Late Surge Lifts Temple Past Men's Basketball, 61-49
Jan. 5, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Temple's Dustin Salisbery scored 12 consecutive points, including a pair of three-pointers, as the Owls used a 29-to-7 to close out a 61-49 win over the UMass men's basketball team on Wednesday night in the Mullins Center. The game was the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.
The Owls (5-5, 1-0 A-10) overcame a dismal 17.5 percent shooting percentage in the first half hitting just 7-of-40 field goals. Salisbury scored 12 of his 14 game points in the second half to lead Temple out of a 10-point deficit.
UMass (6-5, 0-1 A-10) held its largest lead of the game (42-32) at the 11:29 mark of the second half after a jumper by senior Chris Chadwick (Union, N.J.)
Temple started the first 11:30 of the game going just 1-for-23 from the field, including a streak of 13 consecutive missed shots, until Antywane Robinson hit a jumper from the right key.
Mardy Collins led all players with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Salisbery finished with 14 points. Robinson and Mark Tyndale added 13 and 11 points each despite the fact that Tyndale was 1-for-20 from the field.
No player for UMass reached double-digits in the scoring column. Sophomore Rashuan Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.), sophomore Art Bowers (Wilmington, Del.) and sophomore Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) each scored eight points on the night.
Although freshman Jeff Salovski (Bristol, Conn.) recorded a career-high nine rebounds in 18 minutes, the Minutemen were outrebounded by Temple 48-to-36.
The Owls turned the ball over just six times in the game, nearly three below their season average, and scored 15 points on 12 UMass miscues.
The game was No. 500 for UMass head coach Steve Lappas. He now owns a 270-230 in his 17-year career.
The Minutemen will host Xavier on Saturday, Jan. 8 with a 2:00 p.m. tip-off. The game will be televised locally on NESN. At half-time, the University of Massachusetts will recognize the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductees including former head coach John Calipari.
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