Men's Hoops Downs UMass, 85-74, In A-10 Tournament Opening Round

March 10, 2003

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Chris Monroe scored 23 points to become George Washington's all-time leading scorer as the Colonials upset Massachusetts 85-74 in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

The Minutemen opened an early 14-7 lead behind 11 points from senior Jackie Rogers, who finished with 19 in his final college game.

Monroe was held scoreless for the first 11 minutes. But he began getting open later in the first half and scored all the points in an 8-3 GW run that tied the game at 36-36 with 4:48 left.

T.J. Thompson hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Colonials their first lead, 39-37, with 3:32 remaining in the half. Brennan Martin answered with a 3-pointer for Massachusetts.

A tip-in by Mike Hall and a free throw by Omar Williams gave the Colonials a three-point lead with 6.3 seconds left, but Mike Lasme's 3-pointer beat the buzzer to tie it at halftime.

Monroe hit two free throws to open the second half, giving GW the lead for good. The Minutemen struggled shooting in the second half as the Colonials pulled away.

Monroe's final two points came on a pair of free throws with 37.8 seconds left in the game. That gave him 2,227 career points, one better than Joe Holup, who played at GW from 1953-56.

Hall had 19 points and Thompson added 16 points for the Colonials. Anthony Anderson had 20 for Massachusetts.

The Colonials advance to the quarterfinals, where they'll face No. 10 Xavier, which beat GW twice during the regular season.

Massachusetts finishes at 11-18, its worst season since 1988-89, when the Minutemen were 10-18.