Men's Basketball

Massachusetts 61, No. 7/6Connecticut 59


Dec. 10, 2004

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Massachusetts 61, No. 7/6Connecticut 59
Dec. 9, 2004 * Mullins Center

• The crowd of 9,037 was the largest in four seasons and the biggest since the last sellout at the Mullins Center, when 9,493 came to the UMass-Temple game on Feb. 17, 2001.

• UMass picked its first win over a ranked team since March 9, 2001 when they beat No. 21 Saint Joseph's, 75-70 in the A-10 Tournament.

• It was UMass' first win over a top-10 team since a 78-61 win over No. 10 Maryland on Feb. 15, 1997.

• It was UMass' third win over a defending national champion, as they also beat 1993 champ North Carolina and 1994 champ Arkansas. The Minutemen are 3-1 vs. defending champions. This was the first trip by a defending a champ to Amherst and the Mullins Center.

• It was UMass' first win over UConn since Dec. 15, 1983, with UMass winning 67-65 in overtime at the Cage.

• UMass was the first team from New England outside of the Big East to beat UConn since 1986.

• UMass held UConn to its fewest points of the season and fewest since March 13, 2003 , when they scored 61 vs. Pittsburgh in the Big East Tournament. UConn came into the game scoring 90.0 per game.

• UMass controlled the first 12 minutes of the game, building a lead as large as 12, at 25-13 as Lawrence Carrier canned a three-pointer with 8:40 left in the first half. That was the second-largest deficit UConn had this season through five games. . The largest deficit UConn had this season through five games, was -13, as they trailed Indiana, 54-41 with 13:05 left in the second half.

• UMass led at the half, 31-29, marking just the second time this season, UConn trailed at the half. In the first half, 22 of UMass' points were in the paint, compared to just eight for the larger Huskies.

• In the first half, UMass bench combo of Jeff Viggiano and Lawrence Carrier combined for nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor.



• UConn came into the game averaging 60.0 rebounds per game and outrebounding their opponents by 25.0 per game. UMass tied them on the glass in the game, 39-39. The Minutemen outrebounded the Huskies in the first half, 23-21.

• UMass led as late as 13 minutes left in the game at 37-36 and eventually tied the game against at 46-46 as Anthony Anderson nailed a three-pointer with 8:27 in the game.

• Sophomore Rashaun Freeman came out like a house on fire, hoisting up seven shots and canning three in the first four minutes as UMass built a 10-6 lead with 3:56 elapsed in the first half. In contrast to his last game vs. Gonzaga he took just four shots the entire game, making all of them.

• Freeman finished with 18 points, marking the fourth time this season and 28th in his career he reached double-figures.

• In his most playing time of the season, junior Jeff Viggiano scored 12 points in 27 minutes.

Other Notes: UMass won the opening tip ... Rashaun Freeman scored UMass' first points on a lay-up at 18:55 ... Freeman took five shots in the first three minutes after taking just four all of last game vs. Gonzaga ... Stephane Lasme and Freeman had back-to-back dunks to give UMass its first lead at 10-6 with 3:56 elapsed in the first half ... Lawrence Carrier had UMass' first drawn charge of the season with 59 seconds left in the first half as he took the foul from Rashad Anderson on a drive to the hoop ...

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