LIVE BLOG: Vanderbilt at UMass
UMass hosts Vanderbilt in its final non-conference game of the season in a nationally-televised game on CBS College Sports today at 5 p.m. Check out the LIVE BLOG from Jason Yellin at the Mullins Center. It will be a very special night as UMass will be hosting two ceremonies honoring the storied history of the program. Saturday's game is the annual Leaman Legacy Game, where proceeds of the ticket sales go to benefit the Jack Leaman Legacy Fund, in honor of UMass' late legendary coach, who passed away in March 2004. In UMass' continuing celebrations as part of the 100 Seasons Of UMass Basketball, the program will recognize the decade of the 1960s with a halftime ceremony.
7:05 p.m. The final buzzer has sounded with the scoreboard showing 78-48 in favor of Vanderbilt. Tough game, but Vandy is a great team. Now we look ahead to the Atlantic 10 season which starts next Saturday vs. Dayton at the Mass Mutual Center. Remember, the start time for that game is 1 p.m.
Some final stats to pass along.
For the complete game recap, notes, and box score, be sure to check out UMassAthletics.com...Hope to see you next Saturday at the Mass Mutual Center as Coach Kellogg makes his return to Springfield. Until then, have a great weekend. GO UMASS!
6:53 p.m. UMass breask 40 as Gibbs hits a 3-pointer, the Minutemen are down 72-41 ... 2:40 left.
6:50 p.m. UMass is gassed. The Minutemen are shooting 2-20 (10 percent) from 3-point range and 12-49 from the floor, less than 25 percent. UMass trails 67-38.
6:46 p.m. UMass is 2-17 from 3-point range today combined with the Houston game (8-27) the Minutemen are 10-44 from 3-point land (23 percent) in the last two games. That comes after shooting 51 percent for two games when UMass was 26-51 in two games including a school-record tying 15 vs. Hofstra.
Today's crowd was a healthy 5,698.
UMass trails 61-37 with 7:24 left in the secind half as many are leaving the Mullins Center. Next week, UMass hosts Dayton at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The game is at 1 p.m. and will televised live on CBS 3 Springfield.
6:44 p.m. That last timeout was UMass' last, as the scoreboard was incorrect listing two timeouts. Tony Gaffney gets his first blocked shot. But Vandy dunks it home and builds a 59-33 lead.
6:42 p.m. Ogilvy finally hits double-figures with 10 points. He is the first Commodore with 10 or more points. UMass calls TO, they have one left as the Minutemen trail 57-33 with 9:08 left.
6:36 p.m. In the A-10, 10 teams played today, here the finals.
Richmond 74, Rice 43
Here in Amherst, Vandy's lead is up to 51-33 with 10:19 left in the second half. No one has scored since 12:06.
6:29 p.m. On a positive note, UMass just five turnovers in 27 minutes of action. That is a good sign. Vandy has just eight though. The Minutemen need the shots to start falling they, have been ice cold for the last two games now, shooting just 32 percent at Houston and are down to 30 percent today.
Kellogg takes a timeout as Vandy steals the ball and lays it in. UMass trails 51-32 with 13:22 left in the second.
6:26 p.m. Vandy started the half outscoring UMass 17-5 to take a 45-28 lead. Lowe stopped the bleeding with a pair of runners to cut the lead to 47-32 with 14:20 left.
6:22 p.m. Vandy on a 13-2 run over the last 2:31. Tony Gaffney is up to five rebounds, but has no blocked shots, which hurts his No. 2 in the NCAA mark in blocks. He has struggled from the floor going just 1-7. UMass' poor shooting has continued as they are just 1-4 from the floor this half. Many of the things that were needed to help UMass win the game, such as rebounding (trail 29-18) and shooting (42 percent to 28 percent) have not gone UMass' way. The Minutemen are 1-10 from 3-point range while Vandy is 7-16.
6:18 p.m. Vandy has built its lead to 11 points, its largest of the game at 38-27 with 16:56 left forcing Derek Kellogg to call timeout. McClellan and Tinsley smack back-to-back 3-pointers to give the big margin.
Tinsley hits another and its 14 points down, 41-27.
6:11 p.m. Back after halftime, Chris Lowe lays it in off the first possession and UMass cuts the lead to three at 28-25. That was the closest since UMass trailed 7-4 early in the game.
Harris leads UMass with 10 points. Tony Gaffney has four rebounds. Chris Lowe 3 assists. Vandy has a well balanced attack with no player scoring more than six points, led by Steve Tchiengang. Ogivly has just two points and four rebounds.
6:00 p.m. UMass is honoring its players from thw 1960s on the court. There was a huge ovation for the group. Rita Leaman and Laurie Leaman have also been recognized. What a special day here at UMass.
5:54 HALFTIME.... UMass trails 28-23 at half.
Minutemen are 8-28 from the floor and just 1-7 from 3-pointers. Combined with the second half at Houston, UMass is 17-62 from the floor and 3-19 from 3-pointers.
5:47 p.m. UMass has limited A.J. Ogilvy all game until now, he finally scores with 1:50 left in the half. Now Tyrell Lynch makes a great defensive play blocking the big Aussie, but as he does he taunts Ogilvy and is called for a techincal foul. Not was UMass needs. Vandy makes both free throws and keeps the ball with a 28-21 edge.
5:45 p.m. UMass trails 24-16 with 3:12 left in the first half. Media TO.
The players from the 1960s have made their way down to the court where they will be honored at halftime. UMass will have a video to honor them and will announce each of them.
On TV right now the Leamans Rita (Jack's widow) and Laurie (their daughter) are being shown.
5:41 p.m. The struggles from the floor continue. UMass is now 4-23, just 17 percent, add in the second half at Houston, where UMass was 6-25, UMass is 10 of its last 48, just 19 percent...
Harris finally on the driving lay-up to cut the deficit to 21-16 with 4:00 left. The last non Ricky Harris field goal by UMass was with 11:39 left in the half.
5:37 p.m. Tyrell Lynch makes his first free throw in four games, but misses the second. He is just 7-of-19 from the charity stripe this year. Matt Glass has entered from UMass and misses a 3 to join the party of bad shooting.
5:34 p.m. UMass poor shooting continues as the Minutemen are now 4-20 and 0-4 from 3-pointers, 20 percent from the floor and 0 from the treys.
Its been a rough go for the UMass after shooting 49 from the floor during the win streak including 44 from trifecta land. But the Houston game saw UMass shoot about 33 percent from the floor in both areas and today is obviously rough so far.
UMass trails 18-13 with 7:00 left in the first.
5:30 p.m. The best thing about the Minutemen's poor shooting start is that they Vandy has turned the ball over a bunch with seven TOs. UMass is just 4-17 from the floor, but just down 18-11.
5:26 p.m. Vandy hit back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 17-7 lead, the largest of the game with 10:40 left in the half.
Ricky Harris has been stifled by the Vandy defense until now as he hits a jumper to cut the lead to 17-9.
5:22 p.m. UMass is 1-of-10 from the floor, missing many lay-ups and gimmies. Vandy leads 11-7 at the under 12 timeout.
As part of the 100 Seasons of UMass Basketball, Peter Bernard from the 1962 team was just featured on the Video board here at the Mullins Center.
That was followed by a new feature "Ask The Minutemen" which had the current Minutemen taking about their favorites. Several picked Liam Coen from the football team, some picked Zack Simmons from soccer. Some went old school with Dr. J and Marcus Camby.
Some like Matt Hill, chose himself.
5:20 p.m. Finally a basket ... a dunk by Tony Gaffney his 22nd of the season. UMass trails 7-4, 14:05 left in the first ... UMass was 0-6 from the floor and wihtout a field goal for the first 5:29 of the game... UMass has subbed in freshmen David Gibbs and Tyrell Lynch.
VU has subbed two players with great names Festus Ezeli, maybe he celebrates Festivus and Steve Tchiengang from Cameroon. You can be sure he has Americanized his name with "Steve"
5:16 p.m. At the under-16 minute timeout, the Minutemen trail, 7-2. The Commodores are on a 7-0 run over a 1:49 stretch after UMass started the game by taking a 2-0 lead on two Harris free throws.
UMass is 0-6 from the floor.
5:06 p.m. There is an overflow of media here at the game. There are several NBA scouts from Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors as well. They are here to see UMass' Chris Lowe and Tony Gaffney along with VU's A.J. Ogilvy, who many believe will be a lottery draft pick.
5:03 p.m. Vanderbilt has a very good showing here at the Mullins Center. It is a rare showing for the Commodores in the Northeast part of the country.
Matty G is introducing the Minutemen and the building is shaking.... what energy, hopefully it continues in the game and on the court with the Minutemen.
5:00 p.m. UMass has hit the floor ... The Minutemen are feeling confident as they get ready for their final non-conference game. ... Guy Racine the team bus driver is a the bench wishing the players good luck. Notably manager Matt Vogel has returned to the all-spiked hair look.
4:57 p.m. You can cut the energy in here with a knife ... Everyone is pumped for this big time game with an SEC team at the Mullins Center for the first time since Alabama lost in the NIT First Round in 2007.
Vanderbilt has hit the court in their all black uniforms. UMass is getting ready to bust through the huge UMass banner.
4:50 p.m. Check out the starters:
4:40 p.m. The fans are flowing into the Mullins Center. It looks to be a solid crowd of 6-7,000 for the big day in Amherst.
Today's official are Mike Eades, Eugene Crawford and Tracy Woodson. Woodson was a third baseman with the Los Angeles Dodgers and St, Louis Cardinals in the late 1980s and early 1990s finishing his career in 1993.
4:28 p.m. Many of the players from the 1960s have arrived and are being honored in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center. Among the most thrilled is Peter Bernard, who was one of the leaders of UMass' first-ever NCAA Tournament team in 1962. Bernard has not been to a UMass basketball in more than 40 years since he finished playing in the mid-60s. He is having a ball meeting up with old teammates and fellow alums.
Over on the TV side of the court, CBS College Sports Tom Hart and Pete Gillen have taken their station and are prepping for the game. Gillen spent much of yesterday on campus with the Minutemen attending the entire practice. After the workout, he spoke with UMass' Tony Gaffney and Chris Lowe about their seasons and futures. He gave a few motivating points to the seniors so hopefully that helps them today.
4:15 p.m. Welcome inside the Mullins Center for today's very special day in Amherst as its the Leaman Legacy Game as well as the 1960s Celebration as part of the 100 Seasons Of UMass Basketball.
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