Men's Basketball

UMass Rolls Past Rider, 76-54

Jackie Rogers scored 17 points for the Minutemen, Monday.

Jackie Rogers scored 17 points for the Minutemen, Monday.

Dec 23, 2002

Box Score

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Jeff Viggiano, in the first start of his collegiate career, scored 17 points and added 9 rebounds, boosting Massachusetts to a 76-54 victory over Rider on Monday.

Jackie Rogers also scored 17 points for the Minutemen (3-6). Rider (5-4) trailed 37-30 at halftime after leading by as many at 13 points early in the game.

Micah Brand scored 13 points and Anthony Anderson added 12 for the Minutemen, who shot 48 percent from the field.

Jerry Johnson scored a game-high 18 points for Rider, which had won its last three games. Laurence Young added 12 points and six rebounds.

UMass widened its second-half advantage to 55-40 with 10 minutes to play and led by 20 with five minutes remaining.

The Minutemen used a 16-0 run in the first half to take the lead. Viggiano had a pair of three-pointers and a tip-in to get UMass back in the game after it trailed by 13 points, 26-13, earlier in the half.

Viggiano, who hit 7 of 11 from the field for the game, scored 12 of his points before intermission. Johnson scored 11 points for Rider before intermission.

Coach Steve Lappas inserted Viggiano, a freshman from Suffield, Conn., into the starting lineup after UMass lost to Lafayette on Saturday.

The Minutemen outrebounded Rider 40-28, led by Rogers with 10. UMass connected on 8 of 20 three-pointers.

Rider got to the free throw line just five times, hitting three.



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