UMass Bombs Away In 102-87 Win Over Northern Illinois
Nov. 10, 2007
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - From the first 3-pointer by Etienne Brower just 25 seconds into the game, there was little doubt about the outcome as the UMass basketball team moved to a 2-0 with a 102-87 romp over Northern Illinois. The Minutemen look for a perfect 3-0 start at the BTI Tip-Off Tournament when they play the host Northern Iowa on Sunday at 6:05 p.m.
It was bombs away all day as the Minutemen were able to convert from the field all night, both from 3-point and 2-point range. Senior Gary Forbes led UMass with 22 points, his second 20-point outing in as many games. Sophomore Ricky Harris netted 20, his second 20-plus game as well. Brower finished with 16 and junior Luke Bonner made his first 3-point field goal attempts in the game to wrap up with nine points.
The Minutemen nearly set a school record for 3-pointers in a game with 14. The record is 15 set against Temple in 1997. UMass shot 57 from the floor including 63 in the second half. The Minutemen were dynamite from 3-point land making 14-of-26 treys for 54 percent. Six different players made two or more 3-pointers,
UMass played without starting point guard Chris Lowe, who missed the game with an ankle injury suffered in the 90-64 season-opening win over Cal Poly. The Minutemen went with a big line-up featuring Tony Gaffney, Brower and Dante Milligan on the front line with Forbes playing the point guard.
Several freshman saw their first extended playing time including big guard Matt Glass, who hit two 3-pointers and finished with seven points. He also drew a charge. Gary Correia played 27 minutes, seeing much time at point guard.
UMass scored early and often beginning with three 3-pointers in the first 1:30 as Brower hit the first trey followed by a pair from Harris which made the score 9-4. The Minutemen built its lead to as large as 14 several time in the first half including at 31-17 on a Brower 3-pointer.
The Minutemen led 53-37 at intermission as Harris had 17 in first half and Forbes added 12.
UMass takes on Northern Iowa on the finale of the BTI Tip-Off Classic at 6:05 p.m. The Minutemen open their home schedule on Wednesday night, hosting Yale at 8 p.m.
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