UMass In Charlotte For 1st Time Since Win in A-10 Tourn.
UMass In Charlotte For 1st Time Since Win in A-10 Tournament
UMass is seeking a 3-1 start in the A-10 for the first time since 2006-07.
UMass comes into Wednesday night's game with a 10-6 record and 2-1 mark in the Atlantic 10 with wins over Dayton (55-50) and La Salle (74-71) on Saturday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Charlotte is 9-8 overall and 1-2 in the league after a 71-61 win over Fordham last Saturday.
The game can be heard on the UMass Sports Network on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass, 1510 AM The Zone and 95.9 FM WATD in Eastern Mass and 830 AM WCRN in Central Mass. Josh Maurer will call the action with Tim Kenney on color. Live streaming video, audio and GameTracker statistics are also available on UMassAthletics.com.
Quick Hits From the Win Over La Salle
UMass had four players in double-figures for the first time since the win over Holy Cross -- the other game UMass wore their throwback jerseys -- led by Anthony Gurley (20), Sean Carter (15), Javorn Farrell (13) and Terrell Vinson (11). For Carter and Vinson, the point totals were season highs.
UMass scored its second-most first half points (43) and shot its second-best field goal percentage in the first half (59.4) in the win. Both season bests came in the win over New Mexico State on Nov. 20, also in Springfield.
Series History With Charlotte
UMass won the last game, coming in the A-10 Tournament, pulling off a 59-56 win in Charlotte on March 9, 2010. That was Bobby Lutz' last game as head coach of the Niners.
UMass is 2-1 in Amherst, losing last season. But the Minutemen won at the Mullins Center, 86-79 on Jan. 19, 2008. Charlotte won the first meeting in Amherst, 72-71 in 2006.
UMass is 2-1 at Halton Arena, winning in 2007 and losing in 2009 in overtime.
Since the 49ers joined the Atlantic 10 from Conference USA in 2005-06, Charlotte has won four of seven games.
Prior to being conference foes, the teams split games played on neutral courts, both in New England.
UMass won the meeting on Jan. 15, 1998 as part of the Atlantic 10/Conference USA Challenge held at the Providence Civic Center, winning 68-62 in overtime. In that game, Lari Ketner and Charlton Clarke scored 15 points each, Tyrone Weeks had 15 rebounds and 9 points. Monty Mack had 12 points. Future NBA first-rounder DeMarco Johnson was held to 10 points for the Charlotte.
The first meeting came in 1974 at the Hall of Fame Tournament at the Springfield Civic Center with the 49ers beating UMass, 85-57. The late John Murphy led UMass with 30 points. Murphy's family was honored as part of the 1970s celebration at UMass last Saturday. UMass head coach Derek Kellogg will coach against Charlotte as the head man for the fourth time, losing the first two before the A-10 Tournament win last year. He faced the 49ers many times as an assistant at Memphis when the teams were Conference USA foes. In fact, Memphis was just 2-3 including 0-3 at Halton Arena while Kellogg assisted John Calipari in those games vs the 49ers from 2001-05.
Last Season Vs. Charlotte:
With UMass leading by one, Charlotte looked to be scoring for the first time in about five minutes as Derrio Green had a breakaway but his shot was blocked by Javorn Farrell into the backboard support for a jump ball and UMass was awarded possession with 1:26 remaining. That was followed by Terrell Vinson dropping in a baby jumper with 50 seconds left for a 54-51 UMass edge. After Charlotte called timeout, the 49ers went out on to the court with six players and were called for a technical foul, Harris made both free throws and UMass went up 56-51.
A 3-pointer by Gokhan Sirin, his first points of the game, pulled Charlotte within two with 46 seconds left, but Harris hit two free throws with 20 seconds left to put UMass up four, 58-54. After a Phil Jones putback with 12 seconds left, Vinson made one of two free throws with six seconds left to make it 59-56.
UMass then fouled with four seconds left to put DiJuan Harris at the line for 1-and-1. Harris missed and the clock ran out, giving UMass the 59-56 victory.
Charlotte was led by An'Juan Wilderness' 11 points, while Jones added 10. Derrio Green, who scored 34 against UMass in their regular season meeting, was held to just two points on 1-for-7 shooting.
Jan. 30, 2010: Charlotte 72, UMass 58
Green shot 8-for-16 from 3-point range, tying a UMass opponent record for most field goals and attempts from behind the arc in a game. 21 of his 34 points came in the first half.
For the game, UMass shot 34 percent from the field, including 14 percent from 3-point range. Charlotte shot 42 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc. The Minutemen held the edge on the boards, led by Sean Carter's 10 and Terrell Vinson's eight, 44-39.
UMass trailed by one, 37-36, with 16 minutes left in the game, but the 49ers outscored the Minutemen, 21-5, over the next 10 minutes, including a stretch in which UMass went without a field goal for 8:37, to fall behind by 17, 58-51, with six minutes to go. The Minutemen managed to get the deficit back to single digits, 65-56, on a Harris 3-pointer with 1:33 left, but the visitors were able to make enough free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Best Starts In UMass History
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 1,083 points at UMass and 1,282 in his college career with 199 coming at Wake Forest. He stands 32nd all-time in points. Next on the list are No. 31 Mike Williams (1,122) and No. 30 Gary Forbes (1,128).
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 Mullins Center
At his current rate of 19.5 points per game with at least 13 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.
Junkyard Dog Farrell Returns With Impact
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
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.
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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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