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Last call for Minutemen seniors
UMass hosts La Salle in final home game
By Rob Greenfield, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/28/2007

This is the last hardwood adventure at the Mullins Center for the Massachusetts men's basketball team this season.

The Minutemen are 20-4 in the last two years inside the friendly home confines and have treated the UMass fans to a plethora of wins in Amherst this season.

Now, the La Salle Explorers visit Amherst as one of the lost causes of the Atlantic 10 conference, battling for the final spot in the conference tournament on March 7 in Atlantic City.

UMass is coming off of a triumphant 53-50 win over the Saint Louis Billikens Saturday in front of 9,000-plus fans on Saturday night, the most for an Atlantic 10 home game in over four years.

The Minutemen are 11-7 all time against tonight's opponent, the La Salle Explorers, and defeated them, 79-71, earlier this season in Philadelphia. La Salle has won five of the last seven meetings between the two teams in the last four years. UMass won six straight meetings from 1991-98.

La Salle won both meetings with the Minutemen last season and holds a 5-3 record against UMass at the Mullins Center while UMass has the edge in La Salle's building, going 5-2 in the last seven games.

The Explorers are responsible for the ousting of the Minutemen in the 2004-05 A-10 Tournament. The loss was the final game for Steve Lappas as the head coach of the Minutemen.

The Minutemen have won four in a row dating back to the victory over the Fordham Rams in the Bronx on ESPN, and with a win against the Explorers tonight will have their first five-game winning streak in six years.

UMass and Xavier are tied atop the Atlantic 10 conference with identical 11-3 records. Xavier, however, holds the tiebreaker with UMass after an 83-77 defeat at Xavier. So if the two teams win both games this week (they play the same teams this week, La Salle and Saint Joseph's) then they will be crowned co-champions, but Xavier will be the No. 1 seed in the A-10 Tournament and UMass will be the No. 2 seed.

The Minutemen's three losses in the conference came against Xavier, Rhode Island and Temple, all on the road.

After the Fordham win the Minutemen visited Dayton where UMass beat the Flyers, 77-69, the first time Dayton was defeated at home all season. The Flyers were 14-0 in their last 14 home games before the loss to UMass.

St. Bonaventure fell victim to a UMass squad firing on all cylinders. The Minutemen smashed the Bonnies, 83-44. Sophomore Luke Bonner scored a career-high 11 points and freshman guard Ricky Harris also notched a career-high with 14 points.

Junior James Life recovered from some recent struggles with a huge 3-pointer with just under two minutes left in the game to give the Minutemen a 49-47 lead. Life also knocked down two free throws in the ensuing possessions.

The Minutemen will honor the team's seniors who will be playing their last game at the Mullins Center. Seniors Rashaun Freeman, Stephane Lasme, James Life, Matt Pennie and Brandon Thomas will all be playing their last home game tonight.

Lasme and Freeman have had prolific careers playing for the Minutemen. They've compiled a 60-53 overall record in their time wearing a UMass jersey and the Minutemen have been 20-4 at the Mullins Center over the last two years.

Life is eighth in career 3-pointers with 131 treys and needs one more to tie for 10th in the single season's all-time list. Life transferred to UMass from junior college for his junior season and for UMass coach Travis Ford's first year in the 2005-06 season.


Freeman and Lasme deserve to be thanked
By Danny Picard, The Daily Collegian Columnist, 2/28/2007

Their farewell tour leaves Amherst tonight.

Five seniors will be playing their last game at the Mullins Center this evening for the Massachusetts men's basketball team, but no loss is bigger than that of Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme.

Not to take anything away from James Life, Brandon Thomas or Matt Pennie. It's just that Freeman and Lasme are the two players responsible for putting UMass basketball back on the map.

When was the last time you heard Dick Vitale talking about the Minutemen while he was covering a Big East game? Or how about several Top 10 plays on SportsCenter?

It's been a while.

And it isn't because of UMass coach Travis Ford's constant attempt to get the team some press, whether it be Yale Genton commercials or just shaking your hand at Rafters.

They're getting the publicity because of the two beasts dominating the low posts night in and night out.

Freeman will go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear the maroon and white. He has been the face of the team, and school, in his four seasons with the Minutemen, and it's well deserved.

"Rashaun is going to go down as one of the top five, six, seven players to ever play at UMass," Ford said. "I don't think there's any debate in that because you just look at the stats and the achievements he's made as an individual basketball player."

Freeman surpassed two of the most well-known players in UMass history this season, moving into fifth all-time in scoring with 1,676 career points heading into tonight's game against La Salle.

Julius Erving (1,370) and Marcus Camby (1,393) stood 12th and 10th, respectively, on UMass' all-time scoring list when Freeman passed them.

But with everything he has accomplished as a Minuteman, Freeman has never tasted victory in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

There's still one more chance.

"He has deserved to have success as a team in the win column because of everything he's done," Ford said. "Ray has put a lot of hard work and sweat into this basketball program. He has represented UMass in a first-class manner, and not only on the court, but off the court as well."

Then you have his partner in crime, Lasme. This guy isn't just tall. He's the longest individual on the face of the earth. And maybe that has something to do with him being the No. 2 shot-blocker in the nation with 140 this season.

Lasme is averaging five rejections per game, and surpassed Camby earlier this year as the top shot-blocker in UMass history.

His offense hasn't lacked either. Lasme became just the eighth player in NCAA history to record three triple-doubles in a single season with his 18-point, 12-rebound and 11-block performance against Rhode Island nearly three weeks ago.

"[Stephane] is a leader on this basketball team," Ford said. "He gains the utmost respect because I think all the players realize there's no hidden agenda to Stephane Lasme. He works extremely hard everyday. He's not going to pull any punches.

"He's got the ultimate respect from all his teammates because he is a very mature individual, and he calls it the way he sees it. He's really improved as a basketball player."

But maybe you haven't seen their dominance. Actually, you probably haven't, given there's an average of a few thousand empty seats every game.

Now I'm not here to tell you what to do with your free time, but I can tell you what Freeman and Lasme do with theirs. They practice free throws, work on their defense and run plays. And, oh yeah, they carry the team every game on their backs, all in an effort to bring your beloved Minutemen into the NCAA Tournament so you can riot your life away on Selection Sunday.

So there you have it.

The Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme farewell tour leaves tonight. And they're never walking back through that door.

The least you could do is thank them.


UMass looks to send seniors out in style
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/28/2007

AMHERST - The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team will try to send its seniors out with a win and try to keep their dreams of a banner alive tonight as the Minutemen play La Salle at 7 p.m. in what could be the final game of the season at the Mullins Center.

It's possible that UMass could be back at its home gym. If the Minutemen don't make the NCAA Tournament, they would be a strong candidate for a bid to the National Invitation Tournament and could play an early-round home game. But they are aiming higher than that now.

A win tonight would assure the Minutemen of no lower than a No. 2 seed in next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament in Atlantic City. If UMass (21-7, 11/3) beats La Salle and Xavier loses at home to Saint Joseph's tonight, the Minutemen would clinch at least a share of the A-10 regular-season title.

If Saturday is any indicator, there will be no score updates from the Hawks and Musketeers announced during the game as UMass coach Travis Ford tries to shield his players and perhaps himself from any distractions. Ford requested that no scores be announced from the Xavier-Dayton game during the Minutemen's 53-50 win over Saint Louis Saturday.

Senior night should be distraction enough. The Minutemen will honor five players and senior manager Paul Kavanaugh before the game.

'I've never liked coaching senior nights because of all the emotion that goes into it,' Ford said.

James Life and Brandon Thomas have both had big moments and made key contributions during their two years in Amherst, while walk-on Matt Pennie has been a crowd favorite. But the night's spotlight will shine brightest on Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme. The last two remaining players to play under former coach Steve Lappas have left a significant mark on the program over the past four years.

Freeman will leave among the all-time top five at UMass in points, rebounds, field goals and field goal percentage, while Lasme holds the school's single-season and career records in blocked shots and is climbing the NCAA's all-time block list. He will enter the game ranked No. 23 with 371, just three behind Pervis Ellison and Jason Lawson.

A Minuteman win tonight would be the 22nd this season, the seventh most in school history.

La Salle (10-18, 3-11 A-10) needs to win the game to keep from being eliminated from participating in next week's A-10 Tournament. The Explorers need victories in both of their remaining games and two losses by St. Bonaventure to earn a trip to Atlantic City.

La Salle has lost seven of its last eight games. But the Explorers have give the Minutemen trouble in recent years. Before this season La Salle had won five of the last six meetings, and UMass' 79-71 win Jan. 6 in Philadelphia was difficult.

'La Salle has always played us very, very tough. Going back and watching the La Salle game, there's some things we're going to change,' Ford said. 'John Giannini is an incredible coach. Even when he's undermanned, he finds a way to keep it close.'

All of which made Ford hesitant to alter his lineup to start five seniors. He said he hadn't decided what he'll do yet and probably would not until game time. Freeman, Lasme and Life are starters and Brandon Thomas has started before. But putting 6-foot-7 walk-on Pennie in for Chris Lowe would leave the team without a point guard.

'I don't know,' Ford said. 'I probably won't make the decision until that day.'

Pennie, who was a manager for two seasons before joining the team as a player, said whether he starts tonight or not he's enjoyed the experience of being part of the team.

'I knew what Coach Ford expected out of me and what my role was going to be during the season,' Pennie said. 'I never thought I was going to become a starter. I'm just happy to put on the jersey every day and say I play for UMass.'

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.


A model of success
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/28/2007

AMHERST - If Rashaun Freeman had played on better teams during his University of Massachusetts career, the conversation might be whether or not Freeman's No. 1 should eventually be hanging alongside 15, 30 and the 32s which are the retired numbers at the Mullins Center.

Freeman has been that good. In his four years, coaches, athletic directors, sneaker companies, and a whole lot of teammates have come and gone. Freeman has been a rare constant, grabbing rebounds, making jump hooks and working hard.

He never quite made his right-hand skills as good as his dominant left, but it didn't matter. Against zones, double teams and countless defenses designed to stop him, Freeman has produced almost every night. In 110 games he scored in double figures 88 times.

Freeman's numbers would be impressive anywhere. But his success is very much a UMass success story. The basketball program and the athletic department have taken pride in turning academic question marks into college graduates. Freeman, who arrived in Amherst as an academic nonqualifier due to a learning disability, could be the poster boy for the success of a long list of UMass players who began their careers sitting out for academic reasons and leaving with both athletic honors and a degree.

When he arrived at UMass, Freeman said many people at home at Schenectady, N.Y., did not think he'd stay long.

"They thought I wouldn't get through a semester. They thought I'd be back at Christmas getting a job," Freeman said. "People doubted me and said I couldn't get through high school let alone go to college."

The first year was tough, because he couldn't play or practice, but Freeman was more upbeat about it than many other players in similar situations.

"I don't see me coming here as 'OK, I have a free scholarship.' I see it more as a job. If you don't do well at your job, bad stuff happens," Freeman said four years ago. "So I'm always on top of my homework. I'll work hard on everything. If you tell me to do certain things, I'll do it more. Last semester I had perfect attendance in every class. That's what you're supposed to do."

Freeman had never lifted weights before enrolling at UMass, but during the 2002-03 season, when he wasn't in class or study hall, he was often in the weight room. He said those sessions with strength and conditioning coach Bob Otrando were the foundation of his success at UMass.

"Coach Otrando has a lot to do with my success, my passion and my work ethic. My strength plays a big part in my game. He helped develop that," Freeman said. "He worked with me and restored the work ethic I have right now. He's played a big role in my development."

Freeman is still a weight-room regular. Even though those first days seem like a long time ago now, his approach hasn't changed, there or in the classroom.

Travis Ford, who has only coached Freeman for two seasons, has been impressed.

"He's at every single class. He turns in every homework assignment and has done everything to the utmost," Ford said. "He's probably the hardest worker on the team in the classroom. I'm as proud of him for what he's accomplished there as anything he's done on the court."

Tonight Freeman will play in what will likely be his final home game as a Minuteman. He would play there again only if UMass hosts an NIT game if it doesn't make the NCAA Tournament).

"I feel proud to know I made it through the fire," Freeman said. "I know a lot of people that didn't do that. I have everything I want now as far as graduating and being happy with my last season. I proved all the doubters wrong.

"Being able to be the first person in my family to graduate from a big-time college is a wonderful thing. Everything I worked hard for I'm starting to see the accomplishments."

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.


Pennie is walking on air
Former team manager living dream at UMass
By Marty Dobrow, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 2/28/2007

AMHERST - Well before basketball practice Monday afternoon at Curry Hicks Cage, University of Massachusetts senior forward Rashaun Freeman finished a conversation with his grandmother on his cell phone, then started chatting with fellow senior Matt Pennie. The topic drifted to tonight's home finale against La Salle.

"You gonna cry, Ray?" Pennie asked.

The fifth-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder in school history considered the question, then shrugged and said, "You?"

"Yeah," said Pennie. "I'm an emotional dude."

Seconds later, Pennie bounded onto the court, summoned by Gary Forbes, the star-on-the-rise junior who has been leading the Minutemen in scoring in league play. Seamlessly, the pair re-created the last-second steal that Forbes made Saturday night against Saint Louis to give UMass a critical win, preserving a share of first place in the Atlantic 10. After relishing the replay, Forbes gave Pennie a playful nudge.

As Matt Pennie, the pride of the small South Shore town of Hanson, broke into a broad smile, one thing was abundantly clear: He belonged.

Tonight will be a sweet farewell for five UMass seniors, each of whom has played a role in the resurgence of a 21-7 team that is in contention for an NCAA Tournament spot for the first time in nine years. Freeman and center Stephane Lasme are both A-10 Player of the Year candidates. Feisty guard James Life is a double-figure scorer with 3-point shooting prowess. Swingman Brandon Thomas is a classy and versatile presence off the bench.

Pennie, though, has a story all his own. A fan favorite, he has lived out a common but almost never realized dream: going from team manager to Division 1 college basketball player -- on the team he loved as a boy, no less. Two years into the transformation, the wonder has yet to wear off.

"To actually put on that jersey every day," said Pennie, pausing to savor the moment, "I look down and start to pinch myself."

When he was 10 years old, he followed the Minutemen religiously during their Final Four season. He was up near the rafters of the then-newly-christened FleetCenter, cheering wildly for Marcus Camby in the first Commonwealth Classic against Boston College. He was out in the driveway shooting hoops, pretending to be Donta Bright. He was studiously sitting at his desk mailing a letter to coach John Calipari, expressing his desire to one day play for the Minutemen.

He got an encouraging note back, coupled with posters of the UMass men's and women's teams. "Those both went up in my room right away," Pennie recalled.

The game and the school were in his blood. Two aunts, Julie and Martha Ready, both played at UMass in the late '70s/early '80s. Julie (Ready) Malvoy, Matt's godmother, is the school's No. 6 career scorer.

Matt's father, Steve Pennie, also had fallen hard for the game. A longtime sales manager in the movie business, Steve had the prescience to buy Celtics season tickets on the day Larry Bird was drafted. He brought Matt to the Old Garden again and again in the waning days of the Bird Era.

Pennie's high school days were difficult. In his sophomore year, he lost his mother to a fatal cardiac arrhythmia. Trying to deal with the chasm in his family, he drew closer to his dad, his younger sister, Kelly, and his aunt Julie, who lived in the neighboring town of Halifax.

Basketball provided a measure of healing, though the game was still a struggle for a gangly kid who had not yet developed his coordination. He still played JV as a junior at Whitman-Hanson High School. By his senior year, though, he emerged as a legitimate player, approaching his full height of 6 feet 7 inches and becoming a 15-point-per-game scorer for the varsity.

Game draws him in While he could have played college ball at the Division 2 or 3 level, he chose to go to Division 1 UMass and study Sport Management, knowing that the decision almost certainly spelled the end of his playing days. It was time to get serious about the adult world and map out a career.

That first year, though, was filled with longing. Watching UMass play, he felt the tidal pull and wound up approaching the staff of then-coach Steve Lappas with hopes of becoming a manager.

"I just missed basketball so much," Pennie said. "I had to get back involved. If that involved being a manager, folding towels and doing laundry, so be it, but I needed to be around the game again."

He had the perfect attitude for the job. Plunging into every task with zeal, he stood out with his commitment and efficiency. No part of it felt menial to him. One day, he was placed on "Deli Duty" when 325-pound freshman Jeff "Big Deli" Salovski came to practice feeling sick.

"My job was to carry around a plastic bag," Pennie recalled. "I had Kleenex in one hand and a towel in another. Any time he had to get rid of some phlegm or something, he'd cough, and I'd have to put it in the bag."

His aptitude and attitude were noticed. When Lappas was fired after Pennie's sophomore year, new coach Travis Ford saw Pennie at work and quickly named him head manager. "He was always right there," said Ford. "He's just a relentless worker."

In time, Ford began to see other possibilities. Pennie seemed to be able to hold his own in pickup games around the edges of practice. The team's numbers were down, and knowing that four transfers would not be allowed to travel with the team, Ford realized he would need an extra practice player or two on the road.

The "Rudy"-like idea appealed to a coach who had some Hollywood in his past (he played point guard Danny O'Grady in "The Sixth Man" after his playing days at the University of Kentucky). For Ford, though, this decision was not so much about the big screen as about a guy who could set big screens.

After talking it over with his staff, he approached Pennie the day before the first practice, the much-anticipated "Midnight Madness," to usher in a new era of UMass basketball. The next night, to the astonishment of his friends, there was Pennie in uniform, an experience he recalls as "surreal."

On the scoreboard From the beginning, he understood his role as a walk-on. His job was to be a practice player, to push the scholarship guys to get better. If he got any playing time at all, it would come at the very end of games that were long-since decided. He had absolutely no problem with that. He got a couple of minutes against Savannah State, perhaps the worst team in Division 1, so he could tell everyone that he had played in a college basketball game. That was enough for him.

Last Jan. 21, UMass was set to play Temple in a game nationally televised on ESPN. Pennie knew all about the bitter Atlantic 10 rivalry between the Minutemen and the Owls. Like everyone else, he expected a hard-fought game.

The Minutemen could do no wrong that day, and Temple could do little right. UMass was up by 20 or more for most of the contest. In the closing moments, Ford said the magic words, "Pennie, Pennie," and the junior sprang up from his seat and flung off his sweats. With 2 seconds left, he got a pass from Brandon Thomas on the right wing and let fly from behind the arc.

Steve Pennie, seated with 25 family members underneath the basket, watched the drama unfold.

"I saw the trajectory of the shot, and I knew it was going in," he said. "It was just a magical moment."

The swish put the wraps on a 60-34 victory, as well as providing a jubilant moment on the bench, and a DVD that has, according to Steve, gotten plenty of play back in Hanson.

This year, things have been even sweeter. Pennie has been reveling in the team's success, and making the most of his limited playing time. He has added three more baskets to his collegiate résumé, earning more and more respect from those around him.

Ford said that Pennie "does more than hold his own. He could right now probably be a D-2 All-American. He's got a great touch, a great instinct for rebounding. It's not a gimmick by any means. He can really play the game of basketball."

"I don't think people understand what it takes to be a walk-on," added teammate Luke Bonner. "It takes an extreme level of toughness. You're pretty much doing all the hard stuff, without the glory, per se. But obviously he's had his moments. He can play."

Pennie's family continues to provide inspiration, including his late mother.

"I know she's watching down on me," he said. "When I have good things happen to me, I know she has a guiding hand in all of this. I write 'MDK' on my sneakers for 'Mom-Dad-Kelly.' That's who I'm playing for."

He has never outgrown his britches. He is extraordinarily proud of the Whitman-Hanson High School team that just won its first league title in 51 years. He lives with team manager Paul Kavanaugh, one of his closest friends.

He is very tight with his high-profile teammates. In a team vote for various media-guide categories ("Funniest Teammate," "Best Trash-Talking Teammate," etc.), Pennie was the overwhelming winner in the category of "Teammate Who Would Be the Best Head Coach."

That, in fact, is Pennie's goal.

He plans to get there using a formula that has been successful for him in the past.

"Just start at the bottom," he said, "and work your way up."


Senior Night Sensation As UMass Pounds La Salle, 102-63
Lasme gets fourth triple-double to make NCAA history
From UMass Athletics, 2/28/2007

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass seniors came out on fire and continued to click on all cylinders as the Minutemen pounded La Salle, 102-63. The Minutemen jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first five minutes and proceeded to dominate the game. The Minutemen have won five games in a row and eight of their last nine with the win.

Senior Stephane Lasme made NCAA history with his fourth triple-double of the season, becoming just the third player to accomplish the feat. He had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots to join Jason Kidd (1994 at California) and Michael Anderson (1986 at Vermont) as the extraordinary trio. Lasme is the nation's second-leading shot blocker with 5.2 per game.

"I didn't know why everyone was chanting for me because the game was pretty much over. But then, Coach Ford told me to go get one block and one rebound. It's a nice thing to have but I honestly wasn't trying to get it," said Lasme.

Senior Rashaun Freeman tallied 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in his Mullins Center regular-season finale. It was Freeman's 13th double-double this season. While senior James Life tallied 17 points hitting five 3-pointers, as he reached double-figures for the first time in nine games.

"Stephane is an amazing player," said Freeman. "To even be that close [to a triple double] is so amazing. He's come a long way as a player in his four years. He absolutely deserved it tonight."

Brandon Thomas had two thunderous dunks in the opening minutes and finished with 11 points.

UMass has scored 100 or more points in three games this season, the most since they had a record six 100-point games with Julius Erving on the squad in 1971-72.


Post-game notes
From UMass Athletics, 2/28/2007

Rashaun Freeman reached double-figures for the 25th time in 29 games this season and 89 in 114 career games. He had 12 in the first 13 minutes of the game as he finished with 20. He passed the 1,700 career point mark and enters his next game with (1,716).

* Freeman also had 12 rebounds to add to his third all-time career total (973).

* Stephane Lasme moved to 21st in NCAA all-time history in blocked shots with 10 in the game. He now has 381.

* James Life reached double-figures for the first time in nine games, in the first seven minutes of the game, with 11 in that span. He finished with 17. It was his 16th game in double-figures this year and 31st of his two-year career at UMass.


UMass Head Coach Travis Ford
On the Senior's play tonight:
"I'm very proud of our Seniors, very proud. I'm very happy with the way we started the game. It's not easy to get a good start with so much emotion in the beginning and so many things going through their heads. It's hard to turn off your emotion and start thinking about scouting reports. It's a very hard thing to do."

On Luke Bonner's three point shooting:
"Luke Bonner may just be our second best three point shooter. I was just talking about it with our coaches. He really helps us because if the other team is doubling down in our post on Rashaun or Stephane then he spreads the defense."

UMass senior center Rashaun Freeman
On Stephane Lasme's triple double:
"Stephane [Lasme] is an amazing player. To even be that close [to a triple double] is so amazing. He's come a long way as a player in his four years. He absolutely deserved it tonight."

On an emotional Senior Night:
"I had been through it with [former UMass forward Jeff] Viggiano, so I knew it was going to be emotional. To be honest, I cried on Vigg's senior night. But tonight we knew regardless of emotion that we needed to take care of business...Every thing feel into place tonight and this season. It's a wonderful thing. I'll remember this night forever."

UMass senior forward Stephane Lasme
On recording his fourth triple double of the season:
"I didn't know why everyone was chanting for me because the game was pretty much over. But then, Coach Ford told me to go get one block and one rebound. It's a nice thing to have but I honestly wasn't trying to get it."

On Senior Night:
"It didn't hit me until the end of the game. I honestly didn't expect to be that sad. It's not the end of the season, we still have one more game, the A-10 Tournament and hopefully the NCAA Tournament."

UMass senior forward Brandon Thomas
On Senior Night:
"It was very emotional. It's your last game, you know. You grow up playing basketball all your life. You play in high school and then you come to college to play and it's basically your life at school. But to have the support of the fans cheering your name tonight, it was a great feeling."


Huge win by UMass over La Salle
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/1/2007

AMHERST - If the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team can win one more game, it can hang a banner.

Mike St. John makes it too easy for Stephane Lasme
Mike St. John makes it too easy for Stephane Lasme.
Stephane Lasme registered his NCAA-record-tying fourth triple-double of the season as the Minutemen crushed La Salle 103-62 Wednesday at the Mullins Center.

The win, the fifth in a row for UMass, clinched at least the second seed in next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament. If the Minutemen (22-7, 12/3 A-10) can win at Saint Joseph's Saturday (4 p.m., Alumni Fieldhouse), they would be guaranteed at least a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship for the first time since 1996.

UMass could have wrapped up a share of the crown Wednesday if Saint Joseph's had upset Xavier, but the Musketeers prevailed at home 72-62.

"I'm proud of them. To be playing for first place, I don't know how long it's been," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "But we have another game Saturday. We still have to keep proving ourselves. We still have a lot of basketball left."

Lasme finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots as all four of the Minutemen senior regulars scored in double figures.

James Life, whose big 3-pointer helped the Minutemen hold off Saint Louis Saturday, appears to have put his shooting slump behind him. He made five 3-pointers and had 17 points.

Brandon Thomas works against Kimmani Barrett
Brandon Thomas works against Kimmani Barrett.
Rashaun Freeman led UMass with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Brandon Thomas added 11 points.

Ruben Guillandeaux's 21 points led the Explorers (10-19, 3-12 A-10) who were mathematically eliminated from participating in the A-10 Tournament with the loss.

The Minutemen opened the game on a 16-2 run and were never challenged. The lead ballooned to 35 before a La Salle 3-pointer made it 55-23 at halftime.

All five seniors - Lasme, Life, Freeman, Thomas and Matt pennie - were in the starting lineup. They were honored before the game at senior night.

"I've very proud of our seniors and the way they started the basketball game tonight," Ford said. "It's not an easy thing to do. It's such an emotional beginning with so many things going through your head. We got off to a great start and it snowballed from there. I thought our seniors played the best of anybody."

UMass stretched its edge to 50 in the second half at 87-37, but the Explorers pulled closer when Ford emptied his bench. The seniors left to ovations as Ford took them out separately for curtain calls.

Lasme waved and then bowed to the crowd, who cheered warmly. Freeman smiled broadly as he accepted hugs from his teammates.

"Everything fell into place tonight," Freeman said. "Just like this whole season."

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 drives baseline against Yves Mekongo Mbala
James Life drives baseline against Yves Mekongo Mbala.


Freeman assists Lasme's record-tying triple double
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/1/2007

AMHERST - University of Massachusetts senior big man Rashaun Freeman did his part to help his long-time teammate make history. With 4 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in Wednesday's game and Stephane Lasme needing one rebound for a NCAA-record tying fourth triple double, Freeman caught the ball on the right block.

Tiki Mayben gets past Ruben Guillandeaux
Tiki Mayben gets past Ruben Guillandeaux.
One of the Minutemen's most accurate shooters of all time, Freeman flung the ball off the backboard. The ball went nowhere near the rim and into Lasme's hands.

Freeman was coy when asked about it. "A little bit. Steph is an amazing player. To even be that close (to another triple double) is ridiculous," Freeman said.

UMass coach Travis Ford was not sure if Freeman was trying to assist Lasme's cause. "Probably," he said wincing a little. "An errant shot. Ray can shoot those sometimes."

Lasme may have gotten some help from the stat crew too as few people saw the 10th block.

"On a (Paul Johnson) shot he drove a little and I deflected it," Lasme said. "I didn't think anyone saw it."

Officially Lasme finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks. He joins Jason Kidd (California, 1994) and Michael Anderson (Drexel, 1986) as the only players to register four in a season in NCAA history.

Ford said he kept Lasme in to try to get him the mark.

"Absolutely. We knew how close he was," Ford said. "We were praying he didn't get hurt or anything. He deserved to get it."

Lasme said he wasn't going after the mark.

"I wasn't trying to get it," Lasme said. "But everyone kept telling me to get it."

SENIOR DAY - Ford said earlier this week that he wasn't sure if he would start all five seniors with an Atlantic 10 regular-season championship still very much possible. But he decided to use Matt Pennie and Brandon Thomas alongside regular starters Freeman, Lasme and James Life.

"I knew we were going to start them, but I wanted it to be a surprise for Matt Pennie," Ford said. "I wasn't worried. Matt Pennie can play basketball."

The multi-talented Rashaun Freeman showed off his singing skills before his skills on the court
The multi-talented Rashaun Freeman showed off his singing skills before his skills on the court.
The school had a special national anthem presentation as part of the senior-night events. First the Gabonese national anthem was played in honor of Lasme, a native of Gabon. Lasme seemed surprised and appreciative of the gesture. "The Star Spangled Banner" had a surprising twist as a video played of Freeman performing the song which was recorded Tuesday.

ALL-DISTRICT - Freeman and Lasme were both selected to the All-District I first-team squad by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

NEXT UP - The Minutemen are at Saint Joseph's (17-12, 9-6 A-10) at 4 p.m. Saturday to close out the regular season. UMass can clinch a share of the A-10 regular-season crown with a win.

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.


Fond farewell to seniors
Maroon and White dominate
By Danny Picard, The Daily Collegian Staff, 3/1/2007

The final home game of the season for the Massachusetts men's basketball team was over before Rashaun Freeman even finished singing the National Anthem, in what turned out to be the most memorable senior night in recent history for the Minutemen.

The five UMass seniors combined for 43 of its 55 first-half points, en route to a 102-63 win over La Salle last night at the Mullins Center. It marked the Minutemen's first five-game winning streak of the season.

"I was very proud of our seniors tonight," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "I was very proud of the way they started the basketball game. It's not an easy thing to do. It's such an emotional beginning and so many things are going through your head.

"To be able to turn that off and turn on the scouting report and the game plan, it's a tough thing to do. And it just kind of snowballed from there. We got contributions from everybody, but I think our seniors played the best."

Stephane Lasme was one of those seniors, and he became just the third player in NCAA history to have four triple-doubles in one season with a 17-point, 10-rebound and 10-block effort.

"I didn't know why everyone wanted me to go into the game," Lasme said upon hearing he was close to another triple-double. "The game was basically over, so I didn't expect to go back in, but coach Ford told me all I needed was a rebound and a block."

With that one rebound and one block, he joined Jason Kidd (1994 at California) and Michael Anderson (1986 at Vermont) as the only two other players to perform the feat.

"Steph is an amazing player," Freeman said. "To even be close is just ridiculous. Not a lot of people have done what Steph did this year, and he deserves it because he came a long way."

The Minutemen began - and ended - the game firing on all cylinders. Freeman followed his pre-recorded performance of the Star Spangled Banner with his 89th-career double-double. He finished the night with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

"We knew that regardless of how emotional this game was, we still had to take care of business," Freeman said. "We're still competing for an A-10 championship. We just turned that emotion into competitiveness, and it showed."

Brandon Thomas came out of the gate looking as if he was a permanent starter all season long, finishing the game with 11 points.

Thomas, who has given UMass a spark off the bench down the stretch, scored seven first-half points, and his presence on the court helped the Minutemen to a 55-22 halftime lead.

"He came out like a mad-man," Freeman said. "And he just showed what he can do out there."

As did senior James Life.

Life's clutch 3-pointer with 1:38 remaining in the game against Saint Louis on Saturday certainly snapped his cold streak from behind the arc. His 17 points to end the game came on five 3-pointers, four of which came in the first 16 minutes.

UMass kept the pressure on the entire game, even continuing to use the full-court press while up 36 points in the second half.

It didn't seem to bother La Salle coach John Giannini.

"I worry about my own team," Giannini said. "Some coaches get upset about that sort of thing, but I never do.

"I think it's extremely immature of coaches when their team is struggling and they're worried about what the other coach does. I'll never do that."

In the type of emotional night that could have easily made for an upset on the Explorer's part, UMass kept its composure.

"Before the game I was so nervous, I didn't know what to expect," Freeman said. "But everything fell into place tonight, just like this whole season. It's a wonderful thing."


Lasme's stats didn't need padding
By Rob Greenfield, The Daily Collegian Columnist, 3/1/2007

It happens every once in a while in sports. And it takes a little bite out of the integrity pie every single time.

It was Senior Night at the Mullins Center yesterday. A big night for Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme. A lot of tears and smiles and memories.

The two big guys didn't disappoint. And neither did two other seniors, James Life and Brandon Thomas, who turned in heart-and-soul efforts in the UMass 102-63 romp over La Salle.

Lasme had a triple-double - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks.

That's how it will go down in the official scorebook, but those statistics are false.

Doctoring of the record books is an unforgivable sin in the religious world of competitive sports. It damages the integrity of the game and cheapens the accomplishments of other great players.

Ricky Davis did it by throwing it off of his own basket to get his 10th rebound and his first triple-double. Brett Favre did it by sliding into Michael Strahan to give him the record-breaking sack.

And the official scorers did it last night with some hometown bias, aided by the Senior Night atmosphere and the temptation to give in to popular demand.

Lasme didn't get a 10th block. And he shouldn't have had his 10th rebound either.

Before the details, let's get something straight: Stephane Lasme is a tremendous athlete and a hard-working person who deserves every accolade and honor he has received and will receive in the future. He is a class act, a great captain and teammate who doesn't disrespect anyone with antics or showmanship.

What happened last night is not his fault.

But he was credited with a triple-double that he didn't really get.

The big man had a terrific night. The athletics staff played the Gabon national anthem and raised its flag in honor of Lasme's last game at the Mullins Center.

Lasme had eight blocks in the first half and the Minutemen stormed to a 55-23 halftime lead. Freeman had 16 points and all was right in the world.

But then things started to get a little sketchy. UMass had the game in hand at halftime, and the second half was just a test of Travis Ford's ability to manage playing time with an insurmountable lead.

Lasme inched toward the triple-double as the minutes ticked away on his Mullins Center career. He got his ninth block about five minutes into the second half and his ninth rebound at the 12:34 mark.

Then the circus showed up.

Ford took Lasme out of the lineup with 11:34 left in the game. His team had a 75-35 lead and the contest was firmly in hand.

However, Ford was informed about Lasme's nearing of the triple-double and put him back in at the 9:23 mark with the intention of getting him the milestone.

"Yeah, absolutely," Ford answered when asked if he put Lasme in to get the triple-double. "We knew how close he was. He deserved it."

He deserved it more than anyone else in the building - but the way he got it was bogus.

Lasme registered his 10th block on a phantom tally by the official scorer, who thought Lasme tipped a runner in the lane by a La Salle driver. The ball didn't change spin or alter its course. It wasn't a block, but if Lasme breathed in the direction of the ball, the homers at the scorers table still would have given it to him.

Then it was onto the 10th rebound. This is where everyone crossed the line. In a desperate attempt to get Lasme his 10th board, Freeman tossed the ball over the rim - basically, a pass - and because Freeman threw it in the vicinity of the rim, the scorers awarded Lasme with the rebound off of the "missed shot."

Of course, the UMass athletics staff drooled over the idea of Lasme's fourth triple-double of the season, and everyone seemed to forget that how Lasme got this triple-double is a violation of sports ethics.

It's a violation of competition and the scorers should be ashamed about their lack of neutrality and objectivity in that situation. Instead, they gave in to the occasion and allowed the rah-rah stuff to get in the way.

Now, Lasme has four triple-doubles. But he is the same tremendous player that he was two nights ago. Nothing has changed. The fourth triple-double didn't make him into a superstar. He already was one.

But in the attempt to see greatness, everyone forgot that it was already there. There was no need to doctor the statistics.

As stated before, Stephane Lasme is an unbelievable basketball player and will go down as one of the best to ever don the UMass uniform. He is the career blocked shots leader and the single-season record holder for blocked shots.

He has changed UMass' fortune with his defense, and has had a tremendous career for the Minutemen, improving from season to season and ultimately becoming the NBA prospect that he is today.

Did they really need to cheapen his legend?


Lasme a triple threat for UMass
Milestone game in rout of La Salle
By Marty Dobrow, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 3/1/2007

AMHERST - The game was secondary.

Sure, last night's 102-63 pounding of La Salle was important to the University of Massachusetts. The win pushed UMass's record to 22-7, the most victories the Minutemen have had since their Final Four record of 35-2 in 1995-96. It kept the Minutemen in a tie for first place with Xavier, a 72-62 winner over Saint Joseph's. Both teams are 12-3 in the Atlantic 10 with one game remaining. And, of course, it kept the NCAA Tournament fires burning for a team that has not been to the tourney of choice for nine years.

The main event, though, was a sendoff for UMass's seniors, playing in their final home game. The five seniors had given UMass fans back something precious that had been missing from these parts for quite some time: relevance.

So last night, the 6,205 fans wanted to sing their appreciation, especially for stalwarts Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme, both A-10 Player of the Year candidates. The music instead came from Freeman, who sang a soulful rendition of the national anthem (taped two days earlier so he wouldn't lose focus on the task at hand). That came right after the playing of the Gabonese national anthem, a tribute to Lasme, the first Division 1 player ever to hail from the West African country of Gabon.

The dazzling duo then went to work. Freeman, the leading scorer all four years of his career, came through with game-high figures of 20 points and 12 rebounds.

"It's a wonderful thing," said Freeman. "I'll remember this forever."

Lasme, who has gone from unknown to bona fide NBA prospect in four years, was credited with his fourth triple-double of the season with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocks. He thus becomes one of only three players in Div. 1 history to record four triple-doubles in a season, following Michael Anderson at Drexel in 1986 and Jason Kidd at California in 1994.

"It didn't really hit me until the end that this was going to be my last game here," said Lasme. "I really didn't expect to be that sad at the end of the game. But it's not the end of the season. Hopefully, we're going to go as far as we can."

UMass coach Travis Ford started all five seniors -- Freeman, Lasme, and James Life (17 points) as usual -- but also occasional starting swingman Brandon Thomas (11 points), and walk-on Matt Pennie. Ford didn't tell Pennie about it until right before the game.

The quintet hit the ground running, opening up a 9-2 lead, forcing La Salle to call a timeout. From there, it was off to the races. UMass led by as many as 35 in the first half and 50 in the second.

The only drama down the stretch was whether Lasme would notch the triple-double. Ford, who admitted to wanting the statistical milestone for Lasme, reinserted him into the game with UMass up, 83-35, with 9:32 remaining. At the time, Lasme had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 blocks. He was subsequently credited for a 10th block that was, at best, subtle. The 10th rebound came on the offensive glass on a shot that Freeman all but admitted he deliberately missed off the backboard.


Lasme & Co. show class
By Dan Duggan, The Boston Herald, 3/1/2007

AMHERST - With UMass in position to potentially reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998, last night’s game against La Salle served as an opportunity for Minutemen fans to show their appreciation to the senior class.

The five seniors on the roster did not disappoint the 6,205 in attendance at Senior Night, as UMass rolled to a 102-63 win over La Salle at the Mullins Center.

Senior Stephane Lasme recorded 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks to etch his name in the record books as just the third player in NCAA history to record four triple-doubles in one season. The UMass forward joins current New Jersey Nets star Jason Kidd (California, 1993-94) and Michael Anderson (Drexel, 1985-86) in the exclusive club.

“Steph’s an amazing player,” senior Rashaun Freeman said. “Not a lot of people have done what Steph did this year. He deserves it because he came a long way.”

Freeman, who teamed with Lasme to form a dominant frontcourt, also turned in a strong performance with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Freeman’s pregame performance was nearly as impressive, as he smoothly delivered the national anthem in a pre-recorded rendition displayed on the Mullins Center video boards.

Sharp-shooting senior guard James Life did his part from the outside with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Brandon Thomas got the start due to Senior Night and responded, scoring 11 points while providing a spark early on.

Freeman credited Thomas’ play in the first half with helping the Minutemen (22-7, 12-3 Atlantic 10) maintain their focus on a stirring night.

“We just turned that emotion into competitiveness and it showed,” Freeman said of the Senior Night energy. “Brandon came out like a madman and he showed what he can do. It was just a wonderful thing. Everything fell into place this game, and the whole year, basically.”

This is already the most successful season in the seniors’ UMass careers, but with one regular-season game remaining and a chance to break the first-place tie with Xavier in the A-10, the team is far from satisfied.

“Going into the A-10 tournament . . . and also trying to get into the NCAA tournament, it’s really who is doing the best as of late,” Thomas said. “If we can just keep things up going into the tournament and really try to make a run it could be big things.”

Thomas, forced to move to point guard in the all-senior starting lineup, began and ended a 16-2 opening run with dunks. In between, Life and Freeman provided the offense. Life did the most damage, connecting on a pair of 3-pointers and a layup, while Freeman added four of his 16 first-half points down low.

A hoop by Northboro native Mike St. John put an end to the Minutemen’s onslaught, but the Explorers (10-19, 3-12 ) never posed a threat. With the margin at 32-16, UMass went on a 23-7 run over the final 8:14 of the half to turn it into a laugher.


Lasme triples up again
Senior sparks Minutemen to resounding rout
By Brendan Hall, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette Correspondent, 3/1/2007

AMHERST— Being a guy that never pays much attention to stats, UMass senior forward Stephane Lasme was wondering why the crowd was chanting his name as he sat on the bench, the game already well in hand on a night honoring the seniors.

Sitting with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 9 blocks, the senior and Gabon native was oh-so-close to recording what only two other players in the history of NCAA have done in a season — record four triple-doubles.

Lasme (17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks) re-entered the game and was credited with his 10th rejection with 7:42 left and rebounded a ball with 4:23 to play for No. 10 in that category.

The Minutemen led by 22 points at the half over La Salle and cruised to an all-too-easy 102-63 win, their biggest margin of victory of the season, before 6,205 last night at the Mullins Center.

The Minutemen, winners of five in a row, improved to 22-7, 11-3 to remain tied for first in the Atlantic 10 with Xavier. They concluded February having won seven of eight, their best month of basketball since winning their first 26 games of the 1995-96 season.

The winning streak is UMass’ longest since winning six straight in 2001. La Salle fell to 10-18, 3-12 for last in the conference with Richmond.

“I wasn’t trying to get it,” said Lasme, who has more blocks by himself this season than the entire Explorers team (150-58), of his efforts. Teammate Brandon Thomas (11 points) countered by repeating “He wasn’t trying to get it” several times with a sarcastic grin.

La Salle’s Mike St. John, a 6-foot-8 former Algonquin Regional standout who leads the team in assists (2.9), finished the night with seven points.

Before Lasme got a piece of a St. John layup with 7:42 to play, Luke Bonner knocked down a trey to make it 90-40. Jason Kidd (California) and Michael Anderson (Vermont) are the only two other players in NCAA history to notch four triple-doubles in a season.

The win also was the highest point total by UMass at the Mullins Center. Last Jan. 21, the Minutemen beat Duquesne, 101-87, to notch their first 100-point Mullins victory.

Using occasional backcourt pressure, the Minutemen forced the Explorers into some early mistakes. UMass started the night 7 of 9 from the field, compared to LaSalle’s 2 of 11, and began the night with an 18-4 run, thanks to timely passing by Chris Lowe (eight assists) and two 3-pointers by James Life (17 points, 5 of 12 on 3s).

From there, it snowballed. UMass led, 55-23, at the half.

Rashaun Freeman notched a double-double (20 points, 12 rebounds), while former Winchendon School standout Ricky Harris added 10 points. Ruben Guillandeaux led La Salle with 21 points.


Seniors go out with a bang
By Rob Greenfield, The Daily Collegian Staff, 3/2/2007

The seniors - be it the two-year players, the four-year players or the former manager - had a good run in Amherst.

On Wednesday night, they played their last game at the Mullins Center in front of 6,205 of the Minutemen faithful, who gave a resounding 'thank you' to their hardwood warriors with standing ovations and encores.

The three captains - Rashaun Freeman, Stephane Lasme, Brandon Thomas - all played their last game in the home uni's and took the Mullins Center stage one last time on Wednesday night against the La Salle Explorers.

A UMass win seemed inevitable, and the Minutemen cruised to a 102-63 thumping of the basement-bound Explorers.

Lasme, the shot-blocker extraordinaire, recorded the fourth triple-double of his career with a 17-point, 10-rebound, 10-block performance.

"I didn't know why everyone was chanting for me because the game was pretty much over," Lasme said. "But then Ford told me to go get one block and one rebound. It's a nice thing to have but I honestly wasn't trying to get it."

"Stephane [Lasme] is an amazing player," Freeman said. "To even be that close [to a triple double] is so amazing. He's come a long way as a player in his four years. He absolutely deserved it tonight."

Freeman was equally spectacular and dominated the interior with 20 points and 12 rebounds. But these performances are routine for the big man from Schenectady. Freeman has been gathering double-doubles since he suited up for Steve Lappas in the 2003-04 season.

Wednesday night tagged a fitting exclamation point onto Freeman and Lasme's decorated resumes.

Freeman went 10-for-14 from the floor and reeled off an 8-0 run of his own in the first half by splitting La Salle's double teams on consecutive possessions. He has dedicated his heart and mind to Massachusetts basketball for the last four seasons and treated the UMass fans to the best version of the national anthem heard in the building all year.

Fans were directed towards the video monitor and Freeman's mug beamed into the crowd, followed by his Boyz II Men-like falsetto that had fans itching to applaud the effort.

Freeman's American Idol tryout followed the playing of the Gabon national anthem and the raising of its flag in honor of Lasme, the Libreville, Gabon native.

Former team manager Matt Pennie joined the senior celebrations after he got a healthy surprise before game time, when UMass coach Travis Ford announced his intention to start Pennie.

"I wanted it to be a surprise," Ford said. "I didn't want him to know. I didn't want anybody to know. I didn't even tell my assistant coaches. I wanted it to be a surprise for Matt Pennie."

The 6-foot-7 walk-on got in the books a few of minutes in when a La Salle defender picked his pocket on the right wing, but Pennie - perhaps a little physically overmatched - notched a good stat when he reversed the ball to James Life who immediately buried a three.

Life, the junior college All-American transfer from a year ago, had himself a great shooting night after some recent struggles, tallying 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc.

The garrulous, improvisational, quirky 3-point guy will leave UMass as one of the most prolific shooters in the program's history, even though his time in the Pioneer Valley was limited to two seasons.

Thomas had his way with La Salle early in the game, and the fired-up New Yorker - one of the best guys around - took it to the house twice in the first five minutes, the second emphatic dunk off of a baseline drive over two defenders.

"It was very emotional," Thomas said. "It's your last game, you know. You grow up playing basketball all your life. You play in high school and then you come to college to play and it's basically your life at school. But to have the support of the fans cheering your name tonight, it was a great feeling."

The athletic department honored the six seniors (including team manager Paul Kavanaugh) before the game with their framed jerseys and flowers. They lined up at midcourt after the individual announcements, and teammates, coaches, family and friends hugged and kissed and congratulated the departing players.

Ford gave a big hug to both Lasme and Freeman, the two guys who carried his team to a 20-plus-win season this year.

"I'm very proud of our seniors, very proud," Ford said. "I'm very happy with the way we started the game. It's not easy to get a good start with so much emotion in the beginning and so many things going through their heads."

Years were flashing by; the memories of a stage in their lives that will never come back to them once they're gone. They will leave it all here, in the Mullins Center, in the Pioneer Valley, in Amherst, at UMass, with the students and coaches and peers they met along the way.

"Everything fell into place tonight and in this season," Freeman said. "It's a wonderful thing. I'll remember this night forever."

So will the other 6,205 fans.


La Salle Explorers 63
Massachusetts Minutemen 102
at the Mullins Center

Official Basketball Box Score
La Salle vs Massachusetts
02/28/07 7:00 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. - Mullins Center

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VISITORS: La Salle 10-19, 3-12
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 MEKONGO MBALA, Yves. f  4-11   1-2    0-0    2  1  3   1   9  0  1  1  1  26
42 ST. JOHN, Mike...... c  3-9    1-4    0-0    0  8  8   2   7  0  3  0  2  34
10 GREEN, Rodney....... g  3-6    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   3   6  1  2  0  2  16
11 HARRIS, Darnell..... g  1-9    1-3    0-0    0  0  0   2   3  1  2  0  0  26
20 NEAL, Sean.......... g  1-3    0-1    2-2    0  2  2   4   4  5  4  0  1  21
01 JOHNSON, Paul.......    1-10   1-3    0-0    3  0  3   1   3  1  1  0  0   9
03 DIAZ, Sherman.......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   5
05 BARRETT, Kimmani....    3-7    0-2    1-2    3  1  4   2   7  1  0  0  0  22
34 GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben.    8-13   3-6    2-2    0  0  0   1  21  2  1  0  0  31
41 GRIMES, Brian.......    1-4    0-0    1-2    1  1  2   1   3  0  0  0  0  10
   TEAM................                         2  4  6
   Totals..............   25-73   7-21   6-8   11 19 30  18  63 11 14  1  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-38 26.3%   2nd Half: 15-35 42.9%   Game: 34.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-9  22.2%   2nd Half:  5-12 41.7%   Game: 33.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%   2nd Half:  5-6  83.3%   Game: 75.0%    1

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HOME TEAM: Massachusetts 22-7, 12-3
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 Pennie, Matt........ f  0-2    0-2    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  1  0  0   5
13 Lasme, Stephane..... f  5-9    0-0    7-10   4  6 10   0  17  2  0 10  1  32
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c 10-14   0-1    0-1    4  8 12   1  20  1  2  1  1  25
02 Thomas, Brandon..... g  5-9    0-1    1-1    1  1  2   1  11  3  3  0  0  24
34 Life, James......... g  6-13   5-12   0-3    1  4  5   3  17  1  1  0  3  26
03 Forbes, Gary........    1-4    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   0   2  0  0  0  1   9
04 Sinn, Mike..........    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
05 Harris, Ricky.......    4-5    1-2    1-1    0  2  2   0  10  1  1  0  1  12
10 Mayben, Tiki........    1-3    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   2   2  5  2  0  0  16
14 Lowe, Chris.........    1-4    0-2    2-2    0  3  3   0   4  8  3  0  2  21
20 Milligan, Dante.....    3-3    0-0    0-0    3  3  6   2   6  0  1  2  0  11
22 Brower, Etienne.....    0-0    0-0    2-2    0  3  3   0   2  0  0  1  0   5
31 Bonner, Luke........    3-3    3-3    0-0    0  4  4   1   9  0  0  1  0  11
40 Ampim, Nana.........    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  1  0  0   2
   TEAM................                         2  2  4
   Totals..............   40-71   9-24  13-20  16 38 54  10 102 22 15 15  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 21-36 58.3%   2nd Half: 19-35 54.3%   Game: 56.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-10 40.0%   2nd Half:  5-14 35.7%   Game: 37.5%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  9-13 69.2%   2nd Half:  4-7  57.1%   Game: 65.0%    3

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Officials: Earl Watson, David Walker,George Harry
Technical fouls: La Salle-None. Massachusetts-None.
Attendance: 6205
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
La Salle......................   23   40  -   63
Massachusetts.................   55   47  -  102
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Points in the paint-LASALLE 28,UMASS 60. Points off turnovers-LASALLE 16,UMASS 26.
2nd chance points-LASALLE 8,UMASS 20. Fast break points-LASALLE 6,UMASS 11.
Bench points-LASALLE 34,UMASS 37. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-1 time.
Last FG-LASALLE 2nd-00:11, UMASS 2nd-00:58.
Largest lead-LASALLE by 2 1st-19:29, UMASS by 50 2nd-09:10.


Play by Play

Play-by-Play
La Salle vs Massachusetts
02/28/07 7:00 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. - Mullins Center

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: La Salle
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REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         19:47              MISSED JUMPER by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
TURNOVR by Pennie, Matt                         19:32
                                                19:31              STEAL by GREEN, Rodney
                                                19:29   0-2   V 2  GOOD! DUNK by GREEN, Rodney [FB/PNT]
GOOD! DUNK by Thomas, Brandon [PNT]             19:16   2-2   T 1
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               18:47              MISSED JUMPER by GREEN, Rodney
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           18:30   4-2   H 2
ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon                       18:30
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        18:20              MISSED JUMPER by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               18:16
TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon                      18:12
                                                18:10              STEAL by GREEN, Rodney
                                                18:07              TURNOVR by GREEN, Rodney
STEAL by Life, James                            18:06
MISSED 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon                 18:01
REBOUND (OFF) by Thomas, Brandon                18:01
GOOD! JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]          17:55   6-2   H 4
ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon                       17:55
REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James                    17:35              MISSED 3 PTR by ST. JOHN, Mike
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      17:23   9-2   H 7
ASSIST by Pennie, Matt                          17:22
                                                17:21              TIMEOUT 30sec
SUB IN : DIAZ, Sherman                          17:21              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
SUB IN : BARRETT, Kimmani                       17:21              SUB OUT: Pennie, Matt
SUB IN : JOHNSON, Paul                          17:21
SUB IN : GRIMES, Brian                          17:21
SUB IN : GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben                    17:21
SUB OUT: NEAL, Sean                             17:21
SUB OUT: GREEN, Rodney                          17:21
SUB OUT: ST. JOHN, Mike                         17:21
SUB OUT: HARRIS, Darnell                        17:21
SUB OUT: MEKONGO MBALA, Yves                    17:21
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        17:10              MISSED LAYUP by JOHNSON, Paul
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               17:07
GOOD! LAYUP by Life, James [FB/PNT]             17:05  11-2   H 9
ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun                      17:05
MISSED FT SHOT by Life, James                   17:05              FOUL by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
                                                17:05              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               16:34              MISSED 3 PTR by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      16:08  14-2   H 12
ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane                       16:08
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        15:55              MISSED LAYUP by GRIMES, Brian
                                                15:53              REBOUND (OFF) by JOHNSON, Paul
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               15:50              MISSED JUMPER by JOHNSON, Paul
GOOD! DUNK by Thomas, Brandon [FB/PNT]          15:44  16-2   H 14
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           15:44
                                                15:41              TIMEOUT TEAM
SUB IN : GREEN, Rodney                          15:41
SUB IN : ST. JOHN, Mike                         15:41
SUB IN : NEAL, Sean                             15:41
SUB IN : MEKONGO MBALA, Yves                    15:41
SUB IN : HARRIS, Darnell                        15:41
SUB OUT: DIAZ, Sherman                          15:41
SUB OUT: BARRETT, Kimmani                       15:41
SUB OUT: JOHNSON, Paul                          15:41
SUB OUT: GRIMES, Brian                          15:41
SUB OUT: GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben                    15:41
                                                15:19  16-4   H 12 GOOD! LAYUP by ST. JOHN, Mike [PNT]
MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 15:04              REBOUND (DEF) by GREEN, Rodney
REBOUND (DEF) by Thomas, Brandon                14:43              MISSED 3 PTR by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
                                                14:38              FOUL by NEAL, Sean
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   14:38
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    14:38  17-4   H 13
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    14:38  18-4   H 14
                                                14:38              SUB IN : Forbes, Gary
                                                14:38              SUB IN : Milligan, Dante
                                                14:38              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
                                                14:38              SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane
                                                14:27  18-6   H 12 GOOD! LAYUP by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves [PNT]
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      14:19  21-6   H 15
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           14:19
                                                14:09              TURNOVR by GREEN, Rodney
STEAL by Lowe, Chris                            14:07
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     14:04
REBOUND (OFF) by Life, James                    14:04
MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                   13:48
REBOUND (OFF) by Milligan, Dante                13:48
GOOD! TIP-IN by Milligan, Dante [PNT]           13:41  23-6   H 17
                                                13:32  23-8   H 15 GOOD! LAYUP by GREEN, Rodney [PNT]
                                                13:32              ASSIST by NEAL, Sean
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               13:09              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                13:08              SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane
                                                13:08              SUB IN : Harris, Ricky
                                                13:08              SUB OUT: Life, James
                                                13:08              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
                                                13:04              TURNOVR by NEAL, Sean
STEAL by Forbes, Gary                           13:02
MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane               12:58              FOUL by NEAL, Sean
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     12:58
MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane               12:58              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                12:44              MISSED LAYUP by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
MISSED 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris                     12:19              REBOUND (DEF) by NEAL, Sean
                                                12:16              TURNOVR by NEAL, Sean
SUB IN : GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben                    12:16
SUB OUT: NEAL, Sean                             12:16
                                                12:01              FOUL by GREEN, Rodney
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   11:59
SUB IN : JOHNSON, Paul                          11:59
SUB OUT: MEKONGO MBALA, Yves                    11:59
MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary                    11:46              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
FOUL by Milligan, Dante                         11:44
                                                11:40              TURNOVR by HARRIS, Darnell
STEAL by Lasme, Stephane                        11:39
GOOD! LAYUP by Lowe, Chris [PNT]                11:37  25-8   H 17
                                                11:26  25-10  H 15 GOOD! JUMPER by GREEN, Rodney [PNT]
                                                11:26              ASSIST by JOHNSON, Paul
MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane                11:12
REBOUND (OFF) by Milligan, Dante                11:12
GOOD! LAYUP by Milligan, Dante [PNT]            11:07  27-10  H 17
                                                10:59              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                10:54              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
                                                10:54              SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary
BLOCK by Milligan, Dante                        10:43              MISSED LAYUP by HARRIS, Darnell
REBOUND (DEF) by Milligan, Dante                10:41
                                                10:39              SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki
                                                10:39              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
TURNOVR by Harris, Ricky                        10:17
SUB IN : BARRETT, Kimmani                       10:17              SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun
SUB OUT: GREEN, Rodney                          10:17              SUB IN : Life, James
                                                10:17              SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky
                                                10:17              SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante
FOUL by Life, James                             10:02
                                                09:56  27-12  H 15 GOOD! JUMPER by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     09:47
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         09:47
SUB IN : DIAZ, Sherman                          09:46
SUB OUT: JOHNSON, Paul                          09:46
                                                09:45              FOUL by DIAZ, Sherman
GOOD! JUMPER by Thomas, Brandon [PNT]           09:34  29-12  H 17
GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon                09:34  30-12  H 18 FOUL by HARRIS, Darnell
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                09:09              MISSED JUMPER by DIAZ, Sherman
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           09:00  32-12  H 20
ASSIST by Mayben, Tiki                          09:00
                                                08:48  32-14  H 18 GOOD! JUMPER by BARRETT, Kimmani [PNT]
TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki                         08:23
SUB IN : GRIMES, Brian                          08:23
SUB OUT: ST. JOHN, Mike                         08:23
                                                08:14  32-16  H 16 GOOD! JUMPER by BARRETT, Kimmani
                                                08:14              ASSIST by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           08:00  34-16  H 18
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              08:00              FOUL by GRIMES, Brian
                                                08:00              REBOUND (DEF) by GRIMES, Brian
                                                07:49              TURNOVR by HARRIS, Darnell
STEAL by Freeman, Rashaun                       07:48
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           07:36  36-16  H 20
ASSIST by Mayben, Tiki                          07:36
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                07:23              MISSED JUMPER by GRIMES, Brian
MISSED LAYUP by Thomas, Brandon                 07:17
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               07:17
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           07:14  38-16  H 22
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        07:00              MISSED JUMPER by BARRETT, Kimmani
REBOUND (DEF) by Mayben, Tiki                   06:58
TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki                         06:56
                                                06:56              TIMEOUT MEDIA
SUB IN : MEKONGO MBALA, Yves                    06:56              SUB IN : Bonner, Luke
SUB IN : ST. JOHN, Mike                         06:56              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
SUB OUT: GRIMES, Brian                          06:56
SUB OUT: DIAZ, Sherman                          06:56
                                                06:33              MISSED 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell
                                                06:33              REBOUND (OFF) by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
                                                06:31              TURNOVR by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
GOOD! LAYUP by Mayben, Tiki [PNT]               05:57  40-16  H 24
                                                05:39              MISSED JUMPER by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                05:39              REBOUND (OFF) by BARRETT, Kimmani
FOUL by Thomas, Brandon                         05:38  40-17  H 23 GOOD! FT SHOT by BARRETT, Kimmani
REBOUND (DEF) by Bonner, Luke                   05:38              MISSED FT SHOT by BARRETT, Kimmani
MISSED LAYUP by Thomas, Brandon                 05:12              BLOCK by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
                                                05:12              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                04:59              MISSED JUMPER by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
MISSED LAYUP by Mayben, Tiki                    04:49
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         04:49
                                                04:48              SUB IN : Brower, Etienne
                                                04:48              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
                                                04:48              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
                                                04:48              SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki
MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane                04:33              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                04:19              TURNOVR by ST. JOHN, Mike
STEAL by Lowe, Chris                            04:17
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      04:13  43-17  H 26
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           04:13
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        03:53              MISSED JUMPER by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
REBOUND (DEF) by Bonner, Luke                   03:50
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     03:44              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                03:40              TIMEOUT media
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        03:40              MISSED JUMPER by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
                                                03:40              REBOUND (OFF) by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        03:25              MISSED LAYUP by BARRETT, Kimmani
REBOUND (DEF) by Bonner, Luke                   03:22
MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris                     03:00
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                03:00
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            02:57  45-17  H 28
                                                02:42              MISSED 3 PTR by BARRETT, Kimmani
                                                02:42              REBOUND (OFF) by JOHNSON, Paul
REBOUND (DEF) by Brower, Etienne                02:38              MISSED TIP-IN by JOHNSON, Paul
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                02:29  46-17  H 29 FOUL by GREEN, Rodney
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                02:29  47-17  H 30
                                                02:29              SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun
                                                02:29              SUB OUT: Bonner, Luke
                                                02:28              MISSED JUMPER by GREEN, Rodney
                                                02:28              REBOUND (OFF) by BARRETT, Kimmani
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        02:07              MISSED LAYUP by JOHNSON, Paul
                                                02:05              REBOUND (OFF) by JOHNSON, Paul
                                                02:02              TURNOVR by JOHNSON, Paul
STEAL by Life, James                            01:59
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           01:47  49-17  H 32
ASSIST by Life, James                           01:47
REBOUND (DEF) by Brower, Etienne                01:34              MISSED 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          01:20
                                                01:03  49-20  H 29 GOOD! 3 PTR by JOHNSON, Paul
                                                01:03              ASSIST by HARRIS, Darnell
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                00:50  50-20  H 30 FOUL by JOHNSON, Paul
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                00:50  51-20  H 31
SUB IN : NEAL, Sean                             00:50
SUB OUT: BARRETT, Kimmani                       00:50
                                                00:45              MISSED LAYUP by HARRIS, Darnell
                                                00:45              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
REBOUND (DEF) by Brower, Etienne                00:39              MISSED 3 PTR by JOHNSON, Paul
GOOD! FT SHOT by Brower, Etienne                00:37  52-20  H 32 FOUL by GREEN, Rodney
GOOD! FT SHOT by Brower, Etienne                00:37  53-20  H 33
FOUL by Life, James                             00:37
SUB IN : JOHNSON, Paul                          00:37              SUB IN : Harris, Ricky
SUB IN : GRIMES, Brian                          00:37              SUB OUT: Life, James
SUB OUT: GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben                    00:37
SUB OUT: MEKONGO MBALA, Yves                    00:37
SUB OUT: ST. JOHN, Mike                         00:37
BLOCK by Brower, Etienne                        00:20              MISSED LAYUP by JOHNSON, Paul
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    00:17
GOOD! DUNK by Freeman, Rashaun [FB/PNT]         00:14  55-20  H 35
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           00:14
                                                00:03  55-23  H 32 GOOD! 3 PTR by HARRIS, Darnell


                                 Massachusetts 55, La Salle 23

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          La Salle               12       9       1       2      10      0     0
          Massachusetts          34      15      13       9      12      1     1


2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: La Salle
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                                                20:00              SUB IN : Forbes, Gary
                                                20:00              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
                                                20:00              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
                                                20:00              SUB OUT: Pennie, Matt
GOOD! LAYUP by Forbes, Gary [PNT]               19:40  57-23  H 34
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           19:40
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   19:17              MISSED JUMPER by HARRIS, Darnell
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          19:09
                                                19:07              TURNOVR by ST. JOHN, Mike
STEAL by Life, James                            19:05
                                                19:01              FOUL by ST. JOHN, Mike
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     18:59
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                18:59
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            18:55  59-23  H 36
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        18:45  59-24  H 35 GOOD! FT SHOT by NEAL, Sean
                                                18:45  59-25  H 34 GOOD! FT SHOT by NEAL, Sean
TURNOVR by Life, James                          18:38
                                                18:27              TURNOVR by NEAL, Sean
SUB IN : GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben                    18:09
SUB OUT: GREEN, Rodney                          18:09
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           18:06  61-25  H 36
                                                17:58  61-27  H 34 GOOD! LAYUP by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben [PNT]
                                                17:58              ASSIST by NEAL, Sean
GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]             17:35  63-27  H 36
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           17:35
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               17:24              MISSED LAYUP by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     17:19
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                17:19
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            17:14  65-27  H 38
                                                17:02  65-30  H 35 GOOD! 3 PTR by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
                                                17:02              ASSIST by NEAL, Sean
                                                16:54              FOUL by NEAL, Sean
SUB IN : BARRETT, Kimmani                       16:54
SUB OUT: NEAL, Sean                             16:54
MISSED FT SHOT by Life, James                   16:45              FOUL by BARRETT, Kimmani
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     16:45
MISSED FT SHOT by Life, James                   16:45
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               16:45
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           16:42  67-30  H 37
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    16:16              MISSED JUMPER by ST. JOHN, Mike
MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary                    16:10
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               16:10
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   15:59
SUB IN : GRIMES, Brian                          15:59
SUB OUT: MEKONGO MBALA, Yves                    15:59
MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane                15:49              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                15:38              MISSED JUMPER by GRIMES, Brian
                                                15:38              REBOUND (OFF) by BARRETT, Kimmani
                                                15:34  67-32  H 35 GOOD! LAYUP by BARRETT, Kimmani [PNT]
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      15:21  70-32  H 38
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           15:21
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        15:04              MISSED LAYUP by HARRIS, Darnell
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                15:01
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     14:48
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               14:48
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     14:44
                                                14:44              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
                                                14:44              SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki
                                                14:44              SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary
                                                14:44              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James                    14:29              MISSED JUMPER by HARRIS, Darnell
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                14:21              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James                    14:10              MISSED 3 PTR by ST. JOHN, Mike
MISSED JUMPER by Mayben, Tiki                   13:34              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
SUB IN : JOHNSON, Paul                          13:31              SUB IN : Harris, Ricky
SUB OUT: ST. JOHN, Mike                         13:31              SUB OUT: Life, James
REBOUND (DEF) by Harris, Ricky                  13:11              MISSED 3 PTR by JOHNSON, Paul
                                                13:03              FOUL by HARRIS, Darnell
GOOD! 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky                    12:58  73-32  H 41
ASSIST by Thomas, Brandon                       12:58
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                12:34              MISSED JUMPER by HARRIS, Darnell
MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky                   12:27              REBOUND (DEF) by BARRETT, Kimmani
                                                12:20              MISSED 3 PTR by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
                                                12:20              REBOUND (OFF) by GRIMES, Brian
                                                12:16  73-34  H 39 GOOD! JUMPER by GRIMES, Brian [PNT]
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            11:56  75-34  H 41
ASSIST by Harris, Ricky                         11:56
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               11:47              MISSED JUMPER by JOHNSON, Paul
TIMEOUT media                                   11:34
SUB IN : NEAL, Sean                             11:34              SUB IN : Bonner, Luke
SUB OUT: HARRIS, Darnell                        11:34              SUB IN : Milligan, Dante
                                                11:34              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
                                                11:34              SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane
FOUL by Mayben, Tiki                            11:19              MISSED FT SHOT by GRIMES, Brian
                                                11:19              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                11:19  75-35  H 40 GOOD! FT SHOT by GRIMES, Brian
TURNOVR by Milligan, Dante                      10:58
BLOCK by Bonner, Luke                           10:39              MISSED LAYUP by JOHNSON, Paul
REBOUND (DEF) by Harris, Ricky                  10:36
GOOD! 3 PTR by Bonner, Luke                     10:31  78-35  H 43
ASSIST by Mayben, Tiki                          10:31
                                                10:14              TURNOVR by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
SUB IN : ST. JOHN, Mike                         10:14
SUB OUT: GRIMES, Brian                          10:14
GOOD! JUMPER by Thomas, Brandon                 09:59  80-35  H 45
REBOUND (DEF) by Milligan, Dante                09:42              MISSED 3 PTR by BARRETT, Kimmani
GOOD! 3 PTR by Bonner, Luke                     09:32  83-35  H 48
ASSIST by Mayben, Tiki                          09:32
                                                09:23              TIMEOUT 30sec
SUB IN : MEKONGO MBALA, Yves                    09:23              SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane
SUB OUT: JOHNSON, Paul                          09:23              SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante
                                                09:13              TURNOVR by NEAL, Sean
STEAL by Harris, Ricky                          09:12
GOOD! LAYUP by Harris, Ricky [FB/PNT]           09:10  85-35  H 50
                                                08:49  85-37  H 48 GOOD! LAYUP by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves [PNT]
                                                08:49              ASSIST by NEAL, Sean
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                08:21  86-37  H 49 FOUL by ST. JOHN, Mike
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                08:21  87-37  H 50
                                                08:01  87-40  H 47 GOOD! 3 PTR by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
GOOD! 3 PTR by Bonner, Luke                     07:42  90-40  H 50
ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane                       07:42
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        07:19              MISSED LAYUP by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                07:19              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
FOUL by Bonner, Luke                            07:19
                                                07:07  90-43  H 47 GOOD! 3 PTR by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                07:07              ASSIST by BARRETT, Kimmani
                                                06:50              FOUL by NEAL, Sean
TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon                      06:46
                                                06:43              STEAL by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                06:30  90-45  H 45 GOOD! JUMPER by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
MISSED JUMPER by Thomas, Brandon                06:21              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                06:12              TURNOVR by ST. JOHN, Mike
SUB IN : GREEN, Rodney                          06:12              SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun
SUB OUT: NEAL, Sean                             06:12              SUB OUT: Bonner, Luke
GOOD! LAYUP by Harris, Ricky [PNT]              05:52  92-45  H 47
GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky                  05:52  93-45  H 48 FOUL by BARRETT, Kimmani
SUB IN : NEAL, Sean                             05:52              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
SUB OUT: BARRETT, Kimmani                       05:52              SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki
                                                05:43  93-47  H 46 GOOD! LAYUP by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben [PNT]
TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon                      05:27
                                                05:25              STEAL by NEAL, Sean
                                                05:23  93-50  H 43 GOOD! 3 PTR by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
                                                05:23              ASSIST by NEAL, Sean
GOOD! LAYUP by Harris, Ricky [PNT]              05:02  95-50  H 45
                                                04:51  95-53  H 42 GOOD! 3 PTR by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
                                                04:37              SUB IN : Life, James
                                                04:37              SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               04:24
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                04:24
                                                04:24              FOUL by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane               04:23
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     04:23
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                04:22  96-53  H 43
                                                04:22              SUB IN : Milligan, Dante
                                                04:22              SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         04:18              MISSED 3 PTR by ST. JOHN, Mike
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          04:06
BLOCK by Freeman, Rashaun                       03:57              MISSED LAYUP by GREEN, Rodney
REBOUND (DEF) by Milligan, Dante                03:55
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     03:50              REBOUND (DEF) by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               03:40              MISSED 3 PTR by NEAL, Sean
MISSED 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris                     03:28              REBOUND (DEF) by ST. JOHN, Mike
                                                03:20  96-55  H 41 GOOD! LAYUP by NEAL, Sean [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by Freeman, Rashaun                03:06              REBOUND (DEF) by NEAL, Sean
BLOCK by Milligan, Dante                        02:59              MISSED LAYUP by NEAL, Sean
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    02:57
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     02:52
                                                02:50              STEAL by ST. JOHN, Mike
REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James                    02:36              MISSED JUMPER by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
GOOD! LAYUP by Thomas, Brandon [PNT]            02:28  98-55  H 43
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           02:28
FOUL by Milligan, Dante                         02:15
                                                02:15              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                02:15              SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki
                                                02:15              SUB IN : Pennie, Matt
                                                02:15              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
                                                02:15              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
FOUL by Life, James                             02:13  98-56  H 42 GOOD! FT SHOT by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
                                                02:13  98-57  H 41 GOOD! FT SHOT by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
                                                02:13              SUB IN : Ampim, Nana
                                                02:13              SUB OUT: Life, James
GOOD! DUNK by Milligan, Dante [PNT]             01:50 100-57  H 43
ASSIST by Mayben, Tiki                          01:50
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   01:47
                                                01:47              SUB IN : Bonner, Luke
                                                01:47              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
                                                01:31 100-59  H 41 GOOD! JUMPER by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
TURNOVR by Ampim, Nana                          01:11
                                                01:10              STEAL by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves
                                                01:07 100-61  H 39 GOOD! LAYUP by ST. JOHN, Mike [FB/PNT]
                                                01:07              ASSIST by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
GOOD! LAYUP by Ampim, Nana [PNT]                00:58 102-61  H 41
FOUL by Mayben, Tiki                            00:57
                                                00:57              SUB IN : Sinn, Mike
                                                00:57              SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki
REBOUND (DEF) by Bonner, Luke                   00:41              MISSED 3 PTR by GUILLANDEAUX, Ruben
MISSED JUMPER by Sinn, Mike                     00:23
REBOUND (OFF) by Milligan, Dante                00:23
MISSED 3 PTR by Pennie, Matt                    00:16              REBOUND (DEF) by GREEN, Rodney
                                                00:11 102-63  H 39 GOOD! LAYUP by MEKONGO MBALA, Yves [FB/PNT]
                                                00:11              ASSIST by GREEN, Rodney
MISSED 3 PTR by Pennie, Matt                    00:01
REBOUND (OFF) by Sinn, Mike                     00:01


                                 Massachusetts 102, La Salle 63

          2nd period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          La Salle               16       7       7       4      24      0     0
          Massachusetts          26      11       7       2      25      0     0


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2 - Tot
La Salle................    9   7 -  16
Massachusetts...........   15  11 -  26

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2 - Tot
La Salle................   12  16 -  28
Massachusetts...........   34  26 -  60

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2 - Tot
La Salle................    1   7 -   8
Massachusetts...........   13   7 -  20

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2 - Tot
La Salle................    2   4 -   6
Massachusetts...........    9   2 -  11

BENCH POINTS                1   2 - Tot
La Salle................   10  24 -  34
Massachusetts...........   12  25 -  37

SCORE TIED BY               1   2 - Tot
La Salle................    0   0 -   0
Massachusetts...........    1   0 -   1

LEAD GAINED BY              1   2 - Tot
La Salle................    0   0 -   0
Massachusetts...........    1   0 -   1

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