Minutemen Fall On The Road To Green Bay, 84-67
Nov. 29, 2008
GREEN BAY - UMass played with intensity and energy but turnovers proved to be a bug-a-boo all night long as the Minutemen fell at Green Bay, 84-67. UMass turned the ball over 29 times and the Phoenix had 35 points off turnovers in handing the Minutemen (1-4) their fourth loss in a row. UMass continues its tough road schedule to open the season at Toledo on Wednesday night. Green Bay is now 3-2.
Green Bay had five players score in double-figures led by Troy Cotton (21), Terry Evans (18), Mike Schachtner (14), Rahmon Fletcher (11) and Randy Berry (10) . The Phoenix made 12 3-point field goals nearly matching UMass' school-record 15 treys in the meeting between the schools last season.
The knockout punch came when Schachtner connected on a 4-point play which fouled Tyrell Lynch out of the game with 11:14 left in the game and gave Green Bay a 64-52 lead. The Phoenix's Cotton blasted a 3-pointer to finish off an 11-0 run and giving UWGB a 67-52 lead.
The Minutemen continued to battle, cutting the lead to four several times, but each time Green Bay came back to build its lead back to seven or eight points.
UMass cut back to within five points on a Gary Correia free throw with 16:07 left, 51-46. The Phoenix took a 10-point lead on a swooping lay-up by Fletcher with 16:59 left in the half, making it 51-41.
Green Bay came out blazing in the second half nailing back-to-back 3-pointers by Chop Tang and Cotton before a Fletcher steal and lay-up gave the Phoenix a 45-39 lead with only one minute elapsed in the second.
The Minutemen were hot from a the outside in the first half making 6-of-10 3-pointers and shooting 60 percent overall from the floor, but 15 turnovers kept Green Bay close as the Minutemen led 39-37 at intermission. Harris had a game-best 13 at the half.
After UMass took a its largest lead of the half at 10, 33-23 on a trio of Harris free throws with 6:09 left in the half, Green Bay went on a 9-0 run. It was finished by a Schachtner lay-up with 3:32 left in the half, making it 33-32. The Minutemen quickly responded on a 3-balls by Harris and Lowe giving UMass a 39-32 edge with 2:16 left.
Harris' trey and quick jumper on back-to-back plays gave UMass a 28-19 edge with 8:45 left in the half. UMass took a 23-17 lead with 9:23 left on Gurley's second 3-pointer of the half.
The game began with a frenetic pace with the Minutemen forcing tons of turnovers, but also turning the ball over themselves many times. UMass took a six-point lead on an Lowe driving full court lay-up with 11:14 left in the first half, giving the Minutemen an 18-12 lead. It was Lowe's third fastbreak lay-up in the first nine minutes of the game as he played with energy and intensity not seen yet this season.
UMass continues its run of starting the year with five of six games away from home as the Minutemen play at Toledo on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. The game will be the first at the newly-refurbished Savage Hall Arena in Ohio.
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