PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Rashaun Freeman had 20 points and Stephane
Lasme 19 as Massachusetts won its Atlantic 10 Conference opener,
82-63, over Duquesne Saturday afternoon.
The Minutemen (6-5, 1-0), who broke a two-game losing streak,
began the game on an 8-0 run and started the second half just as
They did not allow Duquesne a field goal for the first 10:25
after halftime and led by as many as 21.
Massachusetts out-rebounded the Dukes, 35-23, and shot 56
percent from the field while limiting Duquesne to 42 percent.
The Minutemen had lost six consecutive conference openers, last
winning one on Jan. 5, 1999, over now-ACC member Virginia Tech,
It was Massachusetts' largest win against a conference team
since an 85-59 win at home over Fordham on Feb. 3, 2001. It was the
largest conference road victory since a 78-46 win at Rhode Island
on Jan. 30, 2001.