Men's Basketball

UMass Defeats St. Francis, N.Y. In The First Round Of The Preseason NIT

Anthony Anderson led the Minutemen with 21 points.

Anthony Anderson led the Minutemen with 21 points.

Nov 18, 2003

Box Score

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Anthony Anderson scored 21 points, including two 3-pointers in a key 18-2 second-half run, as Massachusetts pulled away for an 80-58 win over St. Francis, N.Y. in the first round of the Preseason National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday.

Much of the offense came inside as the Minutemen (1-0) scored 52 points in the paint. Sophomore Rashaun Freeman, who sat out last year under NCAA academic guidelines, showed few signs of rust with 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Gabe Lee had 11 rebounds and seven blocks.

The Minutemen led 44-28 at halftime, but a combination of turnovers and 3-pointers by St. Francis brought the Terriers within five at 53-48 with 10:51 remaining.

But Stephane Lasme's two free throws started an 18-2 run that included four straight 3-pointers, two by Anderson and two by Art Bowers (14 points) that put the Minutemen comfortably ahead.

Christian Brown led the Terriers with 13 points and five rebounds.



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