Men's Basketball

 
Men's Hoops Falls To St. Joseph's, 52-49

Gabe Lee tries to shoot around the defense of Saint Joseph's' Dwayne Jones during the first half.

Gabe Lee tries to shoot around the defense of Saint Joseph's' Dwayne Jones during the first half.

March 8, 2003

Box Score

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Jameer Nelson scored 28 points as St Joseph's beat Massachusetts, 52-49, despite going the final 12 minutes without a field goal.

Nelson added 12 rebounds and five steals for St. Joseph's (22-5, 12-4), the Atlantic 10 East Division champion.

UMass had a chance to send the game into overtime when forward Jeff Viggiano stole an inbounds pass with five seconds left. But Viggiano's off-balance 3-pointer from the right corner hit the rim as the buzzer sounded.

UMass (11-17, 6-10) was led by point guard Anthony Anderson, who scored 18 points. UMass lost 17 games in a season for the first time since dropping 18 in the 1988-89 season.

The Hawks shot just 4 for 21 in the second half, scoring their final 15 points on free throws, 10 of them by Nelson.

Nelson's constant drives to basket caused three UMass guards - Anderson, Mike Lasme and Marcus Cox - to foul out. Coach Steve Lappas was forced to use walk-on junior guard Paco Kotaridis in the final minute, the first time in his 15-year career that Lappas could recall using a walk-on in a game that was still competitive.

Jackie Rogers scored 13 points and Micah Brand added 11 for Massachusetts.

The Hawks were playing without leading scorer Delonte West, who was out with a stress fracture in his right fibula. West is expected to play in next week's Atlantic 10 tournament.

 

 

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