Men's Basketball Downs Marist, 66-59
Nov 24, 2001
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts, which led by 19 at halftime, withstood a charge by Marist at the beginning of the second half Saturday night to hold on for a 66-59 victory.
Kitwana Rhymer led UMass with 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench before fouling out in the final minute. Shannon Crooks added 14 as the Minutemen improved to 2-0 for the first time since the 1995-96 Final Four season.
Nick Eppehimer had 14, all in the second half, to lead the Red Foxes (3-1).
UMass led 36-17 at halftime, but Marist opened the second half with a 9-0
run and stayed close the rest of the way. The Red Foxes got within 48-45 with
8:08 left, but the Minutemen scored the next seven points.