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Gazette: Gurley Warns Against Letdown

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In addition to his game recap in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, check out this notebook/preview of tonight's game vs. TCU.

University of Massachusetts senior guard Anthony Gurley enjoyed the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team's Saturday night win over New Mexico State, but warned against getting too excited.

"Last year we had a big time win against Memphis and in the next game we had a let down against Boston College," Anthony Gurley said. "It's important that we keep steady progress. We're not satisfied yet. We want more."

Gurley warns Minutemen against letdown

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New Mexico State's Troy Gillenwater dribbles into Massachusetts' Javorn Farrell during the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Springfield on Saturday.

SPRINGFIELD - University of Massachusetts senior guard Anthony Gurley enjoyed the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team's Saturday night win over New Mexico State, but warned against getting too excited.

"Last year we had a big time win against Memphis and in the next game we had a let down against Boston College," he said. "It's important that we keep steady progress. We're not satisfied yet. We want more."

• Related story: UMass gets easy win over Aggies at Tip-Off Classic in Springfield

Their next opportunity for more comes Monday at 8 p.m. when they return to Springfield to play Texas Christian in the next game of the Tip-Off Classic. Kellogg was anxious to see how his team would come back.

"I'm curious. We'll see how mature we are as a team. But this group seems somewhat focused," Kellogg said. "We have a game Monday night against a good TCU team. We need to play well. Are we going to get up on them and pressure the ball every time they have it? Are we going to rebound it and push the ball?"

The Horned Frogs are 3-1. They lost to Rider Saturday in Springfield, but bounced back to hold off Bradley, 74-68, Sunday.

Their game against UMass will be their third game in as many days.

BAILEY STARTS, CARTER BREAKS OUT - Kellogg, who has regularly shuffled his starting lineup in three seasons as a head coach, did so again Saturday replacing struggling center Sean Carter with Hashim "Big City" Bailey.

While Bailey had to come out with two early fouls, coming off the bench seemed to spark Carter. The junior, who hadn't scored a point yet this season had five points and five boards and was a solid defensive presence against the Aggies superior size inside.

NO PUTNEY, ESHO - Redshirt freshman Raphiael Putney didn't play in the game, which Kellogg regretted.

"I felt bad that Putney didn't play. I think he's going to be a very good player for us at sometime in his career," Kellogg said. "With the weight factor and physical play, how much can I get him in a game where I don't want them to go on a run?"

True freshman Maxie Esho still hasn't played and remains a candidate to redshirt.

LOOKING AHEAD - The Minutemen may have caught a bit of a break when Seton Hall's Jeremy Hazell suffered a broken bone in his left wrist. Hazell, a 6-foot-5 guard scored 21 in the Pirates' 86-68 win over UMass last year and was leading Seton Hall with 24.0 points per game.

He's expected to miss 4-6 weeks including the Pirates' Dec. 11 game at the Mullins Center.

MENZIES ON DEREK, CROWD - New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies praised Kellogg and criticized UMass' lack of fan support.

"Derek is doing a great job here. He's building it the right way. He's got a path for success laid out in front of him," Menzies said. "I hope he gets a little more support. I was expecting to see a few more fans here."

The announced attendance was 2,274.


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