Freshmen's 43 Lead UMass Over St. Francis, 83-65
Nov. 24, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Led by a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures for the second-straight game, UMass men's basketball defeated St. Francis (N.Y.), 83-65, on Tuesday night at the Mullins Center. Anthony Gurley led all scorers with 18 points, while 43 of the Minutemen's 83 points came from freshmen. UMass improved to 2-2 while St. Francis fell to 0-4.
Rookies Sampson Carter and Terrell Vinson each had 13 points, Freddie Riley had 12, and Ricky Harris added 10 as it was the second time in the Derek Kellogg era, and second game in a row that the Minutemen had five scorers in double-digits.
The Minutemen enjoyed their best 3-point shooting game of the season, connecting at a 47.4 percent clip (9-for-19). Overall, UMass shot 49.1 percent (28-for-57), while St. Francis shot 45.1 percent (23-for-51). Though no UMass player had more than six rebounds (Vinson), the Minutemen held a 35-26 advantage on the glass.
Ricky Cadell led the Terriers with 17 points, while Stefan Perunicic and Alexander Harrington had 12 each.
After Sean Carter began the game with a dunk 10 seconds in, the next 12 Minutemen points came on 3-pointers and all were from different players. After a 9-0 run gave UMass a 20-8 lead with 12 minutes left in the opening half, seven different Minutemen were already in the scoring column.
UMass' lead reached its largest of the first half, 38-21 with 3:21 left, following a 16-5 run that included a pair of Riley 3-pointers and a pair of Sean Carter dunks.
The Minutemen took a 42-30 lead into halftime after the Terriers outscored them, 9-4, over the final three minutes.
Riley led all scorers in the first half with nine points and all rebounders with four boards. UMass had eight different scorers in the half and shot 55.2 percent (16-for-29) from the field, including 6-for-12 from 3-point range. St. Francis shot 40 percent (10-for-25), including 5-for-11 from long range.
The Terriers began the second half by outscoring the Minutemen, 12-6, over the first four minutes, cutting the UMass lead to six, 48-42. A Ricky Cadell 3-pointer and a layup on the break by Stefan Perunicic after a steal on the ensuing UMass possession further reduced the Minutemen lead to three, 53-30, with 12:41 left.
UMass would respond however, as it then went on a 11-3 run, capped off by a Harris lob to Sean Carter for an emphatic dunk that put the Minutemen back in front by double-digits, 64-53, with 7:58 to go.
UMass would maintain that lead down the stretch and increase it when the Terriers began to foul in the closing minutes. The Minutemen scored eight points from the foul line in the final two and half minutes, while holding Terriers without a field goal for the final 3:39.
The Minutemen resume play on Friday when they take on Rutgers to begin the championship rounds of the Legends Classic at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. with a 5:30 p.m. tip scheduled.
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