UMass Drops A-10 Opener To Temple, 61-49
Jan. 5, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. -
Steve Lappas lost in his 500th career game and now has a career record of 270-230 in his 17th season.
Temple started the game 1-for-23 from the floor through the first 11:30. The Owls had just 2 points for the first 10:04. Mardy Collins had the first points on a field goal with 15:44 left in the first half ... Temple started 0-for-8, made one basket and then missed 14 in a row, before they made two baskets in a row. For the first half, Temple shot just 7-for-40 for 17.5 percent.
Temple's 21 points in the first half were the fewest a UMass opponent this season. Rider had 22 at halftime.
Senior Anthony Anderson added to his career point total as he now has 1,088, which stands 27th all-time. Next on the list is Mike Williams, who had 1,122 from 1992-95. Anderson added to his career totals in three-pointers (248), which is second all-time to Monty Mack, who made 331. Anderson is also third in all-time three-pointers attempted with 643. He is also eighth in career assists with 334.
Freshman Jeff Salovski played a career-high 18 minutes and hauled down a career-high 9 rebounds.
UMass has 10 wins against Temple at the Mullins Center - the most against any opponent at the arena. This game was the 15th at Mullins between the UMass and Temple, the most of any series to be played at Mullins.
UMass is in the midst of its longest homestand (six games) in more than 70 years, as the school hosted seven home games in a row in 1930-31 at Drill Hall.
Other Notes: Temple won the opening tap ... Art Bowers nailed a three-pointer two minutes into the game for the first points of the contest Stephane Lasme had his fifth dunk of the season to make it 5-0 ... Temple missed its first eight shots of the game before Mardy Collins had a tip-in with 15:44 left in the first ... ... Maurice Maxwell and Jeff Salovski were the first UMass players off the bench, coming in with 15:26 left in the first ... Anthony Anderson drew a charge on Salisbery with 4:10 left in the first half ... UMass had a 8-1 run spanning 2:21 late in the first half to take a 23-14 lead - the largest of the first half (+9) ... Maurice Maxwell's dunk with 15 minutes left in the second half gave UMass a 10-point lead, its largest of the game to that point (35-25) ... Temple took its first lead pf the game with 5:30 left in the second half on a Salisbery three-pointer to make it 49-47.