Final OT

Massachusetts 76

(8-6, 2-2 A 10)

(21) G. Washington 74

(11-3, 3-1 A 10)

    12:00 PM ET, January 15, 2005

    Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, District of Columbia

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    UMASS 39 31 676
    #21GW 29 41 474

    Top Performers

    Massachusetts: R. Freeman 27 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Stl

    George Washington: M. Hall 14 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Freeman lifts Minutemen past No. 22 Colonials

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the score tied in overtime, Rashaun Freeman was surprised when Anthony Anderson threw him a pass with only a second or so left on the clock.

    With no time to catch and shoot, Freeman flicked in a layup with 0.4 seconds remaining, giving Massachusetts a 76-74 victory over George Washington (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) on Saturday.

    "Honestly, I thought he was going to take the shot," Freeman said. "When he passed to me, I was close enough to make an easy layup."

    Freeman finished with season-highs of 27 points and 15 rebounds, and Maurice Maxwell scored a career-high 20 points for the Minutemen (8-6, 2-2 Atlantic 10), who have defeated two Top 25 opponents for the first time since 1998-99. They beat Connecticut at home last month.

    "We're not there yet," said Massachusetts coach Steve Lappas, whose team is 6-0 in games decided by four or fewer points. "We have potential."

    Coach Karl Hobbs said almost the same words after his Colonials (11-3, 3-1) overcame an 18-point second-half deficit only to have their three-game winning streak snapped. George Washington's usually reliable 3-point shooters couldn't find the range against UMass' zone, with T.J. Thompson going just 1-of-6 and the team only 5-of-18.

    "Their zone is what controlled the tempo, and we just did not shoot the ball well against it," Hobbs said. "At times we became a little frustrated because we just couldn't make jump shots, and we normally make jump shots.

    "I've said it before," Hobbs added. "We're not a team that's there. We're a team that's trying to be there."

    Freeman bounced back from a poor shooting effort against Saint Joseph's by going 10-of-16 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free throw line. The Minutemen overcame 25 turnovers -- including four in overtime -- to win on the road for the first time in three road games this season.

    "I've got to figure out a way to make them feel like they stink every game," said Lappas, whose team lost by seven to Saint Joseph's on Wednesday. "It's hard to do after you win a game like this. I've got to make them feel like they stink because we play better when we think we stink, for some reason. I don't understand that."

    Freeman's game-winning shot came after George Washington's J.R. Pinnock, an 87.5 percent free throw shooter entering the game, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 18 seconds to play.

    Pinnock finished with 15 points for the Colonials, and Pops Menash-Bonsu scored all of GW's four points in overtime and finished with 12. Mike Hall added 14 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in overtime.

    Freeman scored six points in a 9-0 run that gave UMass a 53-35 lead with 13:31 remaining, but the Colonials awoke with a 17-0 run that included 3-pointers from Maureece Rice, Pinnock and Hall, breaking a 1-for-10 slump from 3-point range.

    Omar Williams' three-point play tied the game at 57 with 7:49 remaining, and there were five more ties before regulation was done. Thompson only successful 3-point attempt, with 17 seconds to go, sent the game to overtime with the score tied at 70.

    "We had so many turnovers and we just kept fighting and fighting," Lappas said. "When you're the visitor and the home team makes a shot at the end of regulation, that's tough. We just stopped them for 3 minutes until we finally made a shot. Anthony made a great pass to Ray at the end of the game."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 74
    FG Made-Attempted 26-54 (.481) 30-66 (.455)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-17 (.471) 5-18 (.278)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-25 (.640) 9-14 (.643)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 18 3

    2004-05 Season

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