LIVE BLOG: UMass Hoops At Charlotte
Jan. 21, 2009
Live from Halton Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jason Yellin from UMass Media Relations provides tonight's live blog of the UMass at Charlotte basketball game. The Minutemen are looking to move to 3-1 in the A-10 and 8-9 overall while Charlotte (5-11, 0-3) looks to end its five-game losing streak.
9:43 p.m. The Minutemen drop another heartbreaker on the road, 69-64. Luck was not on UMass' side, neither was the officiating as calls did not go UMass' way in OT. That said, the team did own a six point lead with two minutes to go and was not able to hold it. Just a tough, tough loss as the strange A-10 season has gotten even stranger.
Be sure to check back to UMassAthletics.com for a complete recap, stats, and game notes. Hope to see you all on Saturday vs. La Salle at 4 p.m. Until then, have a great rest of the week! Go UMass!!!
9:39 p.m. Charlotte hits two FTS, but Anthony Gurley responds with another three...now down by only three 67-64. Still PLENTY of time left.
9:36 p.m. It looked like Charlotte would pull away in OT, but Anthony Gurley hits a three to cut it to four with 41 seconds remaining. Still plenty of time left.
9:30 p.m. Not a good start to OT for UMass. Down by 4 with about two minutes to go...Still time though, so let's see.
9:27 p.m. OT has not been friendly to UMass, so let's hope that changes. The Minutemen have played two OT games in the last 2 years, vs. BC this year and at Temple, both losses...
9:25 p.m. Coach Kellogg didn't call a timeout, letting the Minutemen go for the win with the shotclock turned off. It was for naught, and we are headed to overtime...
9:24 p.m. Ian Anderson hits his second straight three to tie the score at 55-55. ughh.
Key down the stretch UMass has 4 timeouts and Charlotte JUST 1.
Media timeout, UMass up 51-46 with 2:49 left.
Ricky Harris cans a fastbreak trey and UMass up 48-43 .... Gaffney then cans a 3-pointer ... UMass up 51-43.
Charlotte has NO field goals in the last 7 minutes since 13:24 ... the run UMass is on a 18-1 run.
In A-10 action, Xavier knocked off St. Bonnies, 84-64 in Olean.
Rhode Island falls at Richmond in men's 78-75.
Gibbs is coming out big time tonight. Puts UMass up 45-42. Doing so many things.
Mack is back in and chucks a 3, no good.
9:35 left, UMass up 43-42 and Bobby Lutz calls his third timeout.
Gaffney misses on an alley oop from Correia and it keeps getting hotter in here.
Lutz ripped off his coat and just lost it. On the possession after the made free throws by Harris, Luke Bonner was called for an illegal screen and Charlotte gets the ball back.
The mismatch of height for Charlotte is helping the 49ers. Bonner's trey helps UMass back to six points down 42-36. 12:45 left.
Under 16 media tiemout and UMass is down 40-31 after Tony Gaffney draws a charge on CHarlie Coley. Its Gaffney's fourth drawn charge this year.
Since it was 25-15 UMass with 6:00 left, Charlotte is on a 25-6 RUN! UGGGGH. UMass was scoreless for more than 6:00 before Harris lay-up.
UMass has missed three shots.
Mack nails a 3FG and Charlotte goes up 37-29 with 18:17 left.... Mack was 5-13 from 3FGs last game is now 3-5 today.
Same starters for the second half as began the game.
Here are some stats to ponder:
Top rebounders: UMass - Bonner 5, Gaffney 5. Charlotte - Mack 5, DiJuan Harris (at 5-8) with 5.
Top Assists: UMass - Lowe 4. Charlotte - Harris 4.
Blocks: UMass - Gaffney 2, Bonner 1.
In the A-10 tonight, Xavier leads St. Bonnies, 47-29 with 17:28 left
Coley another oop and its tied at 29 all at halftime.
Fans continue with Snap Crackle and Pop references ... Tony the Tiger "They're GRRRRRRRRReat" Pretty funny. Haven't heard much of this, this season.
UMass biggest lead at 10, 25-15 with 5:15 left.
Luke Bonner grabs an O-Board and hooks home a shot for a UMass 22-15 edge with 6:20 left.
The student section got a rise out of Derek Kellogg calling out "Raisin Bran" and Kellogg responded with a smile earning some respect from the students. It has been a fun atmosphere with these students who are really into their team and chanting all game.
Chris Lowe's teardrop is goaltended and the fans call out "Take his whistle" to the ref. UMass up 18-11.
Odd occurance, the last foul after a Bonner block was called on Charlotte's No. 11 Ian Andersen at 11:11 ... So foul on 1 - 1 at 11:11.
10:11 left, UMass up 13-9 after Andersen's 3-pointer.
The Charlotte 49er, nicknamed Norm in honor the goldminer days in blasting T-shirts... Charlotte is called the 49ers as the school was kept afloat in 1949 by one of its lauching founders as the school nearly went under and 49ers was adopted. They have taken on the gold rush moniker and run with it.
Charlotte hits three shots in a row, and UMass leads 11-6 with 13:00 left. The 49ers missed their first seven shots before making three in a row.
The 49ers have a storied program with great success especially of late making postseason in 10 of the last 12 years with NCAA berths seven times since 1997.
Last season they were in the NIT, in Bobby Lutz 10th year at his alma mater.
You have to be impressed with UMass' early start including Tony Gaffney's team-best 29th dunk.
Gary Correia has subbed in.
One thing early on is Charlotte is a poor shooting team. They are 0-of-5 to start the game with Lamont Mack missing a 30-foot 3-pointer.
Harris trey, UMass up 8-0.
Yes it does the students are cheering OHHHHHHHHHHHH ... Charlotte wins the tip.
The lights have gone out and the Niners video open is playing. Its heavy metal Metallica with lots of noise, just not much reaction from the crowd.
Tough market to be in for the basketball dollar and its shows here in Charlotte with a thin crowd at Halton Arena. Of course, the Minutemen won't complain.
The 49ers are set to come out with Hells Bells ringing in the background and the smoke blasting out of their locker room.
Sight to see: UMass head manager in a magenta colored dress shirt with his sleeves rolled up ready to work! Work it Vogel.
Also in the fashion department, Shayrone Chatman is wearing a loud powder blue, gold and grey sport coat that screams out 1970s! Nice look Shy!
Coach Kellogg is dapper as usual in a dark suit with a requisite red tie. This one is trimmed in light blue and white. Sharp!
Here are the starters:
Here is the initial list of attendees for that game which honors the decade of the 1980s: Bob Braun, Tony DePina, Kurt Funk, Bill Hampton, Cary Herer, Dennis Jackson (assistant coach), Sean Nelen, Horace Neysmith, Hal Shaw, Jack Sheehan, Fitzhugh Tarry, Keith Whitt and Ron Young. More are expected!
Derek Kellogg's brother Bobby and his family have made the trip from Wilmington, N.C., to Charlotte to support the Minutemen. Bobby played hockey at Northeastern and was drafted in the NHL by the Chicago Blackhawks. Bobby has also brought friends to cheer on his brother's team.
John Calipari's father Vince Calipari will be in the house as well. He lives here in Charlotte and has been joined by some others.
The always present on the road Collins couple made the drive from Western Mass to Charlotte and presented the team with "Cookie Power" at the hotel prior to the game. In the past Cookie Power has helped move the team to victories. This is the first Cookie Power game for the 2008-09 season.
Also, UMass alum Dan Leberfeld, class of 1989 is here in Charlotte. Leberfeld is the publisher and editor of New York Jets Confidential, the NFL team's newspaper. Leberfeld has been busy with the news of Rex Ryan's hiring today, but is supporting his Minutemen tonight as he makes his way to the Super Bowl in Tampa.
So if you are listening to Josh Maurer and Tim Kenney, you will hear some noise for the Minutemen.
First off it feels like New England with 30 degree temps IN North Carolina!! Global warming, where are you???
It has been an interesting day for the Minutemen as the team had a 9:30 a.m. wake-up call followed by breakfast at the hotel. Joan Hopkins, the Associate AD for Academics held study sessions with several players on the trip after eating.
Then it was off to a 1 p.m. shootaround at Halton Arena. That went smoothly with Andy "Butchie" Allison hitting the halfcourt shot to wrap up the practice. The Minutemen boarded the bus, but its didn't start!
So it was time to improvise, with a broken bus, the team got help from two sources. The Hilton Hotel came with a shuttle to pick up the players and take them back. Then the Charlotte Athletic Department drove a van to take the staff back to the hotel. It was great teamwork and no one panicked.
Pregame meal was at 3:30 p.m. followed by some rest. At 5:45 p.m. new working bus took the team to the arena and they are stretching on the court right now.
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