Thumbnail Sketches Of 1970s Players For Saturday's Celebration
Jan. 16, 2009
Jim Burke - 1972-73 through 1974-75 - # 14 - A 6 foot 3 inch guard from Needham, Burke was known as a defensive specialist. A member of the first UMass teams to make three consecutive post-season appearances, Burke averaged 3.7 points per game as a sophomore and 2.6 per game as a junior. A tri-captain as a senior, Burke averaged 6.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
Bob Dempsey - 1968-69 through 1970-71 - # 22 - A valuable reserve during his three years at UMass, the 6 foot native from Fall River shone as a sophomore when he took over the reins at point guard when UMass great Joe DiSarcina missed seven games with an injury.
Mark Donaghue - 1975-76 through 1976-77 - # 10 - Despite not playing for UMass until his junior year, the 6 foot 8 inch center was named co-captain in his first season in Amherst. Donaghue didn't disappoint, averaging 18 points and 8.5 rebounds over two games as he was named MVP of the season-opening Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic. Donaghue continued his stellar play, including putting up 30 in an 86 to 73 win over UConn, while earning second team All-Yankee Conference honors as a junior. After putting up a career-high 35 poins against Duquesne, Donaghue capped off his senior year by scoring his 1,000th collegiate point on Senior Night in the Cage.
Tom McLaughlin - 1970-71 through 1972-73 - # 40 - One of seven men to have both played and coached at UMass, and the last prior to Derek Kellogg. A transfer from Tennessee, where he had been named Freshman Player of the Year, the Bronx native scored 14 points in his UMass debut after sitting out the first semester of the 1970-71 season due to transfer rules. As a junior, McLaughlin averaged 10.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, including a 27 point effort versus Boston College. Named captain as a senior, McLaughlin finished his collegiate career by leading UMass to their first-ever NIT victory, over 15th ranked Missouri.
As a coach, McLaughlin seemed similar to another UMass coach who would go on to make a name for himself. Like John Calipari not too many years later, McLaughlin was young, smart, motivated and had been associated with some top programs (including a Notre Dame squad that had been ranked in the Top 10 in each of the three seasons McLaughlin had been an assistant). While it appeared that McLaughlin had the program pointed in the right direction in the early 80s, he left coaching after two years to pursue interests beyond basketball.
John Moynihan - 1978-79 - # 30 - A reserve guard on coach Jack Leaman's final team.
Charles Olsen - 1970-71 through 1972-73 - # 52 - A 6 foot 4 inch forward from Ramsey, NJ, Olsen scored 9 points versus Fordham in his junior season.
Sam Provo - 1969-70 through 1970-71 - # 34 - A 6 foot reserve guard from Agawam.
Mike Pyatt - 1974-75 through 1977-78 - # 30 - A member of one of the most heralded recruiting classes in UMass history (along with Alex Eldridge and Derick Claiborne), Pyatt led the Minutemen in scoring in both his sophomore (15.6) and senior (16.8) seasons. A consistent scorer, the 6 foot 6 inch forward from the Bronx was named first team Yankee Conference as a sophomore and first-team all-New England as a senior and finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in UMass history with 1,503 points.
Peter Trow - 1971-72 through 1973-74 - # 34 - A 6 foot 4 inch guard, Trow opened up his UMass career with 19 points versus Vermont in just his second varsity game. A tremendous free throw shooter, Trow averaged .750 or better from the line in each of his three seasons, including a stellar .844 as a senior. A consistent scorer throughout his career, Trow frequently went through stretches in which he put up double-figures on the scoreboard while posting averages of 9.4 points per game as a sophomore, 8.5 per game as a junior and 9.3 per game as a senior. One of those stretches came late in his senior season, when Trow reached double figures in 9 of the Minutemen's final 12 games, including 16 points in the 108 to 38 massacre over Maine and 22 versus New Hampshire just days later.
Rick Vogeley - 1969-70 through 1971-72 - # 44 - A 6 foot 5 inch forward from New Hyde Park, NY, Vogeley averaged 3.3 points per game as a sophomore. As a senior, Vogeley averaged 7.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, including outstanding efforts in wins over Holy Cross (11 points, 13 rebounds) and Maine (22 points, 12 rebounds).
John Murphy - 1972-73 through 1974-75 - # 52 - A member of the first UMass teams to make three consecutive post-season appearances, the 6 foot 8 inch Murphy opened his career with a flourish, scoring 16 points and pulling in 14 rebounds in his first varsity game while averaging 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore. A first-team Yankee Conference selection as a junior, Murphy's finest individual moment during the 1973-74 season came when he posted 31 points and 9 rebounds in a 79 to 72 win over UConn. A tri-captain as a senior, Murphy opened the season on a mission, averaging 23 points per game over the first four games. His strong play continued throughout his senior season and when all was said and done, Murphy, behind 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, had been named Yankee Conference Player of the Year and would be drafted in the 8th round of the NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls.
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