UMass 76, Fordham 63
Jan. 19, 2005
UMass, which is receiving votes in the AP poll, won for the third time in four games to move to 9-6 overall, 3-2 in the Atlantic 10. The Minutemen have reached the nine-win mark for the earliest time since the 1997-98 season, when they won their ninth game on Jan. 10 - in the 14th game of that season.
UMass has now won 9-of-10 games at Mullins against Fordham and leads the all-time series, 20-9. The Minutemen have won six in a row at home vs. Fordham.
UMass shot a season-high 53.7 from the floor on 29-of-54 shooting.
Rashaun Freeman continued his dominant play with 26 points and seven rebounds. Freeman piled up 18 points in the first half including 10 in the first 13 minutes of the game. It marked his most points in any half in his career. Freeman's previous high for points in a half is 17, which came twice last season against St. Bonaventure (2/28/04) and at Richmond (3/6/04).
For Freeman, it his 35th career double-figure scoring game in 44 career games. Freeman's 20-plus game was the 10th of his career and fifth this season. It was the first time in his career he had back-to-back 25-plus games and fifth time he had 25 or more points.
Senior Anthony Anderson added to his career point total with a season-high 23 as he now has 1,144, which is 26th all-time. He passed Mike Williams (1,122) with his first three-pointer of the game. Next on the scoring list tied at No. 24 are Will Herndon and Lari Ketner (1,148).
Anderson scored in double-figures for the eighth time in 12 games this season and for the 58th time in his 99 career games. It was also Anderson's 12th career 20-plus game and first this season.
He moved to tied for eighth in career steals with 138. Carl Smith (139) is next on the list. Anderson added to his career totals in three-pointers (262), which is second all-time to Monty Mack, who made 331. Anderson he also moved to a tie for second all-time three-pointers attempted with 666 with Carmelo Travieso (666). He is also eighth in career assists with 347.
Anderson hit a season-high five three-point field goals.
Other Notes: Fordham won the tap ... Fordham's Bryant Dunston opened the scoring ... Anthony Anderson hit a three for UMass' first points of the game ... UMass took the lead at 17-16 on an Anthony Anderson jumper with 10:14 left in the first half, in the midst of a 12-0 run to build a lead of 21-16 with 9:09 left in the half ... UMass held Fordham off the scoreboard for 6:32 before a Jermaine Anderson three-pointer with 8:14 left in the first half ... UMass had a 17-5 run in the second half and explaned that run to 25-10 to build a 12-point lead at 65-53.