Men's Basketball

UMass Basketball Downs Dowling, 91-87, In Exhibition

David Gibbs had eight points and six rebounds.

David Gibbs had eight points and six rebounds.

Nov. 5, 2008

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AMHERST, Mass. - With many new faces taking the court in Wednesday night's men's basketball exhibition game at the Mullins Center, it was two veterans leading the way for the Minutemen as Chris Lowe scored 21 points and Ricky Harris had 20 in UMass' 91-87 victory over Dowling. Anthony Gurley added 17 points and six rebounds in his debut in front of the Mullins Center fans. David Seagers led the way for Downing with 32 points, 25 of which came in the first half.

The Minutemen open the regular season on Tues, Nov. 11 in Carbondale, Ill. in the first round of the 2K Sports Classic against Arkansas-Monticello at 6 p.m.

The Minutemen, using head coach Derek Kellogg's new dribble-drive offense, jumped out to an early lead. 3-pointers on three-straight possessions, one by David Gibbs and two by Harris, gave UMass a 21-11 lead with 13:45 left in the first half.

After Dowling came back to tie the game at the 11:20 mark on a Seagers 3-pointer, the Minutemen went on a 12-0 run over a 3:40 stretch that included two Gary Correia 3-pointers to take a 35-23 lead with 7:06 left in the half. Seagers led another Golden Lions run to pull them within four, 52-48, at halftime.

Seagers led all scorers in the first half, pouring in 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting. Harris and Lowe led the Minutemen with 11 points each as UMass shot 7-for-14 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes. Both teams shot identical 20-for-35 (57.1%) marks from the field.

UMass' defense started creating opportunities early in the second half. Tony Gaffney's long outlet pass leading to a Harris dunk at the 17:32 mark capped off a 11-1 Minutemen run to start the second half, extending the lead to 14, 63-49.

Tyrell Lynch's first bucket of the game gave the Minutemen their biggest lead, 68-51, at the 16:24 mark, but the Golden Lions came back again. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Dowling cut the lead to six at the 10:24 mark. A jumper by Beijon Warrington then cut the lead to one, 76-75, with just over seven minutes left.

A 3-point play by Lowe with 3:21 put UMass back up by six, 86-80. After a Seagers 3-pointer and Jones basket that cut the lead to three with 1:51 left, Lowe scored on another drive into the lane to make it a 90-85 game with 1:34 to go. Seagers scored once more, with 58 seconds left, but the UMass defense was able to make stops in the final minute to preserve the victory.

For the game, UMass outshot Dowling, 52.3% (34-65) to 50.7% (36-71). From 3-point range, the Minutemen shot 36% (9-25), while Dowling shot 45% (9-20). The Golden Lions held a slight edge on the glass, 38-37.




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