POSTGAME NOTES: Charlotte 69, UMass 64 (OT)
Jan. 21, 2009
Luke Bonner tied a career-high with 15 points and set a new career-high with 11 rebounds.
Bonner had his fifth-career game in double-figure scoring and second game this season with his career-high tying 15 points also done against Hofstra (12/20/08).
Bonner played a career-high 39 minutes, shattering his old high of 26 set at Saint Louis (1/14) last Wednesday.
UMass had two players with 10 rebounds in a game for the first time this season as Bonner had 11 and Tony Gaffney had a game-high 13 boards. The last time UMass had two players with 10 or more rebounds was against Rhode Island (2/7/08) when Etienne Brower had 17 and Gary Forbes had 13.
Gaffney had his 10th double-figure game this season and 12th of his career with 13 boards. He narrowly missed his seventh-double-double with nine points.
Gaffney is now averaging 10.8 rebounds, ninth in the NCAA.
Gaffney had two blocks and is at 4.7 per game, second in the NCAA.
Ricky Harris had 19 points, his 16th time in 17 games with 10 more this season and 56 in his career.
Harris moved to 28th in career scoring at UMass as he now has 1135, passing No. 29 Mike Williams (1,122) and No. 28 Gary Forbes (1,128).
Harris made three 3-pointers and has 175, just behind Lorenzo Sutton (178).
Anthony Gurley had 10 points, his 11th game this season in double-figures -- on his 21st birthday and his first game in North Carolina, one hour from Wake Forest where he started his career.
UMass is now 0-3 in overtime games over the last two seasons. It also lost to Boston College this season and Temple last year. The last OT win for the Minutemen came in the NIT vs. Alabama on March 13, 2007.
Tony Gaffney had his team-best 29th dunk of the season in the early going. He also drew his fourth charge of the season and hit his third 3-pointer of the season.
The Minutemen defense held the 49ers to only four points in a 11:34 span in the second half spanning from 13:29 remaning in regulation to 1:55 remaining.
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