Men's Basketball Defeats Birmingham-Southern 64-60 In Season Opener
Nov. 23, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -
Junior Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) led UMass with 17 points, including four three-pointers, and the Minutemen hit 10-of-14 free throws in the last 70 seconds to defeat Birmingham-Southern 64-60 in the season home opener on Tuesday night.
Sophomores Art Bowers (Wilmington, Del.) and Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) and senior Anthony Anderson (Lynn, Mass.) also posted double-figure scoring efforts in leading UMass to its 10th win in the last 12 home openers. Bowers scored 15 points on the strength of 6-of-15 shooting from the free throw line.
Anderson and Freeman scored 12 and 14 points, respectively. Anderson chipped in five steals and three assists, while Maxwell recorded four assists and three steals.
BSC (3-2) trailed 54-52 after three-pointers by Maxwell and Anderson sparked a 7-1 Minuteman run late in the second half. The Panthers missed an opportunity to take the lead missing four consecutive free throws.
UMass (1-0) wrapped a 29-to-9 run around the intermission to take its largest lead of the game at 42-24 just as the second half started.
The Minutemen shot 55.6 percent in the first half led by Maxwell's 12 points - highlighted by a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
Birmingham-Southern switched to a match-up zone in the second half slowing down the Minuteman shooters. Anderson hit a three-pointer at the 6:30 mark giving UMass a 50-49 lead and breaking a 5:29 scoreless dought.
The Panthers had just taken the lead with 6:57 remaining on a pair of Jimmy Amerson free throws wrapping up a 25-to-7 run - the first BSC lead since 16-15 at the 10:05 mark of the first half. For the second half, Birmingham-Southern shot 12-of-24 from the field, including 5-of-9 from downtown.
Jakob Sigurdarson led all players with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Thomas Viglianco scored 11 points and pulled down nine boards to lead the Panthers.
Birmingham-Southern hit its first four field goals of the first half before the Minutemen held them to just 5-of-17 for the remainder of the period.
The Minutemen took care of the ball committing just six turnovers, one in the second half, while converting 16 Panther miscues into 17 points.
UMass will next host Yale on Sunday, Nov. 28 with tip-off slated for 2:00 p.m.