LOWELL SUN: Greg Twomey Leads Greyhounds Past Mass. Lowell in OTFebruary 5, 2006
By Lynn Worthy
Lowell Sun Staff
LOWELL -- Assumption College sophomore forward GREG TWOMEY Twomey had been looking forward to last night's meeting with the River Hawks in Costello Gymnasium for more than a year.
With the score knotted at 79 points apiece and 4.4 seconds remaining in overtime, Twomey, a Groton native, came off of a screen, caught the inbound pass, and drove past his defender, hitting the game-winning layup with 0.5 seconds remaining. River Hawks forward Jerreh Saidybah arrived in Twomey's path too late to do anything but commit a foul.
Twomey knocked down the foul shot giving Assumption the 82-79 overtime win.
"Coach called a play for me to get the ball," Twomey said after the game, surrounded by friends and family members. "With four seconds, I mean there wasn't really enough to pass, so I just decided to go to the hole and try to get a shot."
During his career at Groton-Dunstable, Twomey scored a school record 1,712 points, and he also took the Crusaders to state finals as a senior. He was a 4-time Midland-Wachusett League C Division All-Star, a 3-time league MVP, and a 3-time Lowell Sun Player of the Year.
Twomey played in two games as a freshman last year before tearing the ACL in his left knee.
"I wanted to play my best in front of my friends and family," Twomey said. "Especially since some people marked it on the calendar since it was the only game they could make. So, this really felt good."
At the start of the game Greyhounds center JOSH MELUCCI missed a dunk on the opening possession, but nearly everything else that left the hands of Greyhounds shooters found it's way to the bottom of the net. Assumption hit 13 of their first 16 shots to start the game, jumping out to a 34-18 lead with 6:30 left in the half.
Assumption carried a lead throughout most of the second half. With five minutes left and the score 63-49 in favor of the Greyhounds, UMass Lowell finally began to chip away. Senior guard Carl Benn's shot with 53 seconds in regulation put the River Hawks up 66-64.
Assumption got clutch foul shooting from JUSTIN HOTCHKISS in the final minute and Stacey Moragne's leaner in the lane at the buzzer didn't fall and the game went into overtime.
In the extra frame, UMass Lowell had the ball with 8.7 seconds left and a chance to win the game, but Assumption stole the inbound pass to set up Twomey's game-winning play.
Twomey finished with 16 points, three assists, and four rebounds.
For UMass Lowell, Moragne finished with 17 points, Benn added 15, and senior guard Brandon Arnette had 16.
"This is a great league, they did a great job" UMass Lowell head coach Ken Barer said. "They played hard, they made their free throws, they defended, they got all the loose balls. That was it. They really outworked us, and with our backs to the wall with five minutes to go we really started playing well."
UMass Lowell drops to 12-6 in the Northeast-10 (16-7 overall) and Assumption improved to 3-14 in the Northeast-10 (5-17 overall). The loss was only the second at home all season for the River Hawks and the first time they lost two in a row since last season.