UMass Heads To Xavier For Battle With Musketeers
UMass Heads To Xavier For Battle With Musketeers
The Minutemen have won their conference opener under Derek Kellogg in all three of his seasons at the helm of his alma mater. Kellogg led UMass to win over then Dayton in 2009 and this season and Fordham in 2010.
In the win over Dayton, the Minutemen limited the Flyers to just a 28.6 field goal percentage mark, the best defensive shooting mark for UMass since Nov. 19, 2006. Back in that game, UMass held Northeastern to just 25.9 from the floor in a 79-56 win in Pittsburgh. UMass limited Dayton to 5-of-26 from the 3-point arc (19.2 percent).
Anthony Gurley led UMass in scoring for the 13th time in 14 games this season with 15 points vs. Dayton. Gurley has at least 12 points in every game this season and ranks third in the Atlantic 10 and 25th in the NCAA in scoring (20.0). Gurley made a career-high 10-of-10 from the foul line in the win.
Gurley enters the game with 1,051 points at UMass and 1,250 in his college career with 199 coming at Wake Forest. He stands 35th all-time in points, just No. 34 Alex Eldridge (1,053) and No. 33 Shannon Crooks (1,074).
The game can be heard on the UMass Sports Network on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass, 95.9 FM WATD in Eastern Mass and 830 AM WCRN in Central Mass. WCRN will join the broadcast at 8 p.m. Josh Maurer will call the action with Tim Kenney on color. Live streaming video, audio and GameTracker statistics are also available on UMassAthletics.com.
Series History With Xavier
Xavier has won the last five games in the series since UMass had consecutive wins in regular-season games in 2005 and 2006. Last season, UMass last to Xavier, 87-79 at the Mullins Center. Two years ago, the-then No. 10 Musketeers pulled out a thrilling 82-80 win in Cincinnati.
In that last game at Cintas Center, UMass used a fast-paced style to push Xavier to the limit, but fell, 82-80, on Jan. 31, 2009. Ricky Harris led the Minutemen with 17 points as four players scored in double-figures. Chris Lowe netted 16 points, missing a free throw on purpose with 3.6 seconds, but Tony Gaffney (9 points, 12 rebounds) missed a tip at the end which rimmed out.
Back on Jan. 27, 2008, No. 23/22 Xavier knocked off UMass, 77-65 at the Mullins Center. UMass had its lowest offensive output of the season as Drew Lavendar led four Musketeers in double-figures. Etienne Brower led UMass with 22 points, the second-most points of his career. Gary Forbes added 16.
For all games played in Cincinnati, Xavier leads 7-3. UMass is 1-4 at the Cintas Center. UMass gave Xavier its first-ever loss at the Cintas Center on Jan. 9, 2001.
The Minutemen are 4-4 against Xavier in the Mullins Center including the 2005 triple-OT game was the first extra-session game at Mullins since the Feb. 20, 1999 contest against the Musketeers. UMass went 77 games at home between overtime action with both games coming against Xavier.
Last Year Vs. Xavier Feb. 3, 2010: Xavier 87, UMass 79
Ricky Harris led four Minutemen in double-figures with 24 points, 20 of which came in the second half. Javorn Farrell scored a career-high 12 points, while Terrell Vinson (11) and Freddie Riley (10) rounded out the UMass double-digit scorers.
Xavier was led by Jordan Crawford's 25 points, while Terrell Holloway added 16 and Jason Love 15. Jamel McLean had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Trailing by 17 at the half, UMass opened the second half on fire on both ends of the court, making three steals in the opening four minutes and shooting 5-for-7 in that time, to start the half with an 11-2 run and pull within eight, 52-42. The Minutemen kept the pedal down, putting together a 12-2 run on four 3-point trips, a three by Gurley, two by Harris, and an old-fashioned 3-point play by Hashim Bailey, to pull within two, 58-46, with 10:48 to go.
A Harris layup in transition tied the game, 62-62, and a Anthony Gurley free throw with 7:28 left gave UMass the lead, 63-62. The teams then exchanged blows, trading leads eight times over the next 3:15, until Crawford hit 3-pointers on back-to-back trips, followed by a McLean 3-point play to give the Musketeers 77-69 lead with 2:48 left.
For the game UMass shot 43 percent from the field, including 7-for-32 from 3-point range.
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 35th with 1,051. Gurley scored his 1,000th career point with his final field goal against Rider and now has 1,250 in his career with 199 coming at Wake Forest and 1,051 at UMass.
Next on the list at No. 34 is Alex Eldridge (1,053) and No. 33 Shannon Crooks (1,074).
At his current rate of 20 points per game with at least 15 more games, Gurley would finish with about 1,350 points at UMass. No. 14 on the UMass scoring list is NBA Hall of Fame legend Julius Erving, who scored 1,370 in two seasons at UMass from 1969-71.
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 63 times in his career and has reached 20 points 17 times, seven 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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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.
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.
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.
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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