Coverage from:
The Daily Collegian - preview
The Daily Collegian - A-10 tourney history
The Daily Hampshire Gazette - illness update
The Daily Hampshire Gazette - preview
The Boston Globe - Freeman focus
The Boston Herald - Harris focus
The Springfield Republican - preview External link
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch - preview External link

UMass Athletics
UMass Athletics - notes & quotes

Photo gallery Picture
Box score
Play by Play


Round Two with SLU
Tournament nature forces Minutemen to play waiting game
By Danny Picard, The Daily Collegian Staff, 3/8/2007

The Massachusetts men's basketball team didn't know who it was playing until 8:30 p.m. last night. After watching the Saint Louis Billikens use a 19-4 run in the second half, the Minutemen are well aware of who they'll be playing in tonight's Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal matchup.

Saint Louis gave UMass one of its toughest games of the season back in February, and it won't get any easier this evening at 6:30 p.m.

As the Minutemen sat in the stands last night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., the Billikens held off Duquesne's last-second effort to win the game, 78-77.

"[UMass] is a great team," SLU guard Kevin Lisch said after last night's win over Duquesne. "But we played them tough at their place, so that has to give you a little confidence there. I'm just excited about being able to play another day."

"I think they have some good interior players, and we were able to play them basket for basket last time," Ian Vouyoukas said. "So hopefully on a neutral court we can do that again."

The Minutemen defeated the Billikens, 53-50, on Feb. 24 thanks to a few clutch plays from senior James Life and Gary Forbes. Life snapped out of a seven-game cold streak from behind the arc to give UMass a 49-47 lead with 1:38 left in regulation.

A Vouyoukas layup and free throw put Saint Louis back on top by one, but Life stepped up again on the next possession and made a most uncharacteristic drive to the net, picking up a foul and draining both free throws.

The Billikens had a chance for a last-possession shot, but Forbes picked the pocket of Tommie Liddell at the top of the key and made two free throws with less than a minute remaining, sealing the UMass win.

Both teams will be ready for the rematch.

"I actually think we match up better against UMass," Saint Louis coach Brad Soderberg said on comparing the Minutemen with Duquesne. "I think [we've] been conditioned to play in a tournament like this, but we'll find out soon enough."

UMass players have been battling a respiratory illness the past few days, so the Minutemen bench will need to continue their solid play. Brandon Thomas, Dante Milligan, Ricky Harris, Luke Bonner and Tiki Mayben have provided UMass coach Travis Ford with a complete second unit, something that was non-existent for most of the season.

With Ford able to rely on more than just Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme these days, it takes a load off of everyone's back.

"We need everybody to contribute," senior James Life said before practice on Tuesday. "There have been games in the past where we didn't have the bench come in and contribute, but there are no excuses.

"We need everybody. From one to 10, we need everybody to be on top of their A-game in order to make a run."

The Minutemen, depending on how healthy they are, will have to match up with the Billikens' two big men once again in Vouyoukas and Bryce Husak. The latter only had two points against Duquesne last night, but Vouyoukas put together an impressive 19-point, nine-rebound performance to lead his team into the quarterfinals.

Regardless of who was next in line, the Billikens were just happy to get out of last night's game alive.

"Nonetheless, we survived, and we lived to play another day," Soderberg said after the win.

The Minutemen and Billikens battle for survival tonight in Atlantic City. The winner moves on to the semifinals to play the winner of George Washington and St. Joe's tomorrow night at 9 p.m.


After success in early '90s, A-10 tourney hasn't been kind
By Rob Greenfield, The Daily Collegian Staff, 3/8/2007

Massachusetts basketball has been in the Atlantic 10 Tournament every year for the last 30 years. In 1977, the Minutemen (who had their school nickname changed from Redmen just four years earlier) beat Rutgers in the quarterfinals, but lost to Duquesne in the semis before winning the consolation game against West Virginia.

The Minutemen lost in the quarterfinals for the next five years dating to 1982, then won two quarterfinal games in the next two seasons before losing six straight years in either the quarterfinals or the first round.

Fifteen years after the Minutemen played in their first A-10 Tournament, they won. In 1992, on the back of 21-point efforts from Jim McCoy and Tony Barbee, UMass beat Rutgers in the first round and took care of Rhode Island and West Virginia in the next two rounds to take the first A-10 Championship in the school's history.

The Minutemen enjoyed the early-to-mid '90s as a time of UMass dominance in the conference. UMass won the A-10 over the next four years, making it five straight wins from 1992 to 1996.

Forward Lou Roe began his tenure in the postseason during the 1993 season and was named to the All-Championship team after averaging 13.3 points and 10 rebounds per game in the A-10 Tournament.

The Minutemen were the No. 1 seed in the tournament in 1993 and beat St. Bonaventure in the quarters, URI in the semis and rival Temple in the finals to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

UMass made it to the second round in the Big Dance that year before losing to sixth-seeded Virginia. The Minutemen were the No. 3 seed in their part of the bracket.

In 1994 it was a similar scene. Roe was once again dominant, averaging 18 points and eight rebounds per game in the conference tournament, and UMass beat Temple in the final again, this time by 11 points.

Again, the Minutemen fell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, losing to underdog Maryland in the second round, 96-87.

The next year saw the emergence of star forward Marcus Camby, who was thoroughly dominant during his time in the Pioneer Valley.

As a sophomore, Camby was named to the All-Championship team after averaging 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in three games. Roe, in his senior campaign, averaged 14 points and eight rebounds in those three games, and UMass beat Temple in the conference final once again, 63-44.

UMass lost to another underdog in the 1995 NCAA Tournament after winning its first three games to get to the Elite Eight. Oklahoma State ended the Minutemen's season with a 14-point thrashing. UMass was a No. 2 seed and OSU was a No. 4 seed.

The next year is considered UMass' crowning achievement in the college basketball world. The Minutemen won the conference tournament again and made it all the way to the Final Four for the first time in school history before losing to fellow No. 1 seed Kentucky, 81-74.

UMass received an at-large bid in the 1997 season after losing in the conference tournament for the first time in six years (Saint Joseph's beat Rhode Island in the final), and the Minutemen got an at-large bid in 1998 as well.

In both seasons they went out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (in '97 to Louisville and in '98 to Saint Louis).

And UMass hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since. This season perhaps, has been the Minutemen's best shot at the NCAAs since the 1998 season, although the conference tournament hasn't treated UMass well recently.

In 1999, UMass went out in the second round to Xavier. In 2000, Temple finally vanquished the Minutemen in a 54-47 victory in the semifinals before going on to win the tournament.

The 2001 A-10 Tournament, Temple got the ultimate revenge by beating UMass in the finals, 76-65.

The next year it was a quarterfinal loss to Xavier in double overtime, and then back-to-back-to-back-to-back first-round losses followed. From 2003 to 2006, the Minutemen didn't get past their first game, losing to the likes of George Washington, La Salle, Duquesne and finally Xavier last season.

UMass had beaten the Musketeers in the final game of last year's regular season before drawing Xavier in the first round. The Musketeers won the conference tournament and gained the automatic bid to the NCAA's.


Illness weakens Minutemen as they start Atlantic 10 tourney run
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/8/2007

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team is in its worst shape heading into the biggest game of its season.

The Minutemen have been weakened by a flu-bronchitis virus that swept through the players and coaching staff and left coach Travis Ford unsure of what his lineup will look like for tonight's Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal game at 6:30 against Saint Louis.

Luke Bonner was the first to get sick and struggled on the way back from Philadelphia where the Minutemen ended the regular season Saturday with a 71-67 win over Saint Joseph's.

Since then every player except Etienne Brower and Dante Milligan has been affected. Those who got it earlier are improving, but some players - including all-conference big men Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme - have only recently gotten sick.

'I'm more worried about ourselves than any opponent we play,' UMass coach Travis Ford said Wednesday, his voice still affected by his bout with the illness. 'We're going to have to play a lot of guys and rotate them. At this point there's no excuses. Life throws you some curveballs every once in a while and you have to figure out how to handle it.'

The Minutemen (23-7) are the second seed in the tournament and will face the Billikens (No. 7, 19-12) who defeated No. 10 Duquesne 78-77 in a first-round game Wednesday.

Ford said he scrapped plans to add some wrinkles to his team's system. 'There were some things I wanted to put in extra for the tournament like I always do and we haven't been able to do that, obviously,' he said.

Ford said having played and prepared for Saint Louis recently would help. 'It's good that its just a week and a half ago that we played them,' he said.

UMass beat the Billikens 53-50 in the Mullins center Feb. 24.

Preparation wouldn't have been easy anyway for the Minutemen, because Saint Louis and Duquesne play such different styles.

And the lack of healthy players made it hard to do any preparing.

Ford said he planned to use his time-outs as much for rest as for strategy.

'We're going to try to hang on throughout the game and try to survive,' he said. 'We're going to see who can play and for how long. There might be starters who can't play at all. Hopefully I'll know by shoot-around (at 9:30 a.m. today) who can do what.'

The Minutemen, who won 15 straight Atlantic 10 Tournament games between 1992-1996, have struggled in the conference tournament since they last won it en route to the 1996 Final Four. They have lost five straight and the last time UMass won a tournament game was in 2002 against George Washington.

The Minutemen have been eliminated in the first round for four straight years, which means the seniors have never won an A-10 Tournament game.

But UMass is among the favorites this year as the league's regular season cochampions. The Minutemen are trying to extend a six-game winning streak, their longest since 1998.

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.


Billikens pumped for another shot at UMass
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/8/2007

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - After losing 53-50 to the University of Massachusetts Feb. 24 in Amherst, the Saint Louis players said they hoped to get another shot at the Minutemen in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

After surviving a tight first-round game Wednesday with Duquesne 78-77, the Billikens (No. 7, 19-12) will get a chance to atone for that loss. They meet the Minutemen (No. 2, 23-7) at 6:30 tonight in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals.

"They have some good interior players. We played them basket for basket at UMass," senior big man Ian Vouyoukas said. "Hopefully (today) on a neutral court we can do what we did again and hopefully be successful."

Sophomore Kevin Lisch agreed. I feel very confident too. They're a great team, but we played them tough at their place so that gives us a little confidence there," he said.

Vouyoukas led the Billikens against the Dukes with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Lisch added 18 points.

Duquesne dictated the pace most of the game, which was played much faster than Saint Louis coach Brad Soderberg would have preferred. But he was confident his team would not be fatigued today.

"We've played seven or eight guys all year so they're used to playing a lot of minutes," Soderberg said. "We seldom go soft in practice so we're conditioned to play in a tournament like this."

HOPE AHEAD - Wednesday's loss marked the end of a long odyssey for the Duquesne basketball team, one that began tragically, but proved to be inspirational. Five Duquesne players were shot Sept. 17 after a campus dance, an event that brought the school national attention.

But instead of struggling and finishing at the bottom of the Atlantic 10 as most people expected, Duquesne exceeded expectations, drawing praise along the way for both their heart and grace.

They finished 10-19, a record dragged down by a season-ending eight-game losing streak, but there are clearly reasons for optimism for next season. Transfers Shawn James and Kojo Mensah both become eligible and figure to be impact players, as could Stuard Baldanado, a junior college transfer big man who sat out this season as a medical redshirt after being shot.

"I couldn't be any more proud or honored to be the coach of Duquesne University. I'll always look back on this year and be proud of the effort that our kids gave throughout," Ron Everhart said. "It's been one of the most rewarding years of my life."

Junior big man Kieron Achara agreed. "I'm very proud of my guys. I'm very proud to be a part of Duquesne," he said.

DAYTON 81, CHARLOTTE 63 - After trailing at halftime, the Flyers (No. 8, 19-11) got 17 second-half points from Brian Roberts to come back and cruise past the 49ers in Wednesday's first game.

"Brian showed why he is one of the elite players in this league in the second half through his aggressiveness," Dayton coach Brian Gregory said.

Dayton plays Xavier (No. 1 23-7) at noon today.

FORDHAM 63, RICHMOND 61 - After narrowly making it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the Spiders almost bought themselves another day in Atlantic City. They had the ball trailing by a point with seven seconds left, but couldn't get off a game-winning shot.

Bryant Dunston led the Rams (No. 5, 18-11) with 21 points and seven rebounds. Dan Geriot had 27 points for Richmond.

Fordham meets Rhode Island in a battle of Rams at 2:30 today.

FREEMAN, LASME HONORED - UMass big men Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme were named to the All-District 1 Team which includes players from New England, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Jared Dudley of Boston College is the district player of the year, and West Virginia coach John Beilein is the district coach of the year.

Maureece Rice of George Washington (District II) was also honored.

BACK IN ATLANTIC CITY - Today's game will be the second for the UMass basketball team in Atlantic City. The Minutemen beat La Salle (before the Explorers were in the A-10) 87-64 Jan. 7, 1995, in a homecoming game for Atlantic City native Lou Roe. That game was at the Convention Center, which is next door to Boardwalk Hall.

The UMass football team played at Boardwalk Hall in 1972 in the now-discontinued Boardwalk Bowl. The Minutemen defeated California-Davis 35-14 under coach Dick MacPherson.

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.


Through it all, a Ray of hope
Freeman never lost dream of playing college basketball
By Marty Dobrow, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 3/8/2007

AMHERST - All of the kids were special to her. In the rough-and-tumble neighborhood of Schenectady, N.Y. -- a place Daisy Smythe unabashedly calls "a hood" -- all of the grandchildren and cousins had a unique place in her heart. So, too, all of the foster kids, the parade of runaways and castoffs she brought in and showered with tough love. They too were children of God. They deserved a chance.

But the really tall one, the frequently frustrated, sometimes angry boy with the big heart and the beautiful singing voice -- this one was destined for greatness. Rashaun Freeman, her second-oldest grandson, was going to represent them all. He was going to go into the world and do something big. She knew it. She was not going to have it any other way.

So when the report from the neurologists came through in his early teenage years, she just shook her head.

So what if this was "the worst case of dyslexia they'd ever seen"? Who cared if they thought he would never "read above the third grade level"? Let them state emphatically that "college is out."

She knew better.

Fast-forward a few years to last Wednesday night for Daisy's validation. Seated at the Mullins Center before the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team tipped off against La Salle, Daisy was brimming. "Ray-Ray" was about to play his final home game as a senior tricaptain. He had become a star college player, the No. 5 scorer and No. 3 rebounder in school history.

But proud as this day was, it paled before the one she looks forward to in a few months.

"The day he graduates," she said, savoring the words as if they were hot bread out of the oven, "will be the greatest day of my life. I'll probably cry through the whole thing."

For as long as Rashaun Freeman can remember, his grandmother was the center of the family. He never knew his father. His mother, Dametress Mayers, was a zesty woman who could sing birds out of their nests, but she struggled to navigate some of Schenectady's obstacles. There were times she was lovingly present; other times her seven children with five different last names were raised by Daisy Smythe. "My mom raised 15 kids, plus her own," said Mayers, also on hand at Senior Night, shaking her head in wonder, the alternating brown and blond braids swaying down her back. "I don't know how she does it."

There was never much money in the house, few material possessions. Ask Freeman about it, though, and he describes a place of remarkable riches. "Even though we didn't have every thing," he said, "we had everything. We had love. We had whatever a kid needs."

At least three times a week, Daisy would haul the brood down to the Refreshing Spring Pentecostal Church. All the kids got involved in the youth programs. Everywhere there was music. That's where Freeman picked up the piano and the saxophone. That's where he became a demon on the drums. And that's where he developed the soulful singing voice that seemed to come from such a deep, inner place. He didn't have any choice but to sing well in the choir. After all, Daisy was the director.

At home, she cooked up a nonstop diet of discipline. One of her foster children told her she was tougher than God: "He had only 10 commandments, but you have 25, and you expect us to follow them."

"I insist that you follow them," Daisy said. "Otherwise, you have chaos."

Rashaun, she recalls, was a bit of a bully as a youngster, something he acknowledges. As a result, he often wound up in her doghouse, otherwise known as the kitchen, where Daisy routinely cooked for the masses and made church suppers. (Doing the hard time in the kitchen would become a boon for UMass players years later. He frequently cooks for teammates, and roommate Tiki Mayben reports that he can "really chef it up.")

School was a monumental challenge. Freeman's dyslexia turned the letters on a page into swirling minnows. He often stuttered and shriveled in embarrassment. He had trouble concentrating.

"I have a severe, severe, severe learning disability," Freeman acknowledged. "I don't really know what holds me back, but there is something there."

Often his frustration got the best of him.

Schenectady special education teacher Mark Sausville watched Freeman often throw his pen in disgust or crumple up a piece of paper and hurl it across the room. Always, though, he would gather himself and try again. "He would always stay with it," Sausville recalled. "He refused to give in to it. He refused to fail."

As the varsity basketball coach, Sausville also saw Freeman's hunger in another context. He was a determined presence in the low post with tremendous speed for his size, a ravenous desire for rebounds, and a soft touch with his left hand. Still, when things didn't go his way, Freeman sometimes erupted and got tossed out of practice several times.

At the end of practice, Sausville would find Freeman waiting, puppy-like, in the locker room. A self-described "in-your-face kind of coach," Sausville would lay into Freeman. The star player would take it all in, nodding, listening -- really listening. Beneath the tempest were piles of sensitivity and depth. It was just a matter of unlocking Freeman's gifts, Sausville knew. Besides, it was impossible for the coach to do anything but like the kid. He sang on the bus and played his tail off on the court.

During his junior year, Freeman helped lead Schenectady to a New York state championship.

Still, college seemed a major reach. During his senior year, Freeman went with Sausville for a new battery of neurological tests and the results were not encouraging: "You'll just never play college basketball," Sausville remembers the neurologist telling Freeman. "It's just not in your future."

Opportunity seized Before enrolling at UMass in 2002, Freeman had a long talk with his grandmother. She knew that he understood the stakes. This was his one chance, and he needed to make the most of it.

Ineligible to play or practice that first year under NCAA academic guidelines, Freeman operated out of the public eye, but with a sense of resolve. From Day One, he set the tone of arriving 15 minutes early to all his meetings with tutors and professors, said Matt Komer, the assistant director of academic support. Freeman's attendance was perfect. For hours, he would sit before the Kurzweil computer programs that scanned textbooks and read them back out loud. "You can never tell him he can't do something," said Komer.

Longtime strength and conditioning coach Bob Otrando saw a young man on a mission. One broiling day on the track, Freeman threw up repeatedly after doing 10 sprints of 100 meters. Otrando says he told him to stop, only to get waved off by Freeman, who proceeded to do 10 more.

The following year he returned to the court to play for former UMass coach Steve Lappas. The staff and the UMass fans could sense how much it mattered to Freeman. He played the game with a visceral yearning, demanding the ball in the low post, attacking the glass, shaking his head vigorously after each basket. By season's end, he earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year honors, leading UMass in scoring at 15.4 points per game.

His telltale animation provided a memorable moment early in his sophomore year. In the waning seconds against seventh-ranked Connecticut, he scored a basket to put UMass ahead, 61-59. Believing the game was over, he sprinted into the stands in celebration of the upset. There were, however, 4.3 seconds remaining. His potentially Bucknerian moment became a laughable afterthought -- and the lead on ESPN's "SportsCenter" -- when Denham Brown missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Again Freeman led the team in scoring, this time earning the first of three All-Atlantic 10 first-team honors.

By the time Travis Ford took over as head coach, Freeman had become a far more polished presence off the court. The stutter was gone. The inner depth began to flow. "He says some really profound things," said Ford. "He is one of the most insightful players I have ever had."

This season, Ford says, Freeman has hit even another gear with his effort. He wanted to help lead UMass back to the postseason for the first time since 2000, ideally back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. At least the first part of this quest seems assured as UMass put together a 23-7 regular-season record, sharing first place with Xavier in the A-10 at 13-3. Going into tonight's A-10 quarterfinal against Saint Louis, UMass has the bigger prize in mind.

Throughout the season, Freeman has seemed at once hungry and serene. He has talked a lot about the preciousness of this year, wanting to get everything he can out of it. He has admitted to losing sleep over basketball in recent weeks.

Big plans Off the court, having completed his general education requirements, Freeman is finishing up his degree in individual concentration by creating a plan to one day build a unique sports facility -- one that would cater to troubled youths, giving them a refuge. That plan, which carries the clear fingerprints of his grandmother, will be enacted after a likely pro career, perhaps overseas. Preparing for it, he has been working with kids in area schools, including a student teaching stint this semester at Amherst Regional High School.

Looking back, he admits a deep sense of satisfaction. "I made it through the fire," he said, but it's not without some mixed emotions. "When you really see what you wanted to accomplish come to life, it's kind of scary. It's like you have what you want -- and then what?"

Still, he finds himself at peace. "I'm blessed," he said. "Regardless of what happens, I'm not going to forget the fact that I've been fortunate to have the career that I had here."

Those around him are enjoying the ride. Mayben, who grew up not far from Freeman in Troy, N.Y., says he is presented on a daily basis with "the best example." He adds that Freeman's accomplishments are "a big thing back home in our environment. Everybody roots for Ray because everybody knows what Ray's been through."

On Senior Night, Freeman walked out to center court accompanied by his mother and his grandmother, both of whom struggled to contain themselves.

"This is wonderful to see that it's paying off," said his mom, Mayers, who now works as a nurse in Schenectady. "It's wonderful to see it all come together. He really deserves to be where he is. He beat a lot of odds."

Mayers and Daisy Smythe then lost all control when Rashaun surprised them by singing the national anthem, breaking out that beautiful voice from church. It was a taped version from two days earlier just to make sure he could maintain focus on the game (which he did with a game-high 20 points and 12 rebounds in a win over La Salle).

No one in the crowd was more proud, of course, than his grandmother: "He's going to be a very positive image to other children in the community who have been told the same thing: 'You're not worth much. You're not going anywhere. You're not going to do anything.' He's going to bring a message back to the community that says, 'Yes I can. I did it. Yes you can.' "


Seniors get Harris, Minutemen up to speed
By Rich Thompson, The Boston Herald, 3/8/2007

AMHERST - Ricky Harris wants every night to be Senior Night throughout the Atlantic 10 tournament.

The freshman guard from Baltimore and The Winchendon School has flourished in his first season in coach Travis Ford’s run-and-score system. Harris credits the senior leadership of Rashaun Freeman, Stephane Lasme, Brandon Thomas, James Life and Matt Pennie for his quick grasp of the offense and increased playing time down the stretch.

Harris hopes to return the favor with a solid effort off the bench when the A-10 co-champion and No. 2 seed Minutemen (23-7, 13-3) face St. Louis tonight (6:30) in the quarterfinal round at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

“All the underclassmen want to do it for Steph, Ray, BT, Life and Pennie, and send them out feeling real happy,” said Harris, who played in 29 games this season.

“Hopefully we can do that because they have done a lot for us. I think I’m fitting in well and the last couple of games I’ve fit in real well. My confidence has grown tremendously. I’m feeling confident in myself and my jump shot is starting to fall the way it’s supposed to.

“Playing with those guys (seniors) has elevated my game. Hopefully the closing of this season will lead into something better next season.”

Since losing at Temple on Feb. 11, the Minutemen ran off six straight wins and captured a share of the A-10 title.

Harris understands how fortunate he is to win a major conference crown in his first try. The seniors he seeks to emulate never got a sniff of what he’s savoring.

“That was great, that was a big accomplishment, especially being a freshman,” said Harris. “That’s a story I can tell the younger kids that come to UMass that I won an A-10 championship.”

The Minutemen will go as far as the seniors take them. Lasme developed an offensive game over the summer that complemented the formidable rebounding and shot-blocking tools he already possessed. He parlayed that combination into the A-10 Player of the Year Award, the first UMass player since Marcus Camby (1996) to win it. Lasme also was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight time.

“I knew he was good, but I never would have predicted that he would be Player of the Year in the conference,” said Ford. “He’s worked (as) hard in the offseason as any player I have ever seen.”

Freeman was elected to the A-10’s first team all-star squad for the third time and averaged 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Life started 30 games at 2-guard and he owns the deadliest 3-point shot on the team. Life hit 77-of-200 treys and averaged 11.2 points a game.

Freshman Tiki Mayben and sophomore Chris Lowe have become a quality tandem at the point guard while redshirt junior Gary Forbes averaged 13.0 points running the wing. Boston University transfer Etienne Brower and Dante Milligan have registered significant playing time. Ford will need bench support if he intends to win three games in as many nights.

“Even after we won the championship at St. Joe’s, they were very excited, but it was no big party like I thought it would be,” said Ford. “They were still talking about what needed to be done after the game, so we’ll see what happens. This team is very hard to judge.”


#7 Saint Louis Outlasts #2 UMass In Overtime, 74-71, In A-10 Quarterfinal
Tommie Liddell scores 24, Ian Vouyoukas adds 21 to pace Billikens past Minutemen
From UMass Athletics, 3/8/2007

AATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - It was a reversal of fortune for Saint Louis guard Tommie Liddell on Thursday night as he forced a steal with six second remaining in overtime to preserve a 74-71 overtime win against UMass in the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinal.

In the earlier meeting between the two teams this year, it was a Liddell turnover that led to a UMass win during the regular season at the Mullins Center.

The Minutemen held a 29-24 lead at halftime, but Saint Louis used an 11-2 run in the second half to climb back into the game. The second half was back and forth until the end of regulation as the teams were tied at 65 forcing the overtime.

In a game highlighted by 14 lead changes and 13 ties, UMass ran out of gas in the overtime period falling behind by as many as seven before the Minutemen clawed within two before Liddell's defensive play. Liddell finished with a game-high 24 points and Billiken bigman Ian Vouyoukas added 21 points. UMass had four players in double figures led by Gary Forbes who had 13 points. The Minutemen went without senior Rashaun Freeman who fouled out with just under seven minutes remaining in regulation.

The Billikens raced out to a 72-65 lead with 1:12 remaining in overtime as UMass (23-8) missed its first four shots in the period. Forbes hit a three pointer followed by a Life three, his fourth of the game, to pull the Minutemen within two, 73-71, with 28 seconds to go.

Liddell was then called for a backcourt violation giving the UMass faithful hope. He made up for that mistake and his turnover in the previous meeting with a strip of Chris Lowe who drove the lane with six seconds to play. Liddell hit the first of two free throws, but missed the second to ice the game. With three seconds, Forbes let fly a three-point heave but his shot was off the mark.

The Billikens led for much of the second half after trailing at the break. Alongside Liddell and Vouyoukas, Saint Louis was aided by Bryce Husak who scored 10 points after averaging just two during the regular season. UMass managed a four-point lead 61-57 with just under seven minutes to go in the second half on the strength of six straight free throws and a Life trey.

Justin Johnson and Vouyoukas then hit two jumpers each for SLU to tie the game at 65. UMass had possession of the ball with 40 seconds remaining but turned the ball over on a shot clock violation with 4.7 seconds to go. Saint Louis missed a three-pointer at the other end to force the OT period.

Liddell was hot in the first half scoring 13 of Saint Louis' 24 points. UMass strung together a 10-3 run to go up 27-20 before Vouyoukas and Liddell each scored to close the half.

Kevin Lisch scored 11 points and Husak added 10 to round out the Billiken scoring.

Along with Forbes, Life had 12 points - all three pointers, Chris Lowe scored 11 and Brandon Thomas added 10. Stephane Lasme and Rashaun Freeman were both held under double-figures, but Lasme did manage a game-high 13 rebounds.

UMass finished the game shooting 39.3 percent hitting 24-of-61 shots, while SLU shot 47.4 percent on 27-of-57 shooting. Free throws were big on the night with the Billikens converting 18-of-24 attempts compared to 13-of-18 for UMass.

The Minutemen took the regular-season meeting 53-50 in Amherst. The last four games of the series have been decided by three points.

Saint Louis will face the winner of No. 6 seed Saint Joseph's and No. 3 seed George Washington. Fourth-seeded Rhode Island and top-seed Xavier will play tomorrow in the tournament's opening semifinal game.

UMass entered the tournament with a first round by as the No. 2 seed. Saint Louis was the seventh seed and survived Duquesne 78-77 on Wednesday night in the opening round.


Post-game notes
From UMass Athletics, 3/8/2007

Head Coach Travis Ford
"We're not going to make excuses. There's no excuses. Its not the greatest scenario where you don't get to practice for four days. You got to go into the deadline into the greatest scenario you want going into the tournament with the season were having. St Louis out played us in every bit of the game. They did a good job of stopping Ray (Rashaun Freeman), very good job. We're not going to make excuses, there's no excuses. We were out played.

"We made some threes, we couldn't stop anybody on the other end. WE could stop (Ian) Vouyoukas, we couldn't stop (Tommie) Lidell. We made threes tonight, that wasn't the problem. That's what you got to do when you're playing defense like that. We just couldn't stop anybody at the other end, we couldn't defend. I think our legs were a little bit heavy at times."

Brandon Thomas - Senior, Guard/Forward
"It's very tough. We have had high hopes and expectations since this summer. To make the same exit we did last year is almost unbelievable. But we have to give credit to Saint Louis. I have played them three times since I've been here and all three have been very close games. Unfortunately they came out on top when it hurt the most."

Stephane Lasme - Senior, Forward
"Obviously Ray (Freeman) wasn't himself from the beginning of the game. Coach (Ford) is right though, we can't make excuses. I don't think we lost because Ray wasn't himself.

"From our point of view, from all the work we have done this year, I think we deserve it (NCAA at-large bid). We aren't making the decision. People can think whatever they want, but I think we still deserve it."


St. Louis Billikens (#7 seed) 74  OT
Massachusetts Minutemen (#2 seed) 71
Atlantic 10 Tournament Quarter-Final
at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City NJ

Official Basketball Box Score
Saint Louis vs Massachusetts
03/08/07 06:30 pm at Boardwalk Hall ... Atlantic City, NJ

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
VISITORS: Saint Louis 20-12
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
23 JOHNSON, Justin..... f  2-5    0-0    0-0    0  3  3   0   4  2  1  1  0  25
32 MEYER, Luke......... f  0-2    0-0    2-2    0  3  3   2   2  2  1  1  2  37
15 VOUYOUKAS, Ian...... c  8-10   0-0    5-6    3  6  9   4  21  1  4  0  1  32
21 LISCH, Kevin........ g  3-11   1-5    4-6    2  6  8   3  11  3  3  1  1  43
25 LIDDELL, Tommie..... g  8-16   1-3    7-9    2  2  4   2  24  0  3  1  3  40
00 POLK, Dwayne........    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   7
01 BROWN, Danny........    1-3    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   1   2  0  0  0  0  20
44 HUSAK, Bryce........    5-9    0-2    0-1    2  4  6   4  10  0  0  1  1  21
   TEAM................                            1  1
   Totals..............   27-57   2-12  18-24   9 26 35  16  74  8 12  5  8 225


TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-29 34.5%   2nd Half: 15-24 62.5%   OT:  2-4  50.0%   Game: 47.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-7  14.3%   2nd Half:  1-4  25.0%   OT:  0-1   0.0%   Game: 16.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-5  60.0%   2nd Half: 10-11 90.9%   OT:  5-8  62.5%   Game: 75.0%    3


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts 23-8
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 Forbes, Gary........ f  4-12   2-4    3-6    0  7  7   0  13  1  2  0  0  36
13 Lasme, Stephane..... f  2-5    0-0    4-4    6  7 13   4   8  1  0  2  0  39
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c  3-7    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   5   6  1  0  0  0  17
14 Lowe, Chris......... g  4-11   1-4    2-2    0  1  1   2  11  5  4  0  0  34
34 Life, James......... g  4-10   4-8    0-0    0  2  2   3  12  1  0  0  2  33
02 Thomas, Brandon.....    4-4    2-2    0-0    0  0  0   2  10  0  2  0  0  12
05 Harris, Ricky.......    2-4    0-2    1-2    0  1  1   1   5  0  0  0  0  11
10 Mayben, Tiki........    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  2  3  0  0  10
20 Milligan, Dante.....    0-4    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   2   0  0  0  1  0  12
22 Brower, Etienne.....    1-1    1-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   3  1  0  0  0   6
31 Bonner, Luke........    0-2    0-1    3-4    1  0  1   1   3  0  0  0  0  15
   TEAM................                         3  3  6
   Totals..............   24-61  10-23  13-18  11 24 35  21  71 12 11  3  2 225


TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-30 43.3%   2nd Half:  9-21 42.9%   OT:  2-10 20.0%   Game: 39.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-11 45.5%   2nd Half:  3-7  42.9%   OT:  2-5  40.0%   Game: 43.5%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%   2nd Half: 12-16 75.0%   OT:  0-0   0.0%   Game: 72.2%    5


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Officials: Ray Perone, Gene Steratore, Eric Anderson
Technical fouls: Saint Louis-None. Massachusetts-None.
Attendance:
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   OT   Total
Saint Louis...................   24   41    9  -   74
Massachusetts.................   32   33    6  -   71
ID-532964
ATLANTIC 10 MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS ---> QUARTERFINALS

Points in the paint-SLU 38,UMASS 26. Points off turnovers-SLU 17,UMASS 13.
2nd chance points-SLU 9,UMASS 8. Fast break points-SLU 4,UMASS 3.
Bench points-SLU 12,UMASS 21. Score tied-13 times. Lead changed-13 times.
Last FG-SLU OT-02:45, UMASS OT-00:33.
Largest lead-SLU by 7 OT-01:22, UMASS by 8 1st-00:41.


Play by Play

Play-by-Play
Saint Louis vs Massachusetts
03/08/07 06:30 pm at Boardwalk Hall ... Atlantic City, NJ

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Saint Louis
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
GOOD! LAYUP by Lowe, Chris [PNT]                19:43   2-0   H 2
ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun                      19:43
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   19:22              MISSED JUMPER by LISCH, Kevin
MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary                    19:12              BLOCK by JOHNSON, Justin
                                                19:11              REBOUND (DEF) by JOHNSON, Justin
REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James                    19:04              MISSED 3 PTR by LIDDELL, Tommie
MISSED 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris                     18:49              REBOUND (DEF) by MEYER, Luke
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                18:29              MISSED JUMPER by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     18:07
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                18:07
MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                   18:00              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         17:59
                                                17:32   2-2   T 1  GOOD! JUMPER by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           17:07   4-2   H 2
                                                16:47   4-4   T 2  GOOD! LAYUP by LIDDELL, Tommie [PNT]
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           16:31   6-4   H 2
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           16:31
                                                16:17              MISSED JUMPER by JOHNSON, Justin
                                                16:17              REBOUND (OFF) by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        16:11
                                                16:11              TURNOVR by JOHNSON, Justin
                                                16:11              SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki
                                                16:11              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
GOOD! JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]           15:50   8-4   H 4
ASSIST by Mayben, Tiki                          15:50
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   15:32              MISSED 3 PTR by LISCH, Kevin
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               15:21              REBOUND (DEF) by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                15:10   8-6   H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by LIDDELL, Tommie [PNT]
TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki                         14:48
                                                14:47              STEAL by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         14:40              MISSED JUMPER by MEYER, Luke
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   14:34
SUB IN : BROWN, Danny                           14:34              SUB IN : Milligan, Dante
SUB IN : HUSAK, Bryce                           14:34              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
SUB OUT: VOUYOUKAS, Ian                         14:34
SUB OUT: JOHNSON, Justin                        14:34
MISSED FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                  14:21              FOUL by HUSAK, Bryce
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     14:21
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   14:21   9-6   H 3
                                                14:21              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
                                                14:21              SUB OUT: Life, James
                                                14:02   9-8   H 1  GOOD! LAYUP by HUSAK, Bryce [PNT]
                                                14:02              ASSIST by LISCH, Kevin
MISSED 3 PTR by Mayben, Tiki                    13:36              REBOUND (DEF) by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                13:25              MISSED LAYUP by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                13:25              REBOUND (OFF) by HUSAK, Bryce
                                                13:22   9-10  V 1  GOOD! TIP-IN by HUSAK, Bryce [PNT]
GOOD! LAYUP by Thomas, Brandon [PNT]            13:07  11-10  H 1
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                12:45              MISSED JUMPER by LISCH, Kevin
GOOD! 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary                     12:37  14-10  H 4
ASSIST by Mayben, Tiki                          12:37
                                                12:03  14-13  H 1  GOOD! 3 PTR by LIDDELL, Tommie
TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki                         11:44
                                                11:43              STEAL by LIDDELL, Tommie
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                11:34              MISSED JUMPER by MEYER, Luke
GOOD! 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon                  11:23  17-13  H 4
BLOCK by Milligan, Dante                        10:58              MISSED LAYUP by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                10:56              REBOUND (OFF) by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                10:52  17-15  H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by LIDDELL, Tommie [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary                    10:48              REBOUND (DEF) by MEYER, Luke
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   10:36              MISSED JUMPER by HUSAK, Bryce
TURNOVR by Mayben, Tiki                         10:11
                                                10:10              STEAL by MEYER, Luke
                                                09:52              MISSED 3 PTR by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                09:52              REBOUND (OFF) by HUSAK, Bryce
REBOUND (DEF) by Milligan, Dante                09:34              MISSED LAYUP by LISCH, Kevin
TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon                      09:27
                                                09:26              STEAL by HUSAK, Bryce
                                                09:05  17-17  T 3  GOOD! LAYUP by LIDDELL, Tommie [PNT]
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   08:47
                                                08:47              FOUL by LIDDELL, Tommie
SUB IN : VOUYOUKAS, Ian                         08:47              SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun
SUB IN : POLK, Dwayne                           08:47              SUB IN : Harris, Ricky
SUB IN : JOHNSON, Justin                        08:47              SUB IN : Brower, Etienne
SUB OUT: LISCH, Kevin                           08:47              SUB IN : Life, James
SUB OUT: MEYER, Luke                            08:47              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
SUB OUT: HUSAK, Bryce                           08:47              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
                                                08:47              SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane
                                                08:47              SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki
                                                08:47              SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary
                                                08:47              SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           08:34  19-17  H 2
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               08:04              MISSED 3 PTR by POLK, Dwayne
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          07:44
                                                07:44              TIMEOUT MEDIA
SUB IN : LISCH, Kevin                           07:44
SUB OUT: LIDDELL, Tommie                        07:44
                                                07:17  19-19  T 4  GOOD! LAYUP by VOUYOUKAS, Ian [PNT]
GOOD! 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris                      07:00  22-19  H 3
ASSIST by Brower, Etienne                       07:00
                                                06:41              TURNOVR by LISCH, Kevin
                                                06:41              SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane
                                                06:41              SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne
GOOD! JUMPER by Harris, Ricky [PNT]             06:24  24-19  H 5
ASSIST by Life, James                           06:24
REBOUND (DEF) by Harris, Ricky                  05:48              MISSED JUMPER by JOHNSON, Justin
                                                05:39              FOUL by LISCH, Kevin
SUB IN : MEYER, Luke                            05:39
SUB IN : LIDDELL, Tommie                        05:39
SUB OUT: BROWN, Danny                           05:39
SUB OUT: JOHNSON, Justin                        05:39
MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris                     05:34              REBOUND (DEF) by MEYER, Luke
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        05:20
                                                05:20              SUB IN : Brower, Etienne
                                                05:20              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
FOUL by Harris, Ricky                           05:11              MISSED FT SHOT by LISCH, Kevin
                                                05:11              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                05:11  24-20  H 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by LISCH, Kevin
GOOD! 3 PTR by Brower, Etienne                  04:48  27-20  H 7
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        04:25              MISSED LAYUP by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                04:23              REBOUND (OFF) by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                04:22  27-22  H 5  GOOD! LAYUP by VOUYOUKAS, Ian [PNT]
                                                04:22              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                04:22              SUB IN : Milligan, Dante
                                                04:22              SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky
MISSED LAYUP by Milligan, Dante                 03:56
REBOUND (OFF) by Milligan, Dante                03:56
MISSED LAYUP by Milligan, Dante                 03:54
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                03:54
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            03:50  29-22  H 7
FOUL by Brower, Etienne                         03:40
                                                03:40              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                03:40  29-23  H 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                03:40  29-24  H 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by LIDDELL, Tommie
SUB IN : BROWN, Danny                           03:40              SUB IN : Forbes, Gary
SUB OUT: POLK, Dwayne                           03:40              SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne
MISSED JUMPER by Milligan, Dante                03:27              REBOUND (DEF) by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                02:57              TURNOVR by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
MISSED JUMPER by Milligan, Dante                02:39              REBOUND (DEF) by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                02:32              MISSED 3 PTR by BROWN, Danny
                                                02:32              REBOUND (OFF) by LISCH, Kevin
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         02:21              MISSED LAYUP by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                02:18              SUB IN : Bonner, Luke
                                                02:18              SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     01:59
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                01:59
MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 01:53
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                01:53
                                                01:51              FOUL by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
MISSED JUMPER by Bonner, Luke                   01:41              REBOUND (DEF) by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                01:23              MISSED 3 PTR by LISCH, Kevin
MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris                     01:14              REBOUND (DEF) by LISCH, Kevin
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         01:13
                                                01:13              SUB IN : Brower, Etienne
                                                01:13              SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane
FOUL by Bonner, Luke                            00:58              MISSED FT SHOT by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                00:58              REBOUND (OFF) by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                00:57              TURNOVR by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   00:55
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      00:41  32-24  H 8
ASSIST by Forbes, Gary                          00:41
                                                00:03              TURNOVR by LISCH, Kevin
SUB IN : POLK, Dwayne                           00:03              SUB IN : Harris, Ricky
SUB OUT: VOUYOUKAS, Ian                         00:03              SUB OUT: Bonner, Luke
MISSED 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris                     00:00
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     00:00


                                Massachusetts 32, Saint Louis 24

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Saint Louis            16       4       6       0       4      4     1
          Massachusetts          16       7       2       3      10      0     1


2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Saint Louis
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
SUB IN : HUSAK, Bryce                           20:00
SUB OUT: JOHNSON, Justin                        20:00
                                                19:43  32-26  H 6  GOOD! JUMPER by HUSAK, Bryce
TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary                         19:21
                                                19:07  32-28  H 4  GOOD! JUMPER by LIDDELL, Tommie
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                18:46              REBOUND (DEF) by HUSAK, Bryce
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                18:38              MISSED 3 PTR by HUSAK, Bryce
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     18:29              REBOUND (DEF) by HUSAK, Bryce
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        18:02  32-29  H 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                18:02  32-30  H 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                18:02              SUB IN : Milligan, Dante
                                                18:02              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
GOOD! JUMPER by Forbes, Gary [PNT]              17:52  34-30  H 4
                                                17:18              MISSED JUMPER by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                17:18              REBOUND (OFF) by LISCH, Kevin
                                                17:14  34-32  H 2  GOOD! JUMPER by LISCH, Kevin [PNT]
                                                17:04              FOUL by MEYER, Luke
SUB IN : BROWN, Danny                           17:04
SUB OUT: LISCH, Kevin                           17:04
TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary                         16:50
                                                16:49              STEAL by MEYER, Luke
FOUL by Life, James                             16:20
SUB IN : JOHNSON, Justin                        16:20              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
SUB OUT: HUSAK, Bryce                           16:20              SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary
                                                15:57  34-34  T 5  GOOD! JUMPER by VOUYOUKAS, Ian [PNT]
FOUL by Milligan, Dante                         15:57
                                                15:57              TIMEOUT media
                                                15:57  34-35  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                15:57              SUB IN : Harris, Ricky
                                                15:57              SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun
                                                15:57              SUB OUT: Life, James
                                                15:57              SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    15:36  35-35  T 6  FOUL by BROWN, Danny
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    15:36  36-35  H 1
SUB IN : LISCH, Kevin                           15:36
SUB OUT: MEYER, Luke                            15:36
                                                15:12  36-37  V 1  GOOD! JUMPER by VOUYOUKAS, Ian [PNT]
GOOD! 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon                  14:59  39-37  H 2
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         14:38              MISSED JUMPER by JOHNSON, Justin
SUB IN : HUSAK, Bryce                           14:35
SUB OUT: VOUYOUKAS, Ian                         14:35
GOOD! JUMPER by Thomas, Brandon [PNT]           14:19  41-37  H 4
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               14:06              MISSED LAYUP by BROWN, Danny
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          13:58
                                                13:57              STEAL by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                13:52  41-39  H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by LIDDELL, Tommie [PNT]
FOUL by Thomas, Brandon                         13:52  41-40  H 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by LIDDELL, Tommie
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                13:39              BLOCK by HUSAK, Bryce
                                                13:37              REBOUND (DEF) by HUSAK, Bryce
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    13:29              MISSED JUMPER by HUSAK, Bryce
TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon                      13:18
                                                13:17              STEAL by LISCH, Kevin
                                                13:13  41-42  V 1  GOOD! LAYUP by LIDDELL, Tommie [FB/PNT]
                                                13:13              ASSIST by LISCH, Kevin
                                                12:54              FOUL by HUSAK, Bryce
SUB IN : VOUYOUKAS, Ian                         12:54              SUB IN : Mayben, Tiki
SUB IN : POLK, Dwayne                           12:54              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
SUB OUT: JOHNSON, Justin                        12:54
SUB OUT: LIDDELL, Tommie                        12:54
GOOD! JUMPER by Harris, Ricky [PNT]             12:44  43-42  H 1
                                                12:20              TURNOVR by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                12:20              SUB IN : Milligan, Dante
                                                12:20              SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane
                                                11:55              FOUL by LISCH, Kevin
TIMEOUT media                                   11:55
MISSED FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky                 11:55
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     11:55
GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky                  11:55  44-42  H 2
                                                11:55              SUB IN : Forbes, Gary
                                                11:55              SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon
                                                11:32  44-44  T 7  GOOD! JUMPER by HUSAK, Bryce
MISSED LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun                11:22              REBOUND (DEF) by LISCH, Kevin
                                                11:18  44-46  V 2  GOOD! LAYUP by BROWN, Danny [FB/PNT]
                                                11:18              ASSIST by LISCH, Kevin
MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky                   10:57              REBOUND (DEF) by HUSAK, Bryce
FOUL by Milligan, Dante                         10:38
                                                10:38              TURNOVR by LIDDELL, Tommie
SUB IN : MEYER, Luke                            10:38              SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane
SUB IN : LIDDELL, Tommie                        10:38              SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante
SUB OUT: POLK, Dwayne                           10:38
SUB OUT: BROWN, Danny                           10:38
GOOD! JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                    10:24  46-46  T 8
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        09:58
                                                09:58              SUB IN : Bonner, Luke
                                                09:58              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
                                                09:53  46-48  V 2  GOOD! JUMPER by VOUYOUKAS, Ian [PNT]
MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                   09:39              BLOCK by MEYER, Luke
                                                09:37              REBOUND (DEF) by LISCH, Kevin
                                                09:32              TURNOVR by MEYER, Luke
                                                09:32              SUB IN : Life, James
                                                09:32              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
                                                09:32              SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary
                                                09:32              SUB OUT: Mayben, Tiki
                                                09:32              SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky
SUB IN : JOHNSON, Justin                        09:22
SUB OUT: HUSAK, Bryce                           09:22
                                                09:17              FOUL by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
MISSED FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                  09:11              FOUL by MEYER, Luke
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     09:11
MISSED FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                  09:11              REBOUND (DEF) by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                08:58              FOUL by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                08:58              TURNOVR by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
SUB IN : HUSAK, Bryce                           08:56
SUB OUT: VOUYOUKAS, Ian                         08:56
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      08:43  49-48  H 1
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           08:43
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        08:26              MISSED JUMPER by LIDDELL, Tommie
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   08:25
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     08:18              BLOCK by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                08:16              REBOUND (DEF) by LISCH, Kevin
FOUL by Life, James                             08:03  49-49  T 9  GOOD! FT SHOT by LISCH, Kevin
                                                08:03  49-50  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by LISCH, Kevin
SUB IN : BROWN, Danny                           08:03
SUB OUT: LIDDELL, Tommie                        08:03
MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 07:45
                                                07:44              BLOCK by LISCH, Kevin
REBOUND (OFF) by Bonner, Luke                   07:43
GOOD! FT SHOT by Bonner, Luke                   07:42  50-50  T 10 FOUL by LISCH, Kevin
MISSED FT SHOT by Bonner, Luke                  07:42              REBOUND (DEF) by BROWN, Danny
                                                07:16  50-53  V 3  GOOD! 3 PTR by LISCH, Kevin
                                                07:16              ASSIST by MEYER, Luke
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                06:57  51-53  V 2  FOUL by HUSAK, Bryce
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                06:57  52-53  V 1
SUB IN : LIDDELL, Tommie                        06:57
SUB OUT: BROWN, Danny                           06:57
STEAL by Life, James                            06:56              TURNOVR by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                06:56              SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun
                                                06:56              SUB OUT: Bonner, Luke
MISSED 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris                     06:44              REBOUND (DEF) by JOHNSON, Justin
                                                06:29  52-55  V 3  GOOD! LAYUP by HUSAK, Bryce [PNT]
                                                06:29              ASSIST by MEYER, Luke
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        06:29              MISSED FT SHOT by HUSAK, Bryce
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                06:29
                                                06:29              SUB IN : Bonner, Luke
                                                06:29              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
MISSED JUMPER by Life, James                    06:00
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                06:00
GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris [PNT]               05:49  54-55  V 1
ASSIST by Lasme, Stephane                       05:49
FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             05:36
                                                05:35  54-56  V 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by MEYER, Luke
                                                05:35  54-57  V 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by MEYER, Luke
                                                05:35              TIMEOUT 30sec
SUB IN : VOUYOUKAS, Ian                         05:35
SUB OUT: JOHNSON, Justin                        05:35
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      05:25  57-57  T 11
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           05:25
                                                05:13              TIMEOUT 30sec
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   05:03              MISSED 3 PTR by HUSAK, Bryce
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   04:51
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                04:40  58-57  H 1  FOUL by HUSAK, Bryce
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                04:40  59-57  H 2
SUB IN : JOHNSON, Justin                        04:40
SUB OUT: HUSAK, Bryce                           04:40
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   04:05              MISSED JUMPER by LISCH, Kevin
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   04:01  60-57  H 3  FOUL by LIDDELL, Tommie
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   04:01  61-57  H 4
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         03:42
                                                03:42              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                03:42  61-58  H 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                03:42  61-59  H 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris [PNT]               03:19  63-59  H 4
                                                02:49  63-61  H 2  GOOD! JUMPER by JOHNSON, Justin
                                                02:49              ASSIST by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                   02:23              REBOUND (DEF) by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                02:00  63-63  T 12 GOOD! JUMPER by JOHNSON, Justin [PNT]
GOOD! FT SHOT by Bonner, Luke                   01:25  64-63  H 1  FOUL by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
GOOD! FT SHOT by Bonner, Luke                   01:25  65-63  H 2
                                                01:06  65-65  T 13 GOOD! LAYUP by VOUYOUKAS, Ian [PNT]
                                                01:06              ASSIST by JOHNSON, Justin
MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris                    00:42
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         00:42
TIMEOUT TEAM                                    00:40
TIMEOUT TEAM                                    00:05
                                                00:05              TIMEOUT TEAM
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   00:05
SUB IN : POLK, Dwayne                           00:05
SUB OUT: JOHNSON, Justin                        00:05
                                                00:00              MISSED 3 PTR by LISCH, Kevin
                                                00:00              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)


                                Massachusetts 65, Saint Louis 65

          2nd period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Saint Louis            20      10       2       4       8      5     5
          Massachusetts          10       6       3       0      11      4     5


OT PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Saint Louis
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                05:00              SUB IN : Bonner, Luke
                                                05:00              SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         04:55  65-66  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                04:55  65-67  V 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by LIDDELL, Tommie
SUB IN : HUSAK, Bryce                           04:55
SUB OUT: VOUYOUKAS, Ian                         04:55
MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris                    04:41              REBOUND (DEF) by LISCH, Kevin
                                                04:11  65-69  V 4  GOOD! JUMPER by LISCH, Kevin
MISSED 3 PTR by Bonner, Luke                    03:54              REBOUND (DEF) by LISCH, Kevin
REBOUND (DEF) by Life, James                    03:19              MISSED 3 PTR by LISCH, Kevin
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          03:09
SUB IN : VOUYOUKAS, Ian                         03:09              SUB IN : Harris, Ricky
SUB OUT: HUSAK, Bryce                           03:09              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
                                                02:45  65-71  V 6  GOOD! JUMPER by VOUYOUKAS, Ian [PNT]
                                                02:45              ASSIST by JOHNSON, Justin
MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky                   02:32              REBOUND (DEF) by VOUYOUKAS, Ian
                                                02:01              TURNOVR by LIDDELL, Tommie
STEAL by Life, James                            02:00
MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary                    01:56
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         01:56
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   01:54
                                                01:54              SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon
                                                01:54              SUB IN : Brower, Etienne
                                                01:54              SUB OUT: Bonner, Luke
                                                01:54              SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky
MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                   01:42              REBOUND (DEF) by JOHNSON, Justin
FOUL by Life, James                             01:22              MISSED FT SHOT by LISCH, Kevin
                                                01:22              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
                                                01:22  65-72  V 7  GOOD! FT SHOT by LISCH, Kevin
                                                01:22              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
                                                01:22              SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne
GOOD! 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary                     01:11  68-72  V 4
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           01:11
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   01:11
SUB IN : BROWN, Danny                           01:11
SUB OUT: JOHNSON, Justin                        01:11
                                                01:01              MISSED LAYUP by LIDDELL, Tommie
                                                01:01              REBOUND (OFF) by LIDDELL, Tommie
FOUL by Thomas, Brandon                         00:49  68-73  V 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by LIDDELL, Tommie
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   00:49              MISSED FT SHOT by LIDDELL, Tommie
MISSED LAYUP by Life, James                     00:41
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                00:41
MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 00:38
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         00:38
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      00:33  71-73  V 2
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           00:33
                                                00:25              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                00:19              TURNOVR by LISCH, Kevin
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          00:07              STEAL by LIDDELL, Tommie
FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             00:07  71-74  V 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by LIDDELL, Tommie
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                00:07              MISSED FT SHOT by LIDDELL, Tommie
MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary                    00:01
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     00:01


                                Saint Louis 74, Massachusetts 71

          OT period-only       InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Saint Louis             2       3       1       0       0      0     1
          Massachusetts           0       0       3       0       0      0     0


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2   3 - Tot
Saint Louis.............    4  10   3 -  17
Massachusetts...........    7   6   0 -  13

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2   3 - Tot
Saint Louis.............   16  20   2 -  38
Massachusetts...........   16  10   0 -  26

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2   3 - Tot
Saint Louis.............    6   2   1 -   9
Massachusetts...........    2   3   3 -   8

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2   3 - Tot
Saint Louis.............    0   4   0 -   4
Massachusetts...........    3   0   0 -   3

BENCH POINTS                1   2   3 - Tot
Saint Louis.............    4   8   0 -  12
Massachusetts...........   10  11   0 -  21

SCORE TIED BY               1   2   3 - Tot
Saint Louis.............    4   5   0 -   9
Massachusetts...........    0   4   0 -   4

LEAD GAINED BY              1   2   3 - Tot
Saint Louis.............    1   5   1 -   7
Massachusetts...........    1   5   0 -   6

Back to the home page