UMass Upends No. 21 George Washington in OT, 76-74
Jan. 15, 2005
By JOSEPH WHITE
WASHINGTON (AP) - With less than a second to play in overtime, Rashaun Freeman caught Anthony Anderson's pass and laid it in the basket in one motion, giving Massachusetts a 76-74 victory over No. 21 George Washington on Saturday.
Freeman finished with season-highs of 27 points and 15 rebounds for the Minutemen (8-6, 2-2 Atlantic 10), who made it 2-0 this season against ranked opponents this season. They defeated Connecticut at home last month.
UMass was given a chance to win after George Washington's J.R. Pinnock, an 87.5 percent free throw shooter entering the game, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 18 seconds to play. Anderson dribbled down the clock - waiting almost too long - before feeding Freeman for the game-winner that came with .4 seconds to play.
UMass' Maurice Maxwell had tied the game at 74 on a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left.
Freeman went 10-for-16 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free throw line, having his way against a Colonials team whose biggest inside threat, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, spent much of the game on the bench in foul trouble.
Pinnock scored 15 points to lead the Colonials (11-3, 3-1), who overcame an 18-point second-half deficit to send the game to overtime. Menash-Bonsu scored all of GW's four points in overtime and finished with 12. Mike Hall added 14 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in overtime.
Maxwell had 20 points for the Minutemen, who overcame 25 turnovers - including four in overtime.
Freeman scored six points in a 9-0 run that gave UMass a 53-35 lead with 13:31 to play, but the Colonials awoke with a 17-0 run that included 3-pointers from Maureece Rice, Pinnock and Hall, breaking GW's 1-for-10 slump from 3-point range for the game.
Omar Williams' three-point play tied the game at 57 with 7:49 remaining, and there were three more ties before Chris Chadwick turned a driving layup into a three-point play to give UMass a 70-67 lead with 28 seconds to play. T.J. Thompson responded with a 3-pointer with 17 seconds to go to send the game to overtime with the score tied at 70.