UMass Battles, But Falls To Richmond In A-10s, 77-72
March 12, 2010
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - After a nice run to reach the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals, the UMass basketball season came to an end on Friday night at Boardwalk Hall in a 77-72 loss to Richmond. The third-seeded Spiders advanced to the A-10 Semifinals to play No. 2 seed Xavier on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The 11th-seeded Minutemen finish their second season under Derek Kellogg with a 12-20 record.
The Spiders (25-7 overall) were deadly from 3-point range making 11-for-20 in the game including 9-of-13 in the first half. Richmond led the game from wire-to-wire, building a lead as large as 17.
Senior Ricky Harris played in his final game as a Minuteman and finished with 19 points, giving him 1,960 in his career, to rank third all-time at UMass. Harris also finished second in career made 3-pointers (276), second in 3-pointers attempted (795), third in field goal attempts (1,534), fourth in career steals (147) and fifth in games played (129).
Junior Anthony Gurley, who always plays well at Boardwalk Hall, matched his career-high with 24 points to lead UMass. His previous 24-point game came vs. Michigan State in November's Legends Classic.
Richmond, a probable NCAA Tournament team had five players score in double-was led by David Gonzalvez (15 points). Also chipping in to the well-rounded effort were Ryan Butler (14 points), Kevin Smith (14 points), Justin Harper (13 points), and Kevin Anderson (13 points).
UMass rallied from 17 down at halftime to cut the deficit to just four on a 3-pointer by Gary Correia with 40 seconds left in the second half. The Minutemen later drew to within three with 7.3 seconds left on three free throws by Harris, but Kevin Smith's breakaway dunk on the ensuing inbounds iced the game for the Spiders.
Freddie Riley's follow lay-in brought the Minutemen to within eight at 66-58 with 2:47 remaining.
Richmond led 38-21 at halftime as they made 9-of-13 from 3-point range. Butler and Gonzalvez each canned three 3-pointers. UMass was just 1-of-10 from beyond the mark in the first 20 minutes.
The Spiders jumped out to a 19-6 lead on Butler's second 3-pointer of the game with 11:03 left in the first. Richmond started out hot from 3-point range hitting treys for each of its first four baskets of the game and a 12-6 lead with 14:30 left in the first. The 3-pointers came from four different players (Anderson, Harper, Gonzalvez and Butler).
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