Dayton Holds On For 53-52 Win Over Men's Basketball
March 1, 2005
DAYTON, Ohio - Despite a boost from freshman Lawrence Carrier (San Bernardino, Calif.) who tied his career-high with 11 points off the bench, UMass fell 53-52 to Dayton on Tuesday night. In a game that came down to the wire, the Flyers converted a pair of free throws with 3.5 seconds to play to escape with the win.
With just under two minutes to play, sophomore Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) hit the front-end of a pair of free throws and converted a tip-in off a Chris Chadwick (Union, N.J.) miss on the same possession to tie the game at 48 each.
Dayton's Jimmy Binnie hit his biggest shot of the game on the ensuing Flyer possession as he drilled a three-pointer with the shot clock expiring and sophomore Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) drapped all over him.
That shot was the ninth three-pointer for Dayton in the game and gave the Flyers a 51-48 lead.
The Minutemen (15-11, 8-7 A-10) took the lead with just over four seconds remaining as Freeman was able steal the ball from Brian Roberts and find a streaking Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) who threw down a fastbreak dunk to take a 52-51 lead.
Freeman then was called for the foul, his fifth, and Warren Williams hit both free throws as UMass was over the limit.
UMass got the ball up the court with 3.5 seconds on the clock, but Chadwick's heave as the buzzer sounded fell just short and Dayton held on for the win.
The loss drops UMass to 10-2 in games decided by six points or fewer this season.
Carrier and Freeman led the Minutemen with 11 points each. Maxwell added 10 in the loss. Lasme and Carrier paced UMass on the boards pulling down nine and eight, respectively. Carrier's rebounding effort marked a career-high for him.
Dayton (17-9, 10-4 A-10) was led by Monty Scott who led all players with 15 points. Brian Roberts and Binnie each came off the bench to score 11 and 10 points, respectively. Dayton's deeper bench was a key factor in the win as the Flyers received 25 points from their reserves to just 13 for UMass.
Shooting was nearly even for the game as UMass hit 18-of-45 field goals (40 percent) and Dayton hit 20-of-48 (42 percent). UMass held the edge in free throws converting 11-of-18.
The biggest difference of the game was behind the arc where Dayton hit 9-of-18 deep shots compared to just 5-of-13 for the Minutemen.
Dayton started the game hitting all four of its three point attempts to take a 16-8 advantage at the 10:55 mark of the first half. Back-to-back three-pointers from Maxwell and Chadwick ignited a 12-2 UMass run and the Minutemen took their first lead of the game at 20-18 with a Freeman lay-up.
The two teams jostled back and forth for the remainder of the half, but Chadwick converted a pair for free throws and hit a lay-up following a Dayton turnover to give UMass a 25-22 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, Carrier hit consecutive jumpers to push the UMass lead to 34-27 with 16:08 to play but, along with Freeman, was plagued with foul trouble late in the game.
Coming out of the second media timeout of the half, Dayton put together a 11-5 run sparked by a dunk and three-pointer from Scott and two deep shots from Roberts giving Dayton a 40-39 lead with 8:58 to play.
The Minutemen stayed tight with the Flyers, hanging around the game until Freeman was able to tie the score with his free throw and put back to even the game at 48 with 93 seconds to play.
UMass will return to action this Saturday when they host Duquesne in the Mullins Center at 2:00 p.m.