Hot-Shooting Minutemen Blaze By Green Bay, 93-78
Nov. 17, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - The up-tempo Minutemen tied the school record for 3-pointers made (15) and set the new mark for attempts (32) as UMass ran past Wisconsin-Green Bay 93-78. A pair of transfers from Boston University each scored their career highs in the win as senior Etienne Brower tallied 25 and junior Tony Gaffney netted 15. Senior Gary Forbes scored more than 20 for the fourth time in five games with 25. Brower and Forbes had eight and seven rebounds, respectively. Forbes had an all-around game with seven assists and three blocked shots. The Minutemen moved to 4-1 while the Phoenix fell to 2-2 overall. UMass has scored more than 90 points in three of five games this year.
Mike Schachtner led Green Bay with 20 points as the Phoenix never cut the lead to single-digits in the second half.
The Minutemen's previous best for 3-pointers was 15 set against Temple in 1997. The old high for attempts was 31 against George Washington in the 2003 Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Forbes scored 18 points in the first half as UMass led 56-35 at intermission. The Minutemen were red-hot shooting 58 from the floor overall and 3-point range, making 11-of-19 treys.
Back-to-back Forbes 3-pointers made the score 45-24 with 5:15 left in the first half.
The Minutemen extended their lead to 34-20 with eight minutes left in the first half. Forbes canned two 3-pointers as the Minutemen continued to extend their lead while shooting nearly 60 percent over the game's first 12 minutes.
UMass jumped out quick as Etienne Brower slammed home a dunk and hit a 3-pointer moments later as the Minutemen took an early 17-7 lead. UMass hit seven of its first nine shots including a 3-pointer by Luke Bonner.
Junior point guard Chris Lowe sat out for the second time in four games with an ankle injury suffered in the first game of the season at Northern Iowa.
After playing five games in eight days, UMass will have 11 days off before its next game. The Minutemen travel to No. 25 Syracuse for a meeting at the Carrier Dome on Nov. 28. The game will tip-off at 7:15 and be televised on ESPN Classic.
* Gary Forbes hit double-figures for the fifth time in as many games this season and 55th time in his 98-game career with 25.
* Forbes scored more than 20 points for the fourth time in five games this season and 12th time in his career.
* Tony Gaffney hit double-figures for the fourth time in his career and first time at UMass with 15. Gaffney's previous career-high was 12 set while at Boston University against Maine (2/24/05).
* Gaffney had a career-high in blocks with four. His old high was three against Stony Brook (2/16/05).
* Etienne Brower scored in double-figures for the fourth time in five games with a career-high 25. Brower has surpassed his entire point total from last season (59) in the first five games of the season (75). It was was his first-career game with more than 20 points.
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