Men's Basketball

Milligan's Career Night Lifts Minutemen To 89-80 Win Over Yale

Sophomore Ricky Harris finished with a game-high 23 points.

Sophomore Ricky Harris finished with a game-high 23 points.

Nov. 14, 2007

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AMHERST, Mass. - On the night UMass unveiled the banners celebrating the 2006-07 Atlantic 10 Regular-Season title and the 2007 NIT appearance, the Minutemen topped Yale, 89-80, in a hot-shooting contest at the Mullins Center. Both teams shot over 50% from the floor with UMass at 53 and Yale at 51 percent. The Minutemen move to 3-1, Yale is now 1-1.

Sophomore Ricky Harris led UMass with 23 points. Senior Dante Milligan scored a career-high 17 points along with seven rebounds and three blocks. Classmate Gary Forbes netted 19 points, his fourth game in a row reaching double-digits, and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Senior Etienne Brower poured in 12 for UMass' fourth player in double-figures, he also had five assists.

Yale's Caleb Holmes led three Bulldogs in double-figures as he netted 23. Matt Kyle tallied 20.

Harris' steal and dunk with 2:05 left in regulation gave the Minutemen an 84-75 lead, the biggest of the game, sealing the victory.

The Minutemen built the lead to 68-60 on a reverse lay-up by Milligan off a pass from Tony Gaffney with 11:42 left in regulation. A Harris 3-pointer with 14 minutes left in regulation gave UMass a 64-59 advantage.

The Minutemen led 48-44 at halftime shooting 53 percent in the first half. But Yale was even better from the floor, at a 57 percent shooting rate led by Kyle who had 13 points. Forbes was UMass' top scorer in the first half with 13.

Milligan scored on successive baskets to give UMass a 46-39 lead with just over a minute left in the first half. The Minutemen took a 38-35 lead on a 3-pointer by Brower off a slick pass from Lowe with just under four minutes left in the first half.

Yale held a 35-30 lead as the Bulldogs made 15 of their first 23 shots in the game with Kyle scoring 11 points in the first 14 minutes of action.

Both teams came out blazing from the field. At the time of the first media timeout (7:35 into the game), the teams stood tied at 20-20. UMass made nine of its first 15 shots while Yale began the making eight of its first 12 shots.

UMass hosts Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mullins Center.




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