Men's Basketball Rallies To Defeat Boston University 67-65 on Tuesday Night
Dec. 28, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - After trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team rallied to defeat Boston University 67-65 on Tuesday night in the Mullins Center. Sophomore Rashaun Freeman (Schenectady, N.Y.) recorded a double-double to lead the Minutemen and sophomore Art Bowers (Wilmington, Del.) converted a three-point play with 19 seconds remaining to secure the victory.
Bowers hit the game-tying lay-up, a lean-in twister, after forcing a BU turnover at mid-court. Splitting a double-team on the shot, he was fouled and converted the three-point play giving UMass a 66-65 lead.
On the ensuing Terrier possession, freshman center Jeff Salovski (Bristol, Conn.) rejected Shaun Wynn's jumper with five seconds remaining as he curled off a screen at the free throw line. Sophomore Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) came down with the loose ball and was fouled. He hit one-of-two free throws giving the Minutemen a 67-65 lead with 4.4 seconds remaining.
Chaz Carr's three-point attempt off the mid-court inbounds as time expired went wide.
Freeman led UMass (6-3) with his 16-career double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds. He was an astounding 13-of-14 from the charity stripe improving to 63.5 percent on the season - up from 55.1 percent entering the game.
Rashad Bell's career-high 27 points led all players in the game. Bell scored 18 of those in the second half as both teams traded points.
The Minutemen trailed at the intermission by nine points, 39-30, but went on a 10-to-0 run to open the second period. The win was the first time in 112 games that UMass had been able to rally from at least a nine-point halftime deficit to win dating back to Jan. 6, 2001 against George Washington. The victory also snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Minutemen when they trailed at halftime.
After starting the game 6-for-6 from the floor, Boston University held a 13-7 lead sparked by Kevin Gardner and Bell who each had four points in the opening four minutes.
A Etienne Brower three-pointer at the 12:33 mark of the half pushed BU's lead to 22-11 over the Minutemen. Brower finished the game with 15 points - all in the first half.
UMass finished the final 1:30 with a 7-to-3 run after Maxwell hit a floating trey from the right wing at the buzzer answering BU's Matt Wolff who had just hit a three of his own with 6.0 seconds remaining.
The Minutemen jumped out of the gates to start the second stanza putting together a 19-to-4 run to take a 49-43 advantage. Freeman and Bowers led the charge with six and five points in that stretch, respectively. UMass took its first lead since leading 5-4 at the 17:59 mark of the first half.
UMass forced 18 BU turnovers on the night converting them into 24 points. The Minutemen converted 24-of-31 free throws, while the Terriers were just 11-of-17 from the stripe.
Massachusetts will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 2 when Boston College visits the Mullins Center for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off. The game will be the fourth of a six-game home stand for the Minutemen. Boston College is undefeated at 9-0 and ranked No. 6 in the most recent RPI.