Vinson's Double-Double Leads UMass Over Grambling, 81-58
Dec. 11, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Led by freshman Terrell Vinson's first career double-double (20 points, 11 rebounds), UMass delivered a dominating performance, defeating Grambling, 81-58, on Friday night at the Mullins Center. Vinson's double-double is the first one by a freshman since Rashaun Freeman in 2004. Playing with two of their top three scorers out with injuries (Ricky Harris and Freddie Riley), the Minutemen used a strong inside game, outrebounding the Tigers, 55-30, scoring 56 points in the paint, and tallying 28 second-chance points. UMass improved to 5-5 on the season, while Grambling fell to 1-5.
Gary Correia had the second double-figure performance of his career with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Vinson's points and rebounds were both career-highs, while Sampson Carter was UMass' third player in double-figures with 11. Hashim Bailey also set a career-high with nine points. Javorn Farrell and Sampson Carter added 10 and nine rebounds, respectively, to contribute to UMass' control of the glass.
George Akpele, Lance Fuertado, and Torez Young all scored 11 points for Grambling.
UMass used a late first half 10-0 run to break open a close game and went on to outscore Grambling 48-33 in the second half to cruise to the victory.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair that featured 10 lead changes and six ties. The Minutemen struggled with their shooting early, especially from behind the arc where they missed their first five shots. The game was tied with 4:19 left in the half when Correia heated up, hitting two straight 3-pointers to start a 10-0 UMass run that gave the home team a 10-point lead, 33-23, with 51 seconds left. A basket by Grambling's Lance Fuertado with 22 seconds left in the opening half snapped a 4:13 scoring drought for the Tigers and sent UMass into halftime up 33-25.
Correia led all scorers in the first 20 minutes with nine points. Vinson added seven points as the Minutemen shot 39.4 percent (13-33) from the field to Grambling's 33.3 percent (11-33). UMass controlled the boards in the first half, 27-18, led by eight from Farrell. Fuertado led the Tigers with seven first half points.
UMass took over in the second half. After a quick Tiger bucket to start the half, UMass scored six unanswered points highlighted by Sean Carter and David Gibbs dunks. The Minutemen were up 11 with 15 minutes left when they went on a 9-0 run, started by a Anthony Gurley 3-pointer followed by three straight layups in transition to take a 20-point lead, 52-32 with 13 minutes to go.
The Minutemen continued to pull away down the stretch as Sampson Carter, Bailey, and Vinson all had streaks of six-straight points. The lead reached as much as 27 with 5:56 to go, before the game ended with UMass leading by 23.
The Minutemen return to action next Saturday, Dec. 19, when they host Memphis at the TD Garden in Boston at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Mullins Center Box Office or by calling 866-UMASS-TIX.
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