Forbes Goes For 31, But Minutemen Fall To Temple, 98-89
Feb. 11, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Despite UMass' first 30-point effort in three seasons, the Minutemen lost 98-89 at Temple on Sunday afternoon. Junior guard Gary Forbes netted a career-high 31 points but it was not enough as Temple shot 53 percent from the floor. The Minutemen fall out of first place (17-7, 7-3 A-10) as Xavier and Rhode Island (both 8-3 in the league) go back on top by a half-game. The Owls have won four games in a row and stand at 11-12 overall and 5-5 in the league.
Temple's guards were sensational all afternoon as the A-10's leading scorer Dionte Christmas poured in 30 points, Dustin Salisbery tallied 25, Mark Tyndale netted 15 and point guard Semaj Inge had 11 points. For Christmas it was his fourth 30-point effort in five games.
Stephane Lasme, who shared this week's A-10 player of the week honors with Christmas, tallied 17 points and Rashaun Freeman had 12 points. Forbes had his second double-double of the season - both in the last three games - as he had a game-high 14 rebounds.
Prior to Forbes' 31 at Temple, Freeman was the last Minuteman to go for 30 or more points as he had 31 against St. Bonaventure on Feb. 28, 2004.
UMass trailed the entire game, for the first time this season. They did cut the lead to as small as seven in the final seconds, but could not overcome Temple's red shot shooting.
UMass trailed 44-35 at halftime as Temple shot 59 percent in the first half and UMass was just 34 percent from the floor.
Down by as many as 20 points midway through the first half, UMass rallied back to within eight points at 39-31 with 2:20 left in the half. The Minutemen hit three 3-pointers in a row to rally back with James Life canning his two treys in the half.
Temple jumped out on UMass with dynamic shooting, making their first five shots of the game. The Owls built a lead as large as 20 points at 30-10 with 9:55 left in the first half. Temple hit four consecutive 3-pointers including three in a row by Salisbery for that 20-point advantage. The Owls made 13 of their first 19 shots in the game (68 percent) including six of their first 10.
UMass did have its best day from the free-throw line in the game making 86 percent (18-of-21).
The Minutemen play at Fordham on Thursday night at 9 p.m. The game will show nationally on ESPN2.