Gonzaga Downs UMass, 68-57, At Battle In Seattle
Dec. 4, 2004
Battle In Seattle
UMass came back from a deficit as large as 17 (37-20) with 19:09 left in the second half, to tie the game at 40-40 with 10:50 left in the second half. In the 20-3 run, Maurice Maxwell and Rashaun Freeman combined for 16 points. UMass took a lead at 47-45 as Lawrence Carrier made a three-pointer with 8:46 left in the game, it was the Minutemen's last lead.
Senior guard Anthony Anderson moved to 29th in career scoring with 14 points, giving him 1058 for his career. He passed Alex Eldridge (1053) in the game. Anderson also stands alone at ninth in career assists with 324, as he broke a tie with current Boston College coach Al Skinner (320).
Sophomore Maurice Maxwell tied his career-high 19 points as he scored in double-figures for the third time this season and 14th time in his career.
Sophomore Rashaun Freeman hit all of his four shots from the floor and finished with nine points before fouling out with 3:42 left in the game. For the season, Freeman is shooting 57.1 percent.
UMass held All-American center Ronny Turiaf in check for the first half, as he scored just eight points, he did not have a field goal for the first 13 minutes of the half, missing his first five shots before a dunk with 7:01 left in the first. Turiaf finished with 19 points, but missed five free throws, coming into the game, he was 42-of-47 (five misses). Turiaf also had 14 rebounds.
Of UMass' 19 shots in the first half, 13 were three-point field goals, as they made four of them. The Minutemen made 4-of-6 two-point field goals. In the second half, UMass went to more two-pointers, making six of their first eight shots.
UMass played its first-ever game against Gonzaga, first-ever game in the state of Washington and second-ever game in the Pacific Northwest. UMass lost to Oregon at the Rose Garden in Portland on Dec. 2, 2000.
The Minutemen continue their hardest three-game stretch of the season, as they host defending national champion and No. 6/7 UConn on Thursday at 9 p.m. in the Mullins Center. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. UMass then travels to the opposite corner of the country from where they played Gonzaga, as they head to Miami for a Dec. 12 game with the Hurricanes.
Other Notes: UMass won the opening tip ... Stephane Lasme scored just 24 seconds into the game on a short jumper over Ronny Turiaf ... Maurice Maxwell canned a three-pointer to give UMass a 5-2 lead ... Anderson's trey made it 10-5 ... UMass held Turiaf scoreless for the first 4:35 of the game, when he made a free throw, he missed his first five shots from the floor, before scoring with 7:01 left in the first on an alley-oop dunk ... UMass made three of its first four three-point field goals, two by Maxwell ... UMass did not trail for the first nine minutes of the game, until Gonzaga took a 14-13 lead ... Gonzaga went on 15-0 run over 7:34 to build a 23-13 lead before an Anderson trey ended the run ... Lawrence Carrier and Anthony Anderson both attempted their first free throws of the season in the game, Anderson made both of his shots.