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UMass has rematch with LaSalle
By Bob McGovern, The Daily Collegian Staff, 3/8/2005

The Massachusetts men's basketball team is trying to do something different tomorrow. Something it hasn't done in the last two years.

That something is winning in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Tomorrow at 2 p.m. the Minutemen will face LaSalle at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. UMass defeated the Explorers in their last meeting in a 69-66 overtime game on Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.

The Minutemen would have played Duquesne (who they played in the last game of the season on Saturday) had LaSalle beaten Temple on Saturday afternoon. UMass coach Steve Lappas is pleased that he does not have to face Duquesne so soon, but implied that this preference has nothing to do with the talent of the teams.

"In all honesty I would rather play somebody else, rather than someone we just beat. It's not a matter of who I think is better or worse," Lappas said. "I would just rather not let them come back at us when it's so fresh."

In their last meeting with the Explorers, the Minutemen had trouble holding on to the ball, committing 16 turnovers in the game, as opposed to LaSalle's eight. Part of UMass' struggles were caused by Explorer guard Jermaine Thomas, who had a career game with 18 points, a block, and a team-high three steals.

Thomas had to pick up the offensive gap left by All-Conference forward Steven Smith, who was relegated to 12 points on the afternoon, eight points less than his league-leading 20.3 points per game (ppg).

Smith was shut down by UMass forward Staphane Lasme, who is currently second in the league in total blocks with 69. Lasme had four blocks while grabbing a team-high 13 boards.

Lasme has made huge improvements since last season and has been an apt defensive compliment to the offensive production of Rashaun Freeman. Freeman has averaged 15.3 ppg this year, good for sixth in the A-10.

Lappas is pleased with the was Freeman and Lasme have played together thus far this season and feels that the two have fed off each other throughout the year.

"They have both improved over the year and play well together." Lappas said. "I think they both understand what we need to do out there and they do their best to get there."

UMass didn't exactly end the season on the best note, dropping two of its last three games. The Minutemen lost to Temple (Feb. 26) and Dayton (March 1) on the road before defeating Duquesne in their final home game of the season.

However, after suffering a 53-52 last second loss to Dayton, the Minutemen came off the court in a fit. Lappas believes that the frustration of the loss has and is serving as fuel for UMass as it tries to make a run at the conference tournament.

"I think the emotion from Dayton is going to carry us for awhile. I think they are fired up for the tournament and they are going to give a great effort. " Lappas said. "All tournaments are stressful, we just have to be ready and do what we have to do."

Over the course of the season, swing men Maurice Maxwell and Artie Bowers have developed a relationship that has helped the Minutemen. Everyday in practice the two workout together and pair up for drills.

The two have averaged a combined 20 ppg. between them and are first and second in total assists.

"The two of them have a great relationship, they are both sophomores and they have a good chemistry and enjoy playing together." Lappas said. "In the last couple of weeks we have definitely seen that relationship grow."

UMass will be missing to players on the bench this week, with Olivier Lamoureux and senior captain Anthony Anderson staying behind. Anderson will miss the rest of the season with a injured back and Lamoureux is redshirting this season and will stay behind to do schoolwork.

Senior point guard Chris Chadwick will be making the trip even though he is suffering from a bad "chest cold." Chadwick did not practice yesterday, but Lappas believes that he will be ready come tip-off tomorrow.


Explorers have chance to be spoilers
La Salle gained momentum by ending the season 4-4. It faces UMass in the first round of the A-10 tourney today
By Ray Parillo, The Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer, 3/9/2005

CINCINNATI - The record shows that La Salle finished in a tie for last place in the West Division of the Atlantic Ten Conference.

Yet the Explorers didn't languish at the bottom of the pack.

With each loss, first-year coach John Giannini's depleted team got up from the canvas, dusted off, and showed up for the next opponent convinced it could win, testament to Giannini's ability to motivate and to La Salle's refusal to sulk.

So when the Explorers (9-18, 5-11 A-10), the No. 6 seed in the West, go against No. 3 seed Massachusetts (16-11, 9-7) today in a first-round A-10 tourney game, they won't be in a hurry to get the season over with so they can look forward to better times.

In fact, the Explorers may be in a better position to play spoiler than at any other time this season. After ending a six-game losing streak, La Salle went 4-4 in its final eight games. Junior guard Jermaine Thomas has emerged in the last two weeks as a steady complement to Steve Smith, the 6-foot-7 junior regarded by some as the league's top player.

The Explorers scared the daylights out of Temple on Saturday in their regular-season closer. They won at two tough venues - Richmond and Rhode Island. And on Feb. 19 they carried UMass into overtime before losing, 69-66.

"They got off to a good start against us and, again, our lack of size was a problem for us," said Giannini, who has only seven scholarship players, making it difficult to hold productive practices. "Rashaun Freeman made some big baskets down the stretch for them. We want to try to make it as hard as we can on Freeman."

Giannini was referring to UMass' talented 6-9 junior forward, who averages 15.3 points and 7.6 rebounds.

Perhaps no player in the league has drawn as much defensive attention as Smith, the result of his talent and La Salle's lack of any other scoring option along the frontcourt.

"Steve has been as productive as the best players in the league," Giannini said.

Smith leads the league in scoring (20.3 points per game) and is third in rebounding (8.5 per game).

Occasionally, one of La Salle's freshman guards, Darnell Harris or Tabby Cunningham, has helped Smith on offense. But in the last five games, Thomas has joined Smith to give the Explorers a dependable scorer.

Thomas' recent production seemed unlikely when he suffered a torn ligament in his left ring finger early in a Feb. 12 loss to Dayton. At first, Giannini was led to believe he had lost Thomas for the remainder of the season, which would have been the latest in a run of misfortune for his team.

Instead, Thomas returned the next game and began a shooting run. In the five games since the injury, Thomas averaged 21.0 points while shooting 35 for 64 (54.7 percent) overall and 22 for 43 (51.1 percent) from three-point distance. Before the injury, Thomas was averaging 11.8 points.

Despite Thomas' injured finger, Giannini said he has had more energy and stamina because of a reduction in the medication he takes to treat Graves' disease, which causes an overactive thyroid gland.

"During Jermaine's last checkup, his blood test looked good enough for them to further reduce his medication, and every time they reduce his medication, he feels more normal," the coach said.


UMass opens tourney
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/9/2005

CINCINNATI - The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team will be nobody's favorite to win the Atlantic 10 Tournament when the Minutemen begin play at approximately 2 p.m. today against La Salle at U.S. Bank Arena. But Minuteman coach Steve Lappas said he believes his team is in the best position to win the tournament since he started at UMass four years ago.

''This team is certainly one of the top six teams in this league. We've proven we can beat Dayton. We beat Xavier. We beat GW,'' he said. ''There isn't a team in this league we can't beat. We also know we can lose if we don't come ready to play.

''I think these guys mentally are in a good place right now. I think we'd be in a little better place if (March 1) things had gone the way they should have gone,'' Lappas said, referring to a one-point loss at Dayton after a controversial foul call. ''But that's gone. We'll move forward. We've won six of our last nine.''

The Minutemen edged La Salle 69-66 in overtime in the teams' only meeting this season Feb. 19.

Both coaches said they will have similar game plans in the rematch.

''Some of the things we tried to do, we didn't do that well that day,'' Lappas said. ''Hopefully we'll do those better.''

''I don't think we need to make any dramatic changes,'' La Salle coach John Giannini said. ''Size is a problem for us, not only in terms of rebounding. We attack zones well, but sometimes bigger zones are a little bit tougher. We're just working on our halfcourt offense. We're just trying to become a better halfcourt offensive team.''

Both teams will keep their defensive focus on slowing their opponent's big man.

Rashaun Freeman of UMass, who Tuesday was named to the All-Conference first team, had 16 points and seven rebounds against La Salle.

''We want to try to make it as hard as possible on Freeman although (Maurice) Maxwell had a great game against us last time too,'' Giannini said.

Lappas said La Salle can play with anybody because of Steven Smith. ''When you have one of the best players in the league, you always have a chance,'' Lappas said.

Smith had only 12 points against UMass on 2-for-11 shooting as Stephane Lasme did a good job frustrating him into difficult shots. Smith led the A-10 in scoring with 20.3 points per game, and was third in rebounding with 8.5 a game.

With Anthony Anderson out, the Minutemen will use an eight-man rotation. Junior Jeff Viggiano will come off the bench to play both inside and on the perimeter, while sophomore Lawrence Carrier and freshman Jeff Salovski are inside options off the bench.

Lappas said despite the team's lack of depth and potentially having to play four games in four days, he's not changing his approach.

''When you're down 3-1 in the World Series, you throw every pitcher you have at them,'' Lappas said. ''Same thing for us. We're going to play Wednesday to win Wednesday. We'll worry about Thursday if we're fortunate enough to get to Thursday.''

The winner will face Xavier at approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday.

CINCINNATI KIDS - After two years of playing at the University of Dayton Arena, the Atlantic 10 moved its championship back to a neutral site at U.S. Bank Arena.

The Cincinnati building holds a little over 16,000 for basketball. The league is hoping that the fervor the city has for Xavier and the University of Cincinnati will carry over to the league's tournament.

Lappas, whose Minutemen could play Xavier in the quarterfinals, said the Musketeers obviously will be helped by being at home.

''It's a huge advantage. We're not going to have many people there and they're going to have the bulk of the building,'' Lappas said. ''I think they're definitely going to have an advantage. I think Xavier has a great opportunity based on where they are. Hopefully we get a chance to play them. We have to beat La Salle first.''

NOTES: This is only the second meeting between the Minutemen and Explorers in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. UMass beat La Salle 64-49 at the Philadelphia Spectrum in 1997.

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


La Salle Defeats Men's Basketball 70-64 (OT) In Opening Round Of Atlantic 10 Tournament
Lawrence Carrier scored career-high 17 points
From UMass Athletics, 3/9/2005

CINCINNATI - Freshman Lawrence Carrier (San Bernadino, Calif.) scored a career-high 17 points and sophomore Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) scored 19 points but it was not enough as the La Salle Explorers defeated the Minutemen in overtime 70-64 in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. La Salle will face Xavier on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Carrier's 17 points were complimented by a career-high nine rebounds, while Freeman recorded his seventh double-double of the season of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Art Bowers (Wilmington, Del.) scored 13 points to round out the top Minutemen scorers.

Steven Smith, the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year, led La Salle with 19 points. Jermaine Thomas added 18 points followed by Darnell Harris who netted 15 of his own.

La Salle (10-18) started the game hot going on an 11-to-1 run in the first three minutes of play. UMass was unable to score in the first four minutes of play until Carrier checked into the game and hit back-to-back three-pointers.

The Mintuemen (16-12) were able to cut that down to a one point margin just before halftime on a 14-to-4 run sparked by two more Carrier treys.

Harris hit a three-pointer with eight seconds remaining to push the lead to 33-29 for La Salle going into the break.

The Explorers led by as many as 11 in the second half, but the Minutemen pulled within three, 46-43, with a pair of Freeman free throws with 9:47 to go.

Jeff Viggiano's (Suffield, Conn.) lay-up with 2:17 remaining sparked a 7-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Bowers with 47 seconds in regulation. Bowers' three-pointer gave UMass its first lead of the game at 59-57.

Thomas hit a pair of free throws with 32 seconds in regulation to tie the game at 59 each and give Massachusetts a chance to win on a last possession shot.

Bowers was able to get a jumper from the free throw line up with just under seven seconds remaining, but it rimmed out allowing La Salle to grab the rebound and called time out. Initially, the clock showed 0.7 seconds left, but after a review, 2.2 seconds were placed back on the with La Salle inbounding and having to go the length of the court. Thomas' half-court shot was short as time expired.

In the overtime period, Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) threw down a two-handed dunk, but missed the ensuing free throw - part of eight missed free throws for UMass in the end of regulation and overtime.

Thomas hit a pair of free throws to tie the game and Mike St. John hit a lay-up to give the Explorers a 63-61 lead in the overtime. St. John and Thomas each hit two more free throws in the final minute of play to go up by five, 67-62 with under 30 seconds to play.

Bowers sprinted down the court to score a quick runner to cut the lead to 67-64, but La Salle hit three of its final four free throws to seal the win.

UMass controlled the glass 48-30 converting that advantage to 14 second chance points. The Minutemen also held a 21-0 advantage in bench points thanks to Carriers performance in the game.

Turnovers and free throw shooting, however, hurt the Maroon & White as La Salle scored 24 points on 16 UMass turnovers. UMass was just 15-of-25 (60 percent) from the free throw line.

The loss was the first in overtime for UMass this season as they are now 5-1 in those games.

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Rashaun Freeman gets stripped by Mike St. John, as Art Bowers looks on.

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Stephane Lasme tries to stop St. John.

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Freeman loses another one, this time to Jermaine Thomas.


UMass takes the plunge
By Bonnie DeSimone, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 3/10/2005

CINCINNATI -- After hanging on admirably through a season of cliffhangers, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team finally lost its fingerhold on the edge and slipped out of the Atlantic 10 tournament on the very first day.

A slow start, poor free throw shooting down the stretch, and a depleted roster contributed to the Minutemen's first overtime loss in six games this season, a 70-64 defeat by overachieving La Salle at the US Bank Arena.

Yesterday's result may have torched any chance for UMass to receive its first postseason bid since 2001. It also left coach Steve Lappas's future unclear. Team spokesman Jason Yellin said athletic director John McCutcheon would "evaluate the situation in the next few days."

Lappas's contract was restructured last spring to include a guarantee of two years' base salary, about $371,000, if the team made the NCAA or NIT tournaments. In the absence of an invitation, the university can buy him out for half his annual paycheck. The veteran coach's future at UMass has been the subject of speculation all season, although Lappas claimed to be unaware of that.

"It hasn't been brought up until you brought it up," he said as he walked away from the postgame press conference. "This litany of questions, I haven't gotten them. Have you been standing behind me listening? Because they haven't come from anyone. That's my quote."

The team will likely take a couple of days off, practice Sunday, and "see what happens" when the NIT selections are announced, Lappas said. "Our record is what it is."

UMass (16-12) beat two ranked teams, Connecticut and George Washington, and finished with its first winning record since the 1999-2000 season. But those accomplishments may not go far toward consoling sophomore center Rashaun Freeman.

"I'm really disappointed," said Freeman, who was named to the all-conference first team Tuesday. "I really don't know what to think. Situations like we had today, we usually come back. We just didn't make the right decisions."

Freeman led the Minutemen with 19 points and 12 rebounds, but committed seven of the team's 16 turnovers and was held to one field goal in the first half. UMass was stretched thin in the backcourt as Anthony Anderson stayed home with a back injury and Chris Chadwick was weak after a bout with the flu last weekend.

La Salle (10-18) continued its impressive late surge. Decimated by the departure of three scholarship players charged with sexual assault last year, the Explorers were expected to have a hard time surviving, much less doing any conquering, this season.

Former Maine coach John Giannini took over last summer. La Salle limped through a 3-7 nonconference schedule but won four of its last eight A-10 games.

Yesterday, the Explorers found a way to prevail with A-10 co-player of the year, forward Steven Smith, sidelined for the last two minutes of regulation and the entire overtime. Smith, who finished with 19 points, was poked in the left eye during a tussle on the baseline and spent the rest of the game on the bench.

"He wanted to go back in, but then when we asked him if he could see, he said no," Giannini said. "So I didn't think it was a good idea.

"We won that game with heart. I know it's a huge coaching cliche, but there's absolutely no other explanation. We didn't win it with shooting, we didn't win it with rebounding."

La Salle led until the last minute of regulation even though UMass had a 48-30 advantage off the boards.

The Minutemen didn't score from the floor until more than four minutes into the game and made only 31 percent of their attempts in the first half. They clawed within a point late in the half, chiefly due to a surprising performance by freshman forward Lawrence Carrier, who scored 13 of his career-high 17 points before halftime.

Art Bowers sank a 3-pointer with 47 seconds left in regulation to give UMass its first lead, 59-57, but La Salle guard Jermaine Thomas made two free throws to tie it. The Minutemen went cold in overtime, going 2 for 7 from the floor and 1 for 5 at the free throw line.


One and done for UMass
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/10/2005

CINCINNATI - Even overtime couldn't save the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team on Wednesday.

The Minutemen overcame a double-digit second-half deficit to take a late lead, but couldn't finish off La Salle. In overtime, where UMass had been brilliant all year, things fell apart and the Explorers upended the Minutemen 70-64 in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at U.S. Bank Arena.

UMass was 5-0 in overtime games this season before Wednesday.

The Minutemen (16-12), who made their third straight first-round exit from the conference tournament, hope to earn a bid to the National Invitation Tournament which will release its field Sunday night. La Salle (10-18) will face Xavier in the quarterfinals at 2 p.m. today. After trailing the entire game, the Minutemen scored seven straight points and went ahead 59-57 on a 3-pointer by Artie Bowers with 47 seconds left. Jermaine Thomas made two free throws with 32 seconds left and Bowers missed a game-winning try to force overtime.

La Salle played the overtime without its best player, Atlantic 10 co-player of the year Steven Smith who was poked in the eye late in regulation. But his absence seemed to help the Explorers more than it hurt them because UMass didn't know where to focus its defense.

Stephane Lasme opened the extra session with a dunk, but things regressed from there for the Minutemen who struggled with their shooting. Two free throws by Thomas tied the game. Mike St. John was blocked by Lasme, but St. John recovered the ball and banked in a reverse layup to put La Salle ahead.

Jeff Viggiano missed a chance to tie the game as both of his free throws were off the mark with 50 seconds left. On the rebound, Lasme fouled St. John, who knocked down both from the line to make it 65-61 with 49 seconds left.

After Lawrence Carrier made one of two free throws, Thomas made both of his to clinch the win.

''We certainly had our chances,'' Lappas said. ''They made their foul shots. We didn't make ours.''

Junior big man Rashaun Freeman seemed to be in disbelief during the press conference. ''I don't really have much to say because I am really disappointed,'' he said. ''We fought back and in situations like we had today, we usually come back, but we didn't and we didn't make the right decisions.''

Viggiano, also a junior, shared his emotion. ''It's very disappointing,'' he said. ''We came in here and thought we had a chance to run the table. It's just disappointing for everybody. I feel bad especially for the seniors.''

Smith led La Salle with 19 points and seven rebounds. Thomas added 18 points, including 13 after halftime.

Smith did not return after his injury. ''Steven wanted to go back in, but when we asked him if he could see and he said no, I didn't think it was a good idea,'' said La Salle coach John Giannini.

Freeman led the Minutemen with 19 points and 12 rebounds, but he turned the ball over seven times. Carrier added 17 points and nine rebounds, both career highs. He made four of seven 3-point tries and his 13 first-half points kept the Explorers from pulling away.

''At the end of the year, he started playing really well,'' Lappas said. ''Lawrence has a chance to be a good player. There is no doubt about it.''

Sophomore Maurice Maxwell struggled, missing 10 of 12 shots and he put some of the blame for the loss on his on shoulders.

''I had a horrible game,'' Maxwell said. ''I would have helped us out a lot if I played a lot better on the offensive end and the defensive end.''

Senior Chris Chadwick, who was coming off an illness, played 14 minutes and didn't score.

La Salle raced out to an 11-1 lead and held a 24-13 advantage before UMass went on a 16-6 push to get within one at 30-29. Darnell Harris made a 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds left to take a 33-29 halftime lead.

''Coming out like that certainly did not help us today,'' Lappas said. ''It really put us behind the eight ball early. We fought back, but when you allow that to happen it puts you in a difficult spot.''

Lasme (five points, eight rebounds, three blocks) scored the first basket of the second half, but the Explorers scored the next 10 points to take a 43-31 lead. They clung to their lead for most of the second half until Bowers' 3-pointer set up the final sequence.

Lappas said he would likely give his players some time off before regrouping to prepare in case the Minutemen are selected to play in the NIT.

''We'll probably take a couple days off, maybe do something on Sunday and see what happens,'' Lappas said.

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


Future for Lappas uncertain
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/10/2005

CINCINNATI - The University of Massachusetts men's basketball season likely is over and with it quite possibly the tenure of coach Steve Lappas in Amherst. The Minutemen (16-12) could get a bid to the National Invitational Tournament, but that seems unlikely coming off a bad loss and with a ratings percentage index rank of over 120.

''I don't know. What do I know about that stuff? You'd have to ask them,'' Lappas said of his team's chances of getting in the NIT after Wednesday's 70-64 overtime loss to La Salle in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. ''Our record is what it is. We'll see what happens.''

UMass athletic director John McCutcheon, who was at U.S. Bank Arena, declined comment on Lappas' status. UMass spokesman Jason Yellin said that McCutcheon is taking time to evaluate the situation is not yet prepared to comment.

McCutcheon evaluated Lappas a year ago when the coach was coming off his third straight losing season. They struck a deal to allow Lappas to coach this year, while basically auditioning to continue in the job. If the Minutemen make either the NCAA Tournament or NIT - in addition to enhancing the chances of Lappas being retained, he would be guaranteed the approximately $366,000 value of the two remaining years on his contract. If UMass doesn't make the postseaon, the school can cut ties with Lappas for about $93,000.

Lappas was testy when asked Wednesday about his job security and said he hadn't thought about it.

McCutcheon likely won't make any decision until after the NIT field is released Sunday night, which is usually two to four hours after the NCAA announces its selections.

The Minutemen were a long shot for the NIT even before Wednesday's loss. NIT Executive Director Jack Powers told the Gazette last month that the selection committee put considerable weight on teams' RPI in picking the field. He and Fordham athletic director Frank McLaughlin, a member of the NIT committee, echoed those statements in a story published by the Cincinnati Enquirer on Tuesday. Entering Wednesday's game, UMass was ranked No. 122, a number that will get worse because of the bad loss.

''I think we hurt our chances a little today,'' said sophomore Maurice Maxwell. ''But I still feel like we deserve to be there.''

Maxwell said the Minutemen haven't been distracted by Lappas' uncertain job status, but admitted that players thought about it.

''The reality of the business is it's there,'' he said. '' I don't think that was part why we played the way we played like that. I don't think about it all the time, but the reality is this is a business.''

CHADWICK FINALE - If the season is over for the Minutemen, Wednesday was the final game for senior point guard Chris Chadwick, who played just 14 minutes without scoring after a chest cold had held him out of practice.

MISCELLANEOUS - The loss dropped the Minutemen to 29-24 all-time in conference tournament play including 1-1 against La Salle.

If UMass does not advance to the NIT, Rashaun Freeman will enter next season needing 133 points to become the 37th member of the 1,000-point club at UMass.

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


La Salle opens with gritty win
By Ray Parillo, The Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer, 3/10/2005

CINCINNATI - Human nature being what it is, it would have been easy for the La Salle Explorers to throw up their hands and scream "Enough already!" as they watched their star player, Steven Smith, lie facedown on the floor, covering his right eye, with 2 minutes, 15 seconds remaining.

They led Massachusetts by three points in a game they weren't supposed to win yesterday but did, 70-64.

But as junior guard Jermaine Thomas later explained, the Explorers have been through so much in the last year with the loss of five players - three because of a sexual-assault scandal, two because of injury - that the idea of proceeding without Smith seemed like little more than the latest indignity.

So La Salle wobbled a bit, fell behind for the first time, sent the game into overtime, and fought through more adversity to pull off the upset at the U.S. Bank Arena in the first round of the Atlantic Ten Conference tournament.

"This shows the character we have on this team," said Thomas, who sent the game into overtime with a pair of clutch free throws before scoring five points in overtime. "Everybody knows what our program has been through over the last year. It just seemed like one bad thing after another happened.

"But the guys still here come out, play hard, practice hard, and go to class. We do all the right things that a team is supposed to do, and it seems like we're finally being rewarded for good things instead of dealing with bad things."

The improbable win sent the sixth-seeded Explorers (10-18) into today's quarterfinals against second-seeded Xavier, a team they split with during the regular season.

The 6-foot-8 Smith, who was inadvertently poked in the eye by a UMass player during a scramble for a rebound, said he would be ready for today's 2:30 p.m. game.

"I'll be all right," said Smith, the conference's co-player of the year along with St. Joseph's Pat Carroll.

Smith, who scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, didn't return after his injury. La Salle was in front by 57-54 when Smith went to the locker room to have his eye treated. He returned to the bench with an ice bag over his eye and tried to get back in the game before coach John Giannini stopped him.

"When I asked him if he could see, he said no, so I didn't think it was a good idea," Giannini said.

After Smith left the game, the Minutemen (16-12) seized the moment, pulling ahead, 59-57, on a layup by Rashaun Freeman and a three-pointer by Art Bowers.

Thomas, who scored 18 points and had six assists and only one turnover, drained a pair of free throws with 32.8 seconds remaining to force the extra session.

UMass scored first in overtime on a dunk by Stephane Lasme before Thomas hit two more free throws to knot the game at 61-61. Mike St. John followed his own miss with a reverse layup and hit two free throws to make it 65-61 with 49.9 seconds remaining.

With Thomas adding three more free throws, St. John two, and the Minutemen apparently forgetting to get the ball to Freeman, their 6-9 standout, the Explorers lived to see another day.

The Explorers had a sizzling start, building an early 11-point lead and shooting 53.8 percent in the first half.

La Salle stretched its lead back to 12 points early in the second half. Again, the Minutemen came back, coming within 54-52 before Thomas held them off with a three-pointer.

The Explorers won even though they were outrebounded by 48-30, including 16-4 deficit on the offensive glass; even though they shot only 33.3 percent in the second half; even though UMass was taller, deeper and more talented; and even though the Minutemen were 5-0 in overtime games, one win shy of the single-season NCAA record.

"We didn't quit," Smith said. "We never do."


Giannini's team adds to long list of improbables
By Bob Ford, The Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist, 3/10/2005

CINCINNATI - Well, of course, there was no way - just as there never seems to be a way for the La Salle basketball team to overcome all the hurdles placed in its path.

There was no way for the Explorers to beat Massachusetts in the opening round of the Atlantic Ten tournament yesterday. No way a team with just seven remaining scholarship players could match up with one that recorded wins over Connecticut, George Washington and Florida State this season.

Need more convincing? Fine. Take Steven Smith, the leading scorer in the conference, and send him to the sideline with an eye injury with a little more than two minutes to play and La Salle clutching grimly to a dwindling lead. Send the game into overtime, with no earthly means for the spindly Explorers to stop burly Massachusetts forward Rashaun Freeman from dominating the inside.

Do all that, and what do you get?

Yesterday, amazingly enough, you got a 70-64 La Salle win that sent the Explorers into today's quarterfinal round against host Xavier. You got a team that somehow held together without its floor leaders. You got a defense that surrounded Freeman and prevented the 6-foot-9 intimidator from scoring a single point in the overtime.

And you got a 10th win for La Salle this season.

That might not sound like much for another program, but the Explorers have been anything but just another program for the last year. They have endured and worked under first-year coach John Giannini and, more than anything, they deserved a reward like the one they earned yesterday.

"Anyone who watched the game can only say we won that game with heart," Giannini said. "I know it's a coaching cliché, but there's absolutely no other explanation. We didn't win it with shooting. We didn't win it with rebounding. We won it with heart."

It is as good an explanation as any, because there is really no way to explain why La Salle has won five of its last nine games and, since the middle of January, why six of its eight losses have been by eight or fewer points. The Explorers just aren't that good, but they refuse to let a little thing like that stop them.

"We've been getting a lot better," said guard Jermaine Thomas, who made two free throws to force the overtime, then 5 of 6 in the extra period to help put the game away. "From [where we were] at the start of November, we're a totally different team. Guys are understanding their roles, what they can do and can't do. Guys are confident, guys are making shots. You're seeing a totally different La Salle team, and this tournament is a chance to start fresh. It's like a new season."

La Salle is all about new starts. Giannini was brought in to oversee the biggest one of all. He has been careful not to blame losses on the situation, and unwilling to look back, but there is no underestimating the disaster that overtook this program. Three players from last season are gone after being charged with sexual assault. Another looked at the wreckage and transferred out. The coach was fired.

Shake that up, spill it out, and no one would have been surprised by a 4-24 season instead of a 10-18 season.

"I always thought they would play hard and compete and improve," Giannini said. "In terms of wins and losses, it's always harder to predict that when you're consistently undermanned. And not just a little bit."

Smith has been a given, although his 20.3-point scoring average in the regular season is remarkable because it came despite constant double-team attention. Thomas, who continues to battle through the sapping effects of Graves' disease, injured his hand late in the season but played on. Freshman guards Tabby Cunningham and Darnell Harris were able to give the small Explorers the speed to befuddle taller teams.

It isn't a championship team. It isn't a championship season. It isn't even close to that. But it has been remarkable.

"Every year, there are only two or three teams in the nation like this," Giannini said. "I've coached undermanned teams before, but never to this degree. They've dealt with everything. Nothing can faze these guys. Nothing."

That was a good attribute to have when Smith went out after getting poked in the eye during a loose-ball scramble and wasn't available for the final 7 minutes, 15 seconds yesterday against Massachusetts. It didn't seem to matter that the Explorers could manage just one field goal in that time - a lefthanded reverse layup by Mike St. John in the extra period - shooting just 1 for 8 from the floor after Smith went out.

"This team is so good mentally, it can handle just about anything," Giannini said. "Good or bad, it's just another thing we have to do. In terms of how we work and what we do and the character and heart we show, it's far more than anyone can realize."

More than a little of that has to do with coaching, of course, and Giannini should wear each of those 10 wins like a battle ribbon. His team was better this season than it had a right to be. That's a pretty good way to keep score, too.


So, La Salle is making some postseason noise after all
By Mike Kern, The Philadelphia Daily News Columnist, 3/10/2005

CINCINNATI - Everyone who thought La Salle would reach double digits in the victory column this season, raise your hand.

Thought so.

And anyone who thought the Explorers would get that 10th win with Steven Smith sitting out the closing 7 minutes and change in what was a jump ball of a game, well, you're either lying or you're the Amazing Kreskin's long lost twin.

The Explorers (10-18), the sixth and therefore last seed from the Atlantic 10 West, weren't supposed to win. At least not the way yesterday afternoon's 70-64 overtime victory over Massachusetts went down. They had led the entire way against UMass, the East's third seed, in the first round of the conference tournament. Then, with a little more than 2 minutes left in regulation, Smith, the A-10's co-player of the year, took an elbow to his right eye. He went to the locker room with his team up by three. By the time he returned to the bench, the Explorers were down two. He never went back in.

Did we mention that UMass (16-12), which had beaten Connecticut, Florida State and George Washington, was 11-2 in games decided by six points or fewer, and 5-0 in overtime, one shy of an NCAA record shared by Wake Forest (1983-84) and Chattanooga ('88-89)?

Didn't matter. The Explorers, who had lost at home to UMass on Feb. 19 in OT, forced another extra period when Jermaine Thomas made two free throws with 32.8 seconds left in regulation. After spotting the Minutemen a field goal, the Explorers took over. A reverse layup by Mike St. John put them ahead for keeps with 1:03 showing. Fourteen seconds later, he added a pair of foul shots to make it a four-point game. Thomas and St. John made five of six at the line from that point on, and La Salle had an "upset" at the U.S. Bank Arena, its first win in this tourney since 2002.

Given everything that's gone wrong with the program in the last year, this is a moment John Giannini and his players absolutely should cherish.

"They've played hard, they've competed and they've improved," said Giannini, whose team won four of its last eight entering the game. "In terms of wins and losses, it's always hard to predict, when you're significantly undermanned. And it ain't a little bit.

"This was just another thing we had to deal with, good or bad. We're very good mentally. If you look at us, we're far more than anyone realizes."

The Explorers now will play defending champion Xavier (16-11), which in reality is the host school, in today's quarterfinals. The Musketeers have won five of their last seven for first-year coach Sean Miller. The teams split this season, with Xavier beating La Salle at home by a dozen on Feb. 2 and the Explorers taking the rematch in OT on Feb. 27.

Giannini doesn't know Smith's status, though La Salle's Web site listed him as probable for today's game. He does know that Smith wanted to go back in.

"We asked him if he could see and he said no," Giannini said. "So I didn't think it was a good idea."

Smith finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Thomas scored 18 to go with six assists and one turnover. Darnell Harris had 15 points, while St. John and Tabby Cunningham added nine apiece. So who cares if the Explorers got outrebounded by 18? They held UMass to 34 percent shooting from the field, which more than compensated.

The Minutemen got 19 from Rashaun Freeman, who added 12 boards. But for some reason he hardly touched the ball in OT. It didn't help that the Minutemen missed seven of their last nine freebies. And because they did, it might have been the last game for coach Steve Lappas, who was at Villanova before Jay Wright.

"Anyone who watched can only say we won with heart," Giannini insisted. "I know it's a huge coaching cliche, but there is absolutely no other explanation. That's how we did it. Heart was making big shots when it counted, heart was making it hard for Freeman to get the ball, heart was battling for those rebounds we did get. And heart was just never quitting.

"I really admire this team, and I think anyone who watches them would have to have the same conclusion."

Fair enough. The Explorers made the quarters 3 years ago, in Billy Hahn's first season, and beat Temple. But it's been pretty much downhill ever since, a decline that culminated in last summer's on-campus rape scandal that cost Hahn his job.

So who knew? This, by the way, makes La Salle 4-1 in OT.

"The guys responded," Thomas said. "[Smith and I] are kind of the older guys on the team, so I had to take a leadership role on the floor" when Smith went down.

"We have been getting a lot better since the start of November until now. We are a totally different team."

After the Explorers beat Fordham at home on Super Bowl Sunday in OT to snap a six-game losing streak, Thomas predicted they would make some postseason noise.

Still, do you suppose he actually had a scenario like this in mind?


La Salle Explorers (W6) 70  OT
Massachusetts Minutemen (E3) 64
Atlantic 10 Tournament, First Round
at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati OH

Official Basketball Box Score
La Salle vs Massachusetts
03/09/05 2:41 p.m. at US Bank Arena (Cincinnati, OH)
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VISITORS: La Salle 10-18
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
30 SMITH, Steven....... f  7-13   1-4    4-4    1  6  7   3  19  0  1  0  0  38
42 ST. JOHN, Mike...... f  2-4    0-1    5-7    1  5  6   3   9  2  3  0  1  36
11 HARRIS, Darnell..... g  6-15   3-10   0-0    0  3  3   3  15  1  1  0  1  45
14 CUNNINGHAM, Tabby... g  4-8    1-2    0-0    0  2  2   2   9  4  2  0  4  41
23 THOMAS, Jermaine.... g  4-14   2-5    8-10   0  4  4   0  18  6  1  0  3  42
20 NEAL, Sean..........    0-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  1  0  0  0   9
21 FADIPE, Lewis.......    0-0    0-0    0-2    1  2  3   5   0  0  1  1  0  14
   TEAM................                         1  3  4
   Totals..............   23-56   7-22  17-23   4 26 30  17  70 14  9  1  9 225


TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-26 53.8%   2nd Half:  8-24 33.3%   OT:  1-6  16.7%   Game: 41.1%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-13 38.5%   2nd Half:  2-9  22.2%   OT:  0-0   0.0%   Game: 31.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half:  8-12 66.7%   OT:  9-11 81.8%   Game: 73.9%   3,3


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HOME TEAM: Massachusetts 16-12
                          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  2-12   0-7    2-2    1  2  3   3   6  4  4  1  0  43
05 Lasme, Stephane..... f  2-3    0-0    1-3    3  5  8   5   5  1  1  3  0  25
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c  5-11   0-0    9-14   1 11 12   2  19  0  7  0  1  42
02 Chadwick, Chris..... g  0-3    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  1  0  0  14
34 Bowers, Art......... g  5-13   3-10   0-0    0  5  5   3  13  5  1  0  1  43
22 Viggiano, Jeff......    1-8    0-2    2-4    8  2 10   2   4  3  1  1  0  33
23 Carrier, Lawrence...    6-11   4-7    1-2    2  7  9   3  17  0  1  0  0  22
24 Salovski, Jeff......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  0  0  0  0   3
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   21-61   7-26  15-25  16 32 48  20  64 14 16  5  2 225


TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-26 30.8%   2nd Half: 11-28 39.3%   OT:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 34.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-9  44.4%   2nd Half:  3-16 18.8%   OT:  0-1   0.0%   Game: 26.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  9-10 90.0%   2nd Half:  5-10 50.0%   OT:  1-5  20.0%   Game: 60.0%    5


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Officials: Jeff Clark, Bernard Clinton, Larry Scirotto
Technical fouls: La Salle-None. Massachusetts-None.
Attendance: 5208
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   OT   Total
La Salle......................   33   26   11  -   70
Massachusetts.................   29   30    5  -   64
Opening Round, 2005 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship


Play by Play

Play-By-Play
La Salle vs Massachusetts
03/09/05 2:41 p.m. at US Bank Arena (Cincinnati, OH)

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: La Salle
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MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               19:25
                                                19:25              REBOUND (DEF) by SMITH, Steven
                                                19:04              TURNOVR by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice                     18:56
                                                18:37   0-3   V 3  GOOD! 3 PTR by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
                                                18:37              ASSIST by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                18:20              FOUL by SMITH, Steven
MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane               18:20
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     18:20
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                18:20   1-3   V 2
                                                18:07              MISSED 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                18:07
TURNOVR by Chadwick, Chris                      18:00
                                                17:59              STEAL by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
                                                17:57   1-6   V 5  GOOD! 3 PTR by SMITH, Steven
                                                17:57              ASSIST by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      17:32
                                                17:31              STEAL by HARRIS, Darnell
                                                17:16   1-8   V 7  GOOD! JUMPER by HARRIS, Darnell [PNT]
                                                17:16              ASSIST by THOMAS, Jermaine
MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 17:02
                                                17:02              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                16:53   1-11  V 10 GOOD! 3 PTR by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                16:53              ASSIST by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   16:51
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               16:36
                                                16:36              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                16:23              MISSED 3 PTR by SMITH, Steven
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               16:23
                                                16:13              FOUL by HARRIS, Darnell
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                16:06
REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 16:06
MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff                  16:02
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         16:02
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   15:59
GOOD! JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice [PNT]          15:36   3-11  V 8
                                                15:09              MISSED 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell
                                                15:09              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                14:50              TURNOVR by SMITH, Steven
                                                14:33              FOUL by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                  14:22
                                                14:22              REBOUND (DEF) by SMITH, Steven
                                                14:10   3-13  V 10 GOOD! JUMPER by SMITH, Steven
                                                14:10              ASSIST by THOMAS, Jermaine
GOOD! 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence                13:57   6-13  V 7
ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff                        13:57
                                                13:37              MISSED JUMPER by THOMAS, Jermaine
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              13:37
GOOD! 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence                13:20   9-13  V 4
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           13:20
                                                12:41   9-15  V 6  GOOD! LAYUP by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby [PNT]
MISSED LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence               12:11
REBOUND (OFF) by Carrier, Lawrence              12:11
MISSED LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence               12:09
                                                12:09              BLOCK by FADIPE, Lewis
REBOUND (OFF) by Maxwell, Maurice               12:08
MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff                  12:03
REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 12:03
MISSED JUMPER by Viggiano, Jeff                 11:59
REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 11:59
MISSED JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris                11:34
                                                11:34              REBOUND (DEF) by HARRIS, Darnell
                                                11:26              MISSED 3 PTR by SMITH, Steven
                                                11:26              REBOUND (OFF) by FADIPE, Lewis
                                                11:20              TURNOVR by FADIPE, Lewis
STEAL by Freeman, Rashaun                       11:19
                                                11:01              FOUL by FADIPE, Lewis
TIMEOUT media                                   11:01
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               11:01  10-15  V 5
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               11:01  11-15  V 4
                                                10:49  11-17  V 6  GOOD! JUMPER by SMITH, Steven
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     10:21
                                                10:20              STEAL by THOMAS, Jermaine
FOUL by Maxwell, Maurice                        10:17
FOUL by Salovski, Jeff                          10:00
                                                09:54              TURNOVR by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence               09:40
                                                09:40              REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                09:21              MISSED JUMPER by SMITH, Steven
REBOUND (DEF) by Bowers, Art                    09:21
GOOD! LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence [PNT]          09:09  13-17  V 4
ASSIST by Chadwick, Chris                       09:09
                                                08:55  13-20  V 7  GOOD! 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell
                                                08:55              ASSIST by THOMAS, Jermaine
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     08:36
                                                08:36              REBOUND (DEF) by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                08:29  13-22  V 9  GOOD! LAYUP by SMITH, Steven [FB/PNT]
                                                08:29              ASSIST by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
MISSED JUMPER by Chadwick, Chris                07:53
                                                07:53              REBOUND (DEF) by SMITH, Steven
FOUL by Salovski, Jeff                          07:34
                                                07:34              TIMEOUT MEDIA
FOUL by Carrier, Lawrence                       07:06
                                                06:57  13-24  V 11 GOOD! JUMPER by SMITH, Steven
                                                06:42              FOUL by NEAL, Sean
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               06:42  14-24  V 10
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               06:42  15-24  V 9
                                                06:26              MISSED LAYUP by NEAL, Sean
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               06:26
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        06:15
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     06:15
                                                06:01  15-26  V 11 GOOD! LAYUP by THOMAS, Jermaine [PNT]
                                                06:01              ASSIST by ST. JOHN, Mike
MISSED JUMPER by Viggiano, Jeff                 05:46
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               05:46
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           05:44  17-26  V 9
                                                05:26              MISSED 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell
REBOUND (DEF) by Bowers, Art                    05:26
GOOD! 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence                05:12  20-26  V 6
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           05:12
                                                04:38  20-28  V 8  GOOD! LAYUP by HARRIS, Darnell [PNT]
GOOD! 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                      04:26  23-28  V 5
ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff                        04:26
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   04:23
                                                04:11  23-30  V 7  GOOD! LAYUP by ST. JOHN, Mike [PNT]
                                                03:57              FOUL by ST. JOHN, Mike
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   03:57
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               03:57  24-30  V 6
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               03:57  25-30  V 5
                                                03:44              TURNOVR by ST. JOHN, Mike
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     03:33
REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 03:33
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               03:07
                                                03:07              REBOUND (DEF) by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                02:51              MISSED JUMPER by SMITH, Steven
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               02:51
MISSED LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice                02:43
                                                02:43              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                02:29              MISSED 3 PTR by THOMAS, Jermaine
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               02:29
                                                02:17              FOUL by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
GOOD! FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice               02:17  26-30  V 4
GOOD! FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice               02:17  27-30  V 3
                                                02:03              TURNOVR by THOMAS, Jermaine
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     01:51
                                                01:33              MISSED 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell
REBOUND (DEF) by Bowers, Art                    01:33
GOOD! LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence [FB/PNT]       01:27  29-30  V 1
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           01:27
                                                01:11              MISSED 3 PTR by ST. JOHN, Mike
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              01:11
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     00:40
                                                00:33              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                00:08  29-33  V 4  GOOD! 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell
                                                00:08              ASSIST by THOMAS, Jermaine


                                 La Salle 33, Massachusetts 29


2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: La Salle
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                                                19:45              MISSED 3 PTR by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
REBOUND (DEF) by Bowers, Art                    19:45
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                19:25
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                19:25
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            19:23  31-33  V 2
                                                18:56  31-36  V 5  GOOD! 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell
                                                18:56              ASSIST by THOMAS, Jermaine
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     18:30
                                                18:29              STEAL by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
FOUL by Maxwell, Maurice                        18:26
                                                18:26  31-37  V 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                18:26              MISSED FT SHOT by THOMAS, Jermaine
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                18:26
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                18:09
                                                18:09              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                18:02  31-39  V 8  GOOD! LAYUP by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby [FB/PNT]
TURNOVR by Bowers, Art                          17:40
                                                17:39              STEAL by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                17:15  31-41  V 10 GOOD! LAYUP by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby [PNT]
TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice                     16:56
                                                16:49              MISSED 3 PTR by THOMAS, Jermaine
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               16:49
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     16:31
                                                16:31              REBOUND (DEF) by HARRIS, Darnell
                                                16:24  31-43  V 12 GOOD! LAYUP by THOMAS, Jermaine [FB/PNT]
                                                16:24              ASSIST by HARRIS, Darnell
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   16:24
GOOD! 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence                16:15  34-43  V 9
FOUL by Carrier, Lawrence                       16:01
                                                15:56              MISSED LAYUP by THOMAS, Jermaine
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              15:56
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     15:49
                                                15:49              REBOUND (DEF) by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
                                                15:40              MISSED JUMPER by THOMAS, Jermaine
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 15:40
MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence               15:32
                                                15:32              REBOUND (DEF) by SMITH, Steven
                                                15:15              MISSED LAYUP by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              15:15
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     15:06
                                                15:05              TIMEOUT media
                                                14:35  34-45  V 11 GOOD! JUMPER by SMITH, Steven
MISSED JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice               14:24
                                                14:24              REBOUND (DEF) by NEAL, Sean
                                                13:48              MISSED 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell
REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice               13:48
TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice                     13:40
                                                13:38              STEAL by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
                                                13:37              TURNOVR by HARRIS, Darnell
STEAL by Bowers, Art                            13:36
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           13:29  36-45  V 9
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      13:29
                                                13:29              FOUL by HARRIS, Darnell
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              13:29
                                                13:29              REBOUND (DEF) by HARRIS, Darnell
                                                13:05              MISSED JUMPER by THOMAS, Jermaine
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              13:05
                                                12:59              FOUL by SMITH, Steven
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              12:59
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     12:59
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               12:59  37-45  V 8
                                                12:38              TURNOVR by ST. JOHN, Mike
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           12:22  39-45  V 6
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      12:22
FOUL by Carrier, Lawrence                       12:04
                                                11:50              MISSED 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                11:50
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                11:37
                                                11:37              REBOUND (DEF) by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                11:28              MISSED LAYUP by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        11:28
REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice               11:27
GOOD! LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice [FB/PNT]        11:24  41-45  V 4
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   11:21
FOUL by Bowers, Art                             11:07
                                                11:07              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                11:07              MISSED FT SHOT by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                11:07              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                11:07  41-46  V 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by ST. JOHN, Mike
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                10:43
                                                10:43              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                10:23              MISSED 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                10:23
MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                  10:04
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                10:04
                                                09:58              FOUL by FADIPE, Lewis
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               09:58  42-46  V 4
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               09:58  43-46  V 3
                                                09:47  43-48  V 5  GOOD! JUMPER by SMITH, Steven
                                                09:47              ASSIST by THOMAS, Jermaine
MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence               09:24
REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 09:24
TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice                     09:16
                                                09:15              STEAL by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff                          09:12
                                                08:55              MISSED 3 PTR by SMITH, Steven
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               08:55
                                                08:45              FOUL by FADIPE, Lewis
                                                08:39              FOUL by SMITH, Steven
GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                 08:39  44-48  V 4
GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                 08:39  45-48  V 3
                                                08:28              TURNOVR by ST. JOHN, Mike
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                08:19
REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 08:19
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   08:13
TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff                       07:58
                                                07:57              STEAL by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                07:32  45-50  V 5  GOOD! JUMPER by HARRIS, Darnell
                                                07:32              ASSIST by NEAL, Sean
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     07:09
                                                07:09              REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                07:05              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                06:39              MISSED 3 PTR by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                06:39              REBOUND (OFF) by SMITH, Steven
                                                06:34              MISSED JUMPER by SMITH, Steven
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               06:34
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               06:21
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                06:21
GOOD! 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                      06:17  48-50  V 2
ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane                       06:17
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         05:48
                                                05:48  48-51  V 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by SMITH, Steven
                                                05:48  48-52  V 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by SMITH, Steven
                                                05:48              TIMEOUT 30sec
GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun                05:27  50-52  V 2
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      05:27
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         05:10
                                                05:10  50-53  V 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by SMITH, Steven
                                                05:10  50-54  V 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by SMITH, Steven
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                04:57
                                                04:57              REBOUND (DEF) by SMITH, Steven
                                                04:35              MISSED JUMPER by THOMAS, Jermaine
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               04:35
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     04:25
                                                04:25              REBOUND (DEF) by SMITH, Steven
FOUL by Bowers, Art                             03:53
                                                03:53              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                03:53              MISSED FT SHOT by FADIPE, Lewis
                                                03:53              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                03:53              MISSED FT SHOT by FADIPE, Lewis
REBOUND (DEF) by Bowers, Art                    03:53
GOOD! JUMPER by Bowers, Art                     03:28  52-54  V 2
ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice                      03:28
                                                03:04              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                02:56  52-57  V 5  GOOD! 3 PTR by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                02:56              ASSIST by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
                                                02:33              FOUL by ST. JOHN, Mike
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              02:33
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     02:33
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              02:33
REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 02:33
MISSED 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                     02:21
REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 02:21
GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT]             02:17  54-57  V 3
                                                01:47              MISSED LAYUP by HARRIS, Darnell
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              01:47
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           01:34  56-57  V 1
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           01:34
                                                01:34              FOUL by ST. JOHN, Mike
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              01:33
                                                01:33              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                01:06              MISSED LAYUP by NEAL, Sean
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        01:06
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               01:04
GOOD! 3 PTR by Bowers, Art                      00:47  59-57  H 2
ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff                        00:47
                                                00:44              TIMEOUT 30sec
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        00:32
                                                00:32  59-58  H 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                00:32  59-59  T 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by THOMAS, Jermaine
MISSED JUMPER by Bowers, Art                    00:02
                                                00:02              REBOUND (DEF) by FADIPE, Lewis
                                                00:02              TIMEOUT 30sec


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OT PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: La Salle
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                                                04:46              MISSED LAYUP by THOMAS, Jermaine
BLOCK by Viggiano, Jeff                         04:46
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               04:45
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               04:17
                                                04:17              REBOUND (DEF) by FADIPE, Lewis
                                                03:49              MISSED JUMPER by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
BLOCK by Maxwell, Maurice                       03:49
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               03:48
GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]             03:29  61-59  H 2
ASSIST by Bowers, Art                           03:29
                                                03:29              FOUL by FADIPE, Lewis
MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane               03:29
                                                03:29              REBOUND (DEF) by CUNNINGHAM, Tabby
                                                03:08              MISSED JUMPER by HARRIS, Darnell
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 03:08
MISSED JUMPER by Maxwell, Maurice               02:45
                                                02:45              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                02:29              MISSED JUMPER by THOMAS, Jermaine
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                02:29
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     01:58
FOUL by Bowers, Art                             01:40
                                                01:40  61-60  H 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                01:40  61-61  T 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by THOMAS, Jermaine
TURNOVR by Carrier, Lawrence                    01:31
                                                01:31              STEAL by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                01:31              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                01:04              MISSED LAYUP by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                01:04  61-63  V 2  GOOD! LAYUP by ST. JOHN, Mike [PNT]
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        01:04
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         01:03
                                                01:03              REBOUND (OFF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                01:03              MISSED FT SHOT by ST. JOHN, Mike
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              01:03
                                                00:50              FOUL by FADIPE, Lewis
MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                00:50
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     00:50
MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                00:50
                                                00:50              REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         00:49
                                                00:49  61-64  V 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                00:49  61-65  V 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by ST. JOHN, Mike
MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff                  00:37
REBOUND (OFF) by Carrier, Lawrence              00:37
                                                00:34              FOUL by HARRIS, Darnell
MISSED FT SHOT by Carrier, Lawrence             00:34
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     00:34
GOOD! FT SHOT by Carrier, Lawrence              00:34  62-65  V 3
FOUL by Maxwell, Maurice                        00:30
                                                00:30  62-66  V 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                00:30  62-67  V 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by THOMAS, Jermaine
GOOD! JUMPER by Bowers, Art [PNT]               00:21  64-67  V 3
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   00:21
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         00:20
                                                00:20              MISSED FT SHOT by THOMAS, Jermaine
                                                00:20              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                00:20  64-68  V 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by THOMAS, Jermaine
MISSED LAYUP by Chadwick, Chris                 00:10
                                                00:10              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff                          00:07
                                                00:07  64-69  V 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                00:07  64-70  V 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by ST. JOHN, Mike
MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice                00:03
                                                00:03              REBOUND (DEF) by THOMAS, Jermaine


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2   3 - Tot
La Salle................   13   7   4 -  24
Massachusetts...........    2   4   0 -   6

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2   3 - Tot
La Salle................   15   6   2 -  23
Massachusetts...........    8  12   4 -  24

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2   3 - Tot
La Salle................    0   0   0 -   0
Massachusetts...........    4   9   1 -  14

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2   3 - Tot
La Salle................    5   4   0 -   9
Massachusetts...........    2   2   0 -   4

BENCH POINTS                1   2   3 - Tot
La Salle................    0   0   0 -   0
Massachusetts...........   13   7   1 -  21

SCORE TIED BY               1   2   3 - Tot
La Salle................    0   1   1 -   2
Massachusetts...........    0   0   0 -   0

LEAD GAINED BY              1   2   3 - Tot
La Salle................    0   0   1 -   1
Massachusetts...........    0   1   0 -   1

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