Minutemen Tame Wildcats 70-67
Dec. 19, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts defeated Davidson College 70-67 in a nonconference game on Sunday afternoon at the Mullins Center. Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points and five boards to lift the Minutemen to 4-3 overall.
The Mullins Center also saw its 1,000,000th men's basketball fan walk through the turnstiles on Sunday. Amherst's own Zachary Gabor was greeted by Senior Associate A.D. Thorr Bjorn before the contest and was honored during a timeout during the opening half. To date, 1,001,004 fans have seen the Minutemen basketball team in action at Mullins.
The Minutemen and Wildcats (5-5) were evenly matched through the first half, with UMass holding two and three-point leads early on. Davidson opened up the contest with an 8-0 run behind a jumper and trey from Jason Morton to take the 19-13 lead.
Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) helped close the gap for UMass, starting a 12-6 run to knot the game at 26. Chris Chadwick (Union, N.J.) drained a three pointer, adding two of his four total field goals in that span for the Minutemen.
Massachusetts regained the lead for good with 2:41 remaining in the first, capitalizing on Wildcat miscues to take the 34-30 advantage into the locker room at the half.
The Wildcats stayed within striking distance throughout the second, taking their first lead with 6:10 remaining in the game--Davidson's first advantage since the 5:42 mark of the first. UMass quickly regained composure with an Art Bowers (Wilmington, Del.) three and followed that up with foul shots by Jeff Viggiano (Suffield, Conn.) for the two-basket cushion.
Both teams exchanged field goals through the waning minutes of the game, with UMass holding the 67-65 advantage with less than a minute to go. Freeman was put on the line for two with 36 seconds left to extend the lead by three and the Minutemen held on for the 70-67 victory.
Chadwick, seeing a season-high 35 minutes of play, scored 11 points--his fourth time scoring in the double digits in his career and first time this season. Bowers added 13 and Viggiano chipped in 12.
Morton scored a game-high 18 points for the Wildcats in the loss.
The Minutemen shot 48.1 percent overall and were seven of 12 from beyond the arc. They also capitalized with five blocks in the contest. Davidson was held to .436 shooting in the game.
UMass returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 23 when they host Rider at 7 p.m.