Men's Basketball

UMass Hosts St. Bonnies At Mullins, Wednesday Night

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UMASS (7-10, 1-3) vs. ST. BONA (8-8, 1-2)
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 • 7 p.m.
Mullins Center (9,493) • Amherst, Mass.
Streaming Video, Gametracker:
Radio: WRNX (100.9 FM - Flagship); WBIX (1060 AM), WCRN (830 AM), WATD (95.9 FM);

UMass Hosts St. Bonnies At Home, Wednesday Night
• The UMass basketball team comes home for the only game, in the midst of a stretch where the Minutemen play four of five games away from the Mullins Center. UMass hosts Atlantic 10 foe St. Bonavneture on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. After dropping two tough A-10 games at Richmond and new #16 Temple, last week, UMass will head back on the road to play at #25 Baylor (14-2) on Saturday and at Saint Joseph's next Wednesday.

• The Minutemen stand at 7-10 overall, 1-3 in the A-10 while the Bonnies are 8-8 overall and 1-2 in the league. UMass lost at Temple, 76-64 on Saturday to finish its two game road trip. Anthony Gurley led the Minutemen with 20 points, while Ricky Harris added 11 points, his 27th game in a row in double-figures. Harris leads UMass in scoring with a 17.0 average, fifth in the A-10. Gurley is second with 15.4 per game, 12th in the league.

• St. Bonaventure ended a six-game losing streak in the series with an 83-75 win last year in Olean. UMass won the last meeting in Amherst, 79-56 in 2008.

• This is just UMass' second game at the friendly confines of the Mullins Center in five weeks. The Minutemen extended their Mullins winning streak to five games with a 78-76 win over Fordham on Jan. 6. Overall, UMass is 6-2 on its homecourts including the win over Memphis, 73-72 on Dec. 19 in Boston and an 80-74 loss to La Salle in Springfield on Jan. 10. UMass is 5-1 at the Mullins.

• There is no television coverage of game, but live streaming video is available along with audio and gametracker. The UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer and Tim Collins and Glenn Wong will cover the game on WRNX 100.9 FM in Western Mass as well as WCRN 830 AM in Central Mass, 1060 AM in Boston and 95.9 WATD on the South Shore. The pregame begin 30 minutes prior to tip-off.

Last Year's Game Vs. St. Bonaventure
Feb. 14, 2009: St. Bonaventure 83, UMass 75
OLEAN, N.Y. - The UMass men's basketball team fell victim to hot second half shooting as the St. Bonaventure Bonnies hit 63 percent of their field goals in the final 20 minutes to hand the Minutemen (9-14, 4-6 A-10) another crushing road loss, 83-75, on Saturday evening at a raucous Riley Center. The Minutemen held a seven point halftime lead, but the Bonnies couldn't miss in the second, hitting 15 of their first 17 shots to get right back into the game. Four UMass players finished in double figures led by Tony Gaffney's career-high 21 points along with 19 from Ricky Harris.

Gaffney also grabbed 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season (and his career). Needing eight assists to set the UMass all-time record, Chris Lowe finished with only two helpers, but did net 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Luke Bonner added 11.

All five St. Bonaventure starters reached double figures in scoring led by 18 from Chris Matthews and Maurice Thomas.

For the game, UMass shot 45 percent from the field (27-60) while the Bonnies shot 47 percent (31-66). St. Bonaventure dominated the boards, 48-28. The Minutemen opened their largest lead of the game only 1:20 into the second half. Gaffney made it 44-35, finishing an alley-oop feed from Harris.

The Series With St. Bonaventure
• This will be the 56th meeting between UMass and St. Bonaventure, with the Minutemen holding a 37-18 lead in the all-time series.

• UMass has won six of the last seven meetings and nine of the last 12, but prior to the recent winning spurt (2001-08) St. Bona won four games in a row (2000-01).

• Two years ago, the last game at the Mullins Center -- UMass romped the Bonnies, 79-56 on Feb. 24, 2008. That gave UMass four wins in a row by an average of 21.5 points.

• Three years ago, UMass posted a 39-point win over St. Bonaventure at the Mullins Center, 83-44 on Feb. 21, 2007. That 39-point win equalled the largest margin of victory all-time at Mullins.

• The Minutemen stand 20-6 all-time against St. Bonaventure in Amherst, including a 11-3 mark at the Mullins Center.

• For games played at the Reilly Center, UMass holds a 14-12 advantage with four wins in the last six games.

• UMass head coach Derek Kellogg will coach against the Bonnies for the second time. But he is no stranger to the Bonnies. As a player from 1992-95, Kellogg's Minutemen went a perfect 9-0 against the Bonnies with four wins at St. Bonnies. St. Bonaventure's third-year coach Mark Schmidt is 1-1 vs. UMass.




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