Post Game Notes
March 5, 2005
UMass 69, Duquesne 64 * Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass. * March 6, 2005
With the win UMass finishes 9-7 in the league, good for third-place in the A-10 East ... it is the most wins in the A-10 during head coach Steve Lappas' tenure. The Minutemen finish the regular season 16-11 which is the most wins in a regular season since the 1997-98 season when UMass was 20-9 heading into the A-10 Tournament.
As the No.3 seed in the East, UMass will play Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. against the sixth-place finisher from the A-10 West ... if La Salle beats Temple in the game scheduled for today, UMass will Duquesne in the opening round of the tournament ... if La Salle loses to Temple, UMass will play La Salle ... earlier this season, the Minutemen defeated the Explorers 69-66 in overtime on Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.
UMass is 11-2 in games decided by six points or less and 5-1 in three-point games.
UMass held a 37-30 advantage at intermission ... it was the 15th time this season they have led at the break posting a 13-2 record in those games.
Stephane Lasme hit 14 consecutive free throws today to tie the UMass record for most free throws made without a miss in a game - 14 by Donta Bright versus Rhode Island on Jan. 17, 1996.
Rashaun Freeman reached double-figures for the eighth straight game and 21st of the season ... it was also the 45th time in 56 career games he has reached double-digits. He finished the game with 16 points and 9 boards.
Lasme also recorded 2 blocked shots today which gives him 69 for the season ... that is the sixth-best total for a single season in school history.
Maurice Maxwell posted 3 steals to move him into an eighth-place tie with Anton Brown for thefts in a single season (51, 1988-89) ... he passed Carmello Travieso (49, 1995-96) as well.
Art Bowers reached double-figures for the fourth time in six games and the ninth time this season with 11 points.
Other Notes: Prior to the game, UMass honored seniors Anthony Anderson, Chris Chadwick, and Tim Collins ... Collins made his first career start today ... Duquesne won the tap ... Duquesne's Martin Osimani scored the first field goal of the game ... UMass jumped out to a 20-9 lead in the first half following a Rashaun Freeman lay-up ... a Freeman fastbreak dunk off a Maurice Maxwell steal gave UMass an 11 point lead, 28-17, in the first period ... UMass started the game shooting 9-for-12 from the floor ... The Minutemen held a 37-30 advantage at the half.