Trio Of Minutemen Score 20 As UMass Runs By Duquesne, 94-80
Jan. 30, 2008
PITTSBURGH - A game featuring two of the eight highest scoring teams in the nation lived up to expectations as UMass ran past Duquesne 94-80 at the Palumbo Center on Wednesday night. Three Minutemen scored 20 points in a game for the third time this season as Gary Forbes (23), Etienne Brower (21), and Ricky Harris (21) all reached the mark. Forbes had his fourth double-double of the season as he added 10 rebounds.
Tony Gaffney (12) had a career-high in rebounds as UMass had three players with 10 rebounds (Dante Milligan 11 and Forbes 10) for the first time since Feb. 20, 1999 when Chris Kirkland 13, Lari Ketner 12 and Monty Mack 10 did it against Xavier.
UMass had a season-best 52 rebounds including 18 on the offensive end. UMass also had 10 blocked shots with Gaffney posting a career-best six.
Duquesne tried to make a comeback late in the game, but was never able to cut the lead to single digits.
Forbes scored eight points in a row over a span of 1:04 to give UMass a 55-39 lead with 16:31 left in the second half. Harris fastbreak lay-up gave the Minutemen an 18-point advantage finishing off a 10-0 run with the score 57-39 at 16:14.
Luke Bonner opened the scoring of the second half with a 3-pointer to give UMass its largest lead to date at 12 points, 47-35. That wrapped up an 18-5 run bridging the halves.
UMass led 44-35 at half with Harris pouring in 13 points and Brower adding 10 in the first 20 minutes. The Minutemen were hindered by the fact that both Lowe and Forbes picked up three fouls in the first half and saw limited minutes.
Gaffney was a tremendous energy player in the half with five rebounds and five blocked shots to key UMass' defensive effort. The Minutemen even forced the Dukes into a shot clock violation, which was impressive as they came into the game with the fourth most possessions in the nation.
The Minutemen took the lead for good in the first half by virtue of a 7-0 run late in the period which UMass went from down 30-29 with 7:59 remaining to up 36-30 with 5:36 left on a pair of Harris free throws.
Duquesne continued to play with its "1040" style in the first half, rotating waves of five players every few minutes. But it did not prove to be successful as Duquesne star Shawn James was limited to just six points, two rebounds and zero blocks.
UMass continues its two-game road swing at Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon. The Minutemen and Billikens tip at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT in a game that will air on the CSTV Networks including CN8 up and down the east coast.
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