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Avoiding a letdown
Coach Ford wants players focused to start crucial road trip

By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/10/2007

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team heads on the road to protect its Atlantic 10 conference lead beginning at Temple at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Minutemen (17-6, 7-2 A-10) then travel to Fordham (Thursday) and Dayton (Feb. 18) during a week of travel that could decide the season.

After Thursday's 77-55 win over Rhode Island, UMass coach Travis Ford wants his team to build off its success but not to revel in it.

"Sunday is a very dangerous game for us," Ford said. "I don't want them to embrace the success they've had, but I want them to be excited about what they're capable of doing. I hope they can change gears from jubilation and excitement to 'Now we've got to prepare.' That's my concern."

Junior wing Gary Forbes is coming off his best two statistical games as a Minuteman, averaging 19 points and 12.5 rebounds in wins over Richmond and Rhode Island. He believes UMass will be ready for Temple.

"The (URI) game is over. We have to focus on Temple," he said. "We'll go and watch film and see what we did wrong last time and get ready to guard them. Coach said we have a bull's-eye on our back now. We're in first place. He likes that. He's a competitive guy. We have to take care of business on the road. We have one of the best road records (9-4) in the country."

After opening the Atlantic 10 season 1-5 including an 88-77 loss Jan. 13 to the Minutemen, Temple has won three straight by large margins. The Owls (10-12, 4-5) blew out Richmond (80-59), La Salle (89-64) and St. Bonaventure (109-70).

All three Temple guards have been scoring at a significant clip during that stretch. Dionte Christmas is at 21.6 points per game, which leads the conference, while Mark Tyndale (17.2) and Dustin Salisbery (16.8) are not far behind.

"Their three guards are playing as well as anyone in the conference. If you look at one team that has played well lately, it's Temple," Ford said.

"This three-game stretch is really critical," sophomore point guard Chris Lowe said. "We really have to get focused for Temple. They're coming off three good Ws. They have three of the best guards in the conference and they're playing tremendously. We have to be prepared. It's going to be a challenge."

Tyndale, who missed the first six games of the season, has given the Owls a lift by helping them overcome some of their rebounding problems with 6.3 per game. Temple has been outrebounded by 3.1 boards per game, including a 43-24 deficit against the Minutemen.

UMass dominated the Owls at the Mullins Center 60-34 last season, but then was pounded 76-47 at Temple 11 days later.

Lowe said the Minutemen haven't forgotten.

"We really want revenge for that game. They disrespected us. They said they were going to beat us by 30 and they beat us by 30," Lowe said. "We have to come back and get a W."

NOTES: After scoring 10 points against Rhode Island, senior big man Rashaun Freeman needs three points to pass Tony Barbee (1,643 points) and move into the top five on the UMass career scoring list. He needs 17 rebounds to pass Horace Neysmith (935 rebounds) at No. 3 on that career chart.

Stephane Lasme needs nine blocks to break Marcus Camby's single-season record of 128. Lasme had six against Temple Jan. 13. Lasme needs one more triple-double to tie Michael Anderson and Jason Kidd for the national record for most in a season with four.

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 Goes For 31, But Minutemen Fall To Temple, 98-89
Gary Forbes scores career-high 31 points; first UMass player to crack since Freeman did in 2004
From UMass Athletics, 2/11/2007

PHILADELPHIA - Despite UMass' first 30-point effort in three seasons, the Minutemen lost 98-89 at Temple on Sunday afternoon. Junior guard Gary Forbes netted a career-high 31 points but it was not enough as Temple shot 53 percent from the floor. The Minutemen fall out of first place (17-7, 7-3 A-10) as Xavier and Rhode Island (both 8-3 in the league) go back on top by a half-game. The Owls have won four games in a row and stand at 11-12 overall and 5-5 in the league.

Temple's guards were sensational all afternoon as the A-10's leading scorer Dionte Christmas poured in 30 points, Dustin Salisbery tallied 25, Mark Tyndale netted 15 and point guard Semaj Inge had 11 points.

Stephane Lasme added 17 points and Rashaun Freeman had 12 in the defeat. Forbes had his second double-double as he also corralled 14 rebounds.

UMass trailed 44-35 at halftime as Temple shot 59 percent in the first half and UMass was just 34 percent from the floor.

Down by as many as 20 points midway through the first half, UMass rallied back to within eight points at 39-31 with 2:20 left in the half. The Minutemen hit three 3-pointers in a row to rally back with James Life canning his two treys in the half.

Temple jumped out on UMass with dynamic shooting. The Owls built a lead as large as 20 points at 30-10 with 9:55 left in the first half. Temple hit four consecutive 3-pointers including three in a row by Dustin Salisbery for that 20-point advantage. The Owls made 13 of their first 19 shots in the game (68 percent) including six of their first 10.


Post-game notes & quotes
From UMass Athletics, 2/11/2007

Gary Forbes' career-high 31 points were the most by a UMass player in almost four years. The last Minutemen to score more than 30 points in a game was Rashaun Freeman, who also had 31, on Feb. 28, 2004 against St. Bonaventure.

* Forbes made career 10 field goals and attempted a career-best 23 field goals. He also tied a personal best with 8-for-8 from the foul line, a percent 100 percent. He also went 8-for-8 against Duquesne on Jan. 21, 2007. Over his last 11 games, he is 50-of-66 from the foul line, 76 percent. He started the year at 54 percent in the first 13 games.

* It was Forbes' second double-double of the season, both in the last three games as he had 16 points and 16 rebounds against Richmond on Feb. 3. Overall, it was his third-career double-double.

* Forbes scored in double-figures for the 19th time in 24 games this season and 43 in his career. It was his third 20-point game this year and second in a row after he had 22 vs. Rhode Island on Feb. 8.

* Over his last 11 games, he is scoring 16.9 points and has risen to second on the team in overall scoring at 13.5 points.

* Stephane Lasme scored in double-figures for the 16th time this season and 36th in his career with 17 points.

* Lasme had just three blocks and now has 123 this season, five shy of Marcus Camby's single-season school record of 128. Lasme also now has 354 career blocks, as he closes in on the Top 25 in career blocks in the NCAA as Jerome James (363) stands 25th.

* Rashaun Freeman had 12 points for his 22nd game in 24 contests this season in double-figures. He has 86 career games with 10 or more in 109 games.

* Freeman moved to fifth in career scoring at UMass with his 12 points. He now has 1653 as he passed Tony Barbee (1643) in the first half.

* UMass outrebounded Temple, 44-26, a +18 margin.

* Temple scored the most points UMass has allowed this season at 98. The previous high was 87 by Duquesne on Jan. 21. It is the most points allowed by UMass since a 98-92 loss at Temple on March 3, 2004, which was a double-overtime game.

* Temple's 98 points were the most UMass allowed in regular since Fresno State scored 102 on Dec. 10, 1996.


Travis Ford On The Loss
"They just outplayed us. No other way to go about it. I don't think our guys took it lightly or weren't ready. They outplayed us. We ran into a team that was running on all cylinders. They were the better team. We never really made much of a game."

Ford On The Overall Season
"You know it is a marathon. The Rhode Island game was just one game and this is just one game. But you know, I told our team there is still a long season left. The road is tough and hopefully we respond from this. I don't think we overlooked Temple. We can't make any excuses they just outplayed us."

Ford On Temple's Game
"The 3-point shot got them going. It wasn't really our offense. It was their offense. It was our defense. We could just never get in a flow because we could just never stop them. We could never get out on the break. That's not a scenario when you are just taking the ball out of the net (after Temple made baskets). We just couldn't get any flow. They just made a lot of shots. Everytime we would make a run they would come down and make some 3s. We were in their face and they hitting the shots. Give Temple all the credit.

Ford On Looking Ahead To Fordham
"It doesn't get any easier. They are a very, very good basketball team. We have to just get back to work and focus on Fordham."


Temple topples UMass from first to third
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/12/2007

PHILADELPHIA - Temple made sure that the University of Massachusetts' celebration of its return to first place was short-lived. The Owls bombed away from the perimeter and made 11 3-pointers en route to a 98-89 win over the Minutemen Sunday at the Liacouras Center.

The loss drops UMass to 7-3 in the Atlantic 10 (17-7 overall) which puts it in third place behind Rhode Island and Xavier who are both 8-3. The defeat by Temple (11-12, 5-5 A-10) likely could do significant damage to the Minutemen's already tenuous candidacy for an NCAA Tournament at-large berth.

"We've never talked about it," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "It doesn't help, but there are still quite a few games left. We have to make a run. If we get enough wins ... we'll see."

The Minutemen head back on the road for a game at Fordham at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Temple made over half its shots from the floor (31-of-58) and exactly half from 3-point range, forcing UMass to play from behind throughout.

"Temple really outplayed us. They were very, very good tonight," Ford said. "We couldn't guard them ... when teams make that many 3s on you its really demoralizing, especially when you're really guarding them. We couldn't get enough big stops."

Junior Gary Forbes, whose defense drew criticism from Ford after the game, said of the Owls, "They were in the zone today. One thing we're going to have to work on is guarding the perimeter. I'm sure we'll see these guys in the Atlantic 10 Tournament."

The loss wasted another strong offensive game by Forbes, who was the only UMass player in any kind of rhythm early. He finished with a career-high 31 points.

"I would trade all of those points for a win," Forbes said.

"He didn't guard anybody, but offensively he played OK," Ford said. "But you have to play on both ends of the court."

Stephane Lasme added 17 points and blocked three shots while Rashaun Freeman scored 12 points and added nine rebounds.

The Minutemen couldn't stop Dionte Christmas who led Temple with 30 points, including five 3-pointers. Christmas said he was motivated early by some trash-talking by James Life of UMass.

"He said you score a lot of points, but if you don't win it doesn't mean anything. I told him I definitely wasn't going to lose to him two times," Christmas said. "He kind of touched me in a place I didn't want to be touched."

Christmas was one of four Owls in double figures. The others were Dustin Salisbery (25 points), Mark Tyndale (15 points, nine rebounds) and Semaj Inge (11 points).

The win was the fourth straight for Temple which plays at La Salle at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

"We need to convince ourselves that we're a good basketball team," Owl coach Fran Dunphy said. "I was pleased with the way we came out with the energy and the understanding of what we have to do."

Christmas led Temple's early surge as the Owls opened the game on a 12-2 run. They took advantage of five UMass turnovers in the first 10 minutes and stretched their edge to 30-10 with nine minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the first half.

Led by Forbes and two 3-pointers by Life, the Minutemen regrouped and pulled within nine at intermission at 44-35.

"I was elated to only be down nine at intermission," Ford said. "We could have been down by 50."

Life put himself in Ford's doghouse early in the second half. The senior guard picked up a technical foul 1:19 after the break for arguing an overturned out-of-bounds call.

Ford yanked Life from the lineup and didn't play him again. His absence hurt as UMass could have used an outside shooter down the stretch.

"He needed to sit," Ford said.

UMass could never get its deficit under single digits in the second half as Temple continued to shoot well.

"Our team was prepared," Lasme said. "I don't think anybody on our team should be surprised that they shot like that ... I always believe the hardest worker is going to win. If we worked a little harder on defense, they wouldn't have made that many shots."

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.


Big man commits to UMass
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/12/2007

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team's need for a big man who could step right in next season may have been filled. The Minutemen received a verbal commitment from big man Trey Lang.

Lang of Marietta, Ga., who is listed on different recruiting sites as either 6-foot-7 or 6-foot-8 and between 215 and 225 pounds, chose UMass over Oregon, Wake Forest and Arizona State.

He fits coach Travis Ford's model of an athletic big man who can play on the perimeter as well.

"I thought I built the best relationship with their coaches of all of the schools that were recruiting me," Lang told Rivals.com. "I like their system, it seems to fit me the best. They did a good job of coming down here the most, too."

The Minutemen have already signed six players to national letter of intents, filling their available scholarships. But New York City guard Marcus Matthews is expected to delay his enrollment for a year to attend prep school, while Springfield big man Travon Wilcher hasn't yet received the necessary combination of core course grade point average and standardized test scores to be eligible as a freshman.

UMass could have as many as two scholarships to fill, and one would go to Lang.

Lang will join a frontcourt that is expected to include returning players Luke Bonner and Dante Milligan as well as recruits Papa Ousmane Lo, Matt Hill and Wilcher, if he qualifies. The Minutemen must replace departing big men Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme.

Lang, who visited UMass before the season, is the son of former NBA player Andrew Lang.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - The 98-89 win by Temple featured the Atlantic 10 co-players of the week in Lasme and Dionte Christmas of the Owls. Christmas, the conference's leading scorer, got a much better start on repeating with 30 points, while Lasme had 17 points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.

30-CLUB - The 31 points scored by Gary Forbes was the first 30-or-more performance by a UMass player since Freeman had 31 against St. Bonaventure Feb 28, 2004. Forbes added 14 rebounds for the third double-double of his career and his second in the past three games. He previously had them against Richmond Feb. 3 and at Duke Jan. 16, 2005, when Forbes played for Virginia.

SNEAKERS AND SUITS - The coaches of both teams wore sneakers as part of the nationwide promotion to promote awareness for Coaches vs. Cancer.

FREEMAN MILESTONES - Freeman's tip-in with 11 minutes, 29 seconds left in the first half moved him into the top-five career scoring list at UMass, displacing Tony Barbee. Freeman's 12 points gave him 1,653 in his career. Next up is Lorenzo Sutton, who scored 1,731 from 1984 to 1988.

MISCELLANEOUS - UMass fell to 9-5 on the road this season. ... The 98 points scored by Temple was the most allowed by the Minutemen in regulation since Dec. 10, 1996, Fresno State had 102. ... The Minutemen are 1/3 in Philadelphia under Ford. ... Guard Mark Tyndale became the 43rd player in Temple history to score 1,000 career points.

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.


Owls on target, surprise UMass
Minutemen fall out of A-10 lead
By Bonnie DeSimone, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 2/12/2007

PHILADELPHIA -- Temple, clawing toward the .500 mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference, had dispatched three straight bottom-feeding opponents by an average of 28 points entering yesterday's game against the University of Massachusetts. Rather than being intimidated by the league leaders, however, the Owls had the vision to be standings-blind.

UMass was working on a three-game win streak of its own but saw its usually reliable inside game literally fall by the boards early on. The sharp-shooting Owls neutralized the visiting big men, shot crisply from 3-point range, and flew out to a 30-10 lead midway through the first half.

The Minutemen (17-7, 7-3) remained at double-digit distance for most of the rest of the afternoon and tumbled into third place in the conference with a 98-89 loss. Rhode Island and Xavier are tied at the top at 8-3.

"They just outplayed us, plain and simple," said coach Travis Ford, who brushed aside any suggestion that his team underestimated Temple (11-12, 5-5) or was drained by last Thursday's exhilarating win over Rhode Island.

"We were ready. It wasn't that we were overlooking [them] . . . We scored enough points. Offense wasn't the problem. We just couldn't guard anybody. But again, give them credit. They make tough shots. Every time we'd make a little bit of a run, they'd make a big shot."

Ford called the Owls' 8-for-15 3-point shooting in the first half "demoralizing" and said he was "elated" to be down just 9 points at halftime. On at least two occasions, Temple players lofted 3-point attempts that bounced high off the rim, then dropped magically through the net.

Junior forward Gary Forbes's career-high 31 points -- the most by a UMass player in three seasons -- were the thread that kept the Minutemen within dreaming range. But, "he didn't guard anybody," Ford said. "Gotta play both ends of the court."

Predictably, Forbes wasn't thrilled with the offensive milestone.

"They were in the zone today," said Forbes, who added a game-high 14 rebounds. "They were attacking us. One thing we're going to have to work on tomorrow is guarding the perimeter."

Temple's guard trio of Dionte Christmas, Mark Tyndale, and Dustin Salisbery combined for 70 points, led by Christmas's 30. "It's kind of like they're playing pickup," Forbes said. "They have the green light to go and shoot any time from anywhere. When you have that type of freedom, you're going to play well. You're going to play with a lot of confidence."

While the Owls' outside shooters were having a field day, senior guard James Life, the chief long-range threat for UMass, spent almost the entire second half cooling his heels on the bench. Life was called for a technical foul for punching a ball into the stands in frustration little more than a minute after the half began. "He just needed to sit," Ford said.

Christmas said Life tried to taunt him during the first half by saying, " 'You score a lot of points, but if you don't win, it doesn't mean anything.' I told him I definitely wasn't gonna lose to him two times. I don't care if I score 2 points as long as we win. He kinda touched me where I didn't want to be touched."

While the guards duked it out, Stephane Lasme, one of the nation's premier shot-blockers, found himself stymied instead. Lasme didn't score from the floor in the first half and went block-less before halftime as well, although he heated up in the second half and finished with 17 points and three blocks.

"That's the way they've won the last four games," Lasme said of Temple's effective combination of pesky inside defense and outside shooting. "Every time they are open, they make the shot. No one on our team was surprised."

Center Rashaun Freeman logged 12 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes.

Ford said his team may have become complacent around Lasme because of his normally dominating presence underneath. "And we've gotten away with it a lot," the coach said. "But we've had some games lately where we've had matchup trouble, as far as Stephane having to come out on the court and guard people. Our guys have got to respond. They can't just always depend on him being behind them."

Tyndale paid tribute to the 6-foot-8-inch senior, saying. "That's the only guy in the A-10 I'm scared of. He changed up my shot every time . . . I think he's gonna make a lot of money in the future."

The Owls lost eight of nine games -- five to conference opponents -- in a dreadful stretch from Dec. 30 to Jan. 24 but now look as though they've thrown open the lid of their erstwhile coffin.

Tyndale, a Philadelphia native, said that would be characteristic of the Temple teams he remembers growing up. "Coming into February, they would turn things up," the 6-5 junior said. "In the A-10 tournament this year, we're going to be one of the teams you do not want to come across."


Minutemen fire blanks: Rough start leads to costly loss
By Brandon Lilly, The Boston Herald, 2/12/2007

PHILADELPHIA -- If indeed UMass’ name is not called on Selection Sunday next month, the Minutemen may look back at yesterday’s game at Temple and wince.

Despite a career-game for guard Gary Forbes, UMass was thoroughly outplayed from the outset, falling to the Owls, 98-89, at the Liacouras Center. With the loss, the Minutemen fell to 17-7 overall and 7-3 in a topsy-turvy Atlantic 10 in which they dropped from first to third place in the course of the afternoon.

“I don’t think we played all that badly, really,” said UMass coach Travis Ford, whose team never led and trailed by as many as 20 points. “I think they just played that well.”

As has been the problem at times throughout the season, the perimeter defense was the Minutemen’s undoing. Temple, which basically starts four shooting guards, is a natural matchup problem for this UMass team, and the Owls exploited the mismatch early.

Temple (11-12, 5-5) opened the game on 12-2 spurt in the first three minutes. Mark Tyndale and Dionte Christmas hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cap the opening spurt and set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Temple shot 59 percent in the first half, including 8-of-15 from behind the arc.

“It is demoralizing for a team to see all those 3s go in like that,” Ford said. “Some of them were pretty well guarded, too.”

It got worse. Dustin Salisbery hit a 3-pointer with 9:55 remaining in the first half that extended Temple’s lead to 30-10, its largest advantage of the game. However, in the last six minutes, UMass fought back, largely behind the play of Forbes. The junior transfer from Virginia scored seven of his career-high 31 points during a 15-8 spurt that pulled the Minutemen to within nine at the half, 44-35.

“I was ecstatic to just be down nine,” Ford said. “I thought that we were in good shape. I thought there was no way (Temple) would shoot like that again in the second half.”

“I would have gladly traded in all of those points to get the win today,” Forbes said of his wasted effort.

Despite the run at the end of the half, the Minutemen got no closer until the game’s waning seconds. Salisbery, who finished with 25 points, hit the first basket of the second half, which was followed by a technical foul against UMass senior guard James Life for throwing a ball in frustration into the crowd. Christmas (30 points) hit two free throws to push the lead back to 13.

That also was the end of the day for Life as Ford sat him for the remainder of the game. When asked if it was a disciplinary action, Ford replied tersely, saying only that Life needed to sit.


Christmas leads Owls to big win in A-10
Temple knocked UMass out of first place in the league and ran its winning streak to four games
By Mike Jensen, The Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer, 2/12/2007

Amid all the talking yesterday on the court at the Liacouras Center, one conversation found its way under the skin of Temple sophomore Dionte Christmas, the leading scorer in the Atlantic Ten.

As Christmas remembers it, James Life, a senior guard for A-10 leader Massachusetts, told him, "You score a lot of points. If you don't win, it doesn't mean anything."

"He kind of touched me where I didn't want to be touched," Christmas said later.

Yesterday, Christmas scored 30 points and the Owls grabbed their biggest win of the season, taking out the Minutemen, 98-89, to run Temple's winning streak to four games. Including Wednesday's 109-70 victory over St. Bonaventure, Temple's 207-point total for two games was a school record.

Over their last five games, the Owls have averaged 93.6 points. But even within Temple's locker room, this was a prove-it kind of win, since the previous three had been against the bottom three teams in the A-10 standings.

Now, those standings are jumbled. Xavier and Rhode Island are on top at 8-3, UMass is 7-3, and 10 schools are within two games of first in the loss column, more than any other Division I conference in the country.

The Owls are one of the 10, just barely, now tied for ninth place after improving to 5-5 and 11-12 overall.

Going in, this was clearly one of those games where someone's strength was going to prevail. UMass has top inside players Stephane Lasme and Rashaun Freeman, two seniors who combined for 42 points, 21 rebounds and 9 blocks when the Minutemen (17-7) took out Temple last month in Amherst, Mass.

Yesterday, the pair's combined total was 29 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks, a bit under their average in all areas. Although junior forward Gary Forbes, a transfer from Virginia, hurt Temple with 31 points and 14 rebounds, his career scoring high was not enough to keep up with Temple's outside firepower.

The Owls made their first five shots and eventually raced out to a 30-10 lead. At that point, Christmas and Dustin Salisbery (25 points) each already had a pair of three-pointers before UMass got its first trey.

By the end, Christmas had made 5 of 8 three-pointers. The Owls also made 25 of 29 foul shots. Mark Tyndale was a force at both ends, finishing with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals.

Before halftime, UMass made a game of it, cutting Temple's lead to 44-35 at the break.

"Coach [Fran] Dunphy said we lead the country in leading in the first half and then losing in the second half," Tyndale said.

But every time UMass closed within 10 points, the Owls had an answer, and not always from their three big offensive stars. Point guard Semaj Inge hit a three-pointer from the corner. His backup, Chris Clark, hit a three from the right side. For the game, Inge and Clark combined for 18 points and just two turnovers.

Once again, freshman Ryan Brooks provided a huge spark off Temple's bench. With seven minutes left and UMass still hanging around, Brooks hit a contested 19-footer and drove for two scores, all in a 70-second span, keeping Temple's lead in double digits even though UMass scored on four straight possessions.

After he had hit the 30-point mark for the fifth time in seven games, Christmas said his answer to Life had been, "I definitely wasn't going to lose to him two times. I don't care if I score two points, as long as we win."

Temple's next game is Wednesday at La Salle, which has lost five straight and fell to Temple last week by 89-64 at the Liacouras Center.

"I know they're going to be very prepared for us on Valentine's Day," Tyndale said. "Somebody's going to break somebody's heart."


No brotherly love for Minutemen
By Michael Shelton, Special to The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 2/12/2007

PHILADELPHIA- After defeating Rhode Island, 77-55, on Thursday night, a win that vaulted it into first place in the Atlantic 10, the University of Massachusetts opened a difficult, three-game road trip yesterday against the Temple Owls in the always dangerous Liacouras Center where the Minutemen had only one victory in their last nine games.

Both teams entered the game on impressive three-game win streaks, but the similarities ended there. Temple, under first year coach Fran Dunphy, had put up big offensive numbers, scoring 80 points or more in each of the three victories. UMass, by contrast, hadn't allowed more than 61 points in any of its three recent conquests.

In the end, it was the Owls' style that won out as they parlayed an early 30-10 burst into a 98-89 victory before a crowd of 7,136.

The 98 points were the most allowed by a UMass team in three seasons since the Minutemen yielded 98 points to Temple at the Liacouras Center.

UMass coach Travis Ford, while disappointed in his team's defensive performance, gave Temple credit for some tremendous shots, saying, “We couldn't guard anybody. They just made a lot of really good shots.”

While UMass may lay claim to the best frontcourt in the A-10 in Rashaun Freeman and Stephan Lasme, Temple may have the most potent backcourt, with guards Dionte Christmas, Mark Tyndale and Dustin Salisbery, averaging more than 55 points per game. That trio combined to score 70 yesterday, with Christmas, the A-10's leading scorer, tossing in 30.

Ford said he told his team, “we can't let Christmas go out and get 30,” but that was exactly what he did.

Leading the way for UMass was junior forward Gary Forbes, who scored a career-high 31 points while adding 14 rebounds. The Virginia transfer seems to be coming into his own, averaging 23 points and 13 rebounds in his last three games.

The loss dropped the Minutemen to 17-7 overall and 7-3 in the A-10. Combined with victories by Xavier and Rhode Island, UMass dropped out of first and into third place in a very tight conference race, in which 10 of the 14 teams have between three and five losses.

Temple came out on fire, using a blend of layups and 3-pointers to build an early, 14-4 edge. Christmas and Salisbery then essentially put the game on ice, scoring Temple's next 16 points while building a 20-point advantage with 9:55 remaining in the first half.

One of the Minutemen's weaknesses this season has been perimeter defense, and that was again a problem as the Owls shot a tremendous 53.3 percent (8 for 15) from behind the arc in the first half and 50 percent (11 for 22) for the game.

“When teams make those threes on you, it's really demoralizing,” said Ford, while also lambasting his team's reliance on super shot-blocker Lasme. “All they want to do is depend on Stephan Lasme. Stephan's not the problem on defense.”

While UMass began to chip away at the mammoth lead, pulling to within eight on a 3-pointer by James Life with 2:26 remaining in the first half, the Owls never relinquished their advantage.

Ironically, it was another UMass weakness - free throw shooting (they are dead last in the conference) - which allowed them to remain in the game, as the visitors were a perfect 8 of 8 from the line in the first half and 18 of 21 for the game.

After coming out of the locker room with a 44-35 halftime advantage, Temple extended its lead to 63-45 with 14:21 remaining. Every time UMass seemed to be left for dead, though, it made a run bringing it back within striking distance. In this case, it was an 8-0 streak initiated by Lasme, who sandwiched one of his game-high 3 blocks around a pair of layups to pull the Minutemen within 63-53 with 12:08 remaining.

For each UMass run, though, Temple answered with one of its own. After the Owls extended their lead to 18 with 4:03 left, the Minutemen had one more comeback attempt in them, pressing and fouling at will before pulling to within seven with 10 seconds to go.


Minutemen fall out of first place
By Rob Greenfield, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/12/2007

The Massachusetts men's basketball team followed up its triumphant win over conference rival Rhode Island at the Mullins Center with an ugly loss to the Temple Owls on the road yesterday, falling 98-89 to a surging Owls squad.

UMass returns to the hardwood on Thursday for a 9 p.m. matchup with Fordham on the road.

"[Temple] just outplayed us," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "I don't think our guys took it lightly or weren't ready. They outplayed us. We ran into a team that was running on all cylinders.

"They were the better team. We never really made it much of a game."

Junior Gary Forbes led the Minutemen with a career-high 31 points on 10-of-23 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range. It is the most points a UMass player has scored in a game since senior captain Rashaun Freeman tallied 31 on Feb. 28 against Saint Bonaventure in 2004.

Forbes went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line and over his last 11 games he has shot 50-of-66 from the charity stripe, good for 76 percent. In his first 13 games, Forbes hit 54 percent. The 31-point, 14-rebound performance was Forbes' second double-double of the season. He out-rebounded the Richmond Spiders, 16-13, on Feb. 3 in a UMass win at the Mullins Center.

Forbes' prolific scoring was no consolation for the Minutemen, however, as they dropped to 17-7 and suffered their third loss in the conference.

"You know it is a marathon," Ford said. "The Rhode Island game was just one game and this is just one game. But you know, I told our team there is still a long season left. The road is tough and hopefully we respond from this. I don't think we overlooked Temple. We can't make any excuses. They just outplayed us."

The Owls scored 98 points, the most the Minutemen have let up all season, and got 30 from Dionte Christmas, who lit up UMass with an efficient 10-for-16 from the field and 5-of-8 from 3-point land.

Temple featured a balanced attack with double-digit scoring from three other players, including Dustin Salisbery (25 points, 8-for-8 from the free-throw line), Mark Tyndale (15 points, nine rebounds) and Semaj Inge (11 points).

The Owls shot 53.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from downtown. Ford believes that it was the hot shooting that kept the Minutemen on their heels.

"The 3-point shot got them going," Ford said. "It wasn't really our offense. It was their offense. It was our defense. We could just never get in a flow because we could just never stop them. We could never get out on the break.

"That's not a scenario [you want] when you are just taking the ball out of the net," he added. "We just couldn't get any flow. They just made a lot of shots. Every time we would make a run they would come down and make some threes. We were in their face and they hit the shots - give Temple all the credit."

The loss to the Owls significantly damages the Minutemen's chances of getting an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, and the Minutemen have two more road games before returning home on Feb. 21 to face Saint Bonaventure in the first game of a three-game home stand.

Ford knows that winning on the road is no easy task.

"It doesn't get any easier," he said. "[Fordham is] a very, very good basketball team. We have to just get back to work and focus on Fordham."


Fading Fast
At-large bid out of reach for Minutemen
By Danny Picard, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/14/2007

As much success as the Massachusetts men's basketball team has had this season, the only way you'll see the Minutemen in an NCAA bracket in March is if it comes out of Atlantic City with the Atlantic 10 Championship.

UMass coach Travis Ford made an appearance on the "Dale and Holley Show" on WEEI last Friday, and he disagreed with that comment, saying he believed there could be several teams from the A-10 involved in March Madness.

That was two days before his team scored 89 points and still lost . . . to Temple. The Owls have an 11-12 overall record, and are an even 5-5 in conference play. Their 98-89 win knocked the Minutemen out of first place, after they had moved into the top spot in the A-10 for the first time since 1998 following their 77-55 win over Rhode Island on Thursday.

Temple has been one of the hottest teams in the conference the past few weeks, riding a four-game winning streak, but that won't be a factor when Selection Sunday rolls along. In fact, ESPN is already putting UMass in the "Teams with work left to do" category.

Andy Glockner of ESPN.com stated that "at-large chances are almost nil at this point." The Minutemen are 0-4 against the RPI Top 50, and only 2-4 against the Top 100.

Forbes

Junior Gary Forbes has been showing why he was brought to UMass. The transfer from Virginia scored in double-figures for the 19th time in 24 games this season during Sunday's loss to Temple. Forbes finished the game with a career-high 31 points.

No UMass player had scored 30-plus in a game since Rashaun Freeman dropped 31 points on St. Bonaventure in 2004. Forbes also had 14 rebounds in the loss, marking only his second double-double of the season. He had 16 points and 16 boards on Feb. 3 against Richmond, and was one rebound shy of the same accomplishment in Thursday's win over Rhode Island.

Forbes finished the game with 22 points and nine rebounds, leading the way with teammate Stephane Lasme. His performance in that game gave the Minutemen faithful something to look forward to.

"He's still got a long way to go," Ford said about Forbes after the URI win. "I think you're seeing glimpses of what he's capable of doing.

"Right now, we put a lot of emphasis on getting the ball into Stephane and Rashaun. I think these guys are getting tired of hearing me say it. And that probably takes away from [Gary's] game a little bit. It has him a little uncomfortable at times, the way he'd like to play, but I liked his effort tonight. It was one of the more focused I've seen him in a long time."

Triple-double machine

What hasn't already been said about Lasme? One half of UMass' two-headed monster under the net has had a remarkable season thus far. He added to his accolades against Rhode Island last Thursday.

In case you missed it, Lasme became just the eighth player in NCAA history to record three triple-doubles in the same season. His 18-point, 12-rebound and 11-block performance against the Rams even made for No. 4 on ESPN's Top 10 plays.

Lasme, once again, put himself in good company (Jason Kidd, David Robinson and Shaquille O'Neal just to name a few) with his latest triple-double, but he remains humble.

"I don't really care," Lasme said. "I mean, it's great to be up there next to those names, but it wasn't one of my goals. I'm happy but I'm not too concerned about it."

Lasme also was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week on Monday, along with Temple guard Dionte Christmas . . .

The Minutemen are now in third place in the conference with a 7-3 A-10 record. Their 17-7 overall record is one of the best in the league . . . UMass will be tested on the road Thursday night as it travels to the Bronx to take on Fordham (13-10, 6-5 A-10) at 9 p.m. The game will be aired live on ESPN2 . . . The Minutemen have only five games left in the season after Thursday night. They travel to Dayton on Sunday, return home for three games and then finish out the regular season on the road against Saint Joseph's (14-10, 6-4 A-10). "I think some of the guys see the end is coming very soon," Ford said. "And they've talked about it. Ray and Steph, they talk about it very regularly."


Massachusetts Minutemen 89
Temple Owls 98
at Temple

Official Basketball Box Score
UMASS vs Temple
2/11/07 2:00 p.m. at Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA

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VISITORS: UMASS 17-7, 7-3 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 10-23   3-6    8-8    6  8 14   1  31  1  2  0  1  36
13 Lasme, Stephane..... f  6-7    0-0    5-6    3  1  4   5  17  0  3  3  1  30
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c  5-12   0-0    2-3    6  3  9   3  12  1  5  0  0  28
14 Lowe, Chris......... g  1-6    0-1    0-0    0  2  2   4   2  4  3  0  1  20
34 Life, James......... g  2-5    2-3    0-0    1  0  1   2   6  0  1  0  2  17
02 Thomas, Brandon.....    1-4    1-2    2-2    0  2  2   0   5  2  0  0  0  15
05 Harris, Ricky.......    2-5    1-3    1-2    0  0  0   0   6  0  0  0  0   8
10 Mayben, Tiki........    2-4    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   4  3  3  0  1  20
20 Milligan, Dante.....    3-4    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   6  0  0  0  0   7
22 Brower, Etienne.....    0-2    0-2    0-0    1  2  3   5   0  0  1  0  0  15
31 Bonner, Luke........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  0  0  0   4
   TEAM................                         6     6
   Totals..............   32-72   7-17  18-21  23 21 44  23  89 11 18  3  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-35 34.3%   2nd Half: 20-37 54.1%   Game: 44.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-6  50.0%   2nd Half:  4-11 36.4%   Game: 41.2%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  8-8  100 %   2nd Half: 10-13 76.9%   Game: 85.7%    1

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HOME TEAM: Temple 11-12, 5-5 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
04 DACONS, Dion........ f  0-2    0-0    2-2    2  0  2   3   2  1  3  1  1  39
03 SALISBERY, Dustin... g  7-14   3-6    8-8    2  3  5   5  25  1  3  1  2  32
13 TYNDALE, Mark....... g  5-13   1-3    4-7    3  6  9   3  15  7  3  1  3  33
15 INGE, Semaj......... g  5-6    1-2    0-0    1  1  2   3  11  2  0  1  3  18
22 CHRISTMAS, Dionte... g 10-16   5-8    5-5    0  4  4   4  30  1  4  1  0  39
01 CLARK, Chris........    1-2    1-2    4-4    0  2  2   1   7  0  2  0  0  22
02 BROOKS, Ryan........    3-5    0-1    2-3    0  0  0   0   8  1  0  0  1  12
14 OLMOS, Sergio.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   5
   TEAM................                            2  2
   Totals..............   31-58  11-22  25-29   8 18 26  19  98 13 15  5 10 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-27 59.3%   2nd Half: 15-31 48.4%   Game: 53.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  8-15 53.3%   2nd Half:  3-7  42.9%   Game: 50.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-5  80.0%   2nd Half: 21-24 87.5%   Game: 86.2%   2,1

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Officials: Frank Scagliotta, John Hughes, Gary Prager
Technical fouls: UMASS-LIFE, James. Temple-None.
Attendance: 7136
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
UMASS.........................   35   54  -   89
Temple........................   44   54  -   98
ID-495603

Points in the paint-UMASS 44,TEMPLE 30. Points off turnovers-UMASS 17,TEMPLE 17.
2nd chance points-UMASS 21,TEMPLE 8. Fast break points-UMASS 0,TEMPLE 4.
Bench points-UMASS 21,TEMPLE 15. Score tied-0 times. Lead changed-0 times.
Last FG-UMASS 2nd-00:12, TEMPLE 2nd-02:41.
Largest lead-UMASS None, TEMPLE by 20 1st-09:55.


Play by Play

Play-by-Play
UMASS vs Temple
2/11/07 2:00 p.m. at Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Temple                               TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: UMASS
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REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         19:42              MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun
GOOD! LAYUP by CHRISTMAS, Dionte [PNT]          19:09   2-0   H 2
                                                18:51              TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun
STEAL by INGE, Semaj                            18:50
GOOD! LAYUP by INGE, Semaj [FB/PNT]             18:48   4-0   H 4
                                                18:28              MISSED JUMPER by Life, James
                                                18:28              REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (DEF) by TYNDALE, Mark                  18:20              MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary
GOOD! LAYUP by INGE, Semaj [PNT]                18:12   6-0   H 6
ASSIST by TYNDALE, Mark                         18:12
FOUL by INGE, Semaj                             17:58
                                                17:48   6-2   H 4  GOOD! JUMPER by Forbes, Gary [PNT]
GOOD! 3 PTR by TYNDALE, Mark                    17:36   9-2   H 7
ASSIST by SALISBERY, Dustin                     17:36
                                                17:29              TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane
STEAL by INGE, Semaj                            17:28
GOOD! 3 PTR by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                17:26  12-2   H 10
ASSIST by INGE, Semaj                           17:26
                                                17:24              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                17:02  12-4   H 8  GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris [PNT]
                                                17:02              ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun
MISSED JUMPER by TYNDALE, Mark                  16:43              REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary
REBOUND (DEF) by TYNDALE, Mark                  16:28              MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris
SUB IN : Brower, Etienne                        16:23
SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun                       16:23
MISSED 3 PTR by INGE, Semaj                     16:10
REBOUND (OFF) by DACONS, Dion                   16:10
                                                16:08              FOUL by Life, James
MISSED 3 PTR by CHRISTMAS, Dionte               16:03              REBOUND (DEF) by Brower, Etienne
REBOUND (DEF) by TYNDALE, Mark                  15:40              MISSED JUMPER by Life, James
MISSED 3 PTR by SALISBERY, Dustin               15:21
REBOUND (OFF) by TYNDALE, Mark                  15:21
GOOD! LAYUP by INGE, Semaj [PNT]                15:16  14-4   H 10
ASSIST by TYNDALE, Mark                         15:16
BLOCK by TYNDALE, Mark                          14:53              MISSED 3 PTR by Brower, Etienne
                                                14:51              REBOUND (OFF) by Forbes, Gary
                                                14:44              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   14:44
SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun                       14:44
SUB IN : Harris, Ricky                          14:44
SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki                           14:44
SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris                            14:44
SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne                        14:44
SUB OUT: Life, James                            14:44
GOOD! LAYUP by SALISBERY, Dustin [PNT]          14:31  16-4   H 12
                                                14:07              MISSED LAYUP by Mayben, Tiki
                                                14:07              REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                14:01  16-6   H 10 GOOD! TIP-IN by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]
GOOD! JUMPER by CHRISTMAS, Dionte               13:42  18-6   H 12
FOUL by SALISBERY, Dustin                       13:33  18-7   H 11 GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary
                                                13:33  18-8   H 10 GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary
SUB IN : Brower, Etienne                        13:33
SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary                           13:33
GOOD! 3 PTR by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                13:23  21-8   H 13
                                                13:05              TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun
SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon                        13:05
SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky                          13:05
TURNOVR by DACONS, Dion                         12:49
FOUL by TYNDALE, Mark                           12:35
REBOUND (DEF) by CHRISTMAS, Dionte              12:31              MISSED JUMPER by Thomas, Brandon
TURNOVR by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                    12:21
REBOUND (DEF) by TYNDALE, Mark                  12:04              MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane
GOOD! 3 PTR by SALISBERY, Dustin                11:50  24-8   H 16
ASSIST by TYNDALE, Mark                         11:50
                                                11:27              MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                11:27              REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                11:25  24-10  H 14 GOOD! TIP-IN by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]
TIMEOUT media                                   11:25
GOOD! 3 PTR by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                11:09  27-10  H 17
                                                10:53              TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun
SUB IN : Forbes, Gary                           10:53
SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne                        10:53
MISSED JUMPER by CHRISTMAS, Dionte              10:33              REBOUND (DEF) by Mayben, Tiki
FOUL by INGE, Semaj                             10:29
SUB IN : Life, James                            10:29              SUB IN : CLARK, Chris
SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon                        10:29              SUB OUT: INGE, Semaj
REBOUND (DEF) by SALISBERY, Dustin              10:16              MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                10:14              FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   10:07
SUB IN : Milligan, Dante                        10:07
SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane                        10:07
GOOD! 3 PTR by SALISBERY, Dustin                09:55  30-10  H 20
BLOCK by DACONS, Dion                           09:40              MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                09:37              REBOUND (OFF) by Forbes, Gary
                                                09:33              ASSIST by Mayben, Tiki
                                                09:33  30-12  H 18 GOOD! LAYUP by Milligan, Dante [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by TYNDALE, Mark                   09:17              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                09:04  30-14  H 16 GOOD! LAYUP by Milligan, Dante [PNT]
TURNOVR by CLARK, Chris                         08:36
                                                08:34              STEAL by Mayben, Tiki
                                                08:29              MISSED LAYUP by Mayben, Tiki
                                                08:29              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                08:28              SUB IN : BROOKS, Ryan
                                                08:28              SUB IN : OLMOS, Sergio
                                                08:28              SUB OUT: CHRISTMAS, Dionte
                                                08:28              SUB OUT: DACONS, Dion
REBOUND (DEF) by TYNDALE, Mark                  08:24              MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun
GOOD! LAYUP by TYNDALE, Mark [PNT]              08:13  32-14  H 18
REBOUND (DEF) by CLARK, Chris                   08:04              MISSED JUMPER by Milligan, Dante
FOUL by TYNDALE, Mark                           07:58
TURNOVR by TYNDALE, Mark                        07:58
                                                07:58              TIMEOUT media
SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane                        07:58              SUB IN : CHRISTMAS, Dionte
SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun                       07:58              SUB OUT: TYNDALE, Mark
FOUL by SALISBERY, Dustin                       07:32  32-15  H 17 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
                                                07:32  32-16  H 16 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
                                                07:32              SUB IN : DACONS, Dion
                                                07:32              SUB OUT: OLMOS, Sergio
TURNOVR by DACONS, Dion                         07:31              STEAL by Life, James
                                                07:26  32-18  H 14 GOOD! LAYUP by Forbes, Gary [PNT]
GOOD! 3 PTR by SALISBERY, Dustin                07:11  35-18  H 17
ASSIST by BROOKS, Ryan                          07:11
                                                06:53  35-20  H 15 GOOD! JUMPER by Forbes, Gary [PNT]
GOOD! JUMPER by SALISBERY, Dustin [PNT]         06:41  37-20  H 17
                                                06:21              TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary
MISSED 3 PTR by SALISBERY, Dustin               06:09              REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary
FOUL by DACONS, Dion                            05:54  37-21  H 16 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
                                                05:54  37-22  H 15 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
SUB IN : Brower, Etienne                        05:54              SUB IN : TYNDALE, Mark
SUB IN : Lowe, Chris                            05:54              SUB OUT: BROOKS, Ryan
SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante                        05:54
SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki                           05:54
MISSED 3 PTR by SALISBERY, Dustin               05:40              REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary
                                                05:32              MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James
                                                05:32              REBOUND (OFF) by Forbes, Gary
BLOCK by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                      05:28              MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary
                                                05:27              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                05:27              SUB IN : OLMOS, Sergio
                                                05:27              SUB IN : BROOKS, Ryan
                                                05:27              SUB OUT: TYNDALE, Mark
                                                05:27              SUB OUT: DACONS, Dion
                                                05:17              MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary
                                                05:17              REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                05:16              FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
                                                05:16              TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane
SUB IN : Bonner, Luke                           05:16              SUB IN : DACONS, Dion
SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane                        05:16              SUB OUT: OLMOS, Sergio
                                                05:04              FOUL by Brower, Etienne
TURNOVR by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                    04:52
                                                04:51              STEAL by Life, James
                                                04:48  37-25  H 12 GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James
TURNOVR by SALISBERY, Dustin                    04:13
                                                04:13              SUB IN : OLMOS, Sergio
                                                04:13              SUB OUT: SALISBERY, Dustin
                                                03:57              TURNOVR by Life, James
STEAL by BROOKS, Ryan                           03:55
MISSED LAYUP by BROOKS, Ryan                    03:52              REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary
                                                03:44  37-28  H 9  GOOD! 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary
                                                03:24              FOUL by Life, James
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   03:24
SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun                       03:24              SUB IN : TYNDALE, Mark
SUB OUT: Bonner, Luke                           03:24              SUB OUT: OLMOS, Sergio
MISSED LAYUP by TYNDALE, Mark                   03:10
REBOUND (OFF) by TYNDALE, Mark                  03:10
GOOD! FT SHOT by TYNDALE, Mark                  03:09  38-28  H 10 FOUL by Lowe, Chris
GOOD! FT SHOT by TYNDALE, Mark                  03:09  39-28  H 11
                                                03:09              SUB IN : OLMOS, Sergio
                                                03:09              SUB OUT: TYNDALE, Mark
                                                02:41              MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris
                                                02:41              REBOUND (OFF) by Forbes, Gary
                                                02:38              MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary
                                                02:38              REBOUND (OFF) by Forbes, Gary
                                                02:33              MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary
                                                02:33              REBOUND (OFF) by Brower, Etienne
                                                02:26  39-31  H 8  GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James
GOOD! 3 PTR by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                01:56  42-31  H 11
FOUL by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                       01:32  42-32  H 10 GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary
                                                01:32  42-33  H 9  GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary
                                                01:32              SUB IN : TYNDALE, Mark
                                                01:32              SUB IN : SALISBERY, Dustin
                                                01:32              SUB OUT: OLMOS, Sergio
                                                01:32              SUB OUT: BROOKS, Ryan
TURNOVR by SALISBERY, Dustin                    01:15
                                                01:15              SUB IN : BROOKS, Ryan
                                                01:15              SUB IN : OLMOS, Sergio
                                                01:15              SUB OUT: TYNDALE, Mark
                                                01:15              SUB OUT: SALISBERY, Dustin
REBOUND (DEF) by CHRISTMAS, Dionte              01:05              MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary
GOOD! FT SHOT by BROOKS, Ryan                   00:50  43-33  H 10 FOUL by Brower, Etienne
MISSED FT SHOT by BROOKS, Ryan                  00:50
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     00:50
GOOD! FT SHOT by BROOKS, Ryan                   00:50  44-33  H 11
                                                00:32              MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary
                                                00:32              REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                00:32  44-35  H 9  GOOD! TIP-IN by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by BROOKS, Ryan                    00:04              REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris


                                      Temple 44, UMASS 35

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          UMASS                  18       7      11       0       4      0     0
          Temple                 14       7       4       2       2      0     0


2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Temple                               TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: UMASS
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MISSED JUMPER by CHRISTMAS, Dionte              19:48
REBOUND (OFF) by SALISBERY, Dustin              19:48
GOOD! JUMPER by SALISBERY, Dustin               19:38  46-35  H 11
                                                19:22              MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                19:22              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                19:02              TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun
STEAL by DACONS, Dion                           19:01
TURNOVR by TYNDALE, Mark                        18:54
                                                18:52              STEAL by Forbes, Gary
                                                18:43              MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary
                                                18:43              REBOUND (OFF) by Life, James
GOOD! FT SHOT by CHRISTMAS, Dionte              18:41  47-35  H 12 FOUL TECHNCL by Life, James
GOOD! FT SHOT by CHRISTMAS, Dionte              18:41  48-35  H 13
SUB IN : Harris, Ricky                          18:41
SUB OUT: Life, James                            18:41
                                                18:31              MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris
                                                18:31              REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                18:29  48-37  H 11 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]
GOOD! DUNK by TYNDALE, Mark [PNT]               18:18  50-37  H 13
ASSIST by INGE, Semaj                           18:18
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         18:08              MISSED 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris
                                                18:06              FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
TURNOVR by SALISBERY, Dustin                    17:57
                                                17:38  50-40  H 10 GOOD! 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky
                                                17:38              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
GOOD! LAYUP by TYNDALE, Mark [PNT]              17:21  52-40  H 12
GOOD! FT SHOT by TYNDALE, Mark                  17:21  53-40  H 13 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
                                                17:02  53-43  H 10 GOOD! 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary
                                                17:02              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
MISSED JUMPER by SALISBERY, Dustin              16:50              REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris
REBOUND (DEF) by INGE, Semaj                    16:42              MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky
GOOD! 3 PTR by INGE, Semaj                      16:31  56-43  H 13
ASSIST by DACONS, Dion                          16:31
FOUL by INGE, Semaj                             16:13
                                                16:08              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
STEAL by INGE, Semaj                            16:07
GOOD! LAYUP by INGE, Semaj [PNT]                15:59  58-43  H 15
ASSIST by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                     15:59
                                                15:46              MISSED JUMPER by Harris, Ricky
                                                15:46              REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                15:42  58-45  H 13 GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
GOOD! JUMPER by CHRISTMAS, Dionte               15:27  60-45  H 15
                                                15:06              MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                15:06              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                15:04              TIMEOUT MEDIA
SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon                        15:04
SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki                           15:04
SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris                            15:04
SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky                          15:04
REBOUND (DEF) by CHRISTMAS, Dionte              14:52              MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary
GOOD! 3 PTR by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                14:21  63-45  H 18
                                                14:03  63-47  H 16 GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
MISSED JUMPER by TYNDALE, Mark                  13:42              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                13:38              TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun
STEAL by SALISBERY, Dustin                      13:37
MISSED LAYUP by SALISBERY, Dustin               13:36
REBOUND (OFF) by TYNDALE, Mark                  13:36
MISSED LAYUP by TYNDALE, Mark                   13:32              BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane
                                                13:30              REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary
FOUL by DACONS, Dion                            13:26  63-48  H 15 GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon
                                                13:26  63-49  H 14 GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon
TURNOVR by DACONS, Dion                         13:26
                                                13:12  63-51  H 12 GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
                                                13:12              ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon
MISSED JUMPER by DACONS, Dion                   12:55
REBOUND (OFF) by SALISBERY, Dustin              12:55
MISSED 3 PTR by TYNDALE, Mark                   12:49              REBOUND (DEF) by Thomas, Brandon
BLOCK by INGE, Semaj                            12:43              MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary
                                                12:43              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
REBOUND (DEF) by SALISBERY, Dustin              12:37              MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary
MISSED 3 PTR by CHRISTMAS, Dionte               12:32
REBOUND (OFF) by INGE, Semaj                    12:32
MISSED JUMPER by SALISBERY, Dustin              12:16              REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary
                                                12:08  63-53  H 10 GOOD! DUNK by Forbes, Gary [PNT]
                                                12:08              ASSIST by Mayben, Tiki
SUB IN : Bonner, Luke                           12:06
SUB IN : Brower, Etienne                        12:06
SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun                       12:06
SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary                           12:06
                                                11:54              FOUL by Bonner, Luke
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   11:54
                                                11:54              SUB IN : CLARK, Chris
                                                11:54              SUB OUT: INGE, Semaj
GOOD! 3 PTR by CLARK, Chris                     11:36  66-53  H 13
ASSIST by TYNDALE, Mark                         11:36
                                                11:19              TURNOVR by Brower, Etienne
STEAL by TYNDALE, Mark                          11:17
MISSED LAYUP by TYNDALE, Mark                   11:08              BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane
                                                11:07              REBOUND (DEF) by Bonner, Luke
                                                10:58              FOUL by Mayben, Tiki
                                                10:58              TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki
GOOD! FT SHOT by SALISBERY, Dustin              10:36  67-53  H 14 FOUL by Brower, Etienne
GOOD! FT SHOT by SALISBERY, Dustin              10:36  68-53  H 15
SUB IN : Forbes, Gary                           10:36              SUB IN : BROOKS, Ryan
SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne                        10:36              SUB OUT: CHRISTMAS, Dionte
                                                10:28              TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary
MISSED LAYUP by SALISBERY, Dustin               10:10              BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane
                                                10:07              REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary
FOUL by CLARK, Chris                            09:51
FOUL by SALISBERY, Dustin                       09:51
SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun                       09:51              SUB IN : CHRISTMAS, Dionte
SUB OUT: Bonner, Luke                           09:51              SUB OUT: SALISBERY, Dustin
                                                09:45  68-55  H 13 GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
                                                09:45              ASSIST by Mayben, Tiki
MISSED 3 PTR by CHRISTMAS, Dionte               09:21              REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                09:12              TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki
STEAL by TYNDALE, Mark                          09:11
TURNOVR by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                    09:04              STEAL by Lasme, Stephane
SUB IN : Harris, Ricky                          09:04
SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon                        09:04
                                                08:45  68-57  H 11 GOOD! JUMPER by Mayben, Tiki
GOOD! FT SHOT by DACONS, Dion                   08:45  69-57  H 12 FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
GOOD! FT SHOT by DACONS, Dion                   08:45  70-57  H 13
SUB IN : Milligan, Dante                        08:45
SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane                        08:45
                                                08:39  70-59  H 11 GOOD! JUMPER by Forbes, Gary
GOOD! JUMPER by BROOKS, Ryan                    08:00  72-59  H 13
                                                07:42  72-62  H 10 GOOD! 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary
GOOD! LAYUP by BROOKS, Ryan [PNT]               07:25  74-62  H 12
ASSIST by TYNDALE, Mark                         07:25
                                                07:13  74-64  H 10 GOOD! JUMPER by Mayben, Tiki
GOOD! JUMPER by BROOKS, Ryan [PNT]              06:47  76-64  H 12
FOUL by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                       06:39
SUB IN : Brower, Etienne                        06:39
SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane                        06:39
SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante                        06:39
SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky                          06:39
                                                06:36              FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
                                                06:36              TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane
GOOD! JUMPER by CHRISTMAS, Dionte [PNT]         06:21  78-64  H 14
FOUL by TYNDALE, Mark                           06:04              MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
                                                06:04              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                06:04  78-65  H 13 GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane
SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon                        06:04              SUB IN : SALISBERY, Dustin
SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane                        06:04              SUB OUT: BROOKS, Ryan
GOOD! LAYUP by CHRISTMAS, Dionte [PNT]          05:43  80-65  H 15
ASSIST by TYNDALE, Mark                         05:43
GOOD! FT SHOT by CHRISTMAS, Dionte              05:43  81-65  H 16 FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun
BLOCK by SALISBERY, Dustin                      05:28              MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary
REBOUND (DEF) by CLARK, Chris                   05:25
TURNOVR by TYNDALE, Mark                        05:14
SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane                        05:14
SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne                        05:14
                                                05:04  81-67  H 14 GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]
                                                05:04              ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon
FOUL by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                       05:04              MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun
REBOUND (DEF) by SALISBERY, Dustin              05:04
MISSED JUMPER by DACONS, Dion                   04:35              REBOUND (DEF) by Mayben, Tiki
                                                04:30              TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki
STEAL by TYNDALE, Mark                          04:28
GOOD! DUNK by SALISBERY, Dustin [FB/PNT]        04:26  83-67  H 16
ASSIST by TYNDALE, Mark                         04:26
SUB IN : Lowe, Chris                            04:16
SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki                           04:16
                                                04:05              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
STEAL by SALISBERY, Dustin                      04:04
GOOD! FT SHOT by SALISBERY, Dustin              04:03  84-67  H 17 FOUL by Lowe, Chris
GOOD! FT SHOT by SALISBERY, Dustin              04:03  85-67  H 18
                                                03:54              MISSED JUMPER by Thomas, Brandon
                                                03:54              REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun
FOUL by DACONS, Dion                            03:53
                                                03:53              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                03:53  85-68  H 17 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                03:53  85-69  H 16 GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   03:51
MISSED JUMPER by CHRISTMAS, Dionte              03:20              REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun
                                                03:12  85-71  H 14 GOOD! JUMPER by Forbes, Gary [PNT]
                                                03:10              TIMEOUT 30sec
GOOD! JUMPER by TYNDALE, Mark                   02:41  87-71  H 16
                                                02:32              MISSED 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon
                                                02:32              REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane
                                                02:29  87-73  H 14 GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by CLARK, Chris                    01:59              REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary
FOUL by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                       01:57  87-74  H 13 GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary
                                                01:57  87-75  H 12 GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary
SUB IN : Brower, Etienne                        01:57
SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun                       01:57
MISSED LAYUP by TYNDALE, Mark                   01:38
REBOUND (OFF) by DACONS, Dion                   01:38
GOOD! FT SHOT by SALISBERY, Dustin              01:34  88-75  H 13 FOUL by Brower, Etienne
GOOD! FT SHOT by SALISBERY, Dustin              01:34  89-75  H 14
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   01:34
                                                01:28              MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris
                                                01:28              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                01:25  89-77  H 12 GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]
                                                01:25              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
                                                01:24              TIMEOUT 30sec
GOOD! FT SHOT by CLARK, Chris                   01:00  90-77  H 13 FOUL by Lowe, Chris
GOOD! FT SHOT by CLARK, Chris                   01:00  91-77  H 14
FOUL by SALISBERY, Dustin                       00:56  91-78  H 13 GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary
                                                00:56  91-79  H 12 GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary
GOOD! FT SHOT by CLARK, Chris                   00:54  92-79  H 13 FOUL by Lowe, Chris
GOOD! FT SHOT by CLARK, Chris                   00:54  93-79  H 14
                                                00:50  93-81  H 12 GOOD! LAYUP by Forbes, Gary [PNT]
TURNOVR by CLARK, Chris                         00:43
                                                00:42              STEAL by Lowe, Chris
REBOUND (DEF) by TYNDALE, Mark                  00:40              MISSED 3 PTR by Brower, Etienne
GOOD! FT SHOT by TYNDALE, Mark                  00:34  94-81  H 13 FOUL by Lasme, Stephane
MISSED FT SHOT by TYNDALE, Mark                 00:34              REBOUND (DEF) by Brower, Etienne
SUB IN : Milligan, Dante                        00:34
SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane                        00:34
                                                00:27  94-83  H 11 GOOD! DUNK by Milligan, Dante [PNT]
                                                00:27              ASSIST by Forbes, Gary
GOOD! FT SHOT by SALISBERY, Dustin              00:24  95-83  H 12 FOUL by Forbes, Gary
GOOD! FT SHOT by SALISBERY, Dustin              00:24  96-83  H 13
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   00:24
                                                00:20  96-86  H 10 GOOD! 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon
                                                00:20              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
                                                00:19              TIMEOUT 30sec
MISSED FT SHOT by TYNDALE, Mark                 00:19              FOUL by Brower, Etienne
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     00:19
MISSED FT SHOT by TYNDALE, Mark                 00:19              REBOUND (DEF) by Thomas, Brandon
SUB IN : Harris, Ricky                          00:19
SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne                        00:19
                                                00:12  96-88  H 8  GOOD! LAYUP by Harris, Ricky [PNT]
                                                00:12              TIMEOUT TEAM
TURNOVR by CHRISTMAS, Dionte                    00:11
FOUL by SALISBERY, Dustin                       00:10  96-89  H 7  GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky
                                                00:10              MISSED FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky
                                                00:10              REBOUND (OFF) by Forbes, Gary
                                                00:10              SUB IN : BROOKS, Ryan
                                                00:10              SUB OUT: SALISBERY, Dustin
REBOUND (DEF) by CHRISTMAS, Dionte              00:08              MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary
GOOD! FT SHOT by CHRISTMAS, Dionte              00:04  97-89  H 8  FOUL by Milligan, Dante
GOOD! FT SHOT by CHRISTMAS, Dionte              00:04  98-89  H 9
REBOUND (DEF) by (DEADBALL)                     00:00              MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky


                                      Temple 98, UMASS 89

          2nd period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          UMASS                  26      10      10       0      17      0     0
          Temple                 16      10       4       2      13      0     0


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................    7  10 -  17
Temple..................    7  10 -  17

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................   18  26 -  44
Temple..................   14  16 -  30

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................   11  10 -  21
Temple..................    4   4 -   8

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................    0   0 -   0
Temple..................    2   2 -   4

BENCH POINTS                1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................    4  17 -  21
Temple..................    2  13 -  15

SCORE TIED BY               1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................    0   0 -   0
Temple..................    0   0 -   0

LEAD GAINED BY              1   2 - Tot
UMASS...................    0   0 -   0
Temple..................    0   0 -   0

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