Men's Basketball

UMass Heads To Xavier For Battle With Musketeers

Sean Carter is averaging 1.6 blocks per game.

Sean Carter is averaging 1.6 blocks per game.



Game Information

 UMass Minutemen (9-5, 1-0)

at Xavier Musketeers (9-5, 1-0) 

 Date, Time  Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 7 p.m.
 Location  Cintas Center | Cincinnati, Ohio (Directions)
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 CBS College Sports Regional Syndication (Tom McCarthy & Steve Wolf). Airing LIVE on NESN, Fox Sports Ohio, Comcast SportSouth, The Comcast Network and delay to Jan. 13 on Comcast SportsNet New England

100.9 FM WRNX (Western Mass); 830 AM WCRN (Central Mass), 95.9FM WATD (Eastern Mass)

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 Recent News About The Minutemen
 Daily Hampshire Gazette 1/12:  Kellogg not committed to slowing offense as Minutemen prepare for Xavier   
 Cincinnati Enqurier 1/12:  Xavier Musketeers freshman Jordan Latham trying his best to learn ropes  
 Daily Hampshire Gazette 1/11:  Carter eyes quick return after injury       
 Springfield Republican 1/11:  UMass basketball team hopes a slow and steady pace delivers more results         
 Springfield Republican 1/11:  UMass gets good news as injured center Carter looks OK to play Wednesday     
 Springfield Republican 1/10:  For the image of UMass basketball, beating Dayton could not have come at a more pivotal time 
 Daily Hampshire Gazette 1/10:  Minutemen open Atlantic 10 play with win over Dayton at Mullins Center    
 Daily Hampshire Gazette 1/10:  Correia's return provides lift for UMass      
 Boston Globe 1/10:  UMass thrilled with 'ugly' win    
 Boston Herald 1/10:  Minutemen pretty happy with ugly win  
 Worcester Telegram 1/10:  UMass wins league opener at foul line   

Game Notes

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UMass Heads To Xavier For Battle With Musketeers
• Coming off a gritty 55-50 win over Dayton, UMass (9-5, 1-0) heads to Xavier (9-5, 1-0) to face the Musketeers in a game that will be televised on CBS College Sports Regional. In New England, the game will air live on NESN with Tom McCarthy and Steve Wolf calling the action. It will also air on Fox Sports Net Ohio, The Comcast Network (Philadelphia/Mid-Atlantic), Comcast SportSouth and Comcast SportsNet New England on a tape delayed basis.

• 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


Top Tidbits

• UMass is a perfect 7-0 when leading at halftime this season

• The Minutemen are also perfect at 6-0 when shooting a better field goal percentage than its opponent this season.

• UMass last beat Xavier (65-56) on March 4, 2006, the final regular-season game of the 2005-06 season. XU has won five games in a row in the series.

• UMass last won at Xavier (75-64) on Jan. 9, 2001. That was the first-ever loss for Xavier at Cintas Center.

• UMass has won each of its three Atlantic 10 openers under Derek Kellogg, beating Dayton in 2009 and 2011 and Fordham in 2010.

• UMass held Dayton to 28.6 field goal percentage on Sunday. It was the best defensive effort in shooting since Nov. 19, 2006, when Northeastern shot just 25.9 in a 79-56 UMass win.

Anthony Gurley became the 42nd player in UMass history to score 1,000 points with 21 points vs. Boston U.

• Gurley now has 1,051 at UMass to stand 35th all-time at UMass.

• Gurley has led UMass in scoring in 13 of 14 games this season with a 20.0 average. He has at least 12 points in every game this season.

• Gurley has at least 12 points in every game this season.

• Gurley is 3rd in the A-10 and 25th in the NCAA scoring.

• UMass was 7-0 for the first time since the Final Four season of 1995-96, when UMass started a record 26-0.

Series History With Xavier
• This game marks the 22nd meeting between UMass and Xavier. With the series beginning in the 1990-91 season, the Musketeers lead the meetings, 12-8, heading to Wednesday's tip-off. Five of the 21 games have gone to overtime, including three of the nine games at UMass.

• 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
AMHERST, Mass. - After trailing by 17 at the half UMass came back to take the lead in the second half, before Xavier used a late 9-0 run to defeat the Minutemen, 87-79, at the Mullins Center on Leaman Legacy Night. UMass opened the second half with runs of 11-2 and 12-2 to climb back before the teams exchanged the lead eight more times.

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
• The 7-0 start this season was the best since the 1995-96 team. UMass started with a school-record 26 consecutive wins on to the way to a 35-2 season and an NCAA Final Four appearance. UMass also had a 7-0 mark in 1968-69.

• 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
• Prior to the loss to Boston College at the TD Garden on Dec. 4, 2009, at 7-0 UMass was one of the final 22 undefeated teams in NCAA Division I. The Minutemen were also the last unbeaten team in the Atlantic 10.

• 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
• Senior guard and Boston native Anthony Gurley is third in the Atlantic 10 in scoring with a 20.0 points per game average, 25th in the NCAA. He has led UMass in scoring in 13 of 14 games this season, with at least 12 points in every game this year.

• 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
• Sophomore Freddie Riley is second on the team in scoring with a 9.8 points per game average. He tallied a career-high 28 with 23 coming in the second half alone in the season-opening win over Rider (11/12). He passed his former high of 22 vs. La Salle (1/10/10). Riley scored in double-figures for the 13th time in his career with 28. Riley also scored more than 20 points for the third time.

• 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).

UMass Calls Upon Sampson
• Sophomore Sampson Carter had the best game of his two-year career with a 17-point, 8-rebound effort vs. Sacred Heart (11/17). The Baton Rouge native is averaging 9.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 14 starts. He was in double-figures for three games in a row with 14 vs. Holy Cross (11/27). Carter set a career-high with 10 rebounds vs. Seton Hall (12/11). Last season, Carter averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 32 games.

Junkyard Dog Farrell Returns With Impact
• After missing the first two games of the season with an ankle injury sophomore swingman Javorn Farrell has returned to the lineup and been an instant impact player. He is averaging 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12 games with double-figures in four of his first five efforts this season. He notched a career-high 25 points in leading UMass to the win at Quinnipiac (12/1). He had scored 15 points in his first game, vs. New Mexico State (11/20) and followed that up with 10 points vs. TCU (11/22).

Matt Climbs The Hill, Adds Energy
• Junior Matt Hill has become a key cog in UMass' success early this season. The fourth-year player, who has battled injuries in Amherst, is playing more than ever before and has become a factor off the bench with energy. Hill played a career-high 20 minutes and scored a career-best six points in the win over Sacred Heart (11/17). When he entered the game vs. Rider (11/12), the game changed as he helped lead the 22-point comeback with grit and defense in 14 minutes.

Dynamic Scorer Morgan Joins Team
Jesse Morgan joined the Minutemen on Dec. 19 and played in his first game just days later vs. No. 24 UCF (12/22). The former Seton Hall NLI signee became eligible after the end of the first semester after meeting NCAA eligibility requirements. Morgan can play all three guard positions. Nicknamed, "Takeover," Morgan averaged 28 points per game as a senior at Olney High School in Philadelphia, the third most among all players in the city.

First Undefeated Tournament Since 1995
• With a 4-0 mark in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, UMass captured undefeated regular-season tournament since the 1995 Rainbow Classic. That year, the Minutemen took the crown in Honolulu with wins over NC State, USC and NC State with a 3-0 mark.

• 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 played its first regular-season game at the Curry Hicks in 6,511 games, dating to the Final "Rage In The Cage" on Jan. 29, 1993 with an 83-76 win on Nov, 27, 2010. UMass is now 360-212 in 572 all-time games at the Cage from 1932-93 and the game this season.

• 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
• UMass rallied for its largest comeback since the 2008 NIT Quarterfinals vs. Syracuse when the Minutemen also rallied from down 22 points in the second half. UMass was down by 22 with 16:24 left in the second half (46-24) and rallied to win by 10. The game included a 34-point swing in a 15-minute span as the Minutemen led by 12 75-63 with just over a minute left. The last time UMass rallied from as large a margin was on March 28, 2008 in the NIT Quarterfinals as the Minutemen came back from a 54-32 with 14:37 left in the second half to post an 81-77 victory on the way to the NIT Finals.

• Explosive guard Jordan Laguerre (pronounced LUH-garry) has signed his National Letter Of Intent to join the UMass Basketball program for the 2011-12 season. The 6-2, 175-pounder is currently in his second season at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. Laguerre is a lefthander with an explosive first step, incredible leaping ability, and a scorer's mentality. The Manchester, N.H., native averaged 14 points per game as a junior and is expected to take an even more dominant role in the offense this season.

Forbes Makes NBA With Denver Nuggets
• Former UMass star basketball player Gary Forbes made the opening day roster of the Denver Nuggets and drew his first NBA start on Nov. 3 vs. Dallas, where he guarded All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. He scored a pro-best 19 points vs. his hometown New York Knicks on Nov. 16 to go along with a career-high nine rebounds. The 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year became the seventh UMass player to play in the NBA joining current Portland Trailblazer Marcus Camby in the league. Forbes averaged 10.1 ppg in the preseason to earn a spot with the Nuggets. In 33 games this season (through Jan. 9), he is averaging 5.6 points and 1.7 rebounds.

• "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
Derek Kellogg, in his third season, is the first UMass alum to serve as the head coach of his alma mater since Tom McLaughlin, who coached the Minutemen from 1981-83. Kellogg graduated from UMass in 1995 where he was an All-Atlantic 10 selection in 1995. McLaughlin graduated from UMass in 1973 where he was one of three future head coaches on the team. He was joined by former Boston College head coach Al Skinner and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

• 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.

• Looking for all the latest news on the Minutemen and Coach Kellogg? There are several ways to keep tabs on all of the updates on the squad.

• Your first and Number 1 source is The official website of the UMass teams features news, stats, profiles, videos, photos, auctions, live audio, live video and so much more. Visit every day when you get home for a complete recap story, box score, video highlights, photo gallery and postgame press conference from this and every game.

• Our daily blog "Just Take A Minute" has all the latest news from the media along with special information. Its updated several times each day.

• Follow the teams and Coach Kellogg on Twitter. Get the news instantly for all Minuteman and Minutewoman teams by following @UMassAthletics. For the latest on the basketball team and Coach, follow him at @CoachKellogg.

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• Also, UMass has a very comprehensive YouTube page with video highlights, features, interviews and press conferences. Visit today at

• UMass head coach Derek Kellogg has made it his personal mission to get more interest in the UMass basketball program. Along with the athletic department, MISSION 1000 was launched in September to garner more attention. Close to a dozen events have been held throughout the state of Massachusetts to spread the word of UMass basketball with an emphasis of being more involved in the community.

• 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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