Northeastern Downs Men's Basketball 84-68
Dec. 1, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) and Anthony Anderson (Lynn, Mass.) scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, but it was not enough as Northeastern took an 84-68 win from UMass in the Mullins Center on Wednesday night.
The loss was the first for UMass this season as the Minutemen fall to 2-1. Northeastern improves to 2-2 on the year.
The Huskies received stand-out performances from Marcus Barnes and Jose Juan Barea, the nation's leading scorer, who scored 21 and 22 points, respectively. Aaron Davis and Bennett Davis each reached double-figures with 13 and 11 points.
For Freeman, his 18 points and 11 rebounds were his 13th career double-double.
Anderson's 17 point performance was a season-high and moved him into 30th-place on the all-time scoring list with 1,044 points.
Northeastern jumped out to an early lead for most of the first half, as Barnes and Barea combined for 27 points leading the Huskies to a 46-37 half-time lead.
A Bobby Kelly dunk gave the Huskies an 18-8 lead over UMass with 13:11 remaining in the half. UMass committed 13 of its 19 turnovers in the first-half; miscues which Northeastern turned into 24 points for the game.
UMass took its first lead of the game at 4:19 in the half on an Anderson fast break lay-up capping an 11-0 run which gave the Minutemen a 30-29 edge.
Northeastern, however, responded with a 17-7 run of its own to close the half capped by a Barea buzzer-beating three-point shot.
The Minutemen opened the second half with a 13-3 run led by Stephane Lasme (Libreville, Gabon) and Freeman who each hit two jumpers in the streak.
Maurice Maxwell's (Philadelphia, Pa.) three-pointer at 14:20 put UMass up 55-52 it's largest lead of the game.
After the Huskies took a five point lead on a Barnes three pointer, the Minutemen went on a 12-to-4 run taking a 67-64 lead on a Jeff Viggiano (Suffield, Conn.) lay-up.
Barea scored six of his 24 points and Aaron Davis hit two of his three trey's in the final 6:05 as the Huskies ended the game on a 17-1 run.
UMass will head to Washington to face Gonzaga on Saturday for the `Battle In Seattle.' The game will tip at 4:00 p.m. (EST) and will air nationally on CSTV. The Minutemen will next play at home when they face the defending national champions UConn (12/9). That game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The race for the Millionth UMass Fan is drawing close as the total reached 989,283 after Wednesday.