LIVE BLOG: UMass Hosts Dayton In Springfield
Jan. 10, 2009
It will be a huge homecoming as UMass coach Derek Kellogg coaches in his hometown for the first time as UMass "hosts" Dayton on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The Minutemen come into the game with a 5-8 overall record while the Flyers are 14-1, riding a six-game win streak. The game will be broadcast locally on CBS3 Springfield and on WHIO in Ohio. Mike VanderWoude and Derrick Dukes call the action.
3:10 p.m. Back one final time with stats...
Field Goals: Dayton 24-60 (40%), UMass 23-44 (52%)
Great effort all around. 1-0 in the A-10! Kudos to everyone for making this a great day. Hopefully the Mass Attack hockey team can make UMass sports 3-0 on the day with a win over UNH tonight. The Minutemen are at Saint Louis on Wednesday before hosting Temple next Saturday at the Mullins Center. Until then, have a great rest of the weekend and GO UMASS!
3:05 p.m. 14-1 NO MORE! The final buzzer has sounded and it shows UMass 75, Dayton 62. What a game. Having the game here in Springfield was great. Thanks to the crowd of 5,485 for their support of UMass today. Coach Kellogg is definetely appreciative of the support as he went into the stands following the game.
This game just shows you that anything can happen. The Minutemen are much better than their record indicates and if they come to A-10 play with an effort like this, they will be hard to beat. Back with some final stats in a bit.
3:00 p.m. We've reached the final media timeout with UMass up 63-51. Dayton has NO players in double figures while Chris Wright has been held to NO second half points. The last time UMass hasn't allowed a double figure scorer was on Jan. 21, 2006 vs. Temple, a memorable 60-34 win at the Mullins Center.
3:34 2nd Half, UMass 63, Dayton 51
2:56 p.m. Here's a Tony Gaffney tidbit to pass along ... He's up to five blocks (and he's had five or more blocks in NINE games this season). WOW! UMass still up 63-48 with a little over four minutes to go.
And the great news doesn't seem to be ending...The Minutewomen just won their A-10 opener over Fordham, 71-62.
2:52 p.m. Luke Bonner draws his THIRD charge of the game and this fouls Dayton starter Kurt Huelsman from the game. He finishs the night with no points, two rebounds, and five fouls.
At the last time out, Matt Goldstein ran along the concourse throwing out T-shirts. I've been saying it all afternoon and can't stress it enough. This atmosphere has been great and the fans have really seemed to embrace this game. Coach Kellogg wants to play a game in Springfield, Worcester, and Boston and he's getting part one done this year and Worcester and Boston done next year (at Holy Cross and vs. Memphis).
2:49 p.m. At the under-8 timeout, UMass still holds a 15 point lead, 59-44. The key stat is second half FG %...Dayton is at 24% (4-of-17 shooting) while UMass is 50% (7-of-14). The Flyers did break out of a huge drought where UMass held them scoreless for a full 6:43 and 8:36 with no field goals.
7:39 2nd Half, UMass 59, Dayton 44
2:42 p.m. It keeps getting better and better. The Minutemen are riding an improbably 15-0 run to take the 59-42 lead. This crowd is getting its money worth. The Dayton section has gotten extremely quiet.
2:37 p.m. This place is rocking! The Minutemen are putting on a show for the Springfield faithful. With 11:47 to go in the half, the Minutemen lead by 13 (55-42). As part of the run, Anthony Gurley had a fast break dunk, which was only the third player all year to Dunk: Tony Gaffney (23), David Gibbs (1), and now Gurley.
11:47 2nd Half, UMass 55, Dayton 42
2:30 p.m. Wow, the Minutemen are on a roll...Tyrell Lynch had a great tip in as part of a 14-2 UMass run. Ricky Harris was fouled hard by London Warren, and the refs called an intentional (hard) foul. Harris' two free throws made it 53-42 with 13 minutes remaining in the half...Hopefully they keep it up! This crowd is into the game and since it's a smaller arena, it is getting VERY loud!
Harris is up to 21 points, his 25th career game with 20 or more.
2:23 p.m. This game keeps going back and forth...The Minutemen trailed 40-39, but a Tony Gaffney layup and Anthony Gurley three-pointer has put UMass back ahead, 44-40 at the first media timeout of the second half. UMass' hot shooting has continued (15-29...52%). The big problem is shot attempts. Dayton is shooting a worse percentage (43%), but has more made and attempted field goals (which is odd since UMass is actually leading in the battle of the boards).
15:49 2nd Half, UMass 44, Dayton 40
2:15 p.m. We're about minute into second half action and the Minutemen are up 37-34...This feels like it will be a nailbiter.
2:03 p.m. Here are some halftime stats:
It has certainly been a tight game with six ties and six lead changes. Ricky Harris has been the difference, racking up almost half of UMass' points (17) while Tony Gaffney and Chris Lowe each have seven. Back in approximately nine minutes when the second half begins...
HALF, UMass 35, Dayton 33
1:57 p.m. We've reached the half with UMass still up 35-33. GREAT effort so far from the Minutemen. The arena is alive and the fact that there are some Dayton fans here makes it a very neat atmosphere. The entire center of the arena is full and the corners are pretty packed as well. All in all, great turnout!
Back in a bit with some halftime stats, but in the mean time, be sure to turn on CBS3 for an interview with Coach Kellogg and WRNX for Kevin Kennedy joining the voice of the Minutemen, Josh Maurer.
1:53 p.m. Luke Bonner just drew his eighth charge of the season (in only seven games). He definetely has the art of drawing a charge down. Ricky Harris is still on fire, up to 17 points. He actually has one missed shot from the field (5-for-6), but two from the foul line (4-for-6). Who would've thought? Basketball is strange sometimes.
UMass up 35-33 with less than a minute in the half.
1:46 p.m. At the last media timeout of the first half, we're all tied, 31-31. So far, so good for the Minutemen. The rebound margin is still significant (18-8) in favor of UMass while Dayton is shooting 44%. UMass is on fire from the field, 11-for-21 (52%) from the field led by Ricky Harris' 15 points.
Harris did not make a three last time out vs. Vandy (first time in previous 26 games). He's come back strong, shooting 3-for-4 for long range. It's never easy to shoot in an unfamiliar arena, but it is certainly not phasing Harris.
Also wanted to pass along, the Minutewomen basketball team is also in their A-10 opener and they lead Fordham, 36-34 at the half. Kristina Danella is leading the way with 15 points.
2:52 1st, UMass 31, Dayton 31
1:43 p.m. Fans, if you're watching CBS3 at home, make sure to stay tuned in at the half as Amy Lynn Stanley talks to Coach Kellogg. Also, Kellogg's former High School Coach Kevin Kennedy will be with Josh Maurer on the UMass Sports Network. Don't miss it!
1:41 p.m. Ricky Harris is feeling it. After going scoreless to start the game, he has scored 12 of UMass' last 20 points as the Minutemen trail by only one (29-28) with a little over four minutes left in the first half. It marks the 13th time this season Harris has reached double figures (all but one game).
1:36 p.m. Luck is not on Anthony Gurley's side. He just had his second three-pointer go halfway down before rimming out. Dayton's Paul Williams then sticks a three to put the Flyers up 26-20. Dayton is riding a 9-0 run over the last 1:30 and the Flyer fans are getting into it.
1:32 p.m. At the under-8 timeout, UMass is riding a 12-4 run to take the 20-17 lead. The key stat so far is rebounds where the Minutemen are up 15-5 in that department. It's been a point of concern, so it's a very encouraging sign.
7:51 1st Half, UMass 20, Dayton 17
1:28 p.m. At the 10 minute mark, UMass already has five blocks. The program'sm all-time record is 20, so on pace to tie! The Minutemen bigs Tony Gaffney, Luke Bonner, and Tyrell Lynch each have contributed to the block total.
Gaffney did have to leave the game with an apparent lower body injury. He was wincing in pain, but it doesn't look to be too serious. Hopefully he returns soon.
1:24 p.m. At the under-12 timeout, Dayton holds a slim 17-15 lead in a tightly played game. Both teams are an identical 6-for-13 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. The only difference is that two of Dayton's field goals are threes.
11:07 1st Half, Dayton 17, UMass 15
1:21 p.m. The team bus driver Guy Raccine said before the game that if UMass pulls off the win today, he will shave his head. Let's all hope we see a bald head at next game!
Former basketball manager Max Reich also came by...He was head manager last year, so it looks like he might be seeing how his protege Matt Vogel is fairing.
Coach Kellogg has over 200 friends and family here today. And of course, he has a few thousand from the UMass family cheering on his team.
1:17 p.m. You don't see that every day...Dayton's Devin Searcy assisted a Mickey Perry three-pointer, but was also called for a foul. Since the foul was called after the basket, then the three still counts. With 14:04 to go in the first half, the score is tied at 13 apiece.
1:14 p.m. We're at our first media timeout and the Minutemen are trailing 10-8. Just prior to this point, Tony Gaffney had his second dunk of the game (24th of the season) then followed with a put-back. Pretty high-scoring game in the early going...
The arena is filling up very nicely as the entire center is jam-packed and more and more and more are piling in!
15:26 1st Half, Dayton 10, UMass 8
1:07 p.m. We're underway and what a great start! The Minutemen make a defensive stop then on their first offensive possession, Luke Bonner ally-oops to Tony Gaffney. (Gaffney's 23rd dunk of the year!) The ball actually hit off of Gaffney's head after going through the basket!
1:04 p.m. Matt Goldstein has finished the UMass intros and we are less than two minutes away from tipoff! Coach Kellogg by FAR got the biggest hand...great to see!
1:02 p.m. One other thing as near tipoff...The jumbotron here is HUGE and at the center of the court. The placement of the Mullins Center video boards is atypical, but is very effective. Since the one here is SO high up, we need to strain to look up at it. Just think of being in the front row at the movies...
12:57 p.m. Both teams hit the floor and boy, one thing that sticks out is the amount of Dayton fans here. Section three of the upper bowl is nearly all Flyer fans. I'd estimate about 100 strong...Very impressive crowd considering they had to travel from Ohio.
12:55 p.m. Back with the starters:
12:48 p.m. It should be a great atmosphere this afternoon. For those who have never been to the Mass Mutual Center, just think of the Mullins Center, but with only about 10-15 fewer rows. There is a bottom bowl of about 6-8 rows then a top row of approximately 10. It makes for a great atmosphere as it is a very "cozy" environment. The only drawback is that those seats are slightly away from the action as the Springfield Falcons AHL hockey team plays here and the boards are still up.
12:45 p.m. Just some background on Dayton...The Flyers are 14-1 against a fairly easy schedule. That said, they have beaten Auburn out of the SEC and Marquette (Big East) among others, so they are for real. The Minutemen have competed well against some elite teams, beating Kansas and hanging tough in the first half against Memphis while taking Boston College to overtime.
Speaking of BC, how about their week...beating the #1 team in the country (on the road) before losing to Ivy League Harvard (at home)! Just shows you that anything can happen in college basketball and if the Minutemen are on their game, they too can beat anyone.
12:40 p.m. And the Minutemen hit the floor for one final warmup...The team seems ready to go for the start of the conference season. The tough start to the season can be forgotten with a good A-10 season. And it all starts tonight against one of the best teams in the conference (if not the nation). A good effort today could really propel them into a memorable run down the stretch.
On another note, thankfully the wintry weather will hold off until tonight, so there shouldn't be any problem traveling to and from the game.
12:15 p.m.Welcome to another edition of the UMass basketball blog. Justin Lafleur and Jason Yellin here with you. Today is a very special day for the UMass men's basketball program. Head Coach Derek Kellogg is returning to his roots in Springfield to lead the Minutemen against 14-1 Dayton in the A-10 opener at the Mass Mutual Center. It is the start of the next season and all A-10 teams start at 0-0, so that's all that counts.
Both teams are shooting around and fans are starting to arive. Back in a bit with much more!
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