Coverage from:
The Daily Hampshire Gazette - 1/6/2006, first
UMass Athletics - 1/6/2006
The Daily Hampshire Gazette - 1/6/2006, second
The Springfield Republican - 1/7/2006 External link
The Daily Hampshire Gazette - 1/7/2006

Maxwell leaves school:
UMass Athletics - 1/31/2006
The Springfield Republican - 2/1/2006 External link
The Daily Collegian - 2/1/2006
The Daily Hampshire Gazette - 2/1/2006


Maxwell faces deadline
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 1/6/2006

The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team's already thin backcourt could be further reduced.

Athletic department spokesman Jason Yellin said Thursday that junior guard Maurice Maxwell was given 48 hours to clear up an academic situation, which will determine his availability for Saturday's game and potentially the remainder of the season.

''He had several options,'' Yellin said. ''The situation will become clarified on Friday.''

Maxwell could not be reached for comment.

The 48-hour window ends at noon today when the team leaves for Pittsburgh, where it will play Duquesne at 2 p.m. Saturday. UMass is expected to make an announcement about Maxwell's status later this afternoon.

Maxwell, who had been a vital part of the UMass backcourt - mostly as a shooting guard - for his first two seasons, switched to point guard this season. He started all 10 games but has struggled, averaging 6.5 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 turnovers per game.

If Maxwell misses any action, the Minutemen would be left with only three scholarship guards on the roster - juniors Brandon Thomas and James Life and freshman Chris Lowe. Senior Jeff Viggiano, who has played both forward spots, could see time in the backcourt as well.

Lowe, the only true point guard on the roster, would be the natural choice to become the starting point guard.

Thomas, who played some point guard in the second half of the Minutemen's 91-62 loss to Boston College Tuesday, would likely become the team's No. 2 point guard.

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.


Maxwell Suspended Indefinitely From UMass Basketball Team
From UMass Athletics, 1/6/2006

AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) has been suspended indefinitely from the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team for failing to meet department academic standards.

Maxwell had started the first 10 games of the 2005-06 season and was averaging 6.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Last season, he played in all 28 games and scored 11.4 points per game along with 3.4 rebounds per outing.

The team heads to Duquesne to open its 2005-06 Atlantic 10 schedule against the Dukes on Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be aired on the Atlantic 10 Network, including NESN, in the New England region.


Maxwell suspended from the UMass men's basketball team
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 1/6/2006

PITTSBURGH, PA - Junior guard Maurice Maxwell has been suspended from the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team for "failure to meet department academic standards."

Maxwell, who did not travel to Pittsburgh with the team for Saturday's 2 p.m. game at Duquesne, is still enrolled in the university. Department spokesman Jason Yellin did not rule out a return for Maxwell, but declined to set parameters or a timetable. Privacy laws prohibit the university from disclosing specifics.

On Thursday, UMass said that Maxwell was in a 48-hour window to resolve his situation.

Junior guard James Life or freshman Chris Lowe will start in his place. If Life starts, with Brandon Thomas would move from shooting guard to point guard. Senior Jeff Viggiano who has played both forward spots could see time in the backcourt as well, while sophomore Lawrence Carrier will see more action at small forward.

Maxwell, who'd been a vital part of the UMass backcourt for his first two seasons, mostly as a shooting guard, switched to point guard this season. He started all 10 games, but struggled averaging 6.5 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 turnovers per game.

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.


Maxwell suspended from the UMass men's basketball team
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 1/7/2006

PITTSBURGH - The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team will be shorthanded for Saturday's game at Duquesne and the foreseeable future.

Junior guard Maurice Maxwell has been suspended from the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team for 'failure to meet (athletic) department academic standards.'

Maxwell, who did not travel to Pittsburgh with the team, is still enrolled in the university. Athletic department spokesman Jason Yellin did not rule out a return by Maxwell, but declined to specify conditions or a timetable.

Privacy laws prohibit the university from disclosing specifics about the situation.

Maxwell started the first 10 games of the season for the Minutemen (5-5, 0-0 Atlantic 10) and averaged 6.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He could not be reached for comment.

UMass coach Travis Ford said he had not decided who would start in Maxwell's place when the Minutemen face the Dukes at 2 p.m. Saturday. The likely choices would be freshman point guard Chris Lowe or junior James Life. If Life starts, junior Brandon Thomas would move to point guard.

Ford said depth and conditioning could become factors as those three guards will likely pick up most of the 28.7 minutes per game that Maxwell averaged.

'That's obviously a concern. We're another body down, not that we had a lot to begin with,' Ford said. 'Now we're down to eight (scholarship players) again. That's a concern. We have to stay out of foul trouble and do enough substituting to make sure everybody stars fresh. It means Lawrence Carrier is going to have to play more.'

Ford said Maxwell's absence might be most costly on defense.

'Obviously it hurts us on the defensive end. Maurice is probably our best defender,' he said. 'We really need guys to step up and play better.'

They'll have to play better to slow the Dukes' Bryant McAllister, who Maxwell likely would have guarded. The senior guard is averaging 18.4 points per game.

The Dukes have depth issues of their own. Their best returning player, junior big man Kieron Achara, is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Senior swingman Jack Higgins, their third leading scorer, has been suspended and won't dress for Saturday's game.

The roster problems have been a big factor in Duquesne's 2-10 record. The Dukes have lost four straight, including a fourth place finish in their own Holiday Tournament and an 84-61 loss to La Salle in their Atlantic 10 opener Wednesday. Their only wins have come over the Citadel and Robert Morris.

But Ford said the Minutemen would not take them lightly.

'They've played a lot of people close,' he said. 'They've been fighting and fighting and haven't been finishing. That makes for a very dangerous team at times. They're searching for a win. We're just hoping it's not against us.'

The game marks the first Atlantic 10 game of the season for Minutemen, who are also trying to win on the road for the first time this season while snapping their own two-game losing streak. Ford said he's emphasized improving the team's offense since losing to Boston College 91-62 Tuesday.

'We're trying to work on our offense and improve that and take high-percentage shots. We're trying to get (Stephane) Lasme more touches and (Rashaun) Freeman more touches,' he said. 'We're doing a lot of ball-handling drills to kind of cut down on turnovers and drills to help handle full-court pressure and trapping better.'

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.


Maxwell No Longer On Men's Basketball Team
Junior is no longer enrolled at UMass
From UMass Athletics, 1/31/2006

AMHERST, Mass. - It was announced today that junior guard Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) is no longer enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, therefore he is no longer a member of the UMass men's basketball program.

Privacy laws prohibit University officials from making any other comments.

Maxwell started the first 10 games of the 2005-06 season and averaged 6.5 points. Over his career at UMass, Maxwell played in 67 games, starting 54. He scored 9.2 points per game and grabbed 3.3 rebounds while shooting 40.3 from the floor.


Maxwell no longer enrolled
By Dan Duggan, The Daily Collegian Staff, 2/1/2006

The beginning of the spring semester brought with it a resolution to the suspension of Maurice Maxwell from the Massachusetts men's basketball team. The junior guard is no longer enrolled at UMass, and therefore is no longer a member of the team.

Maxwell was suspended indefinitely from the team on Jan. 6, for failing to meet athletic department academic standards. At the time, there was the potential that Maxwell could be reinstated to the team, but yesterday's announcement put an end to that possibility.

Because Maxwell is no longer enrolled at the university, UMass coach Travis Ford is prohibited from commenting on the issue.

Maxwell's initial suspension, which was announced the day before UMass was set to face Duquesne, came as a surprise. Maxwell started the first 10 games of the season, and had provided the team leadership by shifting from the wing to point guard.

The change in position clearly had an affect on Maxwell's production, as he was averaging just 6.5 points per game this season, down from 9.2 a year ago.

Maxwell has been replaced in the starting lineup by freshman Chris Lowe, who commented earlier in the year on his relationship with Maxwell, saying he "looked up" to him.

UMass currently only has eight scholarship players on its roster. Maxwell joins junior guard Art Bowers as Minutemen who have left the team this season. Bowers announced that he was transferring from UMass two games into the season, and has yet to find a new school.


Maxwell departs
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 2/1/2006

PHILADELPHIA - Maurice Maxwell's basketball career at the University of Massachusetts is over.

Twenty-five days after he was being suspended indefinitely for failing to meet athletic department academic standards, UMass released this statement Tuesday:

''Junior guard Maurice Maxwell is no longer enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, therefore he is no longer a member of the UMass men's basketball program.''

Privacy laws prohibit university officials from commenting on the specifics of his academic situation. Maxwell could not be reached for comment.

His suspension was announced Jan. 6,, before UMass' Atlantic 10 opener Jan. 7 at Duquesne.

Maxwell played in 10 games this season and started them all. He averaged 6.5 points per game this season, switching back and forth between point guard and wing. Maxwell averaged 8.1 points per game as a freshman and 11.4 as a sophomore.

If a school admits him, Maxwell would have to sit out the 2006-07 season and would have one semester of eligibility remaining.

His departure gives coach Travis Ford one more scholarship to use for next season.

Only four scholarship players remain from last year's UMass team. Artie Bowers, Jeff ''Big Deli'' Salovski and Olivier Lamoureux transferred elsewhere and Alassane Kouyate stopped playing for health reasons.

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.


Maxwell's Career Highs

Points20 - at George Washington, 1/15/05
Field Goals9 - vs. Marshall, 12/20/03
Field Goals Att.15 - at Florida State, 2/15/05
15 - vs. Gonzaga, 12/4/04
15 - vs. Duquesne, 3/10/04
3-Point FG4 - vs. Birmingham-Southern, 11/23/04
3-Point FG Att.7 - 5 times, last vs. La Salle, 3/9/05
Free Throws7 - vs. Xavier, 1/8/05
Free Throw Att.10 - vs. Xavier, 1/8/05
Rebounds9 - vs. Xavier, 1/8/05
Assists10 - vs. Xavier, 1/8/05
Blocks2 - 4 times, last vs. Duquesne, 3/10/04
Steals6 - at Florida State, 2/15/05
Minutes49 - at St. Bonaventure, 1/26/05

Scored in double figures: 29 times, last time vs. Savannah State, 11/28/05
Scored 20 or more points: once, at George Washington, 1/15/05
Had 5 or more assists: 13 times, last time vs. UAB, 11/25/05
Had 10 or more assists: once, vs. Xavier, 1/8/05
Had 5 or more rebounds: 15 times, last time vs. Savannah State, 11/28/05
Double-Double: once, vs. Xavier, 1/8/05

Career Statistics
  Total 3-Pointers   Rebounds  
Season GP GS Min Avg FG FGA % FG FGA % FT FTA % Off Def Tot Avg PF FO A TO Blk St Pts Avg
2003-04 29 19 788 27.2 95 235 .404 23 87 .264 21 40 .525 20 69 89 3.1 51 1 90 70 11 39 234 8.1
2004-05 28 25 995 35.5 114 285 .400 37 120 .308 54 73 .740 22 84 106 3.8 42 1 107 71 17 51 319 11.4
2005-06 10 10 287 28.7 24 58 .414 10 29 .345 7 11 .636 3 25 28 2.8 13 0 28 26 4 6 65 6.5
Career 67 54 2070 30.9 233 578 .403 70 236 .297 82 124 .661 45 178 223 3.3 106 2 225 167 32 96 618 9.2


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