Postgame Notes: UMass 70, Saint Joseph's 69
Feb. 22, 2009
UMass won second 1-point game this season as Chris Lowe hit the winning free throws with 2.0 seconds left.
Chris Lowe set the new UMass career assists record with 640 as he had seven in the game. Lowe passed Carl Smith (633) on the charts. Lowe also moved to sixth in career asissts in the Atlantic 10 with his 640. He passed Smith and GW's Shawnta Rogers (634).
Lowe had his 15th game this season and 45th in his career with 10 or more points scoring 13.
Tony Gaffney had his 10th double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Gaffney had his 14th game in double-figure scoring and 16th game in double-figure rebounding.
Gaffney had four blocks to give him 104 on the season. He moved to fifth in single-season UMass lists, passing Marcus Camby's 103 in 1994-95.
Gaffney was credited with just one steal and stands at 49, one shy of 50. When he gets 50, Gaffney will be the first player since Duke's Shelden Williams to have 100 blocks and 50 steals in the same season and just the fifth player since 1996-97.
Ricky Harris had 11 points to reach double-figures for the 23rd time in 25 games this season and 63rd time in his career.
Harris' 11 points pushed him to 1,264 career points and to No. 16 on the all-time list passing Doug Grutchfield (1,257).
UMass shot 50 percent from the floor for the seventh time this season, UMass is 5-2 in those games.
UMass won a game that it trailed with 5:00 left for the first time all season, the Minutemen were 0-9 in those games.
UMass held Saint Joseph's without a 3-pointer. Its the first time since 1995 the Hawks didn't hit a trey in a game and the first time since Feb. 22, 2000 that a UMass opponent didn't make a 3FG. Nine years ago to the day.
UMass is now 12-5 in The Palestra, having won the last nine in a row, all with Derek Kellogg on UMass' side.
A UMass opponent had two players with 10 or more rebounds for the second time this season, the first since Memphis did it back on Nov. 17, 2008.
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