Minutemen Top Rhode Island, 67-63
Jan 31, 2004
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Maurice Maxwell's 3-pointer with 25.6 seconds to play broke a 62-62 tie and lifted Massachusetts to a 67-63 win over Rhode Island (13-8, 2-5) on Saturday.
The win was the third straight for Massachusetts (8-11, 3-5) and its first road win of the year. Art Bowers led Massachusetts with 18 points and Rashaun Freeman added 13. Maxwell, Anthony Anderson and Jeff Viggiano all scored 12 points.
Rhode Island missed four free throws in the final 41 seconds, while Anderson hit all four of his free throw attempts in the final 1:26 of play.
Anderson made a pair at 1:26 to put the Minutemen in front 62-61. Rhode Island tied the game on Brian Woodward's foul shot with 41.6 seconds left tied the game at 62-62.
After Maxwell made the 3-pointer to put UMass ahead 65-62, Woodward was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 12.8 seconds to play. Woodward, an 85 percent foul shooter, made the first free throw, but missed the next two.
Anderson then made a pair of foul shots with 6.8 seconds left to put the game away.
Dustin Hellenga hit a jumper as time expired in the first half to give Rhode Island a 30-29 halftime lead. Hellenga added 12 points for the Rams.
After being out-rebounded 22-10 in the first half, Massachusetts held a 21-14 edge on the boards in the second.
UMass men's basketball returns to action Tuesday, February 3, as it travels to Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J., for a 7:30 p.m. contest against Rider.
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