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Richmond crawls into Amherst
Minutemen host Spiders after a restful six-day layoff
By Danny Picard, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/2/2007

There was plenty of time to let the come-from-behind win over Charlotte sink in. The Massachusetts men's basketball team will have had six days to think about Sunday's 66-61 victory by the time Saturday's battle with Richmond rolls around.

The Minutemen host the Spiders (5-16, 1-7 Atlantic 10) tomorrow at noon at the Mullins Center.

UMass coach Travis Ford rewarded his team with two days off from practice (Monday and Tuesday), but the extra long layoff in between games isn't something he wants every week, especially after a big win.

"It was a positive and negative thing for us," Ford said on the six days off. "The positive was that we got our guys to get acclimated to going back to school. The negative part was, I really liked the way we finished the Charlotte game, so I'd like to have gotten right back on the court and played a game somewhere in between."

Ford liked the mentality his team played with on Sunday, and wanted to carry that into the week by playing more games.

"It was kind of two-fold, but we'll deal with the situation that was presented to us," Ford said. "This time of year I really don't like to be off that long. I'd rather be playing games."

UMass (15-6, 5-2 A-10) now finds itself with back-to-back games at home, with Saturday's contest being against the lesser of the two teams. Richmond is in last place in the A-10, and has only one win in conference play.

The Spiders have had their fair share of troubles this season. They have lost 13 of their last 14 games, and are currently on a six-game losing skid.

However, the Minutemen have made it a point that underestimation is not one of their qualities.

"Every game is big for us because we're not good enough to overlook anybody," senior Rashaun Freeman said. "We're only good enough to where, if we take every game serious, like a Richmond game, then I think we'll be in good shape."

"There haven't been any easy games for us," Ford said. "I think we understand that we're not a team that's going to go out and overlook anybody. We're fighting for our lives. This game is not going to be easy. It's very much a big concern for me right now because you can throw records out the door. Richmond can win on any given night, so we just have to step up and play some defense."

Saturday's game will mark just the seventh meeting between UMass and Richmond. The Spiders hold a 5-1 advantage in their last six games, including three straight.

The Minutemen haven't beaten Richmond since Feb. 12, 2003, but the UMass veterans aren't using that as a motivational tool.

"I'm really not thinking about that, but more so just taking care of business and being on top of my game," Freeman said. "As a captain, I have to be that spark that we need to get us a victory.

"That's all that really matters. I'm not worrying about how many times we beat them, or how many times we lost. I'm just concerned about getting it done on Saturday."

The Spiders are led by freshman forward Dan Geriot. Geriot leads the team in scoring with 11.8 points per game. Other than him, no other Richmond players averages double digits in scoring on the year, as opposed to UMass' four players (Freeman, Stephane Lasme, James Life and Gary Forbes) averaging over 12 points per game.

Richmond is the worst offensive team in the conference, averaging only 60.4 points per game. It is also one of the worst rebounding teams in the A-10, averaging 6.29 offensive rebounds (14th) and 18.95 defensive rebounds (13th) per contest.

UMass certainly has more momentum than the Spiders heading into Saturday's matchup. Coming back from a 25-9 first-half deficit to defeat Charlotte on the road is something the Minutemen would like to use as a springboard to a successful A-10 stretch run.

"That game was going to tell us what direction we were going to go in," Freeman said about Sunday's win. "If we had lost that game, we would have been in a really tough position, and we would have had six days off just thinking about a loss.

"It's good because we needed the time we had off," he said. "We've had a lot of games this year, and with the rest that we got, I think that could lead to a good end of the season."


Watching the clock
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/3/2007

AMHERST - Meet the anti-Duquesne.

The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team Jan. 21 faced the Dukes, whose new system featured 40 minutes with the gas pedal down. The shot clock was irrelevant as Duquesne pushed the ball and launched the first open or even semi-open shot available. The Minutemen adjusted and held off the Dukes 101-87.

Saturday's game at noon against Richmond at the Mullins Center figures to be a diametrically different game.

Spiders coach Chris Mooney is a disciple of Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril, who devised the Princeton offense, a motion and ball-movement based scheme that usually employs most of the shot clock waiting for a mismatch or a backdoor layup. It usually creates low scores and frustrated opponents.

The system rarely produces statistical stars. Richmond has just one player with a double-figure scoring average - freshman big man Dan Geriot at 11.8 points per game. The current version of that offense at Richmond is still evolving at Mooney tries to construct a roster fit to play it.

The Spiders have lost 13 of their last 14 and arrive on a six-game losing streak with a 5-16 (1-7 Atlantic 10) record. They have an uphill climb just to make the Atlantic 10 Tournament because only the top 12 of 14 teams qualify.

Still, the Minutemen (15-6, 5-2 A-10) aren't overlooking Richmond and are well aware of the perils of facing a struggling Spiders squad. Last year Richmond was on an eight-game losing streak when it hosted the Minutemen and proceeded to thump UMass 81-66 in the worst loss for coach Travis Ford's tenure in Amherst.

"We'll get our guys better prepared than we were last year. That was the worst game we've played since I've been here," Ford said. "This game is so different than any other game. It's just so difficult to prepare for. It's like going to the dentist. It totally goes against the philosophy of how we like to play. We're going to be aggressive but I don't think we can get up and deny like we like to. We better come out and play hard. When we do that, good things can happen."

Sophomore point guard Chris Lowe said it was his responsibility to make sure the Minutemen make good decisions.

"You have to be focused in on the scouting reports and the game plans the coaches have for this team because they're an interesting team. They like to play slow-down basketball and we like to play fast-paced," Lowe said. "We have to make every possession a good possession. I have to make sure I get the ball to the right place at the right time and make sure we get good shot selection and make sure we don't turn the ball over. We have to have good possessions. They like to limit you to one shot then use the whole 35-second shot clock to their advantage. This year we're at home so we have to play better against their matchup zone and their style of offense."

The Minutemen's biggest advantage should be rebounding. The Spiders have been outboarded by 8.9 per game, by far the worst in the Atlantic 10. UMass has outrebounded its opponents by 6.5 per game.

The Minutemen got extra time to prepare with no midweek game. Ford said he was uncertain about whether that was a good thing.

"We just started school so it was good to get these guys acclimated without a game this week," Ford said. "But I really wish we could have jumped right back on the court after the Charlotte game, I really like the mentality we played with in the last 30 minutes of the game and how hard we played and how focused we were."

After giving the team an extra day off early in the week while he went recruiting, Ford said he the week has not been used exclusively to prepare for Richmond.

"We have to work on how to guard and they're going to play us a matchup zone the whole time. I'm torn on how much to spend," Ford said. "Obviously nothing matters but winning the game, but we don't want to spend four days just for one game."

Senior big man Rashaun Freeman, who is nursing a sore knee but is expected to play, needs 26 points to reach No. 5 Tony Barbee (1,643) on the UMass career scoring chart.

"I think this week off was good. We got some rest. I think that's what we needed," Freeman said. "We have to finish off strong. It's just about winning and taking care of business."

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.


Forbes & Lowe Push UMass Past Richmond, 72-56
Forbes has double-double day; Lowe scores career high
From UMass Athletics, 2/3/2007

AMHERST, Mass. - Gary Forbes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had his first double-double effort as a Minuteman and Chris Lowe (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) scored a career-high 19 points as UMass used a strong second half to get past Richmond 72-56 on Saturday afternoon in an Atlantic 10 tilt at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen trailed by one at halftime, but used a 12-2 run to start the second half and iced the game as Forbes and Lowe scored 15 of UMass' final 17 points of the game. Forbes finished the game with 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Lowe's 19 points were on the strength of 11-for-12 free throw shooting.

UMass improves to 16-6 overall and 6-2 in the Atlantic 10, while the Spiders fall to 5-17 overall and 1-8 in the league.

Lowe led all players with his 19 points, while Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) chipped in 13.

Forbes 16 rebounds were three more than Richmond had as a team. The Minutemen outrebounded the Spiders 39-to-13.

David Gonzalvez led Richmond with 15 points, while Brian Morris scored 11.

The game started out sluggishly for UMass who trailed Richmond by as many as nine, 23-14, midway through the first half. UMass used a 10-0 run following the third media timeout of the half on a three-point play by Forbes with 4:04 to play.

Forbes drained a pair of free throws with four seconds in the half to give UMass a 30-29 lead, but a defensive lapse allowed the Spiders to go the legnth of the court and Jarhon Giddings tipped in a Ryan Buttler missed lay-up to take a 31-30 lead at intermission.

In the second half, UMass opened up with a 12-2 run highlighted by a fastbreak, two-handed dunk by Life just over six minutes into the period. The opportunity was created by the full court trapping pressure that UMass switched to in the period. That pressure helped UMass hold onto the lead despite Richmond cutting it down to five on three separate occasions.

With 6:53 to play and holding on to a 53-48 lead, UMass sparked a 9-2 run with senior Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) feeding Freeman in the post for a two-handed slam.

Richmond could get no closer and Forbes and Lowe iced the game scoring 15 of the final 17 UMass points.

UMass drilled 10 of its final 12 free throws in the final 1:39 and finished the game hitting 33-of-43 for the game. The 33 free throws was the most in the season and the most since hitting 40 against the defending National Champion Arkansas on Nov. 25, 1994.

For the game, UMass shot 51.4 percent on 19-of-37 shooting, while Richmond shot 38.5 percent for the game shooting 20-of-52 for the game.

The Minutemen return to the Mullins Center on Thursday, Feb. 8 to host Rhode Island in the season re-match. The Rams defeated UMass by three, 75-72, just 10 days ago in the Ryan Center. The game will be "Black Out Night" and the first 1,500 fans in the doors will receive a free black UMass t-shirt. Fans are encouraged to wear black as well to support the Minutemen.


Post-game notes & quotes
From UMass Athletics, 2/3/2007

Chris Lowe scored a career-high 19 points in the win. It was his fourth game this season in double-figures. He had scored 14 points on three previous occasions. He made a career-best 11 free throws on 12 attempts. His old high of made free throws was six.

* Gary Forbes had a double-double for the first time at UMass and just the second on his career with 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. His only other double-double came on Jan. 16, 2005 when he had 17 points and 10 rebounds at Duke. His rebound total set his career-high, as he had 12 against Loyola Marymount on Dec. 19, 2003.

* Forbes had more rebounds than the entire Richmond team, 16-to-13.

* Forbes scored in double-figures for the 17th time in 22 games this season and 41st in his career.

* Rashaun Freeman scored in double-figures for the 20th time in 22 games this season and 84th time in 107 career games at UMass with 13.

* Dante Millgan made five free throws, on his six attempts, setting a new career-best for made foul shots in a game and attempts. He had made three twice before and taken four.

* Stephane Lasme was honored with a commemorative ball before the game for breaking Marcus Camby's career blocked shots record. Camby had 336, Lasme entered the game against Richmond with 339.

* UMass made a season-best 33 free throws on a season-high 43 attempts. It was the most made free throws by a UMass team since the Minutemen went 40-of-50 from the line against defending national champion Arkansas on Nov. 25, 1994.


Travis Ford on bench minutes: I wanted to play guys like Ricky and Luke more but it's hard to guard that style of play if you are in and out of the game all the time. I had to stick with the same guys for most of the game.

Travis Ford on Lasme's foul trouble: Stef does a bad job of getting into foul trouble early in the game but once he is in trouble he does a good job of not accumulating any more fouls.

Gary Forbes on the stretch: There is a big stretch coming up and we're looking toward the Rhode Island game. We're taking it one game at a time.

Chris Lowe on how the team is doing this season: The team is gelling and we now know what coach wants. We have eight games left and we're tied for first and if we stick together we could take the conference title. The cream rises to the top.

Richmond Coach Chris Mooney: I give a lot of credit to UMass, they're one of the best teams in the league. We focused too much on Rashaun and Stephane and let Lowe hurt us. Lowe had great penetration.


Lowe provides the highlights for UMass
By Marty Dobrow, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 2/4/2007

AMHERST - Now comes the hard part.

After yesterday's 72-56 victory over last-place Richmond, the University of Massachusetts basketball team has one month and eight games left in the regular season. The Minutemen have put themselves in position to realize some of their hoop dreams. At 16-6 overall and 6-2 in the Atlantic 10, they have a legitimate shot at winning the conference title and getting into the NCAA Tournament.

"A lot is at stake," said point guard Chris Lowe, who turned in a game- and career-high 19 points. "There are eight games left. We're in the midst of everything."

The critical stretch begins at home Thursday night against Rhode Island (14-9, 7-2). The winner will stand alone atop the A-10.

But first UMass had to take care of the lowly Spiders, who came to the Mullins Center having lost six straight and 13 of 14. Richmond (5-17, 1-8) is young, thin, and distinctive in its slow-down style filled with Princeton-esque back cuts.

For a while that approach gave UMass fits as the Spiders opened a 23-14 lead. UMass coach Travis Ford was literally pushing his players back to the bench during the ensuing media timeout. His fury seemed to awaken the Minutemen, who went on a 10-0 run to take the lead. Richmond recovered to take a 31-30 advantage at the break, but in the second half UMass's physical superiority proved too much.

UMass's formula for success all season has been pounding the ball into the post to Stephane Lasme and Rashaun Freeman. The secondary option has been the 3-point shooting of James Life, who averages 3.43 treys per game, second most in the league. Yesterday the senior trio had minimal impact.

Freeman was decent, but scored (13) and rebounded (8) below his season averages. Lasme was held to 8 points, 5 rebounds, and a season-low 1 blocked shot. Life couldn't find the range all game, going just 1 for 8 from behind the arc.

Fortunately for the Minutemen, junior Gary Forbes was a menace, scoring 16 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. In a statistical rarity, Forbes actually outrebounded Richmond himself, and UMass finished with a startling 39-13 edge on the glass.

Lowe finished 4 of 5 from the field and 11 of 12 from the free-throw line, and was at his best during a game-clinching sequence with UMass ahead, 58-50, with just under three minutes left. First the sophomore knifed into the lane with the shot clock running down and fired up a running one-hander to push the lead to double digits. Off a Freeman block on the other end, Lowe blazed up court, found a gap, got bumped, and flicked the ball over his shoulder as he went skidding on his backside. Somehow the shot went in.

"That's a different game than we played all year long -- not just style of basketball, but how we won the game," said Ford. "We won it with our point guard who never scores scoring the most points. We won with our leading rebounder being Gary Forbes. We won with only making one 3. We had to do some different things to win the basketball game."

Ford knows that is not the blueprint for the future.

"We're going to win big games by Steph and Ray doing their job, and James Life has got to make some 3s," said Ford. "But it's good to see that those guys [Lowe and Forbes] stepped up.

"As I told them, 'There are eight games left. Now it's time to see what you're made of.' "


Minutemen spin a win: Forbes, Lowe provide late surge
By Rich Thompson, The Boston Herald, 2/4/2007

AMHERST - The Richmond Spiders are capable of producing a bizarre boxscore every time they take the floor.

That was most evident when the numbers were tallied after UMass’ 72-56 victory over Richmond before 5,221 yesterday at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen improved to 16-6 and 6-2 in the Atlantic-10 in a game in which nothing went according to plan and just about everything went their way.

Richmond second-year coach Chris Mooney has brought the Princeton offense to the A-10 and the contrast in styles produced some unimaginable numbers from both squads.

“They play a different style of basketball and it’s a style that fits them,” said UMass coach Travis Ford. “It was just a different game from any game we’ve played all year long and we had to do some different things to win the basketball game.”

Here’s a statistical sampling that would support Ford’s observations. Small forward Gary Forbes outrebounded Richmond 16-13. Despite the Minutemen’s dominance on the boards (39-13), Richmond took 15 more shots (52-37).

Point guard Chris Lowe, who averages six points per game, led the team with a career-high 19. Shooting guard James Life, who is second in the A-10 in made 3-pointers (63), was 1-for-8 from behind the arc. Stephane Lasme, who is second in the nation in blocked shots (5.14 per game), had one rejection against an undersized Richmond frontcourt.

UMass had more free throw attempts (43) than shots from the floor (37) and 33 of its 72 points came from the line. That was the most made free throws for the Minutemen since hitting 40 against Arkansas on Nov. 24, 1994.

“I just felt like I was going to the dentist today because it was like pulling teeth,” said Ford. “I was trying to get guys to play, looking for lineups and trying to figure the right lineup to play against this style of basketball.

“From the way we play, to change gears 100 percent in the middle of the conference (schedule) was tough to do. We are totally different than them and the last few days we’ve worked on stuff that is totally opposite of what we play.”

Richmond’s discombobulated ball rotation found its rhythm during a 14-2 run that produced a 23-14 lead with 7:44 to play in the first half. With Lowe and Forbes in control of the offense, UMass ripped off 10 straight to take a 24-23 lead. The teams played even through the final three minutes and Richmond went into the half up 31-30.

Rashaun Freeman (13 points) and Lasme sparked a 12-2 run at the start of the second half to give UMass a 42-33 lead with 13:51 to play. David Gonzalvez and Brian Morris helped the Spiders cut the Minutemen’s lead to 53-48 with 7:13 on the clock.

Lowe and Forbes squelched the Spiders rally by combining for 15 of UMass’ final 17 points. UMass did most of the damage from the line, hitting 10-of-12 in the final 1:39 of the game.

While Ford appreciated how Lowe and Forbes responded to Richmond, he doesn’t want to see a repeat in Thursday’s showdown with first-place Rhode Island at the Mullins Center (8 p.m.).

“Reflecting on the game, I don’t even remember how we scored and I know we didn’t make any 3’s,” said Ford. “It was good to see those other guys step up, but we’re going to win big games by Stephane and Ray doing their jobs and James Life hitting 3’s.

“There are eight games left and now is the time to see what we are made of. It’s not that Chris Lowe can’t score 19, but that’s not what we want and not what we need. He just did it when we needed it.”


Spiders pressed, hung by UMass
Second-half pressure key to win
By Brendan Hall, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette Correspondent, 2/4/2007

AMHERST - With all the shouting, teeth-gritting and shirt-tugging, UMass coach Travis Ford made his frustration visibly clear in the first half yesterday. And it didn’t stop there.

“He just told us (at the half) we were playing scared defensively because of (Richmond’s) offense,” point guard Chris Lowe said. “He wanted us to play our own style and be aggressive on defense. We came out and got aggressive, made some stops.”

That they did.

Trailing by a point at intermission and looking confused by Richmond’s slow-down Princeton offense and matchup zone defense, the Minutemen started the second half pressing in the backcourt. That helped UMass go on a 12-2 run en route to a 72-56 win before 5,221 at the Mullins Center.

The Minutemen improved to 16-6, 6-2 in the Atlantic 10. Richmond fell to 5-17 and 1-8.

“That’s a gutsy team. I told my staff, I don’t look forward to playing that team in the future,” Ford said. “It was just a different game than we’ve played all year long, and not just in style of basketball, but how we won the game.”

How strange was the game?

The Minutemen, normally abysmal at the foul line, hit more free throws (33 of 43) than field goals (19 of 37). The Minutemen also made just one 3-pointer on eight tries, all by James Life.

Swingman Gary Forbes led UMass with 16 rebounds (15 defensively) to go along with 16 points. And Lowe finished with a career-high 19 points (11 of 12 free throws), but had just one assist.

Ford also chose to leave shot-blocker Stephane Lasme (8 points, 5 rebounds) on the floor with four fouls and eight minutes to go.

The coach said the backcourt pressure after intermission was not only designed to force turnovers, but also to put energy into his team. The result was three Richmond turnovers to start the second half, leading to the 12-2 run that was capped by a rare breakaway, two-handed slam by Life after picking the pocket of Ryan Butler on the left wing.

But credit Lowe with the kill. With 2-1/2 minutes left, and UMass up by 8, he picked up a block by Rashaun Freeman (13 points, 8 rebounds), went the length of the court, and drove up and under two defenders for a layup. He then rebounded the ensuing Richmond shot and went to the hole again for the most electric play of the afternoon.

Lowe gathered at the right block and, while falling down, switched hands and released a teardrop righty before hitting the floor, making it 62-50 with just over two minutes to go. UMass finished with a 10-6 run.

“I actually saw Steph and Gary coming down the lane, so I was getting ready to pass it, but I just saw that I could put it up from underneath the rim,” Lowe said.

Using backdoor cuts and deep perimeter shots, the Spiders built a 23-14 lead with seven minutes to go in the half before Ford called a timeout. The Minutemen responded with a 10-0 run to take the lead, but they couldn’t hold on.

Forbes made two free throws with 4 seconds left to give Richmond a 30-29 lead. UMass escaped into the locker room with a one-point lead, however, when Jarhon Giddings tipped in an errant Butler 3.

David Gonzalvez and Brian Morris led the Spiders with 15 and 11 points, respectively.


Spider extermination
Lowe's 19-point effort lifts Minutemen over Richmond
By Danny Picard, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/5/2007

Shutting down Stephane Lasme is always part of the game plan for teams coming into the Mullins Center. Actually containing him on his home court usually bodes well for the opposition.

But don't tell that to Chris Lowe.

The sophomore point guard scored a career-high 19 points in UMass' 72-56 win over Richmond on Saturday afternoon.

"It's pretty nice, but we won, that's what counts more," Lowe said. "You can't worry about getting stats and everything; you just have to worry about getting W's."

"He played terrific today," junior Gary Forbes said about Lowe's play. "He got in the lane and made big baskets. They really couldn't guard Chris Lowe off the dribble. Not many people can, in the country."

Before Saturday, Lowe was just your everyday playmaking point guard, ranking fourth in the Atlantic 10 in assists with four per game. But his scoring touch took over against the Spiders (5-17, 1-8 A-10). Lowe's quickness and ability to drive to the net got him 12 tries from the foul line, an area UMass has struggled in all season.

The Minutemen went into the game as the worst free-throw-shooting team in the conference, shooting only 61 percent when they get to the line. They got there again on Saturday, and it didn't hurt them.

Lowe hit 11-of-12 free throws, while Forbes made 10-of-15. UMass finished the game 33-of-43 from the charity stripe, 16 percent better than its season average.

"We should be shooting free throws that much," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "I want to shoot free throws. It helped that some good free-throw shooters shot them today, but Steph's going to make them and Ray's going to make them.

"If we're getting to the foul line a lot, that means we're playing the way we want to play. So we're not running from the free-throw line at all."

The Minutemen (16-6, 6-2 A-10) outscored the Spiders, 42-25, in the second half after trailing by one, 31-30, at the break. UMass, and most notably Gary Forbes, dominated the boards all game.

Forbes single-handedly out-rebounded the whole Richmond team. His 16 boards outdid the Spiders' total of 13. Forbes posted his first double-double with the Minutemen on Saturday, adding 16 points to his totals.

The lead changed eight times, but a Lasme layup to open the second half gave the Minutemen a 32-31 lead, which they never lost. UMass started the second frame on a 17-6 run, but Richmond freshman Ryan Butler nailed a 3-pointer at the 10-minute mark to cut the lead to 49-44.

The Spiders didn't get any closer than that, and the "Put in Pennie" chants - referring to senior walk-on Matt Pennie - were heard throughout the entire final minute. And for the opposing team, that's the sound of defeat.

UMass looked dead in the first 20 minutes, trailing by one at halftime after Richmond freshman Dan Geriot tipped in Butler's missed layup at the buzzer.

"At halftime, I just wasn't happy with the way we played," Ford said. "I thought we were lucky to be only down one.

"We switched to a press, not to turn them over because I didn't think it would turn them over," he added. "I did it just to try and give us energy, but it actually did turn them over."

The full-court press woke Ford's players up, letting UMass play at its own, quicker pace.

"I don't look forward to playing [Richmond] in the future," Ford said after the win. "It was just a different game than we played all year long. Not just the style of basketball, but how we won the game."

The Minutemen won the game much differently than usual - Lowe scoring most of the points, Forbes out-rebounding an entire team and senior James Life being ice cold from the 3-point line.

Life had nine points in the win, but shot 3-for-10 from the field, and only 1-for-8 from behind the arc.

Senior Rashaun Freeman was the third Minuteman in double digits, scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds.


Forbes big for UMass
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/5/2007

AMHERST - The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team won. The list of things that went as expected Saturday pretty much stopped there.

The Minutemen took care of business against the struggling Spiders 72-56 in a game full of unlikely statistics.

Gary Forbes drives to the hoop
Gary Forbes drives to the hoop.
Maybe the oddest numbers in the game came on the glass. UMass junior Gary Forbes' career-high 16 rebounds were three more than the entire Richmond team as well as teammates Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme who had 13 combined. The Minutemen tripled the Spiders 39-13 on the boards.

UMass actually won the game with its free-throw shooting. The Minutemen, who at times have been woeful at the line, made 33 of 43, including 11 by Chris Lowe and 10 by Forbes. Just getting to the line at all has been difficult for UMass which took just four throws against Xavier and 10 against Rhode Island last month. The 33 made free throws matched the Minutemen's total from the last four games combined.

The Spiders' game plan was to try to stop Lasme and Freeman and slow the tempo to force perimeter players to carry the offense for UMass. Richmond (5-17, 1-8 A-10) got the added bonus of an off day of shooting by James Life who made just 3-of-10 shots (one-of-eight from 3-point range). But Forbes and Lowe shouldered the scoring load effectively.

Lowe had a career-high 19 points and was effective driving to the basket, mixing pull-ups and floaters, while the Spiders couldn't keep up with him.

"I've very happy with the win," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "That was a different type of game, not just in style of play, but how we won the game. We won with our point guard who never scores, scoring the most points. We won by only making one 3(-pointer). We did some different things to win the basketball game."

Forbes matched his rebound total with 16 points for his second career double-double. The first was when he played for Virginia and had 17 points and 10 boards at Duke Jan. 16, 2005.

"We went in knowing this was going to be a tough game, especially with the way they play offense," said Forbes, who had 15 of his rebounds on the defensive end.

Freeman finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

David Gonzalvez led Richmond with 15 points.

The win improved the Minutemen to 16-6 (6-2 Atlantic 10) and moved them within one victory of the total achieved by the last UMass team which advanced to the postseason with a record of 17-16 in 1999-2000.

The win also means that the Minutemen will finish the regular season above .500. and gives them another crack at first place in the conference. They host Rhode Island (7-2 A-10, 14-9 overall) at 8 p.m. Thursday in a game that will be televised by CSTV.

"I told guys there's eight games left," Ford said. "It's time to go out and see what you're made of."

UMass led 14-11 early, but Richmond reeled off 12 straight points to take a 23-14 lead. The Minutemen answered with a 9-0 run to regain the lead as the teams went back and forth until Jarhon Giddings laid in an alley-oop pass at the buzzer to give the Spiders a 31/30 lead at halftime.

"I thought we were lucky to only be down one," Ford said. "It's tough to come back against a team like that. We switched to a press in the second half ... I thought it helped speed the game up."

Ford's halftime message found its mark. His team came out of intermission on a 12/3 run and didn't allow Richmond a field goal for the first six minutes, 43 seconds of the second half. The Spiders kept the score respectable for most of the half but never really threatened again.

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.

James Life goes around Drew Crank for a better option
James Life goes around Drew Crank for a better option.


Lowe hits career high with 19
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/5/2007

AMHERST - With just over two minutes left in the University of Massachusetts' 72-56 win over Richmond Saturday, Chris Lowe drove into the lane and took off toward the basket.

The plan was to draw an extra defender and dump the ball to an open teammate for an easy layup, but that didn't materialize as Lowe twisted in the air. With no other option as his back turned to the basket, Lowe tossed up a circus shot over his head and the ball dropped in to put the Minutemen up 62-50.

Lowe, whose career has been more steady and strong than spectacular, smiled at the absurdity of the play as he ran back on defense.

"I just put it up and it went in," Lowe said. "It was a luck shot."

The sophomore point guard is usually happy to run the offense and get his teammates good shots. But the Spiders seemed to anticipate that Saturday and didn't guard him tightly enough, so Lowe took advantage by regularly driving past slower defenders into the lane. The result was a career-high 19 points, including 11 free throws on 12 tries.

"We made a real effort to guard (Rashaun) Freeman and (Stephane) Lasme and Lowe really hurt us with his penetration," Richmond coach Chris Mooney said.

After watching tape during the week, Lowe said he saw more opportunities to drive.

"Teams have been playing off me a lot. I've been watching films and I've seen a lot of gaps I can take advantage of," Lowe said. "I was more assertive on offense after coach yelled in my face about it on the bench."

His teammates were impressed.

"Chris played terrific today. He got in the lane and made big baskets," Gary Forbes said. "They couldn't guard him off the dribble. Not many people can."

NEXT UP - For the second time this season, UMass (16-6, 6-2 A-10) and Rhode Island will play for first place in the Atlantic 10. The teams will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mullins Center. The two New England schools are the only teams left in the conference with just two losses.

A three-point play by Will Daniels with 27 seconds left allowed Rhode Island to squeak by Fordham 45-44 Saturday in the Bronx to improve to 7-2 (14-9 overall). Rhode Island beat the Minutemen 75-72 in Kingston Jan. 24.

LASME HONORED - UMass honored Lasme, a senior big man, with a short ceremony before the game when he was given a ball commemorating his becoming the school's all-time leading shot-blocker in Jan. 28 win at Charlotte.

He followed that with a season-low one block against the Spiders. That kept his streak alive at 57 games with at least one block.

FREE THROWS - The 33 free throws made by UMass were the most since the Minutemen made 40 of 50 in their upset of No. 1 Arkansas to open the 1994-95 season.

FREEMAN CLIMBING - Senior big man Rashaun Freeman's 13 points gave him his 20th game in double figures this season. He now has 1,631 career points, which put him just 12 behind No. 5 Tony Barbee on the UMass career leader list. Freeman's eight rebounds gave him 914 for his career. He is 21 behind No. 3 Horace Neysmith on that Minuteman all-time list.

MISCELLANEOUS - Senior wing Brandon Thomas did not play when he was healthy scratch for the first time in his UMass career. ... Dante Milligan had a career-high five free throws. ... The Bay State handily swept the unofficial Massachusetts vs. Virginia challenge Saturday as Boston College thumped Virginia Tech 80-59 while the Minutemen were cruising past the Spiders.

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.

Dante Milligan, 5 points and 2 rebounds, gave the starters a needed rest
Dante Milligan, 5 points and 2 rebounds, gave the starters a needed rest.


The view from the stands
By Rob Greenfield, The Daily Collegian Columnist, 2/6/2007

I watched the Massachusetts men's basketball game against Richmond from the stands on Saturday.

It's a different game from up there. You can't hear Travis Ford swearing at his players and you can't hear James Life complaining to the referees after playing his "Olé!" defense that everyone's so accustomed to seeing.

For a 12 p.m. Saturday game, 5,221 fans wasn't that bad. Especially with completely complacent UMass students who would rather watch the inside of their eyelids than a UMass basketball game.

The Minutemen went 33-for-43 from the free-throw line on Saturday, an unusually high number for a team that views the charity stripe as the please-don't-foul-me-because-I-can't-make-a-free-throw line.

When junior Gary Forbes (16 points, 16 rebounds) went to the line at the end of the first half with the Minutemen down a basket, one fan shouted, "Make a free throw, please!" The frustration is understandable. UMass is last in the Atlantic 10 in free-throw percentage, coming in just above a lowly 60 percent. (You know, Travis Ford is second all-time in free-throw percentage for Kentucky basketball. Just thought I'd throw that out there.)

I sat up top in Section K of the Mullins Center, and I've come to realize how poorly designed the place really is. It seats about 9,500 - not that much for A-10 arenas (the Dayton Flyers average over 12,500 fans per game) - and the atmosphere is really dreadful during the games. The place is empty for most of the Minutemen's home games, and the seating design doesn't help the home crowd get the noise level up.

In the better basketball arenas, the stands on the sides and behind the hoops branch up at a steep angle so the fans have a better view and are closer to the court. The Boston Garden was famous for its bleacher seats that hovered over the court. It was, of course, the hardest road game in the NBA for Celtic opponents.

The Mullins Center is more suited for hockey because the ice extends further around the arena. And it's funny that it ended up that way, because the Mullins Center opened in 1994 in anticipation of the men's basketball team's success on the national stage.

But now, the Minutemen can't pack the arena like they used to and all that's left is a hockey arena that hosts a Division I basketball team.

Chris Lowe scored a season-high 19 points in the win over Richmond, moving UMass to second in the Atlantic 10 behind Rhode Island. Forbes notched the second double-double of his career with the 16 points and 16 boards, and looked like the man that Ford thought he was getting when Forbes signed on last year.

The athletic department handed out UMass towels around the arena before the game in an effort to garner fan support. They're hoping for a good turnout on Thursday night for a rematch with URI. They're calling it "Blackout Night." You know that the basketball program is in trouble when it's playing off the hockey team's promotional ideas.

When I was sitting up in the nosebleed section, I noticed that the banner from the 1995 Final Four appearance hasn't been taken down yet, even though the season was officially removed from the record books after the Marcus Camby scandal. Don't you think it's time to take that down? If they really want to move on and start something new, then honoring that team isn't exactly the right path to take. Outside Ford's office in the Mullins Center, there's a giant picture of Camby that's painted into the wall. Yikes.

By the way, the Atlantic 10 conference isn't what it used to be for basketball. All of the teams are beating up on each other right now, with no team emerging from the pack as the obvious No. 1 contender. There will be only one team selected for the NCAA Tournament, and that will be the winner of the conference tournament. Rhode Island, Xavier, Temple, Saint Joseph's, Charlotte and UMass all used to receive automatic bids about six or seven years ago. Charlotte was in Conference USA at that time, but it was still an annual NCAA Tournament team.

Now, it's a little different. Xavier is the only team in the conference that has come close to returning to its prior excellence, and the rest have fallen miserably downward in the last five years. UMass hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 1998, Xavier used to flirt with the Top 5 once in a while when David West and James Posey donned the uniform, and Rhode Island teased the Top 25 annually before it plummeted into mediocrity. The same goes for Dayton. And remember when St. Joe's had Jameer Nelson and Delonte West? Seems like a long time ago.

All of that went through my head as I saw the banners in the rafters. And I'm thinking, 'UMass and Xavier should run away with this conference if they were any good.' I don't know what it is about the Atlantic 10 though. The road games always seem to be tough for the better teams. Xavier has three losses in conference this year, and there's no way that the Musketeers should lose more than a couple in this watered down league.

Anyway, that was my game from up in the stands with the common folk. Maybe I'll see you up there sometime. The Mullins Center is that big building with the green roof down by the athletic fields. I know it's been a while since you've been there.


Richmond Spiders 56
Massachusetts Minutemen 72
at the Mullins Center

Official Basketball Box Score
Richmond vs Massachusetts
02/03/07 12:00 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. - Mullins Center


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VISITORS: Richmond 5-17, 1-8 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
11 SYLLA, Oumar........ f  1-5    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   2   2  2  1  0  3  30
13 THOMAS, Peter....... f  1-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   5   2  0  0  0  2  19
54 CRANK, Drew......... c  3-9    1-1    2-2    1  1  2   3   9  1  0  1  0  18
05 MORRIS, Brian....... g  5-11   1-4    0-0    1  1  2   4  11  1  1  0  1  28
44 BUTLER, Ryan........ g  3-8    1-3    2-2    0  3  3   5   9  1  2  0  1  29
04 GIDDINGS, Jarhon....    2-3    0-0    2-2    1  0  1   3   6  1  0  0  0  15
10 McLEAN, Duncan......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  1   1
21 GONZALVEZ, David....    4-10   0-1    7-12   1  2  3   2  15  1  0  0  0  33
35 HOVDE, Kevin........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  0  1  0  0  10
40 GERIOT, Dan.........    1-4    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   4   2  2  1  0  1  17
   TEAM................                            1  1
   Totals..............   20-52   3-11  13-18   4  9 13  30  56  9  6  1  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-26 46.2%   2nd Half:  8-26 30.8%   Game: 38.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-4  50.0%   2nd Half:  1-7  14.3%   Game: 27.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-5  100 %   2nd Half:  8-13 61.5%   Game: 72.2%   2,3


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HOME TEAM: Massachusetts 16-6, 6-2 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
03 Forbes, Gary........ f  3-6    0-0   10-15   1 15 16   1  16  3  1  1  0  36
13 Lasme, Stephane..... f  3-6    0-0    2-3    1  4  5   4   8  1  3  1  2  32
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c  6-9    0-0    1-1    3  5  8   4  13  0  2  1  0  33
14 Lowe, Chris......... g  4-5    0-0   11-12   0  4  4   3  19  1  3  0  0  34
34 Life, James......... g  3-10   1-8    2-2    0  0  0   3   9  1  0  0  3  35
05 Harris, Ricky.......    0-0    0-0    2-2    0  0  0   1   2  0  2  0  1   5
10 Mayben, Tiki........    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   3   0  1  3  0  0   6
20 Milligan, Dante.....    0-0    0-0    5-6    1  1  2   1   5  1  0  0  0   9
22 Brower, Etienne.....    0-0    0-0    0-2    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   7
31 Bonner, Luke........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   3
   TEAM................                         2     2
   Totals..............   19-37   1-8   33-43   8 31 39  20  72  8 15  3  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-20 45.0%   2nd Half: 10-17 58.8%   Game: 51.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-5  20.0%   2nd Half:  0-3   0.0%   Game: 12.5%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 11-16 68.8%   2nd Half: 22-27 81.5%   Game: 76.7%    8


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Officials: Eric Anderson, Dwayne Gladen, John LaRocca
Technical fouls: Richmond-None. Massachusetts-None.
Attendance: 5221
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Richmond......................   31   25  -   56
Massachusetts.................   30   42  -   72
ID-475801

Points in the paint-UR 28,UMASS 32. Points off turnovers-UR 14,UMASS 10.
2nd chance points-UR 4,UMASS 13. Fast break points-UR 2,UMASS 4.
Bench points-UR 23,UMASS 7. Score tied-3 times. Lead changed-8 times.
Last FG-UR 2nd-01:47, UMASS 2nd-02:10.
Largest lead-UR by 9 1st-07:52, UMASS by 16 2nd-00:33.


Play by Play

Play-by-Play
Richmond vs Massachusetts
02/03/07 12:00 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. - Mullins Center

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Richmond
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MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 19:38              BLOCK by CRANK, Drew
                                                19:35              REBOUND (DEF) by BUTLER, Ryan
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   19:03              MISSED JUMPER by CRANK, Drew
                                                18:50              FOUL by CRANK, Drew
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            18:49   2-0   H 2
ASSIST by Forbes, Gary                          18:49
MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane               18:49              FOUL by MORRIS, Brian
                                                18:49              REBOUND (DEF) by THOMAS, Peter
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   18:12              MISSED LAYUP by MORRIS, Brian
MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary                    17:51
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         17:51
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     17:43              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                17:26              MISSED JUMPER by CRANK, Drew
MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 16:57
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                16:57
                                                16:56              FOUL by BUTLER, Ryan
GOOD! LAYUP by Lowe, Chris [PNT]                16:33   4-0   H 4
                                                16:01   4-2   H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by CRANK, Drew [PNT]
TIMEOUT media                                   15:44
                                                15:44              SUB IN : GONZALVEZ, David
                                                15:44              SUB IN : GERIOT, Dan
                                                15:44              SUB OUT: THOMAS, Peter
                                                15:44              SUB OUT: CRANK, Drew
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     15:31
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               15:31
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                15:27              REBOUND (DEF) by BUTLER, Ryan
                                                15:06   4-5   V 1  GOOD! 3 PTR by MORRIS, Brian
                                                15:06              ASSIST by SYLLA, Oumar
MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris                     14:40
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               14:40
GOOD! TIP-IN by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]          14:36   6-5   H 1
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        14:21              MISSED LAYUP by GONZALVEZ, David
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   14:18
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           14:12   8-5   H 3
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           14:12
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               14:12   9-5   H 4  FOUL by GERIOT, Dan
                                                14:12              SUB IN : GIDDINGS, Jarhon
                                                14:12              SUB OUT: SYLLA, Oumar
                                                13:49              MISSED 3 PTR by MORRIS, Brian
                                                13:49              REBOUND (OFF) by MORRIS, Brian
                                                13:33   9-7   H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by MORRIS, Brian [PNT]
                                                13:33              ASSIST by BUTLER, Ryan
                                                13:19              FOUL by MORRIS, Brian
                                                13:19              SUB IN : CRANK, Drew
                                                13:19              SUB IN : THOMAS, Peter
                                                13:19              SUB OUT: MORRIS, Brian
                                                13:19              SUB OUT: GERIOT, Dan
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     13:01              REBOUND (DEF) by GONZALVEZ, David
                                                12:52   9-9   T 1  GOOD! LAYUP by CRANK, Drew [PNT]
                                                12:52              ASSIST by GIDDINGS, Jarhon
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      12:30  12-9   H 3
ASSIST by Forbes, Gary                          12:30
                                                12:01  12-11  H 1  GOOD! LAYUP by BUTLER, Ryan [PNT]
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           11:47  14-11  H 3
FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             11:17
                                                11:17              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                11:17  14-12  H 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by BUTLER, Ryan
                                                11:17  14-13  H 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by BUTLER, Ryan
SUB IN : Harris, Ricky                          11:17              SUB IN : HOVDE, Kevin
SUB IN : Brower, Etienne                        11:17              SUB IN : SYLLA, Oumar
SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki                           11:17              SUB OUT: GIDDINGS, Jarhon
SUB IN : Bonner, Luke                           11:17              SUB OUT: THOMAS, Peter
SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun                       11:17
SUB OUT: Life, James                            11:17
SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris                            11:17
SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary                           11:17
FOUL by Harris, Ricky                           11:09
TURNOVR by Harris, Ricky                        11:09
                                                10:39  14-16  V 2  GOOD! 3 PTR by CRANK, Drew
                                                10:39              ASSIST by SYLLA, Oumar
                                                10:23              FOUL by CRANK, Drew
                                                10:23              SUB IN : THOMAS, Peter
                                                10:23              SUB IN : GERIOT, Dan
                                                10:23              SUB OUT: BUTLER, Ryan
                                                10:23              SUB OUT: CRANK, Drew
TURNOVR by Harris, Ricky                        10:14              STEAL by SYLLA, Oumar
                                                09:57  14-18  V 4  GOOD! LAYUP by GONZALVEZ, David [PNT]
FOUL by Mayben, Tiki                            09:57  14-19  V 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by GONZALVEZ, David
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      09:24
                                                09:23              STEAL by THOMAS, Peter
                                                08:59              TURNOVR by GERIOT, Dan
STEAL by Harris, Ricky                          08:57
TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki                         08:56
SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun                       08:56              SUB IN : BUTLER, Ryan
SUB IN : Life, James                            08:56              SUB OUT: HOVDE, Kevin
SUB IN : Milligan, Dante                        08:56
SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky                          08:56
SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane                        08:56
SUB OUT: Bonner, Luke                           08:56
                                                08:43  14-21  V 7  GOOD! LAYUP by THOMAS, Peter [PNT]
                                                08:43              ASSIST by GERIOT, Dan
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     08:24
                                                08:22              STEAL by GERIOT, Dan
REBOUND (DEF) by Mayben, Tiki                   08:08              MISSED JUMPER by GERIOT, Dan
MISSED JUMPER by Mayben, Tiki                   08:02              REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        08:01
SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane                        08:01              SUB IN : GIDDINGS, Jarhon
SUB IN : Lowe, Chris                            08:01              SUB OUT: SYLLA, Oumar
SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki                           08:01
SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante                        08:01
                                                07:52  14-23  V 9  GOOD! LAYUP by GERIOT, Dan [PNT]
                                                07:23              FOUL by BUTLER, Ryan
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   07:23
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    07:23  15-23  V 8
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    07:23  16-23  V 7
SUB IN : Forbes, Gary                           07:23              SUB IN : SYLLA, Oumar
SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne                        07:23              SUB OUT: GERIOT, Dan
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   06:54              MISSED LAYUP by BUTLER, Ryan
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            06:45  18-23  V 5
ASSIST by Life, James                           06:45
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    06:09              MISSED 3 PTR by SYLLA, Oumar
                                                05:57              SUB IN : GERIOT, Dan
                                                05:57              SUB IN : MORRIS, Brian
                                                05:57              SUB OUT: BUTLER, Ryan
                                                05:57              SUB OUT: SYLLA, Oumar
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          05:43              STEAL by THOMAS, Peter
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         05:43
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               05:14              MISSED LAYUP by GONZALVEZ, David
MISSED FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                  04:54              FOUL by THOMAS, Peter
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     04:54
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   04:54  19-23  V 4
MISSED FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                  04:54
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         04:54
                                                04:54              SUB IN : HOVDE, Kevin
                                                04:54              SUB OUT: THOMAS, Peter
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    04:34  20-23  V 3  FOUL by GERIOT, Dan
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    04:34  21-23  V 2
                                                04:34              SUB IN : CRANK, Drew
                                                04:34              SUB OUT: GERIOT, Dan
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   04:14              MISSED LAYUP by GIDDINGS, Jarhon
GOOD! LAYUP by Forbes, Gary [PNT]               04:04  23-23  T 2
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   04:04  24-23  H 1  FOUL by HOVDE, Kevin
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   03:42              MISSED JUMPER by CRANK, Drew
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         03:31
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      03:31
                                                03:31              TIMEOUT MEDIA
SUB IN : Brower, Etienne                        03:31              SUB IN : SYLLA, Oumar
SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane                        03:31              SUB OUT: CRANK, Drew
                                                03:05  24-25  V 1  GOOD! LAYUP by MORRIS, Brian [PNT]
MISSED FT SHOT by Brower, Etienne               02:42              FOUL by HOVDE, Kevin
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     02:42
MISSED FT SHOT by Brower, Etienne               02:42              REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                02:42              SUB IN : BUTLER, Ryan
                                                02:42              SUB OUT: MORRIS, Brian
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        02:40  24-26  V 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by GIDDINGS, Jarhon
                                                02:40  24-27  V 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by GIDDINGS, Jarhon
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     02:27              REBOUND (DEF) by GONZALVEZ, David
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   01:59              MISSED JUMPER by SYLLA, Oumar
TURNOVR by Brower, Etienne                      01:33
                                                01:32              STEAL by BUTLER, Ryan
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    01:05              MISSED JUMPER by BUTLER, Ryan
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                00:58
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               00:58
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           00:55  26-27  V 1
                                                00:55              TIMEOUT 30sec
SUB IN : Milligan, Dante                        00:55
SUB IN : Bonner, Luke                           00:55
SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun                       00:55
SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne                        00:55
                                                00:41  26-29  V 3  GOOD! JUMPER by GIDDINGS, Jarhon
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    00:21  27-29  V 2  FOUL by GONZALVEZ, David
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    00:21  28-29  V 1
                                                00:21              SUB IN : MORRIS, Brian
                                                00:21              SUB IN : GERIOT, Dan
                                                00:21              SUB OUT: HOVDE, Kevin
                                                00:21              SUB OUT: SYLLA, Oumar
                                                00:09              TURNOVR by MORRIS, Brian
STEAL by Life, James                            00:07
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   00:04  29-29  T 3  FOUL by GIDDINGS, Jarhon
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   00:04  30-29  H 1
                                                00:00              MISSED LAYUP by BUTLER, Ryan
                                                00:00              REBOUND (OFF) by GIDDINGS, Jarhon
                                                00:00  30-31  V 1  GOOD! LAYUP by GIDDINGS, Jarhon [PNT]


                                 Richmond 31, Massachusetts 30

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Richmond               18      10       4       0      11      1     4
          Massachusetts          16       2       8       0       0      2     3


2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Richmond
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GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            19:47  32-31  H 1
FOUL by Life, James                             19:15
                                                19:12              MISSED JUMPER by SYLLA, Oumar
                                                19:12              REBOUND (OFF) by CRANK, Drew
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   19:08              MISSED JUMPER by CRANK, Drew
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           18:58  34-31  H 3
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                18:27              MISSED LAYUP by CRANK, Drew
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      18:16
                                                18:16              TIMEOUT 30sec
STEAL by Life, James                            18:08              TURNOVR by BUTLER, Ryan
GOOD! FT SHOT by Life, James                    18:08  35-31  H 4  FOUL by BUTLER, Ryan
GOOD! FT SHOT by Life, James                    18:08  36-31  H 5
                                                18:08              SUB IN : GONZALVEZ, David
                                                18:08              SUB OUT: BUTLER, Ryan
                                                17:48              SUB IN : GERIOT, Dan
                                                17:48              SUB OUT: CRANK, Drew
FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             17:44
BLOCK by Forbes, Gary                           17:26              MISSED LAYUP by MORRIS, Brian
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               17:23
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     17:09
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     17:09
                                                17:08              FOUL by SYLLA, Oumar
MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 17:04
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     17:04
                                                17:03              FOUL by GERIOT, Dan
                                                17:03              SUB IN : CRANK, Drew
                                                17:03              SUB OUT: GERIOT, Dan
MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                   16:46              REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         16:45
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        16:23  36-32  H 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by CRANK, Drew
                                                16:23  36-33  H 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by CRANK, Drew
SUB IN : Milligan, Dante                        16:23
SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun                       16:23
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          15:57
                                                15:56              STEAL by SYLLA, Oumar
                                                15:40              TURNOVR by SYLLA, Oumar
STEAL by Lasme, Stephane                        15:38
                                                15:35              FOUL by THOMAS, Peter
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   15:35
MISSED FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                   15:35
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     15:35
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    15:35  37-33  H 4
                                                15:35              SUB IN : HOVDE, Kevin
                                                15:35              SUB OUT: THOMAS, Peter
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   15:07              MISSED JUMPER by SYLLA, Oumar
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     14:50
REBOUND (OFF) by Milligan, Dante                14:50
                                                14:45              FOUL by CRANK, Drew
                                                14:45              SUB IN : GIDDINGS, Jarhon
                                                14:45              SUB IN : GERIOT, Dan
                                                14:45              SUB OUT: CRANK, Drew
                                                14:45              SUB OUT: SYLLA, Oumar
GOOD! JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                    14:37  39-33  H 6
ASSIST by Milligan, Dante                       14:37
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   14:37  40-33  H 7  FOUL by MORRIS, Brian
                                                14:37              SUB IN : BUTLER, Ryan
                                                14:37              SUB OUT: MORRIS, Brian
FOUL by Forbes, Gary                            14:14
                                                13:57              TURNOVR by HOVDE, Kevin
STEAL by Life, James                            13:55
GOOD! DUNK by Life, James [FB/PNT]              13:53  42-33  H 9
                                                13:47              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                13:47              SUB IN : MORRIS, Brian
                                                13:47              SUB OUT: BUTLER, Ryan
FOUL by Life, James                             13:24
                                                13:16  42-35  H 7  GOOD! LAYUP by MORRIS, Brian [PNT]
GOOD! FT SHOT by Milligan, Dante                13:05  43-35  H 8  FOUL by GIDDINGS, Jarhon
GOOD! FT SHOT by Milligan, Dante                13:05  44-35  H 9
SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun                       13:05              SUB IN : THOMAS, Peter
SUB IN : Harris, Ricky                          13:05              SUB OUT: HOVDE, Kevin
SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane                        13:05
SUB OUT: Life, James                            13:05
REBOUND (DEF) by Milligan, Dante                12:44              MISSED JUMPER by THOMAS, Peter
GOOD! FT SHOT by Milligan, Dante                12:17  45-35  H 10 FOUL by THOMAS, Peter
GOOD! FT SHOT by Milligan, Dante                12:17  46-35  H 11
                                                12:17              SUB IN : BUTLER, Ryan
                                                12:17              SUB IN : SYLLA, Oumar
                                                12:17              SUB OUT: GONZALVEZ, David
                                                12:17              SUB OUT: GIDDINGS, Jarhon
                                                11:55  46-37  H 9  GOOD! JUMPER by MORRIS, Brian
                                                11:38              FOUL by THOMAS, Peter
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   11:38
GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky                  11:38  47-37  H 10
GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky                  11:38  48-37  H 11
SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki                           11:38              SUB IN : GONZALVEZ, David
SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris                            11:38              SUB OUT: THOMAS, Peter
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   11:19              MISSED JUMPER by MORRIS, Brian
MISSED FT SHOT by Milligan, Dante               11:11              FOUL by GERIOT, Dan
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     11:11
GOOD! FT SHOT by Milligan, Dante                11:11  49-37  H 12
                                                11:11              SUB IN : CRANK, Drew
                                                11:11              SUB OUT: GERIOT, Dan
                                                10:39  49-39  H 10 GOOD! LAYUP by GONZALVEZ, David [PNT]
FOUL by Mayben, Tiki                            10:39              MISSED FT SHOT by GONZALVEZ, David
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               10:39
MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                   10:31              REBOUND (DEF) by BUTLER, Ryan
FOUL by Mayben, Tiki                            10:22  49-40  H 9  GOOD! FT SHOT by GONZALVEZ, David
                                                10:22  49-41  H 8  GOOD! FT SHOT by GONZALVEZ, David
SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane                        10:22
SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante                        10:22
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               10:06              REBOUND (DEF) by CRANK, Drew
                                                09:50  49-44  H 5  GOOD! 3 PTR by BUTLER, Ryan
                                                09:50              ASSIST by CRANK, Drew
                                                09:50              TIMEOUT 30sec
SUB IN : Life, James                            09:50
SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky                          09:50
GOOD! LAYUP by Forbes, Gary [PNT]               09:30  51-44  H 7
ASSIST by Mayben, Tiki                          09:30
REBOUND (DEF) by Mayben, Tiki                   09:09              MISSED 3 PTR by BUTLER, Ryan
TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki                         08:53              STEAL by SYLLA, Oumar
                                                08:53              TIMEOUT 30sec
FOUL by Life, James                             08:31              MISSED FT SHOT by GONZALVEZ, David
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   08:31
TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki                         08:23
SUB IN : Lowe, Chris                            08:23
SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki                           08:23
                                                08:12  51-46  H 5  GOOD! LAYUP by GONZALVEZ, David [PNT]
                                                08:12              ASSIST by MORRIS, Brian
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         08:12              MISSED FT SHOT by GONZALVEZ, David
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               08:12
GOOD! JUMPER by Life, James                     07:46  53-46  H 7
ASSIST by Forbes, Gary                          07:46
                                                07:13  53-48  H 5  GOOD! JUMPER by SYLLA, Oumar
                                                07:13              ASSIST by GONZALVEZ, David
GOOD! DUNK by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]            06:53  55-48  H 7
ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane                       06:53
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                06:18              MISSED LAYUP by CRANK, Drew
GOOD! LAYUP by Lowe, Chris [PNT]                05:51  57-48  H 9
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    05:32              MISSED 3 PTR by BUTLER, Ryan
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          05:25
                                                05:25              TIMEOUT MEDIA
SUB IN : Milligan, Dante                        05:25              SUB IN : GERIOT, Dan
SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane                        05:25              SUB OUT: CRANK, Drew
                                                05:02              MISSED LAYUP by GONZALVEZ, David
                                                05:02              REBOUND (OFF) by GONZALVEZ, David
FOUL by Milligan, Dante                         05:01              MISSED FT SHOT by GONZALVEZ, David
                                                05:01              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               05:01              MISSED FT SHOT by GONZALVEZ, David
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     04:25
                                                04:23              STEAL by MORRIS, Brian
                                                04:21  57-50  H 7  GOOD! LAYUP by GONZALVEZ, David [FB/PNT]
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   04:17
SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane                        04:17
SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante                        04:17
MISSED FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                  04:04              FOUL by MORRIS, Brian
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     04:04
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   04:04  58-50  H 8
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   03:32              MISSED JUMPER by GERIOT, Dan
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     03:08              REBOUND (DEF) by MORRIS, Brian
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                02:56              MISSED 3 PTR by MORRIS, Brian
GOOD! LAYUP by Lowe, Chris [PNT]                02:25  60-50  H 10
BLOCK by Freeman, Rashaun                       02:17              MISSED LAYUP by GONZALVEZ, David
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    02:14
GOOD! LAYUP by Lowe, Chris [FB/PNT]             02:10  62-50  H 12
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        02:03  62-51  H 11 GOOD! FT SHOT by GONZALVEZ, David
                                                02:03  62-52  H 10 GOOD! FT SHOT by GONZALVEZ, David
                                                02:03              TIMEOUT media
                                                02:03              SUB IN : THOMAS, Peter
                                                02:03              SUB OUT: MORRIS, Brian
                                                01:47  62-54  H 8  GOOD! LAYUP by BUTLER, Ryan [PNT]
                                                01:47              ASSIST by GERIOT, Dan
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    01:39  63-54  H 9  FOUL by GONZALVEZ, David
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    01:39  64-54  H 10
                                                01:21              TURNOVR by BUTLER, Ryan
STEAL by Lasme, Stephane                        01:19
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   01:16  65-54  H 11 FOUL by SYLLA, Oumar
MISSED FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                  01:16
REBOUND (OFF) by Forbes, Gary                   01:16
                                                01:16              SUB IN : GIDDINGS, Jarhon
                                                01:16              SUB OUT: SYLLA, Oumar
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   01:15  66-54  H 12 FOUL by BUTLER, Ryan
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   01:15  67-54  H 13
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   01:08              MISSED 3 PTR by GERIOT, Dan
MISSED FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                  01:01              FOUL by GIDDINGS, Jarhon
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     01:01
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   01:01  68-54  H 14
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   00:51              MISSED LAYUP by GONZALVEZ, David
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    00:33  69-54  H 15 FOUL by THOMAS, Peter
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    00:33  70-54  H 16
                                                00:33              SUB IN : MORRIS, Brian
                                                00:33              SUB OUT: THOMAS, Peter
FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             00:27  70-55  H 15 GOOD! FT SHOT by GONZALVEZ, David
                                                00:27  70-56  H 14 GOOD! FT SHOT by GONZALVEZ, David
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   00:27
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                00:15  71-56  H 15 FOUL by BUTLER, Ryan
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                00:15  72-56  H 16
                                                00:15              SUB IN : McLEAN, Duncan
                                                00:15              SUB OUT: BUTLER, Ryan
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   00:09              MISSED 3 PTR by GONZALVEZ, David
TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary                         00:00              STEAL by McLEAN, Duncan
                                                00:00              MISSED 3 PTR by MORRIS, Brian
                                                00:00              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)


                                 Massachusetts 72, Richmond 56

          2nd period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Richmond               10       4       0       2      12      0     0
          Massachusetts          16       8       5       4       7      0     1


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2 - Tot
Richmond................   10   4 -  14
Massachusetts...........    2   8 -  10

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2 - Tot
Richmond................   18  10 -  28
Massachusetts...........   16  16 -  32

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Richmond................    4   0 -   4
Massachusetts...........    8   5 -  13

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Richmond................    0   2 -   2
Massachusetts...........    0   4 -   4

BENCH POINTS                1   2 - Tot
Richmond................   11  12 -  23
Massachusetts...........    0   7 -   7

SCORE TIED BY               1   2 - Tot
Richmond................    1   0 -   1
Massachusetts...........    2   0 -   2

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

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