Minutemen Upend St. Bonaventure 74-58
Feb. 5, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - On the strength of 15 points from senior Anthony Anderson (Lynn, Mass.) and 14 points from sophomore Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.), the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team defeated Atlantic 10 rival St. Bonaventure, 74-58, on Saturday in the Mullins Center.
The win gives UMass its 11th win of the season which surpasses last year's total. The Minutemen are now 11-8 overall, 5-4 in the Atlantic 10, while St. Bonaventure falls to 1-19 overall and 0-9 in the league. The win also exceeds last year's total of A-10 wins (4-12).
Along with Anderson and Freeman, sophomore Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) added 10 points - the sixth consecutive game he has scored double figures. Sophomore Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon), Freeman, and Anderson each pulled down nine rebounds as UMass held a 41-to-30 advantage over the Bonnies.
After taking a 40-26 halftime lead, UMass put together an almost 11-minute, 22-to-5 run in the second half. The resulting 28 point lead (64-36) was the largest of the season.
The Bonnies continued to fight, however, cutting the lead to 13 points with 1:34 remaining on an Ahmad Smith three-pointer. Smith finished with a team-high 16 points leading St. Bonaventure. Kern Carter and Brian Gibbs also reached double-digits on the day with 11 points each.
The Minutemen defense held the trio of Smith, Wade Dunston, and Patrick Lottin to just 30 points in the game. In the first meeting 10 days ago, the trio combined for 59 points.
Senior Chris Chadwick (Union, N.J.) picked up a career-high eight assists on the day as UMass assisted on 22 of its 30 field goals. For the day, the Minutemen shot 51.7 percent from the floor, while holding St. Bonaventure to 36.1 percent.
In the first half, UMass took the early 17-4 lead in the first eight minutes of the game. The 40 points in the first half ties for the most points scored in the opening period.
Using a balanced offensive attack, eight of nine players scored in the first half led by Anderson and Freeman who each had seven points. Of the 11 players who saw action in the game, nine registered points as the Minutemen improve to 8-0 on the year when they score 70 points or more.
The Bonnies put together a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 11 points, but a Jeff Viggiano (Suffield, Conn.) pull-up jumper from the free throw line put the Minutemen back up 35-22 with 2:20 remaining in the half.
Saturday's win marked the first time UMass has pulled off two victories over an opponent in one season since the 2001-02 team defeated George Washington. In terms of the regular-season, it's the first time since 2000-01 that the Minutemen have swept a season-series from an A-10 team (GW, Rhode Island).
The Minutemen return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 9 when they face Rhode Island in a key Atlantic 10 match-up.