UMass Men's Basketball Cruises To 97-81 Win Over Hofstra
Dec. 20, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - Behind an offensive explosion, UMass basketball cruised to its third-straight victory by defeating Hofstra, 97-81, on a snowy Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center. Anthony Gurley led the onslaught with 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range on his way to 19 points. The Minutemen tied a school-record with 15 3-point field goals as they just missed recording the fourth 100-point game in Mullins Center history. Ricky Harris scored 16 points, eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for his career, while Luke Bonner and David Gibbs had career-highs of 15 and 11, respectively. Chris Lowe tallied 10 assists in the game to go along with his eight points.
While the Minutemen shot 57.7 percent from 3-point range and 52.5 percent overall, Hofstra had a huge advantage on the boards, outrebounding UMass, 61-32. The Pride was led by Cornelius Vines' 21 points.
The Minutemen jumped out to an 11-4 lead just under five minutes into the game, thanks to four-straight points by Harris. That lead increased to 18-8 at the 11:56 mark when Bonner, seeing his first action since injuring his knee in the second game of the season, hit a 3-pointer and followed that up with a tip-in off a missed shot on the next possession.
UMass received three points on three-straight trips up the court on 3-pointers by Harris and Gibbs, and three free throws by Harris after he was followed on another attempt from behind the arc, making it a 28-10 game with 9:13 left in the half. It was with the third free throw that the junior guard eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career.
The Pride cut into the UMass lead when Vines led an 8-1 run that made it 35-25 with 4:19 remaining in the first half, but the Minutemen responded by outscoring Hofstra, 13-7 over the duration of the half to take a 48-32 lead into the locker room.
Harris and Bonner led the way in the opening 20 minutes with 12 and 10 points, respectively, while Tony Gaffney sat the final 13 minutes of the half after picking up his second foul. Vines led all scorers in the half with 18 points, 12 of which came on 3-pointers. UMass shot 50 percent (7-for-14) from behind the arc in the first half, while Hofstra held a 32-17 advantage in rebounding.
After Vines started the second half off with a 3-pointer for the Pride, the Minutemen, led by two threes from Matt Glass and capped off by a Gaffney dunk on the break, went on a 13-2 run over a 2:13 span to open up a 24 points lead, 61-37, with 16:19 remaining.
The Minutemen's lead reached 26, 79-53, on a Bonner 3-pointer from the deep wing with 10:51 left in the game.
The Pride closed the game on a 16-5 over the final 4:45 of the game as Derek Kellogg emptied his bench.
UMass returns to action next Saturday, Dec. 27, when it hosts IUPUI in a non-conference game at the Mullins Center with tipoff slated for 4 p.m.
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