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UMass hoopsters draw NIT game at Mullins Center
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/12/2007

AMHERST - As expected after Thursday's 74-71 overtime loss to Saint Louis, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team is in the National Invitation Tournament.

The Minutemen (23-8) lost any chance of making it to the NCAA Tournament after the first-round loss in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Instead the Minutemen the No. 4 seed in the East region of the 32-team NIT and will host No. 5 Alabama (20-11) at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The game at the Mullins Center will be televised on ESPN.

The winner will advance to play the winner of Tuesday's game between No. 1 West Virginia and No. 8 Delaware State in the second round at 9 p.m. Thursday on ESPNU. If the Mountaineers win, they would host the second-round game. If not, UMass or Alabama would host Delaware State.

This is the Minutemen's first appearance in any postseason tournament since the NIT in 2000.

Most experts before the season would have been surprised that the Crimson Tide would be in the NIT. Alabama was ranked in the top 10 for the first nine weeks of the season and peaked at No. 4. The Tide lost six of their last eight games and were 7-9 in Southeastern Conference play.

"I know they're a very good team and were ranked No. 4 at one point this season. Their coach (Mark Gottfried) is a good friend of mine," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "But I don't know anything about their players right now. Right now I know more about their coach than I do about their players."

Ford had hoped that the NCAA Tournament selection committee would see his team's illness last week as a factor in the Saint Louis loss and still consider UMass.

However, Ford said Sunday, "I knew we didn't have a shot. After Xavier lost in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, I knew we had no chance."

Ford said his team still isn't 100 percent healthy.

He believes his players, who were disappointed not to make the NCAA field, would respond and try to make a run to Madison Square Garden which hosts the NIT semifinals (March 27) and final (March 29).

"Our seniors are probably the most down about not making the NCAA Tournament. They need to bounce back and look at it as an opportunity to extend their careers," Ford said. "This is a great field, maybe the best NIT field in history. We'll be excited to keep playing and have a home game on national television."

UMass was the only Atlantic 10 team included as Dayton and Saint Louis, who both had better ratings percentage index rankings than several at-large choices. were left out of the field.

If the Minutemen and Drexel both win their first two games, UMass would travel to Philadelphia (time and date TBA) for a meeting with former coach Bruiser Flint, who is now the Dragons' head coach.

Flint's team was considered a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament.

It didn't get in and is the No. 3 seed in the NIT East and hosts North Carolina State in the first round at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ESPNU for a chance to play the winner of No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 7 Marist.

Air Force, Mississippi State and Clemson are the other No. 1 seeds in the NIT.

NOTES: Tickets for Tuesday's game cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children and $5 for students and are available through the UMass ticket office at 413-545-0810.

If the Minutemen do face West Virginia, it would pit UMass backup center Luke Bonner against his former team. Bonner was a seldom-used reserve for the Mountaineers for one season before transferring to 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


Minutemen not done playing just yet
UMass draws fourth seed in NIT, squares off with Alabama
By Rob Greenfield, The Daily Collegian Staff, 3/12/2007

The Massachusetts men's basketball has some more basketball to play.

Last night, the Minutemen were selected as a No. 4 seed in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and will play fifth-seeded Alabama at the Mullins Center on Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.

It is the 10th appearance for the UMass basketball program in the NIT.

"We're excited that we're able to play against such a great team like Alabama," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "It's a great name team to come into the Mullins Center and it's an honor to be in the NIT. We're kind of rejuvenated a little bit and are excited to keep playing."

Ford learned of his team's fate right before taping "The Travis Ford Show" last night, and after the show Ford headed back to Amherst to get in touch with his team. The Minutemen will practice this afternoon at the Mullins Center in preparation for tomorrow's game.

It will be the first practice for the Minutemen in over a week, thanks to the acute illness that spread through the roster before their Atlantic 10 Tournament game last Thursday.

Ford hasn't seen much of Alabama this year, and will be watching film tomorrow to prepare for some of Alabama's sets.

"This is going to be a first," Ford said about playing the Crimson Tide. "I just know that Alabama is a very talented basketball team. They are very talented and very deep."

After the Saint Louis Billikens pulled off a stunning 74-71 upset over the Minutemen in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament in Atlantic City, the arduous road to 23 wins seemed not worth taking.

However, the Minutemen know now that there is another game on their schedule, and they can stop wondering what could have been and focus on winning a basketball game.

While the UMass basketball program hasn't been to the postseason in seven years - Bruiser Flint's Minutemen went to the NIT in 2000 and lost to Siena - falling short of the NCAA Tournament, Ford said, was a disappointment.

Senior captain Rashaun Freeman had one of his worst games of the year against the Billikens with just six points and two rebounds, and battled illness during the week leading into the matchup with the Billikens.

Sophomore center Luke Bonner and senior captain Stephane Lasme also battled the illness, and Ford wasn't able to bring the entire team together for one practice before the quarterfinal game because of the team's sudden sickness.

But the coach has that dreadful week in the rearview mirror.

"I think [the players] knew that we were still going to have basketball to play after we lost last week," Ford said. "I will say that we were all very disappointed [after the loss to Saint Louis]. There's no question about that.

"But we've had a great year, an incredible year, and we are excited that we still get to play basketball."

The last time UMass faced Alabama was in the 1965-66 season, when the Crimson Tide edged UMass, 79-73. This year, the Crimson Tide fell from grace after a ranking inside the Top 10 in the country early in the season.

All-American point guard Ronald Steele will be a stiff challenge for the guard tandem of sophomore Chris Lowe and freshman Tiki Mayben defensively.

"Ronald Steele is athletic and as good a guard as there is in the country," Ford said.

The Minutemen are 5-10 all-time in the NIT and haven't hosted an NIT game since the 1991 season when UMass defeated La Salle at the Curry Hicks Cage, 93-90. UMass finished fourth in the NIT in the 1991 season, making it to the Final Four before losing to Stanford in the semifinal game and then to Colorado in the consolation game.

The first round of this year's NIT will be tomorrow and Wednesday. The winner of the UMass-Alabama game tomorrow will play the winner of No. 1 West Virginia and No. 8 Delaware State on Thursday at 9 p.m. - that game will be televised on ESPNU.

Students will have to pay a fee of $5 to get into tomorrow's home game, and the usual flash of the student ID will not be enough to get students into the Mullins Center tomorrow night due to NIT regulations.


UMass will host Alabama in NIT
By Steve Richards, The Boston Globe, 3/12/2007

While the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team didn't qualify for the tournament it had hoped for, the senior-led Minutemen will play on, hosting Alabama in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament tomorrow night at 9:30 (ESPN).

UMass (23-8), which shared the Atlantic 10 regular season championship with Xavier but fell to Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, earned a No. 4 seed in qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 2000.

The Minutemen, behind the senior front court of A-10 player of the year Stephane Lasme and all-conference player Rashaun Freeman, had high hopes of making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. But both struggled against the Billikins, combining for just 14 points, relegating UMass to the consolation tournament.

Alabama (20-11), which lost in the first round of the SEC tournament to Kentucky, was ranked as high as No. 4 nationally after starting the season 7-0.

The UMass-Alabama winner will face the winner of the West Virginia-Delaware State matchup in the second round Thursday.

Other New England entrants are Providence (18-12), which is a No. 5 seed and will play at Bradley (21-12) Wednesday, and Vermont (25-6), which lost to Albany in the America East championship game and is a No. 7 seed. The Catamounts visit Bob Huggins and Kansas State Wednesday night.

Among the notable NCAA bubble teams in the NIT draw is Drexel, led by former UMass coach Bruiser Flint, which will meet North Carolina State, losers of the ACC final to North Carolina. Drexel and UMass would meet in the quarterfinals.


Minutemen host Alabama in NIT
By Rob Greenfield, The Daily Collegian Staff, 3/13/2007

The Mullins Center will host a National Invitation Tournament game for the first time in the building's 13-year history tonight when the No. 4 seed Massachusetts men's basketball team plays fifth-seeded Alabama at 9:30 on ESPN.

UMass coach Travis Ford and the Minutemen shook off the sting from their quarterfinal loss to Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 Tournament last Thursday, and are looking forward to playing one of the best teams in the NIT tonight.

"We have another chance to prove ourselves and get out there and extend this season," senior captain Rashaun Freeman said.

"This is one of the bigger teams we've played against, one of the bigger, stronger, athletic teams," Ford said. "[Alabama's] personnel is almost identical to us as far as size, where their points are coming from and where their rebounds are coming from. On paper, it's almost identical."

The Crimson Tide were ranked as high as No. 4 in the country to start the season, but plummeted to a 20-11 record after a 14-1 start to the season. All-American point guard Ronald Steele leads the way for Alabama, and has some potent interior weapons to work with in Jermareo Davidson and Richard Hendrix - both big men averaged just over 14 points per game and just over eight rebounds per game this season.

"I played against their big men at camp this year and they're real good," Freeman said. "Their guards are good as well and for them to come into our gym is a good opportunity for us to see where we stand and where we're at. It's another opportunity to extend our season and improve. We can't do any worse. We just need to improve from here and go out and give a good effort."

The Crimson Tide played in the Southeastern Conference, home to the top-ranked Florida Gators, who Alabama nearly beat in a matchup earlier this season. Alabama hasn't lived up to its preseason expectations, especially with Steele - widely regarded as one of the top point guards in the nation - returning for his senior season.

But the Crimson Tide still has many weapons and Ford knows it.

"I've watched three of their games and I've not seen many weaknesses," Ford said. "This is a powerful, explosive team."

Ford learned of his team's postseason placement on Sunday night and was admittedly energized by the idea of playing Alabama.

"I think when a name like Alabama pops up on the screen I think [the players] do get a little more of a jolt," Ford said. "That's human nature. It got me even a little excited.

"I just think it's exciting to be able to play against a great team like Alabama," he added. "I think it's something that our fans get to get excited about. We get to get on TV. But [the players] shouldn't need a lot of energizing. It's an honor to be a part of this and it's not a failure by any stretch of the imagination. I'm excited to play in this game."

Ford never had to worry about his team's NCAA status when he played at Kentucky, and he has taken a hard look at the selection process this season because his Minutemen lied softly on the bubble for a good part of the 2006-07 season.

But this year, Ford invested heavily in the selection process and was admittedly frustrated by the lack of clarity on the criteria for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid.

And while the Minutemen are still recovering from the emotional letdown after the loss to the Billikens last Thursday, to be playing in the college basketball postseason is a nice consolation prize.

"I'm more excited now then I was two to three days ago," Ford said. "This is something you can build on. This is definitely not failure. When you look at the NCAA you can't start judging. I realized that."

Ford didn't have much time to prepare the Minutemen for the Crimson Tide. UMass found out about its draw on Sunday night and had time yesterday to prepare for Alabama's sets and personnel.

Ford downloaded a lot of Alabama's game tapes from the internet and looked at three of them yesterday morning before practice. Ford will look at more game tapes today before the game in order to make the final preparations for the Minutemen's first playoff game since 2000.


UMass still has something to play for
By Danny Picard, The Daily Collegian Columnist, 3/13/2007

Jerry Seinfeld isn't a fan of second place. He once compared it to saying, "Congratulations, you almost won. Of all the losers, you came in first. Nobody lost ahead of you."

He was describing his dissatisfaction with the silver medal in the Olympics. He wasn't talking about the NIT.

But as the Massachusetts men's basketball team fell from a potential NCAA Tournament at-large bid to a No. 4 seed in the "other tournament" on Thursday night, it's hard to not think about Seinfeld's classic standup routine about his favorite sporting event.

UMass failed to reach the field of 65 because of a one-and-out performance in the Atlantic 10 Tournament over the weekend, losing to Saint Louis 74-71 in the quarterfinal round.

While Xavier and George Washington became the only A-10 teams to make the NCAA Tournament cut, the Minutemen's solid 23-8 season wasn't enough to get a call from the Selection Committee on Sunday evening.

Instead, UMass will host a first-round NIT game against No. 5 seeded Alabama tonight at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.

In most cases, the so-called "No Invitation Tournament" is a field of teams who are looking to become what Mr. Seinfeld calls "the best of the worst." But this year is a little different.

There are several teams in this field of 32 that not only should be in the Big Dance, but if invited, could have made a respectable run.

Syracuse, West Virginia, Florida State, Drexel, Clemson, Air Force and Kansas State were all schools expecting to see their name pop up on the television screen during Sunday night's Selection Show on CBS. And that's not even including teams like your Minutemen who still held out hope for a last-second invite.

There was hope that maybe the Selection Committee would look at UMass' overall resume and body of work, while taking into account that 12 of its players were hit with the flu and were unable to get out of bed throughout the week leading up to the A-10 Tournament.

That ended up not being the case, leaving for plenty of disappointment in Amherst.

The respiratory illness that may have cost the Minutemen a Top-10 seed in the Big Dance seems to be passing over, and shouldn't play a factor in their NIT fate. UMass coach Travis Ford said the only setback now is getting his players back into game shape.

"We're doing better," Ford said. "We're still getting over it and trying to get our wind back, but I don't think any of the guys are actually sick anymore.

"It only takes about two or three days for players to lose their wind. We were literally laid up in bed for four days. But we're getting back. We're getting better. Percentage-wise I'd say we're about 80-90 percent."

Alabama comes into Amherst as a team that was ranked No. 11 in the country during the preseason, and even moved as high as No. 4 during the year. The Crimson Tide started the season 13-1 in non-conference play, but posted a 7-9 record against SEC teams when it was all said and done.

So it's not as if there's nothing to play for. With plenty of solid teams in this year's NIT, the winner won't be the subject of Jerry Seinfeld jokes.

Especially in UMass' case.

Not only did the Minutemen lose in their first game of the conference tournament, but they lost because of an illness they had no control over. They were the victims of bad luck, and seeing both Xavier and George Washington in the field of 65 certainly didn't make sleeping any easier for UMass.

So while it may not mean anything on your brackets, there is still something to play for in this year's NIT: Respect.

After all, there's nothing wrong with being second best.


UMass playing home NIT game with something to prove
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/13/2007

AMHERST - The University of Massachusetts men's basketball players were mostly over the flu and somewhat over the disappointment Monday as they prepared for Alabama in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at 9:30 tonight at the Mullins Center.

There were still a few stray coughs outside the locker room, but the team was considerably healthier than it was Thursday. The flu left the Minutemen (23-8) at well less than full strength in their 74-71 overtime loss to Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals.

Whether they are sufficiently healed psychologically might be another story. The players want to be excited about tonight's game, but the frustration of not going to the NCAA Tournament was still lingering.

'I'm still not over it. I'm going to be playing with a chip on my shoulder because of that. I'm sure a lot of people on our team will be,' Rashaun Freeman said. 'I wanted to make the (NCAA) Tournament. To not be able to do that is a letdown, but you have to look forward to the things ahead and this is a really good opportunity for us.'

Fellow senior James Life agreed.

'A nationally televised game at home against a good team - I don't see how you can't get excited for that,' Life said. 'It's a good opportunity to continue our careers and continue to be coached and continue to be around the game for as long as possible, but guys wanted to be doing that in the NCAA Tournament.

'I haven't put it behind me yet,' Life added. 'But I think before the game that will be the last thing on my mind. I'll just be thinking about winning this game.'

UMass coach Travis Ford believes that at game time his team will be ready to play.

'They shouldn't need a lot of energizing. This is an honor to be part of this. We wish we could have been in something else, but there's nothing wrong with this one,' Ford said. 'There's a lot of teams that thought they should be in the NCAA Tournament that didn't make it. So it's not a failure by any stretch of the imagination. I'm excited.'

Alabama's concerns are reversed because the Crimson Tide's problems are physical. Center Jermareo Davidson is battling a back injury, but was able to play 34 minutes in Alabama's 79-67 loss to Kentucky Thursday in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

Point guard Ronald Steele removed himself from that game due to pain from a knee injury that could sideline him tonight.

'Physically, we're not 100 percent,' Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said. 'If (Steele) does play, it'll be sparingly. I know he wants to try.

'Jermareo is still struggling, too,' Gottfried added. 'We're a little gimpy. Mentally, I think they're fine. They want to play. I do believe there are positive things that can potentially happen during the NIT.'

Alabama opened its season 13-1, but struggled in Southeastern Conference play at 7-9 and finished 20-11.

Sophomore power forward Richard Hendrix leads the Tide with 14.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, while Davidson, a 6-10, 230-pound center, is averaging 14.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

'This is one of the bigger teams we've played against,' Ford said. 'Their personnel is almost identical to ours. Where their points are coming from, where their rebounds are coming from - it's almost identical.'

Freeman said he looks forward to the challenge.

'Their big men are really good, and their guards too,' Freeman said. 'To have them come into our gym is a good opportunity to show where we're at. It's another opportunity to extend our season. We can just improve from here.'

NOTES: How long UMass lasts in the NIT could have an impact on where Stephane Lasme and Freeman end up on some career charts. Lasme, who has 387 career blocked shots, needs five blocks to move into the top 20 on the NCAA career list and needs 13 to become the 18th player in NCAA history to block 400 shots. He also needs 24 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

Freeman (1,728) needs four points to pass Lorenzo Sutton and move into fourth on the Minutemen's career scoring list, and three field goals to pass Sutton (683) in career field goals. Freeman needs 18 rebounds to become the school's third member of the 1,000-rebound club.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this story.


Minutemen brace for incoming Tide
From The Boston Herald, 3/13/2007

The last time Alabama made the National Invitation Tournament, the Crimson Tide went on a run that proved a springboard for future success.

The Tide went all the way to the NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden with a freshman-heavy lineup in 2001, and Mark Gottfried’s next team started a five-year string of NCAA tournament appearances.

Alabama (20-11) is a longshot for a repeat performance. The fifth-seeded Tide won’t have home-court advantage when they start the NIT tonight at No. 4 seed UMass (23-8), and they are plagued by injury problems.

But Gottfried does hope his team can use the tournament to build for next season.

“I do believe there are positive things that can potentially happen during the NIT,” he said yesterday. “That particular year we had a young group and we had to win at Purdue in order to go to New York. I thought that was something that was very positive, and I think it helped us in future years.”

For the Minutemen, making the NIT is a step forward, not backward. UMass hasn’t made the postseason since going to the NIT in 2000.

“We are thrilled to be playing in what I consider to be the strongest NIT field of all time,” UMass coach Travis Ford said. “To have a team of Alabama’s caliber coming to the Mullins Center is great for us.”


UMass Advances To 2nd Round Of NIT With 89-87 Win In OT Over Alabama
Minutemen to face No. 1 seed West Virginia On Thursday At 9 p.m.
From UMass Athletics, 3/13/2007

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass won its first national postseason game since 1996, defeating Alabama, 89-87, on Tuesday night at the Mullins Center in the first round of the MasterCard NIT. The No. 4 seed Minutemen advance to the second round where they will travel to No. 1 West Virginia for a Thursday meeting at 9 p.m. The game will be nationally-televised on ESPNU.

UMass senior All-American candidate Stephane Lasme had 21 points and nine blocked shots to move to 19th all-time in career swats in NCAA history with 396. He fouled out with 3:09 left in overtime. Guard Chris Lowe added 19, 6 assists and 5 steals.

Alabama's backcourt duo of Mykal Riley (career-high 24 points) and Brandon Hollinger (19 points) combined for 45 overall.

Chris Lowe hit the game-winning runner with 1.6 seconds to go in overtime.

Gary Forbes (11 points) converted a basket-and-one with 1:15 left in overtime to give UMass an 87-85 lead in the extra session.

Riley made a 30-foot 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to send the game to overtime at 83-83.

Freshman Ricky Harris converted a free throw with 14.3 seconds left to give UMass the 82-80 lead after Lasme blocked Hollinger's shot with 5.5 seconds left.

Lowe forced a tie up with 16 seconds left under the Alabama basket after the Tide got the ball as Lasme slipped on the UMass baseline with 32 seconds left.

Lasme made a pair of free throws with 1:15 left in regulation to give UMass the 81-80 lead. James Life's 3-pointer with 2:00 left cut the Bama lead to 80-79.

Brandon Hollinger hit a 3-pointer with a shot clock running down to give Alabama a 76-72 lead with 4:45 left.

Dante Milligan gave UMass a 72-71 lead with 5:45 left tipping on a Chris Lowe miss. But Alabama's Richard Hendrix quickly answered to give the Crimson Tide the lead back at 73-72.

Lowe tied the game at 65-65 with 7:55 left making a 3-pointer and driving lay-up on consecutive sequences.

UMass rallied from its biggest deficit of nine (62-53) with 11:37 left in regulation to cut the lead to 62-60 with 9:04 left on a pair of Ricky Harris free throws.

Trailing, 52-51 with 14:32 left in the game, Alabama went on an 11-1 run midway through the second half to take a 62-53 lead with 11:37 left in the game. Brandon Hollinger had seven points in that spurt.


Lowe delivers for UMass
Minutemen slip past Alabama
By Marty Dobrow, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 3/14/2007

AMHERST -- Their NCAA dreams might have clanged off the front rim, but the University of Massachusetts Minutemen can still take some pride in their 2006-07 season. UMass won 23 regular-season games, claimed a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season title, and made it to the postseason for the first time in seven years.

And last night they summoned their maximum heart and grit in turning away an Alabama team that at one point was ranked No. 4 in the nation, 89-87, in an overtime heart-stopper at the Mullins Center. Chris Lowe hit the game-winner on a 15- foot floater with 3 seconds remaining, bringing the ball upcourt after Demetrius Jemison's put-back had knotted the game at 87.

The win was UMass's first postseason triumph since knocking off Allen Iverson and Georgetown to get to the Final Four in 1996. Since then, March had been the cruelest month for the Minutemen. They lost three straight postseason games (two NCAA, one NIT), and five straight games in the A-10 tournament, including last week's heartbreaker in OT to Saint Louis, a defeat that might have cost them a trip to the Big Dance.

In the first round of the Little Dance, they pulled out their best, however. Stephane Lasme extended his memorable season with a 21-point, 6-rebound, 9-block effort against an impressive Alabama frontcourt with as much size and athleticism as the Minutemen had seen all year.

Lowe was spectacular at the point, with 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting to go with 6 assists, 5 steals, and 7 rebounds. James Life added 12 points, while Gary Forbes (11) and Rashaun Freeman (10 points, 10 boards) rounded out a full-team effort.

Alabama forced the extra session on a scintillating, buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Mykal Riley (game-high 24 points). That came after Lowe had hit only one of two free throws with 5.5 seconds left in regulation to open the door at 83-80. Brandon Hollinger blazed up the floor and hit Riley coming off a pick. He let fly from well beyond the arc as the horn sounded, and the ball hit nothing but net.

In overtime, UMass took an 87-85 lead with 1:15 remaining on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Forbes, barreling his way into the lane and flicking the ball off the glass.

Alabama (20-12) tied it on Jemison's put-back, but Lowe worked his way to the right elbow, bodied Hollinger away, and let fly from 15 feet for the winner.

UMass (24-8) continues its season tomorrow night at West Virginia, a 74-50 winner over Delaware State.

UMass went to the locker room with a sliver of a lead, 41-40, after a fierce first half in which emotions ran hot. UMass coach Travis Ford was whistled for a technical after vehemently protesting a foul against Freeman. During the ensuing free throws -- which knotted the game at 37 -- Ford continued his tirade and almost earned an early shower.

The Minutemen seemed to feed off Ford's energy as fan favorite Luke Bonner scored on a put-back, followed by a nifty steal from Lowe, leading to a Life dunk. Lasme then swatted away his fifth shot of the half, but Justin Tubbs cashed in on the redirection, nailing a 3-pointer before the buzzer.


Minutemen turn Tide in OT
By Rich Thompson, The Boston Herald, 3/14/2007

AMHERST - UMass displayed a postseason passion not seen in this part of the state in more than a decade.

Sophomore point guard Chris Lowe hit a fadeaway jumper with two seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Minutemen to an 89-87 victory over a determined Alabama squad in the opening round of the NIT East Division last night at the Mullins Center. UMass (24-8) will take on West Virginia tomorrow (9 p.m.) in Morgantown.

The victory was the first by a UMass team in the postseason since coach John Calipari’s squad beat Georgetown in the Elite Eight round of the 1996 NCAA tournament. UMass failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament when coach Travis Ford’s flu-riddled crew was bounced in the first round of the A-10 tournament by St. Louis in overtime last Thursday.

“When we’re healthy we’re not bad and it’s just good to be healthy,” said Ford. “It wasn’t the prettiest game, but we made big defensive plays when we needed it and we made big offensive plays when we needed it and so didn’t they to send it into overtime.

“That was just a slugfest and I’m proud of these guys. Nobody has any idea what we went through last week. This is a game we hopefully can gain some respect from.”

Lowe had the chance to end the game in regulation but came up a free throw short with six seconds to play. Lowe hit the first of two to put UMass up 83-80, but shooting guard Mikal Riley (24) buried his fifth trey of the game at the buzzer to set up the first overtime.

“A lot of teams would have wilted after seeing a 3 go in like that at home,” said Ford.

Stephane Lasme dominated the low post for 21 points (7-of-11) with six rebounds, but he fouled out with 3:08 to play in overtime. Gary Forbes (11) gave UMass an 87-85 lead by converting a 3-point play with 1:14 to play. Bama came out of a timeout and tied the game the game on a layup by Demetrius Jemison with eight seconds to play. Lowe, who isn’t expected to score 19 points, called his own number as the clock wound down and made his biggest shot of the season from 11 feet.

“I was just thinking about taking that shot,” said Lowe. “I felt really great because I was upset when I didn’t win it from the free throw line before the overtime.

“I just made a shot and now we get to play again.”


Minutemen stem Tide in overtime
West Virginia trip next for UMass
By Brendan Hall, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette Correspondent, 3/14/2007

Eight seconds left in overtime, tie ballgame, and one of Travis Ford’s assistants tempted him with the idea of calling a timeout with the ball in his point guard’s hands. But every time he’d called one to draw something up these last two games, nothing had come out of it. He had a better idea.

“In my mind, I said… let’s just play. Let’s let them make plays on their own,” the UMass coach said.

Chris Lowe (19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) then marched down the court and made a play Ford joked he wouldn’t have drawn up. The sophomore guard had been driving all game, but this time pulled back near the right elbow for a fadeaway with time running out.

Lowe’s shot with 1.6 seconds left gave the Minutemen an overtime victory in the first round of the NIT before 4,207 at the Mullins Center in Amherst last night, in a game that featured nine lead changes. With the win, UMass, the East No. 4 seed, notched its first postseason win since beating Georgetown in 1996 to advance to the Final Four.

Having missed on a golden opportunity by bowing out in the quarterfinal of last week’s Atlantic 10 Tournament, the Minutemen (24-8) now gained a little bit of redemption. They play East No. 1 seed West Virginia tomorrow night, in Morgantown.

Alabama, playing without point guard Ronald Steele (bone bruise, left knee) ended its season at 20-12.

Demetrius Jemison tipped in an errant perimeter shot to tie it up, 87-87, with 5 seconds to play before Lowe’s heroics. The layup was UMass’ only field goal in the overtime, during which Stephane Lasme (21 points, 6 rebounds, 9 blocks) fouled out with three minutes left.

In the second half, Lasme drew a foul from Richard Hendrix going to the hoop, and made both free throws. He then intercepted a pass from Alonzo Gee (14 points) intended for Hendrix, prompting a Crimson Tide timeout. Lowe and Harris later went 1 of 2 from the line each to make it 83-80 with 5 seconds left. But a 3-point heave off a screen by Brandon Hollinger (19 points) at the buzzer sent it into overtime.

Despite shooting considerably better than the Tide in the first half, UMass clung to a 41-40 lead at the break.

The Minutemen trailed by as many as eight points early, and found themselves in a physical contest down low against Hendrix and Jermario Davidson (10 points). But they worked their way back in front, thanks to turnovers on the perimeter forced by Lowe and James Life (12 points). Still, Mykal Riley (24 points) scorched UMass from outside, with five 3-pointers for the game.

Lowe took a dish high from Rashaun Freeman (10 points, 10 rebounds) and hit a floater in the lane to go ahead, 37-32, UMass’s biggest lead of the half, with 2:10 left. With 18 ticks left in the first, Lowe stole the ball from Hollinger near midcourt and found Life down the right flank for a two-handed slam and a four-point lead. Justin Tubbs answered with a 3 from the right wing just before the buzzer, his only points of the game, for the one-point UMass lead.

The Minutemen scored the first six points of the second half to go ahead, 47-40, their largest lead after intermission, but quickly cooled off. After Freeman missed on a three-point play conversion with 15:21 to play, the Tide went on a 15-3 run to take a nine-point lead. UMass, which led, 51-47, before the run, didn’t hit another shot from the field until there was 8:30 left.

Chris Lowe’s wide-open trey from the top of the key to end the drought made it a 65-63 Alabama as UMass was sinking foul shots at the right time. Lowe then popped up another floater in transition to tie it up.


Tide puts up fight, falls in overtime
By Ian R. Rapoport, The Birmingham News Staff Writer, 3/14/2007

AMHERST, Mass. - The plan, Alabama coach Mark Gottfried joked, was to bring two sets of red uniforms, a stash of detergent, and find a Laundromat on the side of the road.

"Let's plan on being gone for a while," Gottfried said on Monday, knowing his team needed to win two road games in three days to stay alive.

Like everything this season, nothing went according to plan. No. 5 seed Alabama suffered an 89-87 overtime loss to No. 4 seed UMass in front of an announced crowd of 4,207 in the opening round of the NIT at the Mullins Center Tuesday night.

UMass' Chris Lowe drained a floater in the lane with one second left to seal it.

"It just hurts," said Alabama junior Mykal Riley, who had 24 points with five 3-pointers. "We played a good game, we've played so many good games, and we always come up on the wrong side of it. I'm tired of it."

On its fourth possession in the final minute of regulation, trailing 83-80, Riley shook off leg cramps and drained a long 3-pointer with no time left to clinch the extra period. He made the shot after receiving a handoff from Brandon Hollinger.

"I was confident in that shot (by Riley)," said the sophomore Hollinger, who had a career-high 19 points. "Coach told me to drive and kick, but I told Riley, `I'm going to hand it off, and you'll be wide open.' I knew it."

Still, Alabama lost its second overtime game this year.

"Our effort was phenomenal," Gottfried said, "but we were one play short."

Like the last overtime game against Tennessee, the Tide played without All-American Ronald Steele, who sat out the game with his nagging left knee bone bruise.

UMass (24-8) advances to play at No.1 seed West Virginia on Thursday.

Alabama's tumultuous 20-12 season, which began with the highest of aspirations and included a No.4 ranking, is now over. But at least it might have received some positive news.

All-SEC senior center Jermareo Davidson, who had 10 points and six rebounds, played his last game. He might be the only player exiting. Gottfried said he expects Steele and All-SEC forward Richard Hendrix to forgo entering the NBA draft and return.

"I think they're all coming back," Gottfried said. "I wouldn't have any other reason to think any other way."

Steele and Hendrix haven't publicly stated their decision, but Hollinger said both players have told him they'll be back.

"I'm making them come back," Hollinger said. "Nobody on this team is thinking about the NBA."

Alabama jumped out early against UMass. Davidson hit a jumper in transition for a 16-8 lead. The game was tied at 22 when Riley hit a 3-pointer from the wing, then hit another on the next trip down. It was 28-22 Alabama with 5:45 left in the half.

Despite making only 5-of-11 free throws in the half, Alabama trailed 41-40. Regardless, the 40 points at halftime showed some offensive spark, and the Tide wound up scoring more than it had in any SEC game.

"We had a new offensive game plan, with a lot of five-man motion offense," Hollinger said. "So we could beat our man off the dribble or pass the ball. And I was in attack mode."

Moments into the second half, Alabama was down 47-40. From there it went on a 22-6 run. A putback by Hollinger made the score 62-53 with 11:33 left.

UMass tied it at 65 with eight minutes to go and led 81-80 with 1:15 left after two Stephane Lasme free throws.

After two turnovers and a blocked shot stymied the Tide's offense, the Minutemen took an 83-80 lead. With four seconds left in regulation, Riley drained his long 3, and it was on to overtime.


Buzzer-beater lifts Minutemen: West Virginia awaits UMass in second round of NIT
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 3/14/2007

AMHERST - It wasn't the tournament it wanted to play in, but the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team played like it didn't want its season to end Tuesday night.

The Minutemen survived a game-tying shot in regulation and kept battling in the extra session, setting up Chris Lowe's pull-up jumper with 1.6 seconds left in overtime that gave the Minutemen an 89-87 win over Alabama in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament before 4,207 fans at the Mullins Center.

'When we're healthy we're not bad,' said UMass coach Travis Ford, whose team looked fully recovered from the flu that hampered most of the players in Thursday's 74-71 overtime loss to Saint Louis in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. 'It's just good to be healthy. We made big plays when we needed it (Tuesday). That was just a slugfest, a great college basketball game.'

The loss to Saint Louis ended any hope for UMass to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Instead, the Minutemen (24-8) now will play at West Virginia at 9 p.m. Thursday in the second round of the NIT.

Alabama (20-12) led 80-76 with 2:14 remaining in regulation, but a 3-pointer by James Life and two free throws by Stephane Lasme put the Minutemen ahead 81-80. At the other end the Tide tried to get the ball inside, but Lasme picked off the pass and UMass called time-out with 50.1 seconds left.

The Minutemen let the shot clock run down and got the ball to Lasme on the left baseline, but he slipped and was called for. The Tide returned the favor, losing the ball in a sea of legs. Lowe dove on it and UMass got possession.

Forced to foul, Alabama sent UMass freshman Ricky Harris to the line. He made one of two for an 82-80 lead.

Lasme blocked Brandon Hollinger at the other end and Lowe made one free throw to push the lead to 83-80. Alabama called time-out with four seconds left and called a play for Mykal Riley, who came off a screen and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime.

The teams stayed close in the extra session. After a three-point play by Gary Forbes put UMass up 87-85, Demetrius Jemison scored inside with nine seconds left to tie the game, setting up Lowe's heroics. The sophomore guard raced up the court and when Hollinger sagged off him expecting a drive, Lowe pulled up.

'I just saw there was nine seconds on the clock and I said I'm going to take this shot,' Lowe said. 'I was upset that I missed the free throw. But we fought as a team and I'm glad I made the shot that gave us another victory.'

UMass, the No. 4 seed in the East, will now go to Morgantown to face the top-seeded Mountaineers who defeated Delaware State 74-50 in another first-round game Tuesday.

Playing against the considerably beefier Tide front line, Lasme shone with 21 points and nine blocked shots in what could be his final game at the Mullins Center before fouling out early in overtime.

If the Minutemen beat the Mountaineers, they could host a quarterfinal game against the winner of the Marist at North Carolina State contest Friday. Teams will bid for a home game in the quarterfinals.

Lowe had a career-high 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Rashaun Freeman added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Alabama arrived in Amherst with a reputation for a strong front line, but it was the Tide guards who paced them. Riley led Alabama with 24 points, while Hollinger added 19, including 16 in the second half, and Alonzo Gee had 14.

The Minutemen scored the first six points of the second half to take a 47-40 lead, but the Tide began chipping away quickly, using an 11-4 surge to tie the game 51-51 with 15:02 left. Alabama kept the momentum, extending that run to 21-6 and its lead to 62-53 at the official time out with 11:33 left.

Whatever Ford said in that break sparked his team as it went on a 19-9 run to take a 72-71 lead with just under six minutes left, setting the stage for the finish.

The teams traded spurts in an up-and down first half as the Minutemen went to intermission up 41-40. Lasme and Riley led their respective teams with 13 points each.

Ford said he was pleased with his team's effort. 'I'm very proud of these guys. A lot of teams would wilt after seeing a (game-tying) three go in like that. A lot of teams would just give up,' Ford said. 'I'm extremely proud of these guys. They were a little disappointed not to make the NCAA. But most of us were pretty excited at the opportunity that this presented.'

Lowe said, 'We wanted to be in the NCAA Tournament but things happen that you can't control. Now we're in the NIT and we want to make a run at it.'

NOTES: Freeman's 10 points give him 1, 739 for his career. He passed Lorenzo Sutton (1,731) and is now the No. 4 all-time scorer at UMass. Freeman's 10 rebounds give him 992, leaving him third on the Minuteman career list.

Lasme's nine blocks gave him 396, passing Tim Perry of Temple and D'or Fischer of West Virginia (both with 392) to move into 19th place in NCAA history. He is the all-time UMass career leader in blocks.

Lasme entered the game needing 24 points to reach 1,000 and was on track to do that until he picked up his fourth foul midway through the second half.

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.


Lowe Tide
Chris Lowe wins it in OT, UMass survives buzzer-beater
By Danny Picard, The Daily Collegian Staff, 3/14/2007

Sophomore point guard Chris Lowe hit his signature floater in the lane with 1.6 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Massachusetts men's basketball team an 89-87 win over Alabama in the first round of the NIT last night at the Mullins Center.

Alabama's Demetrius Jemison tied the game at 87 with just under 10 seconds left in overtime. UMass didn't call a timeout, and Lowe drove the ball to the net and pulled up for a fadeaway floater that dropped through basket.

"I just saw that there were nine seconds on the clock, so I just said, 'I'm going to just take this shot,'" Lowe said after the win.

"That wouldn't have been exactly what I had drawn up," UMass coach Travis Ford said. "But it worked."

Lowe tied his career high of 19 points, but his clutch shot to end Tuesday night's game made the difference.

"UMass made the plays when they needed to make them," ALA coach Mark Gottfried said. "We just came up one play short."

The Minutemen travel to West Virginia to face the No. 1 seeded Mountaineers tomorrow night at 9 p.m. in the second round of the tournament.

It looked as though UMass had the game won in the final seconds of the second half, but Alabama guard Mykal Riley hit a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime tied at 83.

"That was just a slugfest," Ford said. "A lot of teams would wilt after seeing a 3-pointer go in like that at home. We thought we had the game, and a lot of teams would just give up, but we learned from our last outing versus Saint Louis."

The Billikens knocked the Minutemen out of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Thursday in overtime, taking advantage of UMass' mysterious illness and eliminating its hopes at an NCAA Tournament bid.

"When we're healthy, we're not bad," Ford said. "It feels good to be healthy. It wasn't the prettiest game, but we made big defensive plays when we needed it, and we made big offensive plays when we needed it."

Alabama took its largest lead of the game when point guard Brandon Hollinger made a tip-in with 11:37 remaining in the second half. UMass battled back to tie it at 65 with eight minutes left after Lowe made a 3-pointer and another floater in consecutive possessions.

"We don't go into games planning to have him score 19 points," Ford said on Lowe's performance. "He wasn't looking to score. We get in trouble when Chris is looking to score. Every shot he took tonight was a good shot, it was an open shot."

UMass ended the first half with plenty of momentum, but it was Alabama's Justin Tubbs that got the last laugh. Tubbs answered a Lasme block by knocking down a 3-pointer at the buzzer, cutting UMass' lead down to 41-40 at halftime.

The final few minutes of the first half went in favor of the Minutemen, thanks to Lasme's unwillingness to be stopped under the basket. Lasme scored nine of his 13 first-half points in the final seven minutes.

Back-to-back dunks by UMass' big man with 2:30 left gave the Minutemen a 31-30 lead, which they held onto until five minutes into the second half.

When all the drama was over, the Minutemen looked like a team that isn't just trying to get respect in the NIT, they're trying to win the whole thing.

"We had hopes of going to the NCAA Tournament, but things happen," Lowe said. "We moved on, and now we're in the NIT and we're going to make a run at it."


UMass refused to snooze
By Marty Dobrow, The Boston Globe Correspondent, 3/15/2007

AMHERST -- The first postseason win in more than a decade for the University of Massachusetts was a testimony to good rebounding -- but it wasn't the off-the-rim variety. Rather, the Minutemen's 89-87 overtime victory over Alabama in the first round of the NIT late Tuesday night demonstrated an impressive rebounding from adversity.

The game , decided when Chris Lowe's 15-foot jumper sailed through the net with 1.6 seconds left, required plenty of resilience. UMass had to come back from a 9-point second-half deficit, and withstand a huge blow to the solar plexus when Alabama's Mykal Riley sent the game to overtime with a 25-footer at the buzzer. In the extra session, the Minutemen needed a major gut check after Stephane Lasme (21 points, nine blocks) fouled out with 3:08 left; the ensuing free throws by Jermareo Davidson gave the Crimson Tide an 85-84 lead.

Beyond the comeback on the court, UMass had to rebound from a bitterly disappointing overtime loss to Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 tournament five days earlier. The Minutemen, co-Atlantic 10 champs with a 23-7 record coming into that game, were in close range for an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time in nine years. Prior to the quarterfinal with the Billikens, the Minutemen were hit by a vicious flu bug that ran through all five starters and all but two reserves. Coach Travis Ford, also afflicted, said the team was unable to practice or even meet for the four days prior to the game.

After losing to the Billikens, Ford knew his team had to get well and regain its resolve.

"That could have been the end of us," he said. "It would have been the end of a lot of teams."

Letting go of the season-long hoop dream of the NCAA Tournament was part of the challenge.

"Things didn't fall our way," said Lowe. "Things happened, things we can't control. So we moved on. Now we're in the NIT, and we're going to make a run."

There was no time to bask for the 24-8 Minutemen, as they flew out yesterday for tonight's second-round matchup against West Virginia, one of four No. 1 seeds in the 32-team field. The Mountaineers, 23-9, trampled Delaware State, 74-50, putting it on cruise control after an overwhelming 39-13 first half. An NCAA Sweet 16 team a year ago, West Virginia is 15-1 at home this season.

For the resilient Minutemen, though, there is some memorable history at the West Virginia University Coliseum. Their last visit came during the 1994-95 season . At the time, UMass lived by the slogan "Refuse to Lose," and no game defined that spirit more powerfully than that one.

Ranked No. 1, UMass was seemingly buried, 80-62, with 4:48 left, before mounting a great comeback . The Minutemen tied it at the end of regulation and won it in overtime, 97-94, on a 3-pointer by Mike Williams.

After the game, then-UMass coach John Calipari said, "In the history of college basketball, no one has hit more clutch shots than Mike Williams."

Later that season, Calipari suspended Williams from the team, ending his college career. A dozen years later, Williams is back at UMass this semester, finishing up his degree. His return has coincided with the emergence of Lowe as a crunch-time star for UMass.


Alabama Crimson Tide (#5 East seed) 87  OT
Massachusetts Minutemen (#4 East seed) 89
NIT First Round
at the Mullins Center

Official Basketball Box Score
Alabama vs Massachusetts
03/13/07 9:35 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. - Mullins Center


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VISITORS: Alabama 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
12 GEE, Alonzo......... f  6-9    0-1    2-4    4  2  6   5  14  1  5  1  4  19
35 HENDRIX, Richard.... f  4-9    0-0    0-0    4  4  8   5   8  7  1  1  0  25
33 DAVIDSON, Jermareo.. c  4-14   0-0    2-3    2  4  6   3  10  0  1  4  2  35
01 RILEY, Mykal........ g  6-17   5-11   7-7    2  3  5   3  24  1  6  0  2  41
04 HOLLINGER, Brandon.. g  6-14   3-7    4-4    2  1  3   2  19  2  3  0  0  38
02 TORRANCE, Mikhail...    1-4    0-1    1-1    1  1  2   1   3  0  0  0  0  16
03 TUBBS, Justin.......    1-1    1-1    0-0    2  1  3   1   3  1  1  0  0  21
23 JEMISON, Demetrius..    3-4    0-0    0-2    4  1  5   4   6  1  0  1  0  25
34 COLEMAN, Yamene.....    0-1    0-0    0-2    0  2  2   1   0  0  0  0  0   4
   TEAM................                         2     2
   Totals..............   31-73   9-21  16-23  23 19 42  25  87 13 17  7  8 225


TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-36 41.7%   2nd Half: 15-31 48.4%   OT:  1-6  16.7%   Game: 42.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-11 45.5%   2nd Half:  4-9  44.4%   OT:  0-1   0.0%   Game: 42.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-11 45.5%   2nd Half:  9-10 90.0%   OT:  2-2  100 %   Game: 69.6%    3



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HOME TEAM: Massachusetts 24-8
                          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  4-15   1-5    2-3    2  4  6   3  11  2  4  1  0  38
13 Lasme, Stephane..... f  7-11   0-0    7-9    4  2  6   5  21  0  5  9  1  38
01 Freeman, Rashaun.... c  2-4    0-0    6-9    1  9 10   4  10  2  1  0  1  39
14 Lowe, Chris......... g  8-11   2-3    1-2    3  4  7   2  19  6  4  0  5  42
34 Life, James......... g  5-10   2-6    0-0    2  0  2   3  12  2  3  0  1  38
02 Thomas, Brandon.....    1-3    1-1    1-2    0  0  0   0   4  0  1  0  1   6
05 Harris, Ricky.......    1-2    0-1    5-6    0  1  1   0   7  1  0  0  2   7
20 Milligan, Dante.....    1-2    0-0    1-2    2  0  2   2   3  0  1  0  0   8
22 Brower, Etienne.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
31 Bonner, Luke........    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   2  0  1  0  0   5
   TEAM................                         2  1  3
   Totals..............   30-60   6-16  23-33  17 23 40  19  89 13 20 10 11 225


TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 18-31 58.1%   2nd Half: 10-20 50.0%   OT:  2-9  22.2%   Game: 50.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half:  3-6  50.0%   OT:  0-2   0.0%   Game: 37.5%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-3  66.7%   2nd Half: 19-27 70.4%   OT:  2-3  66.7%   Game: 69.7%    4



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Officials: Jerry Heater, Don Daily, Tim Gattis
Technical fouls: Alabama-None. Massachusetts-TEAM.
Attendance: 4207
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   OT   Total
Alabama.......................   40   43    4  -   87
Massachusetts.................   41   42    6  -   89
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NIT First Round

Points in the paint-UA 36,UMASS 40. Points off turnovers-UA 20,UMASS 20.
2nd chance points-UA 30,UMASS 17. Fast break points-UA 9,UMASS 6.
Bench points-UA 12,UMASS 16. Score tied-9 times. Lead changed-13 times.
Last FG-UA OT-00:08, UMASS OT-00:03.
Largest lead-UA by 9 2nd-11:37, UMASS by 7 2nd-17:35.


Play by Play

Play-by-Play
Alabama vs Massachusetts
03/13/07 9:35 p.m. at Amherst, Mass. - Mullins Center

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM: Massachusetts                        TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS: Alabama
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                                                19:49              MISSED JUMPER by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                19:49              REBOUND (OFF) by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                19:30   0-2   V 2  GOOD! LAYUP by DAVIDSON, Jermareo [PNT]
                                                19:30              ASSIST by HENDRIX, Richard
MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary                    18:59
REBOUND (OFF) by Life, James                    18:59
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     18:53
REBOUND (OFF) by Lowe, Chris                    18:53
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               18:48   1-2   V 1  FOUL by HENDRIX, Richard
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              18:48              REBOUND (DEF) by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                18:36              TURNOVR by GEE, Alonzo
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            18:24   3-2   H 1
                                                18:05   3-5   V 2  GOOD! 3 PTR by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                18:05              ASSIST by HENDRIX, Richard
                                                17:46              FOUL by GEE, Alonzo
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          17:44
                                                17:42              STEAL by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                17:32   3-7   V 4  GOOD! LAYUP by GEE, Alonzo [PNT]
MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane                17:10              REBOUND (DEF) by GEE, Alonzo
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    16:53              MISSED JUMPER by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary                    16:46
                                                16:36              TURNOVR by HOLLINGER, Brandon
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        16:36
                                                16:36              REBOUND (OFF) by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
TURNOVR by Life, James                          16:32
                                                16:30              STEAL by GEE, Alonzo
FOUL by Life, James                             16:20
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   15:56              MISSED JUMPER by HOLLINGER, Brandon
GOOD! JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane                 15:46   5-7   V 2
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           15:46
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        15:28              MISSED JUMPER by HENDRIX, Richard
                                                15:26              REBOUND (OFF) by HENDRIX, Richard
                                                15:22              MISSED LAYUP by HENDRIX, Richard
                                                15:22              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                15:22              TIMEOUT media
                                                15:10              MISSED 3 PTR by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                15:10              REBOUND (OFF) by GEE, Alonzo
BLOCK by Forbes, Gary                           15:06              MISSED LAYUP by GEE, Alonzo
REBOUND (OFF) by Life, James                    15:02
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      14:56   8-7   H 1
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           14:56
                                                14:41   8-9   V 1  GOOD! LAYUP by HENDRIX, Richard [PNT]
                                                14:41              ASSIST by HOLLINGER, Brandon
MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary                    14:31
                                                14:31              REBOUND (OFF) by HENDRIX, Richard
                                                14:12   8-11  V 3  GOOD! JUMPER by DAVIDSON, Jermareo [PNT]
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         13:57
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          13:57
SUB IN : Milligan, Dante                        13:57              SUB IN : TORRANCE, Mikhail
SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun                       13:57              SUB IN : JEMISON, Demetrius
                                                13:57              SUB OUT: HENDRIX, Richard
                                                13:57              SUB OUT: HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                13:54              MISSED 3 PTR by RILEY, Mykal
REBOUND (OFF) by Lowe, Chris                    13:54
MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris                    13:47
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         13:47
                                                13:47              FOUL by GEE, Alonzo
MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary                    13:41              BLOCK by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                13:36              REBOUND (OFF) by TORRANCE, Mikhail
FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             13:36
                                                13:36   8-13  V 5  GOOD! LAYUP by TORRANCE, Mikhail [PNT]
                                                13:36   8-14  V 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by TORRANCE, Mikhail
TURNOVR by Milligan, Dante                      13:05
FOUL by Milligan, Dante                         13:05
                                                13:00   8-16  V 8  GOOD! JUMPER by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
GOOD! 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris                      12:45  11-16  V 5
ASSIST by Life, James                           12:45
                                                12:28              MISSED 3 PTR by RILEY, Mykal
                                                12:28              REBOUND (OFF) by RILEY, Mykal
                                                12:23              MISSED 3 PTR by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                12:23              REBOUND (OFF) by JEMISON, Demetrius
                                                12:16  11-18  V 7  GOOD! LAYUP by JEMISON, Demetrius [PNT]
                                                12:03              SUB IN : HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                12:03              SUB OUT: GEE, Alonzo
GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris                     12:01  13-18  V 5
                                                11:32              TURNOVR by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
TIMEOUT media                                   11:32
                                                11:32              SUB IN : HENDRIX, Richard
                                                11:32              SUB OUT: DAVIDSON, Jermareo
GOOD! JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                    11:30  15-18  V 3
                                                11:30              MISSED 3 PTR by RILEY, Mykal
STEAL by Thomas, Brandon                        10:46
                                                10:44              BLOCK by JEMISON, Demetrius
                                                10:42              REBOUND (DEF) by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                10:27              TURNOVR by RILEY, Mykal
STEAL by Harris, Ricky                          10:25
GOOD! LAYUP by Harris, Ricky [PNT]              10:17  17-18  V 1
                                                10:10              MISSED 3 PTR by RILEY, Mykal
STEAL by Harris, Ricky                          10:01
                                                09:59              BLOCK by HENDRIX, Richard
                                                09:58              REBOUND (OFF) by JEMISON, Demetrius
SUB IN : Harris, Ricky                          09:55
SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon                        09:55
SUB IN : Bonner, Luke                           09:55
SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun                       09:55
SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane                        09:55
SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante                        09:55
SUB OUT: Life, James                            09:55
SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris                            09:55
                                                09:54              MISSED JUMPER by TORRANCE, Mikhail
                                                09:51              REBOUND (OFF) by JEMISON, Demetrius
FOUL by Forbes, Gary                            09:51
GOOD! 3 PTR by Thomas, Brandon                  09:31  20-18  H 2
ASSIST by Harris, Ricky                         09:31
                                                09:31  20-20  T 1  GOOD! JUMPER by JEMISON, Demetrius
                                                09:31              ASSIST by HENDRIX, Richard
MISSED JUMPER by Bonner, Luke                   09:28              REBOUND (DEF) by HENDRIX, Richard
REBOUND (DEF) by Bonner, Luke                   09:19              MISSED JUMPER by HENDRIX, Richard
TURNOVR by Thomas, Brandon                      09:04
                                                09:02              STEAL by GEE, Alonzo
                                                08:58  20-22  V 2  GOOD! LAYUP by GEE, Alonzo [FB/PNT]
TURNOVR by Bonner, Luke                         07:58
                                                07:58              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                07:58              MISSED FT SHOT by JEMISON, Demetrius
                                                07:58              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               07:58              MISSED FT SHOT by JEMISON, Demetrius
SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane                        07:58              SUB IN : GEE, Alonzo
SUB IN : Lowe, Chris                            07:58              SUB IN : DAVIDSON, Jermareo
SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary                           07:58              SUB OUT: RILEY, Mykal
SUB OUT: Bonner, Luke                           07:58              SUB OUT: JEMISON, Demetrius
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               07:52              MISSED JUMPER by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            07:13  22-22  T 2
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           07:13
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        06:54              MISSED FT SHOT by GEE, Alonzo
                                                06:54              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               06:54              MISSED FT SHOT by GEE, Alonzo
                                                06:54              SUB IN : RILEY, Mykal
                                                06:54              SUB OUT: TORRANCE, Mikhail
MISSED 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris                     06:40              REBOUND (DEF) by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                06:08  22-25  V 3  GOOD! 3 PTR by RILEY, Mykal
                                                06:08              ASSIST by HENDRIX, Richard
                                                05:55  22-28  V 6  GOOD! 3 PTR by RILEY, Mykal
                                                05:55              ASSIST by HENDRIX, Richard
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   05:52
MISSED JUMPER by Thomas, Brandon                05:52              BLOCK by GEE, Alonzo
                                                05:52              REBOUND (DEF) by GEE, Alonzo
SUB IN : Forbes, Gary                           05:52
SUB IN : Life, James                            05:52
SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky                          05:52
SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon                        05:52
GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            05:31  24-28  V 4
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                05:31  25-28  V 3  FOUL by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                05:31              MISSED JUMPER by HENDRIX, Richard
                                                05:31              REBOUND (OFF) by RILEY, Mykal
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        05:31              MISSED JUMPER by RILEY, Mykal
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    05:31
GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris [FB/PNT]            05:30  27-28  V 1
                                                05:11              MISSED JUMPER by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                05:11              REBOUND (OFF) by HENDRIX, Richard
                                                05:06              MISSED LAYUP by HENDRIX, Richard
                                                05:06              REBOUND (OFF) by GEE, Alonzo
                                                05:01  27-30  V 3  GOOD! JUMPER by GEE, Alonzo
MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                   04:48
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                04:48
GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]             04:45  29-30  V 1
                                                04:32              TIMEOUT media
                                                04:32              SUB IN : JEMISON, Demetrius
                                                04:32              SUB OUT: HENDRIX, Richard
                                                03:46              TURNOVR by RILEY, Mykal
GOOD! DUNK by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]             03:32  31-30  H 1
ASSIST by Life, James                           03:32
                                                03:23              TURNOVR by HOLLINGER, Brandon
STEAL by Life, James                            03:21
GOOD! LAYUP by Life, James [FB/PNT]             03:19  33-30  H 3
                                                03:16              TIMEOUT 30sec
FOUL by Forbes, Gary                            03:08  33-31  H 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by RILEY, Mykal
                                                03:08  33-32  H 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by RILEY, Mykal
                                                03:08              SUB IN : HENDRIX, Richard
                                                03:08              SUB IN : COLEMAN, Yamene
                                                03:08              SUB OUT: JEMISON, Demetrius
                                                03:08              SUB OUT: DAVIDSON, Jermareo
GOOD! JUMPER by Life, James                     02:52  35-32  H 3
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           02:52
                                                02:38              TURNOVR by GEE, Alonzo
GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris [PNT]               02:20  37-32  H 5
ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun                      02:20
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        01:59              MISSED JUMPER by GEE, Alonzo
                                                01:56              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
                                                01:56  37-35  H 2  GOOD! 3 PTR by RILEY, Mykal
                                                01:56              ASSIST by TUBBS, Justin
SUB IN : Brower, Etienne                        01:56              SUB IN : TUBBS, Justin
SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary                           01:56              SUB OUT: GEE, Alonzo
MISSED JUMPER by Life, James                    01:39              REBOUND (DEF) by COLEMAN, Yamene
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        01:16
FOUL TECHNCL by the bench                       01:16  37-36  H 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by RILEY, Mykal
                                                01:16  37-37  T 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by RILEY, Mykal
                                                01:16              MISSED FT SHOT by COLEMAN, Yamene
                                                01:16              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
REBOUND (DEF) by Brower, Etienne                01:16              MISSED FT SHOT by COLEMAN, Yamene
SUB IN : Bonner, Luke                           01:16
SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun                       01:16
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          00:57
                                                00:47              FOUL by RILEY, Mykal
                                                00:47              TURNOVR by RILEY, Mykal
                                                00:39              FOUL by TUBBS, Justin
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     00:38
REBOUND (OFF) by Bonner, Luke                   00:38
GOOD! LAYUP by Bonner, Luke [PNT]               00:32  39-37  H 2
                                                00:21              TURNOVR by HOLLINGER, Brandon
STEAL by Lowe, Chris                            00:19
GOOD! DUNK by Life, James [PNT]                 00:16  41-37  H 4
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           00:16
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        00:06              MISSED JUMPER by COLEMAN, Yamene
                                                00:03              REBOUND (OFF) by TUBBS, Justin
                                                00:02  41-40  H 1  GOOD! 3 PTR by TUBBS, Justin


                                  Massachusetts 41, Alabama 40

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Alabama                14       9      17       2      10      2     3
          Massachusetts          22      16       8       4       7      1     4


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GOOD! LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane [PNT]            19:44  43-40  H 3
ASSIST by Forbes, Gary                          19:44
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   19:28              MISSED JUMPER by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     19:20
REBOUND (OFF) by Forbes, Gary                   19:20
GOOD! JUMPER by Forbes, Gary [PNT]              18:49  45-40  H 5
                                                18:38              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                18:37              SUB IN : JEMISON, Demetrius
                                                18:37              SUB OUT: DAVIDSON, Jermareo
STEAL by Lowe, Chris                            18:21              TURNOVR by RILEY, Mykal
                                                18:21              FOUL by JEMISON, Demetrius
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         18:03
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      18:03
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                17:49              MISSED 3 PTR by GEE, Alonzo
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           17:35  47-40  H 7
ASSIST by Forbes, Gary                          17:35
                                                17:18  47-43  H 4  GOOD! 3 PTR by RILEY, Mykal
                                                17:18              ASSIST by JEMISON, Demetrius
TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary                         16:59
                                                16:39  47-45  H 2  GOOD! JUMPER by HENDRIX, Richard [PNT]
                                                16:39              ASSIST by GEE, Alonzo
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                16:19  48-45  H 3  FOUL by HENDRIX, Richard
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                16:19  49-45  H 4
FOUL by Lowe, Chris                             16:08
                                                15:54  49-47  H 2  GOOD! JUMPER by GEE, Alonzo [PNT]
                                                15:26              FOUL by RILEY, Mykal
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   15:26
GOOD! LAYUP by Freeman, Rashaun [PNT]           15:20  51-47  H 4
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              15:20              FOUL by JEMISON, Demetrius
                                                15:20              REBOUND (DEF) by HENDRIX, Richard
FOUL by Life, James                             15:14  51-48  H 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by RILEY, Mykal
                                                15:14  51-49  H 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by RILEY, Mykal
TURNOVR by Life, James                          15:04
                                                15:02              STEAL by GEE, Alonzo
                                                15:00  51-51  T 4  GOOD! DUNK by GEE, Alonzo [FB/PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary                    14:47              REBOUND (DEF) by HENDRIX, Richard
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        14:38              MISSED LAYUP by JEMISON, Demetrius
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    14:36
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   14:32  52-51  H 1  FOUL by JEMISON, Demetrius
MISSED FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                  14:32
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                14:32
SUB IN : Harris, Ricky                          14:32              SUB IN : DAVIDSON, Jermareo
SUB OUT: Life, James                            14:32              SUB OUT: JEMISON, Demetrius
MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 14:29              REBOUND (DEF) by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
FOUL by Forbes, Gary                            14:19
SUB IN : Thomas, Brandon                        14:19
SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary                           14:19
                                                14:14  52-53  V 1  GOOD! JUMPER by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                14:14              ASSIST by HENDRIX, Richard
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               13:58              REBOUND (DEF) by HENDRIX, Richard
                                                13:53              MISSED 3 PTR by RILEY, Mykal
                                                13:53              REBOUND (OFF) by GEE, Alonzo
                                                13:38  52-55  V 3  GOOD! LAYUP by GEE, Alonzo [PNT]
MISSED JUMPER by Freeman, Rashaun               13:26              BLOCK by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                13:23              REBOUND (DEF) by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                13:20  52-58  V 6  GOOD! 3 PTR by HOLLINGER, Brandon [FB]
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   13:15
SUB IN : Bonner, Luke                           13:15
SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun                       13:15
MISSED FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon               13:07              FOUL by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     13:07
GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Brandon                13:07  53-58  V 5
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         12:41  53-59  V 6  GOOD! FT SHOT by GEE, Alonzo
                                                12:41  53-60  V 7  GOOD! FT SHOT by GEE, Alonzo
SUB IN : Forbes, Gary                           12:41              SUB IN : TORRANCE, Mikhail
SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris                            12:41              SUB OUT: GEE, Alonzo
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      12:23
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        12:10              MISSED LAYUP by RILEY, Mykal
REBOUND (OFF) by Forbes, Gary                   12:07
MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary                    12:03              REBOUND (DEF) by RILEY, Mykal
                                                11:49              MISSED JUMPER by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                11:39              REBOUND (OFF) by TUBBS, Justin
                                                11:37  53-62  V 9  GOOD! LAYUP by HOLLINGER, Brandon [PNT]
TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary                         11:34
SUB IN : Lowe, Chris                            11:34              SUB IN : GEE, Alonzo
SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary                           11:34              SUB OUT: TORRANCE, Mikhail
REBOUND (DEF) by Lasme, Stephane                11:20              MISSED JUMPER by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                11:15  54-62  V 8  FOUL by GEE, Alonzo
MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane               11:15
REBOUND (OFF) by Freeman, Rashaun               11:15
SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun                       11:15
SUB OUT: Bonner, Luke                           11:15
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               11:13  55-62  V 7  FOUL by HENDRIX, Richard
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               11:13  56-62  V 6
                                                11:13              SUB IN : JEMISON, Demetrius
                                                11:13              SUB OUT: HENDRIX, Richard
                                                10:54              FOUL by GEE, Alonzo
                                                10:54              TURNOVR by GEE, Alonzo
                                                10:54              SUB IN : TORRANCE, Mikhail
                                                10:54              SUB OUT: GEE, Alonzo
MISSED JUMPER by Thomas, Brandon                10:35              BLOCK by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                10:32              REBOUND (DEF) by RILEY, Mykal
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               10:23              MISSED 3 PTR by RILEY, Mykal
GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky                  10:09  57-62  V 5  FOUL by JEMISON, Demetrius
GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky                  10:09  58-62  V 4
SUB IN : Forbes, Gary                           10:09              SUB IN : HENDRIX, Richard
SUB OUT: Thomas, Brandon                        10:09              SUB OUT: JEMISON, Demetrius
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   09:48              MISSED JUMPER by TORRANCE, Mikhail
MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky                   09:38
                                                09:38              REBOUND (OFF) by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                09:29              TURNOVR by RILEY, Mykal
STEAL by Lowe, Chris                            09:27
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         09:24
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      09:24
SUB IN : Milligan, Dante                        09:21
SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane                        09:21
REBOUND (DEF) by Harris, Ricky                  09:07              MISSED 3 PTR by TORRANCE, Mikhail
GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky                  09:00  59-62  V 3  FOUL by TORRANCE, Mikhail
GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky                  09:00  60-62  V 2
SUB IN : Life, James                            09:00
SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky                          09:00
                                                08:55  60-64  V 4  GOOD! LAYUP by RILEY, Mykal [FB/PNT]
                                                08:55              ASSIST by HENDRIX, Richard
FOUL by Life, James                             08:55  60-65  V 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by RILEY, Mykal
TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary                         08:48              STEAL by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        08:48              MISSED FT SHOT by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               08:48
SUB IN : Brower, Etienne                        08:48
SUB OUT: Forbes, Gary                           08:48
GOOD! 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris                      08:33  63-65  V 2
ASSIST by Freeman, Rashaun                      08:33
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               08:05              MISSED LAYUP by RILEY, Mykal
GOOD! LAYUP by Lowe, Chris [FB/PNT]             07:59  65-65  T 5
                                                07:35  65-67  V 2  GOOD! LAYUP by DAVIDSON, Jermareo [PNT]
                                                07:25              FOUL by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
TIMEOUT media                                   07:25
MISSED FT SHOT by Milligan, Dante               07:25
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     07:25
GOOD! FT SHOT by Milligan, Dante                07:25  66-67  V 1
                                                07:25              SUB IN : COLEMAN, Yamene
                                                07:25              SUB IN : TUBBS, Justin
                                                07:25              SUB OUT: HENDRIX, Richard
                                                07:25              SUB OUT: RILEY, Mykal
FOUL by Milligan, Dante                         07:19  66-68  V 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                07:19  66-69  V 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by HOLLINGER, Brandon
GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris [PNT]               06:57  68-69  V 1
                                                06:23  68-71  V 3  GOOD! LAYUP by HOLLINGER, Brandon [PNT]
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               06:06  69-71  V 2  FOUL by COLEMAN, Yamene
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               06:06  70-71  V 1
                                                06:06              SUB IN : HENDRIX, Richard
                                                06:06              SUB IN : RILEY, Mykal
                                                06:06              SUB OUT: TUBBS, Justin
                                                06:06              SUB OUT: DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                06:00              TURNOVR by HENDRIX, Richard
STEAL by Lowe, Chris                            05:58
MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris                     05:54
REBOUND (OFF) by Milligan, Dante                05:54
GOOD! LAYUP by Milligan, Dante [PNT]            05:49  72-71  H 1
                                                05:36  72-73  V 1  GOOD! LAYUP by HENDRIX, Richard [PNT]
                                                05:36              ASSIST by RILEY, Mykal
TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris                          05:26
                                                05:25              STEAL by RILEY, Mykal
REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris                    05:22              MISSED JUMPER by RILEY, Mykal
TURNOVR by Life, James                          05:15
SUB IN : Forbes, Gary                           05:15
SUB IN : Lasme, Stephane                        05:15
SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun                       05:15
SUB OUT: Brower, Etienne                        05:15
                                                04:45  72-76  V 4  GOOD! 3 PTR by HOLLINGER, Brandon
MISSED LAYUP by Forbes, Gary                    04:32              REBOUND (DEF) by COLEMAN, Yamene
                                                04:25              TURNOVR by RILEY, Mykal
SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun                       04:25              SUB IN : TUBBS, Justin
SUB OUT: Milligan, Dante                        04:25              SUB OUT: RILEY, Mykal
MISSED FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane               04:02              FOUL by HOLLINGER, Brandon
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     04:02
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                04:02  73-76  V 3
FOUL by Freeman, Rashaun                        03:54
                                                03:54              TIMEOUT media
                                                03:54  73-77  V 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                03:54  73-78  V 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                03:54              SUB IN : DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                03:54              SUB OUT: COLEMAN, Yamene
GOOD! 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary                     03:40  76-78  V 2
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         03:23              MISSED LAYUP by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                03:22              SUB IN : GEE, Alonzo
                                                03:22              SUB OUT: TUBBS, Justin
TURNOVR by Freeman, Rashaun                     02:49              STEAL by GEE, Alonzo
                                                02:18              MISSED 3 PTR by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                02:18              REBOUND (OFF) by HENDRIX, Richard
                                                02:14  76-80  V 4  GOOD! JUMPER by HENDRIX, Richard [PNT]
GOOD! 3 PTR by Life, James                      02:02  79-80  V 1
ASSIST by Lowe, Chris                           02:02
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   01:58
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               01:44              MISSED JUMPER by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
TIMEOUT TEAM                                    01:33
                                                01:33              SUB IN : TUBBS, Justin
                                                01:33              SUB OUT: TORRANCE, Mikhail
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                01:14  80-80  T 6  FOUL by HENDRIX, Richard
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lasme, Stephane                01:14  81-80  H 1
                                                01:00              TURNOVR by GEE, Alonzo
STEAL by Lasme, Stephane                        00:59
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   00:48
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      00:31
                                                00:29              TIMEOUT 30sec
STEAL by Lowe, Chris                            00:15              TURNOVR by GEE, Alonzo
SUB IN : Harris, Ricky                          00:15
SUB OUT: Freeman, Rashaun                       00:15
GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky                  00:14  82-80  H 2  FOUL by GEE, Alonzo
MISSED FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky                 00:14              REBOUND (DEF) by TUBBS, Justin
SUB IN : Freeman, Rashaun                       00:14              SUB IN : RILEY, Mykal
SUB OUT: Life, James                            00:14              SUB OUT: GEE, Alonzo
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        00:06              MISSED LAYUP by HOLLINGER, Brandon
GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                    00:05  83-80  H 3  FOUL by HENDRIX, Richard
MISSED FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris                   00:05              REBOUND (DEF) by JEMISON, Demetrius
SUB IN : Life, James                            00:05              SUB IN : JEMISON, Demetrius
SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky                          00:05              SUB OUT: HENDRIX, Richard
                                                00:04              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                00:03              REBOUND (OFF) by GEE, Alonzo
                                                00:00  83-83  T 7  GOOD! 3 PTR by RILEY, Mykal
                                                00:00              ASSIST by HOLLINGER, Brandon


                                  Massachusetts 83, Alabama 83

          2nd period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Alabama                20       9       9       7       0      2     2
          Massachusetts          14       4       6       2       9      2     2


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                                                05:00              SUB IN : TUBBS, Justin
                                                05:00              SUB IN : JEMISON, Demetrius
                                                05:00              SUB OUT: HENDRIX, Richard
                                                05:00              SUB OUT: GEE, Alonzo
MISSED FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun              04:57              FOUL by HOLLINGER, Brandon
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     04:57
GOOD! FT SHOT by Freeman, Rashaun               04:57  84-83  H 1
                                                04:43              TURNOVR by TUBBS, Justin
STEAL by Freeman, Rashaun                       04:39
MISSED JUMPER by Lasme, Stephane                04:18
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                04:18
MISSED LAYUP by Lasme, Stephane                 04:14              BLOCK by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         04:12
                                                04:12              SUB IN : TORRANCE, Mikhail
                                                04:12              SUB OUT: TUBBS, Justin
MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                   03:58
REBOUND (OFF) by Lowe, Chris                    03:58
MISSED JUMPER by Forbes, Gary                   03:43
REBOUND (OFF) by Lasme, Stephane                03:43
TURNOVR by Lasme, Stephane                      03:41
BLOCK by Lasme, Stephane                        03:10              MISSED LAYUP by HOLLINGER, Brandon
                                                03:08              REBOUND (OFF) by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
FOUL by Lasme, Stephane                         03:08  84-84  T 8  GOOD! FT SHOT by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
                                                03:08  84-85  V 1  GOOD! FT SHOT by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
SUB IN : Milligan, Dante                        03:08
SUB OUT: Lasme, Stephane                        03:08
TURNOVR by Forbes, Gary                         02:59
                                                02:56              STEAL by RILEY, Mykal
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               02:30              MISSED LAYUP by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
MISSED LAYUP by Milligan, Dante                 02:04              REBOUND (DEF) by RILEY, Mykal
REBOUND (DEF) by Freeman, Rashaun               01:51              MISSED 3 PTR by HOLLINGER, Brandon
MISSED 3 PTR by Life, James                     01:31
REBOUND (OFF) by Milligan, Dante                01:31
GOOD! JUMPER by Forbes, Gary [PNT]              01:14  86-85  H 1
GOOD! FT SHOT by Forbes, Gary                   01:14  87-85  H 2  FOUL by RILEY, Mykal
REBOUND (DEF) by Forbes, Gary                   01:01              MISSED JUMPER by DAVIDSON, Jermareo
MISSED 3 PTR by Forbes, Gary                    00:30              REBOUND (DEF) by TORRANCE, Mikhail
                                                00:23              TIMEOUT TEAM
                                                00:12              MISSED JUMPER by RILEY, Mykal
                                                00:12              REBOUND (OFF) by JEMISON, Demetrius
                                                00:08  87-87  T 9  GOOD! LAYUP by JEMISON, Demetrius [PNT]
GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris [PNT]               00:03  89-87  H 2

                                  Massachusetts 89, Alabama 87

          OT period-only       InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Alabama                 2       2       4       0       2      2     1
          Massachusetts           4       0       3       0       0      0     1


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2   3 - Tot
Alabama.................    9   9   2 -  20
Massachusetts...........   16   4   0 -  20

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2   3 - Tot
Alabama.................   14  20   2 -  36
Massachusetts...........   22  14   4 -  40

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2   3 - Tot
Alabama.................   17   9   4 -  30
Massachusetts...........    8   6   3 -  17

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2   3 - Tot
Alabama.................    2   7   0 -   9
Massachusetts...........    4   2   0 -   6

BENCH POINTS                1   2   3 - Tot
Alabama.................   10   0   2 -  12
Massachusetts...........    7   9   0 -  16

SCORE TIED BY               1   2   3 - Tot
Alabama.................    2   2   2 -   6
Massachusetts...........    1   2   0 -   3

LEAD GAINED BY              1   2   3 - Tot
Alabama.................    3   2   1 -   6
Massachusetts...........    4   2   1 -   7

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