Late Surge Motors Minutemen Past Marist, 83-68
Dec. 8, 2007
UNCASVILLE, Conn. - A late blitz by UMass led the Minutemen past a pesky Marist squad in a 83-68 win at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night. Chris Lowe scored a career-high 23 as UMass went on an 18-2 run late in the second half. UMass ended the game outscoring Marist, 31-10 in the final 8:30. The Minutemen improve to 6-2 as they prepare to face Boston College on Wednesday night at Conte Forum.
Gary Forbes added 18 points and 11 boards and Ricky Harris tallied 18 as each reached double-figures for the eighth time in as many games this season. Forbes his fifth-career double-double and second this year. Etienne Brower also had 13 points.
Junior Tony Gaffney had five blocks in just 23 minutes as he provided instant energy all night.
Marist (6-4) was led by Syracuse transfer Louie McCroskey, who scored 22. Jay Gavin added 12. The loss ended the Red Foxes' five-game win streak.
Brower's 3-pointer with 3:39 left was the nail in the coffin, giving UMass a 70-60 lead, finishing a 18-2 run. Ricky Harris' driving lay-up and free throw with 4:40 left gave UMass a 65-60 lead.
The Minutemen re-took the lead at 59-58, with 6:08 left in regulation as Forbes converted the fourth of four straight free throws after missing the first two on a technical foul on the Marist bench. Harris tied the game at 58-58 with 6:36 left in regulation as he converted a driving lay-up off a Lowe steal.
Marist took its largest lead of the game at 58-52 with 8:15 left in regulation on a Spongy Benjamin lay-up on the heels of back-to-back baskets by McCroskey to give Marist a 7-1 spurt.
The game was tied at intermission, 32-32. Lowe led UMass with 12 points in the half, but did not have an assist.
Marist answered UMass' 10-0 run with an 8-0 run of its own to tie the game at 28-28 with 1:45 left in the first half. After a missed his own missed free throw (on a three-shot attempt), Gavin canned a 3-pointer finishing a 5-point play to tie the game.
Trailing 20-18, UMass went on a 10-0 run over 4:30 to take a 28-20 lead with four minutes left in the first half. The Minutemen held Marist scoreless for a span of 5:43. Lowe's six-point burst gave UMass a 24-20 advantage with seven minutes left in the first half. He hit a 3-pointer with 7:13 left after he converted a full-court driving lay-up and made the free throw for an and-one, giving UMass a 21-20 lead with 8:29 left in the first half.
UMass continues its four-game stretch away from home when the Minutemen travel to Boston College on Wednesday night. The 9 p.m. tip-off with air nationally on ESPNU.
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