Richmond Tops UMass 67-63
Jan. 29, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Despite an 18-point effort by sophomore Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) and coming back from a double-figure deficit, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team fell 67-63 to Richmond on Saturday afternoon in the Mullins Center.
UMass jumped out to a 14-4 lead to open the game, but Richmond closed the first half on a 19-to-2 run going into the break up 33-26. The Spiders led by as many as 11 in the second half, but the Minutemen were able to tie the game at 50 each with 6:34 remaining.
Senior Anthony Anderson (Lynn, Mass.) had a chance to put UMass up when he was fouled on a three-point attempt with 42.5 seconds remaining, but he missed all three leaving the score 65-63. Maxwell pulled down the rebound of the third miss, slashed into the lane, but missed the lay-in to tie the game.
Sophomore Art Bowers' (Wilmington, Del.) three-point attempt glanced off the left side of the rim and Richmond collected the rebound. Jermaine Bucknor missed the front end of the one-and-one and Merritt grabbed the rebound after it was tipped out to half court.
Merritt hit both free throws to give Richmond the 67-63 win. He finished with 13 points, while Jamaal Scott led the Spiders with 19 points on the day.
Maxwell reached double figures for the sixth time and for the fifth consecutive game. His dunk with 8:34 left brought UMass within four points, 48-44, after Richmond had led most of the second half by as many as 12 points.
The Minutemen tied the game at 50 each when Carrier hit a lay-up following a Richmond turnover and Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) threw down a dunk on the next UMass possession.
The Minutemen jumped out to a quick start taking 14- 4 lead paced by sophomore Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) who had all eight of his points in the streak.
UMass played tough defensively holding Richmond scoreless for the first 4:36 of the contest.
A three-pointer from Maxwell doubled-up the score on the Spiders, 22-11, with 10:07 left in the half.
Richmond, however, awoke going on a 10-to-0 run of their own to tie the game at 24 each. A pair of free throws by Daon Merritt and a lay-up by Courtney Nelson gave the Spiders their first lead of the game at 28-24 with 4:16 remaining in the period.
The Spiders went on 19-to-0 run over a 7:11 stretch before Chadwick's lay-up at the 2:32 mark broke the Minutemen's scoreless streak.
Anderson scored 12 points to lead UMass alongside Maxwell's 18 points. Freeman scored eight points in the opening Minuteman run, but was not able to find the basket after that.
The Minutemen will return to action next Saturday when they host St. Bonaventure in the Mullins Center. The game will again be broadcast on A-10 TV and will tip-off at Noon. Residents of the New England Region can view the game on NESN.