Minutemen Dominate TCU In 67-48 Win
Nov. 22, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - After falling behind by two points, 14-12, midway through the first half, UMass (4-0) took over the game, outscoring TCU (3-2), 23-7 over the remainder of the half to take control of the game and cruise to a 67-48 victory in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on Monday night. Anthony Gurley led four Minutemen in double-figures with 14 points.
UMass is now 4-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
For the game, UMass shot 47.4 percent, and controlled the glass, 43-34. TCU shot just 29.8 percent from the field and turned the ball over 17 times as UMass used a high-pressure defense and up-tempo game to derail the Horned Frogs.
After the Horned Frogs erased their early deficit and took a two-point lead, 14-12 midway through the first half, Farrell provided the spark for UMass, scoring six points of the first eight points in what turned into a 19-2 UMass run over a 5:40 span that put the Minutemen in control of the game. Farrell's steal and dunk at the 8:03 mark forced a TCU timeout and Gurley then led the latter half of the run, scoring eight points over the last 6:38 of the half to give the Minutemen a 35-21 halftime lead.
The Minutemen shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, led by Gurley's 10 on 4-of-5 shooting, and UMass dominated the boards, 21-14. TCU shot 30.4 percent in the opening 20 minutes and was plagued with 12 turnovers.
A Riley one-handed jam off a pass from Raphiael Putney assist on a 2-on-1 break gave UMass its largest lead of the game, 29 points, 56-27 with 11:24 to go.
Gary Correia hit back-to-back 3-pointers, the last one coming as the shot-clock expired, followed by two-straight hoops from Farrell, and finished off by a Gurley floater to give the Minutemen 12-straight points as the they held TCU scoreless over a 5:26 span to take a 26-point lead, 49-23 with 13:41 left to play.
Just as they did in Saturday's win over New Mexico State, the Minutemen came out of the gates strong. Led by six points from Sampson Carter, UMass took a 10-2 lead five minutes into the game.
The Minutemen return to action on Wednesday when they host American International at the Mullins Center in a 7 p.m. tipoff. UMass will be looking to go 5-0 for the first time since 1995-96.
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