UMass Defeats ACC Foe Florida State, 78-68
Feb. 15, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. -- Maurice Maxwell scored 15 of his game-high 19 in the second half, when Massachusetts shot 71 percent from the field in a 78-68 win over Florida State on Tuesday night at the Mullins Center. UMass moved to 4-0 all-time vs. ACC teams at Mullins and 6-0 in games vs. ACC teams played in the state of Massachusetts.
The Minutemen (13-9) trailed 30-27 at halftime but scored 51 in the second half and shot a season-best 57 percent for the game.
"I thought that we played a terrific basketball game," UMass coach Steve Lappas said. "I don't usually say that often, but I have to say it tonight. In the second half we played much better defensively."
Von Wafer had 16 points and Todd Galloway 11 for FSU (11-14), which lost its fifth straight and has five regular-season games left.
UMass, meanwhile, won its third in four games as it tries to make a postseason push.
"This game is going to be the one," Maxwell said. "It's getting toward the end of the year and we are trying to play as consistently as we can. We definitely need to build off this one and look at the past games and see that we need to come out with this type of effort and really focus."
The score was tied at 37 with 14:37 left when Freeman scored six in a 15-5 run that gave the Minutemen a 52-42 lead with 9:56 left.
"I was so overwhelmed the first three minutes of the game, I have never been that tired ever," Freeman said. "My legs were so tired, but when I came out and saw how my teammates were playing, I went in there and did what I could do. I knew that the touches would come."
Wafer hit two 3-pointers as the Seminoles fought back to within 55-52 with 6:47 left, but UMass responded with a 13-4 run for a 68-56 lead with 1:27 left.