UMass Post Game Notes
March 25, 2008
UMass is advancing to the NIT Final Four for the first time since 1991. It is just the second time UMass will be in the NIT's semfinals.
The Minutemen have won three postseason games in the same season for the first time since 1996, when they won four NCAA Tournament games in advancing to the NCAA Final Four.
UMass became the first team to beat Syracuse at the Carrier Dome twice in the same season.
The Minutemen are just the second team to beat Syracuse at home twice in a season. UMass joins the 1922-23 Penn State Nittany Lions, in beating SU at home two times in the same season.
UMass has won its last four games against Syracuse, winning in 1992, 1995 and twice this year.
UMass continued to be the personal bug-a-boo for Syracuse's Hall of Fame Head Coach Jim Boeheim, as he is now 0-4 all-time against UMass. The Minutemen are the only team which Boeheim has coached against more than once which he has not beaten.
UMass won on the third anniversary of the hiring of head coach Travis Ford, who signed on with UMass on March 25, 2005.
Ricky Harris scored in double-figures for the 31st time this season and 36th in his career with 23 points.
Harris scored 20 or more for the 18th time this season.
Etienne Brower scored in double-figures for the 24th time this season.
Dante Milligan scored in double-figures for the 12th time this season.
Gary Forbes did not score in double-figures for the first time in 38 games. It was the first time this season he did not score in double-figures.
Luke Bonner scored a career-high 13 points. He had his most points since Jan. 19 when he had eight against Charlotte, when he tallied eight. He had eight in the first half alone.
Luke Bonner drew two charges to give him 17 for the season.
Chris Lowe had 11 assists, his fifth game this season in double-figures.
UMass had 16 assists in the second half on 20 baskets.
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