UMass Drops Dukes, 82-63
Jan. 7, 2006
Pittsburgh, Pa - The inside tandem of Rashaun Freeman and Stephane Lasme proved too much for Duquesne to handle as the Massachusetts duo combined for 39 points in leading the Minutemen to an 82-63 win over the Dukes Saturday at the Palumbo Center.
The victory pushed UMass over the .500 mark at 6-5 (1-0 in the Atlantic 10), while the loss dropped Duquesne to 2-11 (0-2 in the A-10).
The 6-9, 255-pound Freeman, who scored a game-high 20 points and the 6-8 Lasme, who missed just two shots (7-of-9, 19 points), combined to shoot 72.7 percent from the field as UMass finished the game at 55.4 percent as a team. Bryant McAllister converted 13-of-15 free throws in scoring 19 for Duquesne.
Massachusetts, which led from start to finish, saw its lead cut to three at 30-27 on an Aaron Jackson three-point play with just over four minutes left the in the first half before Brandon Thomas hit a 3-pointer to start a 9-4 run that saw UMass finish the half with a 42-31 lead.
Duquesne went without a field goal for the first 10:16 of the second half as Massachusetts built its lead to 23 before Sean McKeon, who finished with a career high 11 points, dropped in a layup to make the score 61-40 at the 9:44 mark. UMass would maintain at least an 18-point lead the rest of the way.
McAllister and McKeon were the only players in double figures for the Dukes who were outscored 46-30 in the paint. UMass used its size advantage to outrebound the Dukes 38-28.