UMass Stings AIC With Big Second Half, 83-56
Nov. 24, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - After leading by just one at halftime, UMass used aggressive defense to outscore American International, 48-22 in the second half, led by a 17-0 run over a 3:57 span midway through the period to give the Minutemen (5-0) a 83-56 victory over the Yellow Jackets (3-2) on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. UMass is now 5-0 for the first time since 1995-96 leading into Saturday's 3 p.m. game against Holy Cross at the Curry Hicks Cage.
Anthony Gurley once again led the UMass offense with 22 points to lead four Minutemen in double-figures. Sampson Carter scored 13 points, Gary Correia scored 12 and was 3-of-3 from 3-point range, and Javorn Farrell added 10.
The 27-point victory is UMass' biggest in the Derek Kellogg era.
Between the 13:32 and 9:35 marks of the second half, the Minutemen went on a 16-0 run, finished off by five points from Riley on a dunk and then a 3-pointer, to take a commanding 67-42 lead.
After leading by one at the half, 35-34, UMass opened the second half by outscoring AIC, 13-5 over the first five minutes, led by six points from Gurley. The Minutemen continued to crank up the defensive pressure as Gurley and Freddie Riley each had breakaway dunks off steals and a Gurley 3-point play off a steal forced an AIC timeout at the 11:49 mark with the Minutemen leading by 17, 59-42.
UMass shot 50 percent for the game, including 57.6 percent in the second half, and were 6-of-12 from behind the arc. The Minutemen held the Yellow Jackets to 34.5 percent shooting, including 28.6 percent in the second half. UMass enjoyed a 46-30 advantage on the boards and forced 18 AIC turnovers.
The teams went back and forth in the first half, trading leads 13 times. The Minutemen shot 41.9 percent in the first half, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, while AIC shot 40.7 percent and was 7-for-12 on 3-pointers, but the real story of the opening 20 minutes was the 14 fouls called on UMass, including a technical assessed on the bench at the 6:02 mark, but the Yellow Jackets made just 5-of-15 at the free throw line. AIC was whistled for seven fouls in the half.
Gurley led all scorers in the first half with 11 points and led the way on the boards as well with seven. AIC's Byron Richards was 3-of-4 from long range and, along with Isiah Richards, had nine points in the half.
The latter portion of the first half turned into a 3-point shooting contest. Between the 5:02 and 3:13 marks, six field goals in a row, three for each club, were from behind the arc and they swapped leads four times in that span.
Both offenses started the game slow. At the first media timeout just over four minutes in, the Minutemen were 2-of-8 shooting and AIC was 1-of-5 with four turnovers.
The Minutemen return to action on Saturday when they host Holy Cross in a 3 p.m. game at the Curry Hicks Cage, their first game at the historic venue since 1993.