Men's Basketball

 
Lowe's Last Second Heroics Lead UMass Over URI, 72-71

Tony Gaffney grabbed 10 rebounds to go with six points.

Tony Gaffney grabbed 10 rebounds to go with six points.

March 7, 2009

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KINGSTON, R.I. - Trailing by one with 6.5 seconds left, senior Chris Lowe, in his final regular season game, drove the length of the court and scored with .6 seconds on the clock to give UMass a 72-71 road victory over Rhode Island at the Ryan Center on Saturday afternoon. The teams traded leads six times in the final two and a half minutes. The Minutemen head into next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament 12-17 overall and 7-9 in A-10 play. The Rams fall to 22-9 overall and 11-5 in conference.

Four different Minutemen registered in double-figures, led by Lowe's 18, while he also dished out seven assists. Ricky Harris and Matt Glass both finished with 13 points, while Gary Correia added 12.

URI was led by Jimmy Baron's 22 points, 16 of which came in the second half.

The Minutemen shot 43.5 percent from the game, including 9-for-24 from 3-point range, while the Rams shot 41.4 percent and 4-for-19 from behind the arc.

After URI took an early lead, the Minutemen scored eight straight points, with 3-pointers from Glass and Correia, between the 16:23 and 14:26 marks to give them a 12-6 lead. The UMass lead reached eight, 24-16, with another Glass 3-pointer at the 9:40 mark.

UMass would then go 3:45 without a field goal, a period in which the Rams would outscore the Minutemen, 10-2, and tie the game, 26-26, with 6:36 left in the half. URI eventually took the lead, 30-28, on two free throws by Lamonte Ulmer with 4:56 left, as the Rams' run extended to 16-4 and their lead reached four.

The Minutemen would turn the tide however, outscoring the Rams, 13-5, over the final four and a half minutes of the first half to take a 41-37 lead into the locker room. Correia led the charge with a pair of 3-pointers.

Glass was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, including 3-for-3 from behind the arc, on his way to 13 first half points to lead all scorers. Correia was 2-for-2 from long range as the Minutemen shot 7-for-13 on 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes. Conversely, URI, who was led by Ulmer's 10 points, were 0-for-12 from 3-point range in the first half, while outscoring UMass in the paint, 30-19.

 

 

Five different players hit UMass' first five field goals of the second half, as the Minutemen lead reached as much as seven on a Harris layup at the 17:43 mark. URI started to chip away at the lead as its leading scorer, Baron, who had six points in the first half, started to heat up. His jumper at the 8:51 mark cut the UMass lead to one, 57-56.

A David Gibbs 3-pointer and a floater in the lane by Lowe built the UMass lead back to six, 62-56, with 6:35 left, but the Rams would then go on a 10-2 run, with a Baron 3-pointer giving URI its first lead of the second half, 66-64, with 2:23 left.

The teams traded the lead three more times between then and the 37 second mark, when a Luke Bonner free throw gave UMass a 70-69 lead.

On the ensuing Rams possession, Jones was fouled with 6.5 seconds left and made both ends of a 1-and-1 to give URI the lead back, 71-70.

After a timeout, Lowe took the inbounds pass and raced up the left side of the court, picking up a great screen from Glass to give him a seam down the lane where he hit the contested layup for the win.

The Minutemen will be back in action on Wednesday, March 11 for the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

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