Forbes & Lowe Push UMass Past Richmond, 72-56
Feb. 3, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - Gary Forbes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had his first double-double effort as a Minuteman and Chris Lowe (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) scored a career-high 19 points as UMass used a strong second half to get past Richmond 72-56 on Saturday afternoon in an Atlantic 10 tilt at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen trailed by one at halftime, but used a 12-2 run to start the second half and iced the game as Forbes and Lowe scored 15 of UMass' final 17 points of the game. Forbes finished the game with 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Lowe's 19 points were on the strength of 11-for-12 free throw shooting.
UMass improves to 16-6 overall and 6-2 in the Atlantic 10, while the Spiders fall to 5-17 overall and 1-8 in the league.
Lowe led all players with his 19 points, while Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) chipped in 13.
Forbes 16 rebounds were three more than Richmond had as a team. The Minutemen outrebounded the Spiders 39-to-13.
David Gonzalvez led Richmond with 15 points, while Brian Morris scored 11.
The game started out sluggishly for UMass who trailed Richmond by as many as nine, 23-14, midway through the first half. UMass used a 10-0 run following the third media timeout of the half on a three-point play by Forbes with 4:04 to play.
Forbes drained a pair of free throws with four seconds in the half to give UMass a 30-29 lead, but a defensive lapse allowed the Spiders to go the legnth of the court and Jarhon Giddings tipped in a Ryan Buttler missed lay-up to take a 31-30 lead at intermission.
In the second half, UMass opened up with a 12-2 run highlighted by a fastbreak, two-handed dunk by Life just over six minutes into the period. The opportunity was created by the full court trapping pressure that UMass switched to in the period. That pressure helped UMass hold onto the lead despite Richmond cutting it down to five on three separate occasions.
With 6:53 to play and holding on to a 53-48 lead, UMass sparked a 9-2 run with senior Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) feeding Freeman in the post for a two-handed slam.
Richmond could get no closer and Forbes and Lowe iced the game scoring 15 of the final 17 UMass points.
UMass drilled 10 of its final 12 free throws in the final 1:39 and finished the game hitting 33-of-43 for the game. The 33 free throws was the most in the season and the most since hitting 40 against the defending National Champion Arkansas on Nov. 25, 1994.
For the game, UMass shot 51.4 percent on 19-of-37 shooting, while Richmond shot 38.5 percent for the game shooting 20-of-52 for the game.
The Minutemen return to the Mullins Center on Thursday, Feb. 8 to host Rhode Island in the season re-match. The Rams defeated UMass by three, 75-72, just 10 days ago in the Ryan Center. The game will be "Black Out Night" and the first 1,500 fans in the doors will receive a free black UMass t-shirt. Fans are encouraged to wear black as well to support the Minutemen.