Fordham Forces Its Way Past UMass, 76-72
Feb. 14, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - Fordham dealt UMass a crushing defeat on Thursday night with 76-72 win at the Mullins Center. For Fordham, it was the Rams' first win in Amherst since Jan. 26, 1999, ending a run of seven home wins in a row for UMass in the series. UMass falls to 15-9 overall, 4-6 in the league while Fordham moves to 9-12 overall and 3-6 in the A-10.
Gary Forbes led UMass with 23 points and 13 rebounds for his third straight double-double. Etienne Brower added 17 points for the Minutemen while Dante Milligan had 15. Chris Lowe had a career-high 10 assists.
Fordham had four players in double-figures led by Marcus Stout (22). Bryant Dunston (15 points and 12 rebounds) and Sebastian Greene (13 points and 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles.
Lowe missed a driving lay-up at the buzzer to end UMass' chances.
Stout made two free throws with 8.7 seconds left in the game giving Fordham an insurmountable, 76-72 lead. Brenton Butler's made one-of-two free throws with 16 seconds left to put the Rams up 74-71.
Milligan's lay-up with 42 seconds left brought UMass to within two at 72-70. Stout's 3-point play with 1:49 gave Fordham a four-point lead at 71-67.
Ricky Harris' first 3-pointer of the game, after seven misses put the Minutemen up 67-65 with 2:50 left in regulation. But that was quickly answered by Butler's trey with 2:30 left in the game giving the Rams the 68-67 advantage.
Stout gave Fordham the lead at 65-64 with 3:25 left in regulation on a jumper. Matt Glass gave UMass a 64-60 lead with 5:30 with his second 3-pointer of the game.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Forbes and Glass gave UMass a 55-50 lead with 8:35 left in the second half.
Forbes' breakaway windmill dunk gave UMass a 47-43 lead with 11:30 left in the second half but Fordham quickly answered and re-took the lead on a Michael Binns lay-up with 10 minutes left in the second, 48-47.
Brower's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave UMass a 34-32 lead at halftime. Brower led all scorers in the first half with 14 points. Forbes had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Greene gave Fordham its first lead of the game at 28-27 on a made free throw with 4:24 left in the first half. The Rams rallied back from being down by as many as nine in the first half.
UMass took a 15-11 lead with 13:15 left in the first half on Brower's second 3-pointer of the game.
The Minutemen continue their home stand, hosting Saint Louis on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. The contest is the Leaman Legacy Game, where $5 from each ticket goes to the Leaman Scholarship Fund to benefit UMass student-athletes.
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