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UMass hosts Xavier in regular season finale
By Rob Greenfield, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/22/2006

The Massachusetts men's basketball team (12-14, 7-8 Atlantic 10) is in the middle of a bunched-up Atlantic 10 conference where almost every team has a shot at climbing the ladder, even though there is only one game left in the season.

Now, for the final game of the season, the Minutemen will face a weak Xavier team (17-9, 8-7 A-10) on Saturday at 4 p.m. on Senior Night, honoring UMass' lone senior, forward Jeff Viggiano.

This season's Xavier team has not been the Xavier of old. It is a squad that goes to the NCAA tournament on almost a yearly basis, but the 2006 season has hit some bumps in the road.

The Musketeers were 14-2 when the conference season started, and it looked to be another year for Xavier and George Washington to dominate the A-10. But in the conference season the Musketeers have been downright mediocre, losing to bottom feeders like Saint Joseph's, Fordham and Dayton.

On Saturday, Xavier will be down two of its better players. It lost one to injury - Brian Thornton, who went down with a season-ending ankle injury in the first half of the Musketeers game against La Salle on Feb. 11. Thornton led Xavier in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots before being sidelined for the rest of the season.

Xavier junior forwards Justin Doellman and Justin Cage have helped fill in for Thornton: Doellman leads the Musketeers in rebounding, with 6.8 boards per game, and blocked shots, with 1.7 per game.

For the Minutemen, it will be important to bounce back from Wednesday's route, where the Richmond Spiders punished UMass in almost every aspect of the game.

The Spiders were on an eight-game losing streak for starters. The Minutemen have been what the doctor ordered for teams on significant losing streaks. UMass also lost to La Salle on the road earlier this season, when the Explorers hadn't tasted victory in five games.

Richmond was at the bottom of the A-10 when the Minutemen marched into town on Wednesday, but it didn't look like it: the Spiders picked Senior Night to come out of their shell (the first two baskets, both 3-pointers, were tallied by Richmond seniors).

The Spiders had five players in double figures led by senior Jermaine Bucknor (17 points) and Kevin Steenberge (14), something that they hadn't accomplished all season; they scored 81 points in the game, the highest point total all year; they hit 10 of their first 13 shots in the second half; they shot over 63 percent from the floor in the second half.

"This was one of those games where they played great and we played terribly," UMass coach Travis Ford said after the game Wednesday. "That pretty much sums it up. They deserved to win. They played great. They made some tough shots and our guys just weren't ready to play. I give Richmond a lot of credit - they were ready to play."

UMass, on the other hand, was simply not there. The Minutemen had four turnovers in the first three minutes of action, an ominous sign for a team that struggles with holding onto the ball.

That is something that the Minutemen will have to remedy on Saturday if they want to come away with a win on Senior Night. Ford, by admission, is baffled by the turnover problem, and has spent long hours with assistant coaches trying to figure out how to help his players hold on to the basketball.

Inexperience at the point position is definitely contributing to the bloated turnover numbers. Freshman point guard Chris Lowe, although working his tail off for the last couple of months and playing a lot of minutes, needs to learn how to control his team.

He is talented enough to do it, but is too young to be a calming influence and team leader. In a couple of seasons, Lowe could develop into an invaluable member of UMass' basketball team, and the Minutemen turnover woes could be a thing of the past.


Farewell game for Viggiano
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/4/2006

AMHERST - Hanging in Jeff Viggiano's apartment is the University of Massachusetts team photo from the 2002-03 season, his freshman year. He's the only one in the picture still with the program. Coaches, managers, trainers and a whole lot of teammates have come and gone.

UMass has had two men's basketball coaches, five athletic directors (including two interim) and 31 different players during the Viggiano era.

He's been the only constant in a time of high turnover. At 4 p.m. Saturday, Viggiano will play his final home game against Xavier and he and team manager Ben Rosenfeld will be honored as part of senior day festivities.

''He's been a survivor in this program when you look at who has come and gone,'' UMass coach Travis Ford said.

''It's been kind of like a revolving door,'' Viggiano said. ''It's weird. I don't know if its like that everywhere or just something that was going on around here. I have met a lot of people though.''

Ford said he is disappointed to coach Viggiano for just one season.

''He's my type of player. I like his style of play. I like him as a person,'' Ford said. ''He can shoot. He can defend. He's athletic. He's got good size. He's the type player I like to recruit. I wish I had him for longer. He's probably our most valuable player because he's our most versatile guy.''

Viggiano said he plans to look into playing professionally for at least a while and he wants to stay in sports long term.

''I'd like to play basketball if I could, overseas or something,'' said Viggiano, who said he'd be a little choosy on what countries he would go to. ''I'm not playing in the middle of a war zone or something. ... I've always been interested in the athletic department. Being an athletic director is a long-term goal. But that's a long way off.''

Viggiano said he would continue to follow the Minutemen and predicted good things for next year.

''I think they will be very successful next year. I hope people will think I had a little part in it,'' he said. ''Right now I'm still focusing on this season and what we can do this year.''

In the short term, the Minutemen (12-14, 7-8 Atlantic 10) can finish anywhere from seventh to 10th in the conference. They would need to beat Xavier and have Temple defeat Fordham to take the No. 7 seed in next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament. All other possibilities would be affected by almost every Atlantic 10 game this weekend.

The Musketeers, who are part of a four-way tie in fifth place at 8-7 (17-9 overall). They can't finish higher than fifth but could drop as low as ninth with a loss.

Ford said he has not watched the scoreboard or the standings.

''I couldn't begin to tell you where we're at,'' Ford said. ''I know there's a bunch of us jam-packed. But I don't know where we are.''

At one point this season, the Musketeers looked like an NCAA Tournament lock. They were 12-2 coming off a win over Cincinnati and were poised to be ranked. But on Jan. 22, Xavier lost to Saint Louis and hasn't been the same since.

The Musketeers have gone 5-7 down the stretch (including losses in two of their last three), knocking themselves out of NCAA consideration. In the process they lost Brian Thornton for the season to injury and dismissed senior point guard Dedrick Finn for disciplinary reasons.

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.


Viggiano's Trey Put UMass Ahead For Good In 65-56 Win
Senior finishes with 11 points
From UMass Athletics, 3/4/2006

AMHERST, Mass. - On Senior Day, UMass forward Jeff Viggiano nailed a 3-point field goal with 5:13 left in the second half to put UMass ahead for good and clinch the No. 7 seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament with a 65-56 win over Xavier on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center. UMass will play either Fordham or Xavier, again, on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Arena.

Viggiano finished with 12 points in his final home game at UMass. Junior Stephane Lasme finished with a game-high 18 points and added 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double this season.

Lasme's tip-in layup made it 59-54 with 3:52 left and James Life hit a jumper for make 61-54 with 1:32 remaining. UMass held Xavier scoreless for a span of 5:29 as they went on a 9-0 run to lead 61-54.

Xavier did not have a field goal for the game's final 8:02.

The game was tied at 50, 52, 54 before Viggiano canned a 3-pointer to make it 57-54 with 5:13 left in the game. He then drew a charge to give UMass the ball with less than five minutes left.

UMass retook the lead at 44-42 on a lay-up by Rashaun Freeman with 14:42 left in the second half. But the teams battled even for the first 11 minutes of the second half with the game tied at 50-50 with nine minutes left.

Another Lasme dunk gave UMass a three-point lead at 32-29 with just over two minutes left in the first half. Xavier re-took the lead at 33-32 as Will Caudle hit a jumper with 1:42 left and Stanley Burrell made two free throws with 1:16 left.

Lawrence Carrier kept UMass in the game in the first half nailing two 3-pointers and finishing with eight points in just nine minutes of action.

Down, 25-19 with 7:35 left, UMass scored six straight points to take a 26-25 lead on a Lasme dunk off a pass from Viggiano with 5:43 left in the half.

UMass trailed early in the game, by as many as eight at 22-14 with 7:58 left in the first half.

Prior to the game UMass' lone senior Jeff Viggiano and senior team manager Ben Rosenfeld were honored for their careers at UMass.


Post-game notes & quotes
From UMass Athletics, 3/4/2006

UMass will be the seventh seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament which begins Wednesday in Cincinnati. The Minutemen will rematch with Xavier or play Fordham at 6:30 p.m., as both teams finished in a tied at 8-8 along with Rhode Island and the loser of Fordham/Temple game which is played tomorrow at Noon.

* On Senior Day, Jeff Viggiano scored in double-figures for the 13th time this season and 40th time in his career with 12. He has had 10 or more points in four of the last seven games.

* Stephane Lasme scored in double-figures for the 14th time this season with 18 points. Lasme had only five double-figures game in his first two seasons at UMass. He has been in double-figures in five of the last six games, averaging 13.8 ppg.

* Lasme grabbed 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double this season and eighth of his career.

* Lasme had 2 blocked shots to give him 105 this season, the second-highest single-season in UMass history. He passed Marcus Camby's second-place mark of 103 which he set in 1993-94. Camby holds the all-time record at 128 in 1995-96.

* UMass' crowd of 6,222 was the fourth largest this season and fourth over 6,000. UMass' season average finishes at 4,903, the largest since 2001-02 when they drew 5,354 per game.

* Chris Lowe drew his first two charges of the season in the game. Jeff Viggiano also drew a charge.


Xavier Coach Sean Miller on his team's season:
"We finished the season at 17-10 and 8-8 (in the Atlantic 10). At one point we were 12-2 at the brink of the top 25. When we lost Brian Thornton everything changed. In an attempt to grind games like this out, we run out of gas. We have many problems such as getting defensive stops, the big rebound, and making the big play on offense. We now move forward to the conference tournament."

Coach Miller on UMass:
"I give UMass a lot of credit. They are a good defensive team. Lasme is one of the most improved players in the league and Freeman is one of the best. Viggiano is someone you always respect."

UMass Coach Travis Ford on the victory:
"I am excited about the victory. Xavier is a very good team. They are wounded, but still very well prepared. They play a great style of basketball. They have some talented players, some I recruited out of high school. Xavier fights until the bitter end."

Coach Ford on why Viggiano stayed out most of the first half:
"LC (Lawrence Carrier) came in for Viggiano. I wanted to give Viggiano a rest. LC was playing great. The guy who came in took full advantage. I never saw the opportunity to put Viggiano back in."

Coach Ford on the upcoming A-10 Tournament:
"It will be an incredible challenge, especially considering we are only eight deep. We get some rest (this week), and could play Xavier again. I always enjoy tournament play. This was a good bounce back game after Richmond to lead into the tournament."

Jeff Viggiano on the day:
"I couldn't ask for more. There was a great crowd, great team win. It was an all and all great day. I had so much energy, I could have played all night. I didn't want the game to end."

Stephane Lasme on Jeff Viggiano:
"He is like a brother to me. I spend more time with him off the court than on the court. He taught me a lot when I first got here. He means a lot to me."


Minuteman of hour
Viggiano gives UMass a boost
By Marty Dobrow, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 3/5/2006

AMHERST -- It wasn't Ted Williams hitting a home run in his final at-bat, but for University of Massachusetts senior Jeff Viggiano it was one sweet farewell.

Viggiano hit a 3-pointer with 5:16 remaining to put the Minutemen ahead to stay yesterday as UMass defeated Xavier, 65-56, before 6,222 at the Mullins Center. Viggiano had several visitors from his hometown of Suffield, Conn., cheering him on in his final regular-season game.

''You couldn't really ask for anything more," said Viggiano. ''Great crowd. Great team win. It's going to be a perfect day all-around."

The lone senior on UMass, Viggiano has demonstrated grit amid the shifting sands. His tenure has included three athletic directors, two coaches, and a parade of teammates -- many of whom have been strongly influenced by Viggiano's rugged play and classy demeanor.

''Vigg has been more like a brother to me," said Stephane Lasme, the junior forward from Gabon who led all players with 18 points and 11 rebounds. ''He helped me a lot when I first came here to adapt to everything. He taught me half of the things I know about coming to the United States."

After being honored in a pregame ceremony, Viggiano came out supercharged. In the first half he had a pair of highlight-reel dunks, including one when he soared over a crowd to inhale a Chris Lowe miss and hammer home the rebound with two hands. In the second half, he was fouled on a missed dunk that caromed off the back rim high enough to set an unofficial Mullins Center record for altitude.

''I just had so much energy [that] I could have played all night," said Viggiano, who finished with 12 points and five rebounds. ''I didn't want the game to end. It was just a great, great atmosphere."

His effort sparked the Minutemen (13-14, 8-8 Atlantic 10) to do what they have not done very well this season -- finish a close game. Trailing by 1 at the break (33-32), they clamped down after intermission, holding the Musketeers (17-10, 8-8) without a field goal for the final 8:02.

''In our attempt to grind these games out, we seemed to run out of gas," said Xavier coach Sean Miller.

Xavier started out 12-2, but its season collapsed after losing top player Brian Thornton to a season-ending ankle injury Feb. 11. The Musketeers have also had to adapt to the loss of starting point guard Dedrick Finn, who was suspended for the season Jan. 29.

Xavier had four players in double figures yesterday, led by Justin Cage with 12 points. Josh Duncan, Johnny Wolf, and Stanley Burrell each had 10.

UMass now turns its attention to the A-10 tournament, which begins Wednesday in Cincinnati. The Minutemen enter as the seventh seed and play either Fordham (should the Rams lose to Temple today) or Xavier.

While the Minutemen have not fared well away from home (3-12), coach Travis Ford took heart from a good team effort that saw all eight scholarship players score and rebound. But while it was a group win, Ford knew it was Viggiano's day.

''He played a tremendous basketball game on both ends of the floor," Ford said. ''If he has that gleam in his eye, he's really, really good."


Underachieving Muskies
They admit to letting themselves and their coaches down
By Dustin Dow, The Cincinnati Enquirer Staff Writer, 3/5/2006

AMHERST, Mass. - When losses start piling up the way they are for Xavier, there aren't many positives to tout.

"We have a lot of problems as a basketball team," Xavier coach Sean Miller said Saturday.

He had just watched Xavier lose 65-56 to Massachusetts in front of 6,222 at Mullins Center in a game in which Xavier failed to score a field goal in the final eight minutes while UMass (13-14, 8-8 Atlantic 10) made all of the key plays in the closing moments.

"It's got to be frustrating for (Miller)," said junior forward Justin Doellman, "because I myself have let him down. I just haven't come through for him."

Doellman made just one of six shots Saturday and threw away a crucial pass late in the game one possession after allowing a UMass layup. He was hardly alone, however, considering Xavier committed 14 turnovers, five of them by Stanley Burrell, and gave up 37 rebounds to UMass.

Xavier (17-10, 8-8 A-10) has little time to change course entering the Atlantic 10 Tournament, which begins Wednesday at U.S. Bank Arena.

"Some things right now are very challenging for us," Miller said. "Just getting into the next game and being able to play better is certainly our goal."

SEEDING EQUATION: Xavier's A-10 Tournament seed will depend on the outcome of today's game between Temple and Fordham.

If Temple wins, Xavier will be a No. 8 seed and play Rhode Island in the first round at noon Wednesday. The winner of that game would play top-seeded George Washington in the quarterfinals.

If Fordham beats Temple today, Xavier will be a No. 10 seed and play No. 7 seed Massachusetts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the winner of that game advancing to face No. 2 seed Charlotte in the quarterfinals.

BLOODY LOSS: Three Xavier players bled during Saturday's loss, the most serious being freshman B.J. Raymond, who was cut above his eye by a teammate during the game in the first half. He had to leave and did not return until the second half with eight stitches and a protective patch above his eye.

Brandon Cole got hit in the lip, and Burrell suffered a bloody nose.

"B.J. Raymond, when he got hit in the eye, that kind of hurt us tonight, because we played most of the first half without him," Miller said. "He played in the second half. ... I don't know if he was clear in terms of being out there with a lot of confidence. I appreciate him coming back and playing, but he really seemed to struggle through that second half."


It's UMass again for Musketeers
By Josh Katzowitz, The Cincinnati Post Staff Reporter, 3/6/2006

AMHERST, Mass. - Forty-one days ago, Xavier University was 12-2 and on the brink of earning a top-25 ranking. Most everybody was healthy, and the team was confident. The Musketeers were tied for first place in the Atlantic 10, and a NCAA Tournament berth seemed imminent.

Six weeks later, XU is a team in disarray, a team that's frustrated, a team that has a hard time gathering a defensive rebound or making a big play on offense. It's also a team that's fallen to the No. 10 seed in this week's A-10 tournament.

From a season filled with so much promise to a year that's drastically gone wrong, this, XU coach Sean Miller said Saturday, is who the Musketeers have become.

It's the 10th-best team in a conference that's not even one of the top-10 leagues in the country.

"That's hard to swallow," junior forward Justin Doellman said following XU's 65-56 loss to Massachusetts on Saturday at the Mullins Center.

Now, the Musketeers (17-10, 8-8 A-10) will have to swallow this: When the A-10 tournament begins for them at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. Bank Arena, they'll play UMass (13-14, 8-8) again - as the underdog - with second-seeded Charlotte waiting in the second round.

Before they can think about Charlotte, though, they'll have to get past the team they faced two days ago.

"I'd like to think our guys have a sour taste in their mouth," XU assistant coach Chris Mack said Sunday. "Both teams will be familiar with one another. Whoever makes the adjustments from game one to game two will win. But I'd like to see our team have the fire in their eyes."

Assuming the Musketeers need at least two wins to earn a berth to the NIT, making the postseason promises to be tough.

It's not where Miller expected to be 41 days ago.

"It's hard," Miller said. "The coach is the leader of the team, and 'frustrated' is a tough word to use. I have to keep this deal moving and continue to put our team in the best position to win. That's become more challenging as we move forward."

It might not get any easier when XU enters the first round of the A-10 tournament Wednesday.

With UMass, Rhode Island, Temple and XU tied at 8-8 in conference play, and with Fordham beating Temple, 69-52, Sunday, the Musketeers' seed, due to conference tiebreakers, slipped into the double-digits.

Now, they'll face the Minutemen, who are 3-12 away from the Mullins Center this season.

"We'll find out on Wednesday, but any time a team plays at home, more than likely they play better," Mack said. "They have the support of the crowd and the home environment, and if UMass is 3-12 away from the Mullins Center, we'll take it."

Considering the Musketeers' offense disappeared against the Minutemen, finding a way to continue the season beyond Wednesday will be a challenge.

Four players scored in double-figures Saturday, but Josh Duncan, Johnny Wolf and Stanley Burrell each managed only 10 points. Junior forward Justin Cage led the team with 12 points, but aside from those four players, XU's scoring output was anemic.

The teams were tied at 52-52 with 8:02 to play, and the Musketeers didn't hit another field goal the rest of the way. XU's defense, meanwhile, allowed UMass two important offensive rebounds in the final 4 minutes that led to second-chance points for the Minutemen.

In essence, the final fifth of the game for the Musketeers was a disaster.

It doesn't help when Doellman, Wolf, Burrell and B.J. Raymond - who had eight stitches sewn in his forehead after a collision with one of his teammates caused a cut and left his face a bloody mess - combine to make only 9 of 32 field-goal attempts and 2 of 14 3-pointers.

Doellman, who is playing with two broken bones in his right hand, hoisted the blame onto himself.

"I felt like I let the team down," Doellman said. "It's very tough, because coach Miller is like my father figure."

Said Miller: "It was one of his games where he didn't play as well, but it's so hard for me coaching him, because he has a broken hand in two places. There are a lot of kids who wouldn't bother playing. But he's hung in there and has played some great basketball. I look at him and what we're asking him to do, and you constantly have to remind yourself that the guy is playing with a broken hand."

Perhaps he can help save a team that's nearly as broken.


UMass finishes regular season strong
By Dan Duggan, The Daily Collegian Staff, 3/6/2006

During his four years as a member of the Massachusetts men's basketball team, Jeff Viggiano has been known for doing a little bit of everything. That versatility was on display on Saturday in a 65-56 UMass (13-14, 8-8 Atlantic 10) win over Xavier on Senior Day.

Viggiano scored 12 points in his final game at the Mullins Center, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 5:15 remaining to give UMass a 57-54 lead it would not relinquish. The senior captain also added five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals in a typically well-rounded performance.

Viggiano put on a show for the crowd of 6,222 - many of whom were from his hometown of Suffield, Conn. - with two monster dunks in the first half. Early in the game he took a pass from freshman Chris Lowe in transition and stuffed it home. Viggiano followed that up two minutes later with an authoritative put back on a Lowe miss.

"I had so much energy," Viggiano said. "I could have played all night tonight. I didn't want the game to end. That was just a great atmosphere."

"He played a tremendous basketball game on both ends of the floor," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "He had that extra step to him today and that's what Jeff needs to be successful. If he has that gleam in his eye, he's really good."

While the win was a fitting sendoff for Viggiano, it also had a major impact on the Atlantic 10 Tournament seedings. UMass clinched the No. 7 spot with the win and will have a rematch with No. 10 Xavier (13-14, 8-8 A-10) on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Cincinnati in a first round clash.

If the Minutemen beat the Musketeers, they will face No. 2 seed Charlotte (18-11, 11-5 A-10) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Charlotte upended UMass 72-71 on Feb. 22 at the Mullins Center.

"It's going to be a great challenge going into the Atlantic 10 (Tournament), but I've always enjoyed tournament play," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "I'm glad we played the way we did coming off of the showing we had at Richmond (an 81-66 loss on Wednesday). You always like to have some confidence going in."

Being the only senior on the team, Saturday was clearly all about Viggiano, although he received plenty of support from junior Stephane Lasme. Lasme finished with a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds, and also blocked two shots to give him 105 on the season, the second best single-season total in school history.

Lasme was a dominant force all day, registering four dunks in the game, two off of feeds from Viggiano.

"I told him if he gave me good passes today I'd do something special for him," Lasme said, referring to a high-flying reverse jam he threw down off of a pass from Viggiano in the first half.

While the offense yielded the highlight reel-worthy material, it was the defense that led the Maroon and White to the win.

UMass held the Musketeers without a field goal for the final 8:02, going on a 11-2 run to close the game, ignited by Viggiano's 3-pointer.

Viggiano received a loud standing ovation from the crowd when he was removed with six seconds remaining in the game.

"I couldn't really ask for anything more," Viggiano said. "It seemed to be a perfect day all-around."

NOTES: UMass got a solid effort from sophomore Lawrence Carrier off the bench. Carrier scored all eight of his points in the first half when UMass's offense was sputtering.

"Every single person scored, every single person got a rebound - that's been 27 games coming," Ford said. "I was excited that everyone made an impact in this basketball game for our team."

TOUGHING IT OUT

Viggiano left the game briefly in the fist half after making a pass to Lasme. He said he felt his right shoulder pop out on the play, but after taking some aspirin on the bench, he returned to the game.

Viggiano wasn't the only player banged up during the game; Xavier's B.J. Raymond received eight stitches over his left eye after catching an elbow in the first half. Raymond returned to the game in the second half, but didn't record a point.

SAM'S A THRILLER

The ovation Viggiano received at the end of the game was certainly the loudest of the day, but a close second was the one Sam the Minuteman received for the rendition of "Thriller" he performed during a second half timeout with two members of the UMass Hoops Band.

WEDDING BELLS

The new video boards at the Mullins Center provided more than just basketball highlights on Saturday, as UMass team bus driver Guy Racine proposed to Becky Maheux via the screens during a first half timeout… she said yes.


Viggiano plays starring role in win
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/6/2006

AMHERST - The love affair between Jeff Viggiano and the University of Massachusetts crowd was full blown long before Saturday's game was decided.

The 6,222 fans in the Mullins Center, including many from Viggiano's hometown of Suffield, Conn., had signs, banners and a lot of warmth for the senior forward at his final career home game.

They all left Amherst happy Saturday afternoon. Viggiano's only 3-pointer of the game put UMass ahead to stay as the Minutemen (13-14, 8-8 Atlantic 10) closed their regular season with a 65-56 win over Xavier.

'Jeff played a tremendous basketball game on both ends of the floor,' UMass coach Travis Ford said. 'He had that extra step to him.'

Viggiano said he fed off the day's emotion.

'I had so much energy throughout the course of the entire game,' Viggiano said. 'I could have played all night tonight. I didn't want the game to end. It was a great atmosphere.'

A 10-2 run seemed to give the Musketeers momentum in addition to a 54-52 lead with 6 minutes, 41 seconds remaining. After Stephane Lasme hit two free throws to tie the game at 54-54, Justin Cage missed a shot at the other end, giving Viggiano a chance to make a memory.

He had missed his first five 3-point tries, but when James Life fed him at the top of the key Viggiano didn't hesitate. The shot splashed through to make it 57-54 with 5:16 left.

UMass finished the game on a 13-2 run and didn't give up a field goal for the final 8:02 of the game.

The win clinched the No. 7 seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament for the Minutemen. They will play Xavier (17-10, 8-8 A-10), the No. 10 seed, again at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the tourney. The winner will face No. 2 Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

After playing poorly in an 81-66 loss at Richmond Wednesday, the Minutemen are glad to head to the postseason on a high note.

'We thought we needed to finish the season playing very good basketball,' Lasme said. 'We just needed to play very good today on defense and on offense to feel good for the tournament.'

Ford agreed.

'I'm glad we played the way we did coming off our showing at Richmond,' Ford said. 'You always like to have some confidence going in.'

Lasme led the Minutemen with 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Viggiano had 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks.

Cage was Xavier's high scorer with 12 points while three teammates each had 10.

With 37 seconds left and Chris Lowe at the foul line, Ford gave Viggiano a curtain call. As Viggiano came toward the sideline, Lasme extended his full wingspan to hug his buddy. After their warm embrace, Lasme waved his arms to the crowd fueling an already warm standing ovation.

'Vig has been like a brother to me. We spend more time together off the court than on the court,' said Lasme, who is from Gabon. 'He helped me a lot when I first came. He taught me half of what I know about the (United) States. I'll miss him a lot.'

Viggiano said he was moved by the crowd's reaction.

'It's such an honor to get a standing ovation. It was an emotional game,' Viggiano said. 'I couldn't really ask for anything more. Good crowd. Good team win. It seemed to be a perfect day all around.'

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 gets a replay, Faces Xavier in A-10 tourney
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/6/2006

AMHERST - Fans of the original won't have to wait long for the sequel.

UMass vs. Xavier II is set to premier at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Four days after the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team beat the Musketeers 65-56 at the Mullins Center, the teams will meet again in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

At No. 7 the Minutemen are the higher seed and the game will technically be at a neutral site. But the tournament is played at the U.S. Bank Arena is in Cincinnati and the crowd will heavily favor the hometown Musketeers.

The winner will face No. 2 Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

When the two teams left the Mullins Center Saturday, they didn't know they would be playing again so soon. The Minutemen knew as soon as the game was over where they were seeded and when they were playing in the tourney's first round. But the result of Sunday's game between Fordham and Temple directly affected seeds six, nine and 10.

Since Fordham had never won a game in Philadelphia as an Atlantic 10 team, most people expected the Owls to win, which would have meant UMass playing Fordham in the first round. But the Rams' surprising 69-52 win dropped Xavier into the 10th slot.

Despite the odds against his team winning four straight in the tournament, UMass coach Travis Ford said he is looking forward to trying.

''We have an incredible challenge ahead of us, considering we're only eight deep,'' Ford said. ''I've always enjoyed tournament play.''

Senior Jeff Viggiano said if the Minutemen play like they did Saturday, they could stay in Cincinnati for a while.

''You lose, you go home, Viggiano said. ''None of us want that. If everyone steps up like they did (Saturday), we'll be fine,'' he said. ''We're not afraid to play anybody. We're going to focus one game at a time and see what happens.''

George Washington and Charlotte had the top two seeds sewn up before action started Saturday. La Salle's 62-52 win over Saint Louis pushed the Explorers into the No. 3 seed, while the Billikens backed into No. 4.

Saint Joseph's strong finish, including Saturday's 79-63 win over Duquesne, propelled the Hawks to No. 5. They will face No. 12 Dayton at approximately 2:30 Wednesday. Fordham jumped to No. 6 with its win Sunday and will face No. 11 Richmond at approximately 9 p.m.

No. 8 Rhode Island plays No. 9 Temple at noon.

LOUISVILLE POSSIBLE - At some point in the next two years, there's a good chance that Rick Pitino will coach his Louisville team on Jack Leaman Court. Pitino, played at UMass and coached Ford at Kentucky in the early 1990s,

The Minutemen and Cardinals are searching to find a date during next season to start a series.

EVERYBODY SCORES, REBOUNDS - For the first time all season every UMass player who entered Saturday's game had at least one point and at least one rebound.

''That's been 27 games coming to be honest with you,'' Ford said. ''I was excited that everyone made an impact.''

LOWE ASSISTS - Bryant McAllister of Duquesne edged UMass freshman point guard Chris Lowe for the Atlantic 10 assist title. Lowe did lead the A-10 in assists in conference games with 5.94 per game. That was more than an assist per game better than any other player.

AWARDS MONDAY - Lowe has an outside shot at the Atlantic 10 rookie of the year award, and is a virtual lock to be on the conference's all-rookie team. The awards will be announced today.

Stephane Lasme is a likely candidate for defensive player of the year and the Chris Daniels Award for most improved player. He's an all-league candidate as well.

Rashaun Freeman also will likely be on an all-league team.

MILESTONE - Lasme's two blocked shots gave him 105 this season tying him for the second best in school history with Marcus Camby in 1993-94 season. Camby blocked 128 in 1995-96.

MISCELLANEOUS - UMass finished the season averaging 4,904 fans per home game, their best since the 2001-02 season. The Minutemen finished their regular season 10-2 at the Mullins Center.

Musketeer B.J. Raymond took an elbow above his left eye with 11 minutes, 16 seconds remaining in the first half and had to be helped off the floor. He returned with eight stitches and switched to No. 13 in the second half.

UMass team bus driver Guy Racine proposed to his girlfriend Becky Maheux during a first-half time-out.

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.


Xavier Musketeers 56
Massachusetts Minutemen 65
at the Mullins Center

Official Basketball Box Score
Xavier vs Massachusetts
3/4/06 4:00 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. - Mullins Center
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VISITORS: Xavier 17-10, 8-8 A-10)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 DUNCAN, Josh........ f  4-7    1-2    1-2    3  4  7   4  10  0  2  1  0  20
03 CAGE, Justin........ f  2-7    0-1    8-9    1  1  2   0  12  2  0  1  2  38
15 DOELLMAN, Justin.... f  1-6    1-3    1-3    2  4  6   4   4  3  4  1  4  35
14 WOLF, Johnny........ g  4-11   1-5    1-2    0  3  3   1  10  3  1  0  0  31
34 BURRELL, Stanley.... g  4-11   0-2    2-2    1  1  2   4  10  1  5  0  0  37
13 RAYMOND, B.J........    0-4    0-2    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  2  0  0  2  18
33 COLE, Brandon.......    3-4    0-0    0-0    0  3  3   3   6  0  1  1  1  14
52 CAUDLE, Will........    2-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   4  0  1  0  0   7
   TEAM................                         3  2  5
   Totals..............   20-52   3-15  13-18  10 21 31  18  56 11 14  4  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-28 46.4%   2nd Half:  7-24 29.2%   Game: 38.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-9  33.3%   2nd Half:  0-6   0.0%   Game: 20.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-6  66.7%   2nd Half:  9-12 75.0%   Game: 72.2%    2

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HOME TEAM: Massachusetts 13-14, 8-8 A-10)
                          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  7-11   0-0    4-4    3  8 11   2  18  2  3  2  1  37
22 Viggiano, Jeff...... f  4-12   1-6    3-7    1  4  5   2  12  2  3  2  2  32
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c  3-7    0-0    3-4    4  3  7   2   9  1  3  0  0  26
14 Lowe, Chris......... g  1-4    0-0    3-4    0  1  1   3   5  4  4  0  1  39
34 Life, James......... g  3-11   1-5    0-0    1  1  2   2   7  3  1  0  1  34
02 Thomas, Brandon.....    1-3    0-1    2-2    0  1  1   1   4  1  2  0  0  13
20 Milligan, Dante.....    1-1    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   3   2  0  0  1  0   6
23 Carrier, Lawrence...    3-4    2-3    0-0    1  2  3   2   8  1  1  0  0  13
   TEAM................                         1  3  4
   Totals..............   23-53   4-15  15-21  13 24 37  17  65 14 17  5  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-28 42.9%   2nd Half: 11-25 44.0%   Game: 43.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-9  22.2%   2nd Half:  2-6  33.3%   Game: 26.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-6  100 %   2nd Half:  9-15 60.0%   Game: 71.4%   2,1

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Officials: Gene Steratore, Joe Townsell, Gary Prager
Technical fouls: Xavier-None. Massachusetts-None.
Attendance: 6222
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Xavier........................   33   23  -   56
Massachusetts.................   32   33  -   65
ID-382879

Points in the paint-XU 28,UMASS 34. Points off turnovers-XU 14,UMASS 11.
2nd chance points-XU 8,UMASS 16. Fast break points-XU 2,UMASS 6.
Bench points-XU 10,UMASS 14. Score tied-9 times. Lead changed-9 times.
Last FG-XU 2nd-08:02, UMASS 2nd-00:33.
Largest lead-XU by 8 1st-12:35, UMASS by 9 2nd-00:06.


Play by Play

Play-by-Play
Xavier vs Massachusetts
3/4/06 4:00 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. - Mullins Center

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Xavier
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MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 19:46              REBOUND (DEF) by DUNCAN, Josh
                                                19:20   0-3   V 3  GOOD! 3 PTR by WOLF, Johnny
                                                19:20              ASSIST by DOELLMAN, Justin
GOOD! DUNK by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]            18:54   2-3   V 1
ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane                       18:54
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                18:38              MISSED LAYUP by DOELLMAN, Justin
GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]             18:25   4-3   H 1
ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff                        18:25
FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             18:13   4-4   T 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by WOLF, Johnny
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               18:13              MISSED FT SHOT by WOLF, Johnny
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          17:59
                                                17:42   4-6   V 2  GOOD! JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley
TURNOVR by Life, James                          17:28
                                                17:11              TURNOVR by BURRELL, Stanley
STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff                         17:10
GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                 17:06   5-6   V 1  FOUL by DOELLMAN, Justin
GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                 17:06   6-6   T 2
                                                16:52              MISSED 3 PTR by WOLF, Johnny
                                                16:52              REBOUND (OFF) by DOELLMAN, Justin
                                                16:48   6-9   V 3  GOOD! 3 PTR by DOELLMAN, Justin
                                                16:22              FOUL by DUNCAN, Josh
MISSED LAYUP by Life, James                     16:17
REBOUND (OFF) by Life, James                    16:17
MISSED LAYUP by Life, James                     16:13              REBOUND (DEF) by DUNCAN, Josh
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 15:59              MISSED 3 PTR by DOELLMAN, Justin
                                                15:59              FOUL by DUNCAN, Josh
TIMEOUT media                                   15:59
SUB IN : 11                                     15:59
SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh                           15:59
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          15:37
                                                15:17   6-11  V 5  GOOD! LAYUP by WOLF, Johnny [PNT]
                                                15:17              ASSIST by RAYMOND, B.J.
TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff                       14:59
                                                14:57              STEAL by RAYMOND, B.J.
BLOCK by Viggiano, Jeff                         14:47              MISSED JUMPER by RAYMOND, B.J.
                                                14:45              REBOUND (OFF) by DOELLMAN, Justin
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        14:41              MISSED LAYUP by WOLF, Johnny
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               14:39
GOOD! DUNK by Viggiano, Jeff [FB/PNT]           14:35   8-11  V 3
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           14:35
                                                14:17              TURNOVR by DOELLMAN, Justin
STEAL by Life, James                            14:15
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     14:08
SUB IN : CAUDLE, Will                           14:08              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
SUB OUT: WOLF, Johnny                           14:08              SUB IN : Milligan, Dante
                                                14:08              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
                                                14:08              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
FOUL by Milligan, Dante                         13:41              MISSED FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin
                                                13:41              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                13:41   8-12  V 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin
MISSED JUMPER by Viggiano, Jeff                 13:21
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                13:21
MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane                13:17              BLOCK by DOELLMAN, Justin
                                                13:15              REBOUND (DEF) by CAGE, Justin
                                                13:11   8-14  V 6  GOOD! LAYUP by CAUDLE, Will [PNT]
                                                13:11              ASSIST by CAGE, Justin
SUB IN : WOLF, Johnny                           13:09
SUB OUT: 11                                     13:09
MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                  12:47              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                12:45              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
                                                12:45              SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun
                                                12:45              SUB OUT: Life, James
                                                12:45              SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane
                                                12:35   8-16  V 8  GOOD! LAYUP by WOLF, Johnny [PNT]
                                                12:35              ASSIST by DOELLMAN, Justin
MISSED 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon                 12:20
REBOUND (OFF) by Milligan, Dante                12:20
MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris                     12:14
REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 12:14
GOOD! DUNK by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT]              12:10  10-16  V 6
REBOUND (DEF) by Thomas, Brandon                11:56              MISSED 3 PTR by BURRELL, Stanley
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                11:44
REBOUND (OFF) by Milligan, Dante                11:44
GOOD! TIP-IN by Milligan, Dante [PNT]           11:40  12-16  V 4
                                                11:34              TIMEOUT 30sec
FOUL by Milligan, Dante                         11:16
                                                11:16              TIMEOUT MEDIA
SUB IN : COLE, Brandon                          11:16
SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh                           11:16
SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin                       11:16
SUB OUT: CAUDLE, Will                           11:16
                                                11:13  12-18  V 6  GOOD! LAYUP by COLE, Brandon [PNT]
                                                11:13              ASSIST by WOLF, Johnny
TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff                       10:56
                                                10:54              STEAL by COLE, Brandon
                                                10:48              MISSED 3 PTR by WOLF, Johnny
                                                10:48              REBOUND (OFF) by DUNCAN, Josh
BLOCK by Milligan, Dante                        10:44              MISSED LAYUP by DUNCAN, Josh
REBOUND (DEF) by Milligan, Dante                10:41
MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                  10:37
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     10:37
                                                10:35              FOUL by COLE, Brandon
                                                10:35              SUB IN : Life, James
                                                10:35              SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane
                                                10:35              SUB OUT: Viggiano, Jeff
                                                10:35              SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante
MISSED JUMPER by Life, James                    10:32
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         10:32
SUB IN : DOELLMAN, Justin                       10:29
SUB OUT: CAGE, Justin                           10:29
GOOD! LAYUP by Thomas, Brandon [PNT]            10:13  14-18  V 4
                                                09:49              TURNOVR by DUNCAN, Josh
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     09:35              REBOUND (DEF) by DOELLMAN, Justin
                                                09:28  14-20  V 6  GOOD! DUNK by COLE, Brandon [FB/PNT]
                                                09:28              ASSIST by WOLF, Johnny
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      09:01
                                                08:59              STEAL by DOELLMAN, Justin
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         08:57
SUB IN : CAGE, Justin                           08:57              SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence
SUB OUT: WOLF, Johnny                           08:57              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
                                                08:31              MISSED LAYUP by DUNCAN, Josh
                                                08:31              REBOUND (OFF) by DUNCAN, Josh
                                                08:27  14-22  V 8  GOOD! LAYUP by DUNCAN, Josh [PNT]
GOOD! 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence                08:09  17-22  V 5
ASSIST by Life, James                           08:09
                                                07:58  17-25  V 8  GOOD! 3 PTR by DUNCAN, Josh
                                                07:58              ASSIST by BURRELL, Stanley
GOOD! JUMPER by Life, James [PNT]               07:41  19-25  V 6
ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon                       07:41
                                                07:35              FOUL by BURRELL, Stanley
                                                07:35              TURNOVR by BURRELL, Stanley
TIMEOUT media                                   07:35
SUB IN : CAUDLE, Will                           07:35
SUB IN : WOLF, Johnny                           07:35
SUB OUT: BURRELL, Stanley                       07:35
SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon                          07:35
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      07:19
                                                07:18              STEAL by DOELLMAN, Justin
                                                07:07              TURNOVR by DUNCAN, Josh
GOOD! 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence                06:41  22-25  V 3
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           06:41
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                06:33              MISSED 3 PTR by WOLF, Johnny
MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris                     06:25              REBOUND (DEF) by CAUDLE, Will
                                                06:19              TURNOVR by CAUDLE, Will
STEAL by Lowe, Chris                            06:17
GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon                06:11  23-25  V 2  FOUL by CAUDLE, Will
GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon                06:11  24-25  V 1
SUB IN : COLE, Brandon                          06:11              SUB IN : Viggiano, Jeff
SUB IN : BURRELL, Stanley                       06:11              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
SUB OUT: CAUDLE, Will                           06:11
SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh                           06:11
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                05:51              MISSED LAYUP by COLE, Brandon
GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]             05:43  26-25  H 1
ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff                        05:43
                                                05:41              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
                                                05:41              SUB OUT: Viggiano, Jeff
                                                05:40              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                05:27  26-27  V 1  GOOD! LAYUP by BURRELL, Stanley [PNT]
FOUL by Thomas, Brandon                         05:16
TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon                      05:16
                                                04:53  26-29  V 3  GOOD! LAYUP by COLE, Brandon [PNT]
GOOD! JUMPER by Carrier, Lawrence               04:39  28-29  V 1
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           04:39
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              04:01              MISSED JUMPER by CAGE, Justin
                                                03:56              FOUL by COLE, Brandon
TIMEOUT media                                   03:56
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    03:56  29-29  T 3
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    03:56  30-29  H 1
                                                03:56              SUB IN : Viggiano, Jeff
                                                03:56              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
                                                03:38              TURNOVR by COLE, Brandon
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          03:27
FOUL by Life, James                             03:17
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                03:11              MISSED JUMPER by DOELLMAN, Justin
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     02:58              REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon
REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence              02:45              MISSED JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley
FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff                          02:27
TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff                       02:27
SUB IN : CAUDLE, Will                           02:27
SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon                          02:27
                                                02:11              TURNOVR by BURRELL, Stanley
STEAL by Lasme, Stephane                        02:10
GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [FB/PNT]          02:08  32-29  H 3
                                                01:42  32-31  H 1  GOOD! JUMPER by CAUDLE, Will [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence               01:34              REBOUND (DEF) by DOELLMAN, Justin
FOUL by Life, James                             01:16  32-32  T 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley
                                                01:16  32-33  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by BURRELL, Stanley
                                                01:16              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
                                                01:16              SUB OUT: Life, James
MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                  00:44              REBOUND (DEF) by DOELLMAN, Justin
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         00:10              MISSED 3 PTR by WOLF, Johnny
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   00:08
SUB IN : COLE, Brandon                          00:08
SUB OUT: CAUDLE, Will                           00:08
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          00:02
                                                00:00              STEAL by DOELLMAN, Justin


                                  Xavier 33, Massachusetts 32

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Xavier                 18       9       5       2      10      2     3
          Massachusetts          18       9       6       4      14      2     3


2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Xavier
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MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     19:44              REBOUND (DEF) by WOLF, Johnny
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        19:35  32-34  V 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin
                                                19:35  32-35  V 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      19:23  35-35  T 5
ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane                       19:23
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 18:58              MISSED LAYUP by WOLF, Johnny
GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [FB/PNT]          18:52  37-35  H 2
MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                18:52              FOUL by DOELLMAN, Justin
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               18:52
GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]             18:46  39-35  H 4
ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun                      18:46
FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             18:33
                                                18:22  39-37  H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by DUNCAN, Josh [PNT]
                                                18:22              ASSIST by DOELLMAN, Justin
MISSED LAYUP by Life, James                     18:07              REBOUND (DEF) by DOELLMAN, Justin
                                                18:01              TIMEOUT 30sec
SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J.                          18:01
SUB OUT: WOLF, Johnny                           18:01
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                17:59              MISSED 3 PTR by DUNCAN, Josh
                                                17:53              FOUL by DUNCAN, Josh
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               17:52  40-37  H 3
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              17:52              REBOUND (DEF) by DUNCAN, Josh
                                                17:30  40-39  H 1  GOOD! LAYUP by CAGE, Justin [PNT]
                                                17:30              ASSIST by RAYMOND, B.J.
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               16:59              BLOCK by DUNCAN, Josh
                                                16:59              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
BLOCK by Viggiano, Jeff                         16:38              MISSED 3 PTR by RAYMOND, B.J.
                                                16:38              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                16:26              FOUL by BURRELL, Stanley
                                                16:26              TURNOVR by BURRELL, Stanley
SUB IN : WOLF, Johnny                           16:26
SUB OUT: BURRELL, Stanley                       16:26
MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                  16:11              REBOUND (DEF) by WOLF, Johnny
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         16:02              MISSED JUMPER by DOELLMAN, Justin
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   15:58
                                                15:58              SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence
                                                15:58              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
SUB IN : COLE, Brandon                          15:39
SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh                           15:39
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            15:16  42-39  H 3
ASSIST by Life, James                           15:16
                                                14:54  42-41  H 1  GOOD! LAYUP by CAGE, Justin [PNT]
                                                14:54              ASSIST by WOLF, Johnny
FOUL by Carrier, Lawrence                       14:54  42-42  T 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin
                                                14:54              SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun
                                                14:54              SUB OUT: Carrier, Lawrence
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           14:42  44-42  H 2
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           14:42
                                                14:28              TURNOVR by WOLF, Johnny
SUB IN : BURRELL, Stanley                       14:28
SUB OUT: WOLF, Johnny                           14:28
MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff                  14:14
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               14:14
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               14:14  45-42  H 3  FOUL by DOELLMAN, Justin
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               14:14  46-42  H 4
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         13:45              MISSED 3 PTR by DOELLMAN, Justin
SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh                           13:45
SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin                       13:45
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                13:28  47-42  H 5  FOUL by DUNCAN, Josh
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                13:28  48-42  H 6
SUB IN : DOELLMAN, Justin                       13:28
SUB IN : WOLF, Johnny                           13:28
SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh                           13:28
SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon                          13:28
                                                13:13              MISSED JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley
                                                13:13              REBOUND (OFF) by BURRELL, Stanley
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        13:09              MISSED LAYUP by BURRELL, Stanley
                                                13:07              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                12:42  48-44  H 4  GOOD! LAYUP by WOLF, Johnny [PNT]
GOOD! LAYUP by Lowe, Chris [PNT]                12:33  50-44  H 6
FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             12:12
                                                12:12              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
                                                12:12              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         11:51
                                                11:51              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                11:51  50-45  H 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by DOELLMAN, Justin
REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James                    11:51              MISSED FT SHOT by DOELLMAN, Justin
TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon                      11:42
                                                11:42              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
                                                11:42              SUB OUT: Life, James
                                                11:17  50-47  H 3  GOOD! JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley
                                                11:17              ASSIST by CAGE, Justin
MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                  10:58              REBOUND (DEF) by WOLF, Johnny
                                                10:52              MISSED LAYUP by CAGE, Justin
                                                10:52              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                10:46              TURNOVR by DOELLMAN, Justin
STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff                         10:45
MISSED JUMPER by Thomas, Brandon                10:24
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                10:24
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      10:21
                                                10:20              STEAL by RAYMOND, B.J.
                                                10:13  50-49  H 1  GOOD! JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley
                                                09:44              FOUL by BURRELL, Stanley
SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh                           09:44              SUB IN : Life, James
SUB OUT: RAYMOND, B.J.                          09:44              SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence
                                                09:44              SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane
                                                09:44              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     09:22
                                                09:20              STEAL by CAGE, Justin
                                                09:05              MISSED JUMPER by WOLF, Johnny
                                                09:05              REBOUND (OFF) by DUNCAN, Josh
FOUL by Carrier, Lawrence                       09:02              MISSED FT SHOT by DUNCAN, Josh
                                                09:02              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                09:02  50-50  T 7  GOOD! FT SHOT by DUNCAN, Josh
SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J.                          09:02              SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane
SUB OUT: WOLF, Johnny                           09:02              SUB OUT: Viggiano, Jeff
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     08:39
REBOUND (OFF) by Carrier, Lawrence              08:39
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            08:34  52-50  H 2
ASSIST by Carrier, Lawrence                     08:34
                                                08:02  52-52  T 8  GOOD! LAYUP by DUNCAN, Josh [PNT]
TURNOVR by Carrier, Lawrence                    07:41
                                                07:39              STEAL by DOELLMAN, Justin
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                07:33              MISSED JUMPER by RAYMOND, B.J.
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               07:13              REBOUND (DEF) by DUNCAN, Josh
                                                06:50              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                06:50              SUB IN : Milligan, Dante
                                                06:50              SUB IN : Viggiano, Jeff
                                                06:50              SUB OUT: Carrier, Lawrence
                                                06:50              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
FOUL by Milligan, Dante                         06:41
                                                06:41              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                06:41  52-53  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin
                                                06:41  52-54  V 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin
SUB IN : COLE, Brandon                          06:27
SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh                           06:27
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                06:26  53-54  V 1  FOUL by COLE, Brandon
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                06:26  54-54  T 9
SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh                           06:26
SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon                          06:26
FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff                          06:16              MISSED FT SHOT by DOELLMAN, Justin
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 06:16
SUB IN : COLE, Brandon                          06:16
SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh                           06:16
MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane                05:58              REBOUND (DEF) by BURRELL, Stanley
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                05:37              MISSED LAYUP by CAGE, Justin
GOOD! 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff                   05:16  57-54  H 3
ASSIST by Life, James                           05:16
                                                04:57              FOUL by DOELLMAN, Justin
                                                04:57              TURNOVR by DOELLMAN, Justin
SUB IN : WOLF, Johnny                           04:57              SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun
SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin                       04:57              SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                04:34              BLOCK by COLE, Brandon
                                                04:32              REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               04:18              MISSED 3 PTR by BURRELL, Stanley
TIMEOUT TEAM                                    04:10
SUB IN : DUNCAN, Josh                           04:10
SUB IN : DOELLMAN, Justin                       04:10
SUB OUT: COLE, Brandon                          04:10
SUB OUT: RAYMOND, B.J.                          04:10
MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff                  03:55
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                03:55
GOOD! TIP-IN by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]           03:52  59-54  H 5
                                                03:40              TURNOVR by DOELLMAN, Justin
TIMEOUT media                                   03:40
SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J.                          03:40
SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin                       03:40
MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 03:08              BLOCK by CAGE, Justin
                                                03:05              REBOUND (DEF) by RAYMOND, B.J.
                                                02:45              TURNOVR by BURRELL, Stanley
MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                02:25              FOUL by RAYMOND, B.J.
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     02:25
MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                02:25
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               02:25
SUB IN : DOELLMAN, Justin                       02:25
SUB OUT: RAYMOND, B.J.                          02:25
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     02:19
                                                02:18              STEAL by CAGE, Justin
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                02:03              MISSED JUMPER by BURRELL, Stanley
GOOD! JUMPER by Life, James                     01:33  61-54  H 7
                                                01:28              TIMEOUT 30sec
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        01:12  61-55  H 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin
                                                01:12  61-56  H 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by CAGE, Justin
SUB IN : RAYMOND, B.J.                          01:12
SUB IN : COLE, Brandon                          01:12
SUB OUT: DUNCAN, Josh                           01:12
SUB OUT: DOELLMAN, Justin                       01:12
MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris                    00:38
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               00:38
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           00:33  63-56  H 7
REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff                 00:29              MISSED 3 PTR by CAGE, Justin
GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                 00:22  64-56  H 8  FOUL by WOLF, Johnny
MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff                00:22              REBOUND (DEF) by RAYMOND, B.J.
                                                00:11              MISSED LAYUP by BURRELL, Stanley
                                                00:11              REBOUND (OFF) by CAGE, Justin
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    00:08              MISSED LAYUP by CAGE, Justin
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    00:06  65-56  H 9  FOUL by BURRELL, Stanley
MISSED FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                   00:06              REBOUND (DEF) by COLE, Brandon
                                                00:06              SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence
                                                00:06              SUB OUT: Viggiano, Jeff
REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)                     00:00              MISSED 3 PTR by RAYMOND, B.J.


                                  Massachusetts 65, Xavier 56

          2nd period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Xavier                 10       5       3       0       0      3     1
          Massachusetts          16       2      10       2       0      2     2


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2 - Tot
Xavier..................    9   5 -  14
Massachusetts...........    9   2 -  11

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2 - Tot
Xavier..................   18  10 -  28
Massachusetts...........   18  16 -  34

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Xavier..................    5   3 -   8
Massachusetts...........    6  10 -  16

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Xavier..................    2   0 -   2
Massachusetts...........    4   2 -   6

BENCH POINTS                1   2 - Tot
Xavier..................   10   0 -  10
Massachusetts...........   14   0 -  14

SCORE TIED BY               1   2 - Tot
Xavier..................    2   3 -   5
Massachusetts...........    2   2 -   4

LEAD GAINED BY              1   2 - Tot
Xavier..................    3   1 -   4
Massachusetts...........    3   2 -   5

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