Postgame Notes: UMass 73, Rider 63
Dec. 23, 2004
UMass had two players with 20 points in a game for the first time since Jan. 29, 2002 as Art Bowers scored 21 and Rashaun Freeman had 20. In that game, Shannon Crooks had 21 and Anthony Anderson had 20 vs. Dayton.
Bowers set his career-high in points with 21. He previously scored 19 vs. Temple on Jan. 24, 2004. His tied his career-best for made field goals, as he also set that original mark in that Temple game. Bowers' five made three-pointers was a career-high as he made four on three previous occasions.
Bowers went into double-figures for the third straight game with 19. It was his 16th game with 10-or more points in his career.
After averaging 7.6 points in his first five games this season, Bowers is averaging 16.3 over his last three games. He has also hit 12 of his last 24 from three-point range after starting the year 1-for-23.
Freeman scored 10 of his game-high 20 points in the first half. For Freeman, it was his sixth double-figure game of the season and 30th of his collegiate career in 37 games.
Freeman's point total was his seventh career 20-point game and second this season.
Freeman had his 14th career double-double and second this season, as he had 13 rebounds. It was also a season high in rebounds as his previous best was 11 vs. Northeastern. It was his most rebounds in a game since his career-high and Mullins Center record vs. St. Bonaventure on Feb. 28, 2004.
Before going down with a sprained right ankle, Jeff Viggiano hauled down a season-best seven rebounds along with six points.
Rider's 22 first-half points were the fewest UMass allowed in any half this season. They allowed Birmingham-Southern 24 in the first half vs. BSC.
UMass built its largest lead of the season at 20 points (49-29) with 14:33 left in the second half on a Bowers trey. UMass lead Birmingham Southern by 18 (42-24) at the end of the first half for the previous largest margin of a lead.
UMass is now 7-0 all-time vs. Rider, winning in each of the last three seasons.
UMass is in the midst of its longest homestand (six games) in more than 70 years, as the school hosted seven home games in a row in 1930-31 at Drill Hall.
Next game vs. Boston University will be the 2,000th game in UMass men's basketball history. The Minutemen have an all-time record of 1,049-950 heading into the game.
For UMass, walk-on Nana Ampim dressed for the first time this season. Wearing No. 40, Ampim is a freshman guard, 6-1, 195, who is a native of London, England. He graduated from South Brunswick High School in New Jersey.
Freshman Olivier Lamoureux also dressed after sitting out the last few games with Achilles and shoulder injuries.
Other Notes: UMass won the opening tap ... Chris Chadwick scored the first basket of the game on a fall-away lay-up at 18:53 of the first half ... Jeff Viggiano had first dunk of the season with just under 13 minutes left in the first half ... Maurice Maxwell followed that with his third dunk of the season with just over 12 minutes left ... After missing its first three free throws of the game, UMass made the final eight of the first half ... after missing its first five three-pointers, Art Bowers canned a trey with four minutes left in the first ...