UMass 74, St. Bonaventure 58
Feb. 5, 2005
The win over St. Bonaventure gave UMass its 11th win of the season, surpassing last season's total of 10. It was also the fifth conference win passing last year's 4-12 A-10 mark. Last season the Minutemen went 10-19 after going 11-19 in 2002-03.
UMass has defeated a conference opponent twice in the same season for the first time since 2001-02 when UMass beat George Washington two times. In terms of the regular-season it's the first time since 2000-01 UMass has swept a season-series from an A-10 team since beating GW and Rhode Island twice
The win by +16 points was the largest margin of victory this season, passing the 14-point win over Yale (70-56) on Nov. 28. It was the largest margin of victory for the Minutemen since last season's a 16-point win over Albany (Dec. 28, 2003).
UMass built its largest lead in any game this season at +28 first leading by +21 (54-33 with 14:16 left in the second half), the previous high was a 20-point lead vs. Rider (49-29 at 14:33 in the second half on Dec. 23, 2004). UMass had a 22-5 run to take that largest lead of the season at 64-36 (+28).
UMass had 40 points in the first half to match its highest-scoring first half, set in the season opener vs. Birmingham Southern on Nov. 23, 2004, when they led 40-24. The 40-26 lead vs. St. Bonaventure was the second-largest margin of a lead at halftime this season.
UMass is now 8-0 in games when they score 70 or more points this season and 25-9 in such games since Steve Lappas has been at UMass.
After combining for 59 points at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 26, the trio of Ahmad Smith (16), Wade Dunston (9) and Patrick Lottin (5) combined for just 30 points vs. UMass in the second meeting.
Rashaun Freeman scored in double-figures for the 13th time in 19 games this season and 37th in 48 career games with 14.
Maurice Maxwell reached double-figures for the seventh time in eight games and for the sixth game in a row with 10. He is averaging 14.8 over the eight games along with 5.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds in his strong run.
Senior Anthony Anderson is now 20th in career scoring with 1,193. He passed John Murphy (1,184) and Carmelo Travieso (1,186) on the list. Next up on the list is No. 19 Jim Town (1,211), who played from 1975-77. It was his 58th career game scoring in double-figures with 15 and his 11th time in 16 games this season with 10 or more points.
Anderson also moved up on the career steals chart today, going to third for career steals (146). He passed Mike Williams (145). The all-time leader is Edgar Padilla (249).
On the other lists, he continues to be second in career three-pointers made (271), career three-pointers attempted (690) and is seventh in career assists (364).
Chris Chadwick had a career-high eight assists. His old high was seven vs. Albany (12/28/03).
Other Notes: UMass won the tap ... Chris Chadwick hit a three-pointer just 38 seconds into the game to open the scoring ... Jeff Viggiano was the first sub of the game just 2:33 into the action, replacing Chris Chadwick ... UMass opened the game on a 9-1 run and built that to a 17-4 lead with just under eight minutes elapsed ... The Bonnies made just one of their first 10 shots of the game ... Eight Minutemen scored in the first half when Art Bowers knocked down a three-pointer with 6:49 left in the half ... Bowers had a lay-up for UMass' next points to give UMass its largest lead of the first half at +18 (33-15) with 6:09 left in the first.