Harris and Gurley Lead Minutemen Past Quinnipiac 62-58
Dec. 2, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Behind a 19-point effort from Ricky Harris and a late first half run in which they took the lead the lead for good, the UMass Minutemen men's basketball team defeated Quinnipiac, 62-58, on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. Anthony Gurley added 15 points and Sampson Carter had 11, as the Minutemen used a 9-0 run late in the first half to take control of the game and held off a late second half rally by the Bobcats to secure the win. UMass improved to 3-4 on the season, while Quinnipiac went to 3-3.
UMass led by 12, its largest lead of the night, with 6:17 to go, but went without a field goal for the final 4:35 and scoreless for 3:13 of that span to allow Quinnipiac to cut the lead to as low as four, but free throws by David Gibbs and Gurley in the closing seconds kept the Minutemen in front by seven. QU's James Johnson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer that made it a four-point victory for UMass.
The Minutemen shot 21-for-48 from the floor, while Quinnipiac was 23-for-66. The Bobcats dominated the glass 46-29, including a 28-11 edge in offensive rebounds.
Harris came out hot in the first half, hitting his first five shots and scoring 15 of the Minutemen's first 19 points, but the Bobcats used a 17-10 rebounding advantage over the first 16 minutes and 12 points from Feldeine in that time to lead for most of the half. Quinnipiac took the lead at the 15:30 mark and held onto it, with the lead reaching as much as seven, until two free throws by Matt Hill, the first of his career, gave UMass a 28-26 lead with 2:38 left in the half. That was part of a 9-0 UMass run, capped off by a Freddie Riley 3-pointer, in which the Minutemen held the Bobcats scoreless for over 4 minutes. The first half ended with UMass leading by six, 35-29.
The Minutemen shot 44 percent (11-for-25) in the first half, while the Bobcats shot 38.2 percent (13-for-34). Harris led the way for UMass with 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting. Quinnipiac had the edge on the boards in the half, 21-15, including 12 offensive boards for the visitors.
The Bobcats cut their deficit to two in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Minutemen responded with an 8-0 spurt on a pair of Gurley 3-pointers and a Harris drive to the hoop to take a 10-point lead, 46-36, and force a QU timeout with 13:49 to go.
The UMass lead hovered between 10 and 12 for the next 10 minutes, but it was held scoreless from the 4:35 and 22-second marks, giving the home team a five-point lead with 22 seconds remaining. Gurley sank two free throws with 5.9 seconds left, before Johnson hit the 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded, giving UMass a 62-58 victory.
The Minutemen return to action on Saturday when they travel to Worcester, Mass. to take on Holy Cross at the DCU Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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