Postgame Notes: UMass 78, Florida State 68
Feb. 15, 2005
UMass 78, Florida State 68 * Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass. * Feb. 15, 2005
UMass is now a perfect 4-0 at the Mullins Center against ACC teams (in the league at the time of the game), having previously beaten NC State (1/2/03), Wake Forest (12/6/95) and Florida State (2/3/94). Including two wins over Maryland, one each in Worcester and Springfield, UMass is 6-0 against ACC teams in the state of Massachusetts. All-time, UMass is 18-15 against teams from the current ACC (including Virginia Tech and Miami).
UMass has beaten a team from the Big East (UConn) and ACC (Florida State) in the same season for the first time since the 1999-2000 season when the Minutemen also beat Florida State as well as Boston College and Villanova,
UMass had five scorers in double-figures for the second time this season, also done vs. Xavier.
UMass is a perfect 9-0 when scoring 70 or more points this season and 26-9 under Lappas over the last four years.
Maurice Maxwell reached double-figures for the eighth time in the last nine games and ninth time in the last 11 games with 18. Maxwell had a career-high six steals in the game.
Rashaun Freeman reached double-figures for the 40th time in 51 career games and 16th time in 22 games this season with 13.
In his first start in 10 games, Art Bowers also scored in double-figures for the first time in 12 games and sixth time this season with 12. It was his 18th career game with 10 or more points. He also had a season-high seven assists. Freshman Lawrence Carrier had a career-high 11 points in the game.
Jeff Viggiano had his best game since returning from an ankle injury three weeks ago, as he scored 10 points. It was his third game of the season in double-figures and 25th of his career.
UMass is now 4-0 when Anthony Anderson is not in the line-up winning three games back in December.
UMass had a season-high 57.1 percent from the floor (28-of-49). It was the highest since Jan. 28, 2004 when they shot 59.5 percent (25-of-42) against Fordham.
UMass had a huge shooting half in the final 20 minutes, hitting (17-of-24) in the second half. In the first half, UMass was just 11-for-25 in the first half.
Conversely Florida State was just 13-of-32 in the second half going 12-of-24 in the first half for 50 percent.
Senior Anthony Anderson did not dress due to a sore back ... walk-ons Tim Collins (mono) and Nana Ampim (ankle) also did not dress for the game. Alassane Kouyate continued to sit out with bad knees.
Other Notes: UMass won the tap ... Maurice Maxwell hit a jumper for the first points 31 seconds into the action ... Maxwell dunked home UMass' second basket ...