Anderson and Freeman Lead Men's Basketball Past Fordham, 76-63
Jan. 19, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Behind 20-point performances from senior Anthony Anderson (Lynn, Mass.) and sophomore Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team defeated Fordham 76-63 on Wednesday night in Atlantic 10 action at the Mullins Center.
UMass (9-6, 3-2 A-10) shot a season-high 53.7 percent from the floor connecting on 29-of-54 field goal attempts. The Minutemen also hit 13-of-14 from the free throw line - a season-best performance.
After trailing by three points early in the second half, UMass put together a 17-to-5 run to take a 57-48 lead at the 7:35 mark. Fordham (6-10, 2-3 A-10) closed that gap to six on a three-pointer by Jermaine Anderson.
Anthony Anderson responded with a three-pointer of his own for UMass, one of four he hit in the second half. Sophomore Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) converted the conventional three-point play after being fouled on a dunk pushing the lead to 65-53 with 5:25 to play.
Freeman finished game with 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor. He also led the Minutemen at the stripe converting 8-of-9 free throw attempts. His play in the first half was key as he scored 18 of UMass' 33 points in the period - a career-high performance for one period of play. Tonight was also the first time in his career he has scored consecutive 25-point games.
Anderson scored 23 points, 18 in the second half, hitting 9-of-17 attempts including five three pointers for the game. He moved into 26th all-time on the UMass scoring chart recording his 1,144th point.
The duo's performance marked the first time since the 1998-99 season that UMass had two players with 20-point performances in consecutive games when Monty Mack and Chris Kirkland versus George Washington (2/17/99) and Xavier (2/20/99).
In the first half, UMass used a 12-0 run and held Fordham scoreless for 6:32 to take a 21-16 lead after tailing by seven points at the 14:41 mark.
Fordham ended the run on a three-pointer by Anderson, one of six shots from long range hit by the Rams in the period.
Marcus Stout led Fordham with 20 points and six assists followed by Anderson who notched 17 points. Both players hit four shots from long range to keep the Rams in the game until the midway point of the second half.
UMass outscored the Rams 32-to-16 in the paint with the attack of Freeman and freshman Jeff Salovski (Bristol, Conn.) who added eight points, four rebounds and four assists.
Sophomore Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit double-figures for the third time in four games with his 10 points on the night.
The Minutemen return to action this Saturday when they host Saint Joseph's in a rematch of last Wednesday's loss in Philadelphia. The game is set for a 12:00 p.m. tip-off in the Mullins Center.