Men's Basketball

UMass Takes Thriller Against St. Bonaventure In Double-Overtime, 82-78

Stephane Lasme recorded his first career double-double with career-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Stephane Lasme recorded his first career double-double with career-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Jan. 26, 2005

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OLEAN, N.Y. - For the first time in school history, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team won its second multiple overtime game in a season as the Minutemen defeated St. Bonaventure 82-78 in a double-overtime thriller.

Sophomore forward Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) was huge for UMass (10-7, 4-3 A-10) as he broke out with career-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds. That marked the first double-double of his career.

The Minutemen took an 80-78 advantage in the second overtime on sophomore center Rashaun Freeman's (Schenectady, N.Y.) lay-up in the paint marking the ninth and final lead change of the game.

The Bonnies (1-16, 0-5 A-10) had an opportunity to tie the game, but Wade Dunston, who recorded a career-high 28 points, missed a jumper short and sophomore Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) was fouled after controlling the rebound for UMass. Maxwell converted both free throws giving him 18 points in front of a frenzied St. Bonaventure crowd as the Minutemen won their third overtime contest of the season.

The Minutemen overcame 20 turnovers in the game, 14 of which were in the first half, to hold on for the win.

After UMass lead by as many as 10 (18-8) in the first half, the Bonnies went on a 28-to-8 run to take a 36-26 halftime advantage. The win for UMass was the first time in 120 games that the Minutemen were able to overcome a halftime deficit of 10 points (Jan. 6, 2001 vs. George Washington).

In the second frame, the Minutemen went on a 17-to-5 run capped by a dunk from Lasme and a jumper from Maxwell to pull ahead 43-41 with 13:11 left in regulation. The teams tied the score eight times, and Dunston hit a 3-pointer with 10.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.



With the game tied at 60 each, the Minutemen had a chance to take the win in regulation. Looking to run out the clock, UMass took a shot early as sophomore Art Bowers (Wilmington, Del.) put up an off-balance leaner in the lane with 4.5 seconds remaining. His shot caromed off the rim and Smith launched a 70-foot bomb which was dangerously online with the St. Bonaventure basket, but fell just short.

The resulting overtime periods made this the first season since 1998-99 that UMass has played in three overtime games. It was the first time in school history that the Minutemen have played games which went into two-or-more overtime periods - UMass defeated Xavier earlier this season in triple overtime.

In the first OT, SBU took a 65-62 lead on Dunston's third three-pointer of the game.

On the ensuing UMass possession, Freeman hit a putback off senior Chris Chadwick's (Union, N.J.) miss and was fouled allowing him to convert the traditional three-point play to tie the game. After scoring just one point in the first half, Freeman scored the first five points of the overtime for UMass and finished the game with 18 points.

After Ahmad Smith hit a two-foot lay-up, Lasme converted a pair of free throws after being fouled gathering a looseball on a missed UMass jumper to tie the game at 67 each with 21.5 seconds in the period.

The Minutemen were 18-of-23 from the charity stripe in the second and overtime periods.

Smith handled the ball for St. Bonaventure as they held for the last shot of the first overtime period looking for the win. With the Bonnies calling a clear-out for Smith, he took a fade away jump shot that missed the basket completely as time expired.

In the second overtime period, SBU quickly advanced the ball up the court following Chadwick's conversion of one-of-two free throw attempts allowing Dunston to hit the fast break, pull-up jumper giving the Bonnies a 71-68 lead.

Despite going 0-for-6 in regulation and the first overtime, senior Anthony Anderson nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 71 all on his first field goal of the game.

The UMass defense then forced a turnover which started a fast break ending in Chadwick's lay-up giving the Minutemen a 73-71 lead. Lasme hit his second 17-foot jump shot of the game on the next possession giving Massachusetts a 75-71 lead.

The Bonnies were not to be denied, however, as they scored four consecutive points to tie the game for the 17th time in front of the rowdy home crowd of over 4,000 fans.

Bowers ended the run with a trey putting UMass up 78-75, but Dunston answered right back with a quick jumper and a converted free throw attempt.

Freeman then scored his sixth point of the overtime periods to give UMass the lead for good. He finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds.

After Maxwell's free throw conversions, St. Bonaventure had two opportunities to cut the lead to two-points, but the Bonnies missed two lay-ups and the Minutemen controlled the loose ball in the scramble as time expired.

The Minutemen remain undefeated at 7-0 this season in games decided by four points or less.

Chadwick finished the game as the fourth UMass player to reach double-figures with 12 points and four assists.

Wade lead all players with 28 points, but handicapped the Bonnies with 10 turnovers. Smith recorded 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, while Patrick Lottin added 10 points to round out the St. Bonaventure leaders.

UMass will return home on Saturday to face Richmond at Noon in the Mullins Center. The game will be broadcast on Atlantic 10-Tv which is carried locally by NESN.

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