UMass Celebrates Ford's Birthday With 70-61 Win Over Boston University
Dec. 29, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - The backcourt trio of Gary Forbes, Ricky Harris, and Chris Lowe combined for 51 points to give UMass head coach Travis Ford a 70-61 victory over Boston University on his 38th birthday Saturday night at the Mullins Center. Forbes finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds as he recorded his third double-double of the season. Lowe and Harris added 14 points each. Forbes and Harris have scored in double-figures in all 12 games this season. Carlos Strong led the Terriers with 17 points. With the win, UMass improves to 10-2, its best start since opening the 1995-96 season 26-0 on its way to the Final Four.
The Minutemen came out firing, jumping out to an 11-4 lead and holding the Terriers without a field goal for the first 6:48 of the game. UMass held a 15-11 lead with 11:13 left in the opening half when Forbes sparked a 24-4 run over the next 7:38 with eight points. Harris finished off the run with a dunk off the break that resulted in a Terriers timeout at 3:35 with UMass leading, 37-15.
The Minutemen took a 44-25 lead into the locker room, with Forbes and Harris leading the way with 15 and 13 points, respectively. Forbes achieved his double-double in the first half, grabbing 10 rebounds. UMass shot 44.1% (15-34) for the half, while BU shot 26.2% (10-38). Papa Lo led the UMass defense with four of the team's nine blocks in the opening 20 minutes.
Both teams struggled to find their shooting touch in the second half, with BU outscoring UMass, 10-9 over the first 7:37 of the second half. A Corey Lowe layup with 6:42 left in the game capped off a 12-3 Terriers run and cut UMass' lead to single-digits, 56-47. BU then used a 9-0 run over a two minute span to cut UMass' lead to three, 62-59, with 1:35 remaining. Chris Lowe would then score four-straight points, on a floater in the lane with 1:13 left and two free throws with 57 seconds left to extend the lead back to seven. Harris and Forbes combined to make 4-of-4 free throws in the final 14 seconds to seal the victory, 70-61.
The Minutemen shot 36.8% (21-57) for the game, while the Terriers shot 33.3% (24-72). BU held a slight edge on the boards with 46 rebounds to UMass' 43. The Minutemen blocked 14 shots in the game, led by Lo's five.
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