Men's Basketball

Minutemen Debut With Exhibition Win Over Brandeis, 83-60

Maxie Esho scored three points in his Minuteman debut

Maxie Esho scored three points in his Minuteman debut

Nov. 4, 2010

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AMHERST, Mass. - Sharing the basketball was the theme on Thursday evening at the Mullins Center, as 11 different UMass players scored and recorded 24 assists on 29 field goals as the Minutemen defeated Brandeis, 83-60, in their season-debut exhibition game.

Freshman guard Daryl Traynham scored 15 points off the bench on 4-for-5 shooting, including 2-for-2 from behind the arc to lead the UMass offense.

Senior Anthony Gurley tallied 13 points to go with a game-high seven assists, while sophomore Sampson Carter scored 13 of his own.

Sophomore forward Terrell Vinson finished with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Minutemen shot 51.8 percent (29-for-56) as a team, including an impressive 52.6 percent (10-for-19) from 3-point range. The Judges shot 40.4 percent (23-57) from the field and were 6-for-25 from 3-point range.

Gurley's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 7:11 left extended UMass' lead to 70-41. The lead reached as much as 33, 78-45, on a Raphiael Putney free throw with 5:09 to go.

Different classes combined with just under eight minutes left when freshman Maxie Esho blocked a shot, leading to a fast break where senior found sophomore Sampson Carter for a one-handed dunk that gave UMass a 67-41 lead.

A one-handed Hashim Bailey jam with just under 11 minutes to go made him the 10th Minuteman to break into the scoring column and gave his club a 61-36 lead.

A Gurley 3-pointer with 15:20 left extended the UMass lead to 14, 52-27. Two minute later, Traynham nailed his second 3-pointer of the game to make it a 19-point game, 58-29.

The Minutemen took a 13-point lead into the half, 38-25. Eight different players made their way into the scoring column in the first 20 minutes, led by Traynham's eight points on 3-for-3 shooting and closely followed by Gurley and Riley with seven each.

After being ahead by as many as 16 on two occasions in the first half, the Judges began to hit some shots while the UMass shooters cooled off, leading to Brandeis cutting its deficit to 10, 27-17 with five minutes left in the opening half.

The UMass shooters came out of the gates hot, making their first six shots from the field and using a 16-0 run to jump out to an 18-2 lead seven minutes into the game.

The Minutemen open the regular season on Thursday, Nov. 12 when they host Rider at the Mullins Center in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.




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