Postgame Notes: Houston 80, UMass 54
Dec. 30, 2008
UMass saw its four-game win streak come to an end on Tuesday afternoon in the final game of 2008. UMass finishes the calendar year 20-16 overall.
Tony Gaffney had 16 rebounds, his third time with 15 or more this season. It was also his ninth time in 12 games this year with double-figure rebounds. He raised his rebound mark to 12.3, fourth in the NCAA.
Gaffney also had three blocked shots and now has 4.9 per game, second in the NCAA.
Gaffney had his team-best 20th and 21st dunks in the game.
Anthony Gurley had 17 points, his second-most in a UMass uniform. He has been in double-figures in eight of 12 games this season. Gurley took 14 field goals, one off his career-high of 15 vs. Boston College earlier this year.
Ricky Harris had just 11 points, but did reach double-figures for the 11th time in 12 games this season. Harris made just 4-of-17 from the floor.
Luke Bonner added nine, his second-most of the season.
Chris Lowe played season-low 21 minutes and his fewest since 19 against Yale last season, when he was ailing with an ankle injury.
The 26-point defeat was the worst for UMass since a 76-47 loss at Temple on Feb. 1, 2005.
The 54 total points were the fewest since a 53-50 win over Saint Louis on Feb. 24, 2007.
UMass shot just 32.4 from the floor, its worst mark since 30.3 at Memphis.
UMass was just 2-of-4 from the foul line, the first time since Xavier last season, that UMass made a few as two free throws.
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