UMass Tops Boston University 67-65
Dec. 28, 2004
The last time UMass trailed by nine or more at halftime and came back to win was on Jan. 6, 2001, (112 games ago) when they were down 37-25 to George Washington and won 76-60 behind 28 points by Monty Mack.
The last game UMass came back to win after trailing at the half was on Jan. 31, 2004, when the Minutemen were down 30-29 at Rhode Island and won 67-64. UMass had lost 10 straight games which it trailed at halftime.
UMass scored the first 10 points of the second half to rally back from the 39-30 halftime deficit to take at 40-39 lead with 2:30 elapsed in the second half. In that run, Art Bowers had five points in the run.
Rashaun Freeman had 25 points, including 10 in the first half. It was his seventh double-figure game this season and 31st in 38 career games. Freeman had his second straight game of 20 or more points and eighth of his career. It was also his third career game with 25 or more points and first this season.
Freeman also had 13 rebounds for his second straight double-double and third this season and 15th of his career.
Freeman also made a career-high 13 free throws on 14 attempts. It was the best percentage of his career. This came on the heels of an 8-for-15 shooting performance vs. Rider. Also, he was shooting 55.1 percent from the line this season (27-for-49).
Art Bowers continued his hot stretch with his fourth straight game of 10-plus points with 15. He is averaging 16.3 over his last four games after scoring just 7.4 over the first five games. For Bowers, it was his 17th career game in double-figures.
Maurice Maxwell broke out a mini-slump with his first double-figure game in five games with 11. He averaged just 6.3 over his last four games after scoring 14.5 over the first four games.
Freshman Olivier Lamoureux made his collegiate debut entering the game with 10:23 left in the first half. The Montreal native had been hampered by various injuries this season (hernia, shoulder, Achilles).
Freshman Lawrence Carrier made the first free throw of his collegiate career early in the second half as he missed his first five this season.
UMass has now won seven games in a row in the series with BU and leads the all-time series, 38-29.
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.
This game vs. Boston University was the 2,000th game in UMass men's basketball history. The Minutemen have an all-time record of 1,050-950 after the game.
UMass will host its 150th game at Mullins Center on Sunday as the Minutemen welcome undefeated Boston College (9-0), which is ranked No. 6 in the most recent RPI.
Looking ahead, head coach Steve Lappas will coach his 500th career game against Temple on Jan. 5 at the Mullins Center.
Other Notes: BU won the opening tap ... Art Bowers canned a three-pointer for the first points of the game just 45 seconds into action ... The teams combined to hit the first eight shots of the game (five by BU and three by UMass, with a pair of field goals by Rashaun Freeman) ... Overall, BU hit its first six shots of the game and eight of its first nine as the Terriers jumped out to a 19-7 lead five minutes into the game ... 13 of the first 14 field goals in the game were assisted, all five by UMass and 8-of-9 for BU ... Maurice Maxwell fourth dunk of the season with five minutes left in the first half ... That was followed by Stephane Lasme's fourth dunk of the season just 30 seconds later ... For BU, Etienne Brower, who came into the game averaging 9.4 points, scored 15 in the first half ... Rashaun Freeman drew his second charge of the season with just over a minute left in the first half ... After Matt Wolff made a trey with six seconds left in the first half, Maurice Maxwell answered with a three-pointer off the glass as time expired ... UMass scored the first 10 points of the second half to take at 40-39 lead with 2:30 elapsed in the second half ... BU had a run of hitting just 5-of-23 shots after starting the game 10-of-13.