UMass Opens A-10 Play Vs. Defending NIT Champ Dayton
UMass Opens A-10 Play Vs. Defending NIT Champ Dayton
UMass head coach Derek Kellogg has won each of his Atlantic 10 openers while in charge of the Minutemen including a huge win over Dayton back in his first conference game in 2009. Coaching his hometown of Springfield, Mass., Kellogg's Minutemen posted a 75-62 win on Jan. 10, 2009 against the Flyers, who came into the game with a 14-1 record. Last season, UMass notched a 78-76 win over Fordham on Jan. 6, 2010 to secure a 1-0 league start.
UMass is hosting an NIT Champion for the first time since the 1965-66 season (44 years). Back on Feb. 22, 1966, the 1965 NIT Champion St. John's beat UMass, 80-73 at the Curry Hicks Cage. The Minutemen last played a defending NIT Champion in the Final Four season of 1995-96 as UMass won at `95 Champion Virginia Tech, 74-58 on Feb. 17, 1996.
The game can be heard on the UMass Sports Network on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass and 830 AM WCRN in Central Mass. Josh Maurer will call the action with Tim Collins and Glenn Wong on color. Live streaming audio and GameTracker statistics are also available on UMassAthletics.com. There will be NO live streaming video as per television rules with CBS College Sports.
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Series History With Dayton
Derek Kellogg is 1-1 against Dayton including his first win as a head coach back in his hometown of Springfield back in 2009, a 75-62 victory against the Flyers, who entered the game 14-1.
Three seasons ago, UMass ended Dayton's 13-game win streak as the No. 14/18 Flyers fell at home, 82-71 on Jan. 16, 2008. Four seasons ago, UMass ended the Flyers' 14-game home win streak at UD Arena with a 77-69 victory on Feb. 22, 2007.
The last game at the Mullins Center between the teams came four seasons ago, as UMass ended a five-game losing streak in the series with a 66-47 victory on Feb. 25, 2006 at the Mullins Center. That day was an emotional one as the court at the facility was named in honor of Jack Leaman. Prior to that win, Dayton had won five straight in the series. The previous victory for the Minutemen came at the Mullins Center on Jan. 18, 2001 (62-57).
For games in Dayton, UMass is 3-5 with the wins coming in 1999 in overtime, 59-57 in addition to the 2007 and 2008 meetings in Dayton.
For all games played at the Mullins Center, UMass leads the series, 4-3. Dayton had won two in a row before the UMass win in 2006. Dayton won those two trips to Amherst on Jan. 29, 2002 (83-68) and Feb. 8, 2004 (66-59).
Last Year Vs. Dayton Feb. 27, 2010: Dayton 96, UMass 68
The Flyers made a season-best 13 3-pointers and shot 46 from beyond the arc. Dayton had a well-balanced attack led by Mickey Perry (career-high tying 15 points) and Chris Wright (14 points). Ten different Flyers scored in the game, with nine scoring in the first half, alone. A total of six scored in double-figures with Chris Johnson (11), Marcus Johnson (11), Rob Lowery (13) and Devin Searcy (10) also breaking 10.
Terrell Vinson led UMass with 16, his third game in a row in double-figures. Sampson Carter also had his best scoring game in more than two months with 10. Freddie Riley tallied 12 on four 3-pointers and Anthony Gurley had 10 points. Senior Ricky Harris saw his 37-game streak of scoring in double-figures end as he had just nine.
Dayton took control of the game midway through the first half on back-to-back 3-pointers by Paul Williams and Chris Johnson to take an 18-11 lead. The advantage ballooned on another set of 3-pointers just before halftime as Marcus Johnson and Williams canned treys in the final 1:22 before intermission.
UMass Dousts Dayton Streaks
The Minutemen ended No. 14/18 Dayton's 13-game win streak at UD Arena, 82-71, two seasons on Jan. 16, 2008. It was UMass' first win over a ranked team in three years, since UMass won on Jan. 15, 2005 at George Washington (76-74). In the huge win five players scored in double-figure. Ricky Harris scored 22 points and added five rebounds as he made five made 3-pointers. Chris Lowe tallied 19 and handed out six assists while not turning the ball over. Leading scorer Gary Forbes had 16 points and seven rebounds.
Three seasons ago, UMass ended Dayton's home dominance in 2006-07, handing the Flyers their first loss after a 14-0 start at UD Arena, winning 77-69 on Feb. 22, 2007. The win was also UMass' first at Dayton since 1999. Gary Forbes led UMass with 23 points while the inside force of Stephane Lasme (14 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks) and Rashaun Freeman (15, 12 ) combined for 29 points and 24 rebounds
Best Starts In UMass History
Here are the best starts at UMass: 1995-96 (26-0); 1933-34 (12-0 undefeated season); 1970-71 (11-0); 1973-74 (9-0); 1925-26 (9-0); 1977-78 (8-0); 2010-11 (7-0); 1968-69 (7-0); 1975-76 (6-0); 1971-72 (6-0); 1956-57 (6-0).
The program started 5-0 in 1991-92 (Derek Kellogg's freshman season) and 1930-31.
One Of The Final 22
The loss to BC also saw the end the longest win streak for UMass since 1998. The seven-game run was the longest since the Minutemen won 10 games in a row from Jan. 3-Feb. 1, 1998.
Gurley, A Big Man On Campus
Gurley became the 42nd player in UMass history to scored 1,000 points. He stands 40th with 1,018. Gurley scored his 1,000th career point with his final field goal against Rider and now has 1,217 in his career with 199 coming at Wake Forest and 1,018 at UMass.
He led UMass in scoring in the first six games this season including 24 vs. Holy Cross (11/27), 22 points vs. AIC (11/24) and 18 points in the win over Sacred Heart (11/17). He now has scored in double-figures 61 times in his career and has reached 20 points 16 times, six times this year, most recently vs. Boston University (12/31) with 21.
Gurley scored a career-high 31 points to serve a part of the two-headed offensive attack in the big rally against Rider (11/12) With 31 points in the opener, Gurley tallied the most points by a UMass player in a season debut since Marcus Camby netted 32 against Kentucky in the 1995-96 season opener. Gurley was named to the Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 15 for his performance.
Ready Freddie Filling It Up
He added 10 points vs. TCU for his second game this season in double-figures and added 17 in 17 minutes vs. Holy Cross (11/27). He netted 14 in his last contest vs. Seton Hall (12/11).
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Take The Charge! Traynham Draws `em
Traynham is also adding to the offense with 5.0 points and 3.3 assists per game in his college debut. Traynham drew his first college start vs. No. 24 UCF on Dec. 22.
Matt Climbs The Hill, Adds Energy
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Return To The Cage, a Huge Success
UMass "extended" its winning streak at the Curry Hicks Cage to 15 games with a 17-year gap. The streak spans back to the 1991-92 season as the Minutemen won their final 14 games before moving to the Mullins Center in Feb. 1993.
First Undefeated Tournament Since 1995
This year, UMass swept the Hall of Fame Tip-Off with wins over Rider (77-67), New Mexico State (71-57), TCU (67-48) and AIC (83-56). It marked the first four-game sweep in a tournament in school history.
34-Point Swing In Win Over Rider
LAGUERRE SIGNS NLI WITH UMASS
Forbes Makes NBA With Denver Nuggets
"He's an NBA player," Denver forward Carmelo Anthony said. "He's got an NBA body, a guy who's willing to learn. He's just a good addition to the team."
At UMass, Forbes was named the 2007-08 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. Forbes had a sensational senior season in 2007-08, finishing as the A-10's co-scoring champion with 610 points (20.3 ppg) along with Temple's Dionte Christmas. The New York native led the Minutemen to the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden, averaging 14.8 points in five NIT games, 17.5 in NIT Final Four, and was named to the NIT All-Tournament Team.
Close To Home
UMass will also play three games down I-91 in Springfield. Two in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Nov. 20 and 22 along with a regular-season home game vs. La Salle on Jan. 15. UMass has played home games in Springfield in each of the last three seasons since Kellogg was hired in 2008.
The Minutemen will play at the TD Garden for the second year in a row, against Boston College on Dec. 4 as part of the Boston Tip-Off Classic. That game will air on Comcast SportsNet New England as part of a doubleheader with Drexel, coached by former Minuteman bench boss Bruiser Flint, battling Northeastern in the first game. The event will benefit the Boston Children's Hospital.
UMass also plays two road games within 90 miles at Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn. on Dec. 1 and at Central Connecticut on Jan. 3 in New Britain, Conn.
UMass Alum Leading UMass
Kellogg is not the only current head coach from the UMass rosters in the mid-90s as Tony Barbee is in his first year as the head coach at Auburn. Coaching at Texas-El Paso last season, Barbee led the Miners to the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to McLaughlin, the last UMass alum to lead his alma mater was Lorin Ball (Class of 1921), who coached the team from 1945-52.
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KELLOGG'S MISSION 1000
As part of MISSION 1000, UMass head coach Derek Kellogg, his staff and players hand-delivered season tickets to patrons throughout Western Massachusetts. They were greeted with excitement of fans from Amherst to Springfield.
UMass' exhibition game vs. Brandeis on Nov. 4 was a benefit for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Fans brought 2 cans of nonperishable food to the Mullins Center to gain admission in place of a ticket price. More than 1,000 cans were donated.
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