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UMass In Charlotte For 1st Time Since Win in A-10 Tourn.

Anthony Gurley has made 92 percent of his free throws over the last six games.


Anthony Gurley has made 92 percent of his free throws over the last six games.

 

Game Information

 UMass Minutemen (10-6, 2-1) at Charlotte 49ers (9-8, 1-2) 

 Date, Time  Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
 Location  Halton Arena | Charlotte, N.C. (Directions)
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 Daily Hampshire Gazette 1/17:  Minutemen survive last-minute mistakes to defeat La Salle at MassMutual Center  
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 Springfield Republican 1/16: Gurley's 20 points lead UMass to win in Springfield         
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  Atlantic 10 Conference Call 1/17:  Weekly Atlantic 10 Basketball Teleconference  

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UMass In Charlotte For 1st Time Since Win in A-10 Tournament
• The UMass basketball team is returning to the site of one of its most important moments over the last decade in program history. Last season, the Minutemen won their first Atlantic 10 Tournament game since 2002 with a 59-56 victory in Charlotte on March 9. The win broke an 8-game tournament losing streak.

• 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
• The Minutemen moved to 3-0 this season at the MassMutual Center with the win over La Salle last Saturday.

• 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.

Gary Correia (7) and Javorn Farrell (5) set career-highs in assists.

Series History With Charlotte
• UMass and Charlotte are playing for the 10th time in history and just the fourth time in Charlotte. The 49ers hold a 5-4 edge, winning the last three regular-season games including last season's 72-58 game in Amherst on Jan. 30, 2010.

• 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:
March 9, 2010 - UMass 59, Charlotte 56 (A-10 1st Round)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - UMass won an Atlantic 10 Tournament game for the first time since 2002 with a 59-56 triumph over Charlotte on Tuesday night at Halton Arena. The 11th-seeded Minutemen (12-19) were led by a game-high 24 points from senior Ricky Harris to top the 6th-seeded 49ers in a back and forth game that featured nine lead changes and 10 ties. On a night when the shots were not falling, the Minutemen used a strong defensive effort, holding the 49ers to 35 percent shooting in the second half and 37 percent for the game. UMass shot 32 percent from the field.

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
AMHERST, Mass. - A key scoring run in each half by Charlotte and a career-high 34 points by Derrio Green led to a 72-58 loss for UMass against the 49ers on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. Ricky Harris led the home club with 25 points and four assists, while Anthony Gurley added 11. The Minutemen fell to 8-13 overall and 2-5 in the Atlantic 10, while the 49ers improved to 16-5 overall and 6-1 in the A-10.

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
• 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
• The Minutemen have won their conference opener under Derek Kellogg in all three of his seasons at the helm of his alma mater. Kellogg led UMass to win over then Dayton in 2009 and this season and Fordham in 2010.

• 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
• Prior to the loss to Boston College at the TD Garden on Dec. 4, 2009, at 7-0 UMass was one of the final 22 undefeated teams in NCAA Division I. The Minutemen were also the last unbeaten team in the Atlantic 10.

• 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
Anthony Gurley led UMass in scoring for the 15th time in 16 games this season with 20 points vs. La Salle (1/15). Gurley has at least 12 points in every game this season and ranks third in the Atlantic 10 and 30th in the NCAA in scoring (19.5).

• 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
• After missing the first two games of the season with an ankle injury sophomore swingman Javorn Farrell has returned to the lineup and been an instant impact player. He is averaging 9.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14 games with double-figures in five games including four of his first five efforts this season. He notched a career-high 25 points in leading UMass to the win at Quinnipiac (12/1). He had scored 15 points in his first game, vs. New Mexico State (11/20) and followed that up with 10 points vs. TCU (11/22). Most recently, he scored in double-figures with 13 vs. La Salle (1/15).

Ready Freddie Filling It Up
• Sophomore Freddie Riley is second on the team in scoring with a 9.0 points per game average. He tallied a career-high 28 with 23 coming in the second half alone in the season-opening win over Rider (11/12). He passed his former high of 22 vs. La Salle (1/10/10). Riley scored in double-figures for the 13th time in his career with 28. Riley also scored more than 20 points for the third time.

• 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
• Sophomore Sampson Carter had the best game of his two-year career with a 17-point, 8-rebound effort vs. Sacred Heart (11/17). The Baton Rouge native is averaging 8.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 15 starts. He was in double-figures for three games in a row with 14 vs. Holy Cross (11/27). Carter set a career-high with 10 rebounds vs. Seton Hall (12/11). Last season, Carter averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 32 games.

Dynamic Scorer Morgan Joins Team
Jesse Morgan joined the Minutemen on Dec. 19 and played in his first game just days later vs. No. 24 UCF (12/22). The former Seton Hall NLI signee became eligible after the end of the first semester after meeting NCAA eligibility requirements. Morgan can play all three guard positions. Nicknamed, "Takeover," Morgan averaged 28 points per game as a senior at Olney High School in Philadelphia, the third most among all players in the city.

First Undefeated Tournament Since 1995
• With a 4-0 mark in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, UMass captured undefeated regular-season tournament since the 1995 Rainbow Classic. That year, the Minutemen took the crown in Honolulu with wins over NC State, USC and NC State with a 3-0 mark.

• 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 played its first regular-season game at the Curry Hicks in 6,511 games, dating to the Final "Rage In The Cage" on Jan. 29, 1993 with an 83-76 win on Nov, 27, 2010. UMass is now 360-212 in 572 all-time games at the Cage from 1932-93 and the game this season.

• 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
• UMass rallied for its largest comeback since the 2008 NIT Quarterfinals vs. Syracuse when the Minutemen also rallied from down 22 points in the second half. UMass was down by 22 with 16:24 left in the second half (46-24) and rallied to win by 10. The game included a 34-point swing in a 15-minute span as the Minutemen led by 12 75-63 with just over a minute left. The last time UMass rallied from as large a margin was on March 28, 2008 in the NIT Quarterfinals as the Minutemen came back from a 54-32 with 14:37 left in the second half to post an 81-77 victory on the way to the NIT Finals.

LAGUERRE SIGNS NLI WITH UMASS
• Explosive guard Jordan Laguerre (pronounced LUH-garry) has signed his National Letter Of Intent to join the UMass Basketball program for the 2011-12 season. The 6-2, 175-pounder is currently in his second season at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. Laguerre is a lefthander with an explosive first step, incredible leaping ability, and a scorer's mentality. The Manchester, N.H., native averaged 14 points per game as a junior and is expected to take an even more dominant role in the offense this season.

Forbes Makes NBA With Denver Nuggets
• Former UMass star basketball player Gary Forbes made the opening day roster of the Denver Nuggets and drew his first NBA start on Nov. 3 vs. Dallas, where he guarded All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. He scored a pro-best 19 points vs. his hometown New York Knicks on Nov. 16 to go along with a career-high nine rebounds. The 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year became the seventh UMass player to play in the NBA joining current Portland Trailblazer Marcus Camby in the league. Forbes averaged 10.1 ppg in the preseason to earn a spot with the Nuggets. In 33 games this season (through Jan. 9), he is averaging 5.6 points and 1.7 rebounds.

• "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
Derek Kellogg, in his third season, is the first UMass alum to serve as the head coach of his alma mater since Tom McLaughlin, who coached the Minutemen from 1981-83. Kellogg graduated from UMass in 1995 where he was an All-Atlantic 10 selection in 1995. McLaughlin graduated from UMass in 1973 where he was one of three future head coaches on the team. He was joined by former Boston College head coach Al Skinner and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

• 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
• Looking for all the latest news on the Minutemen and Coach Kellogg? There are several ways to keep tabs on all of the updates on the squad.

• Your first and Number 1 source is UMassAthletics.com. The official website of the UMass teams features news, stats, profiles, videos, photos, auctions, live audio, live video and so much more. Visit every day when you get home for a complete recap story, box score, video highlights, photo gallery and postgame press conference from this and every game.

• Our daily blog "Just Take A Minute" has all the latest news from the media along with special information. Its updated several times each day.

• Follow the teams and Coach Kellogg on Twitter. Get the news instantly for all Minuteman and Minutewoman teams by following @UMassAthletics. For the latest on the basketball team and Coach, follow him at @CoachKellogg.

• The UMass Facebook page is very active, become a fan today at Facebook.com/UMassAthletics. You can also follow Coach Kellogg on his Facebook.com/CoachKellogg account.

 

• Also, UMass has a very comprehensive YouTube page with video highlights, features, interviews and press conferences. Visit today at YouTube.com/UMassAthletics.

KELLOGG'S MISSION 1000
• UMass head coach Derek Kellogg has made it his personal mission to get more interest in the UMass basketball program. Along with the athletic department, MISSION 1000 was launched in September to garner more attention. Close to a dozen events have been held throughout the state of Massachusetts to spread the word of UMass basketball with an emphasis of being more involved in the community.

• 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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