UMass Finishes Road Stint At St. Joe's, Wednesday
UMASS (7-12, 1-4) at SAINT JOSEPH'S (7-11, 2-3)
UMass Finishes Road Stint At St. Joe's, Wednesday
The UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer and Tim Kenney will cover the game on WRNX 100.9 FM in Western Mass as well as WCRN 830 AM in Central Mass, 1060 AM WBIX in Boston and 95.9 FM WATD in South Shore. The pregame begin 30 minutes prior to tip-off.
UMass will be home for its next two games starting with Saturday's 6 p.m., contest vs. Charlotte on Jan. 30. That game will be televised live on ESPNU. It marks the first of five televised games in a row for the Minutemen.
The Minutemen are seeking to break a five-game losing streak including two losses to Top 25 teams, Temple and Baylor. UMass comes off a 71-45 defeat at No. 25 Baylor in a non-conference game last Saturday.
In the loss at Baylor, UMass became the first team this season to outrebound the Bears, who lead the NCAA in rebounding margin (+11.0). Terrell Vinson had his second-career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Hashim Bailey also grabbed 11 rebounds. Ricky Harris moved to sixth in career scoring (1,656) at UMass with 15 points as he passed UTEP coach Tony Barbee (1,643). Next on the list is Lorenzo Sutton (1,731).
UMass holds a one-game lead in the series with the Hawks (28-27), as the teams split last season's games with each winning on the road. UMass beat Saint Joseph's, 70-69 at the Palestra on Feb. 22 after the Hawks won 68-64 at UMass on Feb. 8, 2009.
The Series With Saint Joseph's
Last season, each road team won to give UMass back the edge in the series that has been more even of late. The teams have split the last six games with the Hawks winning three in a row in 2008-09.
UMass ended that win streak with a 70-69 win in Philly last season on Feb. 22. Saint Joe's won three games in a row finishing with a 68-64 win on Feb. 8. The Hawks won twice in 2007-08. The Hawks pulled off a 98-92 win at the Mullins Center on Jan. 9, 2008 while UMass made an amazing comeback but lost at Hawk Hill, 81-77 on Jan. 23.
The Minutemen won the previous two games to end the Hawks eight-game win streak. Three years ago, UMass captured the Atlantic 10 conference regular-season co-championship with a 71-67 win at Hawk Hill on March 3, 2007.
Saint Joseph's has won 12 of the last 16, but prior to that UMass ran off six consecutive victories in the series.
Saint Joseph's holds a 15-10 advantage against the Minutemen for regular-season games played in Philadelphia. At The Palestra vs. SJU, UMass is 3-4 overall with two wins in the A-10 Tournament and last season. UMass is 1-3 in regular-season games against the Hawks at The Palestra, losing in 1983, 84 and 88. Saint Joe's holds a 12-9 mark against UMass in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Minutemen hold a 14-7 advantage against Saint Joseph's for games played in Amherst, including a 8-7 mark against the Hawks at the Mullins Center.
This will be UMass head coach Derek Kellogg's third game against the Hawks, he did play against Saint Joseph's when Phil Martelli was an assistant at SJU. Martelli took over as head coach in 1995-96, the year UMass made the Final Four. Martelli stands 14-12 all-time against the Minutemen in his career.
Last Season's Meetings
UMass shot 50 percent from the field (26-for-52) and Saint Joseph's shot 46 percent (28-for-61). The Minutemen hit 40 percent of their 3's (8-of-20) while Saint Joseph's was 0-for-7, the first time that UMass held its opponent without a made 3-pointer since Feb. 22, 2000 against Rhode Island. It was SJU's first time without a 3-pointer since the 1993 Postseason NIT.
Lowe added 13 points and seven assists while Ricky Harris netted 11. Ahmad Nivans paced Saint Joseph's with 21 points.
Luke Bonner's only 3-pointer of the afternoon gave UMass its first lead of the second half at 66-65 with only 48 seconds remaining in the contest.
After Bonner knocked down two free throws, Saint Joseph's Garrett Williamson hit two of his own to cut the UMass lead to 68-67 with 11 seconds to go. Nivans then came up with a steal to set up Tasheed Carr, who hit both free throws with six seconds remaining on the clock.
Off the ensuing inbounds, Lowe went coast-to-coast to draw the foul and set up his heroics.
Feb. 8, 2009: Saint Joseph's 68, UMass 64
Ahmad Nivins led Saint Joseph's with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Tasheed Carr added 14 and Darr1n Govens had 10 for the Hawks (14-8, 7-1). It was Saint Joseph's ninth win in 10 games.
After a hot offensive start, the Minutemen cooled down with only 27 second-half points. UMass was 24-for-63 (38 percent) from the field, 9-for-27 (27 percent) from behind the arc, while Saint Joseph's was 25-for-55 (46 percent) and 5-for-14 (36 percent). Rebounds were 40 to 36 in favor of the Hawks.
UMass Pounds The Boards
The Baylor margin was remarkable as the Bears were leading the NCAA in rebounding margin at the time (+11.0) and had outrebounded all 17 opponents until that game. Baylor starts a front line of players standing 7-0, 6-11 and 6-10.
Between Dec. 11 and Jan. 6, UMass outrebounded its opponents 48.3 to 31.3 (193-125).
UMass has been one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the Atlantic 10 all season. The Minutemen currently lead the A-10 in offensive boards (15.2).
UMass ranks second in overall rebounds per game with 40.3. The rebounding margin is +3.4.
The Minutemen have used a rebounding by committee strategy. Sean Carter leads the way with 6.1 per game. Hashim Bailey is second with 5.8 per game in just 13.6 minutes per game. Prorated over 40 minutes, Bailey would grab 16.9 boards.
Shooting Tells The Story
In UMass' seven wins, the Minutemen are shooting 47.2 from the floor overall and 32.7 from 3-point range. In the losses UMass is 36.0 on all field goals and 27.9 from beyond the arc.
On defense, in the seven victories, UMass is holding foes to 40.1 overall and 30.8 from 3-point land. In the defeats, opponents are shooting 46.6 percent overall and a strong 39.8 from trifecta land.
It has translated to a scoring margin of 79.3 to 65.7 in the wins and a mark of 78.5 to 65.2 in the losses.
UMass is 6-2 when shooting above 40 percent this year and 1-10 when shooting below 40 percent in 2009-10. The win over Fordham (1/6) marked the first time UMass won a game when shooting less than 40 percent this season (38 percent).
UMass is 6-0 when shooting a better percentage than its opponents and 1-11 when being outshot. Again, the Fordham game was the first time UMass was outshot (44-38 percent) and still won the game.
Win Over Memphis Gets Attention
Harris & Gurley Leading The Way
Harris continues to move up the UMass career scoring charts with his 17.2 average this season. He is sixth all-time with 1,656 points after passing Tony Barbee (1,643) with 15 points at Baylor (1/23). Next on the list is Lorenzo Sutton (1,731). He has scored in double-figures in 29 games in a row, in 82 of his 116 career games and in 79 of his last 84 games dating to his sophomore season. Harris passed the two legends of UMass basketball on the career scoring list this season. Harris moved by Julius Erving (1,370) and Marcus Camby (1,387) in the game against Cornell.
Harris was named the A-10 Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 7 after he led UMass to a 2-0 week (Dec. 2-5). Harris had exactly 19 points, six assists and three rebounds in each UMass win that week (vs. Quinnipiac and at Holy Cross. The Baltimore native shot a blistering 68 percent from the floor (13-of-19) and made a stellar 7-of-13 3-point field goals.
Gurley scored in double-figures in 15 of 19 games this season, with the first five off the bench and 13 as a starter. He is second on UMass in scoring with a 15.1 points per game average. He had at least 13 points in 15 of 19 games this season. He had his first career double-double at Boston College (12/23) with 23 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Against No. 2 Michigan State (11/28), he tied his career-high with 24 points. That came on the heels of 19 vs. Rutgers (11/27). He had 21 points vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith (11/21). At No. 19 Temple (1/16), he had 20 points.
Freshman Showing Strong In Debuts
Riley returned vs. Fordham (1/6) and had a career-game against La Salle (1/10). Riley canned six 3-pointers and netted a career-high 22 points in Springfield. Those six treys, were two shy of the UMass single-game record. Over four games (from Jan. 10-20), Riley averaged 15.5 ppg making 15-of-36 3-point field goals (42 percent). He ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in 3-pointers made per game with 2.8.
Vinson has eight games overall in double-figures with the last coming against Baylor (1/23) when he had his second-career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. He scored 20-plus with 21 vs. Memphis (12/19) and 20 points vs. Grambling State (12/11). He also had double-figures in three in a row from Nov. 18-24. Vinson became the first UMass freshman to post a double-double and a 20-point, 10-rebound game since Rashaun Freeman in 2003-04, when he had 20 points and 11 boards vs. Grambling.
Vinson earned national attention with his game-winning basket with 0:00.7 to upset Memphis (12/19), 73-72. He scored a career-high 21 points along with nine rebounds in the stunning win over the Tigers. He was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and UMass Athlete of the Week. His game-winner was the ESPN SportsCenter No. 1 Play of the Day on Dec. 19 and No. 6 Play of the Week for that week as well.
Riley has seven games in double-figures including 20-plus ine ach of his last two games with 22 vs. La Salle (1/10) and 20 at Richmond (1/13).
Sampson Carter is averaging 4.8 points and 3.6 rebounds with double-figures in three games. Javorn Farrell is averaging 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds including a career-best 10 rebounds vs. Grambling State (12/11) in just 11 minutes of action. He returned to action at Richmond (1/13) and had seven points and five rebounds after missing the Fordham (1/6) and La Salle (1/10) games with a groin/hip injury.
Harris Rises on 3-Point, FT Lists
He stands fourth in career made 3-pointers (242) and third in attempts (690).
Among the players he passed last season was his current head coach Derek Kellogg (138 makes and 362 attempts). Next on the makes list is Carmelo Travieso (245 of 666). Harris passed Travieso at Richmond (1/13). Next on the attempts list is Anthony Anderson (705).
Harris is eighth in made free throws with 336 in history. He has moved past Julius Erving (322) and Marcus Camby (308) this season.
Harris has also risen to No. 5 on the career field goals attempted list with 1,300. Next on the list is No. 4 Mike Pyatt (1,318).
This season, Harris 34-of-120 from 3-point range this season and 51-of-69 from the foul line.
Harris, who is tied Carmelo Travieso for the single-season mark for made treys with 104 (in 2007-08), is rising on the career charts.
Harris' 87 made 3-pointers last season finished tied with James Life for sixth-most in a single-season.
Success At Home
UMass is 6-3 overall on its home courts, losing just the home opener vs. Cornell (74-61) on Nov. 18, which took No. 1 Kansas to the brink on Jan. 6 and the La Salle game.
In its nine home games, UMass is outscoring opponents 75.0-69.0 and outrebouning them 39.2-35.9.
In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts this season, UMass is 7-3 also winning in Worcester against Holy Cross on Dec. 5 and falling at Boston College on Dec. 23.
Visiting The Commonwealth
UMass is now 4-0 all-time at the TD Garden with the win on Dec. 19. It was UMass first game at the building since 1997, when the Minutemen took on Boston College in the Commonwealth Classic.