Men's Basketball Defeats Yale 70-56
Nov. 28, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) poured in 21 points and Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Lawrence Carrier (San Bernadino, Calif.) scored in double figures, as the University of Massachusetts defeated Yale, 70-56, on Sunday in the Mullins Center. The win improves UMass to 2-0 - the best start since 2001-'02 when Steve Lappas took over as head coach.
It is also the second time a UMass squad has opened with a 2-0 record since the Final Four team of 1995-96 started 26-0.
Freeman's 21 points, his sixth-career 20-point game, led all UMass players as the sophomore was 8-for-15 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
As a team, UMass was 13-of-16 from the charity stripe - a decisive edge as Yale (1-3) managed just 8-of-20 at the line.
In addition to his 12 points, Maxwell handed out a game-high six assists - just two shy of his career high. The Minutemen also received a lift from Carrier who hit 4-of-7 from the field, including two huge three pointers to spark UMass.
The Minutemen shot 42.6 percent from the field, while Yale hit just 35.5 percent of its shots.
Anthony Anderson (Lynn, Mass.) posted a career-high 13 rebounds leading all players. The Minutmen held a 51-to-33 edge on the glass bolstered in part by Anderson and Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) who grabbed 10 boards. Lasme also tied his career-high with six blocked shots on the day.
After a slow start to the game, UMass put together a 17-to-4 run over a six minute period late in the first half to take a 32-26 lead into halftime. The Minutemen shot 60 percent during the stretch, including three-pointers from Carrier and Anderson.
Yale never recoverd and the Minutemen were able to build their margin by as much as 17 in the second half.
The Minutemen fell behind early in the first half following an Alex Gamboa three-pointer at the 11:06 mark which gave Yale a 14-9 lead after the Bulldogs hit 6-of-12 field goals to start the game.
Carrier's three-pointer from the top of the key with 7:20 remaining in the first gave UMass a 16-15 lead - its first since leading 4-2 at the 18:34 mark.
In the second period, Yale was never able to cut into the six point margin. A pair of Art Bower (Wilmington, Del.) free throws with 2:16 remaining in the game gave the Minutemen their largest lead, 63-46.
For the Bulldogs, Dominick Martin led all players with 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting. He narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
Edwin Draughan and Gamboa each chipped in eight points and five assists.
The Minutemen return to action on Wednesday night when they host Northeastern in the Mullins Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.