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Men's Basketball Crushes Columbia, 66-47

Micah Brand puts up a shot contested by Columbia's Chris Wiedemann during the first half.

Micah Brand puts up a shot contested by Columbia's Chris Wiedemann during the first half.

Jan 9, 2003

Box Score

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Jackie Rogers scored 18 points to lead Massachusetts to a wire-to-wire 66-47 victory over Columbia on Thursday.

Rogers fired 8-for-12 from the field as the Minutemen (6-7) cruised to their easiest win of the season.

Massachusetts was on top 33-15 at halftime.

The Minutemen led by as many as 27 points (57-30) with seven minutes to play as the coach Steve Lappas used his subs freely.

Columbia (2-11) lost its fourth straight. Dodson Worthington, with 8 points, was the leader for the Lions, who shot 30.4 from the field compared to UMass's 43.9.

Also helping the Minutemen was Michael Lasme, with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

UMass scored the first nine points of the game and 6:27 elapsed before Marco McCottry hit the first basket for Columbia.

The Lions were 4-for-25 (16 percent) from the field before the break.

By the midway mark of the half, UMass had an 18-5 lead. Rogers had 14 of his points before the break.

 

 

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