UMass Suffers Last Second Loss At Toledo, 57-56
Dec. 3, 2008
TOLEDO, Ohio - Justin Anyijong's tip-in at the buzzer lifted Toledo to a win in their first game at the new Savage Arena, 57-56 on Wednesday night. In a match-up of first-year head coaches, each looking for their second win in their young careers, Derek Kellogg's Minutemen and Gene Cross' Rockets went back and forth all night, changing leads 10 times. UMass took the lead on two Tony Gaffney free throws with 16 seconds left, before Anyijong's buzzer-beating tip-in. UMass falls to 1-5 on the season, while Toledo goes to 2-5.
Tyrone Kent and Jonathan Amos led the Rockets with 13 points each. Anthony Byrd added 11.
Gaffney calmly made two free throws with 16.4 seconds left to give UMass their first points in more than six minutes and a 56-55 lead, all of which followed a Gaffney steal that gave the Minutemen possession with 26 seconds left.
Gaffney forced Kent's driving attempt in the closing seconds to rattle out, but Anyijong was there to tip in the rebound at the buzzer.
The Minutemen looked to retake the lead but Anthony Gurley was called for a charge with just over two minutes left in regulation. Then with 1:27 Lowe was apparently tripped, but no call was made as he slid across the floor and was called for travelling. Lowe missed a runner in the lane with 32 seconds left then Tyrell Lynch was tied up and the possession arrow pointed towards the Rockets with 29 seconds left.
Toledo regained the lead at 55-54 on a Jonathan Amos lay-up with 3:20 left in regulation.
Toledo jumped out to a 12-5 lead early, capped by a 3-pointer by Kent with 14:44 left in the first.
UMass took its first lead of the game at 15-14 on a 3-pointer by Gary Correia with 9:39 left in the first. The 3-ball bounced high off the top of the backboard and down into the net. Tyrell Lynch then pumped in a putback lay-up to finish off a 12-2 UMass spurt and a 17-14 edge.
Toledo tied the game on a long jumper by Ian Salter with less than a minute left in the first half. Gaffney's 3-pointer with 4:53 left in the first increased UMass lead to five points at 25-20.
Lowe's runner in the lane as time expired gave the Minutemen a 32-31 halftime lead after the Rockets re-took the lead on a lay-up by Ridley Johnson with 11 seconds left in the half.
Kent's second 3-pointer in the first 10 minutes of the second half gave Toledo 47-42 edge with 10:13 left in the half. He had given the Rockets a 42-41 lead with 12:26 left in the second. That was the Rockets' first lead in close to eight minutes.
Down by six, UMass went on a 7-0 run finished by a Lowe steal and lay-up forcing Toledo to call timeout as the Minutemen regained the lead, 50-49 with 8:31 left in the second. That came on the heels of a show by Kent, who started to heat up in the second half as he scored 10 of Toledo's 12 points in a spurt finishing with a steal, fastbreak thunder dunk with 9:50 left in the second. That gave the Rockets a 49-43 lead.
UMass then went on a scoring drought of over six minutes late in the half that set the stage for what transpired in the final minute.
UMass finally returns home for a stretch of four of the next five at the friendly confines of the Mullins Center. The Minutemen host rival Boston College on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in a game that will be nationally-televised on CBS College Sports. The game will serve as the backdrop of Classic Era Night where UMass will honor its former players prior to 1960.
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