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Minutemen head to GW
By Dan Duggan, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/15/2006

Before the Massachusetts men's basketball team squared off with a formidable Florida State squad on Sunday night, UMass coach Travis Ford said he was less concerned with his team actually pulling out a win than he was with it bouncing back from a demoralizing 65-44 home loss to La Salle last Wednesday.

While UMass (10-11, 5-5 Atlantic 10) ultimately came up short in the out-of-conference matchup, losing 73-63 to the Seminoles, Ford's pre-game expectations were met, as the Maroon and White played at a much higher level than in the loss to La Salle.

With the Minutemen facing an even more daunting opponent tonight at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to the nations capital to take on No. 7 George Washington (20-1, 10-0 A-10). One might expect that Ford would once again only be looking for a solid effort out of his troops.

But with UMass tied for eighth in the bunched up A-10 standings, Ford will be looking for his team to capture a big conference win tonight.

"Were back in the conference and we need to win this game," Ford said. "We understand the challenge ahead of us. We need to be overachievers and play better than we have all year."

The Minutemen will look to build off of their solid effort against FSU, although Ford still sees room for improvement from that game.

"We wanted our team to improve and play better basketball than we did against La Salle and we did that," Ford said. "We did the things we wanted to do, but we just didn't shoot well from the perimeter [26 percent from beyond the arc].

"I was disappointed because we put ourselves in a position to win, but we made some mental mistakes."

UMass will be looking to put an end to its season-long struggles on the road, although GW does not figure to be the most likely candidate for the Minutemen to get their first road victory since Jan. 7 at Duquesne. The Colonials haven't lost at home this season, and are riding a 12-game winning streak at the Smith Center.

The Minutemen have struggled recently, dropping five of their last six games, with four of those losses coming on the road. UMass is just 2-10 away from the Mullins Center this season.

Any hopes of pulling off the upset tonight rest with the health of Chris Lowe's right ankle. The freshman point guard sprained the ankle prior to the La Salle game, and played 30 minutes that night, though he was clearly limited by the injury.

It appeared that Lowe would be held out of Sunday's matchup with FSU, as he didn't practice in the days leading up to the game, but it was determined on game day that he was healthy enough to play. Lowe logged 37 minutes in the game, looking sharp in scoring six points and dishing out four assists.

Lowe will certainly be in the lineup tonight, but Ford said the team's floor general is still only at 80 percent.

"Chris is really playing hard and gutsy," Ford said. "He has grown up a lot mentally this year. I'm proud of the way he has gutted it out. Obviously, he means a whole lot to our team, so him at 80 percent is better than anything else we have."

Lowe's success on the court is largely contingent on his teammates converting the opportunities that he provides them with his passing. One teammate who seemed to rediscover his offensive flair against FSU was junior Brandon Thomas.

Thomas was the team's second leading scorer early in the season, but when into a slump midway through the year, as his role and position changed frequently. Back in the starting lineup at his natural wing position on Sunday for the first time in a month, Thomas responded with 10 points, scoring seven of those in the first half.

"He came out with a lot of energy," Ford said. "He made smart decisions and didn't force his actions; he took open 3-pointers and drove when it was there. When he makes smart decisions and plays within himself he's a very good basketball player."

Despite the strong showing by Thomas in a starting role, Ford expects to go back to James Life as the starting shooting guard tonight. Life was absent from the starting lineup on Sunday for disciplinary reasons.


UMass to face top A-10 team
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/15/2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. - University of Massachusetts coach Travis Ford has watched tape to prepare for tonight's game against George Washington and is still searching for a weakness to exploit.

They really don't have one, said Ford, whose Minutemen (10-11, 5-5 Atlantic 10) are trying to get back to .500 while the Colonials are seeking a higher seed in the NCAA Tournament. They meet at 7:30 at the Smith Center.

'They're deep. They have good post players. They have guys that can really shoot it. They're quick. They're athletic. They play aggressive defense. I've not seen any weakness,' Ford said. 'What I like about them is how unselfish they are. They really play well together. They're a legit top 10 team.'

At 20-1 overall and 10-0 in the Atlantic 10, George Washington is in the midst of the best season in school history. A relatively soft nonconference schedule slowed their rise in the Top 25 poll, but Monday the Colonials jumped one spot to No. 7, their highest rank in 51 years.

They are 12-0 at home this season and fans in D.C. are talking about a potential deep run into the NCAA Tournament.

George Washington coach Karl Hobbs said those aren't the expectations his team is measuring itself against.

'My expectations are that they play as hard they can. Play within themselves. Play together and play within the game plan,' Hobbs said.

The Colonials have five players averaging in double figures paced by Danilo Pinnock's 15 points per game. George Washington features an athletic frontcourt led by Pops Mensah-Bonsu (13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game) and Mike Hall (11.6 points, 7.5 rebounds).

The only team to beat the Colonials this season is North Carolina State, which is coached by Herb Sendek, who was an assistant coach at Kentucky when Ford was a player there. The Wolfpack plays a style similar to Princeton, featuring a slow pace and backdoor cuts.

'N.C. State plays a totally different style of basketball,' said Ford, who said the Minutemen must keep up offensively with the Colonials to have a chance. 'We have to make some shots. We have to shoot the ball from the 3-point line, much better than we have. Against Florida State, we executed everything we wanted to do offensively and defensively. But the 3-point line was the difference. If more shots go down, we're right where we need to be.'

UMass and George Washington have an interesting history. When the Minutemen were riding high in the mid-1990s, the Colonials were regularly thorns in their side. On four separate occasions the Colonials upset ranked UMass teams, including twice when the Minutemen were No. 1. On the other hand, the Smith Center is one of the Atlantic 10's toughest arenas for a road team, but UMass has won its last two games there. Last year when George Washington was ranked No. 21, the Minutemen pulled off a surprising 76-74 overtime upset.

In that contest, Rashaun Freeman turned in arguably his best game in college with 27 points and 15 rebounds including the game-winning layup with 0.4 seconds left. Freeman heads into tonight's game coming off two of his worst collegiate performances, averaging 3.5 points in the two games.

'Obviously the way George Washington plays defense, it opens up some angles for Rashaun,' Ford said. 'They're not a team that's going to guard you man-to-man all the time. When a team opens the court up like that, it can open up some easy buckets for post players. Its important we find him, but also he needs to create some of his own points by going to the offensive glass.'

LOWE TO GO - Ford said freshman point guard Chris Lowe's sprained ankle reacted well enough after Sunday's 73-63 loss at Florida State that he'll be back in action tonight.

'There was a little swelling, but he's OK,' Ford said.

VS. RANKED TEAMS - Ford is seeking his first win over a ranked team as a head coach. UMass is 2-2 in its last four games against ranked teams. The Minutemen are 8-28 all-time against top-10 teams.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. For more UMass coverage including a frequently updated UMass sports blog, go to www.dailyhampshiregazette.com/umsports.


George Washington (#7) 69, Massachusetts 66
From The Associated Press, 2/15/2006

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a game that featured poor shooting and bad ball-handling, No. 7 George Washington took advantage of 29 turnovers for a 69-66 victory over Massachusetts on Wednesday night.

The Colonials (21-1, 11-0 Atlantic 10) have a 13-game winning streak, the longest in the nation, improved to 13-0 at home and remained on pace for the best season in school history.

The game did have a wild ending.

GW's Maureece Rice was fouled in the final seconds and the Colonials leading 67-66. He missed both free throws, but it was ruled the ball went out of bounds off UMass with 0.6 seconds to go. Chris Lowe of the Minutemen was called for a technical foul for arguing with the official, and Mike Hall made both free throws for the game's final points.

This game still won't be featured in the Smith Center archives.

GW shot 35 percent from the field, 54 percent from the free throw line and barely ended a 6-year home losing streak to the Minutemen.

Danilo Pinnock scored 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting and had six of George Washington's 15 steals. Pops Mensah-Bonsu, neutralized by UMass' zone defense, scored 12 points on 2-of-3 shooting and made only eight of 15 free throws.

James Life scored a season-high 25 points for UMass (10-12, 5-6), which nearly repeated its overtime upset at the Smith Center a year ago. Lowe, however, had 12 of UMass' season-high 29 turnovers.

Life's 3-pointer cut the deficit to 61-60 with 3:46 remaining. But a dunk by Mensah-Bonsu and another UMass turnover - a bad pass intercepted by Hall - got the lead back to five. The Minutemen made it close with two 3-pointers, including Life's long jumper that cut the lead to 67-66 with 3.1 seconds to play.

The Minutemen had eight turnovers in the first 8 minutes, but the Colonials failed to capitalize because they missed 13 of their first 17 shots.

The Minutemen, averaging a league-worst 16.2 turnovers per game, found all sorts of ways to mishandle the ball. Lowe was whistled for palming twice. Brandon Thomas received a pass on the wing and just held the ball as the shot clock expired, oblivious to the screams from the bench that the seconds were winding down. Jeff Viggiano threw a bad pass toward the baseline that bounced out of bounds with no teammates within 10 feet.

Aware of the UMass' adventurous care of the basketball, the Colonials tried to press and trap and keep the game up-tempo. They got the steals but had trouble converting - GW didn't have a fast-break point in the first half and had only 10 for the game.

George Washington led 39-28 at halftime, but the second half started much like the first. The Minutemen committed six turnovers in the first 4 1/2 minutes, but the Colonials shot 4-for-11 over the first 8 minutes as their lead was cut to two. Typical of the game: GW's Regis Koundjia missed an easy layup after a steal, then made another steal and passed to Carl Elliot for a layup.


Post-game notes & quotes
From UMass Athletics, 2/16/2006

James Life scored a season-high 25 points and a Division I career-high in the loss. Life scored 55 in a game at Manatee Community College last season. Life set new season/UMass highs with eight field goals made and tied his best from the foul line making 6-of-6.

* Life was one of four double-figure scorers for UMass.

* Brandon Thomas scored UMass' first seven points of the game. It marked the seventh time this season he scored UMass' first field goal of the game. He finished with 13 points.

* Thomas reached double-figures for the second straight game, in his second start in a row, coming after nine games in a row without reaching 10 points. It was Thomas' seventh game this season and double-figures and 22nd overall.

* Thomas had a season-high six rebounds, a personal high at UMass. He had 12 in a game while at LIU.

* Jeff Viggiano tallied 11 points -- all in the second half -- his second game in a row with 11 points. It was his 11th time with 10 or more in 22 games this season. It was his 37th career game in double-figures.

* Stephane Lasme played an all-around game with 11 points, team-high nine rebounds and four blocks. He made 5-of-6 from the floor in the loss. It was his 10th time in double-figures this season and 15th of his career. He has doubled his total of 10-point games coming into the season in his freshmanand sophomore year combined.

* Lasme had four blocked shots and now has 214 in his career to remain third all-time at UMass, but he is now just eight shy of Harper Williams (222) for second all-time.

* UMass' 29 turnovers in a game was a season-high. The UMass school record for TOs in a game is 38 set vs. Boston University on Jan. 15, 1980.


UMass Coach Travis Ford - Opening statement

"It was a hard-fought game. Both teams competed. We didn't get too many shots to fall in the first half; we did better in the second half. I'm excited about how we played hard. But when you're playing one of the best teams in the country at their place, you almost have to be perfect. We didn't play perfect, and GW hung in there to the end. That's why they're one of the best teams in the country."

At the end of the game, were you looking to foul someone or were you comfortable letting the clock run down?

"I was comfortable with getting the ball back. I figured we'd get it back at about six seconds left by the time they took a shot. I did not want to foul."

Was it difficult to win with 29 turnovers?

"It's very difficult. Getting in serious foul trouble didn't help us; shooting 1-for-9 from the 3-point line in the first half didn't help us. But they're a scrappy basketball team. That's what we saw on film. They play in those spurts and that's what makes them good. They can afford not to play well in 2- or 3-minute segments. We can't. We're not that good of a basketball team to do that."

GW Coach Karl Hobbs

"Good teams try to find ways to win. Tonight, our offense, particularly our 3-point shooting wasn't there, but our defensive traps and our turnovers were there. We were able to make some plays down the stretch to beat a ball team that I've said all along is very talented. I think they're the second-most talented team in the league. They certainly showed it tonight."

You had a chance to put them away with an 11-point lead, and what happened next set up the rest of the game.

"We didn't finish off some plays in terms of layups, we didn't finish off some free throws, and that allowed the momentum to shift. When they got their half-court offense set, I thought they were terrific. They executed, they maintained their poise. As you watch this team play, it was a matter of time before they broke out."

Did you ever feel like GW was in control?

"Never. Only because we weren't finishing plays, particularly plays that we normally make. We didn't shoot well from the perimeter. Their zone was very effective. It slowed us up and kept us playing at a pace that they wanted to play at."

In the last few minutes you forced a shot clock violation and scored to go up by 5.

"I thought that was the difference right there. But the two plays that signified our will to win were at the end of the half when [Danilo] tipped the ball in--that was an amazing play--and when Maureece missed the two free throws. What an effort to get back to that ball and knock it off their player... We're very, very happy about this win."

GW junior G Danilo Pinnock

Are you happy with the way the team played?

"You're never unhappy with a W. UMass is a great team, a great program with a lot of history. They played a great game. I'm definitely happy getting out of here with a victory."

UMass had 29 turnovers. How may were their fault, and how many were due to your defense?

"That's something that we try to do. Maybe if we had converted on some of those turnovers, it wouldn't have been that close of a game. But even though they turned the ball over, the fact that it was such a close game shows how good UMass is."


UMass battles GW down to the wire
By Dan Duggan, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/16/2006

The Massachusetts men's basketball seemed to be within reach of pulling off its second upset in two years at George Washington last night, but ultimately came up short, falling 69-66.

The Minutemen (10-12, 5-6 Atlantic 10) hung tough with the No. 7 Colonials all night, but were never able to get over the hump. Every time UMass drew close, George Washington (21-1, 11-0 A-10) had an answer.

UMass cut the Colonials' lead to less than three points eight times in the second half, but never took the lead. Trailing 65-60 late in the game, it appeared that UMass had run out of gas, but a 3-pointer by senior Jeff Viggiano brought the Maroon and White within two.

On the Colonials' next possession, they ran the clock down to eight seconds before scoring a bucket to give them a four-point lead. Junior James Life gave the Minutemen one last glimmer of hope as he hit a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining. After GW's Maureece Rice missed two free throws with 2.1 seconds left, the ball went out of bounds and George Washington was awarded possession in a controversial call.

UMass's Chris Lowe received a technical for arguing the call, and GW's Mike Hall converted two foul shots with 0.6 seconds remaining to allow the Colonials to escape with the 69-66 win.

"I'm proud of our effort," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "I knew it would be tough, but I'm excited with the way we competed. We played hard, but we just didn't get any breaks."

As has been the case for much of the season, the Achilles heel for the Minutemen last night was turnovers. UMass leads the conference with 16.2 turnovers per game, and committed 29 last night.

"We battled, but we didn't help ourselves," Ford said. "We'd have momentum but then we'd turn the ball over. We didn't take advantage of our opportunities. I'm disappointed because we put ourselves in a position to win."

Life continued his scoring surge as he led the team with 25 points. Last night was his seventh consecutive game in double figures.

Life added his points from the bench, as junior Brandon Thomas assumed the starting shooting guard position. Thomas, who scored 10 points in a starting role on Sunday against Florida State, turned in another strong performance last night, scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds.

While Life and Thomas racked up most of the points, it was junior Stephane Lasme who kept the Minutemen in the game. Despite battling foul trouble, Lasme scored 11 points, pulled down nine boards and blocked four shots.

"He was a warrior," Ford said. "He really battled."

Lasme was forced to pick up the slack down low for UMass as his frontcourt mate, junior Rashaun Freeman, struggled again. Freeman scored just four points in 18 minutes, and was benched for long stretches last night by Ford. Last night's showing followed a three point output in the loss to Florida State.

The Minutemen seemed poised for the upset early, as they held a 12-11 lead midway through the first half, but George Washington responded with an 11-0 run. UMass battled back to draw within four at 30-26, but GW finished the half on a 9-2 run to take an 11-point lead into the locker room.

The Minutemen shot their way back into it the second half as Viggiano added all 11 of his points after the break and Life added 19 points, with the pair combining to hit six 3-pointers in the second half.


UMass upset bid fails
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/16/2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As University of Massachusetts coach Travis Ford walked into the locker room Wednesday after the Minutemen lost 69-66 to No. 7 George Washington, he shouted to his players to keep their heads up.

In a season of heartbreaking losses, this one appeared to sting the most as player after player emerged from the room with dejected expressions and in some cases moist eyes. UMass was close to a breakthrough upset, but fell short on the road in their fifth loss decided in the final minute.

'I've never felt like this ever before,' senior captain Jeff Viggiano said. 'I'm just pissed.'

After trailing most of the game, the Minutemen clawed back in the second half. A 3-pointer by James Life brought them within one at 61-60 with three minutes, 47 seconds to play. After Mike Hall missed a layup at the other end, UMass had a chance to take the lead but Viggiano held the ball as the shot clock ran out.

Dunks by Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Carl Elliott stretched the Colonials' edge to 65-60. A 3-pointer by Viggiano with 43 seconds left made it 65-63 and left Ford with a decision. He could either foul George Washington, which shot 54.5 percent from the line, or try for a stop and one last possession. Ford opted to play defense, but Maureece Rice hit a jumper with eight seconds left to make it 67-63.

'I was comfortable getting the ball back,' said Ford. 'I thought we get it back with six or seven seconds by the time they took a shot. I did not want to foul.'

UMass hurried the ball up the floor and Life hit a 3-pointer to make it 67-66. Chris Lowe quickly fouled Rice, who missed both free throws. The carom off the second miss skipped toward the Colonials' bench and appeared to go out of bounds off a George Washington player with 0.6 seconds left. The Colonials started to set up to play defense, but the referees ruled it had gone out off Chris Lowe, stunning the UMass bench.

The freshman point guard's vehement protest earned him a technical foul.

Mike Hall made both free throws to clinch the win.

'To have a special season, sometimes you need to catch a few breaks,' George Washington coach Karl Hobbs said after the game. 'Tonight we caught a break.'

The Minutemen (10-12, 5-6 Atlantic 10) dropped their third straight. Their three-game road swing continues in western New York as they travel to St. Bonaventure at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Colonials (21-1, 11-0), who won their 13th straight, need just five more wins to complete a perfect conference season. They play at Richmond at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Minutemen's near upset came despite a far-from-perfect performance. UMass turned the ball over 29 times, including 12 by Lowe who struggled against George Washington's pressure.

Junior big man Rashaun Freeman, who has dominated the Colonials in the past, was again in foul trouble and finished with four points in 18 minutes.

Life's recent strong play continued. Showing a solid mid-range game and drives to the basket, he led all scorers with 25 points, a career-high.

Brandon Thomas continued his re-emergence with 13 points and six rebounds. Stephane Lasme and Viggiano each had 11 points. Lasme had nine rebounds and four blocked shots.

Danilo Pinnock's 14 points led the Colonials, while Mensah-Bonsu added 12 points and eight rebounds.

George Washington led by as many as 12 in the first half and by 39-28 at the break. The Minutemen made it close again quickly after intermission by scoring the first six points of the second half and setting up the competitive final stretch.

'It was a very hard-fought game. Both teams competed,' Ford said. 'I was excited - we played better than we have lately. But when you're going against one of the best teams in the country at their place, you have to play perfect and we were far from perfect.'

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. For more UMass coverage including a frequently updated UMass sports blog, go to www.dailyhampshiregazette.com/umsports.


Colonials model for Minutemen of future
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/16/2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. - When University of Massachusetts coach Travis Ford dreams about his program's future, he envisions a team that can run, press and shoot while playing in front of a packed house. He pictures a deep roster filled with long athletic players, all capable of putting up big numbers on a given night.

He caught a glimpse of that potential future Wednesday night, but the players were wearing gold uniforms. Ford's hope for the future looks an awful lot like George Washington's present.

Eleven Colonials saw action in the 69-66 victory and nine scored as they ran and pressed throughout.

Ford wasn't in the mood to make that comparison after the loss.

''Sure I'd like to be No. 7 in the country,'' he said. ''I'd like to score 80 points a game. That'd be nice instead of the 50 that we're doing now. I haven't really thought that much about it.''

THOMAS BOUNCING BACK - In sitting James Life for disciplinary reasons at Florida State, Ford may have found a way to rejuvenate Brandon Thomas. After averaging fewer than three points per game over a nine-game stretch, Thomas has come back to life. He had 10 against Florida State and 13 Wednesday as his minutes and confidence appear to be increasing.

Wednesday's effort came in front of a sizable crew of D.C.-area relatives seated behind the UMass bench holding a ''We love Brandon Thomas sign.''

FREEMAN STRUGGLES - Even playing against one of his favorite opponents wasn't enough to shake Rashaun Freeman free of his recent slump. Freeman, who had averaged 23 points and 12.5 rebounds in two previous meetings against the Colonials, was plagued by foul trouble in both halves and finished with four points (on 1-for-3 shooting) and six rebounds in 18 minutes. He's been held below double figures in each of the past three games, the longest such stretch of his career.

STANDINGS - The win improved the Colonials to 21-1 and 11-0 in the Atlantic 10. The Colonials need two wins to clinch the No. 1 seed in next month's conference tournament.

UMass' loss combined with Xavier's 84-64 win over Fordham dropped the Minutemen to ninth place in the Atlantic 10.

NEXT UP - The Minutemen stay on the road for a game at St. Bonaventure at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Bonnies, who dropped their first 10 league games, surprised Richmond 71-57 at home Sunday. The Bonnies fell to La Salle 74-62 Wednesday in Philadelphia.

LASME BLOCKS - UMass junior big man Stephane Lasme took a step toward second place on the UMass career block list and moved within nine of becoming the second player in school history to record 100 blocks in a season.

Lasme's four blocks gave him 91 this season and 214 in his career. He needs eight to catch Harper Williams (222) on the career list.

MISCELLANEOUS - UMass fell to two games under .500 for the first times since the end of the 2003-04 season. ... Dante Milligan fouled out for the second straight game. ... George Washington junior guard Danilo Pinnock scored his 1,000th career point early in the first half. ... UMass is now 2-3 in its last five games against ranked teams.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. For more UMass coverage including a frequently updated UMass sports blog, go to www.dailyhampshiregazette.com/umsports.


UMass falters at finish
GW has answers down the stretch
By Charlie Moss, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 2/16/2006

WASHINGTON -- For all of Massachusetts's troubles on the road this season -- including losing 10 of its first 12 games away from the Mullins Center -- a trip to No. 7 George Washington hardly seemed like the place for the Minutemen to get things back on track.

But as last night's game wore on, it appeared as if the Minutemen just might have enough to come away with a fourth consecutive victory at the Smith Center and upset the heavily favored Colonials, thanks to clutch shooting from guard James Life.

But much like the rest of the second half, each time UMass appeared poised to tie the score or take the lead, GW steals or Minuteman miscues helped the Colonials keep UMass at bay, leading to a 69-66 victory in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,000.

''When you're going against one of the best teams in the country and you're at their place you've got to almost play perfect, and George Washington hung in there at the end," UMass coach Travis Ford said. ''They're a scrappy basketball team and that's what makes them good. It was a hard-fought game tonight."

After Life connected on a 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds to play to cut GW's lead to 1, Colonials guard Maureece Rice missed two free throws. But Minuteman guard Chris Lowe was called for a technical foul for arguing with officials, who had awarded the ball to the Colonials following a scramble for the rebound. Mike Hall calmly sank his free throws, and UMass never got the ball back.

The victory extended the nation's longest winning streak to 13 games for the Colonials (21-1, 11-0 Atlantic 10), who are off to the best start in school history. The Minutemen (10-12, 5-6) suffered their sixth loss in their last seven games.

''I think they're the second-most-talented team in the league," GW coach Karl Hobbs said of UMass. ''When they got us in a halfcourt offensive set, I thought their offense was terrific. I never thought we were in control, but there are two [men's] teams in the country with only one loss [Duke, at 23-1, is the other] and we're thrilled."

The Minutemen dug themselves a hole midway through the first half thanks to an 11-0 GW run that turned a 12-11 deficit into a 22-12 Colonials advantage. GW pushed its lead to 39-28 at halftime on guard Danilo Pinnock's putback in the closing seconds.

But the Minutemen chipped away in the second half, relying on forward Stephane Lasme's strong interior play (11 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks) and the outside shooting of Life (season-high 25 points) and forward Jeff Viggiano. Life and Viggiano combined for five 3-pointers in the closing minutes to keep the score close.

Turnovers doomed UMass. The Colonials forced the Minutemen into a season-high 29 turnovers that led to a 26-12 advantage in points off miscues.


GW Nets Another Sloppy Victory
Inconsistency Marks Its 13th Straight Win: George Washington 69, Massachusetts 66
By Steven Goff, The Washington Post Staff Writer, 2/16/2006

With their national ranking in single numbers and their winning streak in double digits, the George Washington Colonials are acutely aware that the rest of the nation is watching their every move. Their big road victories during these six weeks of unbeaten basketball have certainly been noticed, but so too have the last-minute scares.

Last night the No. 7 Colonials barely survived their second disjointed effort in five days and edged another mediocre Atlantic 10 opponent, Massachusetts, 69-66, at sold-out Smith Center.

The victory stretched GW's unbeaten streak to 13, the longest streak in the country and one short of the 70-year-old program record.

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Pops Mensah-Bonsu showed the intensity that Rashaun Freeman (left) has been lacking lately.
The Colonials (21-1, 11-0 Atlantic 10) also remain one of only two once-beaten teams in Division I, joining Duke, but they were fortunate to keep those feats intact after nearly relinquishing an 11-point halftime lead to the road-weary Minutemen (10-12, 5-6).

"These two games are how NCAA games are going to be," said Coach Karl Hobbs, remembering Saturday's two-point victory at Saint Joseph's. "I'm hoping that we can correct these things. I've said all along, we're still not playing our best basketball. We're still not playing the way I think we're capable of just yet."

Danilo Pinnock had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 steals for the Colonials, who shot 35 percent from the field, 55 percent from the free throw line, and made just 3 of 18 three-pointers.

They maintained the lead for the last 32 minutes of the sloppy game, but the Minutemen (1-10 on the road) made it difficult down to the final second. Reserve James Life's three-pointer -- the second of three he made in the last seven minutes -- trimmed GW's lead to 61-60 with 3 minutes 44 seconds remaining.

The Colonials pushed the advantage back to five on dunks by Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Carl Elliott, but Jeff Viggiano responded with a three-pointer with 40 seconds to go. After Maureece Rice banked in a short shot with 8.2 remaining, Life (25 points) made another three-pointer. Rice, GW's best free throw shooter, missed two attempts at the 2.1 mark, but scrambled to knock the ball off a U-Mass. player and out of bounds with six-tenths of a second remaining.

The Minutemen were hit with a technical foul while pleading their case to take possession. Two free throws and a simple inbounds pass later, the Colonials were finally able to exhale.

"A year ago or two years ago, games like this we had no chance of winning," Pinnock said. "Us growing together and going through games where we lost like that, knowing how it feels to come up short, has really helped us close out some of these games now."

Following the Saint Joseph's game, Hobbs had said he was troubled by his team's mental preparation. He was hoping an intense week of practice would improve the focus, but instead he got another uneven performance.

GW's first half was a combination of breathtaking athletic ability and long lulls. Its swarming defense was overwhelming at times, flawed at others. Its half-court offense stumbled more than usual, resulting in a missed dunk (Pinnock), two air balls, a missed layup and six blocked shots (four by the Minutemen's Stephane Lasme).

Nonetheless, the Colonials took a 39-28 lead into intermission after scoring the final seven points of the half.

GW's momentum, however, was stunted as the Minutemen started the second half with a 9-1 run, keyed by Viggiano's two jumpers, including a three-pointer. Fast-break layups by Elliott and Pinnock off turnovers pushed the lead back to seven, but it was becoming clear the Minutemen weren't going to go away.

"When you're going against one of the best teams in the country and you're at their place, you've got to play almost perfect and we didn't play perfect," said first-year U-Mass. coach Travis Ford, whose team shot 62 percent in the second half but committed 29 turnovers (12 by Chris Lowe).

Said Hobbs: "I never felt we were in control, only because we weren't finishing plays. . . . We were missing, I don't want to say easy plays, but plays that we normally make and we weren't shooting it particularly well from the perimeter."


Men survive scare from UMass
By Will Dempster, The GW Hatchet Senior Editor, 2/16/2006

For GW, one of two teams remaining in Division I men's basketball with a single defeat and the holder of the longest winning streak in the country, not every game can be a blowout. And for coach Karl Hobbs, that's OK.

"When you are 21-1, there are two teams in the country with one loss; oh, we're thrilled," Hobbs said after the No. 7/8 (Associated Press/USA Today) Colonials (21-1, 11-0 Atlantic 10) narrowly defeated the Minutemen of the University of Massachusetts 69-66 at the Smith Center on Wednesday night. "I want to make clear to everyone. We are very, very happy with that win."

After using a 15-2 run to grab its largest lead of the game at 26-14, UMass (10-12, 5-6) used crisp execution in its half court offense and a zone defense that forced the Colonials into 35 percent field goal shooting for the game.

Down the stretch, the closeness of the game was eerily reminiscent of last year's matchup at the Smith Center. In that game after forcing overtime, a last-second tip-in by Minuteman forward Rashaun Freeman snapped the Colonials then-perfect home record and began a stretch during which GW dropped three of four games and lost its top-25 ranking.

Despite how crucial the loss was to last year's team, GW's leading scorer, junior Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock, said revenge was not used as motivation for this year's squad.

"Last year was last year," he said. "Right now, we feel like we're doing something special and we want to continue that. And we are just taking one game at a time."

A main factor in the different outcomes of the two games was the play of Freeman. Last year, the all-A-10 first-team selection dominated the game, tallying 27 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. This year, Freeman struggled en route to a four-point, six-rebound performance. Freeman also struggled with fouls all game and played only 18 minutes.

"He was never able to get into the rhythm of the game. He played 18 minutes, I'm pretty sure this is the least, amount of minutes he played his entire career," Hobbs said about Freeman's performance. "I think it was more so the foul trouble than anything we were doing in particular (to shut him down)."

The A-10 rivals have played a number of close games over the years. On Feb. 6, 1995, the Colonials defeated Marcus Camby and the then-No.1 Minutemen 78-75 at the Smith Center.

Pinnock paced the Colonials Wednesday night, scoring 14 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists. Senior Pops Mensah-Bonsu - with 12 points and eight rebounds - and sophomore Maureece Rice - with 11 points, four assists and three rebounds - were the only other Colonials to score in double digits.

With the win, the Colonials now hold the nation's longest win streak at 13 games - one better than the Memphis Tigers from Conference USA, who have a 12-game streak of their own. With one more victory, the Colonials can match the best winning streak in program history, held by the 1935-6 squad.

Both players and coaches appear to be enjoying the program's nearly unprecedented success.

"When I came here, the dream was to get to the tournament, play in the tournament," Pinnock said. "But to be No. 7 in the country and to wake up and see my teammate and my coach on (the ESPN morning show) 'Cold Pizza,' it's crazy and I'm loving every minute of it."

For its next game, GW will travel to Richmond to play the Spiders, pitting the A-10's best offense against its best defense. Richmond allows a stingy 56.2 points per game and employs a deliberate offense that often frustrates its opponents.

In the first meeting between the teams on Feb. 5 at the Smith Center, GW controlled the tempo from the tip-off, and Richmond was never able to dictate the Colonials' pace and force them to be effective in the half court. GW forced 22 turnovers, allowing them to use their speed and athleticism to score 24 fast-break points. As a result, GW led by double digits nearly the entire game and won 80-55.

In the midst of a four-game losing streak, Richmond has yet to win during the month of February. With only two players averaging double figures - senior forward Jermaine Bucknor at13.8 points per game and Columbia, Md., native Kevin Steenberge at 10.1 points per game - the Spiders struggle on offense, averaging a league-worst 52.7 points per game.

Steenberge is a powerful player when he stays on the court, but is often in foul trouble and subsequently plays only 24.1 minutes per game, fourth-highest on the team.

Mensah-Bonsu said he always relishes the opportunity to square off against the Spiders' big man.

"It is always going to be a battle when we face each other; he's a real good big man, he's real skilled, he can shoot, he has a couple post moves," Mensah-Bonsu said after the Colonials' first contest against Richmond this year. "I always anticipate our matchup."

Because GW has yet to win on the road at Richmond during Hobbs' tenure, Hobbs and his players view a potential victory over the Spiders as one of the season's primary goals.

"That'd be special it really would be, because the seniors would have accomplished everything they set out to do this year," Hobbs said. "One of the goals that they set out is to leave here and to be able to win at Richmond."

-Andrew Alberg contributed to this report.


Massachusetts Minutemen 66
George Washington Colonials (#7) 69
at George Washington

Official Basketball Box Score
Massachusetts vs #7/8 George Washington
2-15-06 7:30 pm at Washington, DC (Smith Center)

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VISITORS: Massachusetts (10-12, 5-6 A10)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
13 Lasme, Stephane..... f  5-6    0-0    1-3    2  7  9   4  11  1  2  4  1  35
22 Viggiano, Jeff...... f  4-7    3-5    0-2    1  4  5   2  11  3  5  1  0  28
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c  1-3    0-0    2-2    0  6  6   4   4  0  2  0  0  18
00 Thomas, Brandon..... g  4-10   1-4    4-8    2  4  6   2  13  2  3  0  2  25
14 Lowe, Chris......... g  0-2    0-0    0-0    0  7  7   2   0  6 12  0  2  39
20 Milligan, Dante.....    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   5   2  0  2  1  0  13
23 Carrier, Lawrence...    0-4    0-3    0-0    0  2  2   2   0  1  0  1  1  14
34 Life, James.........    8-16   3-8    6-6    3  0  3   3  25  0  1  0  2  28
   TEAM................                         4  2  6             2
   Totals..............   23-50   7-20  13-21  13 33 46  24  66 13 29  7  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-29 34.5%   2nd Half: 13-21 61.9%   Game: 46.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-9  11.1%   2nd Half:  6-11 54.5%   Game: 35.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  7-13 53.8%   2nd Half:  6-8  75.0%   Game: 61.9%    3

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HOME TEAM: #7/8 George Washington (21-1, 11-0 A10)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 WILLIAMS, Omar...... f  3-7    0-0    2-3    2  2  4   2   8  1  0  0  1  17
03 HALL, Mike.......... f  1-10   0-3    3-4    2  3  5   2   5  3  0  1  2  33
21 MENSAH-BONSU, Pops.. f  2-3    0-0    8-15   5  3  8   3  12  2  1  2  0  26
02 PINNOCK, Danilo..... g  6-14   1-5    1-2    3  2  5   1  14  2  2  0  6  35
25 ELLIOTT, Carl....... g  4-10   1-3    0-0    2  0  2   2   9  1  3  0  2  32
04 McDONALD, Montrell..    0-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
05 DIGGS, Rob..........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
13 KIREEV, Alex........    1-2    0-0    1-2    0  2  2   2   3  0  1  0  0   4
23 KOUNDJIA, Regis.....    2-6    0-1    1-3    0  4  4   3   5  0  4  1  3  23
31 WILMORE, Noel.......    1-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  0  0  0   2
33 RICE, Maureece......    4-12   1-5    2-4    2  1  3   1  11  4  0  0  1  26
   TEAM................                         2  2  4
   Totals..............   24-68   3-18  18-33  18 19 37  16  69 13 11  4 15 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-37 37.8%   2nd Half: 10-31 32.3%   Game: 35.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-11 27.3%   2nd Half:  0-7   0.0%   Game: 16.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  8-14 57.1%   2nd Half: 10-19 52.6%   Game: 54.5%    8

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Officials: Larry Rose, Gene Steratore, Mike Wood
Technical fouls: Massachusetts-LOWE, Chris. #7/8 George Washington-None.
Attendance: 5000
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Massachusetts.................   28   38  -   66
#7/8 George Washington........   39   30  -   69

Points in the paint-UMASS 28,GW 34. Points off turnovers-UMASS 12,GW 26.
2nd chance points-UMASS 5,GW 17. Fast break points-UMASS 15,GW 10.
Bench points-UMASS 27,GW 21. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-7 times.
Last FG-UMASS 2nd-00:03, GW 2nd-00:08.
Largest lead-UMASS by 3 1st-16:52, GW by 12 1st-06:45.


Play by Play

Play-by-Play
Massachusetts vs #7/8 George Washington
2-15-06 7:30 pm at Washington, DC (Smith Center)

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: #7/8 George Washingt                 TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Massachusetts
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                                                19:40              MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                19:40              REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                19:33   0-2   V 2  GOOD! LAYUP by Thomas, Brandon [PNT]
MISSED LAYUP by HALL, Mike                      19:27              BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (OFF) by HALL, Mike                     19:26
MISSED JUMPER by WILLIAMS, Omar                 19:15              REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                19:01              MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                19:01              REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane
BLOCK by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops                     18:48              MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (DEF) by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             18:47
GOOD! 3 PTR by PINNOCK, Danilo                  18:23   3-2   H 1
ASSIST by WILLIAMS, Omar                        18:23
                                                18:08              MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                18:08              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                18:07              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
STEAL by PINNOCK, Danilo                        18:06
GOOD! FT SHOT by HALL, Mike                     18:03   4-2   H 2  FOUL by Thomas, Brandon
MISSED FT SHOT by HALL, Mike                    18:03
REBOUND (OFF) by ELLIOTT, Carl                  18:03
MISSED 3 PTR by PINNOCK, Danilo                 17:47              REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                17:39   4-5   V 1  GOOD! 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon
                                                17:39              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
MISSED DUNK by PINNOCK, Danilo                  17:33              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                17:10              TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff
STEAL by HALL, Mike                             17:08
MISSED LAYUP by RICE, Maureece                  17:06              BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane
                                                17:04              REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris
                                                17:03              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
TURNOVR by KOUNDJIA, Regis                      16:57
                                                16:56              STEAL by Thomas, Brandon
                                                16:52   4-7   V 3  GOOD! DUNK by Thomas, Brandon [FB/PNT]
MISSED FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops            16:40              FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     16:40
GOOD! FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             16:40   5-7   V 2
                                                16:32              FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                16:32              TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun
MISSED JUMPER by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             16:23              REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                16:10              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
GOOD! LAYUP by PINNOCK, Danilo [PNT]            15:46   7-7   T 1
                                                15:31              TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane
TIMEOUT media                                   15:31
MISSED 3 PTR by RICE, Maureece                  15:17
REBOUND (OFF) by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             15:17
MISSED 3 PTR by RICE, Maureece                  15:06              REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (DEF) by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             14:52              MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris
MISSED JUMPER by HALL, Mike                     14:36
REBOUND (OFF) by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             14:36
GOOD! JUMPER by WILMORE, Noel                   14:32   9-7   H 2
ASSIST by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops                    14:32
                                                13:48              TURNOVR by (TEAM)
MISSED 3 PTR by WILMORE, Noel                   13:37              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                13:21   9-9   T 2  GOOD! LAYUP by Life, James [PNT]
FOUL by KIREEV, Alex                            13:21   9-10  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by Life, James
MISSED LAYUP by KIREEV, Alex                    13:07
REBOUND (OFF) by WILLIAMS, Omar                 13:07
GOOD! TIP-IN by WILLIAMS, Omar [PNT]            13:04  11-10  H 1
                                                12:40              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
MISSED JUMPER by McDONALD, Montrell             12:33              REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris
                                                12:19  11-12  V 1  GOOD! LAYUP by Milligan, Dante [PNT]
                                                12:19              ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon
MISSED JUMPER by McDONALD, Montrell             12:11              BLOCK by Milligan, Dante
                                                12:09              REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris
FOUL by WILLIAMS, Omar                          12:05              MISSED FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon
                                                12:05              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                12:05              MISSED FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon
                                                12:05              REBOUND (OFF) by Thomas, Brandon
                                                12:00              MISSED LAYUP by Thomas, Brandon
                                                12:00              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                11:59              FOUL by Milligan, Dante
TIMEOUT media                                   11:59
MISSED 3 PTR by PINNOCK, Danilo                 11:57
REBOUND (OFF) by RICE, Maureece                 11:57
GOOD! LAYUP by RICE, Maureece [PNT]             11:53  13-12  H 1
                                                11:27              TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff
GOOD! LAYUP by ELLIOTT, Carl [PNT]              11:09  15-12  H 3
ASSIST by RICE, Maureece                        11:09
                                                11:06              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
MISSED JUMPER by WILLIAMS, Omar                 10:56
REBOUND (OFF) by WILLIAMS, Omar                 10:56
GOOD! 3 PTR by RICE, Maureece                   10:34  18-12  H 6
ASSIST by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops                    10:34
REBOUND (DEF) by RICE, Maureece                 10:16              MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James
MISSED LAYUP by ELLIOTT, Carl                   10:08              BLOCK by Carrier, Lawrence
                                                10:06              REBOUND (DEF) by Milligan, Dante
FOUL by RICE, Maureece                          10:01
REBOUND (DEF) by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             09:47              MISSED JUMPER by Carrier, Lawrence
MISSED FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops            09:29              FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     09:29
GOOD! FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             09:29  19-12  H 7
REBOUND (DEF) by KOUNDJIA, Regis                09:23              MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff
GOOD! DUNK by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops [PNT]          08:55  21-12  H 9
ASSIST by PINNOCK, Danilo                       08:55
GOOD! FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             08:55  22-12  H 10 FOUL by Carrier, Lawrence
BLOCK by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops                     08:36              MISSED JUMPER by Life, James
                                                08:35              REBOUND (OFF) by Life, James
REBOUND (DEF) by KOUNDJIA, Regis                08:33              MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence
MISSED 3 PTR by PINNOCK, Danilo                 08:28              REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane
FOUL by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops                      08:27
FOUL by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops                      08:19
BLOCK by KOUNDJIA, Regis                        08:11              MISSED LAYUP by Thomas, Brandon
                                                08:10              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                08:07  22-14  H 8  GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
                                                08:07              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
TURNOVR by KOUNDJIA, Regis                      07:52
                                                07:52              TIMEOUT media
                                                07:44              TURNOVR by Milligan, Dante
STEAL by KOUNDJIA, Regis                        07:43
MISSED FT SHOT by KOUNDJIA, Regis               07:41              FOUL by Milligan, Dante
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     07:41
GOOD! FT SHOT by KOUNDJIA, Regis                07:41  23-14  H 9
                                                07:28              TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff
GOOD! JUMPER by KIREEV, Alex [PNT]              07:07  25-14  H 11
FOUL by ELLIOTT, Carl                           06:54              MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                06:54              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                06:54              MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                06:54              REBOUND (OFF) by Milligan, Dante
REBOUND (DEF) by KIREEV, Alex                   06:50              MISSED LAYUP by Milligan, Dante
                                                06:46              FOUL by Life, James
GOOD! FT SHOT by KIREEV, Alex                   06:45  26-14  H 12
MISSED FT SHOT by KIREEV, Alex                  06:45
REBOUND (OFF) by HALL, Mike                     06:45
MISSED LAYUP by PINNOCK, Danilo                 06:37              REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris
                                                06:32  26-16  H 10 GOOD! LAYUP by Life, James [PNT]
                                                06:32              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
FOUL by KIREEV, Alex                            06:32  26-17  H 9  GOOD! FT SHOT by Life, James
TURNOVR by KIREEV, Alex                         06:02
                                                05:42  26-19  H 7  GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
GOOD! FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             05:30  27-19  H 8  FOUL by Milligan, Dante
GOOD! FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             05:30  28-19  H 9
                                                05:21  28-21  H 7  GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
                                                05:21              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
MISSED 3 PTR by RICE, Maureece                  05:05              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
FOUL by PINNOCK, Danilo                         05:01  28-22  H 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon
                                                05:01  28-23  H 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon
GOOD! LAYUP by WILLIAMS, Omar [PNT]             04:53  30-23  H 7
ASSIST by ELLIOTT, Carl                         04:53
REBOUND (DEF) by WILLIAMS, Omar                 04:38              MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James
MISSED 3 PTR by HALL, Mike                      04:27              REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris
FOUL by WILLIAMS, Omar                          04:13              MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (DEF) by PINNOCK, Danilo                04:13
MISSED LAYUP by RICE, Maureece                  03:48              BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane
                                                03:47              REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence
                                                03:40  30-25  H 5  GOOD! LAYUP by Thomas, Brandon [FB/PNT]
                                                03:40              ASSIST by Carrier, Lawrence
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   03:35
MISSED LAYUP by WILLIAMS, Omar                  03:22              BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane
                                                03:19              REBOUND (DEF) by Thomas, Brandon
REBOUND (DEF) by HALL, Mike                     03:10              MISSED 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon
TURNOVR by ELLIOTT, Carl                        02:55              STEAL by Life, James
                                                02:55              TIMEOUT media
FOUL by KOUNDJIA, Regis                         02:36  30-26  H 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (DEF) by KIREEV, Alex                   02:36              MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
TURNOVR by KOUNDJIA, Regis                      02:22
                                                02:21              STEAL by Life, James
                                                02:16              MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris
                                                02:16              REBOUND (OFF) by Life, James
                                                02:07              MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence
                                                02:07              REBOUND (OFF) by Life, James
REBOUND (DEF) by HALL, Mike                     01:54              MISSED JUMPER by Thomas, Brandon
GOOD! JUMPER by HALL, Mike                      01:40  32-26  H 6
ASSIST by RICE, Maureece                        01:40
FOUL by HALL, Mike                              01:29  32-27  H 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by Life, James
                                                01:29  32-28  H 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by Life, James
GOOD! 3 PTR by ELLIOTT, Carl                    01:17  35-28  H 7
ASSIST by RICE, Maureece                        01:17
                                                01:02              FOUL by Life, James
                                                01:02              TURNOVR by Life, James
GOOD! DUNK by KOUNDJIA, Regis [PNT]             00:51  37-28  H 9
ASSIST by HALL, Mike                            00:51
MISSED FT SHOT by KOUNDJIA, Regis               00:51              FOUL by Carrier, Lawrence
                                                00:51              REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                00:41              MISSED 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         00:37
MISSED JUMPER by RICE, Maureece                 00:06
REBOUND (OFF) by PINNOCK, Danilo                00:02
GOOD! TIP-IN by PINNOCK, Danilo [PNT]           00:01  39-28  H 11


                          #7/8 George Washington 39, Massachusetts 28

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Massachusetts          18       5       4       7      10      1     3
          #7/8 George Washingt   18      13      11       0      13      1     4


2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: #7/8 George Washingt                 TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Massachusetts
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                                                19:42  39-30  H 9  GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
                                                19:42              ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff
MISSED JUMPER by ELLIOTT, Carl                  19:15              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
STEAL by PINNOCK, Danilo                        18:56              TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane
TURNOVR by PINNOCK, Danilo                      18:38
                                                18:37              STEALVbybLOWE,EChrisis
MISSED FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops            18:27              FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     18:27
MISSED FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops            18:27              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                18:17              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
STEAL by WILLIAMS, Omar                         18:16
TURNOVR by ELLIOTT, Carl                        18:14
                                                18:13              STEAL by Lowe, Chris
                                                18:03  39-32  H 7  GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]
                                                18:02              ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   18:01
MISSED 3 PTR by HALL, Mike                      17:48              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                17:34  39-34  H 5  GOOD! JUMPER by Viggiano, Jeff
MISSED JUMPER by KOUNDJIA, Regis                17:10
REBOUND (OFF) by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             17:10
GOOD! FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             17:06  40-34  H 6  FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
MISSED FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops            17:06              REBOUND (DEF) by Thomas, Brandon
                                                16:43  40-37  H 3  GOOD! 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                16:43              ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane
MISSED JUMPER by HALL, Mike                     16:27
REBOUND (OFF) by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             16:27
MISSED 3 PTR by ELLIOTT, Carl                   16:22              REBOUND (DEF) by Thomas, Brandon
                                                16:13              TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon
STEAL by KOUNDJIA, Regis                        16:10
MISSED LAYUP by KOUNDJIA, Regis                 16:07              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                16:05              TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun
STEAL by KOUNDJIA, Regis                        16:02
GOOD! LAYUP by ELLIOTT, Carl [FB/PNT]           15:57  42-37  H 5
                                                15:49              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
STEAL by PINNOCK, Danilo                        15:48
GOOD! LAYUP by PINNOCK, Danilo [FB/PNT]         15:48  44-37  H 7
                                                15:48              TIMEOUT 30sec
FOUL by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops                      15:40
                                                15:40              TIMEOUT media
                                                15:40  44-38  H 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                15:40  44-39  H 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun
MISSED FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops            15:12              FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     15:12
GOOD! FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             15:12  45-39  H 6
REBOUND (DEF) by HALL, Mike                     15:00              MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James
TURNOVR by PINNOCK, Danilo                      14:45
                                                14:44              STEAL by Lasme, Stephane
                                                14:11  45-41  H 4  GOOD! JUMPER by Life, James
                                                14:02              FOUL by Milligan, Dante
GOOD! JUMPER by KOUNDJIA, Regis [PNT]           13:48  47-41  H 6
ASSIST by HALL, Mike                            13:48
FOUL by KOUNDJIA, Regis                         13:22
                                                13:17              MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         13:13
                                                13:01              FOUL by Life, James
MISSED JUMPER by HALL, Mike                     12:57
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         12:56
GOOD! JUMPER by RICE, Maureece                  12:50  49-41  H 8
                                                12:29  49-43  H 6  GOOD! JUMPER by Life, James [PNT]
TURNOVR by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops                   12:09
FOUL by ELLIOTT, Carl                           11:50
                                                11:50              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                11:50  49-44  H 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by Life, James
                                                11:50  49-45  H 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by Life, James
MISSED LAYUP by KOUNDJIA, Regis                 11:32
REBOUND (OFF) by ELLIOTT, Carl                  11:32
MISSED 3 PTR by KOUNDJIA, Regis                 11:13              REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                10:44  49-47  H 2  GOOD! JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
                                                10:44              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
MISSED JUMPER by ELLIOTT, Carl                  10:22              REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                09:55              MISSED JUMPER by Life, James
                                                09:55              REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (DEF) by KOUNDJIA, Regis                09:50              MISSED TIP-IN by Lasme, Stephane
GOOD! LAYUP by WILLIAMS, Omar [FB/PNT]          09:44  51-47  H 4
ASSIST by PINNOCK, Danilo                       09:44
GOOD! FT SHOT by WILLIAMS, Omar                 09:44  52-47  H 5  FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                09:34              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                09:23              MISSED 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon
                                                09:19              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                09:08              FOUL by Milligan, Dante
                                                09:08              TURNOVR by Milligan, Dante
TURNOVR by ELLIOTT, Carl                        08:56
                                                08:55              STEAL by Thomas, Brandon
FOUL by HALL, Mike                              08:53  52-48  H 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon
REBOUND (DEF) by KOUNDJIA, Regis                08:53              MISSED FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon
TURNOVR by KOUNDJIA, Regis                      08:38
                                                08:36              STEAL by Carrier, Lawrence
                                                08:21              MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence
                                                08:17              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                08:17              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
STEAL by ELLIOTT, Carl                          08:16
MISSED LAYUP by PINNOCK, Danilo                 08:14              REBOUND (DEF) by Thomas, Brandon
                                                08:04              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
STEAL by PINNOCK, Danilo                        08:03
MISSED 3 PTR by HALL, Mike                      07:50
REBOUND (OFF) by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             07:50
                                                07:47              FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
TIMEOUT media                                   07:47
MISSED FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops            07:47
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     07:47
GOOD! FT SHOT by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops             07:47  53-48  H 5
                                                07:42              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
STEAL by ELLIOTT, Carl                          07:41
MISSED LAYUP by ELLIOTT, Carl                   07:40              REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris
BLOCK by HALL, Mike                             07:35              MISSED LAYUP by Life, James
                                                07:34              REBOUND (OFF) by Thomas, Brandon
FOUL by KOUNDJIA, Regis                         07:33  53-49  H 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon
REBOUND (DEF) by PINNOCK, Danilo                07:33              MISSED FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon
GOOD! FT SHOT by PINNOCK, Danilo                07:32  54-49  H 5  FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
MISSED FT SHOT by PINNOCK, Danilo               07:32              REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                07:18  54-52  H 2  GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James
                                                07:18              ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff
GOOD! JUMPER by PINNOCK, Danilo [PNT]           07:05  56-52  H 4
REBOUND (DEF) by WILLIAMS, Omar                 06:46              MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James
MISSED LAYUP by WILLIAMS, Omar                  06:18              REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                06:12  56-54  H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by Life, James [FB/PNT]
                                                06:12              ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon
MISSED FT SHOT by WILLIAMS, Omar                05:58              FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     05:58
GOOD! FT SHOT by WILLIAMS, Omar                 05:58  57-54  H 3
                                                05:49              TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon
STEAL by RICE, Maureece                         05:48
GOOD! FT SHOT by RICE, Maureece                 05:47  58-54  H 4  FOUL by Thomas, Brandon
GOOD! FT SHOT by RICE, Maureece                 05:47  59-54  H 5
                                                05:47              TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon
MISSED 3 PTR by PINNOCK, Danilo                 05:30
REBOUND (OFF) by RICE, Maureece                 05:30
MISSED LAYUP by RICE, Maureece                  05:23              BLOCK by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                05:21              REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                04:55  59-57  H 2  GOOD! 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff
MISSED 3 PTR by RICE, Maureece                  04:31              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                04:09              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
STEAL by PINNOCK, Danilo                        04:07
GOOD! LAYUP by PINNOCK, Danilo [FB/PNT]         04:05  61-57  H 4
                                                03:48  61-60  H 1  GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James
TIMEOUT TEAM                                    03:40
MISSED LAYUP by HALL, Mike                      03:29              REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence
                                                02:53              TURNOVR by (TEAM)
TIMEOUT media                                   02:53
GOOD! DUNK by MENSAH-BONSU, Pops [PNT]          02:40  63-60  H 3
ASSIST by RICE, Maureece                        02:40
                                                02:28              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                02:14              TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff
STEAL by HALL, Mike                             02:12
GOOD! DUNK by ELLIOTT, Carl [FB/PNT]            02:10  65-60  H 5
ASSIST by HALL, Mike                            02:10
STEAL by PINNOCK, Danilo                        01:51              TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff
MISSED 3 PTR by ELLIOTT, Carl                   01:26
REBOUND (OFF) by PINNOCK, Danilo                01:26
MISSED LAYUP by PINNOCK, Danilo                 01:22
REBOUND (OFF) by PINNOCK, Danilo                01:22
MISSED JUMPER by HALL, Mike                     00:52              REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris
                                                00:43  65-63  H 2  GOOD! 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff
                                                00:43              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
GOOD! JUMPER by RICE, Maureece                  00:08  67-63  H 4
                                                00:03  67-66  H 1  GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James
                                                00:03              TIMEOUT TEAM
MISSED FT SHOT by RICE, Maureece                00:02              FOUL by Lowe, Chris
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     00:02
MISSED FT SHOT by RICE, Maureece                00:02
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         00:01
                                                00:01              FOUL by Lowe, Chris
GOOD! FT SHOT by HALL, Mike                     00:01  68-66  H 2  FOUL TECHNCL by Lowe, Chris
GOOD! FT SHOT by HALL, Mike                     00:01  69-66  H 3


                          #7/8 George Washington 69, Massachusetts 66

          2nd period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Massachusetts          10       7       1       8      17      0     0
          #7/8 George Washingt   16      13       6      10       8      0     0


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........    5   7 -  12
#7/8 George Washington..   13  13 -  26

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........   18  10 -  28
#7/8 George Washington..   18  16 -  34

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........    4   1 -   5
#7/8 George Washington..   11   6 -  17

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........    7   8 -  15
#7/8 George Washington..    0  10 -  10

BENCH POINTS                1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........   10  17 -  27
#7/8 George Washington..   13   8 -  21

SCORE TIED BY               1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........    1   0 -   1
#7/8 George Washington..    1   0 -   1

LEAD GAINED BY              1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........    3   0 -   3
#7/8 George Washington..    4   0 -   4

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