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Minutemen return home to face Charlotte
By Rob Greenfield, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/22/2006

After 10 days, two tough losses, a win to snap a three-game losing streak and endless hours of traveling, the Mullins Center was a welcome sight for the Massachusetts men's basketball team. UMass (11-12, 6-6 Atlantic 10) will play its first home game since Feb. 8 tonight at 7 p.m., and it is against a team that is 9-3 in the A-10 and has the leading rebounder in the conference: the Charlotte 49ers.

In its first year removed from Conference USA, the 49ers (16-9, 9-3 A-10) meet the Minutemen for the first time ever in conference play. Charlotte's Curtis Withers leads the A-10 in rebounding with 11.3 per game and has 14 double-doubles on the season, ahead of UMass junior captain Rashaun Freeman who has 10.

Freeman dominated St. Bonaventure on Sunday with 25 points and 19 rebounds. This monster performance came on the heels of the worst three-game stretch of his UMass career when his total output against La Salle, Florida State and George Washington was 11 points.

So what was the difference?

"Being aggressive and not worry about anything," Freeman said. "I think I got over the hump but I'm not taking anybody lightly, and I have to go into the game with complete focus like I did [against St. Bonaventure]. I need to put all of the stress aside and go out and play my game."

For coaches and players, Sunday's performance marked the return of Freeman, the one they know they could count on for a big game when it mattered. For junior Stephane Lasme, Freeman's offensive struggles were never a concern.

"I didn't really think about Ray on that little period where he was struggling," Lasme said. "I know him and I know that he can come up with a big game at any time. I know he can score so I'm just trying to make it easier for him, to get him the ball when he's in a good position. He plays better when he gets a lot of rebounds. I'm just trying to get him going."

Lasme demonstrated how he can spark Freeman's game on Sunday, when he went for 11 points and 15 rebounds, opening up things for the UMass center on both ends of the floor.

"I'll take that again," UMass coach Travis Ford said, referring to Sunday's performance from his big men. "[Freeman and Lasme are] capable of doing it but have they done that on a consistent basis? No, they have not. Do we need that? There's no question.

"We played a great game against St. Bonaventure but when you get performances like that out of those two guys you are going to win some ballgames," Ford added. "This year, Rashaun and Stephane have had their moments, but I don't know if we've had them both go out and dominate a game. That's the first time they've done that."

Now, playing against his counterpart - a physical rebounder who can dominate games with his strength - Freeman knows he will need one of his best games to contain Withers while continuing to look for his offense.

"You want to concentrate on [Withers] and keep a body on him but you have to focus on your game as well," Freeman said. "You can't put all of your focus on just him.

"That's what I did against [Boston College forward] Craig Smith and I had a difficult offensive game because my goal was just to stop him. That got me off track scoring wise. I think you just have to keep him in your mind and worry about your game and be aggressive."

"[Withers is] kind of like Charles Oakley and an Anthony Mason-type guy," Ford said. "He can step out and shoot the three and he wants to shoot the three. Withers' game is about overpowering you.

"He's gone from being the second or third option offensively to the first or second option. He's the type of player that can dominate a game. Anytime you go out and have 23 [points] and 21 [rebounds] in a game that's very impressive.

"There's no question that if Ray wants to be considered to be one of the better rebounders in the [A-10] then he has to look at Withers to begin with. [Withers is] one of the best rebounders in the country, much less in the Atlantic 10."

While Freeman doesn't have Withers' outside touch, the junior captain can bang with the best, and with his fellow captain Lasme, the UMass version of the twin towers hope to clean up on the boards tonight.

"If Ray and I have a good game then we have a better chance of victory," Lasme said. "I think [Charlotte is] a very strong team. We just need to be the first to strike."

Charlotte made the NCAA tournament in seven out of the last nine years, a feat that is the envy of many programs, including UMass. The 49ers are athletic and strong ("It looks like they are in the weight room every day," Ford said) and push the pace of the game. For the Minutemen that could be trouble, considering that they are lacking depth and freshman Chris Lowe is playing over 35 minutes a game over the last five contests.


UMass back at Mullins
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/22/2006

AMHERST -- After three straight games and the better part of 10 days on the road, University of Massachusetts coach Travis Ford said being in familiar surroundings took some getting used to.

We feel a little more strange here than we do on the road, he said Tuesday. 'I've adjusted more today because we had a routine on the road.'

UMass had won its first eight home games this season before losing to La Salle Feb. 8. The Minutemen will try to start a new Mullins Center streak at 7 tonight against Charlotte. It is their first meeting since the 49ers joined the conference this season.

Being at home improves the Minutemen's practices because they have more bodies to use. Transfers Luke Bonner, Gary Forbes and Etienne Brower, who are sitting out this season, aren't eligible to play or travel, but all three are key parts to practice when UMass is at home.

'It helps numbers-wise, because when we're on the road we barely have 10 to go 5-on-5,' Ford said.

The 49ers arrive at 16-9 overall and 9-3 in the A-10. After starting the season 4-5, Charlotte has gone 12-4 is in second place in the Atlantic 10. It is the only team in the conference that is better on the road (8-3) than at home (7-5).

On paper, the meeting between Rashaun Freeman of UMass and Curtis Withers of Charlotte matches up the two best true post players in the Atlantic 10.

'He's kind of like Charles Oakley or an Anthony Mason type guy,' Ford said. 'He's the type of player that can dominate a game. Any time you can get 23 points and 21 rebounds (against Dayton) in a game, it's impressive.'

Withers is fourth in the nation in rebounding, as he averages 11.3 rebounds to go with his 15.4 points per game.

Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz said Withers has had to adjust this season to being the team's offensive focus.

'Even though he was all-conference for two years in a row, he was really our third option offensively,' Lutz said. 'This year he became more of a first option. He's faced more double teams. Earlier in the year his numbers were down and his turnovers were up, but he's really started to handle all of that very well.'

Before Tuesday's video sessions, Freeman said he had watched Withers but hadn't studied him yet.

'I've seen him play throughout his career, but since they've been in the A-10 the only game I've seen him play was Fordham,' said Freeman, who wanted to avoid putting too much emphasis on defending Withers. 'You can't put all your focus on just him. I think that's what I did against Craig Smith (of Boston College). I had a difficult offensive game against him because I was just focusing on him.'

Freeman said he and fellow big man Stephane Lasme have to attack the offensive glass right away.

'I know me and Stephane are going to have to strike first as far as being aggressive and getting offensive rebounds,' Freeman said. 'That's the key.'

Lutz said he has been aware of Freeman for a while.

'When I saw him in AAU. I really liked him We sent him some mail, but we weren't going to be able to get him to come down here,' Lutz said. 'He's a terrific player and a relentless rebounder, but their team rebounds extremely well.'

Rebounding should be significant because Charlotte is 15-3 when it outrebounds its opponents and 1-6 when it doesn't.

While Withers gets much of the attention, Charlotte's leading scorer is actually De'Angelo Alexander, a 6-foot-5 swing man who transferred from Oklahoma. He is averaging 16.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

NOTES - While this will be the first meeting for UMass and Charlotte as league foes, the teams have played twice before - an 85-57 win by the 49ers in 1974 and a 68-62 Minuteman victory in overtime of the 1998 Atlantic 10-Conference USA Shootout.

Withers is the third player UMass has faced this season who has over 1,600 points and 900 rebounds in their career. Smith of BC and Kenny Adeleke of Hartford have also reached those milestones. Sheldon Williams of Duke is the only other member of the 1,600/900 club.

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.


Charlotte Nips Men's Basketball, 72-71
Stephane Lasme leads Minutemen with 18 points
From UMass Athletics, 2/22/2006

AMHERST, Mass. - Leemire Goldwire, De'Angelo Alexander and Curtis Withers combined for 66 of Charlotte's points as the 49ers nipped the UMass men's basketball team 72-71 on Wednesday night. Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) led the Minutemen with 18 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting. Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) and Lawrence Carrier (San Bernadino, Calif.) also reached double-figures for UMass who fell for just the second time in 14 games at the Mullins Center.

The 49ers (17-9, 10-3 A-10) hit 12-of-18 from three-point range led by Alexander who was 6-for-9 and Goldwire who was 5-for-8 from behind the arc.

Lasme scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half to help rally the Minutemen who trailed by seven, 38-31, at intermission. It was the third consecutive game that he scored in double-figures.

Goldwire scored 24 points to lead all players, while Alexander hit 22 points and Withers add 20 points.

UMass was led by Lasme's 18 points, while Carrier chipped in 13 points and Freeman 12 points. Freshman Chris Lowe (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) scored six points and tallied nine assists.

Despite 20 turnovers on the game which Charlotte converted into 31 points, UMass shot a season-high 57.4 percent (27-of-47) from the field.

UMass jumped out to a 13-2 lead to start the game, but after a Charlotte timeout at the 14:42 mark, the 49ers ripped off a 25-to-1 run to take a 27-14 lead. The Minutemen were held without a field goal for a total of 7:40 until Lowe hit a three-pointer to end the drought with 7:06 remaining in the half.

A Brandon Thomas (San Antonio, Texas) lay-up and free throw pulled UMass within four, 35-31, but Goldwire buried a trey as time expired to send Charlotte into halftime with the 38-31 lead.

Thomas hit a three-pointer to open the second half and Lasme hit a jumper to tie the game at 39 each as UMass (11-13, 6-7 A-10) started the second period on a 10-to-1 run.

Viggiano hit a lay-up with 17:33 to play in the game to give UMass a 41-39 lead, but a lay-up and free throw by Goldwire and a three-pointer from Alexander over the next 42 seconds put the 49ers back up by four.

Another three by Goldwire with 12:33 to go in the game put Charlotte up by seven - its largest lead since halftime - but the Minutemen rallied with an 11-to-2 run to take a 60-58 lead with 7:31 to play on a Lasme dunk.

The game was tied six times down the stretch after Goldwire hit his fifth trey of the game to tie the game at 71 each with 1:02 left in regulation.

Goldwire forced a turnover on the next UMass possession which gave Charlotte the ball with 25 seconds to go. Withers drove from the left wing to the baseline and was fouled by Freeman as he went in for the lay-up. Withers hit his first free throw, but missed the second and UMass' Viggiano grabbed the rebound with three seconds to go.

Viggiano advanced the ball up the left sideline and heaved a three-point attempt from the UMass side of halfcourt with 0.5 seconds left, but was just off giving the 49ers the win.

UMass will next play Dayton on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Noon. The Minutemen will dedicate the court of the Mullins Center to former head coach and UMass Hall of Famer Jack Leaman at halftime.


Post-game notes & quotes
From UMass Athletics, 2/22/2006

After UMass took a three-point lead on a Rashaun Freeman free throw, Charlotte's Leemire Goldwire hit a fade-away three-pointer from the left arc to tie the game at 71 each with 60 seconds remaining in regulation ... Goldwire then forced a turnover on the ensuing UMass possession and Curtis Withers was fouled with three seconds in regulation ... Withers hit the first of two free throws as Jeff Viggiano collected the rebound off the missed second shot ... Viggiano got off a desperation three-point attempt that went high and wide right as time expired from just over the UMass side of the halfcourt line.

* Despite a lengthy field goal drought in the first half, UMass shot 57.4 percent from the floor for the game ... the best shooting for a game for the season.

* Turnovers hurt UMass as the Minutemen gave the ball away 20 times which the 49ers converted into 31 points.

* Stephane Lasme was a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor and hit 4-of-6 free throws to reach double-figures for the third consecutive game and 12th of the season ... he also blocked three shots giving him 220 for his career and moving him three out of second-place all-time in UMass history.

* Lasme's point total was his most since scoring 21 points versus St. Peters in the Panasonic Holiday Classic on Dec. 27.

* Lawrence Carrier scored 13 points marking the first time since the home win over Temple on Jan. 21 that he reached double-figure scoring ... in all this season, he has reached double-figures three times (8 for his career).

* De'Angelo Alexander, Leemire Goldwire, and Curtis Withers scored 22, 24 and 20 points, respectively, marking the first time this season UMass has allowed three 20-point scorers in one game ... the last time three players on an opposing team scored over 20 each was Jan. 18, 2003 when Xavier's Romain Sato (24), Dedrick Finn (21) and David West (21) also combined for 66 points.

* Brandon Thomas hit a three-pointer on UMass' opening possession to start the second half pulling the Minutemen back within four, 38-34 ... a jumper by Stephane Lasme from the left free throw line tied the game at 39 each at the 18:18 mark as UMass started the half on a 10-1 run.

* Three point shooting was the story of the first half as Charlotte hit 7-for-13 from deep, while UMass was able to connect on just 3-of-10 from behind the arc ... De'Angelo Alexander led all players at halftime with 16 points, while Curtis Withers added 10 points.

* UMass jumped out to a 13-2 opening lead forcing a Charlotte timeout with 14:42 to go in the first half ... Jeff Viggiano had seven points in the run and Rashaun Freeman pulled down four rebounds.

* Charlotte responded with a 25-1 run following the time out at 14:42 to pull within two, 13-11, on a lay-up by Marcus Bennett ... a three-pointer by De'Angelo Alexander at the 11:54 mark of the first half gave Charlotte its first lead of the game 14-13 ... all told, Charlotte hit five three pointers in the stretch keyed by 11 points for Alexander and held UMass without a field goal for 7-minutes, 40 seconds - Chris Lowe hit a three-pointer at the 7:06 mark to pull UMass with 10 points, 27-17.

* The Minutemen pulled within four in the first half, 35-31, on a lay-up and free throw from Brandon Thomas, but Leemire Goldwire buried a three-pointer just as time expired in the first half to push the 49er lead to 38-31 at the intermission.

* Happy Birthday Dr. J: On this date in 1971, Julius Erving scored 36 points and hauled in a school record 32 rebounds to lead UMass past Syracuse 86-71 in the Curry Hicks Cage ... that game marked his last game in the Cage.

* UMass won the opening tip ... Wednesday's game was the first time the new Mullins Center Video Boards were used for a men's basketball game ... Stephane Lasme scored the first field goal of the game at the 18:45 mark.


UMass Coach Travis Ford On The Game:
"It was a tough game, Charlotte made too many threes for us to stay in the game. We knew coming in we needed to stop their strength to win...We didn't do it."

Ford On The Disappointment Of The Ending:
"We do not have time to feel sorry for ourselves. We knew that Charlotte is a better team, but we expected to win at home. This time of the season, you have to move on, good or bad."

Ford On The 25-0 Run For Charlotte In The First Half:
"When any team jumps out to a lead, most teams jump back. We had a false sense of security. We didn't expect a 25-0 run. Turnovers are holding us back (from being a great team)...Twenty turnovers are way too many."

Rashuan Freeman On The Foul Called On Him With Three Seconds Left:
"I'm not sure if it was a foul or not. I thought Stephane blocked him. I am not going to make a big deal about it. He made a good play, drove it to the hole, and got the call."

Jeff Viggiano On UMass Eventually Winning A Close Game:
"You would think so...We battled back, and kept battling. We would hope one would go our way; if not in the regular season, hopefully in the A-10 tournament. The tournament is where it counts."

Stephane Lasme On His Team's Resiliency:
"I trust my teammates. Everything that has happened up to now will get us ready for the A-10 tournament. We are still in a very good sport. We have to stay focused."

Coach Lutz On The 25-0 Run In First Half:
"I think our defense triggered it. They turned the ball over a little bit and that is where we made our adjustment. During that stretch we were getting deflections and turnovers and De'Angelo was making shots. When you make shots you look like a million dollars and during that stretch we were making shots and forcing turnovers. We forced 13 turnovers in the first half and I believe that most of them came during that stretch."

Coach Lutz On The Team's Recent Success
"Even though we have upperclassman, everyone has assumed new roles this season. De'Ángelo didn't play last year, Bennett was hurt and Curtis was third option last season. This year has been a matter of growing up and getting our selves healthy. There are some games we would like to have back, but we have been winning on the road at tough places. This was only the second home loss UMass has suffered this season. This was a great win just like the Fordham win on Saturday."

De'Angelo Alexander On The 25-0 Run
"The point guard was calling good plays, and I was concentrated on getting my feet set and making my shots."


Late free throw sinks upset bid for UMass
By Rob Greenfield, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/23/2006

Last night's game between the Massachusetts men's basketball team and Charlotte was a hard fought contest between two competitive teams in the Atlantic 10 conference - but it looked more like the 3-point contest at the All-Star game.

Charlotte's De'Angelo Alexander and Leemire Goldwire were a combined 11-for-17 from 3-point land in last night's battle at the Mullins Center, and it was too much for UMass (11-13, 6-7 Atlantic 10) to overcome. The Minutemen fell 72-71 to the 49ers (17-9, 10-3 A-10), after a Jeff Viggiano prayer from half court fell short at the buzzer.

The Minutemen are back in action on Saturday at noon when they take on the Dayton Flyers at home. At halftime, the Mullins Center court will be dedicated to the late UMass coach, Jack Leaman.

"There were way too many threes for us to stay in the basketball game," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "That was a big key for us, to hold them down from the 3-point line, and we just couldn't do it."

Junior captain Stephane Lasme and sophomore Lawrence Carrier carried UMass down the stretch. Lasme scored 10 points in the last 7:50 of the game (including a thunderous dunk at the 7:50 mark that nearly brought the house down), and Carrier added eight points in the second half, but it wasn't enough to get the Minutemen over the hump.

Lasme went 7-for-7 from the field and tallied 18 points, but, once again, turnovers plagued UMass.

"Turnovers are really holding our team back," Ford said. "You can't turn the ball over 13 times like we did in the first half. You turn the ball over 20 times when you're at home and that's all we've been preaching for the last three days. I thought being at home might help us. Twenty turnovers is way too many."

UMass held the advantage down the stretch, when freshman point guard Chris Lowe hit a 12-footer to give the Minutemen a 68-66 lead with 2:47 left in the game. Junior captain Rashaun Freeman committed his second foul on Curtis Withers in Charlotte's ensuing possession, and the A-10's leading rebounder knocked down the two free throws.

Lasme struck again at the 2:00 mark with an offensive rebound and put back to give UMass a two-point lead. A defensive stop left the Minutemen with a 70-68 lead and the ball.

Ford called a full timeout to ensure a good offensive possession, and the Minutemen got a good look from Freeman on the right block from point-blank range. He missed the lay-up but was fouled and hit the second of two free throws to give the Minutemen a three-point lead.

On the Charlotte end, a missed shot from Alexander clanged off the back rim and fell to Withers. He kicked it out to Goldwire who buried a three to tie the game at 71.

"Scoring at the rate we were scoring in the second half, and they come down and hit threes every four or five trips, it was just a killer for us," Ford said.

On the other end, junior Brandon Thomas penetrated on the left baseline and tried to sneak a pass to Lasme in the paint, but 49er defenders collapsed down and stole the ball, giving Charlotte the ball with 18 seconds left in the game.

The crowd came alive in anticipation as Charlotte put the ball in Withers' hands and wound the clock down.

Withers drove to the basket and was fouled by Freeman at the rim and went to the line for two shots with 3.7 seconds left in the game. Ford called a timeout before the two free throws, then Withers set up for the biggest shots of the game.

Withers made the first free throw, but the second shot clanged off the front rim. Viggiano grabbed the rebound and dribbled to half court. With time running out, he fired a shot from just inside half court. It was off the mark and the Minutemen dropped yet another close game.

Between the 14:12 and 10:00 marks in the second half, Carrier was the offensive option that the Minutemen had been lacking; he hit two 3-pointers in that stretch and, off of a Charlotte turnover, dribbled the ball from half court, cupping the ball in one hand as he glided in for the easy lay-up.


Close - but again no win for UMass
49ers win with final free throw

By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/23/2006

AMHERST -- The heartbreaker came from the free-throw line this time. The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team lost in the final minute for the sixth time this season as it fell Wednesday to Charlotte 72-71.

Curtis Withers made one of two free throws with 3.7 seconds left to provide the final margin. He missed the second and Jeff Viggiano grabbed the rebound. Viggiano hurried up the court, but was forced to try an off-balance, long 3-pointer that didn't hit the rim.

'We don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves,' UMass coach Travis Ford said. 'It's a disappointed locker room. We know Charlotte is a better team that we are, but we still expect to win at home. ... We don't have time to dwell. We have to move on to the next game.'

UMass (11-13, 6-7 Atlantic 10) returns to action at noon Saturday against Dayton at the Mullins Center.

The Minutemen had a chance to go up by four points with 1 minute, 17 seconds to play, but Rashaun Freeman made just one of two free throws, leaving UMass ahead 71-68. De'Angelo Alexander's 3-point try from the right side missed, but Withers was able to grab the rebound and set up Leemire Goldwire from the left side. Goldwire hit the 3-pointer to tie the game with a minute left.

Out of a 49er time-out, the Minutemen intentionally took time off the shot clock but then struggled to find a shot. Brandon Thomas turned the ball over with 26 seconds left.

'It was just a bad possession of offense that we didn't execute out of a time-out,' Ford said. 'Our execution from time-outs to the court is the worst I've ever been a part of.'

Charlotte (17-9, 10-3 A-10) ran the clock down and got the ball to Withers to the left of the lane. The senior big man drove and was blocked by Stephane Lasme, but Freeman was called for a foul. That sent Withers to the line. Ford stopped just short of questioning the accuracy of the call.

'All I saw was that the (referee) at half court called the play,' Ford said. 'At the end of the game, you'd like to see it play out if it's close. I didn't get a good look at it, but I know the guy at half court called it. That's a fact.'

'I'm not going to make any excuses. He took it aggressive to the hole,' Freeman said. 'He made a good play.'

Charlotte won the game with impressive 12-of-25 3-point shooting. Goldwire had five of them and led all scorers with 24 points. Alexander made six of his first seven from 3-point range and scored 22. Withers added 20 points.

'Charlotte made way too many 3s for us to stay in the basketball game,' Ford said. 'They kept making 3s, one after another.'

Lasme was 7-for-7 from the field and finished with 18 points and three blocks. Lawrence Carrier scored 13 points off the bench for UMass. Freeman had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Turnovers, which have plagued UMass throughout the season, proved costly again. Thomas' late giveaway was the Minutemen's 20th of the game. His team's inability to hold on to the ball seemed to drive Ford crazy as the coach banged his head on the scorer's table several times in frustration.

'Turnovers are still really holding our team back from being the best it can be,' Ford said. 'We turned the ball over 20 times and we're at home. That's all we've been preaching the last two or three games. I thought being at home might help us, but I guess that idea is thrown out the window. Twenty turnovers is way too many.'

The Minutemen are averaging 18.8 turnovers per game in losses. Their 17.1 turnovers per game is by far the worst in the Atlantic 10.

The bizarre first half featured double-digit leads for both teams. UMass started fast. Viggiano scored seven points in the Minutemen's game-opening 13-2 spurt, causing Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz to call time-out 5:18 into the game.

Whatever he said worked. The 49ers scored the next 25 points, their longest run of the season, to take a 27-13 lead. But UMass regained its composure. A late 9-2 run made the game close before a Goldwire 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Charlotte a 38-31 halftime lead.

'It was escape from Amherst tonight,' said Lutz. 'It was a strange game.'

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.


Last-minute losses plague Minutemen
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/23/2006

AMHERST -- Unless the University of Massachusetts makes a run in the Atlantic 10 Tournament next month and earns a bid to the National Invitation Tournament, the Minutemen can point to close games as the reason they missed the postseason for the sixth straight year.

The list of almosts is long for UMass. A year after going 9-3 in games decided by four points or fewer, the Minutemen are 1-6 in those games this year.

Wednesday's loss was the latest game that UMass couldn't close out this season. Losses to Davidson (66-63), St. John's (51-49), Saint Louis (50-48), Rhode Island (58-55), George Washington (69-66) and Charlotte 72-71 were all decided in the final possession.

The Minutemen's 63-61 win over Rhode Island on Feb. 4 is their only close victory.

Senior Jeff Viggiano said, 'You'd hope one of these would go our way, if not during the regular season, maybe in the A-10s when it really counts. There's a lot of teams we would love to get a second crack at. We feel like we can beat anybody in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.'

FREEMAN vs. WITHERS - The Minutemen held Curtis Withers, the nation's No. 4 rebounder, to just five rebounds, as Rashaun Freeman won the board battle of the Atlantic 10's top two rebounders with eight. Withers, who entered the game averaging 11.3 rebounds per game, didn't have any in the first half. He did outscore Freeman 20-11.

FREE-THROW WOES - The one-point loss magnified the Minutemen's free-throw woes as they shot 11-for-18 (61.1 percent) from the line.

STANDINGS - The win kept Charlotte's slim hopes of winning the Atlantic 10 regular-season title alive. The 49ers (10-3) need to win their final three games, have George Washington (13-0) lose their final three and get some help from the tiebreakers.

The Minutemen, who are in a three-way tie for eighth place with Saint Joseph's and Rhode Island, can finish no higher than third in the conference.

NEXT UP - UMass stays at home to host Dayton at noon Saturday. The Flyers are 13-14 overall and 5-8 in the A-10. At halftime of that game, UMass will officially dedicate the Mullins Center court to honor former coach and broadcaster Jack Leaman.

MISCELLANEOUS - Chris Lowe matched his career high with nine assists.

For the second time this season, Ford used sophomore Nana Ampim as a defensive stopper on the final possession of the first half.

The new video boards made their men's basketball debut. With 7 minutes, 43 seconds left during an official time-out, the boards had movie trivia and showed a scene from 'The Sixth Man,' a film in which Ford played a small part. The scene shown featured the 5-foot-9 Ford dunking. Perhaps coincidentally, UMass went on a 14-5 run right after the clip was shown.

Former UMass legend Julius Erving turned 56 Wednesday. It was also the 35th anniversary of his school-record, 32-rebound performance in an 86-71 win over Syracuse at Curry Hicks Cage.

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.


Finish again finishes UMass
By Marty Dobrow, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 2/23/2006

AMHERST -- During Travis Ford's first season as head coach, the University of Massachusetts Minutemen have been an average basketball team, but not in a tepid way. If anything, they have been extravagantly mediocre.

When they have been good, they have been excellent strong enough, for instance, to wipe out a solid Temple team, 60-34. Good enough to take sixth-ranked George Washington to the final possession on the road. When they have been bad, they have been an eyesore bad enough to score 9 points in a half in the rematch at Temple, and to shoot 23.5 percent at home in a 21-point loss to La Salle.

Last night, they put it all on display in a heartbreaking 72-71 loss to Charlotte. They were great. They were awful. And in the end, they were stung by Achilles' heels that have ruined them all season: turnovers and an inability to finish the close ones.

UMass led, 71-68, when Rashaun Freeman hit one of two free throws with 1:17 remaining. On the ensuing possession, De'Angelo Alexander, who hit 6 of 9 3-point attempts had a rare miss from behind the arc, but the Minutemen couldn't corral the rebound. Curtis Withers snared it, and found Leemire Goldwire on the left wing. Goldwire, also blazing from long range (5 for 8), knocked down the shot to tie the game with a minute left.

After a UMass timeout, the Minutemen ran the shot clock down too far with point guard Chris Lowe far beyond the arc. He was able to get the ball to Brandon Thomas in the left corner. Thomas passed up a 3-point attempt, tried to penetrate, and then forced an entry pass into the middle that was picked off.

Charlotte called time with 18 ticks remaining, and worked the ball into Withers, who exploded by Freeman. Stephane Lasme swatted the shot away, but Freeman was called for a foul from behind with 3.7 seconds left. Withers hit the first shot, and missed the second. Jeff Viggiano grabbed the rebound, and dribbled upcourt, but his off-balance 30-footer at the buzzer merely banged off the backboard, sending UMass's record to 11-13, 6-7 in the Atlantic-10.

"We feel that we can play with anybody," said Viggiano, noting that within the last week the Minutemen have lost at the finish to both the conference's first-place (George Washington) and second-place (Charlotte) teams. "We can beat anybody in the A-10."

But last night, they helped beat themselves, committing 20 turnovers, with seven players totaling at least a pair.

UMass blasted out of the gate with a 13-2 lead, but then surrendered a withering 25-0 run over a period of just more than five minutes. But down, 27-13, the Minutemen summoned the feistiness that has made them a likable and entertaining team. Led by Lasme (18 points), Lawrence Carrier (13), and Freeman (12), they pulled within 7 at the half, then played 19 minutes of tenacious basketball after intermission. It wasn't enough.

Charlotte (17-9, 10-3) was led by a trio of 20-plus-point scorers: Goldwire (24), Alexander (22), and Withers (20).

"Escape from Amherst," said Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz. "Strange game. Game of unbelievable runs."


Withers comes through with game on line
49er finds form, makes the winning free throw
By David Scott, The Charlotte Observer, 2/23/2006

AMHERST, Mass. - Just under four seconds remained in the Charlotte 49ers' game against Massachusetts on Wednesday in the Minutemen's Mullins Center, and 49ers coach Bobby Lutz was sure his team had this one won.

Well, he was pretty sure.

Observations
by David Scott

• Charlotte has moved its Senior Night from next Wednesday's game against Duquesne to Saturday against Saint Louis at Halton Arena. Curtis Withers, Mitchell Baldwin, Chris Nance, Marcus Bennett and Tripp Miller will be honored. The 49ers switched the festivities to the Saint Louis game so families could more easily get to the game on a weekend.

• The 49ers were referred to as "UNCC" on the Mullins Center scoreboard in the first half. They hate that. It was changed to "Charlotte" in the second half.

• Charlotte forward Antwon Coleman weighs 285 pounds but plays with a lighter player's nimbleness. He has three steals in Charlotte's past three games -- all in the backcourt where he stepped in front of his man.

• Massachusetts loads up on Division I transfers who become eligible next season: Gary Forbes (Virginia), Etienne Bower (Boston University) and Luke Bonner (West Virginia).

The game was tied and Charlotte forward Curtis Withers -- he of the adventuresome season at the free-throw line -- had two foul shots coming.

Withers made the first, missed the second and Charlotte had a 72-71 triumph -- one that wasn't finally assured until an off-balance 40-foot heave by UMass forward Jeff Viggiano missed as the buzzer sounded.

The victory kept Charlotte (17-9, 10-3 Atlantic 10) alone in second place in the conference, and the 49ers have won six straight in the league. Charlotte essentially triple-teamed the Minutemen (11-13, 6-7), with three players scoring 20-plus points: Leemire Goldwire (24), De'Angelo Alexander (22) and Withers (20). No other Charlotte player scored more than two points.

"Would I have guaranteed it? No," said Lutz of Withers' chances of success at the line with the game on the line. "But I knew he'd make at least one."

Withers, a 54.5 percent free-throw shooter entering the game, has worked on his foul shooting after he made 5-of-16 in a victory earlier this month against Dayton.

That effort had paid off minutes earlier, when he hit two free throws with two minutes, 47 seconds to tie the game at 68-68.

From there on in, Charlotte made more plays than UMass. Withers had helped the 49ers back into another tie when he rebounded an Alexander 3-point miss and passed it out to Goldwire, whose 3-pointer made it 71-71 with a minute remaining.

After UMass turned the ball over, the 49ers got the ball back and Lutz called a timeout with 18.8 seconds left. The ball went to Withers, who drove to the basket and was fouled by the Minutemen's Rashaun Freeman with 3.7 seconds left.

"I just concentrated on how I held the ball and my follow through," said Withers.

For the second straight game, Charlotte was torrid from 3-point range, making 12 of 25 (the 49ers were 13 of 20 against Fordham on Saturday). It was also the 11th time this season Charlotte's 3-point percentage (48.0) was better than its overall shooting (40.0).

The 49ers warmed up during an unlikely run in the first half during which they scored 25 straight points, erasing a 13-2 start by UMass.

"I had a total false sense of security," said UMass coach Travis Ford of the Minutemen's fast start. "But I sure didn't know they'd go on a 25-0 run."

By then, Alexander (6 of 9) and Goldwire (5 of 8) had their 3-point rhythm going.

"As well as we played in the second half, their 3-pointers just negated a lot of things for us," said Ford, who got 18 points and three blocked shots from forward Stephane Lasme. "That was the killer for us. The absolute killer."


Charlotte 49ers 72
Massachusetts Minutemen 71
at the Mullins Center

Official Basketball Box Score
Charlotte vs Massachusetts
2/22/06 7:00 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. - Mullins Center
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VISITORS: Charlotte (17-9, 10-3 A10)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 Withers, Curtis..... f  7-16   1-2    5-8    3  2  5   4  20  2  4  0  1  31
15 Alexander, De'Angelo f  7-17   6-9    2-5    4  1  5   1  22  2  1  0  4  36
44 Nance, Chris........ c  0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   3   0  0  0  1  0  23
12 Goldwire, Leemire... g  7-12   5-8    5-5    1  1  2   4  24  2  2  0  3  32
20 Baldwin, Mitchell... g  1-6    0-2    0-0    0  5  5   1   2  8  1  0  2  35
00 Coleman, Antwon.....    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  4  4   5   2  2  3  0  1  14
02 Williams, Courtney..    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  1  0  0  11
11 Bennett, Marcus.....    1-5    0-4    0-0    2  0  2   0   2  0  1  0  1  18
   TEAM................                         2     2
   Totals..............   24-60  12-25  12-18  13 15 28  19  72 16 13  1 12 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-28 50.0%   2nd Half: 10-32 31.3%   Game: 40.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-13 53.8%   2nd Half:  5-12 41.7%   Game: 48.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-6  50.0%   2nd Half:  9-12 75.0%   Game: 66.7%   3,1

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HOME TEAM: Massachusetts (11-13, 6-7 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  7-7    0-0    4-6    1  2  3   4  18  2  3  3  1  31
22 Viggiano, Jeff...... f  4-9    1-4    0-0    1  4  5   2   9  3  4  1  3  32
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c  5-8    0-0    2-5    2  6  8   3  12  2  2  0  0  38
02 Thomas, Brandon..... g  3-4    1-2    2-3    0  2  2   1   9  4  3  0  1  29
14 Lowe, Chris......... g  2-5    1-2    1-2    1  2  3   3   6  9  3  0  1  34
20 Milligan, Dante.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   0  0  2  0  0   2
23 Carrier, Lawrence...    5-9    3-7    0-0    0  3  3   1  13  1  1  1  3  14
34 Life, James.........    1-5    0-3    2-2    0  2  2   4   4  0  2  0  0  19
40 Ampim, Nana.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM................                         2  3  5
   Totals..............   27-47   6-18  11-18   8 24 32  19  71 21 20  5  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-23 52.2%   2nd Half: 15-24 62.5%   Game: 57.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-10 30.0%   2nd Half:  3-8  37.5%   Game: 33.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-6  66.7%   2nd Half:  7-12 58.3%   Game: 61.1%   3,2

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Officials: D.J. Carstensen, Reggie Greenwood, Larry Scirotto
Technical fouls: Charlotte-None. Massachusetts-None.
Attendance: 4121
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Charlotte.....................   38   34  -   72
Massachusetts.................   31   40  -   71
ID-381885

Points in the paint-CHA 16,UMASS 38. Points off turnovers-CHA 31,UMASS 20.
2nd chance points-CHA 13,UMASS 8. Fast break points-CHA 10,UMASS 12.
Bench points-CHA 4,UMASS 17. Score tied-9 times. Lead changed-7 times.
Last FG-CHA 2nd-01:02, UMASS 2nd-02:14.
Largest lead-CHA by 14 1st-09:19, UMASS by 11 1st-14:46.


Play by Play

Play-by-Play
Charlotte vs Massachusetts
2/22/06 7:00 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. - Mullins Center

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Charlotte
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FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             19:39
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          19:39
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               19:06              MISSED JUMPER by Withers, Curtis
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            18:48   2-0   H 2
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           18:48
                                                18:27              MISSED JUMPER by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                18:27              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 18:14              MISSED 3 PTR by Goldwire, Leemire
MISSED JUMPER by Viggiano, Jeff                 17:57
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               17:57
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           17:53   4-0   H 4
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               17:46              MISSED JUMPER by Withers, Curtis
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                17:18              REBOUND (DEF) by Baldwin, Mitchell
BLOCK by Viggiano, Jeff                         17:01              MISSED 3 PTR by Goldwire, Leemire
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               16:59
FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff                          16:54
TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff                       16:54
                                                16:35   4-2   H 2  GOOD! JUMPER by Withers, Curtis
                                                16:35              ASSIST by Baldwin, Mitchell
GOOD! 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                   16:05   7-2   H 5
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           16:05
                                                15:57              TURNOVR by Alexander, De'Angelo
TIMEOUT media                                   15:57
SUB IN : Coleman, Antwon                        15:57
SUB IN : Bennett, Marcus                        15:57
SUB OUT: Nance, Chris                           15:57
SUB OUT: Baldwin, Mitchell                      15:57
GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT]             15:44   9-2   H 7
                                                15:29              TURNOVR by Withers, Curtis
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            15:18  11-2   H 9
ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff                        15:18
                                                14:50              TURNOVR by Goldwire, Leemire
STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff                         14:48
GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [FB/PNT]          14:46  13-2   H 11
                                                14:42              TIMEOUT 30sec
SUB IN : Baldwin, Mitchell                      14:42
SUB OUT: Goldwire, Leemire                      14:42
                                                14:28  13-4   H 9  GOOD! LAYUP by Withers, Curtis [PNT]
                                                14:28              ASSIST by Baldwin, Mitchell
TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon                      14:09
                                                14:09              SUB IN : Life, James
                                                14:09              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
                                                13:50              MISSED 3 PTR by Bennett, Marcus
                                                13:50              REBOUND (OFF) by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                13:47              MISSED LAYUP by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                13:47              REBOUND (OFF) by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                13:44  13-6   H 7  GOOD! LAYUP by Alexander, De'Angelo [PNT]
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          13:14
                                                13:12              STEAL by Baldwin, Mitchell
                                                13:07  13-9   H 4  GOOD! 3 PTR by Withers, Curtis
                                                13:07              ASSIST by Baldwin, Mitchell
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      12:46
                                                12:44              STEAL by Bennett, Marcus
                                                12:42  13-11  H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by Bennett, Marcus [FB/PNT]
                                                12:42              ASSIST by Coleman, Antwon
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     12:24
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                12:24
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      12:15              STEAL by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                12:00              SUB IN : Milligan, Dante
                                                12:00              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
                                                11:54  13-14  V 1  GOOD! 3 PTR by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                11:54              ASSIST by Baldwin, Mitchell
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      11:35
                                                11:35              TIMEOUT media
                                                11:18  13-16  V 3  GOOD! LAYUP by Baldwin, Mitchell [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                  11:06
REBOUND (OFF) by Milligan, Dante                11:06
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     10:57              REBOUND (DEF) by Baldwin, Mitchell
                                                10:51  13-19  V 6  GOOD! 3 PTR by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                10:51              ASSIST by Baldwin, Mitchell
TURNOVR by Milligan, Dante                      10:34
                                                10:33              STEAL by Coleman, Antwon
                                                10:31  13-21  V 8  GOOD! LAYUP by Coleman, Antwon [FB/PNT]
SUB IN : Goldwire, Leemire                      10:31              SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun
SUB OUT: Bennett, Marcus                        10:31              SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence
                                                10:31              SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane
                                                10:31              SUB OUT: Viggiano, Jeff
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     10:15
                                                10:05  13-24  V 11 GOOD! 3 PTR by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                10:05              ASSIST by Withers, Curtis
FOUL by Milligan, Dante                         09:45
TURNOVR by Milligan, Dante                      09:45
SUB IN : Nance, Chris                           09:45              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
SUB OUT: Coleman, Antwon                        09:45              SUB IN : Viggiano, Jeff
                                                09:45              SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante
                                                09:45              SUB OUT: Life, James
FOUL by Thomas, Brandon                         09:37
                                                09:19  13-27  V 14 GOOD! 3 PTR by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                09:19              ASSIST by Baldwin, Mitchell
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               08:43  14-27  V 13 FOUL by Withers, Curtis
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              08:43              REBOUND (DEF) by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                08:14              SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane
                                                08:14              SUB OUT: Carrier, Lawrence
REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)                     08:09              MISSED LAYUP by Withers, Curtis
                                                08:09              FOUL by Nance, Chris
MISSED 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon                 07:50
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         07:50
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   07:43
MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                  07:40              REBOUND (DEF) by Baldwin, Mitchell
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 07:30              MISSED LAYUP by Withers, Curtis
GOOD! 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris                      07:06  17-27  V 10
ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane                       07:06
                                                06:53              TURNOVR by Withers, Curtis
STEAL by Lasme, Stephane                        06:52
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           06:41  19-27  V 8
ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff                        06:41
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              06:41              FOUL by Nance, Chris
                                                06:41              REBOUND (DEF) by Goldwire, Leemire
SUB IN : Bennett, Marcus                        06:41
SUB IN : Coleman, Antwon                        06:41
SUB OUT: Nance, Chris                           06:41
SUB OUT: Alexander, De'Angelo                   06:41
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               06:28              MISSED 3 PTR by Bennett, Marcus
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     06:08
                                                06:08              SUB IN : Life, James
                                                06:08              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
                                                05:51  19-29  V 10 GOOD! JUMPER by Withers, Curtis
                                                05:51              ASSIST by Coleman, Antwon
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         05:51  19-30  V 11 GOOD! FT SHOT by Withers, Curtis
                                                05:38              FOUL by Withers, Curtis
SUB IN : Alexander, De'Angelo                   05:38
SUB IN : Williams, Courtney                     05:38
SUB OUT: Baldwin, Mitchell                      05:38
SUB OUT: Withers, Curtis                        05:38
GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]             05:35  21-30  V 9
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           05:35
FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             05:05
                                                05:05              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
                                                05:05              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff                          04:56              MISSED FT SHOT by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                04:56              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                04:56              MISSED FT SHOT by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                04:56              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                04:56  21-31  V 10 GOOD! FT SHOT by Alexander, De'Angelo
SUB IN : Baldwin, Mitchell                      04:56              SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence
SUB OUT: Goldwire, Leemire                      04:56              SUB OUT: Viggiano, Jeff
                                                04:47              FOUL by Baldwin, Mitchell
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                04:41              REBOUND (DEF) by Coleman, Antwon
                                                04:34              TURNOVR by Coleman, Antwon
STEAL by Carrier, Lawrence                      04:32
TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon                      04:25
                                                04:23              STEAL by Alexander, De'Angelo
REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James                    04:20              MISSED 3 PTR by Alexander, De'Angelo
MISSED JUMPER by Life, James                    04:11              REBOUND (DEF) by Coleman, Antwon
BLOCK by Carrier, Lawrence                      03:45              MISSED LAYUP by Alexander, De'Angelo
REBOUND (DEF) by Thomas, Brandon                03:42
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     03:39              REBOUND (DEF) by Coleman, Antwon
                                                03:37              FOUL by Coleman, Antwon
                                                03:37              TURNOVR by Coleman, Antwon
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   03:37
SUB IN : Nance, Chris                           03:37
SUB OUT: Coleman, Antwon                        03:37
GOOD! 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence                03:25  24-31  V 7
ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon                       03:25
                                                02:56              TURNOVR by Williams, Courtney
STEAL by Carrier, Lawrence                      02:54
GOOD! LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence [FB/PNT]       02:51  26-31  V 5
ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon                       02:51
FOUL by Life, James                             02:18  26-32  V 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by Alexander, De'Angelo
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              02:18              MISSED FT SHOT by Alexander, De'Angelo
SUB IN : Goldwire, Leemire                      02:18
SUB OUT: Bennett, Marcus                        02:18
GOOD! FT SHOT by Life, James                    02:04  27-32  V 5  FOUL by Nance, Chris
GOOD! FT SHOT by Life, James                    02:04  28-32  V 4
SUB IN : Coleman, Antwon                        02:04
SUB OUT: Nance, Chris                           02:04
REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James                    01:35              MISSED 3 PTR by Baldwin, Mitchell
TURNOVR by Life, James                          01:30
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              01:16              MISSED JUMPER by Coleman, Antwon
MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence               01:07              REBOUND (DEF) by Coleman, Antwon
                                                00:47  28-35  V 7  GOOD! 3 PTR by Alexander, De'Angelo
GOOD! LAYUP by Thomas, Brandon [PNT]            00:20  30-35  V 5
ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun                      00:20
GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon                00:20  31-35  V 4  FOUL by Coleman, Antwon
                                                00:20              SUB IN : Ampim, Nana
                                                00:20              SUB OUT: Carrier, Lawrence
                                                00:01  31-38  V 7  GOOD! 3 PTR by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                00:01              ASSIST by Alexander, De'Angelo


                                 Charlotte 38, Massachusetts 31

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Charlotte              10      25       2       4       4      0     1
          Massachusetts          18      13       2       4       7      0     0


2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Charlotte
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SUB IN : Coleman, Antwon                        20:00
SUB OUT: Nance, Chris                           20:00
GOOD! 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon                  19:40  34-38  V 4
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         19:19              MISSED FT SHOT by Withers, Curtis
                                                19:19              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                19:19  34-39  V 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by Withers, Curtis
GOOD! LAYUP by Thomas, Brandon [PNT]            19:05  36-39  V 3
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           19:05
                                                18:52              TURNOVR by Coleman, Antwon
STEAL by Lowe, Chris                            18:50
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    18:49  37-39  V 2  FOUL by Goldwire, Leemire
MISSED FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                   18:49              REBOUND (DEF) by Withers, Curtis
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         18:39              MISSED JUMPER by Baldwin, Mitchell
GOOD! JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane                 18:18  39-39  T 1
ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun                      18:18
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 17:51              MISSED 3 PTR by Withers, Curtis
MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris                     17:38
REBOUND (OFF) by Lowe, Chris                    17:38
                                                17:37              FOUL by Coleman, Antwon
SUB IN : Nance, Chris                           17:37              SUB IN : Life, James
SUB OUT: Coleman, Antwon                        17:37              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT]             17:33  41-39  H 2
ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon                       17:33
                                                17:14  41-41  T 2  GOOD! LAYUP by Goldwire, Leemire [PNT]
FOUL by Life, James                             17:14  41-42  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                17:14              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
                                                17:14              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
                                                16:55              FOUL by Withers, Curtis
TURNOVR by Life, James                          16:52
                                                16:50              STEAL by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                16:47  41-45  V 4  GOOD! 3 PTR by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                16:47              ASSIST by Goldwire, Leemire
TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff                       16:31
                                                16:30              STEAL by Withers, Curtis
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    16:12              MISSED JUMPER by Withers, Curtis
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [FB/PNT]        16:06  43-45  V 2
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           16:06
                                                15:51              TURNOVR by Withers, Curtis
STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff                         15:47
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               15:41              REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         15:40
                                                15:40              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                15:40              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
                                                15:40              SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence
                                                15:40              SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane
                                                15:40              SUB OUT: Viggiano, Jeff
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        15:30
REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)                     15:20              MISSED JUMPER by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                15:20              FOUL by Alexander, De'Angelo
TURNOVR by Carrier, Lawrence                    15:09
                                                15:08              STEAL by Baldwin, Mitchell
                                                15:05              MISSED LAYUP by Baldwin, Mitchell
                                                15:05              REBOUND (OFF) by Withers, Curtis
                                                15:00  43-47  V 4  GOOD! LAYUP by Withers, Curtis [PNT]
GOOD! LAYUP by Life, James [PNT]                14:41  45-47  V 2
ASSIST by Carrier, Lawrence                     14:41
                                                14:23  45-50  V 5  GOOD! 3 PTR by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                14:23              ASSIST by Goldwire, Leemire
GOOD! 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence                14:12  48-50  V 2
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           14:12
FOUL by Life, James                             13:53
SUB IN : Bennett, Marcus                        13:53              SUB IN : Viggiano, Jeff
SUB OUT: Baldwin, Mitchell                      13:53              SUB OUT: Life, James
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               13:49              MISSED JUMPER by Alexander, De'Angelo
MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff                  13:30              REBOUND (DEF) by Withers, Curtis
                                                13:23  48-53  V 5  GOOD! 3 PTR by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                13:23              ASSIST by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                13:04              FOUL by Goldwire, Leemire
SUB IN : Baldwin, Mitchell                      13:04
SUB IN : Coleman, Antwon                        13:04
SUB OUT: Nance, Chris                           13:04
SUB OUT: Alexander, De'Angelo                   13:04
MISSED FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon               12:45              FOUL by Coleman, Antwon
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     12:45
GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon                12:45  49-53  V 4
SUB IN : Williams, Courtney                     12:45
SUB OUT: Coleman, Antwon                        12:45
                                                12:33  49-56  V 7  GOOD! 3 PTR by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                12:33              ASSIST by Baldwin, Mitchell
TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff                       12:17
                                                12:15              STEAL by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                12:14              TURNOVR by Goldwire, Leemire
STEAL by Thomas, Brandon                        12:12
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [FB/PNT]        12:09  51-56  V 5
ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon                       12:09
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              11:44              MISSED JUMPER by Withers, Curtis
GOOD! 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence                11:34  54-56  V 2
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           11:34
                                                11:08              MISSED LAYUP by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                11:08              REBOUND (OFF) by Withers, Curtis
                                                11:05  54-58  V 4  GOOD! LAYUP by Withers, Curtis [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence               10:45              REBOUND (DEF) by Williams, Courtney
                                                10:25              TURNOVR by Baldwin, Mitchell
STEAL by Carrier, Lawrence                      10:22
GOOD! LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence [FB/PNT]       10:20  56-58  V 2
                                                10:00              FOUL by Withers, Curtis
                                                10:00              TURNOVR by Withers, Curtis
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   10:00
SUB IN : Nance, Chris                           10:00
SUB IN : Alexander, De'Angelo                   10:00
SUB OUT: Goldwire, Leemire                      10:00
SUB OUT: Withers, Curtis                        10:00
MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence               09:38              REBOUND (DEF) by Nance, Chris
REBOUND (DEF) by Thomas, Brandon                09:25              MISSED JUMPER by Williams, Courtney
MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence               09:08              REBOUND (DEF) by Baldwin, Mitchell
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    08:35              MISSED JUMPER by Baldwin, Mitchell
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          08:32              STEAL by Alexander, De'Angelo
FOUL by Carrier, Lawrence                       08:32
SUB IN : Goldwire, Leemire                      08:32              SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane
SUB OUT: Baldwin, Mitchell                      08:32              SUB IN : Life, James
                                                08:32              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
                                                08:32              SUB OUT: Carrier, Lawrence
                                                08:15              MISSED 3 PTR by Bennett, Marcus
                                                08:15              REBOUND (OFF) by Alexander, De'Angelo
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                07:57              MISSED 3 PTR by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                07:50              FOUL by Williams, Courtney
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   07:50
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                07:50  57-58  V 1
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                07:50  58-58  T 3
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        07:40              MISSED 3 PTR by Bennett, Marcus
                                                07:37              REBOUND (OFF) by Bennett, Marcus
                                                07:35              TURNOVR by Bennett, Marcus
STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff                         07:33
GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [FB/PNT]          07:31  60-58  H 2
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           07:31
                                                07:28              TIMEOUT 30sec
SUB IN : Withers, Curtis                        07:28
SUB OUT: Williams, Courtney                     07:28
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        07:02              MISSED JUMPER by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                06:59              REBOUND (OFF) by Bennett, Marcus
FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             06:56  60-59  H 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                06:56  60-60  T 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by Goldwire, Leemire
TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff                       06:28              STEAL by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                06:06              MISSED JUMPER by Withers, Curtis
                                                06:06              REBOUND (OFF) by Alexander, De'Angelo
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               06:01              MISSED JUMPER by Alexander, De'Angelo
MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris                     05:55              BLOCK by Nance, Chris
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         05:55
MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane               05:52              FOUL by Goldwire, Leemire
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     05:52
MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane               05:52              REBOUND (DEF) by Baldwin, Mitchell
SUB IN : Baldwin, Mitchell                      05:52
SUB OUT: Bennett, Marcus                        05:52
                                                05:44  60-62  V 2  GOOD! JUMPER by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                05:44              ASSIST by Baldwin, Mitchell
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            05:27  62-62  T 5
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           05:27
                                                05:08              MISSED JUMPER by Withers, Curtis
                                                05:08              REBOUND (OFF) by Nance, Chris
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         05:05              MISSED JUMPER by Nance, Chris
MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                  04:42
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               04:42
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           04:37  64-62  H 2
FOUL by Life, James                             04:15  64-63  H 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                04:15  64-64  T 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by Goldwire, Leemire
SUB IN : Coleman, Antwon                        04:15              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
SUB OUT: Nance, Chris                           04:15              SUB OUT: Life, James
                                                03:52              FOUL by Coleman, Antwon
TIMEOUT media                                   03:52
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                03:52  65-64  H 1
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                03:52  66-64  H 2
SUB IN : Nance, Chris                           03:52
SUB OUT: Coleman, Antwon                        03:52
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        03:38              MISSED LAYUP by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                03:36              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                03:24  66-66  T 7  GOOD! JUMPER by Withers, Curtis
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         03:24              MISSED FT SHOT by Withers, Curtis
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                03:24
GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris                     03:01  68-66  H 2
ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane                       03:01
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        02:47  68-67  H 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by Withers, Curtis
                                                02:47  68-68  T 8  GOOD! FT SHOT by Withers, Curtis
MISSED 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris                     02:17
REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 02:17
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            02:14  70-68  H 2
ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff                        02:14
                                                01:59              MISSED 3 PTR by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                01:59              REBOUND (OFF) by Goldwire, Leemire
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         01:53              MISSED 3 PTR by Baldwin, Mitchell
TIMEOUT TEAM                                    01:43
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              01:17              FOUL by Goldwire, Leemire
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     01:17
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               01:17  71-68  H 3
                                                01:05              MISSED 3 PTR by Alexander, De'Angelo
                                                01:05              REBOUND (OFF) by Withers, Curtis
                                                01:02  71-71  T 9  GOOD! 3 PTR by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                01:02              ASSIST by Withers, Curtis
                                                01:00              TIMEOUT 30sec
TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon                      00:26
                                                00:25              STEAL by Goldwire, Leemire
                                                00:18              TIMEOUT 30sec
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        00:04
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   00:04
                                                00:04  71-72  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by Withers, Curtis
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   00:04
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 00:04              MISSED FT SHOT by Withers, Curtis


                                 Charlotte 72, Massachusetts 71

          2nd period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Charlotte               6       6      11       6       0      6     3
          Massachusetts          20       7       6       8      10      3     3


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2 - Tot
Charlotte...............   25   6 -  31
Massachusetts...........   13   7 -  20

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2 - Tot
Charlotte...............   10   6 -  16
Massachusetts...........   18  20 -  38

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Charlotte...............    2  11 -  13
Massachusetts...........    2   6 -   8

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Charlotte...............    4   6 -  10
Massachusetts...........    4   8 -  12

BENCH POINTS                1   2 - Tot
Charlotte...............    4   0 -   4
Massachusetts...........    7  10 -  17

SCORE TIED BY               1   2 - Tot
Charlotte...............    0   6 -   6
Massachusetts...........    0   3 -   3

LEAD GAINED BY              1   2 - Tot
Charlotte...............    1   3 -   4
Massachusetts...........    0   3 -   3

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