Minutemen Fall At Home To Charlotte, 72-58
Jan. 30, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - A key scoring run in each half by Charlotte and a career-high 34 points by Derrio Green led to a 72-58 loss for UMass against the 49ers on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. Ricky Harris led the home club with 25 points and four assists, while Anthony Gurley added 11. The Minutemen fell to 8-13 overall and 2-5 in the Atlantic 10, while the 49ers improved to 16-5 overall and 6-1 in the A-10.
Green shot 8-for-16 from 3-point range, tying a UMass opponent record for most field goals and attempts from behind the arc in a game. 21 of his 34 points came in the first half.
For the game, UMass shot 34 percent from the field, including 14 percent from 3-point range. Charlotte shot 42 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc. The Minutemen held the edge on the boards, led by Sean Carter's 10 and Terrell Vinson's eight, 44-39.
UMass trailed by one, 37-36, with 16 minutes left in the game, but the 49ers outscored the Minutemen, 21-5, over the next 10 minutes, including a stretch in which UMass went without a field goal for 8:37, to fall behind by 17, 58-51, with six minutes to go. The Minutemen managed to get the deficit back to single digits, 65-56, on a Harris 3-pointer with 1:33 left, but the visitors were able to make enough free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
It was back and forth early, as the teams traded leads four times in the opening four minutes, but the 49ers went on a 15-0 run in which they held the Minutemen scoreless for 6:26 to take a 21-9 lead at the midway point of the first half. Green led the run, draining three 3-pointers in a three-minute span.
Gurley pulled the Minutemen back into it by scoring six-straight points, making it 21-15, and Harris hit 3-pointers on back-to-back trips, pulling UMass within five, 26-21 with 4:39 to go in the half. The 49ers outscored the Minutemen, 8-5, over the final four minutes of the half to take a 34-26 lead into halftime.
Green was the story of the first half with 21 points on 5-for-10 shooting from behind the arc. Harris paced UMass with 10 points, while Charlotte outshot the Minutemen, 41 percent to 33 percent.
After the Charlotte lead reached 10 on the first field goal of the second half, the Minutemen went on a 10-1 run on five layups, the last two coming on Harris drives, to pull within one, 37-36, with 16:09 to go.
The Minutemen return to action on Wednesday when they host Xavier at the Mullins Center at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised regionally on CBS College Sports.
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