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ormer University of Massachusetts men's basketball coach Steve Lappas tried a different gimmick defense each of the four times he coached the Minutemen against Connecticut, trying to contain the Huskies who always had deeper and more athletic lineups.
Although last year's triangle-and two variation proved successful, new Minuteman coach Travis Ford is not planning the same approach when UMass plays UConn at 9 p.m. Thursday in Hartford.
''We're going to do things to try to help us win the basketball game,'' Ford said. ''But we're not going to change who we are a whole lot.
''We're trying to make our team better. We need to stick to what we're trying to accomplish with our own players rather than trying to get too caught up with what UConn's doing. You don't have to watch too many tapes to see how fast they like to get up and down the court. That's pretty easy to see.''
Ford said his team's playing style has been altered anyway because of its thin roster.
''We'd like to press a little bit more and fast break a little bit more, but we've had to slow down everything a bit because of numbers,'' Ford said. ''We like to play man-to-man and be aggressive. We can't pressure the ball quite as much, but we'd like to play as much man as possible.''
BOWERS' NEXT STOP - Ex-Minuteman guard Artie Bowers is exploring several potential spots to continue his basketball career.
Among them is Drexel where former Minuteman coach Bruiser Flint is the head coach.
Should Bowers end up at the Philadelphia school, he will have played for each of the last three UMass coaches.
Bowers, who started the first two games of the season before deciding to depart, is also considering Hofstra, Delaware, Old Dominion and Texas-El Paso.
MISCELLANEOUS - Former Providence guard Dwight Brewington, who quit the Friars earlier this semester, reportedly was interested in UMass among several northeast schools. But the Minuteman coaching staff will likely look elsewhere to fill its only scholarship, which opened when Bowers decided last month to transfer.
UMass big man Luke Bonner, who is not playing this season after transferring, cut his trademarked floppy hair and has grown a beard.
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MHERST - James Life and Chris Lowe had no idea they would be part of the rivalry a year later, but the two new University of Massachusetts guards were in front of their televisions last Dec. 9 when the Minutemen upset Connecticut 61-59 at the Mullins Center.
I watched this game last year. It was a real exciting win for UMass, Lowe said. ''I think we can shock them again.''
Life's lasting impression from that night was Rashaun Freeman running to the bench in premature celebration after what proved to be the winning basket.
''I watched it. At the end I watched Rashaun act the fool,'' Life said laughing.
Fellow newcomer Brandon Thomas wasn't tuned in, but he's heard plenty about it since.
''I didn't see it. All I've heard about is when Ray went into the stands. I'm sure he won't do that again,'' Thomas said. ''I wasn't here last year, but all you hear about is UMass-UConn from last year. I know it was a great game. Hopefully we can have the same result.''
Life said he is looking forward to this year's game at 9 p.m. Thursday in Hartford. ''I'm very excited. I've been watching UConn for years,'' said the junior college transfer from Florida. ''We're going to be on ESPN2 and all my family and friends at home are looking forward to the game.''
MISSING TAPE - While Life and Lowe watched the game last year, they won't see it again in preparation for Thursday's contest. Ford said the coaching staff does not have a copy of the tape.
''We couldn't find one. I think everybody took off with it,'' Ford said.
''We haven't watched that game. We can't find it,'' Maurice Maxwell said. ''We're watching footage from this year on UConn.''
Not watching last year's upset of UConn might not be a bad thing. Maxwell said the Minutemen reacted poorly to that victory.
''Once we beat them we were feeling real high. I don't think we carried that win the right way,'' Maxwell said. ''We let the win blow our heads up a little bit. We were still talking about that game a month after it happened. We didn't take that win, put it in our pocket and try to build off it. Coach (Steve) Lappas was telling us we had to build off it and not let that win be our whole season but I don't think we knew how to handle it.''
The Minutemen lost to Miami 80-53 three days after beating UConn last year.
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MHERST - Before the season, the University of Connecticut was expected to be a national championship contender in March. But there were questions about how the Huskies would fare until point guard Marcus Williams returned in late December from a semester-long suspension for his role in an on-campus computer theft.
UConn has not missed Williams. In the Maui Invitation - which featured one of the best fields of any recent early-season tournament - the Huskies looked sharp with freshman Craig Austrie running the point. They beat Arkansas, Arizona and Gonzaga to win the event and are now 6-0 and ranked No. 3.
University of Massachusetts coach Travis Ford will get his first up-close look at the Huskies tonight when the Minutemen head to the Hartford Civic Center for a 9 p.m. meeting.
'I think they're the best team in America,' Ford said. 'I don't see any other team in America that has as many go-to guys as they've got.'
Maybe the best of those go-to guys is sophomore forward Rudy Gay. The 6-foot-9 wing forward was picked by many preseason publications as the leader for national player of the year honors. He's averaging 16.3 points and 6.0 rebounds so far this season.
Ford said the Minutemen will vary their defensive approach to Gay.
'There will be different guys who guard him. We'll try to slow him in transition. He's a much better 3-point shooter even though he's only made four,' Ford said. 'When they played in Hawaii, the 3-point line was much farther out. A lot of shots he's made that didn't count as threes in Maui are going to be threes Thursday night.'
The Minutemen were successful last year in slowing the game down and were able to grind out a 61-59 win at the Mullins Center.
Ford has said repeatedly the Minutemen will still try to run against UConn, but are hoping to keep the Huskies from running.
'It's important for any team in America that's going to play UConn to try to control the tempo a little bit,' Ford said. 'We're in a catch-22 a little bit because we like to run the basketball. You can still run the ball offensively - we just have to try to slow them down.'
UMass junior guard Maurice Maxwell, who will split time between point guard and shooting guard, said he and freshman point guard Chris Lowe need to be patient.
'I don't want to rush things,' he said. 'It's real important to control the tempo and not get rushed into doing what they want you to do - limiting turnovers and getting everybody shots at the right time.'
Unlike last year, the Minutemen won't have the element of surprise working for them.
'Last year they didn't see it coming at all,' Maxwell said. 'If anything this year, they're going to be saying we can't lose to them two years in a row.'
'I think this year they're not going to take us as lightly as they did last year,' UMass junior forward Lawrence Carrier said. 'I think last year everyone in the country expected us to lose. We basically shocked the world by beating them. We're hoping to do it again.'
UConn coach Jim Calhoun said he is concerned about the Minutemen.
Tonight 'will be a good test for us. I think UMass is a good team,' Calhoun said. Rashaun 'Freeman lit us up last year for 18 points and eight rebounds (Stephane) Lasme is a great shot blocker. I like Maxwell. I like (Brandon) Thomas. I like their team.'
NOTE: Under Calhoun, the Huskies are 117-4 against non-league opponents in November and December, including 72-3 at the Hartford Civic Center.
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he lights will be shut off at the Mullins Center tonight. There will not be 9,037 screaming fans packed in the seats, nor will there be melodies blaring from the brass trombones of the band. Most importantly, there will not be a Massachusetts basketball player to be found on the hardwood.
Travel about 52 miles south and enter the Civic Center in Hartford, Conn. at 9 p.m., and suddenly memories of Dec. 9, 2004 when UMass upset the Connecticut Huskies 61-59 will almost seem irrelevant.
A new episode of this heated rivalry will be born again tonight as the Minutemen (2-2) will attempt to shock No. 3 UConn (6-0). And while UMass pulled off the victory in 2004, the Minutemen, who are a 22.5 point underdog according to Yahoo!Sports.com, will again have their hands full against UConn and coach Jim Calhoun. The team is coming off a 113-49 whipping of Texas Southern on Friday.
"I think Connecticut, from what I've seen, is the best team in the country," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "Their top six players right now are NBA basketball players."
The Minutemen will have to slow down the fast-paced Huskies that sport a roster that provides a deadly combination of size, speed and shooting ability. The team's leading scorer, 2004-05 Big East Rookie of the Year Rudy Gay, has broken out during the team's six-game winning streak.
The 6-foot-9-small forward is averaging 16.3 points per game, including a career day against Arkansas on Nov. 21 when the sophomore recorded career-highs in points (28) and field goals made (11-of-19).
The Huskies are stacked on offense, with senior Denham Brown and Rashad Anderson also putting up points for the Huskies. Brown, a forward, has 1,004 career points for UConn and is averaging 13.3 this season, while Anderson is deadly on the perimeter, hitting a team-high of 12-of-24.
"They have so many go-to guys and you look at their team and there aren't too many weaknesses," Ford said. "They're big, they can rebound and they're obviously shooting the basketball right now. They're getting solid play from their point guard position."
Since UMass last knocked off a No. 3 ranked team in 1996, the Minutemen will have to keep up on defense in order to prevent the Huskies from taking off with the game altogether.
"They like to run a lot and if we can get back in defensive transition then I think we'll have a pretty good chance of stopping them, because I do know that they break out a lot and try to find easy baskets," UMass junior Brandon Thomas said. "I think our defense is going to be a really big key, because our offense will come as long as the defense is there."
One defensive tool that UMass will use against UConn is junior Stephane Lasme. Second in the nation in shots blocked per game at 5.8, Lasme is one of the players that will look to thwart UConn's ability and open up the scoring.
Junior Rashaun Freeman, who is averaging a team-high 16.3 points per game and scored the game-winning layup against UConn last year, has proven to be the key on offense in the early stages of the 2005-06 season. Thomas provides the UMass team with the versatile ability to shoot and play defense. The swingman is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 points per game.
Things will get physical for Freeman and the rest of the Minutemen, especially when facing against the sizable Huskies.
"They're definitely a physical team, and they've got a lot of size on the inside," Thomas said. "Their guards are really talented; they're very skilled."
Hilton Anderson, who stands at 6-foot-11, and 6-foot-10 Josh Boone bring a massive look to the UConn lineup. Boone is a nominee for National Player of the Year on the Wooden, Rupp and Naismith award lists, and plays at the power forward position.
The Minutemen clash with UConn at the Civic Center after an extensive period in which they have gone 10 days without playing a single game, with their last contest being a 93-57 clobbering of Savannah State on Nov. 28. That victory came after UMass dropped its first two road games, losing to Davidson on 66-63 on Nov. 22 and to UAB 86-77 on Nov. 25.
Although the Minutemen will have to get their minds back in game mode, the players are not concerned, and were able to use the extra time to rest and prepare for one of the top teams in the nation.
"It's tough not playing, but I think it is a good time [for a break] because when you have a big game coming up, you need a lot of time to prepare," Thomas said. "We've had the time we needed. We're very well-prepared now."
n this paper a year ago, Mike Marzelli spelled out five keys necessary for the Massachusetts men's basketball team to knock off the defending NCAA National Champion Connecticut Huskies. That night, the Minutemen went out and executed their game plan to perfection and pulled off a shocking 61-59 upset at the Mullins Center.
A year later, not much has changed. UConn (6-0) is back atop the national rankings, and UMass (2-2) will once again play the role of underdog when the teams take the court tonight at the Hartford Civic Center at 9 p.m. in a game televised nationally on ESPN2.
The Minutemen will need to focus on doing a lot of the same things they did last year - as well as executing a few new wrinkles unique to this year's matchup - if they plan on pulling off their second consecutive upset of the Huskies.
Without further ado, here are the keys to tonight's game:
CONTROL THE TEMPO
Last year, former UMass coach Steve Lappas realized that his squad would not be able to run with the more athletic Huskies, so he slowed the pace of the game. The result was a low-scoring affair that UMass was able to pull out in the final seconds on a Rashaun Freeman layup.
This year, UMass coach Travis Ford will need to find a way for his squad to control the tempo of the game. With only eight scholarship players, UMass must avoid getting into a shootout with a deep Huskies team.
The biggest difference from last year is that UMass no longer has the services of four-year starter Anthony Anderson (just one turnover in last season's game) at point guard. With converted swingman Maurice Maxwell and true freshman Chris Lowe running the offense, it will be especially important for the Minutemen to take care of the ball better than they have thus far in the season (19.3 turnovers per game).
CONTAIN RUDY GAY
Defense will be a focus for UMass, as the Huskies have a slew of scoring threats, but Gay has separated himself from the pack this year. The sophomore forward leads the team with 16.3 points per game, and he could be the top pick in this year's NBA Draft.
The explosive Gay has been reined in during UConn's two toughest contests of the season, as he was held to a combined 15 points in close wins over Arizona and Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational.
Last year, UMass held Gay to 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting, and will need to turn in a similar defensive performance if it plans on slowing the UConn attack.
GET THE BALL INSIDE
The key to last year's win was the play of UMass's frontline. Freeman scored a game-high 18 points with eight rebounds, while Stephane Lasme contributed nine points and six boards.
While UConn clearly has one of the top teams in the nation, the duo of Freeman and Lasme may hold an advantage in this game. Josh Boone returns up front for UConn, but UMass will not have to deal with forward Charlie Villanueva, who has taken his game to the NBA's Toronto Raptors.
Freeman leads UMass with 16.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, while Lasme's 6.6 blocks per game is second in the country. Both will need to have big games for the Minutemen to have a chance.
KNOCK DOWN OPEN SHOTS
As was the case last year, UMass will need to find a way to score from the perimeter. Count on UConn coach Jim Calhoun making someone besides Freeman beat him this year.
All of the attention focused on Freeman should result in plenty of open looks for the rest of the Minutemen, and someone will need to get hot from the outside. UMass has the shooters capable of putting the ball in the basket, but the team has been inconsistent so far this season, making just 33 percent of its three-point shots.
This could be the game for junior college transfer James Life to make his presence felt for the Maroon and White. Life has struggled early on this season, but the sharpshooter showed some signs of breaking out of his slump with 18 points in last Monday's win over Savannah State. Life could see plenty of open shots if Freeman gets double teamed as expected. It would provide a huge lift if Life is able to knock down a few deep balls.
SOMEONE NEEDS TO STEP UP
In every upset, the underdog needs at least one player to perform above and beyond his typical output. Last year, it was Jeff Viggiano who filled the bill and scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including a clutch three-pointer with less than a minute remaining.
While it's never easy to predict, this year's leading candidate would seem to be swingman Brandon Thomas. The junior transfer has shown a flair for scoring (12.8 points per game), and if he is aggressive on the offensive end he could be a huge factor for the Minutemen.
Don't sleep on Viggiano, though. The Connecticut native has had a knack of stepping up against his home-state school. Two years ago, Viggiano registered 22 points in a 91-67 loss. Viggiano, the lone senior on the team, has the most experience against the Huskies of any UMass player, and it would be fitting for him to have a big game in his final matchup with Connecticut.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Ford has had 10 days to put together a game plan for tonight, but it's all going to come down to the Minutemen's ability to execute in a high-pressure situation and hostile environment.
If the program plans on returning to the big-time, there'd be no better start than toppling the No. 3 team in the country on national television.
eff Viggiano can't get enough tickets for tonight's matchup between the Massachusetts men's basketball team and the Connecticut Huskies.
Viggiano, a senior forward for the Minutemen and a Suffield, Conn. native, has been besieged by ticket requests from friends and relatives for the 9 p.m. game at the Hartford Civic Center.
While it works out for Viggiano's fans that the game will be in his home state, they also must be aware that the opponent is the No. 3 Huskies. Viggiano has been a UConn-killer in his UMass career, scoring 22 points two years ago in a losing effort, and scoring 12 clutch points in last year's UMass upset win at the Mullins Center.
Viggiano counts last year's performance as the top moment of his career.
"That game was great," Viggiano said. "It was unlike anything since I've been here; it was on national TV, and when the students rushed the court, it was unreal. Hopefully we'll be able to repeat that this year."
While the Minutemen have been able to look back on last year's game as a source of confidence heading into tonight's showdown, they are careful not to get carried away with memories from their big win.
Junior Maurice Maxwell feels that last year UMass did not respond well following the win against UConn.
"When we beat them, we were feeling really high, but I don't think we carried that win the right way," Maxwell said. "We let the win blow our heads up a little bit. We were still talking about that game a month after it happened."
Three days after the UConn game, UMass went out and got waxed 80-53 by Miami, ending any chance of building momentum off of the win.
"[Former] Coach [Steve] Lappas told us we had to try and build off of that win and not let that win define our whole season," Maxwell said. "But we had a lot of sophomores and that was our first real big win, so I don't think we knew how to handle it."
One thing that has helped the Minutemen put last year's game behind them is that they haven't been able to watch any film of the game because the game tapes have mysteriously gone missing.
While most of the returning UMass players have only seen highlights of last year's game, James Life, a junior transfer in his first season with the Minutemen, remembers watching last year's game, but only came away with one lasting memory.
"I watched Rashaun [Freeman] at the end act [like] a fool," Life said.
While Freeman's antics from last year - he ran over and celebrated with teammates on the bench after making a layup with 4.3 seconds left while UConn raced up court to attempt game-winning shot - have been laughed at and even derided on SportsCenter, UMass's leading scorer has put the momentary lapse behind him
"When it happened I was overwhelmed with the win," Freeman said. "I got a little overexcited, but a week or two after we played them I didn't worry about it until people kept coming up to me [about it]. I've put it in the past."
While last year's memories are nice, this could be the last chance for any of these players to beat the Huskies, as rumors are circulating that UConn coach Jim Calhoun will end this interstate matchup, and the team is focused on ending the rivalry on top.
"They're not going to take us as lightly as they did last year," sophomore Lawrence Carrier said. "Last year, I think they were expecting - and basically everyone else in the country - was expecting us to lose, but we came out and basically shocked the world by beating them. We're looking to go 2-0 and do it again."
ARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Rudy Gay had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Connecticut to a 78-60 victory over Massachusetts on Thursday night in the 108th meeting of the New England programs.
Josh Boone had 10 rebounds and scored all of his 13 points in the second half and Rashad Anderson added 15 points for the Huskies (7-0), who avoided consecutive losses to the Minutemen.
UMass (2-3) upset the favored Huskies last year at the Mullins Center and fans stormed the court after the 61-59 win. It was UConn coach Jim Calhoun's first loss to the longtime rival. But a dominant UConn post, Anderson's outside shooting and the athletic Gay were too much for the Minutemen, who have lost three of their last four. UConn leads the series 69-39.
Rashaun Freeman, who hit the winning basket for the Minutemen last season, had 19 points and nine rebounds, while Jeff Viggiano added 17 points for UMass.
UConn quickly extended its nine-point halftime lead going inside to Boone. His putback with 13:04 left sparked a 9-0 spurt that featured a thunderous roundhouse dunk from Gay. It drew an ovation from the crowd of 16,294 at the Hartford Civic Center and a timeout from first-year UMass coach Travis Ford.
But by then, the Huskies were on a roll and would increase the lead to as many as 23 points.
As he's done all season, Anderson gave the Huskies the spark they needed off the bench. The senior sharpshooter had eight points in a 21-3 run early in the first half, including consecutive 3s. Denham Brown's 3-pointer capped the run and the Huskies had a 23-10 lead.
With Boone in foul trouble, Huskies forward Ed Nelson dominated inside. He had eight points, eight rebounds and a block in 16 minutes in the first half.
Viggiano and Freeman helped the Minutemen mount a charge late in the half. Viggiano's 3-pointer cut the UConn lead to nine with 4:35 left. Freeman hit two straight baskets to get the Minutemen within 45-38 at the 3:05 mark. The Huskies regained the momentum after Ford was called for a technical. Brown made both free throws and the Huskies closed out the half on a 6-4 run to take a 41-32 lead.
ARTFORD, Conn. - Rashaun Freeman had 15 points in the first half to give him his 50th career game with double-figures in 62 career games. It was the fourth time in five games this season he went past 10 points. He finished with 19.
Freeman hit all six of his first-half shots from the floor and was UMass' high-rebounder with six.
Jeff Viggiano continued to have strong games against his homestate team as he finished with 17 points. It was his 28th career game in double-figures and second this season, with the other coming against Hartford, also a Nutmeg State school. In his last two games vs. UConn he had 22 and 12 points, respectively.
It was Viggiano's highest point total since he had 23 against Temple on March 3, 2004.
With 12:09 left in the second half, the combination of Freeman and Viggiano had combined to hit 13-of-16 from the floor while the rest of UMass was a combined 5-of-24.
Stephane Lasme had three blocks and now has 26 this season and 149 in his career to rank sixth all-time at UMass. Next on the list is Kitwana Rhymer (184). Lasme came into the game averaging 5.8 blocks per game, second-best in the nation.
MinuteMatters: UConn won the opening tap ... Rashaun Freeman drew a charge on Josh Boone just 1:12 into the game ... Freeman had the opening points of the game 1:31 into the game ... Brandon Thomas made a lay-up for a 4-0 lead ... UConn drew a charge on Brandon Thomas ... UMass led for the game's first 4:51 and did not trail until 5:05 into the game ... Trailing 9-8, UConn went on a 15-1 run from 13:21 left in the first half until Rashaun Freeman scored with 9:35 left in the half, the run spanned 3:46 and gave UConn a 23-10 lead (its largest of the first half) ... Stephane Lasme had a dunk with 8:26 left in the first to make it 23-14 ... The UMass bench was charged with a technical foul with 2:56 left in the first half ... UConn built its lead to 19 with 9:38 left in the game on a thunderous dunk by Rudy Gay, making it 66-47 ... That play ended an 11-0 run over which spanned 4:53 in the second half.
ARTFORD, Conn. - Whether or not Dec. 9, 2004 was a date that Connecticut Huskie Rudy Gay had in mind when as he raced down the hardwood and knocked down a windmill dunk against the Massachusetts men's basketball team last night is arguable. Although the Minutemen (2-3) upset the then-No. 7 Huskies on that date, UConn (7-0) was not about to let it happen again, handling the Minutemen by a score of 78-60 at the Civic Center in Hartford, Conn. last night.
UMass will have a chance to get back to the .500 mark on Monday when it takes on Boston University at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.
With only eight scholarship players on the team, UMass appeared to run out of gas during the latter portion of the contest without much support from its bench.
"We don't have the depth that we had last year," senior Jeff Viggiano said. "There were spans where we played well."
It looked as though the Minutemen came alive after the halftime break, and they took the floor against the Huskies in need of a run.
Viggiano had one of his best career games in last season's clash with UConn, and he got it going again in the second half last night. The Suffield, Conn. native, who scored 17 points, faked a three-point shot and drove in for the dunk, cutting down the Huskies' lead to 49-41.
The Connecticut team took control of the contest, however, and did not let their 41-32 halftime lead slip away.
"Watching [UConn] on film the last week, they are extremely well-coached, they understand what they want to get done and we were beaten by a better basketball team," UMass coach Travis Ford said.
Josh Boone was physical in the paint all night long, and the bruising 6-foot-10, 237-pound forward was able to manhandle UMass, putting up 13 points and making things difficult for the Minutemen on both ends of the court.
"I think our superior size and quickness really helped us early; we got the game at the kind of pace that we wanted to," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said.
UMass kept the contest within reach early in the first half, when junior Rashaun Freeman cracked the scoreboard first with a lay-up. A 7-2 lead for the Minutemen came after Maurice Maxwell stole the ball and fed it to Freeman, who made the shot and drew the foul.
UConn woke up shortly after, however, and took handle of the game. Rashad Anderson gave the Huskies a spark early in the game, making a lay-up and then nailing a 3 from the perimeter.
At the 8:26 mark in the first, Maxwell found junior Stephane Lasme, who put away the dunk and cut down the UConn lead to 23-16.
The Huskies kept the pace fast and kept the Minutemen on their heels. Gay made his shot and kept the UConn cushion at 11 points.
But a shot by Lawrence Carrier was tipped in by Freeman, and set up the Minutemen to go into the locker room with the game still in reach against the No. 3 team in the nation.
Gay finished with a team-high 17 points, with 12 of those coming after the half.
A 3-pointer late in the contest by James life was all UMass had in it, however, as it fell 78-60.
"The problem with this game is everyone hypes it up, but it is just one game still and we've just got to forget about it and move on," Viggiano said.
Jeff Viggiano tries to cut off the baseline for Rudy Gay.
Rashaun Freeman gets position on Ed Nelson.
Lawrence Carrier gets in John Boone's face.
ARTFORD -- This time, there would be no long faces on the bus ride back to Storrs, Conn. There would be no looks of stunned disbelief from coach Jim Calhoun. There would be no upset by the University of Massachusetts.
Rudy Gay made certain of that last night by leading the third-ranked University of Connecticut to a 78-60 victory over UMass, avenging a 61-59 loss to the Minutemen last Dec. 9 at the Mullins Center. Last night's game, the final installment of a seven-year contract that started in 1999, could have signaled the final meeting in this longstanding New England series that spanned 109 games and saw the Huskies dominate with a 70-39 record.
''I don't think there's any greater rivalry than between UMass and Connecticut, and I know Rhode Island would love to play us, so the series hasn't ended," said UConn coach Jim Calhoun, who improved to 12-1 vs. the Minutemen in his tenure at UConn and 17-9 all time vs. UMass. ''We just said that the seven games we had contracted are now over and now we're going to reevaluate what we want to do and that's all."
If it was the last game, Gay, UConn's sensational 6-foot-9-inch sophomore forward, took his parting shots by dazzling the Civic Center sellout crowd of 16,294 midway through the second half with 7 points in a span of 1 minute 10 seconds to deliver the undefeated Huskies their seventh straight win.
''I really saw him take it to another level," said first-year UMass coach Travis Ford. ''He put it in another gear. He had a take-it-over mentality."
Gay, who led UConn with 17 points (13 in the second half) on 7-of-16 shooting, took over when he went on his 7-point tear. He scored on a 15-foot baseline jumper, a top-of-the-key 3-pointer, and poked the ball away from Jeff Viggiano, recovered it in UMass's backcourt, and tore off for a dazzling windmill dunk that gave the Huskies a 19-point cushion.
''I was basically doing what Coach wanted me to; be aggressive and be active," said Gay. ''I was just doing stuff like that. Coach always asks me to be active on defense. Good defense leads to good offense."
Rashaun Freeman led UMass (2-3) with 19 points (on 7-of-10 shooting) and nine rebounds and Viggiano chipped in 17 points as the pair combined to shoot 14 of 24 from the field while the rest of their teammates went 7 for 33.
The Huskies, who lacked an inside presence after Josh Boone (13 points, 10 rebounds -- all in the second half) spent all but three minutes of the first half on the bench with two personal fouls, established themselves in the paint after taking a 41-32 halftime lead.
''I thought their post play in the second half really was the difference in the ballgame," Ford said.
Viggiano, a 6-6, 215-pound senior forward from Suffield, Conn., looked to upstage his State U. by scoring 9 of UMass's next 15 points. After a Boone foul shot and another trey by Rashad Anderson expanded UConn's lead to 53-41, Viggiano, showing remarkable body control, converted a foul-inducing fast-break scoop to cut it to 53-43.
''If Viggiano played us every night, he'd be an All-American," Calhoun said.
Viggiano drained a trey to pull UMass within 55-47, but that was as close as the Minutemen got after Gay put the game out of reach.
Jeff Viggiano throws down on Hilton Armstrong.
Rashaun Freeman works against Armstrong.
Josh Boone sends back the shot from Brandon Thomas.
he Civic Center belongs to Rudy Gay.
Jeff Viggiano needed to be reminded of that. So, too, it seems, did Gay.
The building did become Viggiano's Thursday night, but only temporarily. The UMass forward from Suffield kept scoring to a smattering of cheers and kept giving the Minutemen hope.
But Gay emerged from a rather listless performance to almost single-handedly create the decisive stretch. He stripped Viggiano near midcourt and waltzed in alone for a windmill dunk with 9:37 left. It was the final basket in an 11-0 run that cemented No. 3 UConn's 78-60 victory before 16,294.
"He put it in a different gear, he really did," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "He had a takeover mentality. I told our guys in a timeout, `You can see it. Every time he touches it, he's being aggressive.' And when he's aggressive and has it going like that, there's not a better player in the country - at any level, maybe."
Gay scored nine points in the run and led UConn (7-0) with 17 points, 13 in the second half, and had nine rebounds. Rashad Anderson had 15 points, 12 in the first half. Josh Boone had 13 points and 10 rebounds, all in the second half.
Rashaun Freeman had 19 for UMass (2-3) but was held to four in the second half. Viggiano had 17 points, nine in the second half as he tried to pull UMass to another upset. He had 12 in the victory over UConn last season and 22 against the Huskies as a sophomore.
"If he played against us every night, he'd be an All-American," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. "Maybe it's just a personal hatred for me."
UMass stayed close in the first half because of Freeman, and close in the second because of Viggiano, who changed direction for a right-handed dunk that cut the lead to 53-41 midway through. UConn kept creeping forward, taking a 12-point lead on Anderson's three-pointer, but Viggiano kept answering. He made a layup to cut the lead to 53-43 and a three-pointer that made it 55-47.
"You kind of get in a rhythm," Viggiano said. "[This game] stands out on the schedule a little. You can easily get hyped for this game."
Calhoun said he thought the Huskies played 25 to 28 good minutes and he expected more. Still, UConn had too much. Gay got free for a dunk inside and Boone made a layup to put UConn up, 59-47. Coming out of a timeout, Gay hit a pull-up, then a three-pointer, then the basket that sent the crowd into a frenzy and made it 66-47.
Calhoun said he spent halftime yelling at Gay.
"Rudy showed flashes," Calhoun said. "I would have liked to have Rudy have 35 tonight. That's just me. ... He had a choice of either facing me or facing UMass, and he chose UMass. In every game he plays, he's too good not to be a dominant figure."
UConn has won 14 of 15 against UMass and avenged last year's 61-59 loss that was highlighted by Freeman's game-winner and celebration atop the scorer's table. Overall, UConn leads the series, 69-39.
"The game became a struggle for us and I don't know why," Calhoun said. "We need to be more consistent. Last week we played 40 minutes. Certainly in Hawaii we played 40 minutes. I thought tonight we took some time off."
They compensated with Anderson's early scoring, Boone's second-half play and Gay's late burst. Ed Nelson helped with eight points and eight rebounds in the first half.
UConn led 41-32 at the break. Gay was quiet at that point. He had a baseline drive for a trademark, loud dunk and a soft jumper, but went long stretches without being involved.
Still, UConn mustered a 21-3 run for a 23-10 lead.
"They had two bursts we couldn't recover from," Freeman said.
Not completely, anyway.
Viggiano laced a pass through the UConn press to Freeman for a transition layup that cut the UConn lead to 35-28. That was UMass' second basket in a row. Momentum, it seemed, had changed.
Then it changed again. With Nelson stuck in traffic at midcourt, Ford stomped his foot and yelled in demanding that traveling be called. He was given a technical foul with 2:56 left.
Denham Brown made both free throws and Jeff Adrien hit a hook shot on the ensuing possession to push the UConn lead back to 11. Freeman cut it to nine with a hook shot, the last basket of the half.
In the second, Gay took over.
"I was more aggressive," Gay said. "In the first half, I was kind of hesitant. Coach tells me, `Keep shooting, keep shooting.' He always tells me I have to start the games like I end them. I just have to be more aggressive."
Arms flail as Lawrence Carrier tries to grab the loose ball.
Conn coach Jim Calhoun didn't deem this game crucial to the Huskies' season by any means. But he clearly looked at Thursday's matchup with UMass as an "indicator."
An indicator of how good his team, ranked No.3 in the nation, could be. If you include the previous six games with UMass, a team with a good inside game, the Huskies have overcome a variety of situations and styles.
It started with two freshman guards opening their careers away from home, including three tough opponents in the Maui Classic. Then there was a deliberate game from Army. Thursday, the Huskies went against a team that could match their size up front.
Early indications are that this team is ready to handle anything.
The Huskies disposed of UMass with an 11-0 second-half run led by Rudy Gay (17 points) en route to a 78-60 victory over a team that beat them last year in Amherst.
The Huskies weren't perfect.
If UMass would have gotten the full Rudy experience, it wouldn't have been that close. He should have had about 40.
Josh Boone, one of the Huskies' main men inside, sat early under Calhoun's two foul rule and only played three first-half minutes. But he came on strong in the second half to finish with 13 points and 10 rebounds with NBA scouts sprinkled along press row.
Hilton Armstrong had four turnovers, two fouls, no rebounds and one point in seven first-half minutes and wasn't much better in the second.
But then here comes Ed Nelson off the bench. Big Ed had eight points, eight rebounds, an assist and a steal in 16 first-half minutes. He had just one more rebound and one more steal in the second half and shot 3-for-11 for the game, but as far as inspirational play goes, he scored big.
"My shot wasn't falling, but I tried to do the little things, like grab rebounds, take a charge, dive for loose balls," Nelson said. "I'm just trying to make this a championship team."
UMass' big men Rashaun Freeman, a career 54 percent shooter, and Stephane Lasme, averaging almost six blocks, are no slouches, but Nelson battled those dudes.
Though talented, UMass didn't have the depth inside to keep it going. Freeman finished with 19 points, but his game weakened under the pressure of the Huskies' famed "big-to-big" double team in the second half. The Huskies didn't run from Lasme, and he got hit with two fouls early and finished with six points and five rebounds.
There's also Rashad Anderson, who is starting to resemble the kid who went nuts in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Anderson scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half, including 2 of 3 three-pointers. That should start easing Calhoun's mind about outside shooting.
While questions remain about freshman point guards Craig Austrie and Rob Garrison, the Huskies have accomplished a lot in their 7-0 start, which includes Maui victories over Arkansas, Arizona and Gonzaga.
So what does this mean in this young season? Well, for starters it means the Huskies better not lose any of their next four games (New Hampshire, Morehead State, Stony Brook and Quinnipiac) or Calhoun may completely blow his stack.
But big picture, the coach just might start believing what all the talking heads are saying about his team, especially after the convincing victory over UMass.
"I'll probably start to believe that the experience we have, the strengths that we have are for real," Calhoun said.
The next four games are all about avoiding a letdown.
As things stand, most talking heads predict a trip to the Final Four in Indianapolis and possibly another national championship for the Huskies.
They've still got some work to do, more challenges to face, but if they continue to progress, then the belief here, too, is that Duke, Texas and Michigan State will join the Huskies in Indy.
"Everybody who says that, they're probably saying that thinking that the person that put us there is Marcus Williams," Calhoun said of his suspended point guard. "I don't know if Marcus is going to be with us. ... I assume he will be, but he has to do some things academically and otherwise to get through - and I fully expect him to - but I don't know for sure.
"There are some areas we have to grow in. You know, seasons are funny. If you look at some of the winners of these tournaments ... early season upsets, that's not necessarily the team that it's going to be a month from now. We've probably proven that over the years. Over the years we've gotten off to good starts because we make a point to really rev up the first 10 games if we can. Then we get to league play and then we hit a lull and we get it going again."
That is the Huskies' M.O.
"We put so much energy into building up a lead of games and then we kind of emotionally have to regroup, then we take off and see the goal in sight," Calhoun said.
It's too early for the ultimate goal to be in the Huskies' sights.
But through the first seven, the Huskies have risen to the challenge in impressive fashion.
"That's the best thing," Nelson said. "We're undefeated. We got this stretch done. Now we'll take our exams. I hope everyone does well. We'll come out, start practicing hard and get ready for the next stretch. That's what it's all about."
Rashaun Freeman can only watch Rudy Gay slam it home.
Stephane Lasme tries to block Gay's floater.
Craig Austrie looks for options along the baseline.
ARTFORD, Conn. - The final game of the series between the University of Massachusetts and Connecticut looked a lot like many of its predecessors. The Huskies' depth and athleticism overwhelmed the Minutemen, as No. 3 UConn avenged last year's upset 78-60 Thursday at the Hartford Civic Center.
We were beat by a better basketball team tonight, UMass coach Travis Ford said. 'We actually executed most of the things we wanted to do. We just didn't make many shots. I was proud of our team. We worked hard and we executed what we were working on. We just didn't have enough firepower. UConn is a great basketball team.'
The Minutemen upset UConn 61-59 a year ago at the Mullins Center.
Foul trouble and the UMass defense slowed Husky stars Rudy Gay and Josh Boone early on Thursday, but the UConn bench kept the Minutemen at bay. Gay and Boone came to life in the second half and turned a comfortable lead into a rout.
Gay led the Huskies with 17 points and nine rebounds. All of Boone's 13 points and 10 rebounds came after intermission.
'Boone was very good in the second half,' Ford said. 'I thought their post play in the second half was the difference in the basketball game.'
UMass will be happy to see Rashad Anderson graduate. The Husky senior guard who had his coming-out party against the Minutemen as a freshman scored 15 against them Thursday.
Conversely, the Huskies won't miss Jeff Viggiano. The UMass senior from Suffield has had some of his best games against UConn including Thursday's 17-point effort.
Rashaun Freeman was dominant in the first half with 15 points, but UConn denied him the ball for most of the second half and he finished with 19.
'In the second half we did a much better job against him,' UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. 'He's a great basketball player and they do a great job getting the ball to him.'
'We kept going to him. He lost the ball a couple times and had a couple turnovers. He didn't get in as good position to score as they did in the first half,' Ford said. 'I don't think he was able to get as deep in the paint.'
The Minutemen (2-3) return to action at 7 p.m. Monday when they host Boston University.
UMass looked good early and led 9-8 with 13 minutes, 21 seconds left in the first half. But the Huskies got hot with their outside shooting over the Minutemen's one-two-two zone. Anderson hit two 3-pointers and a long two in the Huskies' 15-1 run that put them ahead 23-10.
UMass struggled when it tried to match UConn from outside. Led by Freeman's 6-for-6, the Minutemen were 11-for-17 inside, but they missed their first six 3-pointers and shot just 1-for-8 from behind the arc in the half.
On Tuesday, when Ford was praising UConn's depth, he marveled at how Ed Nelson, a former Atlantic Coast Conference all-rookie team member at Georgia Tech could only average 9.8 minutes per game. With Boone in foul trouble, Nelson made the most of his extra playing time Thursday. He had eight points and eight rebounds in 16 first-half minutes.
Nelson and Anderson led the bench which went 10 deep before the game was even five minutes old and amassed 27 of the Huskies' 41 points at the break.
UMass managed to keep its deficit around 10 for the first 10 minutes of the second half, but Gay had the last seven points of an 11-0 run including a windmill breakaway dunk that put UConn ahead 66-47 and ended the Minutemen's hopes of a comeback.
'You could see (Gay) take it to another level and put it in another gear,' Ford said. 'When he's got it going like that, there's not a better player in the country.'
Viggiano said, 'We have to put this behind us. It gets all the hype, but it's just one game.'
Matt Vautour can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Official Basketball Box Score MASSACHUSETTS vs CONNECTICUT 12/8/05 9:00 p.m. at Hartford Civic Center Hartford, CT -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: MASSACHUSETTS (2-3) TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 01 Freeman, Rashaun.... f 7-10 0-0 5-5 3 6 9 2 19 2 5 0 0 31 02 Thomas, Brandon..... f 2-7 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 5 1 2 0 0 30 13 Lasme, Stephane..... f 1-6 0-0 4-6 2 3 5 4 6 1 2 3 2 30 03 Maxwell, Maurice.... g 2-4 0-2 1-3 0 2 2 2 5 4 2 0 1 34 22 Viggiano, Jeff...... g 7-14 2-7 1-3 1 3 4 1 17 2 4 2 2 37 05 Life, James......... 2-6 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 4 14 Lowe, Chris......... 0-5 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 1 4 0 0 18 23 Carrier, Lawrence... 0-5 0-3 1-2 1 6 7 1 1 1 0 0 0 16 TEAM................ 3 2 5 1 Totals.............. 21-57 4-22 14-21 11 23 34 16 60 12 19 5 5 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-25 48.0% 2nd Half: 9-32 28.1% Game: 36.8% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-8 12.5% 2nd Half: 3-14 21.4% Game: 18.2% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 7-12 58.3% 2nd Half: 7-9 77.8% Game: 66.7% 3 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: CONNECTICUT (7-0) TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 21 BOONE, Josh......... f 6-10 0-0 1-4 4 6 10 2 13 2 1 1 0 20 22 GAY, Rudy........... f 7-16 1-1 2-3 4 5 9 3 17 1 1 1 2 26 11 ARMSTRONG, Hilton... c 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 3 4 3 3 1 5 3 0 16 24 AUSTRIE, Craig...... g 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 4 3 0 1 23 33 BROWN, Denham....... g 2-9 1-1 4-4 2 3 5 2 9 2 5 1 0 32 01 JOHNSON, Marcus..... 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 04 ADRIEN, Jeff........ 3-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 6 0 0 1 0 16 13 THOMPSON, Ryan...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 25 GARRISON, Rob....... 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 5 1 0 0 17 31 ANDERSON, Rashad.... 6-8 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 15 0 1 0 2 22 32 NELSON, Ed.......... 3-11 0-0 2-2 4 5 9 4 8 1 0 0 2 22 TEAM................ 1 1 2 Totals.............. 31-67 5-6 11-18 17 29 46 16 78 16 17 7 8 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-32 50.0% 2nd Half: 15-35 42.9% Game: 46.3% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-4 75.0% 2nd Half: 2-2 100 % Game: 83.3% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 6-8 75.0% 2nd Half: 5-10 50.0% Game: 61.1% 3 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: Tim Higgins, Karl Hess, Ed Corbett Technical fouls: MASSACHUSETTS-TEAM. CONNECTICUT-None. Attendance: 16294 Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total MASSACHUSETTS................. 32 28 - 60 CONNECTICUT................... 41 37 - 78 Points in the paint-UMASS 28,UCONN 36. Points off turnovers-UMASS 16,UCONN 22. 2nd chance points-UMASS 7,UCONN 13. Fast break points-UMASS 10,UCONN 13. Bench points-UMASS 8,UCONN 32. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-3 times. Last FG-UMASS 2nd-00:23, UCONN 2nd-01:59. Largest lead-UMASS by 5 1st-16:29, UCONN by 23 2nd-01:25.
Play-by-Play MASSACHUSETTS vs CONNECTICUT 12/8/05 9:00 p.m. at Hartford Civic Center Hartford, CT 1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1) HOME TEAM: CONNECTICUT TIME SCORE MAR VISITORS: MASSACHUSETTS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MISSED JUMPER by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 19:47 REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice 19:34 TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff TURNOVR by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 19:14 19:14 SUB IN : NELSON, Ed 19:14 SUB OUT: ARMSTRONG, Hilton REBOUND (DEF) by GAY, Rudy 18:57 MISSED 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon FOUL by BOONE, Josh 18:48 TURNOVR by BOONE, Josh 18:48 18:35 0-2 V 2 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] 18:35 ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff 18:24 FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun MISSED JUMPER by GAY, Rudy 18:22 REBOUND (OFF) by AUSTRIE, Craig 18:22 TURNOVR by AUSTRIE, Craig 18:16 STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff 18:16 SUB IN : GARRISON, Rob 18:16 SUB OUT: AUSTRIE, Craig 17:46 0-4 V 4 GOOD! LAYUP by Thomas, Brandon [PNT] MISSED JUMPER by BROWN, Denham 17:31 REBOUND (OFF) by NELSON, Ed 17:31 GOOD! LAYUP by NELSON, Ed [PNT] 17:28 2-4 V 2 17:18 FOUL by Thomas, Brandon 17:18 TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon MISSED JUMPER by GAY, Rudy 17:08 REBOUND (OFF) by GAY, Rudy 17:08 17:06 SUB IN : ANDERSON, Rashad 17:06 SUB OUT: GAY, Rudy MISSED LAYUP by NELSON, Ed 16:46 BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane REBOUND (OFF) by BROWN, Denham 16:45 TURNOVR by BROWN, Denham 16:33 16:31 STEAL by Maxwell, Maurice 16:29 2-6 V 4 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [FB/PNT] 16:29 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice FOUL by BOONE, Josh 16:29 2-7 V 5 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 16:29 SUB IN : JOHNSON, Marcus 16:29 SUB IN : ADRIEN, Jeff 16:29 SUB OUT: BOONE, Josh 16:29 SUB OUT: BROWN, Denham GOOD! LAYUP by NELSON, Ed [PNT] 16:09 4-7 V 3 ASSIST by GARRISON, Rob 16:09 15:51 TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff TIMEOUT MEDIA 15:50 GOOD! LAYUP by GARRISON, Rob [PNT] 15:41 6-7 V 1 FOUL by NELSON, Ed 15:26 MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 15:26 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) REBOUND (DEF) by ADRIEN, Jeff 15:26 MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 15:26 SUB IN : ARMSTRONG, Hilton 15:26 SUB OUT: NELSON, Ed GOOD! FT SHOT by JOHNSON, Marcus 15:09 7-7 T 1 FOUL by Maxwell, Maurice MISSED FT SHOT by JOHNSON, Marcus 15:09 REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun SUB IN : Lowe, Chris 15:09 SUB OUT: Viggiano, Jeff 15:09 15:04 TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris STEAL by JOHNSON, Marcus 15:03 GOOD! FT SHOT by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 14:54 8-7 H 1 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane TURNOVR by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 14:52 BLOCK by ADRIEN, Jeff 14:30 MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane REBOUND (DEF) by ANDERSON, Rashad 14:28 TURNOVR by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 14:06 14:06 SUB IN : BROWN, Denham 14:06 SUB OUT: JOHNSON, Marcus 13:56 TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice 13:56 SUB IN : NELSON, Ed 13:56 SUB OUT: ADRIEN, Jeff TURNOVR by GARRISON, Rob 13:44 SUB IN : Viggiano, Jeff 13:44 SUB IN : AUSTRIE, Craig SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane 13:44 SUB OUT: GARRISON, Rob 13:21 8-9 V 1 GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT] 13:21 ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun GOOD! JUMPER by ANDERSON, Rashad 13:00 10-9 H 1 12:47 TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris STEAL by NELSON, Ed 12:46 GOOD! JUMPER by AUSTRIE, Craig [FB] 12:44 12-9 H 3 ASSIST by BROWN, Denham 12:44 FOUL by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 12:33 12-10 H 2 GOOD! FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff REBOUND (DEF) by BROWN, Denham 12:33 MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff 12:33 SUB IN : GAY, Rudy 12:33 SUB OUT: NELSON, Ed GOOD! 3 PTR by ANDERSON, Rashad 12:25 15-10 H 5 ASSIST by AUSTRIE, Craig 12:25 12:13 TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris SUB IN : Life, James 12:13 SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane 12:13 SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun 12:13 SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris 12:13 GOOD! 3 PTR by ANDERSON, Rashad 11:56 18-10 H 8 ASSIST by AUSTRIE, Craig 11:56 11:26 MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James 11:26 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane BLOCK by BROWN, Denham 11:23 MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane 11:21 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) 11:21 TIMEOUT MEDIA 11:21 SUB IN : NELSON, Ed 11:21 SUB OUT: ANDERSON, Rashad REBOUND (DEF) by GAY, Rudy 11:18 MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James MISSED LAYUP by BROWN, Denham 11:12 BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane 11:10 REBOUND (DEF) by Maxwell, Maurice BLOCK by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 11:05 MISSED LAYUP by Life, James REBOUND (DEF) by NELSON, Ed 11:04 TURNOVR by AUSTRIE, Craig 11:00 10:59 STEAL by Lasme, Stephane REBOUND (DEF) by NELSON, Ed 10:52 MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice GOOD! JUMPER by NELSON, Ed [PNT] 10:38 20-10 H 10 10:18 MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 10:18 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun 10:16 SUB IN : GARRISON, Rob SUB OUT: Life, James 10:16 SUB OUT: AUSTRIE, Craig REBOUND (DEF) by NELSON, Ed 10:00 MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane GOOD! 3 PTR by BROWN, Denham 09:52 23-10 H 13 ASSIST by GARRISON, Rob 09:52 09:50 TIMEOUT 30sec 09:38 23-12 H 11 GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun FOUL by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 09:11 TURNOVR by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 09:11 09:11 SUB IN : ADRIEN, Jeff 09:11 SUB OUT: ARMSTRONG, Hilton 09:00 SUB IN : ANDERSON, Rashad 09:00 SUB OUT: GAY, Rudy 08:54 TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun STEAL by ANDERSON, Rashad 08:53 MISSED 3 PTR by ANDERSON, Rashad 08:46 REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 08:30 23-14 H 9 GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT] 08:30 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice MISSED JUMPER by NELSON, Ed 08:21 REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 07:58 TIMEOUT MEDIA 07:58 SUB IN : GAY, Rudy 07:58 SUB OUT: NELSON, Ed 07:41 MISSED 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon 07:41 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 07:37 23-16 H 7 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] SUB IN : Lowe, Chris 07:37 SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon 07:37 GOOD! JUMPER by GAY, Rudy 07:25 25-16 H 9 FOUL by GAY, Rudy 07:12 MISSED FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice 07:12 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 07:12 MISSED FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice 07:12 REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 07:12 25-17 H 8 GOOD! FT SHOT by Maxwell, Maurice 07:12 SUB IN : NELSON, Ed 07:12 SUB OUT: ADRIEN, Jeff MISSED JUMPER by BROWN, Denham 07:06 REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 06:58 25-19 H 6 GOOD! DUNK by Maxwell, Maurice [FB/PNT] 06:58 ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun TIMEOUT 30sec 06:51 06:51 SUB IN : AUSTRIE, Craig 06:51 SUB OUT: GARRISON, Rob GOOD! JUMPER by ANDERSON, Rashad 06:26 27-19 H 8 06:18 TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane MISSED JUMPER by GAY, Rudy 05:58 REBOUND (OFF) by NELSON, Ed 05:58 MISSED LAYUP by NELSON, Ed 05:55 REBOUND (OFF) by NELSON, Ed 05:55 GOOD! FT SHOT by NELSON, Ed 05:54 28-19 H 9 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane GOOD! FT SHOT by NELSON, Ed 05:54 29-19 H 10 SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon 05:54 SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence 05:54 SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris 05:54 SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane 05:54 05:40 TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon GOOD! JUMPER by ANDERSON, Rashad 05:27 31-19 H 12 ASSIST by AUSTRIE, Craig 05:27 05:16 TURNOVR by Maxwell, Maurice SUB IN : Lowe, Chris 05:16 SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon 05:16 TURNOVR by BROWN, Denham 04:47 04:47 SUB IN : GARRISON, Rob 04:47 SUB OUT: AUSTRIE, Craig 04:36 31-22 H 9 GOOD! 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 04:36 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice GOOD! DUNK by GAY, Rudy [PNT] 04:25 33-22 H 11 ASSIST by NELSON, Ed 04:25 04:25 FOUL by Maxwell, Maurice MISSED FT SHOT by GAY, Rudy 04:24 REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence FOUL by GAY, Rudy 04:12 33-23 H 10 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris 04:12 33-24 H 9 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris 04:12 SUB IN : ADRIEN, Jeff 04:12 SUB OUT: GAY, Rudy GOOD! LAYUP by ADRIEN, Jeff [PNT] 03:55 35-24 H 11 ASSIST by GARRISON, Rob 03:55 03:39 MISSED LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence 03:39 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 03:37 35-26 H 9 GOOD! TIP-IN by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT] MISSED JUMPER by BROWN, Denham 03:13 REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence 03:06 35-28 H 7 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [FB/PNT] 03:06 ASSIST by Viggiano, Jeff 02:56 FOUL TECHNCL by the bench 02:56 FOUL by (TEAM) TIMEOUT media 02:56 GOOD! FT SHOT by BROWN, Denham 02:56 36-28 H 8 GOOD! FT SHOT by BROWN, Denham 02:56 37-28 H 9 02:56 SUB IN : AUSTRIE, Craig 02:56 SUB OUT: GARRISON, Rob GOOD! JUMPER by ADRIEN, Jeff 02:44 39-28 H 11 REBOUND (DEF) by NELSON, Ed 02:27 MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris MISSED JUMPER by ADRIEN, Jeff 02:03 REBOUND (OFF) by BROWN, Denham 02:03 MISSED TIP-IN by BROWN, Denham 02:00 REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun 01:51 39-30 H 9 GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT] MISSED JUMPER by NELSON, Ed 01:24 REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence REBOUND (DEF) by NELSON, Ed 01:06 MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence GOOD! JUMPER by AUSTRIE, Craig [PNT] 00:55 41-30 H 11 FOUL by ADRIEN, Jeff 00:38 41-31 H 10 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 00:38 41-32 H 9 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 00:38 SUB IN : GAY, Rudy 00:38 SUB OUT: ADRIEN, Jeff MISSED LAYUP by NELSON, Ed 00:03 BLOCK by Viggiano, Jeff 00:01 REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff CONNECTICUT 41, MASSACHUSETTS 32 1st period-only InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties Leads MASSACHUSETTS 20 12 4 6 2 0 1 CONNECTICUT 14 12 4 5 27 1 2 2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1) HOME TEAM: CONNECTICUT TIME SCORE MAR VISITORS: MASSACHUSETTS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 19:44 TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun STEAL by AUSTRIE, Craig 19:42 MISSED JUMPER by GAY, Rudy 19:38 REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 19:33 41-34 H 7 GOOD! LAYUP by Maxwell, Maurice [FB/PNT] 19:33 ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane TURNOVR by BROWN, Denham 19:23 19:21 TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff MISSED LAYUP by GAY, Rudy 19:19 REBOUND (OFF) by GAY, Rudy 19:19 GOOD! JUMPER by GAY, Rudy [PNT] 19:16 43-34 H 9 REBOUND (DEF) by GAY, Rudy 18:48 MISSED 3 PTR by Maxwell, Maurice MISSED LAYUP by BOONE, Josh 18:31 REBOUND (OFF) by GAY, Rudy 18:31 MISSED TIP-IN by GAY, Rudy 18:28 REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM) REBOUND (DEF) by BOONE, Josh 18:17 MISSED JUMPER by Viggiano, Jeff TURNOVR by GAY, Rudy 18:06 BLOCK by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 17:57 MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun REBOUND (DEF) by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 17:55 GOOD! JUMPER by BOONE, Josh [PNT] 17:48 45-34 H 11 ASSIST by BROWN, Denham 17:48 17:24 TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun STEAL by GAY, Rudy 17:23 17:16 FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence 17:16 SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun 17:16 GOOD! JUMPER by BOONE, Josh [PNT] 17:04 47-34 H 13 ASSIST by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 17:04 16:41 47-36 H 11 GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT] GOOD! DUNK by ARMSTRONG, Hilton [FB/PNT] 16:36 49-36 H 13 ASSIST by AUSTRIE, Craig 16:36 16:18 49-39 H 10 GOOD! 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon MISSED LAYUP by BOONE, Josh 15:53 REBOUND (OFF) by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 15:53 MISSED TIP-IN by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 15:50 REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence 15:43 49-41 H 8 GOOD! DUNK by Viggiano, Jeff [PNT] TURNOVR by AUSTRIE, Craig 15:36 15:35 STEAL by Lasme, Stephane 15:31 TIMEOUT MEDIA SUB IN : Lowe, Chris 15:31 SUB IN : NELSON, Ed SUB OUT: Maxwell, Maurice 15:31 SUB IN : ANDERSON, Rashad 15:31 SUB IN : GARRISON, Rob 15:31 SUB OUT: ARMSTRONG, Hilton 15:31 SUB OUT: GAY, Rudy 15:31 SUB OUT: AUSTRIE, Craig REBOUND (DEF) by ANDERSON, Rashad 15:20 MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence MISSED JUMPER by BROWN, Denham 15:11 REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris REBOUND (DEF) by BROWN, Denham 15:04 MISSED 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon TURNOVR by BROWN, Denham 14:55 14:52 STEAL by Viggiano, Jeff BLOCK by BOONE, Josh 14:40 MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane REBOUND (DEF) by BOONE, Josh 14:39 14:39 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun 14:39 SUB IN : GAY, Rudy SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane 14:39 SUB OUT: BROWN, Denham MISSED JUMPER by NELSON, Ed 14:27 REBOUND (OFF) by BOONE, Josh 14:27 MISSED FT SHOT by BOONE, Josh 14:25 FOUL by Carrier, Lawrence REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 14:25 GOOD! FT SHOT by BOONE, Josh 14:25 50-41 H 9 REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM) 14:11 MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris GOOD! 3 PTR by ANDERSON, Rashad 13:49 53-41 H 12 ASSIST by GARRISON, Rob 13:49 REBOUND (DEF) by BOONE, Josh 13:32 MISSED LAYUP by Carrier, Lawrence MISSED LAYUP by NELSON, Ed 13:25 REBOUND (OFF) by GAY, Rudy 13:25 MISSED JUMPER by GAY, Rudy 13:22 REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence 13:17 53-43 H 10 GOOD! LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff [FB/PNT] 13:17 ASSIST by Carrier, Lawrence FOUL by GARRISON, Rob 13:17 MISSED FT SHOT by Viggiano, Jeff 13:17 REBOUND (OFF) by Carrier, Lawrence SUB IN : Maxwell, Maurice 13:17 SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon 13:17 FOUL by NELSON, Ed 13:13 53-44 H 9 GOOD! FT SHOT by Carrier, Lawrence REBOUND (DEF) by BOONE, Josh 13:13 MISSED FT SHOT by Carrier, Lawrence 13:13 SUB IN : ARMSTRONG, Hilton 13:13 SUB OUT: NELSON, Ed MISSED LAYUP by ANDERSON, Rashad 13:04 REBOUND (OFF) by BOONE, Josh 13:04 GOOD! TIP-IN by BOONE, Josh [PNT] 13:01 55-44 H 11 12:49 55-47 H 8 GOOD! 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff 12:49 ASSIST by Maxwell, Maurice GOOD! DUNK by GAY, Rudy [FB/PNT] 12:39 57-47 H 10 ASSIST by BOONE, Josh 12:39 REBOUND (DEF) by GAY, Rudy 12:22 MISSED 3 PTR by Carrier, Lawrence GOOD! LAYUP by BOONE, Josh [FB/PNT] 12:12 59-47 H 12 ASSIST by GARRISON, Rob 12:12 12:09 TIMEOUT 30sec SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane 12:09 SUB IN : AUSTRIE, Craig SUB OUT: Carrier, Lawrence 12:09 SUB IN : BROWN, Denham 12:09 SUB OUT: ANDERSON, Rashad 12:09 SUB OUT: GARRISON, Rob REBOUND (DEF) by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 11:53 MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff MISSED JUMPER by BOONE, Josh 11:41 REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM) 11:41 TIMEOUT MEDIA 11:12 TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon 11:12 SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris 11:12 GOOD! JUMPER by GAY, Rudy 10:49 61-47 H 14 10:33 MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 10:33 REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane BLOCK by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 10:30 MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane REBOUND (DEF) by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 10:30 10:14 SUB IN : NELSON, Ed 10:14 SUB OUT: ARMSTRONG, Hilton GOOD! 3 PTR by GAY, Rudy 09:56 64-47 H 17 09:41 TURNOVR by Viggiano, Jeff STEAL by GAY, Rudy 09:40 GOOD! DUNK by GAY, Rudy [FB/PNT] 09:37 66-47 H 19 09:36 TIMEOUT 30sec FOUL by NELSON, Ed 09:18 09:18 SUB IN : ADRIEN, Jeff 09:18 SUB IN : ANDERSON, Rashad 09:18 SUB OUT: BROWN, Denham 09:18 SUB OUT: NELSON, Ed 09:16 TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane STEAL by ANDERSON, Rashad 09:14 MISSED FT SHOT by BOONE, Josh 09:11 FOUL by Thomas, Brandon REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 09:11 MISSED FT SHOT by BOONE, Josh 09:11 REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence 09:11 SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane 09:11 08:50 TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane 08:50 SUB IN : ARMSTRONG, Hilton SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun 08:50 SUB OUT: BOONE, Josh MISSED JUMPER by GAY, Rudy 08:34 BLOCK by Viggiano, Jeff 08:32 REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff 08:29 MISSED LAYUP by Viggiano, Jeff 08:29 REBOUND (OFF) by Viggiano, Jeff REBOUND (DEF) by ADRIEN, Jeff 08:20 MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff MISSED JUMPER by AUSTRIE, Craig 08:11 REBOUND (DEF) by Carrier, Lawrence FOUL by GAY, Rudy 08:11 08:11 SUB IN : BROWN, Denham 08:11 SUB IN : GARRISON, Rob 08:11 SUB OUT: GAY, Rudy 08:11 SUB OUT: AUSTRIE, Craig FOUL by BROWN, Denham 07:54 07:54 TIMEOUT MEDIA 07:54 66-48 H 18 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 07:54 66-49 H 17 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane SUB IN : Life, James 07:54 SUB OUT: Viggiano, Jeff 07:54 07:41 FOUL by Life, James TURNOVR by BROWN, Denham 07:22 06:56 66-51 H 15 GOOD! JUMPER by Life, James FOUL by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 06:50 TURNOVR by ARMSTRONG, Hilton 06:50 06:50 SUB IN : BOONE, Josh 06:50 SUB IN : GAY, Rudy 06:50 SUB OUT: BROWN, Denham 06:50 SUB OUT: ARMSTRONG, Hilton BLOCK by GAY, Rudy 06:39 MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James REBOUND (DEF) by GAY, Rudy 06:38 06:22 FOUL by Life, James 06:06 SUB IN : AUSTRIE, Craig 06:06 SUB OUT: GARRISON, Rob GOOD! FT SHOT by GAY, Rudy 05:59 67-51 H 16 FOUL by Life, James GOOD! FT SHOT by GAY, Rudy 05:59 68-51 H 17 SUB IN : Viggiano, Jeff 05:59 SUB OUT: Life, James 05:59 SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun 05:48 SUB OUT: Carrier, Lawrence 05:48 REBOUND (DEF) by BOONE, Josh 05:44 MISSED 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon TURNOVR by ANDERSON, Rashad 05:38 05:38 SUB IN : BROWN, Denham 05:38 SUB OUT: ANDERSON, Rashad 05:18 68-53 H 15 GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun 05:18 ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon GOOD! LAYUP by ADRIEN, Jeff [PNT] 05:06 70-53 H 17 ASSIST by BOONE, Josh 05:06 REBOUND (DEF) by BOONE, Josh 04:45 MISSED 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon GOOD! JUMPER by BROWN, Denham 04:30 72-53 H 19 ASSIST by GAY, Rudy 04:30 SUB IN : Lowe, Chris 04:06 SUB OUT: Maxwell, Maurice 04:06 03:57 MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris 03:57 REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun 03:54 MISSED TIP-IN by Freeman, Rashaun 03:54 REBOUND (OFF) by Lowe, Chris REBOUND (DEF) by AUSTRIE, Craig 03:43 MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff MISSED JUMPER by ADRIEN, Jeff 03:30 REBOUND (OFF) by BOONE, Josh 03:30 GOOD! TIP-IN by BOONE, Josh [PNT] 03:26 74-53 H 21 REBOUND (DEF) by BROWN, Denham 03:07 MISSED 3 PTR by Viggiano, Jeff MISSED LAYUP by GAY, Rudy 03:00 REBOUND (DEF) by Viggiano, Jeff FOUL by BROWN, Denham 02:57 02:57 TIMEOUT media 02:57 74-54 H 20 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 02:57 74-55 H 19 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun 02:57 SUB IN : JOHNSON, Marcus 02:57 SUB IN : NELSON, Ed 02:57 SUB OUT: ADRIEN, Jeff 02:57 SUB OUT: GAY, Rudy MISSED JUMPER by BROWN, Denham 02:29 REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun REBOUND (DEF) by JOHNSON, Marcus 02:16 MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris MISSED JUMPER by BOONE, Josh 02:06 REBOUND (OFF) by NELSON, Ed 02:06 MISSED JUMPER by NELSON, Ed 02:02 REBOUND (OFF) by BOONE, Josh 02:02 GOOD! TIP-IN by BOONE, Josh [PNT] 01:59 76-55 H 21 01:47 TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun STEAL by NELSON, Ed 01:46 GOOD! FT SHOT by BROWN, Denham 01:25 77-55 H 22 FOUL by Viggiano, Jeff GOOD! FT SHOT by BROWN, Denham 01:25 78-55 H 23 SUB IN : Carrier, Lawrence 01:25 SUB IN : ADRIEN, Jeff SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun 01:25 SUB IN : GARRISON, Rob 01:25 SUB IN : THOMPSON, Ryan 01:25 SUB OUT: BOONE, Josh 01:25 SUB OUT: BROWN, Denham 01:25 SUB OUT: AUSTRIE, Craig 01:00 MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris 01:00 REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) FOUL by NELSON, Ed 01:00 78-56 H 22 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane 01:00 78-57 H 21 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane SUB IN : Life, James 01:00 SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon 01:00 MISSED LAYUP by GARRISON, Rob 00:45 BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM) 00:45 MISSED FT SHOT by JOHNSON, Marcus 00:43 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL) 00:43 MISSED FT SHOT by JOHNSON, Marcus 00:43 REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane 00:23 78-60 H 18 GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James 00:23 ASSIST by Lowe, Chris CONNECTICUT 78, MASSACHUSETTS 60 2nd period-only InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties Leads MASSACHUSETTS 8 4 3 4 6 0 0 CONNECTICUT 22 10 9 8 5 0 0 POINTS OFF TURNOVERS 1 2 - Tot MASSACHUSETTS........... 12 4 - 16 CONNECTICUT............. 12 10 - 22 POINTS IN PAINT 1 2 - Tot MASSACHUSETTS........... 20 8 - 28 CONNECTICUT............. 14 22 - 36 2ND CHANCE POINTS 1 2 - Tot MASSACHUSETTS........... 4 3 - 7 CONNECTICUT............. 4 9 - 13 FAST BREAK POINTS 1 2 - Tot MASSACHUSETTS........... 6 4 - 10 CONNECTICUT............. 5 8 - 13 BENCH POINTS 1 2 - Tot MASSACHUSETTS........... 2 6 - 8 CONNECTICUT............. 27 5 - 32 SCORE TIED BY 1 2 - Tot MASSACHUSETTS........... 0 0 - 0 CONNECTICUT............. 1 0 - 1 LEAD GAINED BY 1 2 - Tot MASSACHUSETTS........... 1 0 - 1 CONNECTICUT............. 2 0 - 2