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Minutemen try to rebound after tough loss
By Mike Marzelli, The Daily Collegian Staff, 3/4/2005

Now, almost three days removed from its most painful and bitter loss in recent memory, the Massachusetts men's basketball team is still steaming about the foul called with 3.6 seconds on the clock in Tuesday night's game that gave Dayton two free throws and eventually a one-point win.

Numerous television replays airing over the last few days - most of which have emanated from local Ohio news stations - show little contact between UMass' Rashaun Freeman and the Flyers' Warren Williams on the play in question, which saw Williams dribble towards the baseline and into trouble amidst UMass defenders before the foul was whistled.

Even Williams himself admitted the foul "...wasn't anything big," in the Dayton Daily News, the same paper that used the words "lucky" and "shaky" to describe the call in various headlines.

Yet, regardless of the significant implications the loss may or may not have on the rest of UMass' 2004-05 season, what head coach Steve Lappas saw from his team in the locker room following the game gives him reason to believe that such adversity may bring his team together heading into Saturday's 2 p.m. season finale against Duquesne at the William Mullins Center.

"After that game, the team was as mad as I've ever seen them. They were furious," Lappas said. "They were yelling and screaming, but it wasn't about the ball call or how we got robbed. It was about getting back on the court on Saturday and wanting another crack at Dayton and the tournament.

"As a coach, it was great to hear because they weren't lamenting what happened, they were just talking about Saturday and were so mad that they just wanted to get back on the court again."

The Minutemen will return to the court without their senior captain, however, as Lappas indicated Anthony Anderson is officially out for the season - something that will make Senior Day all the more difficult and bittersweet for the Lynn native who has started four seasons at the point for UMass.

For his career, Anderson finishes 19th all-time in school history with 1,211 points, ranks third all-time in steals (150), and seventh in assists (367). Beyond the arc, he ranks second in 3-pointers made (277), second in attempts (705) and fifth in percentage made (.390).

"I feel sick for Anthony," Lappas said. "Here he is, finally on a good team, and he's not going to be able to take part in the conference tournament and postseason.

"You've got to feel bad for because as hard as he's worked to get to this point, now he's not going to be able to finish it is really a shame."

UMass suffered its first loss in six games with Anderson out of the lineup on Tuesday, but Lappas feels as if his team comes together without its unquestioned leader in the lineup; something it will have to do in post season to be successful

"I think they band together when Anthony isn't out there," Lappas said. "They've all learned something from him at one point or another, and they know how much it hurts to not have him out there so they elevate their game knowing they need to step it up because they don't have him and what he brings."

Joining Anderson in playing one final game on the Mullins Center court is current starting point guard Chris Chadwick, who played two seasons in Amherst after transferring from Cecil Community Junior College in Maryland, and second-year walk-on Tim Collins, a former team manager and a native of Lee.

Also being honored are senior student managers Adam Glessner, Brian Kamuda and Mike Girard.

"It's going to be a good day for them, a lot of friends and families are coming up. It's going to be a nice event," Lappas said.

To send their seniors off with a win, the Minutemen must take care of the struggling Dukes; a team that beat UMass twice last season, including a 79-76 win in the first round of the A-10 tournament, but has managed just an 8-20 overall record and a 5-10 mark in conference.

The Dukes are led by guard Bryant McAllister and his 16 points per game average, along with forward Kieron Achara who averages 11.5 points and seven rebounds per contest.

The Minutemen can clinch a tie for third place in the Atlantic 10 East Division, and will earn a No. 3 seed in the A-10 Tournament if Saint Joeseph's defeats Fordham. If Fordham defeats SJU, the Rams clinch the third seed regardless of a UMass win or loss.

Should the Minutemen clinch the No. 3 position in the east division, they would play either Duquesne or LaSalle in the opening round, before a likely rematch with Dayton.


Tune-up for A-10 tourney
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/5/2005

Chris Chadwick is proud of the way he played this year and glad that he earned more minutes, but the University of Massachusetts senior guard said he'll be disappointed if the Minutemen don't win the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Its been going a lot better than last year. I want to play in the (NCAA) tournament. That was our goal at the beginning of the year, Chadwick said. ''I played a lot more this year and people got to see me more, but if we don't go to the tournament, we didn't prove anything.''

Chadwick, along with fellow seniors Anthony Anderson and Tim Collins and senior managers Brian Kamuda, Adam Glessner and Michael Girard will all be honored before the final regular-season game against Duquesne at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mullins Center.

Anderson will take part in the pregame ceremony, but is out for the season with a back injury.

Collins will make his first career start and just his second appearance this season. The former team manager has been a member of the Minutemen for the last two seasons and has appeared in five games without attempting a shot.

It's unlikely he will launch one Saturday either.

''I told him he better not take a shot. I told him to go get a rebound,'' UMass coach Steve Lappas said. ''He's a great kid. He has a great attitude. You know he's going to be one of those guys that is very successful when he gets out of school.''

Collins will be joined in the starting lineup by Chadwick, Maurice Maxwell, Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme.

The game is important for both teams who are still playing for seeding positions in next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Minutemen need a win and a Fordham loss at Saint Joseph's (2 p.m.) to secure the No. 3 seed in the East.

Duquesne needs a win or a La Salle loss at Temple (4 p.m.) earn the No. 5 seed in the West. If the Dukes win, they would play the Minutemen again in the tournament at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

Duquesne arrives with a record of 8-20 (5-10 A-10) including a 61-57 upset of Fordham Wednesday in Rose Hill Gymnasium. Freshman forward DeVario Hudson led the Dukes with 16 points and nine boards in that game.

When Hudson is on, he gives Duquesne a legitimate two-man tandem inside with Kieron Achara. The 6-foot-9 Scottish center is averaging 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

''Achara is a formidable big man,'' Lappas said. ''He may be the most improved player in the league.''

The main scoring option, however, is junior guard Bryant McAllister. If the Dukes were having a strong year, McAllister would be a lock to make the All-Atlantic 10 first team, and he may despite Duquesne's dismal record.

His 16 points per game put him fourth in the Atlantic 10. Senior point guard Martin Osimani is among the league's best passers with 4.96 assists per game.

Lappas said its rare to be seeing conference foe for the first time this late in the season.

''It's weird to be at the last game of the year and to have a team in your own league who you haven't seen at all,'' Lappas said. ''It's unusual, but that's how it is. It's the same way for them too.''

NOTES: UMass has lost its last two games against the Dukes, including a 79-76 defeat in the A-10 Tournament in 2004. The Minutemen won 16 straight against the Dukes from 1992-2001, but have lost three of their last four.

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


Men's Basketball Closes Regular Season With 69-64 Win Over Duquesne
UMass will take on LaSalle, Wednesday at 2 p.m., in A-10 Tournament
From UMass Athletics, 3/5/2005

AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead UMass to a 69-64 win over Duquesne on Saturday afternoon in the Mullins Center. The Minutemen have secured third place in the A-10 East and will play La Salle next Wednesday in the league tournament at 2 p.m. in the second game of the first round at Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena. Richmond and Rhode Island kick off the action at Noon.

Four Minutemen scored in double-figures as UMass improved to 16-11 overall and 9-7 in Atlantic 10. Duquesne was led by Bryant McAllister who scored 14 points as the Dukes fall to 8-21 overall and 5-11 in the league.

Lasme's 14-for-14 effort at the charity stripe today tied a UMass record for most consecutive free throws made in a game without a miss. He tied Donta Bright's mark set on Jan. 17, 1996 against Rhode Island.

UMass led by as many as 11 in the first half going up 28-17 on sophomore Rashaun Freeman's (Schenectady, N.Y.) fastbreak dunk following a steal by sophomore Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.). Freeman netted 16 points and nine rebounds, while Maxwell posted 12 points, six boards and three steals.

With the three steals, Maxwell moves into an eighth-place tie with Anton Brown for thefts in a single season with 51.

The Minutemen entered the break up 37-30 improving to 13-2 this season when they lead at halftime.

Duquesne came out firing in the second half, taking a 41-39 lead at the 15:09 mark on a three-pointer from Chauncey Duke to cap an 11-2 run.

From that point, Lasme took over converting six straight free throws and hitting a lay-up after collecting the rebound from a Maxwell miss.

Rebounding was a decisive factor in the contest as UMass held a 42-27 advantage on the glass. The Minutemen were able to convert those into 14 second chance points, while Duquesne managed just one point.

Sophomore Art Bowers (Wilmington, Del.) sparked a lift for UMass off the bench as he scored 11 points in the game - part of a 23-12 advantage for the Maroon & White.

The Dukes cut a seven-point UMass lead down to two points 64-62 with 1:15 remaining, but another fastbreak dunk, this time by Maxwell, sealed the win.

Lasme finished the game as he started - perfect from the free throw line hitting the final two points of the game to give the 69-64 score.

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Rashaun Freeman reverses it past the Duquesne defense.

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Freeman and Lawrence Carrier try to trap Kieron Achara.

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Stephane Lasme sends back Bryant McAllister's shot.


Notes & quotes
From UMass Athletics, 3/5/2005

With the win UMass finishes 9-7 in the league, good for third-place in the A-10 East ... it is the most wins in the A-10 during head coach Steve Lappas' tenure. The Minutemen finish the regular season 16-11 which is the most wins in a regular season since the 1997-98 season when UMass was 20-9 heading into the A-10 Tournament.

As the No.3 seed in the East, UMass will play Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. against the sixth-place finisher from the A-10 West ... if La Salle beats Temple in the game scheduled for today, UMass will Duquesne in the opening round of the tournament ... if La Salle loses to Temple, UMass will play La Salle ... earlier this season, the Minutemen defeated the Explorers 69-66 in overtime on Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.

UMass is 11-2 in games decided by six points or less and 5-1 in three-point games.

UMass held a 37-30 advantage at intermission ... it was the 15th time this season they have led at the break posting a 13-2 record in those games.

Stephane Lasme hit 14 consecutive free throws today to tie the UMass record for most free throws made without a miss in a game - 14 by Donta Bright versus Rhode Island on Jan. 17, 1996.

Rashaun Freeman reached double-figures for the eighth straight game and 21st of the season ... it was also the 45th time in 56 career games he has reached double-digits. He finished the game with 16 points and 9 boards.

Lasme hit a career-high 14-for-14 from the free throw line to score 16 points in the game ... this was the third time of the season and third time in his career to score double figures ... this was also his second career double-double as he grabbed 11 rebounds ... his only other double-double was at St. Bonaventure (1/26/05) where he had a career-high 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Lasme also recorded 2 blocked shots today which gives him 69 for the season ... that is the sixth-best total for a single season in school history.

Maurice Maxwell posted 3 steals to move him into an eighth-place tie with Anton Brown for thefts in a single season (51, 1988-89) ... he passed Carmello Travieso (49, 1995-96) as well.

Art Bowers reached double-figures for the fourth time in six games and the ninth time this season with 11 points.

Other Notes: Prior to the game, UMass honored seniors Anthony Anderson, Chris Chadwick, and Tim Collins ... Collins made his first career start today ... Duquesne won the tap ... Duquesne's Martin Osimani scored the first field goal of the game ... UMass jumped out to a 20-9 lead in the first half following a Rashaun Freeman lay-up ... a Freeman fastbreak dunk off a Maurice Maxwell steal gave UMass an 11 point lead, 28-17, in the first period ... UMass started the game shooting 9-for-12 from the floor ... The Minutemen held a 37-30 advantage at the half.


Head Coach Steve Lappas on the team's play:
"Maurice Maxwell played point guard the whole game, which he really hasn't done for more than 10 minutes in a game. Our guys did a great job of sucking it up and coming away with a win. We basically played with seven guys with Jeff Salovski as our seventh player and Lawrence Carrier as our sixth. We needed a guard in there to make it a little easier. Jeff Viggiano played at the three spot the whole game and we played Carrier at the three at times. I'm happy with the ways the players responded in that situation."

Lappas on the team's offensive schemes with Maurice Maxwell at point guard:
"We didn't do anything differently at all. We ran the same offense we always run. We ran motion almost the whole game and called four or five plays, which is normal for us. It was a very similar game in that aspect."

Lappas on Maxwell's play:
"The one thing about that kid is that he is becoming a leader and you see it out there. He had no problem playing the point. He played 38 minutes and committed two turnovers, so he did a pretty good job."

Lappas on Stephane Lasme and Maurice Maxwell:
"He has to be one of the most improved players in the league. The problem is, Maurice Maxwell is one of the most improved players in the league, too. We take him for granted, but he has really improved. I'm worried that they're going to split the vote. One of them should be the Most Improved Player, I hope Stephane is because I think Maurice will make one of the All-League teams, and he deserves it.

Maurice Maxwell
On playing point guard
"I had no choice but to be comfortable. It's a lot different than playing point in high school."

"I felt comfortable enough to know that I could lead us to a win."

On playing thirty eight minutes.
"We tried to pressure the ball in our zone and tried to play an aggressive zone and that uses a lot of energy so I'm definitely tired."

On the play of Stephane Lasme
"I think he's one of the most improved players in the league. Defensive wise he got a couple bad calls against him but he still played hard. He can get to the line and knock down free throws now. His concentration, focus, and how hard he plays- you can't really measure that."

On the team going into the playoffs
"I think (our position) could have been better. I think we can beat anyone in the conference but at the same time, we going to need a little bit more from everybody."

Tim Collins
On starting the game
"I'm not used to getting myself that ready for a game. It was a little weird and kind of went by in a blur."

On his experience at UMass
"It's been unbelievable. I made a last minute decision to come here and I'm glad I made it. It's been a good ride but it goes by quickly"

On the team this year compared to other years
It's 180 degrees different. It's a lot of fun being in the locker room and playing on the court.

Stephane Lasme
On his play
"I'm still working on it. I'm just trying to do the best I can."

On his free throws
"I'm not working by myself. The coaches have helped me a lot."

On his free throws at the end of the game
"I had the same mentality and I just wanted to make them. I thought about them one at a time."

On the team
"They're like family to me because I don't have many people I know around here."


UMass makes clean getaway
Close call goes to Minutemen
By Marty Dobrow, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 3/6/2005

AMHERST -- Perhaps the 2004-05 season hasn't been a giant leap forward for the University of Massachusetts basketball program, but it has been more than just one small step for Minutemankind.

UMass yesterday put the wraps on a 16-11 regular season with a 69-64 victory over Duquesne. The Minutemen won as they have throughout much of the season -- by delivering at crunch time.

This time it came from sophomore center Stephane Lasme, who hit two free throws with 12.7 seconds left and UMass clinging to a 3-point lead. When Duquesne's DeVario Hudson missed a hurried 3-pointer and UMass's Art Bowers secured the rebound, the Minutemen were finally home free.

Last season, Lasme hit only 15 free throws, connecting on just 44.1 percent. Yesterday, he accessed the inner Rick Barry by going 14 for 14, tying a UMass record (Donta Bright in 1996) for most freebies without a miss.

"I'm still working on it," said the soft-spoken Lasme about his free throw technique. "I'm not taking it for granted."

Lasme tied teammate Rashaun Freeman for high-scoring honors with 16 points (Lasme was 1 of 2 from the field), and added 11 rebounds, eight on the offensive end. Maurice Maxwell contributed 12 points.

Duquesne (8-21, 5-11 Atlantic 10) was led by Bryant McAllister, who had 14 points.

The Minutemen are 11-2 in games decided by 6 points or fewer, including an Atlantic 10-record 5-0 in overtime. It's a narrow edge UMass has developed, but it has resulted in the team posting its first winning season in five years, and its best record in seven years.

With third place sewn up in the Atlantic 10 East, the Minutemen now set their sights on the A-10 tournament. On Wednesday, they will take on La Salle, one of the teams UMass dispatched in overtime. To get to the NCAA Tournament, UMass will have to win four games in four days, something that has never happened in A-10 annals. Otherwise, they will hope to nab an NIT bid. Normally, UMass's record would be sufficient to consider that a certainty, but this has been a very poor year for the A-10, and even UMass coach Steve Lappas acknowledges nothing is guaranteed.

"I know we're a postseason team -- we play Wednesday," said Lappas. "I don't want to get into all that about the NIT."

Maxwell believes the A-10 tournament is up for grabs. "I honestly feel we can play with anybody in the conference," he said. "But at the same time, I think we'll need a little more out of everyone." Maxwell provided a little more yesterday, thrust into running the team as point guard for the longest stretch of the season. Senior Anthony Anderson is almost certainly done for the year with back problems, and fellow senior Chris Chadwick -- who has effectively run the point the second half of the season -- could only give the team eight first-half minutes because of a respiratory problem. Maxwell stepped in seamlessly, dishing out six assists and turning the ball over just twice.

UMass led almost wire to wire, but Duquesne took a brief 41-39 lead on a 3-pointer by Chauncey Duke with 15:09 left. Lasme then hit four straight free throws to put UMass ahead to stay. Trailing, 64-62, the Dukes had two chances to tie in the final minute, but couldn't convert. First, Martin Osimani's floater bounded off the rim. In the scramble for the rebound, the Minutemen got a two-on-one break, in which Bowers fed Maxwell for a dunk.

Osimani then connected to bring Duquesne within 66-64, and Maxwell hit just one of two free throws with 31.9 seconds left.

McAllister missed the tying 3-point bid. Duquesne's Kieron Achara got the rebound and got fouled, but missed the front end of a one-and-one with 14.6 seconds left. The Dukes then fouled Lasme -- which on this day was not a good strategy as he knocked down two more free throws to basically end the drama.


UMass holds off Dukes
By Michael O'Connor, The Boston Herald, 3/6/2005

AMHERST - It wasn't pretty, but shorthanded UMass made it all pay off in the end as the Minutemen held off a gritty Duquesne squad and wrapped up their regular season with a 69-64 win yesterday at the Mullins Center.

Playing without senior guards Anthony Anderson (back) and Chris Chadwick (fever), the Minutemen were forced to put shooting guard Maurice Maxwell at the point. So sophomore forward Stephane Lasme simply stepped up to lead all scorers with 16 points (and eight offensive rebounds).

Maxwell's contributions (12 points, four rebounds) may have been quieter, but he spoke loudly enough when it counted.

After DeVario Hudson made a layup to bring the Dukes (8-21, 5-11 Atlantic 10) to within 64-62 with a minute remaining, Maxwell made his move. He grabbed a defensive rebound then charged the length of the court and jammed it home to make it 66-62 with 40 seconds left.

He then added a foul shot to make it 67-62. Lasme (14-for-14 from the line) then added a pair with 13 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Minutemen coach Steve Lappas called Lasme one of the most improved players in the league. Lasme was more humble.

``I'm still working on it, I'm not taking anything for granted,'' he said. ``I'm just trying to be the best I can be by working with the coaches.''

UMass finishes the regular season at 16-11 (9-7 A-10).

``It was a game of runs,'' Dukes coach Danny Nee said, ``and we just couldn't kick it over, keep it going. And I really feel UMass was dominating on the rebounding. They had a very effective rebounding game.''

Indeed, the 42-27 rebound margin, including 18 offensive boards for UMass, was key.

But Lappas was a bit more concerned about his depleted backcourt.

``The way we are at guard right now, it's like we're playing with seven guys,'' he said. ``Our guys did a great job of just sucking it up and going away with a win. I'm happy with the way the kids responded in the situation there.''

He was especially happy with the way Maxwell made the move to the point, running the floor, passing and keeping the offense moving. In 38 minutes, Maxwell committed only two turnovers.

``We ran the same stuff we always run,'' Lappas said. ``But one thing about that kid (Maxwell), is that he's starting to become a leader and he had no problem playing the point. I thought he did a pretty good job.''

For his part, Maxwell noted he hadn't played the point since high school.

``But I just wanted to play hard,'' he said. ``I knew there were going to be some ups and downs.''

And yes, he was more than a little tired, playing all but two minutes.

``My jump shot was a little short and my legs were gone,'' he said, ``but that's no excuse for anything. I knew we could still all play hard.''

And the dramatic dunk near the end of the game?

``I could see it coming,'' he said with a grin. ``I just ran hard and I knew I had to finish because that was what we needed.''


Duquesne succumbs to UMass
By Dave Mackall, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 3/6/2005

AMHERST, Mass. -- The Duquesne Dukes ended their regular season Saturday the way they began it -- with a loss.

A close loss.

The Dukes, who have suffered through so much losing in recent years that they seem immune to it, dropped a five-point decision, 69-64, to shorthanded Massachusetts at Mullins Center.

Another long season for Duquesne began when the Dukes opened earlier than nearly every NCAA Division I program with a 74-65 (nine-point) loss against Santa Clara on Nov. 12.

In between, the Dukes managed just eight victories but nearly pulled off their second consecutive road win and fourth of the season yesterday.

"Despite losing today, We feel like we've gained some confidence in these past two games," Duquesne sophomore Kieron Achara said.

Its latest loss, coupled with Temple's 73-67 victory over La Salle, pairs Duquesne against Fordham in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Cincinnati.

It will serve as a rematch of the Dukes' 61-57 victory against the Rams last Wednesday in New York.

The Dukes, had they survived against Massachusetts, would have entered the tournament having won three of their final four regular-season games.

But it was just more of the same against the Minutemen, an all-too-familiar scenario. Duquesne (8-21, 5-11 A-10 West) fell behind early, took the lead in the second half, fell behind again, and come up short at the end.

"If we make a couple of plays -- offensively or defensively -- we're right in the game," Duquesne coach Danny Nee said.

As it was, the Dukes were in it anyway.

Against a Massachusetts team playing without guards Anthony Anderson (back) for the entire game and Chris Chadwick (flu) for all but eight minutes, Duquesne rallied from 11 points down in each half, closing within two points twice in the final 1:15.

Trailing 66-64 following a coast-to-coast driving layup by senior Martin Osimani, Duquesne fouled on the Massachusetts inbounds play, sending Maurice Maxwell to the line, where he hit 1 of 2 attempts to give Massachusetts (16-11, 9-7 A-10 East) a three-point lead.

Bryant McAllister's 3-point shot for Duquesne hit the front of the rim on the Dukes' next possession, but he got the rebound and fed Achara inside.

The 6-foot-9 Achara, who was 9 for 11 from the foul line to account for all of Duquesne's activity from that point, was fouled under the basket, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and immediately fouled Massachusetts' Stephane Lasme, who had come down with the rebound.

Lasme, a 64-percent free-throw shooter coming in, finished 14 for 14 from the line. He and center Rashaun Freeman, last year's A-10 rookie of the year, led Massachusetts with 16 points each.

"UMass is very dominating on the rebounding," Nee said. "If we could have just gotten our share of defensive boards, we could have cut it down and made it more of a competitive game."

Massachusetts enjoyed a 42-27 edge on the boards, with Lasme grabbing 11 (eight offensive) and Freeman getting nine.

"I liked how we played, but I don't like the mistakes. But I thought we played hard," Nee said.

Duquesne committed 16 turnovers -- McAllister had five, all in the first half -- and Massachusetts committed 19.

Maurice Maxwell added 12 points and Art Bowers had 11 for Massachusetts. McAllister led Duquesne with 14 points, Achara added 13 and freshman DeVario Hudson had 12 to go with a team-high six rebounds.

Massachusetts jumped on Duquesne early, but the Dukes managed to keep the game from getting away from them. They trailed, 37-30, at halftime only after Lawrence Carrier's putback for Massachusetts of a missed 3-point shot just before the buzzer.

Duquesne came out firing in the second half and managed briefly to take a 41-39 lead on a 3-point shot by freshman Chauncey Duke at the 15:09 mark.

But Massachusetts responded with an 11-0 run, keyed by six free throws by Lasme, to go back in front 50-41.

Note: Former Pitt forward Dante Milligan, who left the Panthers at midseason, has enrolled at Massachusetts. The 6-foot-8 Milligan, who sat out the 2003-04 season as a redshirt, played in five games this season for Pitt, scoring seven points and grabbing six rebounds. He will not be ineligible at Massachusetts until after the fall semester is completed next season.


Basketball: Dukes' regular season ends with another defeat
UMass holds off Duquesne, 69-64
By Howard Herman, Special to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3/6/2005

AMHERST, Mass. -- In the first eight minutes of the second half, Duquesne held Massachusetts to one basket to help the Dukes rebound from a seven-point halftime deficit to take a two-point lead.

It wasn't good enough.

The Minutemen answered with a 11-0 run that included an 8-for-8 stretch at the free-throw line, and eventually held off the Dukes, 69-64, before 3,036 at the Mullins Center yesterday.

"In college basketball that happens frequently. You just hope you're the team that's making the run," Dukes coach Danny Nee said. "I thought it was a good basketball game today. We just had no answer for their offensive rebounding and we had no answer for [Rashaun] Freeman."

Freeman, Massachusetts' leading scorer, had a game-high 16 points along with nine rebounds. He was one of four Minutemen to score in double figures.

Massachusetts (16-11, 9-7 Atlantic 10) outrebounded Duquesne, 42-27, which includes an 18-10 offensive rebounding advantage. Massachusetts had 14 second-chance points to one for Duquesne.

The Dukes, who finished the regular season at 8-21 and 5-11 in the A-10 Conference, were paced by Bryant McAllister's 14 points. McAllister, Duquesne's leading scorer, scored three in the first half.

The Dukes opened the second half with six consecutive points, starting a 11-2 spurt that Chauncey Duke closed with a 3-pointer from the right wing, giving the Dukes a 41-39 lead.

Trying to get a stop on Massachusetts' next possession, Kieron Achara fouled Stephane Lasme going to the basket. Lasme made two free throws to tie the score at 41-41. DeVario Hudson was called for an offensive foul and Lasme went back to the line when Martin Osimani fouled him. His two free throws gave Massachusetts a 43-41 lead, and the Minutemen never trailed again.

Massachusetts went on an 11-0 run, with eight points coming from free throws.

But the Dukes weren't done. After Massachusetts built an 11-point lead, the Dukes battled back to trim Massachusetts' lead to two with 1:12 remaining in the game. Osimani penetrated and passed to Hudson for a layup, making the score, 64-62.

After a Massachusetts turnover, Osimani and Achara missed shots, Maurice Maxwell got the rebound and got out on the break. Maxwell's dunk with 41.5 seconds left put Massachusetts ahead, 66-62.

After a Massachusetts timeout, Osimani scored on a drive to the hoop. Those were the last points for the Dukes.

"UMass is very dominating on the rebounding," Nee said. "They're a very effective rebounding team. We just got killed, with 18 offensive boards. If we could have gotten our share of defensive boards, we could have made it a competitive game."

The Dukes haven't won at Massachusetts since 1989.

Duquesne scored the game's first point and then took a 3-2 lead on a pull-up jumper by Osimani with 18:02 remaining in the first half. That turned out to be the last time the Dukes led in the half.

Massachusetts answered with a 12-3 run that gave the Minutemen a 14-6 lead. Six of those points came after Duquesne turnovers. Twice, Maxwell converted steals into baskets.

Duquesne, which finished in last place in the Atlantic 10 West Division, faces Fordham 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the A-10 tournament in Cincinnati. Fordham (12-15, 8-8) is the fourth-place team in the A-10 East.


UMass survives Duquesne
By Bob McGovern, The Daily Collegian Staff, 3/7/2005

All eyes were on Stephane Lasme as he stood at the free throw line in complete and utter silence.

With 13 second left, the Massachusetts men's basketball team (16-11 9-7 A-10) was up 67-64 against Atlantic 10 rivals Duquesne in its last home game of the season. Lasme was fouled in a desperate attempt to stop time and calmly dropped both free throws en route to a 69-64 victory.

The win put UMass in sole possession of third place in the A-10 East, setting up a first round match up in the Atlantic 10 tournament against LaSalle on Wednesday in the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio at 2 p.m.

Lasme was flawless from the charity strip throughout the game, tying a school record while going 14 of 14. He finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds and was an aggressive force against an undersized Duquesne (8-21 5-11 A-10) frontcourt.

"I think he's one of the most improved players in the league. Defensive wise he got a couple bad calls against him but he still played hard," UMass swingman Maurice Maxwell said. "He can get to the line and knock down free throws now. His concentration, focus, and how hard he plays- you can't really measure that."

The Minutemen led by seven going into the half, but allowed the Dukes to come firing out of the gates, led by Bryant McAllister. McAllister hit jumpers on consecutive possessions, putting the score at 37-34, in favor of UMass.

There were two lead changes in the second half, with the Dukes taking the lead at the 15 minute mark. After a foul by Rashaun Freeman, there was a media timeout on the floor. On the ensuing play, Duquesne guard Chauncey Duke nailed a three slating the score at 41-39 in favor of the Dukes.

The lead was short-lived as Lasme went to hit four consecutive free throws over the next two possessions giving the Minutemen a 43-41 edge. UMass would not trail again and would lead by as much as 12 points in the half.

Pacing the offense for Duquesne was the outstanding play of McAllister and senior point guard Martin Osimani. McAllister had a team-high 14 points, while Osimani was the offensive organizer, dishing out seven assists.

Although it was senior day for UMass, the elder statesmen were banged up and received a combined 11 minutes of playing time. Chris Chadwick and Tim Collins both started for the Minutemen, while captain Anthony Anderson sat in street clothes as he battles an ailing back which will keep him out or the rest of the season.

Chadwick had a stomach virus coming into the game and could only put in eight minutes. He scored two points in the game, but was replaced by Maxwell at the point.

Collins received his first start for UMass and grabbed a steal during the first possession of the game. Collins would play for three minutes and admits that there was some added excitement in getting his first Division 1 start.

"I'm not used to getting myself that ready for a game. It was a little weird and kind of went by in a blur," Collins said.

In his first full-time role as point guard since high school, Maxwell put together an impressive effort. He had 12 points and six assists in the game, including four rebounds.

Maxwell played 38 minutes in the game and may be forced to put in extra time throughout the post-season with the absence of Anderson.

"I had no choice but to be comfortable. It's a lot different than playing point in high school." Maxwell said. "I felt comfortable enough to know that I could lead us to a win."

UMass coach Steve Lappas was pleased with he way his sophomore duo, Lasme and Maxwell, played together. Lappas believes that both players should be up for Most Improved Player in the conference this year.

"He (Lasme) has to be one of the most improved players in the league. The problem is Maurice Maxwell is one of the most improved players in the league, too." Lappas said. "We take him for granted, but he has really improved. I'm worried that they're going to split the vote. One of them should be the Most Improved Player, I hope Stephane is because I think Maurice will make one of the All-League teams, and he deserves it."


UMass wins finale
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/7/2005

Another day, another game and another close victory Saturday over a bad team for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team.

Photo
Rashaun Freeman creates some space against Sean McKeon.
A tired UMass team playing without either point guard took an 11-point second-half lead but had to survive some anxious moments late to defeat Duquesne 69-64 at the Mullins Center. Lost in the Minutemen's impressive record in close games is the fact that some of those games didn't have to be so tight. UMass completed its regular season in third place in the Atlantic 10 East at 9-7 16-11 (overall). It will face La Salle at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the A-10 Tournament at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

Duquesne twice had a chance to tie the game in the final minute. After a Rashaun Freeman turnover with 1:01 remaining and UMass up 64-62, Martin Osimani missed a layup.

Maurice Maxwell grabbed the rebound and started a fast break that he finished with a dunk. Osimani quickly answered at the other end and Duquesne fouled Maxwell.

The sophomore made one of two free throws to make it 67-64 with 32 seconds left.

Bryant McAllister missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 18 seconds left but got his own rebound and fed the ball to Kieron Achara underneath. The Scottish big man was fouled by Freeman, but he missed the front end of the one-and-one and Stephane Lasme corralled the rebound.

The junior big man stepped to the line and knocked down both free throws to clinch the win.

They earned Lasme a spot in the UMass record book as he completed a 14-for-14 performance from the line, tying Donta Bright's school record for most free throws made in a game without a miss.

Lappas said Lasme's 14 trips to the line is a sign of his improvement.

''Only good players get fouled that much,'' Lappas said. ''They don't foul guys that aren't good players. That shows how much better he is.''

Lasme finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Freeman added 16 points and nine rebounds.

McAllister led the Dukes with 14 points.

With Anthony Anderson out for the season with a back injury and Chris Chadwick limited to eight minutes (none in the second half) with a chest cold, Maxwell handled the point-guard duties.

''I had no choice but to get comfortable,'' Maxwell said. ''I felt comfortable enough that I could lead us to a win.''

Lappas, who said he expects Chadwick back on Wednesday, was pleased with the showing by Maxwell.

''We were concerned today because Chris Chadwick was very ill,'' Lappas said. ''He tried his best, but he just couldn't do it. The way we are at guard right now, Maurice played at point the whole game.

''Maurice is starting to become a leader. He had no problem playing the point. He played 38 minutes with two turnovers. I thought he did a pretty good job.''

Once Chadwick left the game, Maxwell and Bowers never came out. Maxwell admitted his exhaustion after the game.

''I'm about to go to sleep. We're definitely tired. We try to pressure the ball in our zone,'' he said. ''We use a whole lot of energy on that.''

''I thought our guys did a great job of sucking it up and going away with a win,'' Lappas said.

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


UMass to face La Salle, Open A-10 Tournament Wednesday
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/7/2005

The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team didn't learn who it would play in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Cincinnati until early Saturday evening when all the seeds were determined. The Minutemen's 69-64 win over Duquesne combined with Fordham's loss at Saint Joseph's assured the Minutemen the No. 3 seed in the A-10 East and a game against the No. 6 seed in the A-10 West. But the identity of that No. 6 wasn't known until Temple finished off La Salle, pushing the Explorers into the last spot in the West.

Photo - click for larger image
Maurice Maxwell tries to find an easier path to the basket.
UMass coach Steve Lappas said he is glad not to have to play Duquesne twice in five days.

''I have tremendous respect for La Salle and Duquesne,'' Lappas said. ''I would rather play somebody where there is a little space in between.''

Dayton began Saturday in first place in the A-10 West and ended it without a first-round bye. The Flyers' 74-65 loss to Xavier combined with George Washington's 68-39 win over Rhode Island allowed the Colonials and Musketeers to both pass Dayton.

UMass will face La Salle at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday depending on when the noon game between Richmond and Rhode Island ends.

Fordham faces Duquesne at 6:30 p.m. followed by Dayton and St. Bonaventure at about 8:30.

The winner of the Minutemen and Explorers will face Xavier at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday.

LASME FREE THROWS - After making all 14 free throws Saturday, Stephane Lasme has made 15 straight including his last one in Tuesday's game at Dayton.

His 14 makes without a miss was the best single-game showing in the Atlantic 10 this year.

It was Lasme's third game this season scoring in double figures and the fifth time in his career.

SENIOR DAY - UMass honored three senior players - Anthony Anderson, Chris Chadwick and Tim Collins - and three senior managers _Adam Glessner, Michael Girard and Brian Kamuda _before Saturday's game.

Anderson was in street clothes with a back injury, while Chadwick played only eight minutes due to illness.

Collins, a walk-on from Lee, made his first career start and registered a steal and a foul in three minutes. He received the honor of being the last player introduced during pregame introductions.

''Honestly I thought Chris would go after me because he's done a lot more for this program than I have, but it was a nice surprise,'' said Collins who received a warm ovation from the crowd. ''It's been unbelievable. It's been a good ride. It went by quickly.''

FREEMAN CHAMP - UMass big man Rashaun Freeman completed the season with the Atlantic 10's best field-goal percentage. He made 157 of 290 tries for 54.1 percent edging Bryant Dunston of Fordham at 52.5 percent.

MISCELLANEOUS - Artie Bowers' 11 points game him double figures for the fourth time in six games.

The 16 wins by UMass are the most the program has had heading into the Atlantic 10 Tournament since 1997-98 when the Minutemen were 20-9. That also was the last year they went to the NCAA Tournament.

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


Duquesne Dukes 64
Massachusetts Minutemen 69
at the Mullins Center

Official Basketball Box Score
Duquesne vs Massachusetts
03/05/05  2:00 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
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VISITORS: Duquesne ( 8-21, 5-11)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
04 DUKE, Chauncey...... f  2-5    2-5    0-0    1  2  3   1   6  1  4  0  2  27
45 HUDSON, DeVario..... f  6-11   0-1    0-0    3  3  6   4  12  1  2  2  2  32
42 ACHARA, Kieron...... c  2-5    0-0    9-11   3  0  3   3  13  2  3  0  0  31
05 OSIMANI, Martin..... g  3-5    1-2    0-0    0  2  2   4   7  8  0  0  0  28
22 McALLISTER, Bryant.. g  6-14   2-5    0-0    2  3  5   2  14  3  5  0  2  32
23 HIGGINS, Jack.......    2-8    0-4    0-0    0  3  3   2   4  3  1  0  2  19
25 McKEON, Sean........    4-6    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   2   8  0  0  2  0  17
32 BLUEMLING, Tyler....    0-3    0-3    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  1  1  0  0  14
   TEAM................                            2  2
   Totals..............   25-57   5-20   9-11  10 17 27  19  64 19 16  4  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-28 42.9%   2nd Half: 13-29 44.8%   Game: 43.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-9  33.3%   2nd Half:  2-11 18.2%   Game: 25.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-4  75.0%   2nd Half:  6-7  85.7%   Game: 81.8%    0

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HOME TEAM: Massachusetts (16-11, 9- 7)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 Lasme, Stephane..... f  1-2    0-0   14-14   8  3 11   4  16  1  3  2  1  23
20 Collins, Tim........ f  0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  1   3
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c  6-12   0-0    4-7    3  6  9   3  16  1  4  1  1  32
02 Chadwick, Chris..... g  1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  1  0  0   8
03 Maxwell, Maurice.... g  5-14   1-7    1-4    0  4  4   0  12  6  2  1  3  38
22 Viggiano, Jeff......    2-5    0-1    2-2    1  2  3   1   6  1  3  0  0  31
23 Carrier, Lawrence...    3-7    0-3    0-2    3  3  6   1   6  0  2  0  1  21
24 Salovski, Jeff......    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   0  0  1  0  0   7
34 Bowers, Art.........    4-10   2-5    1-2    2  2  4   2  11  4  3  0  4  37
   TEAM................                            3  3
   Totals..............   22-52   3-16  22-31  18 24 42  13  69 13 19  4 11 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-30 46.7%   2nd Half:  8-22 36.4%   Game: 42.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-9  22.2%   2nd Half:  1-7  14.3%   Game: 18.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  7-11 63.6%   2nd Half: 15-20 75.0%   Game: 71.0%    4

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Officials: Earl Walton, Kevin O'Connell, Frankie Bordeaux
Technical fouls: Duquesne-None. Massachusetts-None.
Attendance: 3036
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Duquesne......................   30   34  -   64
Massachusetts.................   37   32  -   69
ID-292617

Points in the paint-DUQ 24,UMASS 34. Points off turnovers-DUQ 20,UMASS 21.
2nd chance points-DUQ 1,UMASS 14. Fast break points-DUQ 10,UMASS 13.
Bench points-DUQ 12,UMASS 23. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-5 times.
Last FG-DUQ 2nd-00:34, UMASS 2nd-00:42.


Play by Play

Play-By-Play
Duquesne vs Massachusetts
03/05/05  2:00 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Duquesne
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                                                19:40              TURNOVR by DUKE, Chauncey
STEAL by Collins, Tim                           19:36
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     19:14
                                                19:05              MISSED 3 PTR by DUKE, Chauncey
                                                19:05              REBOUND (OFF) by ACHARA, Kieron
FOUL by Collins, Tim                            19:00
                                                19:00   0-1   V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by ACHARA, Kieron
                                                19:00              MISSED FT SHOT by ACHARA, Kieron
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                19:00
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                18:45
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                18:45
                                                18:42              FOUL by OSIMANI, Martin
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                18:42   1-1   T 1
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                18:42   2-1   H 1
                                                18:26              MISSED JUMPER by McALLISTER, Bryant
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               18:26
MISSED LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice                18:11
                                                18:11              REBOUND (DEF) by OSIMANI, Martin
                                                18:05   2-3   V 1  GOOD! JUMPER by OSIMANI, Martin [FB]
GOOD! JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris                 17:35   4-3   H 1
                                                17:23              TURNOVR by McALLISTER, Bryant
STEAL by Lasme, Stephane                        17:22
GOOD! LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice [FB/PNT]        17:19   6-3   H 3
ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane                       17:19
                                                16:52              TURNOVR by McALLISTER, Bryant
STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice                       16:51
GOOD! LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice [FB/PNT]        16:49   8-3   H 5
                                                16:34              TURNOVR by McALLISTER, Bryant
STEAL by Bowers, Art                            16:32
                                                16:30              FOUL by McALLISTER, Bryant
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                16:30   9-3   H 6
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                16:30  10-3   H 7
                                                16:05  10-6   H 4  GOOD! 3 PTR by OSIMANI, Martin
                                                16:05              ASSIST by DUKE, Chauncey
GOOD! JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice                15:41  12-6   H 6
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         15:26
                                                15:26              TIMEOUT media
                                                15:23  12-9   H 3  GOOD! 3 PTR by DUKE, Chauncey
                                                15:23              ASSIST by OSIMANI, Martin
GOOD! 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                 15:11  15-9   H 6
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           15:11
                                                14:59              TURNOVR by DUKE, Chauncey
GOOD! 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                      14:40  18-9   H 9
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      14:40
                                                14:10              MISSED 3 PTR by HIGGINS, Jack
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              14:10
                                                13:54              FOUL by McKEON, Sean
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           13:47  20-9   H 11
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           13:47
                                                13:33  20-11  H 9  GOOD! JUMPER by HUDSON, DeVario [PNT]
                                                13:33              ASSIST by HIGGINS, Jack
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           13:16  22-11  H 11
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      13:16
                                                13:07  22-13  H 9  GOOD! JUMPER by HUDSON, DeVario
                                                13:07              ASSIST by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                12:46              FOUL by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                12:45              FOUL by HUDSON, DeVario
MISSED FT SHOT by Carrier, Lawrence             12:45
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     12:45
MISSED FT SHOT by Carrier, Lawrence             12:45
                                                12:45              REBOUND (DEF) by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                12:34              TURNOVR by McALLISTER, Bryant
STEAL by Bowers, Art                            12:34
TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff                       12:15
                                                12:13              STEAL by HIGGINS, Jack
                                                12:10  22-15  H 7  GOOD! LAYUP by HIGGINS, Jack [FB/PNT]
GOOD! JUMPER by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT]            11:50  24-15  H 9
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           11:50
                                                11:35              MISSED JUMPER by HIGGINS, Jack
REBOUND (DEF) by Bowers, Art                    11:35
MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff                  11:22
                                                11:22              BLOCK by HUDSON, DeVario
                                                11:19              REBOUND (DEF) by HUDSON, DeVario
                                                11:08              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                10:56              MISSED 3 PTR by BLUEMLING, Tyler
REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice               10:56
TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice                     10:35
                                                10:20              TURNOVR by HUDSON, DeVario
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                10:07
                                                10:07              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                09:55  24-17  H 7  GOOD! JUMPER by HUDSON, DeVario
                                                09:55              ASSIST by HIGGINS, Jack
                                                09:35              FOUL by BLUEMLING, Tyler
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               09:35  25-17  H 8
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               09:35  26-17  H 9
                                                09:23              MISSED LAYUP by McALLISTER, Bryant
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        09:23
REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice               09:21
GOOD! DUNK by Freeman, Rashaun [FB/PNT]         09:18  28-17  H 11
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      09:18
                                                09:02              MISSED JUMPER by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                09:02              REBOUND (OFF) by ACHARA, Kieron
                                                08:58              MISSED JUMPER by ACHARA, Kieron
                                                08:58              REBOUND (OFF) by HUDSON, DeVario
                                                08:49              MISSED 3 PTR by DUKE, Chauncey
BLOCK by Maxwell, Maurice                       08:49
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               08:46
MISSED LAYUP by Bowers, Art                     08:31
                                                08:31              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                08:05  28-20  H 8  GOOD! 3 PTR by McALLISTER, Bryant
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   07:47
TURNOVR by Salovski, Jeff                       07:31
MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                  07:25
REBOUND (OFF) by Salovski, Jeff                 07:24
                                                07:18              MISSED JUMPER by HUDSON, DeVario
                                                07:18              REBOUND (OFF) by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                07:13              MISSED JUMPER by McALLISTER, Bryant
REBOUND (DEF) by Salovski, Jeff                 07:13
FOUL by Bowers, Art                             07:03
TURNOVR by Bowers, Art                          07:03
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         06:29
                                                06:29  28-21  H 7  GOOD! FT SHOT by ACHARA, Kieron
                                                06:29  28-22  H 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by ACHARA, Kieron
TURNOVR by Carrier, Lawrence                    06:15
                                                05:50              MISSED 3 PTR by OSIMANI, Martin
                                                05:50              REBOUND (OFF) by DUKE, Chauncey
                                                05:36              MISSED 3 PTR by HIGGINS, Jack
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               05:36
MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence               05:24
                                                05:24              REBOUND (DEF) by OSIMANI, Martin
                                                05:16              MISSED LAYUP by ACHARA, Kieron
                                                05:16              REBOUND (OFF) by ACHARA, Kieron
                                                05:13              TURNOVR by ACHARA, Kieron
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   05:13
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                04:53
REBOUND (OFF) by Bowers, Art                    04:53
MISSED JUMPER by Bowers, Art                    04:49
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               04:49
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                04:44
                                                04:44              BLOCK by McKEON, Sean
                                                04:42              REBOUND (DEF) by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                04:38              MISSED LAYUP by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                04:38              REBOUND (OFF) by McKEON, Sean
                                                04:29              TURNOVR by ACHARA, Kieron
STEAL by Freeman, Rashaun                       04:27
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     04:08
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               04:08
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           04:06  30-22  H 8
                                                04:06              FOUL by ACHARA, Kieron
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              04:06
                                                04:06              REBOUND (DEF) by HIGGINS, Jack
                                                03:51  30-24  H 6  GOOD! JUMPER by McKEON, Sean [PNT]
                                                03:51              ASSIST by OSIMANI, Martin
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                03:37
REBOUND (OFF) by Carrier, Lawrence              03:37
GOOD! LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence [PNT]          03:34  32-24  H 8
                                                03:19              MISSED JUMPER by McKEON, Sean
BLOCK by Freeman, Rashaun                       03:19
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              03:16
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     03:02
                                                03:02              STEAL by HUDSON, DeVario
FOUL by Carrier, Lawrence                       03:02
                                                03:02              TIMEOUT media
                                                02:48              TURNOVR by McALLISTER, Bryant
STEAL by Bowers, Art                            02:47
GOOD! LAYUP by Bowers, Art [FB/PNT]             02:44  34-24  H 10
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      02:44
                                                02:30  34-26  H 8  GOOD! LAYUP by McKEON, Sean [PNT]
                                                02:30              ASSIST by McALLISTER, Bryant
TURNOVR by Chadwick, Chris                      02:18
                                                02:16              STEAL by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                02:15  34-28  H 6  GOOD! LAYUP by HIGGINS, Jack [FB/PNT]
                                                02:15              ASSIST by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                01:48              FOUL by OSIMANI, Martin
GOOD! FT SHOT by Bowers, Art                    01:48  35-28  H 7
MISSED FT SHOT by Bowers, Art                   01:48
REBOUND (OFF) by Bowers, Art                    01:48
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               01:31
                                                01:31              BLOCK by McKEON, Sean
                                                01:29              REBOUND (DEF) by DUKE, Chauncey
                                                01:14              TURNOVR by HUDSON, DeVario
STEAL by Carrier, Lawrence                      01:14
MISSED JUMPER by Carrier, Lawrence              00:55
                                                00:55              REBOUND (DEF) by HIGGINS, Jack
                                                00:51              TURNOVR by DUKE, Chauncey
STEAL by Bowers, Art                            00:50
TURNOVR by Bowers, Art                          00:48
                                                00:47              STEAL by HIGGINS, Jack
                                                00:43  35-30  H 5  GOOD! LAYUP by McKEON, Sean [FB/PNT]
                                                00:43              ASSIST by HIGGINS, Jack
MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence               00:09
REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 00:09
MISSED JUMPER by Viggiano, Jeff                 00:05
REBOUND (OFF) by Carrier, Lawrence              00:05
GOOD! LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence [PNT]          00:01  37-30  H 7


                                 Massachusetts 37, Duquesne 30

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Duquesne               12       9       1       8      10      0     1
          Massachusetts          20      13       8       8      12      1     2


2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Duquesne
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                                                19:30              MISSED JUMPER by ACHARA, Kieron
                                                19:30              REBOUND (OFF) by HUDSON, DeVario
                                                19:27              MISSED TIP-IN by HUDSON, DeVario
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                19:27
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               19:10
                                                19:10              REBOUND (DEF) by DUKE, Chauncey
                                                19:02  37-32  H 5  GOOD! JUMPER by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                19:02              ASSIST by OSIMANI, Martin
TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff                       18:33
                                                18:32              STEAL by DUKE, Chauncey
                                                18:28  37-34  H 3  GOOD! JUMPER by McALLISTER, Bryant [FB]
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   18:24
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      18:00
                                                17:44              MISSED 3 PTR by McALLISTER, Bryant
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         17:44
TURNOVR by Bowers, Art                          17:19
FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff                          16:56
                                                16:56  37-35  H 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by ACHARA, Kieron
                                                16:56  37-36  H 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by ACHARA, Kieron
                                                16:39              FOUL by OSIMANI, Martin
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              16:39
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     16:39
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              16:39
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                16:39
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     16:26
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                16:26
                                                16:24              FOUL by HUDSON, DeVario
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                16:24  38-36  H 2
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                16:24  39-36  H 3
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        16:13
                                                16:05  39-38  H 1  GOOD! JUMPER by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                16:05              ASSIST by ACHARA, Kieron
MISSED LAYUP by Bowers, Art                     15:47
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                15:47
MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 15:44
                                                15:44              BLOCK by HUDSON, DeVario
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                15:42
TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff                       15:40
                                                15:40              STEAL by HUDSON, DeVario
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        15:37
                                                15:37              TIMEOUT media
                                                15:09  39-41  V 2  GOOD! 3 PTR by DUKE, Chauncey
                                                15:09              ASSIST by ACHARA, Kieron
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                14:32
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                14:32
                                                14:31              FOUL by ACHARA, Kieron
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                14:31  40-41  V 1
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                14:31  41-41  T 2
                                                14:02              MISSED JUMPER by HUDSON, DeVario
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               14:02
                                                13:55              FOUL by HUDSON, DeVario
                                                13:53              FOUL by McKEON, Sean
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                13:53  42-41  H 1
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                13:53  43-41  H 2
                                                13:39              MISSED 3 PTR by BLUEMLING, Tyler
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               13:39
MISSED JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice               13:26
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               13:26
MISSED TIP-IN by Freeman, Rashaun               13:23
                                                13:23              REBOUND (DEF) by McKEON, Sean
                                                13:07              TURNOVR by HIGGINS, Jack
STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice                       13:06
                                                13:03              FOUL by HIGGINS, Jack
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               13:03  44-41  H 3
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               13:03  45-41  H 4
                                                12:47              MISSED 3 PTR by HIGGINS, Jack
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               12:47
GOOD! 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                      12:38  48-41  H 7
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      12:38
                                                12:31              MISSED LAYUP by HIGGINS, Jack
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        12:31
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              12:27
MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence               12:19
                                                12:19              REBOUND (DEF) by BLUEMLING, Tyler
                                                12:12              TURNOVR by BLUEMLING, Tyler
STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice                       12:10
                                                12:03              FOUL by HIGGINS, Jack
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                12:02  49-41  H 8
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                12:02  50-41  H 9
                                                11:41  50-43  H 7  GOOD! LAYUP by ACHARA, Kieron [PNT]
                                                11:41              ASSIST by HUDSON, DeVario
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                11:13
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                11:13
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            11:09  52-43  H 9
                                                11:03              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                10:53              TURNOVR by DUKE, Chauncey
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   10:53
GOOD! LAYUP by Bowers, Art [PNT]                10:33  54-43  H 11
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         10:26
                                                10:17  54-45  H 9  GOOD! JUMPER by HUDSON, DeVario [PNT]
                                                10:17              ASSIST by OSIMANI, Martin
MISSED JUMPER by Salovski, Jeff                 09:54
REBOUND (OFF) by Carrier, Lawrence              09:54
TURNOVR by Carrier, Lawrence                    09:50
                                                09:49              STEAL by DUKE, Chauncey
                                                09:46              MISSED 3 PTR by McALLISTER, Bryant
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         09:46
                                                09:25              FOUL by DUKE, Chauncey
GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                 09:25  55-45  H 10
GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                 09:25  56-45  H 11
FOUL by Salovski, Jeff                          09:16
                                                09:16  56-46  H 10 GOOD! FT SHOT by ACHARA, Kieron
                                                09:16  56-47  H 9  GOOD! FT SHOT by ACHARA, Kieron
MISSED JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice               08:43
                                                08:43              REBOUND (DEF) by HUDSON, DeVario
                                                08:22              MISSED 3 PTR by DUKE, Chauncey
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         08:22
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     08:00
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                08:00
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      07:58
                                                07:58              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                07:49  56-49  H 7  GOOD! JUMPER by HUDSON, DeVario
                                                07:49              ASSIST by OSIMANI, Martin
                                                07:34              FOUL by OSIMANI, Martin
MISSED FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice              07:34
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     07:34
MISSED FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice              07:34
                                                07:34              REBOUND (DEF) by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                07:13              MISSED JUMPER by HUDSON, DeVario
REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice               07:13
TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice                     07:08
                                                06:52              MISSED 3 PTR by BLUEMLING, Tyler
                                                06:52              REBOUND (OFF) by HUDSON, DeVario
                                                06:45              MISSED LAYUP by McKEON, Sean
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 06:45
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     06:25
                                                06:23              STEAL by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                06:15  56-51  H 5  GOOD! JUMPER by McKEON, Sean [PNT]
                                                06:15              ASSIST by BLUEMLING, Tyler
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      05:51
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   05:51
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         05:21
                                                05:12              MISSED 3 PTR by HIGGINS, Jack
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 05:12
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                04:41
                                                04:41              REBOUND (DEF) by HIGGINS, Jack
FOUL by Bowers, Art                             04:21
                                                04:21  56-52  H 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by ACHARA, Kieron
                                                04:21  56-53  H 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by ACHARA, Kieron
GOOD! LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence [PNT]          03:57  58-53  H 5
ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun                      03:57
                                                03:44              TURNOVR by ACHARA, Kieron
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           03:27  60-53  H 7
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      03:27
                                                02:58  60-56  H 4  GOOD! 3 PTR by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                02:58              ASSIST by OSIMANI, Martin
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           02:38  62-56  H 6
ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff                        02:38
                                                02:30  62-58  H 4  GOOD! JUMPER by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                02:27              TIMEOUT 30sec
GOOD! JUMPER by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT]            02:18  64-58  H 6
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   02:15
                                                02:05  64-60  H 4  GOOD! LAYUP by ACHARA, Kieron [PNT]
                                                02:05              ASSIST by OSIMANI, Martin
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                01:43
                                                01:43              REBOUND (DEF) by HUDSON, DeVario
                                                01:15  64-62  H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by HUDSON, DeVario [PNT]
                                                01:15              ASSIST by OSIMANI, Martin
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     01:01
                                                00:48              MISSED LAYUP by OSIMANI, Martin
REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice               00:48
GOOD! DUNK by Maxwell, Maurice [FB/PNT]         00:42  66-62  H 4
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           00:42
TIMEOUT TEAM                                    00:42
                                                00:34  66-64  H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by OSIMANI, Martin [PNT]
                                                00:34              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                00:32              FOUL by HUDSON, DeVario
MISSED FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice              00:32
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     00:32
GOOD! FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice               00:32  67-64  H 3
                                                00:18              MISSED 3 PTR by McALLISTER, Bryant
                                                00:18              REBOUND (OFF) by McALLISTER, Bryant
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        00:15
                                                00:15              MISSED FT SHOT by ACHARA, Kieron
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                00:15
                                                00:13              FOUL by ACHARA, Kieron
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                00:13  68-64  H 4
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                00:13  69-64  H 5
                                                00:06              MISSED 3 PTR by HUDSON, DeVario
REBOUND (DEF) by Bowers, Art                    00:06


                                 Massachusetts 69, Duquesne 64

          2nd period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Duquesne               12      11       0       2       2      0     1
          Massachusetts          14       8       6       5      11      1     1


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2 - Tot
Duquesne................    9  11 -  20
Massachusetts...........   13   8 -  21

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2 - Tot
Duquesne................   12  12 -  24
Massachusetts...........   20  14 -  34

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Duquesne................    1   0 -   1
Massachusetts...........    8   6 -  14

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Duquesne................    8   2 -  10
Massachusetts...........    8   5 -  13

BENCH POINTS                1   2 - Tot
Duquesne................   10   2 -  12
Massachusetts...........   12  11 -  23

SCORE TIED BY               1   2 - Tot
Duquesne................    0   0 -   0
Massachusetts...........    1   1 -   2

LEAD GAINED BY              1   2 - Tot
Duquesne................    1   1 -   2
Massachusetts...........    2   1 -   3

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