Men's Basketball Falls 67-48 To Undefeated Boston College
Jan. 2, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Boston College's Craig Smith scored 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field to lead the Eagles past UMass on Sunday afternoon, 67-48, in the annual Commonwealth Classic in the Mullins Center. After a poor shooting first half, UMass cut a 15-point deficit to just five with 11:32 remaining in the game but were not able to hold on for the comeback.
With the win, Boston College, ranked sixth nationally in the RPI, improves to a perfect 11-0 on the season.
Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) led UMass with 13 points and six rebounds. Earlier on Sunday, Freeman was named the Co-Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for his efforts in the win last Tuesday over Boston University. This was the second time this season he has been honored by the league.
In his first game back from a three-game suspension, guard Anthony Anderson (Lynn, Mass.) scored 10 points, including two pivotal three-pointers, and added three rebounds.
A fastbreak dunk by Sean Marshall, part of his 12 points for the game, gave Boston College a 15-point lead just four minutes into the second half.
A 13-3 UMass run capped by an Anderson three-pointer at the 11:32 mark cut the lead to 42-37. Freshman Jeff Salovski (Bristol, Conn.) and Freeman combined for eight of those points.
Boston College, however, proved too much holding UMass (6-4) to just two points in the final 6:17 of the game. The Eagles closed the game on a 25-9 run after UMass had cut the lead to five.
BC shot 50.9 percent for the game, while UMass hit just 31.0 percent. The Eagles held a 46-18 margin for points in the paint and turned 14 Minuteman turnovers into 14 points.
UMass shot just 24.2 percent in the first half falling behind 30-22 at the intermission. Lawrence Carrier's (San Bernardino, Calif.) three-pointer at the 10:40 mark pulled the Minutemen to within two points of the Eagles, 11-9.
Boston College strung together a 17-8 run before Art Bowers (Wilmington, Del.) and Brennan Martin (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) canned consecutive treys cutting the BC lead to 28-20.
Each team traded lay-ups in the final 15 seconds of the first half giving the 30-22 Boston College lead.
The Minutemen open Atlantic 10 play on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. when they host Temple in the Mullins Center. The game will be the 500th game for head coach Steve Lappas. CN8 will broadcast the match-up.
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