UMass Continues Road Swing At #19/21 Temple
UMASS (7-9, 1-2) at #19/21 TEMPLE (14-3, 2-0)
UMass Continues Road Swing At #19/21 Temple
UMass is in the midst of arguably the toughest portion of its schedule as the Minutemen are playing four of five games on the road with two of the games against ranked teams. After a home game against St. Bonaventure next Wednesday, Jan. 20, UMass returns to the road for a tilt at 13-1 Baylor, ranked No. 22 in the AP poll on Jan. 23. That is followed by a game at Saint Joseph's on Jan. 27.
UMass will be seeking its first win against a ranked team since knocking off then-No. 25 Kansas, 61-60 in Kansas City last season on Dec. 13, 2008. This season the Minutemen lost to then-No. 2 Michigan State on Nov. 28. UMass won its last game against a ranked Atlantic 10 team at then-#14 Dayton on Jan. 16, 2008, 82-71. The last time UMass played a ranked Temple team was on March 10, 2000, as the Owls beat UMass, 54-47.
All-time UMass is 30-68 vs. ranked teams with four wins since 2004.
Last season, UMass beat Temple for the first time in three years with a 79-75 win on Jan. 17, 2009. The win came at the 1970s Celebration of the 100 Years Of UMass Basketball. Ricky Harris led UMass with 24 points in the win that was televised on ESPN2.
UMass trails the all-time series with Temple, 40-20 and hasn't win at the Liacouras Center since Jan. 27, 2001, a 65-64 UMass overtime win. The Owls have won seven games in a row against UMass on their homecourt.
Last Year's Game Vs. Temple
Ricky Harris led UMass with 24 points, while Anthony Gurley and Tony Gaffney added 16 and 14 points, respectively. Chris Lowe registered his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 assists. Gurley was 4-for-6 on 3-point shots.
Temple's Dionte Christmas led all scorers with 26 points and nine rebounds. Ryan Brooks added 17 for the Owls.
The Series With Temple
Prior to 2008, UMass and Temple had played twice every season since the Owls joined the Atlantic 10 in 1982-83. Because of scheduling policies, the teams play just once this year, again.
The Owls hold a 23-4 advantage for games played in Philadelphia at the Liacouras Center (10-1), McGonigle Hall (12-3) or the Palestra (1-0). UMass' only win at the Liacouras Center came on Jan. 27, 2001, a 65-64 overtime victory. Temple has won seven home games in the series in a row.
The Minutemen have won the last three games at the Mullins Center, winning 88-77 on Jan. 13, 2007 and 60-34 on Jan. 21, 2006. That was the fewest points UMass allowed since 1950. Prior to that, Temple had won three straight including both games in 2004-05, by virtually the same score: 61-49 on Jan. 5, 2005 at UMass and 61-48 on Feb. 26, 2005 at Temple.
After Temple led the series 21-0, UMass rebounded to win 13 of 15 contests from 1992-97, including two six-game win streaks. Since then the Owls have won 12 of 19 meetings, but UMass snapped Temple's three-game series win streak in the series, at the Mullins Center with a 66-65 win on Jan. 24, 2004.
UMass is 13-5 all-time against Temple at the Mullins Center. The 18 games played against the Owls are the most UMass has played against any team all-time at the Mullins Center since the building opened in 1993. The 13 wins are also the most by UMass against any team at the Mullins Center.
UMass coach Derek Kellogg will coach against Temple for the second-time, in his second year as a head man. As a player from 1992-95, Kellogg and his Minutemen went 8-3 against the Owls including winning three Atlantic 10 Championship games in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Temple coach Fran Dunphy is 2-4 against UMass losing twice while he was at Penn. Prior to making the move from Penn to Temple, the last time he coached against the Minutemen was on Jan. 14, 1995, a 93-60 UMass win at the Mullins Center.
Shooting Tells The Story
In UMass' seven wins, the Minutemen are shooting 47.2 from the floor overall and 32.7 from 3-point range. In the nine losses UMass is 36.2 on all field goals and 29.3 from beyond the arc.
On defense, in the seven victories, UMass is holding foes to 40.1 overall and 30.8 from 3-point land. In the nine defeats, opponents are shooting 46.9 percent overall and a strong 39.4 from trifecta land.
It has translated to a scoring margin of 79.3 to 65.7 in the wins and a mark of 80.6 to 67.1 in the losses.
UMass is 6-1 when shooting above 40 percent this year and 1-8 when shooting below 40 percent in 2009-10. The win over Fordham last Wednesday marked the first time UMass won a game when shooting less than 40 percent this season (38 percent).
UMass is 6-0 when shooting a better percentage than its opponents and 1-8 when being outshot. Again, the Fordham game was the first time UMass was outshot (44-38 percent) and still won the game.
Harris & Gurley Leading The Way
Harris continues to move up the UMass career scoring charts with his 17.4 average this season. He is seventh all-time with 1,608 points and closing in on No. 6 Tony Barbee (1,643). He has scored in double-figures in 26 games in a row, in 79 of his 113 career games and in 76 of his last 81 games dating to his sophomore season. Harris passed the two legends of UMass basketball on the career scoring list this season. Harris moved by Julius Erving (1,370) and Marcus Camby (1,387) in the game against Cornell.
Harris was named the A-10 Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 7 after he led UMass to a 2-0 week (Dec. 2-5). Harris had exactly 19 points, six assists and three rebounds in each UMass win that week (vs. Quinnipiac and at Holy Cross. The Baltimore native shot a blistering 68 percent from the floor (13-of-19) and made a stellar 7-of-13 3-point field goals.
Gurley scored in double-figures in 13 of 16 games this season, with the first five off the bench and the last 11 as a starter. He is second on UMass in scoring with a 15.1 points per game average. He had at least 13 points in 13 of 15 games this season. He had his first career double-double at Boston College (12/23) with 23 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Against No. 2 Michigan State (11/28), he tied his career-high with 24 points. That came on the heels of 19 vs. Rutgers (11/27). He had 21 points vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith (11/21).
Freshman Showing Strong In Debuts
Riley returned vs. Fordham (1/6) and had a career-game against La Salle (1/10). Riley canned six 3-pointers and netted a career-high 22 points in Springfield. That six treys, was two shy of the UMass single-game record. Over his last two games, Riley is averaging 21.0 ppg making 11-of-24 3-point field goals. He now ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in 3-pointers made per game with 2.9.
Vinson has seven games overall in double-figures with the last coming against La Salle (1/10) with 13 points. He scored 20-plus 21 vs. Memphis (12/19) and 20 points vs. Grambling State (12/11). He also had double-figures in three in a row from Nov. 18-24. Vinson became the first UMass freshman to post a double-double and a 20-point, 10-rebound game since Rashaun Freeman in 2003-04, when he had 20 points and 11 boards vs. Grambling.
Vinson earned national attention with his game-winning basket with 0:00.7 to upset Memphis (12/19), 73-72. He scored a career-high 21 points along with nine rebounds in the stunning win over the Tigers. He was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and UMass Athlete of the Week. His game-winner was the ESPN SportsCenter No. 1 Play of the Day on Dec. 19 and No. 6 Play of the Week for that week as well.
Riley has six games in double-figures including 20-plus ine ach of his last two games with 22 vs. La Salle (1/10) and 20 at Richmond (1/13).
Sampson Carter is averaging 5.4 points and 3.9 rebounds with double-figures in three games. Javorn Farrell is averaging 4.1 points and 3.2 rebounds including a career-best 10 rebounds vs. Grambling State (12/11) in just 11 minutes of action. He returned to action at Richmond (1/13) and had seven points and five rebounds after missing the Fordham (1/6) and La Salle (1/10) games with a groin/hip injury.
Harris Shoots Up 1,000-Point List
In the Cornell (11/18) game he passed three players on the all-time list including the two greatest stars in UMass history in Julius Erving (1,370) and Marcus Camby (1,387). He also went by Clarence Hill (1,369).
Harris passed Edwin Green (1,393) vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith (11/21); Horace Neysmith with his 22 points vs. Rutgers (11/27) in the Legends Classic; Mike Pyatt (1,503) with 15 at Seton Hall (12/7); Harper Williams (1,534) at Davidson (12/30) and Donald Russell (1,558) with 21 vs. Fordham (1/6).
He is the 40th UMass player to score 1,000 points in his career.
Harris has scored in double-figures in 79 of his 113 career games including 76 of the last 81 dating to his sophomore year with the last 26 in a row.
With a similar season to his previous two, when he averaged 18.2 points per game, Harris would finish with right around 2,000 points. That would place him third behind Jim McCoy (2,374) and Monty Mack (2,183). Among the players he could pass are No. 6 Tony Barbee (1,643), No. 4 Rashaun Freeman (1,744) and No. 3 Lou Roe (1,905).
Harris has continued to be prolific scorer in his career at UMass. In 2009, he was named a Third-Team All-Conference selection. In 2008, he was named the A-10 Chris Daniels Most Improved player.
Harris is leading returning scorer in the Atlantic 10 with a 18.2 scoring average and led the team in scoring in 18 of 30 games in 2008-09. He scored 20 or more in 10 games. Harris was fourth in the Atlantic 10. He dropped a season and career-high 35 points on BC (12/6/08). The 35 points were good for the 13th most in school history and only six behind the school record of 41 held by Billy Tindall on Feb. 10, 1968 vs. Vermont. It was also Harris' second ever 30+ point scoring effort.
Harris Rises on 3-Point, FT Lists
He stands fourth in career made 3-pointers (237) and third in attempts (669).
Among the players he passed last season was his current head coach Derek Kellogg (138 makes and 362 attempts). Next on the makes list is Carmelo Travieso (245 of 666). Harris passed Travieso at Richmond (1/13). Next on the attempts list is Anthony Anderson (705).
Harris is eighth in made free throws with 333 in history. He has moved past Julius Erving (322) and Marcus Camby (308) this season.
This season, Harris 29-of-99 from 3-point range this season and 48-of-65 from the foul line.
He shot 38.7 from beyond the new extended-distance arc last season, making 87-of-225 from 3-point range in 2008-09.
Harris, who is tied Carmelo Travieso for the single-season mark for made treys with 104 (in 2007-08), is rising on the career charts.
Harris' 87 made 3-pointers last season finished tied with James Life for sixth-most in a single-season.
Harris also 11th on the career 3-point field goal percentage list (35.4).
Success At Home
UMass is 6-2 overall on its home courts, losing just the home opener vs. Cornell (74-61) on Nov. 18, which took No. 1 Kansas to the brink on last Wednesday night and the La Salle game.
In its seven home games, UMass is outscoring opponents 75.8-68.9 and outrebouning them 40.1-35.4.
In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this season, UMass is 7-3 also winning in Worcester against Holy Cross on Dec. 5 and falling at Boston College on Dec. 23.
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