UMass Back In Springfield To Host La Salle
UMass Back In Springfield To Host La Salle, Saturday
• For the third year in a row UMass hosts a regular-season home game at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, the hometown of head coach Derek Kellogg. The Minutemen (9-6, 1-1) host La Salle (8-9, 0-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. This game will be the third this season for UMass at its "home-away-from-home" as UMass won two games as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off back in late November topping New Mexico State (71-57) and TCU (67-48).
Any elementary school student who can bring a recent report card to the MassMutual Ticket Office with a grade of B or higher will receive one $5 ticket for the UMass men's basketball game vs. LaSalle on Saturday, January 15. Offer will be limited to one ticket per report card based on availability.
• 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. Josh Maurer will call the action with Tim Collins and Glenn Wong on color. Live streaming video, audio and GameTracker statistics are also available on UMassAthletics.com.
Home Sweet Home For Kellogg
UMass Playing In Springfield
• UMass is 16-4 since 1990 in the building. The first ever UMass game there was played on Dec. 28, 1970 as UMass defeated Fairfield 95-82.
• The Minutemen have played regular-season games at the MassMutual Center in each of the last two years and will do the same this Saturday vs. La Salle. The Minutemen beat Dayton, 75-62, on Jan. 10, 2009 and lost to La Salle last season, 80-74, one year to the day after the Dayton game.
• UMass returned to the building three years ago season with that rousing win over Dayton. Prior to that, the Minutemen played in the last Tip-Off Classic, which UMass lost to UAB, 86-77 on Nov. 25, 2005. Before for that, the last game in Springfield was a loss to Lafayette, 54-52 on Dec. 21, 2002.
• UMass' also had a nice win in Springfield against Oregon on Nov. 27, 2001 as the Minutemen beat the Ducks 62-58. Oregon had three players on that squad who turned pro: Luke Ridnour, Luke Jackson, and Chris Christoffersen.
• The Minutemen played their entire home schedule at the Civic Center during the 1984-85 season -- as the Curry-Hicks Cage was being renovated. That is the only year in 97 seasons that UMass has not played its home schedule on campus.
Series History With La Salle
• Before this recent four-game skid, UMass won three games in a row in the series. That included two games in impressive fashion in 2007 and 2008 at the Mullins Center. UMass won those games by an average score of 101-63, a 38-point margin. On 2008's Senior Night, UMass pounded La Salle, 100-63 on March 5, 2008. That came a year after a 102-63 thumping on Feb. 28, 2007 at the Mullins Center.
• UMass' three-game win streak followed a run where La Salle won five of six from 2003 to 2006. UMass won six in a row from 1991-98.
• All-time UMass is 7-3 in Amherst and 5-5 at La Salle. The first meeting was an 82-75 win for La Salle on Dec. 30, 1971 in Philadelphia.
• UMass coach Derek Kellogg coached against La Salle for the first time in 2009 and is 0-4. La Salle joined the Atlantic 10 in 1994-95, Kellogg's senior season and the Minutemen beat the Explorers, 87-64 in Atlantic City. That was a homecoming for AC native Lou Roe. La Salle coach John Giannini stands 7-6 against UMass (7-4 since moving to La Salle, as he lost twice at Maine).
Last Season Vs. La Salle:
• Riley shot 6-for-14 from 3-point range on his way to 22 points, while Ricky Harris finished with 17 points. Terrell Vinson was 2-for-2 from behind the arc and also finished in double-figures for the Minutemen with 13 points. Aaric Murray (18), Rodney Green (17), Yves Mekongo (17), and Steve Weingarten (10) all finished with double-digit points for the Explorers. Green recorded 12 assists, while Murray grabbed a dozen boards.
• UMass trailed by six with 3:04 left in the game when Harris completed a 3-point play to pull UMass within three before Jerrell Williams sank two free throws for La Salle to up the lead back to five, 72-67, with 2:39 left. The Minutemen missed four out of five free throws between the 1:18 and 31-second marks, while La Salle went 8-for-8 at the line in the final 21 seconds to secure the win. March 3, 2010: La Salle 89, UMass 78
• Despite a career-high eight 3-pointers from Ricky Harris, the UMass men's basketball team fell, 89-78, to La Salle at Tom Gola Arena. The senior guard scored 31 points, while the Explorers' Rodney Green tallied 30 in a clash of the Atlantic 10's top two active career scorers.
• La Salle led throughout the second half, but UMass cut the deficit to four on a Harris 3-ball with just under eight minutes to go. La Salle however, was able to hold off the Minutemen, with Green hitting key free throws down the stretch.
• UMass attempted a school record 39 3-pointers, making 13 from beyond the arc (33.3 percent) and shot 41 percent overall. The Explorers shot 50 percent from the field and were 5-for-14 from 3-point range. La Salle scored 28 points at the free throw stripe, led by Green going 13-for-16.
• Besides his 31 points and eight 3-pointers, Harris finished with eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals. 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.
Kellogg Always Starts 1-0 In The A-10
• In the win over Dayton on Jan. 9, 2011, 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).
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 enters the game with 1,063 points at UMass and 1,262 in his college career with 199 coming at Wake Forest. He stands 34th all-time in points. Next on the list are No. 33 Shannon Crooks (1,074) and No. 32 Jack Foley (1,081).
• Gurley scored his 1,000th career point with his final field goal against Rider (11/12) and passed the milestone at UMass with a free throw vs. hometown team Boston University (12/31) at the Mullins Center
• At his current rate of 19.5 points per game with at least 14 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 64 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).
UMass Calls Upon Sampson
Junkyard Dog Farrell Returns With Impact
Dynamic Scorer Morgan Joins Team
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.
FOLLOW THE TEAM ONLINE
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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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