GW Falls on the Road at Massachusetts, 91-84

Jan. 10, 2007

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Stephane Lasme scored a team-high 23 points and Massachusetts withstood a couple of determined George Washington comebacks for a 91-84 victory on Wednesday night.

Lasme, who also had 15 rebounds and 11 blocks, became the 23rd player in NCAA history to record two triple doubles in the same season.

The Minutemen (12-4, 2-0 Atlantic 10) never trailed.

George Washington (10-4, 1-1 A10) was behind by as many as 17 points in the second half, but twice rallied to within one point of pulling even.

The last time, at 72-71, came on a basket by Carl Elliott with 4:23 to play.

Freeman ended with 21 points and Gary Forbes 16 for UMass.

Maureece Rice nailed a game-high 30 points for GW, which also got a 19-point performance from Elliott.

UMass led throughout the first half and by as many as 14 points (41-27) with less than four minutes to play on a basket by Lasme. After closing the gap to seven (41-34), GW still couldn't make a serious run. UMass still led, 45-36, at the half despite a tip-in at the buzzer by Regis Roundjia.

The Minutemen were 56.7 (17-for-30) from the field in the first half, with Freeman getting 13 points. Rice had 12 for GW before the break.

The loss snapped an 18-game A-10 winning streak dating back to the 2004-05 season.

GW returns to Washington to host St. Bonaventure Saturday at 2 p.m. at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center. The Bonnies (4-11, 1-1 A-10) fell, 71-66, to Richmond Wednesday at Olean, NY.



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