UMass Minutemen (11-7, 3-2)
at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (10-8, 2-3)
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The UMass basketball team will seek back-to-back road conference wins for the first time in the Derek Kellogg Era on Wednesday night as the Minutemen head to St. Bonaventure for a clash with the Bonnies. The Minutemen stand at 11-7 overall, 3-2 in the tough Atlantic 10 having won their last road game at Charlotte, last Wednesday. The Bonnies ate 10-8 overall and 2-3 in the league winning at George Washington last Saturday.
UMass suffered a tough 84-68 loss to a red-shot shooting Richmond team on Saturday at the Mullins Center. That came on the heels of a 3-1 start in conference play, UMass' best start to A-10 play in five years. 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.
St. Bonaventure has won the last two meetings between the teams including a 70-69 win at UMass last season. In the last game in upstate New York, the Bonnies pulled off an 83-75 win on Valentine's Day in 2009. Prior to those two wins for SBU, UMass had won the previous six games in a row.
The game can be heard on the UMass Sports Network on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass, 1510 AM The Zone and 95.9 FM WATD in Eastern Mass along with 830 AM WCRN in Central Mass. Josh Maurer will call the action with Tim Kenney. Streaming video and audio and live stats will be available on UMassAthletics.com.
Quick Hits From the 3-2 A-10 Start
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 its last two 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 St. Bonaventure
This will be the 57th meeting between UMass and St. Bonaventure, with the Minutemen holding a 37-19 lead in the all-time series.
The Bonnies have won the last games in a row. UMass has won six of the last eight meetings and nine of the last 13, prior to the recent winning spurt (2001-08) St. Bona won four games in a row (2000-01).
Last year, St. Bonaventure pulled out a 70-69 win at the Mullins Center. Two seasons ago, the last game at the Bonnies, SBU knocked off UMass 83-75 on Valentine's Day.
Three years ago, 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.
Four 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.
For games played at the Reilly Center, UMass holds a 14-12 advantage with four wins in the last six games.
The Minutemen stand 20-7 all-time against St. Bonaventure in Amherst, including an 11-4 mark at the Mullins Center.
UMass head coach Derek Kellogg will coach against the Bonnies for the third 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 fourth-year coach Mark Schmidt is 2-1 vs. UMass.
Last Year Vs. St. Bonaventure:
Jan. 20, 2010: St. Bona 70, UMass 69
AMHERST, Mass. - After a game that featured eight lead changes and eight ties, a Freddie Riley 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed the mark as UMass fell to St. Bonaventure, 70-69, on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen came back from a 10-point deficit with four minutes to go. Ricky Harris led the Minutemen with 22 points, while Anthony Gurley and Riley added 16 and 12, respectively.
Andrew Nicholson led all scorers with 24 points for the Bonnies on 10-of-18 shooting, including 6-of-6 from the foul line. Michael Davenport had a double-double for St. Bonaventure with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Minutemen trailed by seven, 68-61, with four minutes left but a Riley 3-pointer, a Harris layup, and a Harris dunk off a miss following a David Gibbs steal, tied the game up at 68-68 with 2:38 to go. After Nicholson sank two free throws for St. Bonaventure and Gurley made 1-of-2 at the line for UMass, the Minutemen had possession of the ball with a minute to go.
Following a long possession, a Riley 3-pointer from the top of the key was off the mark, giving the Bonnies the ball with 41 seconds to go. After Bonnies miss, the Minutemen came away with the rebound with 10 seconds to go, working the ball up the floor before Riley took a pass on the deep right wing for the attempt at the buzzer.
UMass shot 41.5 percent (27-65) from the field, including 4-for-24 from 3-point range, while St. Bona shot 48.2 percent (27-56) and was 1-for-10 from behind the arc.
The Bonnies held the edge on the boards, 40-32.
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.