Jan. 15, 2005
UMass 76, #21/22 George Washington 74
UMass won its second game over a ranked team this season, as they beat No. 21/22 GW on Saturday. The Minutemen also defeated No. 7/6 UConn on Dec. 9, 61-59 at the Mullins Center. All-time UMass is 29-61 against ranked teams, winning the last two in a row.
The last time UMass beat two ranked teams in the same season was in 1998-99, when the Minutemen upset No. 15 Kansas, 64-60 (1/16/99) and No. 24 Temple, 57-49 (2/28/99).
The win for UMass broke a two-game losing streak to GW in the series.
GW leads the overall series, 32-23 all-time, but UMass has now won seven of the last nine games between the schools. UMass has won the last three games in a row at the Smith Center in the series.
UMass won its second overtime game this season and second in a row on Saturday on A-10 TV. The Minutemen also beat Xavier in triple-OT last Saturday, 90-86.
UMass is 6-0 in games decided by four points or less.
Rashaun Freeman rebounded from his six-point game at Saint Joseph's with a season-high 27 points. He had 13 in the first half. He was in double- figures for the 10th time in 14 games this season and 33rd time in 43 career games. Freeman's 20-plus game was the ninth of his career and fourth this season.
Freeman also grabbed 15 rebounds for his fourth double-double this season and 16th of his career. It was also his season-high in rebounds and second-most in his career. He had 18 vs. St. Bonaventure last season.
Sophomore Maurice Maxwell had a career-high 20 points. He had a huge first half with nine points - all in the game's first nine minutes, as he scored in double-figures for the second time in three games and sixth time this season and 17th time in his career.
Senior Chris Chadwick scored a season-high 12 points including the go-ahead three-point play with 0:27.8 left in regulation to make it 70-67. It was his second double-figure game of the season and fifth of his UMass career.
Senior Anthony Anderson added to his career point total as he now has 1,121, which is now 27th all-time. He is one short of Mike Williams (1,122). Next on the scoring list tied at No. 24 are Will Herndon and Lari Ketner (1,148).
He moved to tied for eighth in career steals with 137. He tied Will Herndon (137) and Carl Smith (139) is next on the list. Anderson added to his career totals in three-pointers (257), which is second all-time to Monty Mack, who made 331. Anderson is also third in all-time three-pointers attempted with 656. He is also eighth in career assists with 345.
Anderson has made a three-pointer in 16 straight games. In 98 career games, he has a trey in 89 games.
GW trailed 39-29 at halftime, it was the largest deficit for the Colonials at the intermission all season. They trailed just twice at the half all season, 47-42 at Wake Forest (and lost 97-76) and 32-26 at West Virginia (and lost 71-65).
UMass had its largest lead of the season at 53-35 (+16) after Maurice Maxwell made all three free throws at 14:41 of the second half. The Minutemen led Birmingham-Southern by 16 in the season opener.
Other Notes: GW won the opening tap ... Maurice Maxwell had the game's first basket on a lay-up just 1:05 into the game ... Rashaun Freeman drew a charge on Ricky Lucas with 13:49 left in the first half ... UMass jumped out to an 11-3 lead with 12:59 left in the first half as Maurice Maxwell had six of the Minutemen's first 11 points ... UMass held GW to just on field goal for the first 8:25, as the Colonials went 1-for-9 to begin the game ... Lawrence Carrier hit a three-pointer and was fouled with 7:02 left in the first half, but could not convert UMass' first four-point play of the season, as he missed the free throw to make it 22-13 ... GW's Mike Hall received an administrative technical foul for hanging on the rim with 6:46 left in the first half - Anthony Anderson made both technical free throws to give UMass its largest lead at 24-13 ... UMass shot 48.3 percent in the first half including 5-for-9 from three-point range ... UMass outrebounded the Colonials, 21-14 in the first half ... Anthony Anderson canned a trey to open the season half to make it 42-29, the largest lead of the game (+13) ... UMass held GW's top two scorers to a combined six points in the first half: T,J. Thompson (2) and Pops Mensah-Bonsu (4) ... UMass took its largest lead to date at 50-35 on a Rashaun Freeman lay-up as the shot clock expired with 15:33 left in the second half.