Men's Basketball

UMass Runs Past AIC 103-66 In Preseason Exhibition

Max Groebe scored 11 in his UMass debut.

Max Groebe scored 11 in his UMass debut.

Nov. 1, 2007

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AMHERST, Mass. - The new-style UMass Minutemen displayed their scoring and shooting prowess on Thursday night at the Mullins Center running past local foe American International, 103-66 in a preseason exhibition. The Minutemen hit 14 3-point field goals, which would be one shy of a school record in a regular-season game. The points total of 103 would also have set a Mullins Center single-game record as well.

Sophomore Ricky Harris scored a game-high 25 points. Senior Gary Forbes added 17 and junior Chris Lowe contributed 11 points and eight assists. Of UMass' class of seven freshmen, Max Groebe led the crew with 11 points.

UMass blew out the Yellow Jackets early in the second half, scoring 14 of the first 17 points of the half to lead 64-41 with 16 minutes left in the game.

The Minutemen showed off their fast-breaking 3-point shooting style late in the second half as they finished the first 20 minutes with seven bombs from beyond the arc. Forbes had 12 points in the first half and Harris added 11 as UMass led 50-38 at intermission.

UMass went on a 15-2 run midway through the first half to take a 33-23 lead with about seven minutes left in the half.

AIC jumped out early and led for the first eight minutes of the game, building a lead as large as seven points, leading 12-5 with 15:15 left in the first half.

UMass made a school-record 15 3-pointers at Temple in 1997 and attempted a record 31 vs. George Washington in 2003. The Minutemen scored the Mullins Center record 102 points against La Salle last season.

UMass will host Concordia (N.Y.) on Saturday night at the Curry Hicks Cage. The game will tip off at 9:30 p.m. following the UMass-Merrimack hockey game at the Mullins Center on Saturday.




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