Men's Basketball

 
Jacksonville State Spoils Kellogg's Return With 75-74 Win Over UMass

Chris Lowe dropped 20 points and added five assists

Chris Lowe dropped 20 points and added five assists

Nov. 24, 2008

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AMHERST, Mass. - Despite Tony Gaffney's third double-double in four games and an inspired second half run, UMass dropped its home opener, 75-74, to Jacksonville State on Monday night. The Minutemen, in head coach Derek Kellogg's Mullins Center debut went on a late 13-0 run and led by five with 40 seconds left, but the Gamecocks scored six points in the final 22 seconds to pull out the victory. With the loss, UMass drops to 1-3 on the season, while JSU improves to 3-1.

Gaffney led the Minutemen at both ends of the court once again, netting a career-high 20 points to go along with 13 rebounds and eight blocks. Chris Lowe scored 20 points as well and led UMass with five assists. For Jacksonville State, Jonathan Toles led the team with 18 points and five assists. Brandon Crawford contributed 17 points and two steals for the Gamecocks.

The Minutemen came out of the gates strong, converting a Tyrell Lynch layup and Lowe 3-pointer to take a quick 5-0 lead, but the Gamecocks used an 11-0 run over a 3:47 stretch, capped off by three-straight buckets by Brandon Crawford, to take a 20-13 with 9:27 left in the half.

Jacksonville State led, 29-23, with 5:13 left in the half when the Minutemen, sparked by increased intensity at the defensive end, closed the half on an 11-2 run to take a 34-31 lead into the locker room. The Minutemen held the Gamecocks scoreless for the final 4:42 of the half.

Gaffney led the way in the second with 12 points, six rebounds, and four blocks. With just under two minutes left her secured a defensive rebound and took it coast to coast for a dunk that gave UMass its first lead since the 11:33 mark.

UMass outshot JSU, 43.3% to 37.8%, in the first 20 minutes, including 4-for-8 from beyond the arc. The Minutemen also held the advantage on the boards, 22-19.

After a Ricky Harris layup to start the half upped the UMass lead to five, matching its largest up to that point, the Gamecocks went on a 10-0 run to take the lead back, 41-36, with 16:44 to go. Two Jeremy Bynum 3-pointers fueled the run.

Lowe kept the Minutemen close throughout the middle portion of the half, scoring nine-straight of UMass' points. Anthony Gurley then heated up, scoring eight-straight points, including two 3-pointers, but the Gamecocks, led by Jonathan Toles, kept the Minutemen at arms-reach.

With just over six minutes left and JSU leading by six, UMass again cranked up the defense, which led to offensive opportunities, and used a 13-0 run between the 5:47 and 1: marks to retake the lead, 72-66.

A Lowe layup with 40 seconds left gave UMass a 74-69 lead, but Brandon Crawford converted a four-point play with 22 seconds remaining to cut the lead to one. Two missed front ends of one-and-ones for UMass led to a Toles basket with eight seconds left that gave JSU the lead back, 75-74.

Gurley's ensuing 3-point attempt missed and Lowe secured the offensive rebound, but his rushed attempt at the buzzer missed as well.

 

 

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