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UMass Heads To No. 14/18 Dayton For Huge A-10 Clash

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    UMASS (11-4, 0-1) at #14/18 DAYTON (14-1, 2-0)
    Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 • 7 P.M.
    UD Arena (13,266) • Dayton, Ohio
    Streaming Video: UMassAthletics.com
    Radio: WRNX (100.9 FM - Flagship)
    WCRN (830 AM), WATD (95.9 FM)

    UMass Heads To No. 14/18 Dayton For Huge A-10 Clash
    • With a week to prepare, the UMass men's basketball team heads to one of the hottest teams in the nation as the Minutemen travel to No. 14/18 Dayton for a Wednesday showdown at 7 p.m. The Flyers (14-1, 2-0 A-10) are ranked No. 4 in the RPI (as of Monday at Noon) as they are riding a 13-game win streak. The Minutemen (11-4, 0-1 A-10) have suffered back-to-back losses high scoring affairs, falling at then-No. 15 Vanderbilt, 97-88 on Jan. 5 and to Saint Joseph's, 98-92 on Jan. 9.

    • Live streaming video will be available on UMassAthletics.com as part of UMass All-Access. The game will be carried on the UMass Sports Network on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Massachusetts and on 830 AM (WCRN) in Central Mass and 95.9 FM (WATD) in Eastern Mass. Bob Behler calls the action alongside color analyst and Tim Kenney.

    • Wednesday's game pits two of the top performers in the Atlantic 10 in UMass' Gary Forbes and Dayton's Brian Roberts. Forbes leads the A-10 in scoring with 20.9 points per game while Roberts has risen to third with a 20.1 average on the heels of a 30-point outburst in Dayton's last win, 68-57 at Saint Louis in overtime on Saturday.

    • UMass is coming off its best non-conference season since the Final Four year of 1995-96, as the Minutemen went 11-3 prior to the loss to Saint Joseph's.

    • The Minutemen have averaged 91.7 points in their last three games to raise their scoring average to 85.6, sixth in the NCAA. UMass has scored more than 80 points in 10 of 15 games this season.

    • With a new high-energy system installed by Travis Ford this year, the Minutemen are led by Gary Forbes (20.9 points per game) and Ricky Harris (19.7) as UMass is one of three schools in the nation with a pair of NCAA Top 50 scorers as Forbes is 19th and Harris is 39th . The other schools on the list are Vanderbilt and North Dakota State.

    • The Minutemen stand 28th in the RPI and are one of six Atlantic 10 teams in the top 40 with Dayton (4th) leading the way. Xavier is 12th and Rhode Island stands 14th. Saint Joe's is 42nd and Duquesne is 45th. Overall, the Atlantic 10 is seventh in the nation in league RPI.

    UMass Against Ranked Teams
    • UMass has lost its last five games against ranked teams after winning two in a row: beating No. 7 UConn (61-59 on Dec. 9, 2004) and No. 21 George Washington (76-74 in OT on Jan. 15, 2005) three seasons ago. The Minutemen are playing their second game against a ranked team this season. UMass lost at then-No. 15 Vanderbilt on Jan. 5, 97-88, in Nashville.

    • Last season, UMass played just one ranked team when they lost at No. 4 Pittsburgh, 85-68 on Nov. 18, 2006. Two seasons ago, UMass lost to No. 3 UConn, 78-60 on Dec. 8, 2005, to No. 11 Boston College, 91-62 on Jan. 3, 2006 and to No. 7 to George Washington, 69-66 on Feb. 15, 2006.

    • Prior to the two wins in 2004-05, UMass had lost seven in a row against ranked teams. In both wins over ranked teams three-time first-team All-Atlantic 10 honoree Rashaun Freeman hit the game-winning shot, beating UConn with 4.3 seconds left and topping the Colonials with a lay-up with 0.4 left in overtime.

    • UMass head coach Travis Ford is seeking his first-ever win against a ranked team. He is 0-5 at UMass against Top 25 teams and was 0-9 while coaching at Eastern Kentucky from 2000-05.

    • All-time, UMass is 29-66 against ranked teams. UMass has never played a ranked Dayton team. The only time a raked team played in the series was the first-ever meeting when then-No. 1 UMass beat Dayton, 78-58 on Jan. 6, 1996.

    The Series With Dayton
    • This will be the 14th meeting between UMass and Dayton, with the Flyers leading the all-time series 7-6. UMass has won the last two games against the Flyers. Last season, UMass ended the Flyers' 14-game home win streak at UD Arena with a 77-69 victory on Feb. 22, 2007.

    • Two seasons ago, UMass ended a five-game losing streak in the series with a 66-47 victory on Feb. 25, 2006 at the Mullins Center. That day was an emotional one as the court at the facility was named in honor of Jack Leaman. Prior to that win, Dayton had won five straight in the series. The previous victory for the Minutemen came at the Mullins Center on Jan. 18, 2001 (62-57).

    • Prior to the Flyers' five-game win streak, UMass had won three out of four meetings between the schools.

    • For games in Dayton, UMass is 2-4 with that only wins coming in 1999 in overtime, 59-57, on Jan. 28 and last season.

    • For all games played at the Mullins Center, UMass leads the series, 4-3. Dayton had won two in a row before the UMass win in 2006. Dayton won those two trips to Amherst on Jan. 29, 2002 (83-68) and Feb. 8, 2004 (66-59).

    Last Season's Match-up
    • UMass ended Dayton's home dominance in 2006-07, handing the Flyers their first loss after a 14-0 start at UD Arena, winning 77-69 on Feb. 22, 2007. The win was also UMass' first at Dayton since 1999. The Minutemen improved to 19-7 overall and 9-3 in the Atlantic 10, just one-half game behind first place Rhode Island (10-3). Gary Forbes led UMass with 23 points while the senior inside force of Stephane Lasme (14 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks) and Rashaun Freeman (15 points, 12 rebounds) combined for 29 points and 24 rebounds. Each player posed his 12th double-double of the season.

    • UMass was able to withstand the 3-point shooting barrage by Brian Roberts, the A-10's second leading scorer, who made six 3-pointers. The Minutemen sealed the game with 1:26 as Lasme dunked in a Chris Lowe free throw miss to give them a nine-point lead, 68-59.

    • Roberts finished with 25 points and Charles Little tied his career-high with 21 points for Dayton (16-9, 6-6 A-10).

    Travis Ford Against Dayton
    • UMass coach Travis Ford is 3-1 all-time against Dayton. In addition to two wins at UMass over the last two years, Ford led Eastern Kentucky to a 73-66 win in Dayton in the 2004-05 season opener for both teams on Nov. 21, 2004. Ford's Colonels connected on nine of their first 11 shots in the game and built a lead as large as 13 points holding on for the seven-point win. Several members of Ford's current staff were a part of EKU's win: Associate Head Coach Tim Maloney, Assistant Coach Steve Middleton and Director of Operations James Altman. Ford's Colonels lost an 82-70 decision at Dayton on Dec. 8, 2001.

    • Dayton's Brian Gregory is 2-2 against UMass winning in 2004 and 2005. He is 0-3 against Ford, losing to him once at EKU and twice at UMass.

    Vote UMass!
    • For four weeks in a row (until this one), UMass was in "others receiving votes" from Dec. 17-Jan. 7 polls. Last week, UMass had five points, if you ranked the teams by points, UMass would have been ranked 34th. UMass had eight points on Dec. 31. UMass received six points in the Associated Press media poll on Dec. 17 and 24. UMass has received votes in a week for the 10th time in the last two seasons with the votes on Jan. 7. Last season, the Minutemen received a season-best 11 votes in the March 3, 2007 poll to "rank" them 37th that week.

    • The last time UMass was ranked in the AP Poll was in the Nov. 18, 1998 poll, when the Minutemen came in at No. 23.

    • Three Atlantic 10 teams are in the poll for the second week in a row. Last week marked the first occurance since March 2003. Dayton is at No. 14, Xavier is at No. 20 and Rhode Island ranks No. 23. The ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, Dayton is No. 18, Xavier is 20th and URI is 22nd.

    • UMass also played No. 16 Vanderbilt (16-1), one of the final five undefeated teams in the nation, in a 97-88 loss on January 5.

    Rising In The RPI
    • With big wins at Syracuse and Boston College, UMass is at No. 28 in the RPI rankings based on RealtimeRPI.com as of mid-day on Jan. 14. The Minutemen have been as high as No. 9 this season following their win over Toledo on Dec. 15. The Atlantic 10 has four teams in the Top 30 and six teams in the Top 50 of the RPI led by No. 4 Dayton, No. 12 Xavier and No. 14 Rhode Island. Saint Joseph's is 42nd and Duquesne is 45th. Overall, the Atlantic 10 is seventh in the nation in RPI.

    Beating the ACC & Big East
    • With the wins at Syracuse and BC, UMass has beaten teams from the Big East and ACC for the first time since 2004-05 when UMass defeated UConn and Florida State at home. The last time UMass beat teams from those two conferences away from home came in 1999-2000 when the Minutemen last won at BC, prior to Wednesday, and beat Florida State at the Orange Bowl Classic.

    UMass Continues Home Dominance
    • UMass has won 15 of its last 16 games at home after losing to Saint Joseph's, 98-92, on Jan. 9. The Minutemen are 6-1 at home this season. Prior to that loss UMass wrapped up a four-game homestand with the 95-89 win over Houston on Jan. 2 for its 15th win in a row at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen are 28-5 (84.9) in their last 33 games at the Mullins Center spanning the last three seasons spanning Travis Ford's tenure in Amherst. UMass went 12-2 at home last year and 10-2 in 2005-06. Last season playing before an average of nearly than 6,000 fans per game at the Mullins Center, including a sellout of 9,493 for the Boston College game on Dec. 2. UMass had its second crowd of more than 9,000 last year with 9,088 against Saint Louis on Feb. 24.

    Ford-Tough At Home
    • UMass head coach Travis Ford has been strong at home over the last four years with a 40-6 (87.0) record as the home-team coach. He is 28-5 at UMass. In 2004-05, Ford posted a 12-1 record at Eastern Kentucky's McBrayer Arena prior to this year's perfect start at the Mullins Center. Staff members Tim Maloney, Steve Middleton, and James Altman were all with EKU as well.

    Scoring, More and More
    Travis Ford has installed an up-tempo offense in 2007-08 after two years of low-post dominance with Stephane Lasme and Rashaun Freeman leading the way. 2007 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Lasme was a second-round draft pick by the Golden State Warriors. Freeman is leading the French B Division in scoring and rebounding after being a three-time A-10 First-Team selection. Heading into 2007-08, UMass returned just 40 percent of its scoring and just 35 percent of its rebounding.

    • With the new offense, UMass is scoring at a high-pace. The Minutemen are averaging 85.6 points per game, up from 74.7 points (+8.9) through 15 games last season and 77.3 points (+8.3) for the entire season.

    • UMass is sixth in the NCAA in scoring through Jan. 14 with 85.6 per game. The Minutemen are also second in the Atlantic 10 scoring behind No. 3 Duquesne (86.6). VMI leads the nation with a 97.1. average.

    • UMass is one of three teams in the nation with two players in the Top 50 NCAA scoring leaders as of Jan. 7 with Gary Forbes standing 19th with a 20.9 average. Ricky Harris is tied for 39th with 19.7 per game. The other teams on the exclusive list are Vanderbilt and North Dakota State.

    • UMass is 36th in total 3-pointers made with 137. With 9.13 treys per game, UMass leads the A-10 and is 21st in the NCAA in 3s per game.

    Block Party
    • Even after losing the nation's top shot blocker in Golden State Warriors draft pick Stephane Lasme, UMass has risen to the top of the nation in blocked shots once against in 2007-08.

    • After finishing third in the nation (7.45) in blocked shots with the nation's top shot blocker in Lasme, UMass is fifth in 2007-08 with 7.3 per game. UConn (9.3), Mississippi State (8.6) and UNC Asheville (8.3) lead the way. Duquesne leads the A-10 with 8.1 per contest to rank fourth in the nation.

    • The Minutemen picked 41 blocks in three games (13.7 per game) from Dec. 22-Jan. 2. The Minutemen had 18 swats against Central Connecticut on Dec. 22 for the second-most prolific shot blocking game in school history. The only game with more came with a school-record of 20 on Jan. 3, 1995 in a win over West Virginia at the Springfield Civic Center. UMass followed that up with 14 blocks vs. Boston University.

    • The Minutemen hold the top four shot blocking days in Atlantic 10 history led by the 1995 showing and this year's party against CCSU. UMass also had 16 against St. Francis (N.Y.) last year and St. Peter's in 2005.

    • The 18 blocked shots ties for the ninth most in a game in NCAA history, dating to 1985 when blocked shots became an official statistic.

    Showing Major Improvement
    • With only two players returning with significant playing time (Gary Forbes and Chris Lowe), many UMass players are seeing the most playing time of their careers. With that they have made major strides in all areas. Forbes, who started most of last year has increased his average 8.9 points per game from 13.0 to 20.9 to lead the Minutemen. Lowe has also taken his average from 7.0 to 12.5, a +5.5 mark.

    • Sophomore Ricky Harris has emerged as a major weapon on offense, scoring 19.7 points per game after just 4.5 last season as a freshman. He played in 32 games, all off the bench, but has started every game this season. Harris has 296 points this year after 145 all of last year. He passed his entire scoring total in the eighth game of the season against Marist with 18 points. He leads all Minutemen in scoring improvement at +15.2 points per game. Harris has scored in double-figures in every game this season with a career-high 25 on four occasions (at Syracuse, at Boston College, at Vanderbilt and Saint Joseph's). He scored more than 15 in each of the first four games, surpassing his freshman-season high of 14 each time.

    • Senior Etienne Brower has become the force UMass thought he would be after transferring from Boston University. Brower is averaging 11.1 points, starting every game after scoring just 2.7 points per game in 2006-07 when he was hindered by an ankle injury all season. Brower has 167 points in the first 15 games after just 59 all of last year in 22 games. He passed his entire total in the fifth game of the season with 75 after the Wis.-Green Bay (11/17) game which he scored a career-high 25 points. Brower has more than 12 points in six of eight games in 07-08 after his season high was just eight last year. His +8.4 improvement was aided by his career-high 25 points against Wis.-Green Bay (11/17) and a breakout game with 18 points against Houston (1/2).

    • Senior Danté Milligan has tallied 10 or more points in four games this season -- equalling his total from all of last year. He had his career-high of 17 in two of three games at Syracuse (11/28) and against Yale (11/14). Milligan's season-high last year was 10 points which he accomplished twice. Milligan has taken his averages from 3.3 points and 2.5 rebounds to 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. An increase of 4.2 points and 2.0 rebounds.

    • Junior Luke Bonner is also seeing more time and making his signature 3-pointers. Bonner, who averaged just 1.6 points in 06-07 is up to 4.7 per game and has made 14-of-35 from 3-point land. Last year he made seven treys all season in 31 games.

    Among The A-10 Leaders
    • UMass has three leaders in individual categories in the Atlantic 10. Gary Forbes (20.9) is leading the league in scoring and ranks 19th nationally. He is second in the league in defensive rebounding with 6.0 per game with a season-best 11 against Boston University. Forbes is sixth in the league in rebounds with 7.3 per game. He is 10th in assists per game with 3.2.

    Ricky Harris leads in steals per game with 2.2, which is 50th in the NCAA. Harris is also fourth in the A-10 in scoring with a 19.7 average. He's seventh in 3-pointers per game with 2.53.

    Chris Lowe is now healthy and has returned to his usual form and place amongst the leaders when it comes to point guards. He is second in the league in assists with 5.4 per game. He is also seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio with 1.71 per game. Lowe has averaged 13.9 points and 6.0 assists over 10 games since returning from an ankle injury on Nov. 28. Over three games (Dec. 29-Jan. 5), Lowe averaged 18.0 points per game and shot 62 percent from the floor along with 4.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Lowe is also tied for third in steals to leader Harris with 2.0 per game.

    • Lowe is moving up on the all-time assists list at UMass as he stands ninth with 341. Next on the list to Charlton Clarke with 350. With five assists against CCSU (12/22), he passed BC Coach Al Skinner (320) and then with five more against Houston (1/2), he passed Louisville coach Rick Pitino (329).

    • Danté Milligan is shooting 64.7 from the floor (44-of-68), but is shy of qualifying for the NCAA rankings (5.0 made field goals per game). If he were eligible, Milligan would rank eighth nationally and first in the A-10. Milligan has taken his field goal percentage from 49.4 to 64.7, an improvement of 15.3 percent. Milligan is seventh in the league in blocks per game with 1.6.

    UMass Celebrates Ford's Birthday With BU Win
    • 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 on Dec. 29, 2007 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 Earns National, A-10 Honors
    • UMass senior Gary Forbes was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for the second time this season, Sunday, Dec. 16. He was also named CollegeHoops.net's National Player of the Week and the UMass Athlete of the Week. Also on Fox Sports.com, Forbes was named one of Frank Burlison's Top Five Players in the nation. Forbes led UMass to a 2-0 week with a 23.5 scoring average along with 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Forbes scored 22 points, including 17 in the second half, in UMass' 83-80 win at Boston College. He had a game-high 25 points in the win over Toledo.

    • In the win at BC, Forbes also pulled down seven rebounds. For the week, he shot 13-of-28 from the field and 18-for-19 from the line on the week. He was also named A-10 Player of the Week after the second week of the season on Nov. 18.

    • Forbes was honored by the A-10 for the first time after his outstanding play on Nov. 18 as he was named the Atlantic 10's co-player of the week along with Rhode Island's Will Daniels. Forbes averaged 24.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in three contests between Nov. 11-17. He scored a season-best 29 points, including the 1,000th of his career, on Nov. 11 at Northern Iowa. He added 19 points and nine boards in the Minutemen's 89-80 win over Yale on Nov. 14. Finally, he scored 25 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists on Nov. 17 as UMass downed Wisconsin-Green Bay, 93-78. That game was special to Forbes as he played before his father Roberto for the first time in his collegiate career. Roberto was visiting from his home in Jonesboro, Georgia.

    UMass Wins Comm. Classic For First Time Since `99
    • UMass captured its first Commonwealth Classic since 1999 with the 83-80 on Dec. 12 at Conte Forum. Riding a gutsy second-half effort by Gary Forbes and a stifling full-court press, the UMass men's basketball team picked up a victory over cross-state rival. The win was UMass' first vs. the Eagles since December 4, 1999, and first in the last nine games. UMass was led by sophomore Ricky Harris who tied a career-high with 25 points. Forbes added 22, including 17 in the second half. Along with Forbes and Harris, Chris Lowe tallied 17 points and Etienne Brower tied a career-high with 10 rebounds.

    • UMass' athletic teams have had great success against Boston College athletic teams in the 2007 calendar year. The Minutemen and Minutewomen have posted a 10-2-1 record against BC in 10 different sports. Most notably, UMass' men's soccer team, which played in the NCAA College Cup on Dec. 7, knocked off No. 1-seeded Boston College on Nov. 28, by the score of 2-1. Additionally, UMass' softball team beat BC twice last spring, while the Minuteman hockey team has a 2-0-1 record against the Eagles, who won the 2007 Hockey East title. One of UMass' losses came in football, where the FBS Eagles were challenged by UMass' FCS team on Sept. 29, in a 24-14 BC win at Alumni Stadium. The Minutemen, who play with only 63 scholarships in the former Division I-AA, were within 17-14 in the fourth quarter.

    • The win also marked the first win vs. an ACC opponent since the Minutemen defeated Florida State, 78-68 on Feb. 15, 2005.

    • UMass also defeated alumnus Al Skinner for the first time since 1999, after Skinner had won eight in a row. Skinner is one of four former UMass players to have his number retired. Skinner had his No. 30 retired on Feb. 18, 2004. All-time against his alma mater, Skinner is 11-21

    Juicy Bits From The 107-Point Outburst
    • The Minutemen's 107-100 win at Syracuse ranks on the all-time charts in UMass annals. The 107 points were the most scored by an opponent against the Orange since the Dome opened in 1980.

    • The 107 points were the most UMass has scored in a regulation game since a 110-97 win over Duquesne on Jan. 6, 1977. It tied for the 11th-most points in a game for UMass as it also scored 107 in a win over Colgate in 1966.

    • The 207 combined points tied for the third-most points in a game in UMass annals. The record is 233, when UMass lost at Rutgers in triple overtime, 119-114 on Feb. 27, 1988.

    • The other game with more total points (214) marked the last time UMass played in a game where both teams scored 100 points in a regulation when North Texas beat the Minutemen, 110-104 on Dec. 29, 1982.

    • UMass continues to be the personal bug-a-boo for Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim. Of schools the legend has faced two or more times, UMass is the ONLY school which Boeheim has never beaten. The Minutemen are 3-0, winning in 1992, 1995 and 2007 against the Orange.

    • In the epic win, UMass rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to come away with the win. Ricky Harris led the Minutemen with a career-high 25 points while Gary Forbes added 23 points. Forbes also had seven assists and six rebounds in what Travis Ford called his best game at UMass.

    • Point guard Chris Lowe returned to action after sitting for 14 days of game-action and had 13 points and a career-high tying nine assists.

    • UMass shot 52 percent from the floor including 14-of-31 from 3-point range. Etienne Brower made 4-of-6 from trey-range.

    • Danté Milligan continued to show he can be a force with his second career-high 17-point game in the last three games. Milligan also equalled his Yale game, two weeks prior, with an 8-of-9 showing from the floor.

    25 Is Twice As Nice
    • When Gary Forbes and Etienne Brower each scored 25 points in the win over Wis.-Green Bay (11/17), it was the first time UMass had two or more 25-point scorers in more than 10 years. The last time UMass had two with 25 or more was on Jan. 23, 1996 as Carmelo Travieso (27) and Donta Bright (26) accomplished the feat.

    UMass Goes 2-1 At BTI Tip-Off
    • The Minutemen opened the 2007-08 season winning two of three games at the BTI Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Northern Iowa on the weekend of Nov. 9-11. UMass defeated Cal Poly, 90-64 and Northern Illinois, 102-87 before losing to the host Panthers, 75-68. Senior Gary Forbes, who scored his 1,000th career point in the loss to Northern Iowa, and sophomore Ricky Harris were named to the All-Tournament Team.

    2006-07 A Season To Remember
    • The 2006-07 season was a historical one for the UMass men's basketball team as the Minutemen captured a share of the Atlantic 10 Regular-Season Championship. The Minutemen returned to the postseason for the first time since 2000 and won their first postseason game since the 1996 Final Four season. UMass downed perennial SEC power Alabama, 89-87 in overtime before a national audience. That game capped off a sensational 24-9 season, which marked UMass' best record since that 1995-96 season when the Minutemen went an all-time best, 35-2. UMass' 24-win season tied for the fifth-most win in a season in the program's history.

    • The Minutemen captured a share of the league title on March 3 with a 71-67 win at Saint Joseph's. It marked UMass' first regular-season league title since 1996 and sixth A-10 regular-season crown overall. The Minutemen won five straight regular-season titles from 1992-96 and proceeded to win the A-10 Tournament each time.

    • The Minutemen went 24-9 overall and had the best season since the 1995-96 Final Four year when they went 35-2 in finishing as a national semifinalist. UMass finished with a 13-3 record in the Atlantic 10. UMass had its best conference record since going a school-record 15-1 in 1995-96. Prior to the loss to Saint Louis in the A-10s, the Minutemen had won six games in a row overall, their longest win streak since capturing 10 games in a row in Jan.-Feb. 1998.

    • UMass senior Stephane Lasme was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2006-07. Lasme is the first UMass player to be named the league's top player since Marcus Camby in 1996 and fourth overall joining Camby, Lou Roe (1995) and Harper Williams (1992). Lasme was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American following the season. He was UMass' first All-American honoree since Camby in 1996.

    • Lasme was joined by senior Rashaun Freeman on the A-10 First Team. Freeman is the first player since Saint Joseph's Jameer Nelson (2001-04) to be a three-time first-team selection.

    • Lasme is the second player to be named the league's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same campaign joining Pepe Sanchez of Temple in 1999 and David West of Xavier in 2002. Lasme joined Tony Dobbins of Richmond (2002-04) as the only players in league history to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors in successive seasons. Lasme was also named to the All-Defensive Team for the second year in row.

     

     

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