hazelton, once again coming off the bench, finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in 38 minutes. Freshman Jon Lucky added a career-high 14 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining in regulation that pulled URI even for the first time in the second half.
For much of the night, it looked like a typical Rhody game. The Rams pounded the glass hard -- they had 12 offensive rebounds in the first 15 minutes and 21 on the night. They kept themselves in the game, and even led through much of the first 15 minutes, thanks to second-chance hoops. But they shot poorly otherwise. They were only 8-for-31 in the first half. UMass had 13 fewer shots but led at the break, 28-21, because it shot 56 percent from the field.
With Freeman hurting them badly in both the man-to-man and zone defenses, Baron switched to a trap midway through the second half and the defense, with 5-foot-8 Ty Sullivan under the hoop and 6-8 Marcel Momplaisir playing at the top of the trap, worked well. Momplaisir and Sullivan combined for six steals and the Rams forced 18 turnovers.
Still, UMass hung in. Art Bowers (18 points) and Freeman kept the Minutemen ahead until Lucky's third trey of the game finally got URI even in the final minute of regulation.
A layup by Stephane Lasme off a pretty feed by Maurice Maxwell put UMass back on top, 59-57, with 30 seconds left. That set up a wild finish in which the teams exchanged possessions.
Baron got upset when URI lost the ball when Sullivan was tripped and no call was made. The Minutemen got the ball back with 10 seconds left, but then it was UMass' turn to get upset when Maxwell appeared to be nudged out of bounds but was called for traveling.
URI inbounded and got the ball to Hazelton. He missed his first shot but got it back and banked it in with 1.5 seconds remaining to force the overtime.
URI hurt itself with two unforced turnovers early in the overtime, fell behind when Chadwick had his five straight points and UMass, as it has done all season, took care of business from there.
"We played to try to win the game, not just keep it close. We kept fighting back," Baron said. "But . . ."
But it is a year when nothing has gone right for Rhode Island. And, in overtime, anyway, everything has gone right for Massachusetts.
MHERST, Mass. -- The Waterbury kids are finishing the season strong for the URI basketball team.
Senior Randy Brooks and freshman Jon Lucky, longtime friends from Waterbury, Conn., both played well again last night as the Rams fell to Massachusetts in overtime, 70-64.
Brooks, who barely played in some games in the middle of the season, followed up his best performance of the season at Fordham Sunday with another good one. He had 5 points, 6 rebounds and a team high 5 assists as he played 22 minutes, including down the stretch in overtime when the game was on the line.
"He's my buddy," Lucky said of Brooks. "He's stepping up. He's playing well."
Brooks, while he is still reluctant to take shots, has added some stability and intensity for the Rams as he gets some satisfaction with his career winding down.
"I'm playing hard for him, playing hard for (Ty Sullivan) and Scott (Hazelton) and the rest of the guys," Lucky said. "We've got a lot of seniors. We want to play hard for them."
Lucky, who has been slowed by foot and back problems this season, had a career high 14 points. He had three 3-pointers, including one with 55 seconds left in regulation to tie the game.
"He stepped up. I thought he had some costly turnovers (three, including one in overtime), which I addressed with him," coach Jim Baron said. "Overall, he did as good a job as he's done all year."
"My dad got on me the other day, so I've been in the gym a lot," Lucky said. "He told me to keep working hard, to stay in the gym." As with most freshmen, he feels better than he did when the season began.
"I feel more comfortable on the court every game," he said. "My teammates are helping me out. I'm working in the gym and trying to stay positive. Coach (Dan) Theiss has been working with me a lot after practice on my shot and I've been working on my own early in the morning after weight lifting."
Sox' trophy on hand
For part of last night, the Mullins Center turned into a Red Sox love fest.
It was Red Sox Appreciation Night at Mullins, highlighted by a display of the world championship trophy at halftime. Fans had been encouraged to come to the game wearing Sox gear and many complied, filling the stands with Sox hats, shirts and jackets. A ceremony was held at halftime "presenting" the World Series trophy to the UMass staff and student body.
While the ceremonies drew some of the loudest cheers of the night, some people in the building were not as thrilled. Ray Perry, the statistician for the Cox television crew, and Mike Ballweg, the URI sports information director -- both of whom are big-time Yankees fans -- spent halftime under the stands so they would not have to watch.
A number of fans had their picture taken with the trophy.
Above the rim
Jon Clark suffered three chipped teeth last night and played little in the second half and overtime . . . URI used all 10 of the players who dressed before the game was 12 minutes old . . . The Rams had 21 offensive rebounds, with everyone except the 5-foot-8 Sullivan getting at least one . . . The URI bench outscored the UMass bench, 39-4 . . . UMass point guard Anthony Anderson, who was not expected to play because of a back injury, did see action for six minutes in the first half but was not a factor. Without him, the Minutemen were down to a seven-man rotation . . . Stephane Lasme recorded 7 of the 12 blocked shots UMass had on the night.
onsider it symbolic that on a night when the University of Massachusetts welcomed the Boston Red Sox' 2004 World Series trophy inside the William Mullins Center, the Massachusetts men's basketball team responded with an overtime win that puts the Minutemen in position to make a late season run of their own.
Having to persevere through an extra frame after the Rams produced a furious rally to tie the game in the waning moments of regulation, UMass once again hung tough on both ends of the court and picked up a crucial 70-64 win before a crowd of 5,324 -- a win that moves it within one game of Temple for second place in the Atlantic 10 East Division with three conference games remaining.
The Minutemen (15-9 8-5 A-10) will square off against the Owls on Saturday in Philadelphia, with tip-off set for 2 p.m. at the Liacouras Center. Hall-of-Fame coach John Chaney will not be on the bench for the Owls, as he has suspended himself for the game following an incident in a loss to Saint Joseph's on Tuesday.
Jeff Viggiano tries to beat Scott Hazelton to the hoop.
"This is the biggest February game played here in quite awhile ... maybe six years or seven years," UMass head coach Steve Lappas said. "We fought hard out there and did what we needed to do, and this was a huge win for us in what really matters."
UMass was again led by sophomore forward Rashaun Freeman, who worked aggressively in the lane against a physical Rhody defense en route to a game-high 24 points and 17 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Art Bowers also stepped up big for the Maroon and White, continuing his solid play of late with 18 points.
Senior captain Anthony Anderson returned to action for the first time in two games, entering the game at the 6:11 mark of the first half and playing six minutes.
Much-maligned senior forward Scott Hazelton was the leading scorer for URI (4-20, 2-11 A-10) with 22 points, while freshman forward John Lucky added 14 points.
"I told the guys, I'm 51 now and I want to make it to 52 in a few weeks," Lappas said. "But at the end of the year, no one is going to look back and see how the game was played, they're only going to notice whether you got the W or not."
Senior point guard Chris Chadwick single-handedly put UMass out in front for good in overtime with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws on consecutive possessions.
Momplasir and Hazleton added a basket apiece for Rhody over the rest of overtime, but Bowers and Freeman combined to shoot 4-of-5 from the foul line to deliver the victory.
"When it comes down to overtime, we just feel comfortable," Freeman said. "We know when it's on the line we can put it together and get it done, where other teams might not be able to do that. We have the confidence."
Getting consecutive 3-pointers from Tyrese Sullivan and Lucky, the Rams tied the game at 57 with 53 seconds left in the game.
Lasme responded on the ensuing possession when he converted an easy lay-up to put UMass out in front, but that only set the stage for a bizarre final possession in regulation.
Holding for the last shot in regulation and trailing by two, the Rams could not come up with anything and eventually lost the ball out of bounds in front of their own bench, sending head coach Jim Baron into a tirade that saw him pick up the game ball and throw it down the court.
However, UMass turned the ball right back over when Maxwell took the inbound pass in almost the exact same spot in front of the URI bench and could not keep his feet, falling out of bounds to give the Rams possession back with seven seconds to play.
Immediately inbounding the ball to Hazleton, the former Massachusetts High School Player of the Year came up empty on his first shot attempt, but corralled a loose ball off his miss and tossed in a hook shot off the glass with one second left on the clock to send the game to overtime tied at 59.
"I thought our guy got tripped on the first possession, and I just wanted to assert that with the refs," Baron said. "I was upset that we hadn't gotten the call in the first place, but Scott made a nice play and we're able to come back and get the basket we needed on the possession to tie the game."
Freeman sparked an 8-0 burst with six consecutive points, before a Maxwell lay-up gave the Minutemen their largest lead of the first half at 28-19. The teams headed into intermission with UMass leading 28-21.
URI cut its deficit to five early in the second half, but UMass responded with a 9-3 run to help establish an 11-point lead at 39-28 with 15 minutes to play.
Rhode Island did not go away quietly however, as the Rams got points from four different players on 9-3 surge of their own to get back within three at 45-42 with just under seven minutes to play.
The Minutemen extended their advantage back up to eight with two free throws apiece from Freeman and Chadwick and a Bowers 3-pointer, before the Rams cut it back down to four with four straight points from the foul line.
he University of Massachusetts men's basketball team squandered a late lead against Rhode Island and was forced into its second straight overtime game Wednesday. In the extra frame, Chris Chadwick hit an open 3-pointer and the Minutemen made seven free throws down the stretch to hold off the Rams 70-64 in front of 5,324 fans at the Mullins Center.
JR Moore tries to pick Rashaun Freeman's pocket.
UMass improved to 15-9 overall, 8-5 in the Atlantic 10. The Minutemen play at Temple at 2 p.m. Saturday with a chance to tie the Owls for second place in the East with a win.
''Like I told the guys, this was the biggest February game played here in awhile,'' Lappas said.
Chadwick's 3-pointer broke a 60-60 tie with 3 minutes, 49 seconds left in overtime.
''Maurice (Maxwell) penetrated and they've been playing off me the whole game,'' Chadwick said. ''It was there so I took it.''
The senior added two free throws two possessions later to give the Minutemen a 65-60 lead with 2:52 left. Scott Hazelton's dunk cut the lead to three with 57 seconds left, but Artie Bowers made four free throws and Rashaun Freeman added one in the final 26 seconds to seal the win.
The Minutemen are now 5-0 in overtime this season, including Saturday's 69-66 win at La Salle.
''When it comes to being in overtimes, we feel comfortable,'' Freeman said. ''We've been in that situation before so we don't panic like say another team will. We're focusing and if we stay together we can get it done.''
Artie Bowers squares up and launches a 3-pointer.
More important, though, was Freeman's rebounding as the Rams (4-20, 2-11 A-10) held an edge in that department, 44 to 39.
''I knew I had to be a factor, me and Stephane (Lasme) and the point guards had to contribute with rebounds,'' Freeman said. ''Coming in I knew we had to do that to get a win.''
The Minutemen led 57-51 with 2:27 left in the second half when the Rams made their comeback. Tyrese Sullivan hit a 3-pointer with 2:12 left, and Jon Lucky added another with 53 seconds left to tie the score at 57. The offensive struggles for UMass were caused by URI's trapping defense.
''I thought forcing 19 turnovers was real important to us,'' Rhode Island coach Jim Baron said. ''We just didn't make enough shots down the stretch, make enough free throws and they made big shots.''
Lasme scored inside with 30 seconds left to give UMass a 59-57 lead but Hazelton (22 points, nine rebounds) forced overtime with his second effort in the paint.
''They did some good things and we did some good things and in the end, as I told the guys, all that matters is the final score,'' Lappas said. ''In the end of the year, you don't look at how it was played, what was played, you look at the number. That number was right for us today.''
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emple coach John Chaney suspended himself for one game and will not be on the sideline when his Owls face the University of Massachusetts Saturday in a game to determine second place in the Atlantic 10 East Division. After Tuesday's 63-56 loss to Saint Joseph's, the Owl coach admitted that he sent in Nehemiah Ingram to throw elbows and commit hard fouls after he felt illegal screens by the Hawks were being ignored.
''I'm sending a message,'' Chaney told Philly.com after the game. ''And I'm going to send in what we used to do years ago - send in the goons. That's what I'm going to do.''
Ingram fouled out in four minutes. One of those fouls led to an injury to Hawk forward John Bryant.
Chaney issued an apology Wednesday to Saint Joseph's, the Atlantic 10 and the Temple community.
''I would like to apologize to Saint Joseph's University, its fans, student-athletes and head coach Phil Martelli for my reprehensible behavior during Tuesday night's game,'' Chaney said. ''Like my student-athletes, I must be accountable for my actions, and in that respect, I have imposed a one-game suspension from coaching my team.''
Temple president David Adamany issued a similar apology.
Atlantic 10 Commissioner Linda Bruno, who was at the game, accepted Chaney's suspension and opted not to discipline the coach further. ''Coach Chaney's behavior was uncharacteristic of the way he runs his program and I expect that a similar occurrence will not happen again,'' Bruno said.
Martelli issued a response that did not appear to include forgiveness. ''My first concern is for the health of John Bryant and all of our players,'' Martelli said. ''It's appropriate that the presidents and athletic directors are involved now and until this situation is resolved. I will have no additional comment on this matter as the focus should be on what this team has and can achieve.''
Bryant is highly doubtful for Saturday's game at Rhode Island.
''I grew up watching Chaney, I still admire him, but I don't really understand the situation fully,'' Bryant said. ''It was just weird. It didn't really hit me until now. Last night, I was up all night. I couldn't sleep.''
Assistant coach Dan Leibovitz will coach in Chaney's place for the 2 p.m. game Saturday at the Liacouras Center.
''It's going to be a little weird,'' UMass coach Steve Lappas said. ''Every time I've played against them as an assistant coach or a head coach, he's been there. I commend what he did in terms of suspending himself.''
This is the second suspension of Chaney's career. The other came in 1994 after he threatened to kill then-UMass coach John Calipari in a legendary encounter at the Mullins Center.
OVERTIME - Five overtime games ties a season high for UMass and its five overtime wins is a new school record.
All five have come in the conference, setting a new Atlantic 10 record for overtime wins. The all-time NCAA record for overtime wins in a season is six, set by Wake Forest (1983-84) and Chattanooga (1988-89).
''I went into the locker room and said to the guys, I'm going to be 51 in three weeks, I really would like to make it to 52 somehow,'' Lappas said. ''The NCAA record is six overtime wins. What the heck, we might as well do that one too.''
INJURY UPDATES - A day after Lappas said it was unlikely that Anthony Anderson would play, the senior guard returned to action. He checked in with 6 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the first half. Anderson didn't score in six minutes
''He was fine,'' Lappas said. ''I put him because (Chris) Chadwick got his second foul. (Anderson) hasn't practiced in 10 days, but I thought buying those five minutes could really help us. He's going to practice (Thursday) and practice Friday and hopefully he'll be good to go on Saturday.''
Sophomore forward Lawrence Carrier joined the Minutemen's injured list as a left hamstring strain kept him out of uniform.
''Those things can be a little tricky,'' Lappas said. ''I'm going to say day-to-day, but I'm concerned about him for Saturday.''
Redshirt sophomore Alassane Kouyate, who hasn't practiced or dressed all season because of chronic knee problems, was in uniform as an emergency option.
Junior Jeff Viggiano appeared to tweak his injured ankle, but returned to action in overtime after Stephane Lasme fouled out.
HIGH-WATER MARK - UMass is six games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1997-98 season when the Minutemen were 21-11.
BLOCK PARTY _Lasme's seven blocked shots were a career high, while the team's 12 were a season high.
UP-AND-DOWN - The loss gave the Rams (4-20) their 11th consecutive season of either winning or losing 20 games. They've won 20 six times and lost 20 five times.
RED SOX APPRECIATION - The presence of the World Series championship trophy bumped up the game's attendance. The crowd of 5,324 was the third largest of the season behind games against Connecticut and Boston College, two nationally ranked teams.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this story. Matt Vautour can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Official Basketball Box Score Rhode Island vs Massachusetts 02/23/05 7:00 pm at Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: Rhode Island (4-20, 2-11) 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 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 13 25 DANIELS, Will....... f 2-7 0-2 0-1 1 4 5 0 4 0 0 1 0 13 44 CLARK, Jon.......... c 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 13 14 BITEE, Parfait...... g 1-9 1-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 1 0 0 0 26 24 LUCKY, Jon.......... g 4-10 3-6 3-4 1 0 1 3 14 2 3 0 0 39 04 SULLIVAN, Tyrese.... 1-6 1-5 1-2 0 1 1 1 4 1 1 0 2 22 12 BROOKS, Randy....... 1-2 0-0 3-3 1 5 6 3 5 5 0 0 1 22 13 MOORE, J.R.......... 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 3 0 0 3 2 1 14 21 HAZELTON, Scott..... 7-17 0-0 8-10 5 4 9 4 22 1 4 3 1 38 42 MOMPLAISIR, Marcel.. 3-8 0-3 2-4 5 3 8 4 8 0 1 0 4 25 TEAM................ 2 1 3 Totals.............. 21-70 5-22 17-24 21 23 44 22 64 10 13 6 9 225 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 8-31 25.8% 2nd Half: 11-32 34.4% OT: 2-7 28.6% Game: 30.0% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-10 10.0% 2nd Half: 4-9 44.4% OT: 0-3 0.0% Game: 22.7% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 4-5 80.0% 2nd Half: 12-17 70.6% OT: 1-2 50.0% Game: 70.8% 4,1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Massachusetts (15-9, 8-5) 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 3-6 2-5 0-0 0 4 4 1 8 7 5 0 2 43 05 Lasme, Stephane..... f 3-5 0-0 1-3 1 4 5 5 7 0 1 7 0 26 01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c 6-17 0-0 12-14 5 12 17 4 24 1 6 0 2 41 02 Chadwick, Chris..... g 2-6 1-2 4-4 0 3 3 4 9 6 1 2 1 33 34 Bowers, Art......... g 5-11 3-7 5-5 1 2 3 1 18 2 2 1 0 42 12 Anderson, Anthony... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 22 Viggiano, Jeff...... 1-4 0-1 2-2 2 0 2 2 4 1 3 0 1 27 24 Salovski, Jeff...... 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 7 TEAM................ 1 2 3 Totals.............. 20-49 6-15 24-29 10 29 39 19 70 18 19 12 6 225 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-18 55.6% 2nd Half: 9-24 37.5% OT: 1-7 14.3% Game: 40.8% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-5 60.0% 2nd Half: 2-7 28.6% OT: 1-3 33.3% Game: 40.0% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 5-6 83.3% 2nd Half: 11-13 84.6% OT: 8-10 80.0% Game: 82.8% 0,2 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: Mike Roberts, Larry Scirotto, Kevin Ferguson Technical fouls: Rhode Island-None. Massachusetts-None. Attendance: 5324 Score by Periods 1st 2nd OT Total Rhode Island.................. 21 38 5 - 64 Massachusetts................. 28 31 11 - 70 ID-292611 Points in the paint-URI 26,UMASS 24. Points off turnovers-URI 21,UMASS 11. 2nd chance points-URI 20,UMASS 11. Fast break points-URI 4,UMASS 8. Bench points-URI 39,UMASS 4. Score tied-8 times. Lead changed-3 times. Last FG-URI OT-00:12, UMASS OT-03:49.
Play-By-Play Rhode Island vs Massachusetts 02/23/05 7:00 pm at Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center) 1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1) HOME TEAM: Massachusetts TIME SCORE MAR VISITORS: Rhode Island ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 19:34 MISSED JUMPER by DANIELS, Will 19:34 REBOUND (OFF) by BITEE, Parfait 19:11 MISSED 3 PTR by LUCKY, Jon REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 19:11 MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 18:50 18:50 REBOUND (DEF) by DANIELS, Will 18:30 MISSED 3 PTR by BITEE, Parfait REBOUND (DEF) by Bowers, Art 18:30 MISSED JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris 18:23 18:23 REBOUND (DEF) by DANIELS, Will 18:12 0-3 V 3 GOOD! 3 PTR by BITEE, Parfait 18:12 ASSIST by LUCKY, Jon GOOD! 3 PTR by Bowers, Art 17:54 3-3 T 1 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice 17:54 17:30 MISSED 3 PTR by DANIELS, Will REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 17:30 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] 17:07 5-3 H 2 ASSIST by Chadwick, Chris 17:07 16:53 MISSED LAYUP by BITEE, Parfait 16:53 REBOUND (OFF) by DANIELS, Will 16:48 5-5 T 2 GOOD! DUNK by DANIELS, Will [PNT] MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art 16:31 16:31 REBOUND (DEF) by MACK, Terrence 16:18 MISSED LAYUP by CLARK, Jon 16:18 REBOUND (OFF) by MACK, Terrence 16:15 MISSED JUMPER by MACK, Terrence 16:15 REBOUND (OFF) by CLARK, Jon 15:57 TURNOVR by CLARK, Jon TIMEOUT MEDIA 15:57 TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun 15:30 14:56 MISSED 3 PTR by BITEE, Parfait REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 14:56 GOOD! 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice 14:42 8-5 H 3 ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff 14:42 FOUL by Chadwick, Chris 14:21 14:08 MISSED 3 PTR by BITEE, Parfait REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 14:08 TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice 13:53 13:32 MISSED LAYUP by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel BLOCK by Salovski, Jeff 13:32 13:30 REBOUND (OFF) by MOORE, J.R. 13:28 MISSED JUMPER by LUCKY, Jon BLOCK by Salovski, Jeff 13:28 13:25 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) 13:20 MISSED JUMPER by BITEE, Parfait 13:20 REBOUND (OFF) by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel FOUL by Lasme, Stephane 13:08 13:08 8-6 H 2 GOOD! FT SHOT by HAZELTON, Scott 13:08 8-7 H 1 GOOD! FT SHOT by HAZELTON, Scott MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff 12:41 12:41 BLOCK by MOORE, J.R. REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff 12:38 12:37 FOUL by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff 12:37 9-7 H 2 GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff 12:37 10-7 H 3 12:08 MISSED 3 PTR by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 12:08 REBOUND (OFF) by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 12:05 10-9 H 1 GOOD! LAYUP by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel [PNT] TURNOVR by Bowers, Art 11:46 11:45 STEAL by MOORE, J.R. 11:41 10-11 V 1 GOOD! LAYUP by HAZELTON, Scott [FB/PNT] 11:41 ASSIST by BITEE, Parfait FOUL by Lasme, Stephane 11:39 11:39 TIMEOUT MEDIA 11:39 10-12 V 2 GOOD! FT SHOT by HAZELTON, Scott TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff 11:31 11:29 STEAL by SULLIVAN, Tyrese 10:59 TURNOVR by HAZELTON, Scott TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun 10:52 10:40 MISSED JUMPER by MOORE, J.R. 10:40 REBOUND (OFF) by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 10:35 10-14 V 4 GOOD! DUNK by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel [PNT] 10:24 FOUL by MOORE, J.R. MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 10:11 10:11 BLOCK by MOORE, J.R. 10:09 REBOUND (DEF) by SULLIVAN, Tyrese 09:49 FOUL by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 09:49 TURNOVR by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] 09:33 12-14 V 2 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice 09:33 09:25 TIMEOUT 30sec 09:07 MISSED 3 PTR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 09:07 GOOD! LAYUP by Chadwick, Chris [FB/PNT] 09:01 14-14 T 3 ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun 09:01 08:43 14-16 V 2 GOOD! JUMPER by HAZELTON, Scott 08:43 ASSIST by BROOKS, Randy TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff 08:18 07:51 TURNOVR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese STEAL by Chadwick, Chris 07:49 GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [FB/PNT] 07:46 16-16 T 4 ASSIST by Chadwick, Chris 07:46 07:22 TURNOVR by MOORE, J.R. MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 06:53 06:53 REBOUND (DEF) by HAZELTON, Scott 06:45 MISSED LAYUP by BITEE, Parfait BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane 06:45 REBOUND (DEF) by Salovski, Jeff 06:42 FOUL by Chadwick, Chris 06:12 TURNOVR by Chadwick, Chris 06:12 05:53 MISSED JUMPER by HAZELTON, Scott 05:53 REBOUND (OFF) by HAZELTON, Scott FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun 05:49 05:49 MISSED FT SHOT by HAZELTON, Scott 05:49 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 05:49 16-17 V 1 GOOD! FT SHOT by HAZELTON, Scott 05:33 FOUL by CLARK, Jon GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 05:33 17-17 T 5 MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 05:33 REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff 05:33 GOOD! 3 PTR by Bowers, Art 05:26 20-17 H 3 ASSIST by Anderson, Anthony 05:26 05:11 MISSED LAYUP by MACK, Terrence 05:11 REBOUND (OFF) by CLARK, Jon 05:07 20-19 H 1 GOOD! LAYUP by CLARK, Jon [PNT] GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] 04:54 22-19 H 3 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice 04:54 04:34 MISSED JUMPER by MACK, Terrence REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice 04:34 04:25 FOUL by LUCKY, Jon 04:16 FOUL by MOORE, J.R. GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 04:16 23-19 H 4 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 04:16 24-19 H 5 03:57 MISSED JUMPER by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 03:57 REBOUND (OFF) by MOORE, J.R. 03:54 MISSED JUMPER by MOORE, J.R. REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 03:54 TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun 03:39 03:37 STEAL by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 03:31 TURNOVR by HAZELTON, Scott STEAL by Freeman, Rashaun 03:30 TIMEOUT media 03:15 MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 03:08 03:08 REBOUND (DEF) by MOORE, J.R. 02:46 TURNOVR by LUCKY, Jon STEAL by Freeman, Rashaun 02:45 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] 02:31 26-19 H 7 ASSIST by Bowers, Art 02:31 02:11 TURNOVR by MOORE, J.R. TURNOVR by Bowers, Art 01:38 01:37 STEAL by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 01:19 MISSED 3 PTR by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice 01:19 GOOD! LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice [PNT] 01:08 28-19 H 9 00:45 28-21 H 7 GOOD! LAYUP by HAZELTON, Scott [PNT] TIMEOUT 30sec 00:43 MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff 00:14 00:14 BLOCK by HAZELTON, Scott 00:12 REBOUND (DEF) by DANIELS, Will 00:04 MISSED 3 PTR by BITEE, Parfait REBOUND (DEF) by Anderson, Anthony 00:04 Massachusetts 28, Rhode Island 21 1st period-only InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties Leads Rhode Island 12 8 11 2 14 1 1 Massachusetts 14 6 5 4 4 4 2 2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1) HOME TEAM: Massachusetts TIME SCORE MAR VISITORS: Rhode Island ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 19:30 19:30 REBOUND (DEF) by CLARK, Jon 19:15 MISSED 3 PTR by DANIELS, Will REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL) 19:15 19:15 FOUL by CLARK, Jon MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane 18:55 18:55 BLOCK by HAZELTON, Scott REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) 18:55 GOOD! LAYUP by Bowers, Art [PNT] 18:46 30-21 H 9 ASSIST by Chadwick, Chris 18:46 18:24 MISSED JUMPER by HAZELTON, Scott BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane 18:24 18:22 REBOUND (OFF) by HAZELTON, Scott 18:11 30-23 H 7 GOOD! JUMPER by LUCKY, Jon [PNT] MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice 17:53 17:53 REBOUND (DEF) by BITEE, Parfait 17:42 MISSED JUMPER by CLARK, Jon REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL) 17:42 17:36 FOUL by HAZELTON, Scott TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun 17:27 17:09 30-25 H 5 GOOD! LAYUP by DANIELS, Will [PNT] FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun 17:09 17:09 MISSED FT SHOT by DANIELS, Will REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 17:09 GOOD! JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane 16:45 32-25 H 7 ASSIST by Chadwick, Chris 16:45 16:35 MISSED JUMPER by DANIELS, Will REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice 16:34 GOOD! LAYUP by Bowers, Art [FB/PNT] 16:25 34-25 H 9 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice 16:25 16:25 FOUL by LUCKY, Jon GOOD! FT SHOT by Bowers, Art 16:25 35-25 H 10 16:17 35-28 H 7 GOOD! 3 PTR by LUCKY, Jon MISSED LAYUP by Bowers, Art 15:50 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 15:50 TIMEOUT media 15:46 15:46 FOUL by MOORE, J.R. GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 15:46 36-28 H 8 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 15:46 37-28 H 9 15:26 MISSED LAYUP by HAZELTON, Scott BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane 15:26 REBOUND (DEF) by Chadwick, Chris 15:23 GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] 15:02 39-28 H 11 15:02 FOUL by HAZELTON, Scott MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 15:02 15:02 REBOUND (DEF) by HAZELTON, Scott 14:53 MISSED JUMPER by CLARK, Jon REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 14:53 MISSED LAYUP by Chadwick, Chris 14:45 14:45 BLOCK by DANIELS, Will 14:42 REBOUND (DEF) by DANIELS, Will 14:29 MISSED LAYUP by DANIELS, Will BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane 14:29 REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM) 14:28 TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice 14:14 13:58 39-30 H 9 GOOD! LAYUP by MACK, Terrence [PNT] 13:58 ASSIST by LUCKY, Jon MISSED JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris 13:34 13:34 REBOUND (DEF) by MACK, Terrence 13:21 39-33 H 6 GOOD! 3 PTR by LUCKY, Jon 13:21 ASSIST by BROOKS, Randy 13:19 TIMEOUT 30sec MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun 13:00 13:00 REBOUND (DEF) by BROOKS, Randy 12:32 MISSED JUMPER by HAZELTON, Scott 12:32 REBOUND (OFF) by BROOKS, Randy 12:25 MISSED JUMPER by BROOKS, Randy BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane 12:25 REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 12:23 GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 12:20 41-33 H 8 ASSIST by Bowers, Art 12:20 12:20 FOUL by MACK, Terrence GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 12:20 42-33 H 9 11:57 MISSED LAYUP by MACK, Terrence BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane 11:57 REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice 11:54 TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice 11:39 11:37 STEAL by HAZELTON, Scott FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff 11:33 11:33 TIMEOUT MEDIA 11:33 42-34 H 8 GOOD! FT SHOT by BROOKS, Randy 11:33 42-35 H 7 GOOD! FT SHOT by BROOKS, Randy TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff 11:21 11:19 STEAL by SULLIVAN, Tyrese 11:11 MISSED 3 PTR by LUCKY, Jon 11:11 REBOUND (OFF) by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 10:52 TURNOVR by HAZELTON, Scott STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff 10:50 TIMEOUT 30sec 10:36 TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane 10:23 10:23 STEAL by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel FOUL by Bowers, Art 10:23 09:55 TURNOVR by HAZELTON, Scott MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun 09:31 09:31 REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM) 09:06 42-37 H 5 GOOD! LAYUP by BROOKS, Randy [PNT] FOUL by Lasme, Stephane 09:06 09:06 42-38 H 4 GOOD! FT SHOT by BROOKS, Randy TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun 08:57 08:55 STEAL by BROOKS, Randy 08:49 TURNOVR by LUCKY, Jon STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice 08:48 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [FB/PNT] 08:46 44-38 H 6 ASSIST by Chadwick, Chris 08:46 08:45 FOUL by LUCKY, Jon GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 08:45 45-38 H 7 08:17 MISSED JUMPER by LUCKY, Jon 08:17 REBOUND (OFF) by LUCKY, Jon FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun 08:14 08:14 MISSED FT SHOT by LUCKY, Jon 08:14 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 08:14 45-39 H 6 GOOD! FT SHOT by LUCKY, Jon FOUL by Salovski, Jeff 08:00 TURNOVR by Salovski, Jeff 08:00 07:46 45-41 H 4 GOOD! JUMPER by HAZELTON, Scott 07:46 ASSIST by BROOKS, Randy 07:27 FOUL by HAZELTON, Scott TIMEOUT MEDIA 07:27 MISSED FT SHOT by Salovski, Jeff 07:27 07:27 REBOUND (DEF) by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel FOUL by Salovski, Jeff 07:09 07:09 MISSED FT SHOT by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 07:09 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 07:09 45-42 H 3 GOOD! FT SHOT by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art 06:48 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 06:48 06:45 FOUL by BITEE, Parfait GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 06:45 46-42 H 4 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 06:45 47-42 H 5 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane 06:27 06:27 47-43 H 4 GOOD! FT SHOT by HAZELTON, Scott 06:27 47-44 H 3 GOOD! FT SHOT by HAZELTON, Scott 06:24 FOUL by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel GOOD! FT SHOT by Chadwick, Chris 06:24 48-44 H 4 GOOD! FT SHOT by Chadwick, Chris 06:24 49-44 H 5 06:13 MISSED 3 PTR by BITEE, Parfait REBOUND (DEF) by Bowers, Art 06:13 GOOD! 3 PTR by Bowers, Art 05:55 52-44 H 8 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice 05:55 05:46 TIMEOUT 30sec FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff 05:33 05:33 52-45 H 7 GOOD! FT SHOT by LUCKY, Jon 05:33 52-46 H 6 GOOD! FT SHOT by LUCKY, Jon MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 05:13 05:13 REBOUND (DEF) by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 04:56 MISSED 3 PTR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese 04:56 REBOUND (OFF) by HAZELTON, Scott 04:53 MISSED LAYUP by HAZELTON, Scott BLOCK by Chadwick, Chris 04:53 04:53 REBOUND (OFF) by HAZELTON, Scott FOUL by Maxwell, Maurice 04:50 04:50 52-47 H 5 GOOD! FT SHOT by HAZELTON, Scott 04:50 MISSED FT SHOT by HAZELTON, Scott REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 04:50 MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun 04:21 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 04:21 MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun 04:18 04:18 REBOUND (DEF) by BROOKS, Randy FOUL by Chadwick, Chris 04:12 04:12 MISSED FT SHOT by SULLIVAN, Tyrese 04:12 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 04:12 52-48 H 4 GOOD! FT SHOT by SULLIVAN, Tyrese GOOD! 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice 03:49 55-48 H 7 ASSIST by Chadwick, Chris 03:49 03:33 MISSED LAYUP by HAZELTON, Scott REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 03:33 MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art 03:07 03:07 REBOUND (DEF) by BROOKS, Randy 03:03 55-50 H 5 GOOD! DUNK by HAZELTON, Scott [FB/PNT] 03:03 ASSIST by BROOKS, Randy FOUL by Chadwick, Chris 03:03 03:03 TIMEOUT media 03:03 55-51 H 4 GOOD! FT SHOT by HAZELTON, Scott MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice 02:52 02:52 REBOUND (DEF) by BROOKS, Randy 02:31 MISSED 3 PTR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 02:31 02:27 FOUL by BROOKS, Randy GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 02:27 56-51 H 5 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 02:27 57-51 H 6 02:12 57-54 H 3 GOOD! 3 PTR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese 02:12 ASSIST by BROOKS, Randy 02:11 TIMEOUT 30sec MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice 01:46 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 01:46 FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun 01:43 TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun 01:43 01:13 MISSED LAYUP by SULLIVAN, Tyrese BLOCK by Bowers, Art 01:13 01:13 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) TIMEOUT 30sec 01:11 01:07 MISSED JUMPER by HAZELTON, Scott 01:07 REBOUND (OFF) by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 00:53 57-57 T 6 GOOD! 3 PTR by LUCKY, Jon 00:53 ASSIST by SULLIVAN, Tyrese GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] 00:30 59-57 H 2 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice 00:30 TIMEOUT TEAM 00:23 00:12 MISSED LAYUP by HAZELTON, Scott BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane 00:12 REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM) 00:10 TIMEOUT 30sec 00:10 TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice 00:07 00:03 MISSED JUMPER by HAZELTON, Scott 00:03 REBOUND (OFF) by HAZELTON, Scott 00:01 59-59 T 7 GOOD! JUMPER by HAZELTON, Scott Massachusetts 59, Rhode Island 59 2nd period-only InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties Leads Rhode Island 10 13 9 2 20 2 0 Massachusetts 10 3 6 4 0 0 0 OT PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1) HOME TEAM: Massachusetts TIME SCORE MAR VISITORS: Rhode Island ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 04:47 FOUL by HAZELTON, Scott GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 04:47 60-59 H 1 MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 04:47 REBOUND (OFF) by Bowers, Art 04:47 MISSED JUMPER by Bowers, Art 04:27 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane 04:26 04:23 60-60 T 8 GOOD! FT SHOT by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel MISSED DUNK by Lasme, Stephane 04:23 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 04:23 04:23 MISSED FT SHOT by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 04:23 REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 04:23 04:23 REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL) FOUL by Lasme, Stephane 04:23 GOOD! 3 PTR by Chadwick, Chris 03:49 63-60 H 3 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice 03:49 03:29 TURNOVR by MOORE, J.R. MISSED 3 PTR by Chadwick, Chris 03:06 03:06 REBOUND (DEF) by BROOKS, Randy 02:55 TURNOVR by LUCKY, Jon STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice 02:54 02:52 FOUL by SULLIVAN, Tyrese GOOD! FT SHOT by Chadwick, Chris 02:52 64-60 H 4 GOOD! FT SHOT by Chadwick, Chris 02:52 65-60 H 5 02:36 MISSED 3 PTR by SULLIVAN, Tyrese BLOCK by Chadwick, Chris 02:36 REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 02:33 MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun 02:11 02:11 BLOCK by HAZELTON, Scott 02:08 REBOUND (DEF) by HAZELTON, Scott 01:47 MISSED 3 PTR by LUCKY, Jon REBOUND (DEF) by Chadwick, Chris 01:47 TIMEOUT 30sec 01:24 MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art 01:16 01:16 REBOUND (DEF) by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 00:59 65-62 H 3 GOOD! DUNK by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel [PNT] 00:59 ASSIST by HAZELTON, Scott 00:58 TIMEOUT 30sec TIMEOUT 30sec 00:56 TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice 00:49 00:49 STEAL by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel 00:28 MISSED 3 PTR by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 00:28 00:26 FOUL by BROOKS, Randy GOOD! FT SHOT by Bowers, Art 00:26 66-62 H 4 GOOD! FT SHOT by Bowers, Art 00:26 67-62 H 5 00:20 MISSED JUMPER by LUCKY, Jon REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 00:20 00:18 FOUL by BROOKS, Randy GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 00:18 68-62 H 6 MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 00:18 00:18 REBOUND (DEF) by HAZELTON, Scott 00:12 68-64 H 4 GOOD! DUNK by HAZELTON, Scott [PNT] 00:11 FOUL by MOMPLAISIR, Marcel GOOD! FT SHOT by Bowers, Art 00:11 69-64 H 5 GOOD! FT SHOT by Bowers, Art 00:11 70-64 H 6 00:02 MISSED JUMPER by HAZELTON, Scott REBOUND (DEF) by Chadwick, Chris 00:02 Massachusetts 70, Rhode Island 64 OT period-only InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties Leads Rhode Island 4 0 0 0 5 1 0 Massachusetts 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 POINTS OFF TURNOVERS 1 2 3 - Tot Rhode Island............ 8 13 0 - 21 Massachusetts........... 6 3 2 - 11 POINTS IN PAINT 1 2 3 - Tot Rhode Island............ 12 10 4 - 26 Massachusetts........... 14 10 0 - 24 2ND CHANCE POINTS 1 2 3 - Tot Rhode Island............ 11 9 0 - 20 Massachusetts........... 5 6 0 - 11 FAST BREAK POINTS 1 2 3 - Tot Rhode Island............ 2 2 0 - 4 Massachusetts........... 4 4 0 - 8 BENCH POINTS 1 2 3 - Tot Rhode Island............ 14 20 5 - 39 Massachusetts........... 4 0 0 - 4 SCORE TIED BY 1 2 3 - Tot Rhode Island............ 1 2 1 - 4 Massachusetts........... 4 0 0 - 4 LEAD GAINED BY 1 2 3 - Tot Rhode Island............ 1 0 0 - 1 Massachusetts........... 2 0 0 - 2