Men's Basketball

Lasme Has First Triple-Double Since 1973 To Lead UMass To 63-49 Win Over St. Francis

Stephane Lasme

Stephane Lasme

Nov. 22, 2006

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AMHERST, Mass. - Senior co-captain Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) posted the first triple-double since Al Skinner in 1973 to lead UMass to a 63-49 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. He scored a game-high 19 points, hauled in 10 rebounds and blocked a school-record 11 shots. The Minutemen overcame a sluggish first half behind Lasme's inspired second-half play to improve to 4-1 on the season.

Lasme's triple double was the first since current Boston College coach Al Skinner did so against Saint Peter's on Dec. 28, 1973 with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. His 11 blocked shots was also a school-record besting the previous mark by two. Harper Williams, Marcus Camby, and Lasme shared in the former record of nine blocks.

The Minutemen opened the game on an 8-0 run before the Terriers (0-5) cut the lead down to two points, 9-7. Redshirt junior Gary Forbes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) hit a three-pointer to push the lead back to five and UMass never looked back.

St. Francis fought hard during the first half keeping within double digits of UMass with the help of a 7-to-2 second-chance point advantage despite being outsized. A lay-up by sophomore Chris Lowe (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) with 10 seconds in the first half gave the Minutemen a 29-22 lead at intermission.

Within the first three minutes of the second half, UMass exploded on a 10-to-2 run building a 39-24 lead paced by seven points from Lasme. In the second half he also recorded eight of his 11 blocked shots.

Sparked by Lasme's play, Freeman was able to work the post as well going 6-for-8 from the floor for 14 points and eight rebounds. Forbes provided another nice inside-outside game offensively with 11 points, four assists, four blocks, and three rebounds.

As a team, UMass shot 48.9 percent from the floor and had 16 assists on 23 field goals. Points in the paint was also a factor with UMass holding a 40-to-28 advantage.

The Minutemen head to Jacksonville, Ala., this Saturday for an 8:30 p.m. (EST) tip at Jacksonville State.



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