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UMass Hosts Richmond On Fan Appreciation Day

Freddie Riley had his best scoring game since the season opener, with 18 at Charlotte on Wednesday.

Freddie Riley had his best scoring game since the season opener, with 18 at Charlotte on Wednesday.

 

 

 

Game Information

 UMass Minutemen (11-6, 3-1) vs.

 Richmond Spiders (14-5, 3-1) 

 Date, Time Saturday, January 22, 2011, 12 p.m.
 Location William D. Mullins Center | Amherst, Mass. (Directions)
 Tickets Call 1-866-UMASS-TIX | Buy Tickets To Saturday's Game
 TV/Radio

CBS College Sports Regional  on Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportSouth (Noah Coslov & Steve Wolf)

100.9 FM WRNX (Western Mass); 830 AM WCRN (Central Mass), 95.9 FM WATD (Eastern Mass., South Shore)

 Online Video  No video per Atlantic 10/CBS College guidelines
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 Daily Hampshire Gazette 1/20: Riley scores 18 to lead Minutemen in rout at Charlotte       
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 Atlantic 10 Teleconference 1/18:  Weekly Atlantic 10 Basketball Teleconference   

Fan Appreciation Day

The UMass Athletic Department will have 100s of giveaways at Saturday's basketball game. Among the gift certificates to be given away include ones from Arizona Pizza Company, Bueno Y Sano, Colonnade Hotel, Domino's Pizza, Jiffy Lube, Mount Snow Skiing. We will also have Special Mystery Prizes and T-Shirt Tosses at every timeout. Call 413-577-0340for information.

Game Notes

 

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UMass Hosts Richmond On Fan Appreciation Day, Saturday
• Off to its best start in conference play in five years, UMass basketball welcomes one of the A-10's top teams on Saturday for a 12 Noon tip-off. Richmond (14-5, 3-1) played in the NCAA Tournament last season and is off to a strong start in 2010-11. UMass (11-6, 3-1) is tied for third in the A-10 following back-to-back conference wins vs. La Salle (74-71) and at Charlotte (73-54) on Wednesday. The last time UMass started 3-1 in the league was 2006-07, when they went to 4-1 on the way to the A-10 regular-season title and a 13-3 mark.

• Saturday's game will air on CBS College Sports' regional syndicates including Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Comcast SportSouth. Noah Coslov and Steve Wolf (for the third time in five games) call the action.

• The game can be heard on the UMass Sports Network on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass and 95.9 FM WATD in Eastern Mass and 830 AM WCRN in Central Mass. Josh Maurer will call the action with Tim Collins and Glenn Wong on color. Live streaming audio and GameTracker statistics are also available on UMassAthletics.com. There will be NO streaming video due to league rules.

Quick Hits From the 3-1 A-10 Start
• UMass is 3-1 in the Atlantic 10 for the first time since 2006-07.

• UMass has limited its opponents just 37.1 from the floor in A-10 play. That includes holding foes to less than 40 percent on field goals in all three wins with dominating defense vs. Dayton (28.6 percent) and at Charlotte (32.1).

• UMass had more than two players in double-figures in each of the last two games -- both wins -- for the first time since Nov. 27. Against LaSalle (1/15) Anthony Gurley (20), Sean Carter (15), Javorn Farrell (13) and Terrell Vinson (11) all met the mark. For Carter and Vinson, the point totals were season highs. At Charlotte, Freddie Riley had 18, Gurley 17 and Farrell added 11.

Series History With Richmond
• This will be the 12th meeting between the two programs in a series which began during the 2000-01 campaign. Richmond holds a 7-4 advantage in the 11 previous meetings. The Spiders have won the last two games, both last season taking a 70-63 regular-season game on Jan. 13 and a 77-72 tilt in the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Atlantic City on March 12. Last year was the first time the teams played twice in a season.

• Prior to Richmond's 70-63 overtime regular-season win last season, the teams exchanged three-game winning streaks in the series as UMass had captured the last three after Richmond won a trio in a row.

• At UMass, the Minutemen have won three of the four games, winning the last two in 2009 and 2007. In games played at the Robins Center, UMass is 1-4, winning for the first time in 2008.

• Over the last four years, UMass has outrebounded the Spiders by 64 rebounds and average of plus 12.8 per game. That includes a plus-26 margin in 2007 (39-13).

• In the last meeting at the Mullins Center, UMass capturd a 80-71 victory on Feb. 4, 2009. Ricky Harris led the way with 24 points, 21 in the second half as UMass outscored the Spiders 49-38 in the second half. Chris Lowe scored his 1,000th career point as he posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. Richmond's David Gonzalvez also scored his 1,000th point in the game as he and Kevin Anderson each tallied a team-best 18 points for Richmond.

• UMass' first win of the series was on Feb. 12, 2003 in the Mullins Center. The Minutemen held off the Spiders for a 54-53 victory. • The first meeting was in Charlotte at the Tournament of Champions in 2000, a 63-59 Richmond win.

Last Season Vs. Richmond:
March 12, 2010 - Richmond 77, UMass 72 (A-10 2nd Rd.)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - After a nice run to reach the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals, the UMass basketball season came to an end at Boardwalk Hall in a 77-72 loss to Richmond. The Spiders were deadly from 3-point range making 11-for-20 in the game including 9-of-13 in the first half. Richmond led the game from wire-to-wire, building a lead as large as 17.

Senior Ricky Harris played in his final game as a Minuteman and finished with 19 points, giving him 1,960 in his career, to rank third all-time at UMass. Junior Anthony Gurley, who always plays well at Boardwalk Hall, matched his career-high with 24 points to lead UMass. His previous 24-point game came vs. Michigan State in November's Legends Classic.

Richmond, had five players score in double-was led by David Gonzalvez (15 points). Also chipping in to the well-rounded effort were Ryan Butler (14 points), Kevin Smith (14 points), Justin Harper (13 points), and Kevin Anderson (13 points).

UMass rallied from 17 down at halftime to cut the deficit to just four on a 3-pointer by Gary Correia with 40 seconds left in the second half. The Minutemen later drew to within three with 7.3 seconds left on three free throws by Harris, but Kevin Smith's breakaway dunk on the ensuing inbounds iced the game for the Spiders.

Jan. 13, 2010: Richmond 70, UMass 63 (OT)
RICHMOND, Va. -- UMass made a spirited comeback after falling behind by 14 late in the first half to force overtime, but lost 70-63 at the Robins Center. Richmond outscored UMass 17-10 in the extra session. Freddie Riley led UMass with 20 points while Ricky Harris added 18.

Richmond's duo of Kevin Anderson (19) and David Gonzalvez (16) scored 14 of the Spiders 17 points in overtime. Sophomore Darrius Garrett blocked an Atlantic 10, Richmond school-record and UMass opponent-record 14 shots. Richmond also swatted a school record and UMass opponent record 17 shots as a team.

Richmond opened the overtime with Gonzalvez (3-pointer) and Anderson hitting back-to-back jumpers for a five-point edge at 58-53, 48 seconds into the extra period. Riley answered with an NBA-range trey to cut the lead to 58-56 with 2:34 left in OT. The teams exchanged pairs of free throws for a 60-58 Richmond lead. Anderson then made a runner for a 4-point lead, 62-58 with 1:36 left. Richmond scored the next three points on free throws to put the game out of hand.

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 has led UMass in scoring for 15 time of 17 games this season with the last coming as he netted 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 32nd in the NCAA in scoring (19.4).

• Gurley enters the game with 1,100 points at UMass and 1,299 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 19.4 points per game with at least 12 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 65 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 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15 games with double-figures in six games including the last two games along with 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) and at Charlotte (1/19) with 11.

Ready Freddie Filling It Up
• Sophomore Freddie Riley is second on the team in scoring with a 9.5 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).

• Riley had his best game since the season opener on Jan. 19 at Charlotte as he scored 18 points (15 in the first half). Riley was playing the game with a heavy heart as his friend T.J. Gordon had been killed the night before the game. Riley played the game in his dedication.

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 8.8 points and 5.0 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 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.


 

 

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