Team Effort Gives UMass 84-63 Hoop Win At Holy Cross
Dec. 5, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - UMass put together its best all-around effort of the season in a wire-to-wire win over state rival Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon at the DCU Center, 84-63. Ricky Harris led the Minutemen (4-4 overall) with 19 and Anthony Gurley added 18. Both players have scored in double-figures in every game this season. UMass shot 50 percent from the floor, 46 from beyond the 3-point arc and 83 percent (10-of-12) from the foul line. The Minutemen tied a season-best 12 3-pointers. The Crusaders (2-7 overall) were held to just 36 percent from the floor by a stout UMass defense.
UMass got contributions from many sources in different areas. Junior Hashim Bailey had his first field goals of the season, grabbed a career-high eight rebounds and blocked three shots as he returned from an injury. Freshman Freddie Riley canned two 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. Harris, played a lot much of game at points guard had six assists. David Gibbs had seven points, a career-high tying five rebounds and three assists.
Holy Cross' top scorer Mike Cavataio, who came in averaging 13.3 points, was limited to just seven points.
The Minutemen played their best half of the season in the first half, outscoring Holy Cross, 49-34. They continued to maintain a lead of at least seven in the second half and cruised the rest of the way.
After the Crusaders got to within seven points at 57-50, UMass went on a 11-0 run including an alley-oop dunk by Sean Carter on a pass from Gary Correia and a 3-pointer by Correia with 8:10 left in regulation. A Freddie Riley 3-ball gave UMass its largest lead of the game to that point at 68-50 with 7:45 left. The Minutemen continued to roll. Gurley hit three straight wing lay-ups to give UMass a 74-54 lead with 4:59 left.
Holy Cross opened the second half scoring the first seven points of the half to cut UMass' lead to 49-41. Harris nailed an NBA-length 3-pointer to end the 9-0 run that extended to the end of the first half.
The Minutemen had their highest scoring first half of the year in taking a 49-34 lead at intermission. It was UMass' most points in the first 20 minutes since netting 57 at Fordham last February. Harris led all players with 14 points as UMass shot 52 percent from the floor (17-of-33). Harris' three free throws with 1:08 left in the first half, gave UMass its largest lead of the half at 49-32.
UMass made all eight free throws in the first half and turned the ball over just five times, while outrebounding Holy Cross, 20-14.
UMass made four 3-pointers in a 2:30 span to build a 10-7 lead to 21-7 with 13:13 left in the first half. Riley's 3-pointer finished up an 11-0 run.
UMass continues its two-game road swing at Seton Hall on Monday night at 7 p.m.
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