Harris' 23 Points Lead UMass Past IUPUI, 64-57
Dec. 27, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - Behind a 23-point performance from Ricky Harris, a double-double from Tony Gaffney, and 10 assists from Chris Lowe, UMass men's basketball defeated IUPUI, 64-57, on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center. The win was Derek Kellogg's Minutemen's fourth-straight as they improve to 5-6. The Jaguars, led by Alex Young's 19 points, fell to 7-5 with the loss.
Harris was 5-for-8 from 3-point range as he logged his sixth 20-point game of the season. Gaffney finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks, and three steals for his sixth double-double of the year. Lowe's double-digit assist day was his third in the last four games.
After IUPUI scored the game's first hoop, the Minutemen scored eight-straight points, including a nifty reverse layup by Gaffney for a three-point play off a feed from Matt Glass, who finished with a season-high nine points.
UMass kept the lead until Young scored six points in an 11-2 Jaguars run that tied the game, 18-18, with 7:54 left in the half. The freshman tallied 11 of IUPUI's 18 points to that point.
A Glass 3-pointer quickly gave the Minutemen the lead back and started a 7-2 spurt that gave them a 25-20 lead with 5:50 left in the half. The Jags countered with 7-0 run that gave them their first lead since 2-0, 27-25, with 2:35 remaining. The teams would trade the lead back and forth three more times in the final two minutes of the half. Harris sent the Minutemen into the locker room with a 34-31 lead by hitting a 3-pointer from 30 feet as the shot clock expired with six seconds left.
Harris led UMass in the first half with 11 points, while Glass added nine and Lowe dished out six assists. Young paced the Jags with 15 first half points. The Minutemen were 7-for-13 from 3-point range over the first 20 minutes, while IUPUI was 3-for-8.
UMass came out firing to start the second half, going on a 10-3 run over the first three minutes. Harris hit two 3-pointers and Gaffney added two dunks, the first coming off the rebound of a missed shot after he blocked a Young shot at the other end, and the second coming off a Harris lob from almost halfcourt. That gave UMass its biggest lead of the game, 44-34.
IUPUI reeled off nine-straight points over a 1:50 span to cut the UMass lead to one, 44-43, with 15:03 to go.
The Minutemen slowly rebuilt their lead, thanks to defensive play that held the Jags without a field goal for an 8:55 span between the 13:47 and 4:52 marks. A Harris layup off a long lead pass from Lowe put UMass on top, 58-51, with 5:35 remaining.
The Jags cut the UMass lead to three with under a minute left, but a Lowe driving layup with 14 seconds left and two free throws from Gaffney with four seconds left secured the victory, 64-57.
The Minutemen return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Houston to take on the Cougars at 2 p.m. ET in the final non-conference road game of the season.
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