By Reuben Frank
ATLANTIC CITY -- Every loose ball, there he was snatching it out of theair and leading the U. Mass charge the other way. Every big moment,there he was making a steal, assist or basket. Every time the game hungin the balance, Chaz Williams found a way to make sure the balanceswung to U. Masss side.
U. Mass didnt beat Temple Friday afternoon. Chaz Williams did.
Its crazy, teammate Sean Carter said. He brings energy, bringsenergy. Playing hard, some of the weirdest things happen -- loose ballsfall in your hands, getting tips.
Williams, a 5-foot-9 lightning bolt, recorded 20 points, 10 assists andfour steals Friday afternoon, and the No. 8-seeded Minutemen stunnedtop-seeded and 21st-ranked Temple, 77-71, in the quarterfinals of theAtlantic 10 Conference tournament at Boardwalk Hall.
In the second half alone, Williams registered 13 points, six assistsand three steals. He may not have single-handedly knocked Temple out ofthe A-10 tournament, but he sure came close.
By Matt Haughton
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. On the big stage of the Atlantic 10 tournament it was the lack of big bodies for St. Joes that decided the Hawks fate.
The Hawks were pounded inside by St. Bonaventure en route to a tightly-contested 71-68 loss at Boardwalk Hall in the quarterfinals of the A-10 tourney.