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It would have been a big game under any circumstance for Freddie Riley. The University of Massachusetts sophomore guard has had a difficult time finding an offensive rhythm all year so 18 points in any game would certainly have been welcomed.
But it meant more Wednesday. Late Tuesday night, Riley's brother told him that their friend Antonio "T.J." Gordon had been shot and killed in an incident outside of a bowling alley in Riley's hometown of Ocala, Fla. Before Wednesday's game with Charlotte, Riley quietly dedicated his performance to the memory of his friend.
"I decided to dedicate the game to him after one of my younger friends called me (Wednesday afternoon) and was crying," he said. "It hurt him really bad because they were really close."
Daryl Traynham's foot, ankles for both Javorn Farrell and Terrell Vinson - they're all healthy enough to play but problematic enough to keep three key players in the University of Massachusetts' rotation well below 100 percent.
After Saturday, the Minutemen will have 10 days between games, allowing coach Derek Kellogg to rest some of his players as they focus on final exams.
Until then he's hoping his players can keep grinding through two more games at the Mullins Center, tonight against Maine (7 p.m.) and Saturday against Seton Hall.
But, as UMass takes a 7-1 record into Wednesday night's game against Maine (2-5), the concerns about this key spot are being erased by three distinctly different players.
"I think the point guard spot is a microcosm of our team. The guys have done a good job, they have all been somewhat effective in their own ways. but there is still a lot of room for improvement,'' coach Derek Kellogg said.
Read the full story in the Springfield Republican.
But that wasn't enough for University of Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg.
"Sprint Dah-RULL!" the Minuteman coach growled loudly.
The rookie extended his lead to a full two strides before crossing the baseline.
As Kellogg turned away from the court, he smiled a bit. He's trying to make the 5-foot-9 guard faster, but more than that he's trying to teach Traynham the difference between working hard in high school and doing so in college.
Among the items Matt Vautour touches on are the Hall of Fame Tip-Off schedule, MISSION 1000, an update on Daryl Traynham, Maxie Esho and the women's basketball schedule.
The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team has received word that freshman point guard Daryl Traynham has been academically cleared to play in the 2010-11 season.
The 5-foot-9 newcomer's eligibility could help solve a potential depth problem. The UMass roster carries only one other true point guard, senior Gary Correia. UMass is still awaiting word on the eligibility of Maxie Esho, a 6-8 freshman forward. Traynham and Esho are both from Upper Marlboro, Md.
If Esho is not cleared to play in 2010-11, he might still be ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA Clearinghouse.That would allow Esho to practice with the team, but not play in games.
He would retain his four years of eligibility, whether he is a partial qualifier or a 2010-11 non-qualifier.