LIVE BLOG: Men's Basketball At Saint Louis
Jan. 14, 2009
ST. LOUIS -
Coming off a solid 75-62 win over Dayton last Saturday in Springfield, the UMass men's basketball team heads to the Midwest yet again as the Minutemen take on Saint Louis at the brand-new Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus. The game will tip off just after 8 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (CT) locally. The Minutemen stand 6-8 overall and 1-0 in the A-10. The Billikens are 9-6, dropping their conference opener, 70-44 at Xavier last Friday.
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Some key stats...
Just by seeing the first two games of UMass' A-10 season, we're bound for an exciting finish! Next game is huge, a home contest vs. rival Temple on Saturday at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Come out and support the Minutemen...pack the Mullins Center as we show the nation Minutemen basketball!
Until Saturday, have a great rest of your night. Be sure to come out to Mullins Friday night too as the Mass Attack hosts Providence College. See you Friday and Saturday at the Mullins Center. GO UMASS!
9:49 p.m. ET
Back in a bit with some final thoughts, including final game statistics.
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Saint Louis is shooting 53% from three-point range...they only shoot 28% for the season.
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Bonner makes a hook in the lane.
SLU 56, UMass 53, 7:39 2nd
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Harris is keeping UMass in it. He now has three 3's this half and 18 points for the game. His last three-ball led to a SLU timeout.
SLU 54, UMass 51, 8:51 2nd
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SLU 45, UMass 42, 11:56 2nd
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UMass 38, SLU 37, 15:37 2nd
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Lowe leads all scorers with 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Harris added nine as the Minutemen shot 53.8%. Gaffney had four blocks.
Eckerle's six points led SLU as they shot just 33%, but outrebounded UMass, 21-11.
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UMass 31, Saint Louis 27, Halftime
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Gary Correia in the game at point.
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After that, SLU scored two more hoops and takes the lead. UMass' cold shooting finally ended with another Lowe runner in the lane ... SLU perimeter defenders don't seem to be able to stop the UMass guards when they drive to the hoop.
UMass 24, SLU 23, 2:45 1st
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Gurley gets on the board with his first hoop and then another Harris runner in the lane and Majeris is forced to call timeout
UMass 22, SLU 14, 5:45
Harris hit a three to give him seven points so far.
UMass 18, SLU 14, 7:50 left in the first
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UMass 14, SLU 10, 11:25 left in the first
At the first media timeout, with 15:44 left the game is tied, UMass 4, SLU 4.
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I'd also like to send out a day-late happy birthday to Lacy Yager, athletic trainer for the women's basketball team.
The teams here are back on the court as the arena continues to fill up. The student section is filling up as well. Classes at SLU resumed yesterday.
For those listening to the game on WRNX, they have fixed the technical problems and are back on the air.
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3 Kwamain Brown
Also in attendance tonight: Head Athletic Trainer Jeff Smith's in-laws, as well as UMass alum Fawn Segaloff.
Reffing tonight's game is Rocky Balboa look-alike Gene Steratore. He is also an NFL ref.
7:30 p.m. ET
UMass has plenty of fans in the arena already as the St. Louis chapter of the Alumni Association, headed by Ron Spicer, is here in force. Derek Kellogg spoke with the alums just a short time ago.
Huge UMass supporter Ken Hintlian has made the trip here from Amherst to cheer on the team.
A huge congratulations goes out to the Waller family. UMass Athletics Administrator Garrett Waller's wife gave birth to a healthy baby girl today. We are still waiting for word on a name for the 6 lbs. 13 oz. girl born at 8:03 this morning.
Also in town for tonight's game is UMass men's soccer coach Sam Koch. The head coach of the Minutemen, coming off two straight NCAA berths, including 2007's incredible College Cup run is in town for the National Soccer Coaches Convention and is attending the game and hopefully bringing some of that Koch magic with him.
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Tonight the Minutemen, coming off a big conference victory in Springfield over Dayton, look to pick up a win in their first road A-10 game of the year here in St. Louis.
This is UMass' first game in the brand new Chaifetz Arena. The new on-campus 10,700-seat arena opened at the beginning of the season. Before that, the Billikens played at what is currently called the Scottrade Center, home of the NHL's Blues. This building is a sort of newer version of the Mullins Center, in that it is one deck with a small concourse in the middle. It adds the feature of luxury suites along the top of the arena and the seats on the ends where the students sit are closer to the court, as the building was not built to accomodate a hockey rink.
The team got plenty of opportunity to get familiar with the surroundings here as they practiced here yesterday and had a shootaround here earlier today.
Tonight's game is being broadcast on UMass' flagship WRNX 100.9 FM and at UMassAthletics.com with "Voice of the Minutemen" Josh Maurer calling the action and Jason Yellin providing analysis. Video of the game is also be streamed live on All-Access at UMassAthletics.com
We've been doing these blogs all season, but beginning tonight you can finally give us your feedback. You can email any comments, questions, info to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll being checking it when I can throughout the game.
The teams are out warming up on the court now. Athletic Trainer Dave Maclutsky is leading the guards through stretching, while the post players shoot.
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