Saint Louis Holds UMass To Lowest Scoring Output Of The Season In 71-59 Minutemen Loss.
Feb. 2, 2008
SAINT LOUIS - Led by 16 points each by Kevin Lisch and Tommie Liddell, Saint Louis handed UMass a 71-59 loss on Saturday afternoon at Scottrade Center. The Minutemen, who came into the game averaging over 84 points per game, shot 2-for-21 from 3-point range as they posted their lowest scoring output of the season. Gary Forbes led UMass with 20 points, running his streak of games scoring in double-figures to 25. Chris Lowe added 14 points. The Minutemen close their two game road trip at 1-1, having picked up a 94-80 victory at Duquesne on Wednesday. UMass falls to 14-7 overall and 3-4 in Atlantic 10 play, while Saint Louis goes to 12-9 and 3-4 in the A-10.
Saint Louis got out to a fast start leading 18-9, eight minutes into the game as the Billikens hit nine of their first 15 shots.
Saint Louis took a 32-19 lead on a 3-pointer by Danny Brown with 3:18 left in the first half. The Billikens built their lead to 10 points at 29-19 on a jumper by Liddell with 4:18 left in the first half forcing UMass' Travis Ford to call his second timeout in the half.
UMass scored nine points in a row to cut the lead to 32-28 with 45 seconds left in the first half on a lay-up by Chris Lowe. Saint Louis' Lisch made two free throws with 3.7 seconds to play to make the halftime score 34-28.
The Minutemen cut the lead to two at 34-32 on back-to-back Forbes driving lay- ups just two minutes into the second half.
Saint Louis took a 52-36 lead on a 3-pointer by Danny Brown with 12 minutes
left in the second. After UMass was within two points, SLU went on a 10-0 run
to re-take a 12-point lead at 44-32 on a jumper by Lisch with 15:31 left in
The Minutemen got back to within in eight after Ricky Harris made two free throws with 7:47 left in the second, 57-49. The Minutemen couldn't draw closer however, and the Billikens made free throws down the stretch to ensure the victory, 71-59.
UMass returns from its five-day road trip to take on rival Rhode Island on Thursday night at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on CSTV Regional including CN8. It will also be Black Out Night at the Mullins Center, fans will received black T-Shirts and others are urged to wear black.
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