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LIVE BLOG: UMass Hoops At Charlotte

Derek Kellogg's brother Bobby Kellogg will be on hand in Charlotte.

Derek Kellogg's brother Bobby Kellogg will be on hand in Charlotte.

Jan. 21, 2009


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    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 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 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.

    9:19 p.m.
    Chris Lowe hits one of two free throw and Ian Anderson knocks down a three, so believe it or not, the 49ers are back within one (53-52)...This has been a game of runs, so let's hope Charlotte doesn't mount one of its own. The team on a run at the end is bound to win.

    9:17 p.m.
    Lamont Mack hits another three, and the lead is cut to three, 52-49. Long way to go...just under two minutes remaining.

    9:11 p.m.
    49ers have gone ice cold ... down to 33 percent from the floor after being as high as 50 early in the half. Chris Lowe grabs a big rebound on another CHarlotte miss.

    Key down the stretch UMass has 4 timeouts and Charlotte JUST 1.

    Media timeout, UMass up 51-46 with 2:49 left.

    9:08 p.m.
    Both Luke Bonner and Tony Gaffney with 10 rebounds. FIrst time this year UMass has two with double-figure boards, Bonner's is a career high!

    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.

    9:05 p.m.
    7:44 left, UMass still up 45-42.

    In A-10 action, Xavier knocked off St. Bonnies, 84-64 in Olean.

    9:02 p.m.
    UMass women lose to nationally-ranked Xavier, 83-54.

    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.

    8:59 p.m.
    After being down 42-33, UMass is UP 43-42. 10-0 run. Gibbs driving lay up gives the Minutemen the lead. No quit for UMass. They are pumped and CHarlotte is deflated. Big loss in Lamont Mack on the bench with four fouls!

    9:35 left, UMass up 43-42 and Bobby Lutz calls his third timeout.

    8:57 p.m.
    Charlotte's Phil Jones fouls on a rebound and its 1-and-1 for Luke Bonner who makes 1-of-2. UMass down 42-39 with 11:00 left ... Gary Correia checks back in.

    Gaffney misses on an alley oop from Correia and it keeps getting hotter in here.

    8:53 p.m.
    Crazy tmes here ... Gaffney misses a dunk and Mack fouls him -- his fourth of the game and Bobby Lutz goes nuts and gets a tehcnical foul.... Ricky Harris makes the foul shots and UMass within four at 42-38 with 11:52 left in second half.

    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.

    8:49 p.m.
    David Gibbs is seeing extensive action at point guard. Luke Bonner called for a foul on a wild sequence. Charlotte is up nine 42-33 on another alley oop.

    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.

    8:45 p.m.
    Lamont Mack is redhot making three 3FGs this half and is up to 17 points in the game. He has 23 in each of his last two games.

    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.

    8:43 p.m.
    UMass has not scored since 3:25 left in the first half and Harris travels just 2:14 into the second half. Charlotte ball and UMass is scoreless for more than 5 minutes.

    8:40 p.m.
    Lamont Mack makes a 3FG and Charlotte has its first lead after being down 10 in the first half, 32-29. Coleman's attempts is goaltended blocked by Gaffney and its 34-29.

    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.

    8:35 p.m.
    If you listened to the radio at halftime. New football coach Kevin Morris was interviewed by Josh Maurer on the Sports Network.

    Same starters for the second half as began the game.

    8:25 p.m.
    UMass defense fell apart at the end of the half. After being up 25-15 with 6:00 left. Charlotte outscored UMass 14-4 to end the half with two alley oops to CHarlie Coley to end the half.

    Here are some stats to ponder:

    Leading scorers: UMass - Luke Bonner 10, Ricky Harris 8, Tony Gaffney 6. Charlotte - Lamont Mack 8, Phil Jones 6, An-Juan Wilderness 6.

    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.

    Team Stats:
    FG: UMass 12-27 (44 percent), Charlotte 11-28 (39)
    3FGs: UMass 5-11 (45), Charlotte 2-9 (22)
    FTs: UMass 0-0, Charlotte 5-8 (63) Rebounds: UMass 15, Charlotte 19
    Turnovers: UMass 7, Charlotte 7

    8:18 p.m.
    Charlie Coley on the alley-oop for Charlotte cuts the lead to 29-25 UMass and Derek Kellogg calls Timeout.

    In the A-10 tonight, Xavier leads St. Bonnies, 47-29 with 17:28 left
    At half, Richmond leads URI, 46-40.
    La Salle leads Penn 45-32 with 15:32 left

    Coley another oop and its tied at 29 all at halftime.

    8:15 p.m.
    Gaffney another block. But Lynch called for a foul, eighth on UMass. Phil Jones, who just hit a jumper (from 18 feet) makes two free throws and its a 6-point game, 29-23 with 2:00 left.

    8:11 p.m.
    Correia called for his second foul at 3:54 left. UMass up 27-17. The Minutemen are in the bonus with the seventh foul. Charlotte has been called for just four fouls.

    Fans continue with Snap Crackle and Pop references ... Tony the Tiger "They're GRRRRRRRRReat" Pretty funny. Haven't heard much of this, this season.

    8:08 p.m.
    Luke Bonner cans another 3-pointer, and is the first player in double-figures with 10. Its his second game this year (Hofstra 15) and fifth in his career with 10 or more points. Luke is 4-5 from the floor. He also has five rebounds.

    UMass biggest lead at 10, 25-15 with 5:15 left.

    8:06 p.m.
    The Niner fans keep calling out cereals in honor of Kellogg. Rice Krispies, Corn Pops, Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

    Luke Bonner grabs an O-Board and hooks home a shot for a UMass 22-15 edge with 6:20 left.

    8:04 p.m.
    Charlotte's dance team the "Gold Dusters" are performing to Damaged on the court right now at the under-8 media tiemout. UMass leads 18-14 with 7:49 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.

    8:01 p.m.
    Tony Gaffney gets his first block of the game, Ricky Harrs nails a trey, UMass up 16-11, 8:45 left.

    Chris Lowe's teardrop is goaltended and the fans call out "Take his whistle" to the ref. UMass up 18-11.

    7:58 p.m.
    Luke Bonner is rebounding like a beast with four already. Tony Gaffney has two.

    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.

    7:54 p.m.
    Media timeout... 11:53 left, UMass still leads 11-6. The game has settled in and UMass has missed its last few shots.

    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.

    7:51 p.m.
    Anthony Gurley called for the charge. Charlotte ball. These students are loud, the rest of the crowd is silent. But from where I'm sitting its deafening.

    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.

    Chris Lowe returns along with Luke Bonner.

    7:47 p.m.
    First Media Timeout and UMass is blazing. You can see why Charlotte is on a 5-game skid, they have shot poorly and turned the ball over with bad passing.

    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.

    7:43 p.m.
    Long 3-pointer from Luke Bonner and alley oops from Chris Lowe to Tony Gaffney for a 5-0 UMass lead. The Minutemen have come out with great energy.

    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.

    UMass first subs, David Gibbs and Tyrell Lynch with 16:23 left.

    Harris trey, UMass up 8-0.

    7:40 p.m.
    Finally underway after quite the spectacle line-ups here. Nice touch, RaShod Coleman came over the students and told them to cheer loud ... Welcome to the Jungle blasting the speakers ... let's see if it holds once the music stops...

    Yes it does the students are cheering OHHHHHHHHHHHH ... Charlotte wins the tip.

    7:35 p.m.
    We are running late as line-ups are just being announced. For the crowd which is about 40 percent full its loud as the students are doing their 40-9ers chant.

    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.

    7:25 p.m.
    We are 7:30 from tip-off and Halton Arena is about 25 percent full. The arena, built in 1996 is very nice. It holds nearly was the Mullins Center does, 9,105. There is great competition for the basketball fan in this area. Tonight alone, the NBA Charlotte Bobcats are at home with Memphis. In Charlotte, Davidson hosts Furman and Wake Forest is hosting Virginia Tech right now, just an hour away in Winston-Salem. Also about 3 hours away UNC is hosting Clemson at 9 p.m.

    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!

    7:15 p.m.
    Also in the house is Tony Gaffney Sr., who flew in from Boston to support his son on the road yet again! What great dedication.

    Here are the starters:

    Guard #14 Chris Lowe - 10 or more assists in six games this season
    Guard #5 Ricky Harris - UMass' top scorer in 10 of 16 games this season
    Wing #12 Anthony Gurley - First game back in North Carolina since leaving Wake Forest
    Forward #24 Tony Gaffney - Six double-doubles this season
    Center #31 Luke Bonner - Started last five games in a row.

    Forward #2 Charlie Coley - Had career-high 17 rebounds vs. UMass in A-10 Quarter last year
    Forward #15 Lamont Mack - Has 23 points in each of his last two games
    Guard #3 DiJuan Harris - Leads A-10 in Asst-TO Ratio (2.6)
    Guard #21 An'Juan Wilderness - One of the best names in the A-10
    Guard #22 RaShod Coleman - Shooting 64 percent from 2-point range this year.

    7:10 p.m.
    Saturday is the 1980s Celebration at the Mullins Center, as UMass hosts La Salle at 4 p.m. You can buy tickets right here, right now.

    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!

    7:00 p.m.
    You might think that UMass wouldn't have much of following playing nearly 1,000 miles from Amherst, but think again. There are expected to be a huge group of supporters here ar Halton Arena.

    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.

    6:50 p.m.
    As we get ready for the game, the students here at Charlotte are giving it to the Minutemen commenting on the physical looks of the team and every movement they make. They have dubbed Luke Bonner the Geico Caveman for his beard. All night the Minutemen will need to block out the sound and comments of these guys who are riding the team hard.

    6:40 p.m.
    Hello UMass fans. What a great day here in Charlotte as the Minutemen look for their first win on an opponent's home floor this season.

    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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