Men's Basketball

 
Meeting No. 135: UMass Hosts URI On Sunday

Anthony Gurley is up to 18th in the NCAA in scoring.

Anthony Gurley is up to 18th in the NCAA in scoring.

 

 

 

Game Information

 UMass Minutemen (12-7, 4-2) vs.

 Rhode Island Rams (13-7, 4-2)

 Date, Time Sunday, January 30, 2011, 4 p.m.
 Location William D. Mullins Center | Amherst, Mass. (Directions)
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 TV/Radio

COX New England (Eric Frede & Abu Bakr)

100.9 FM WRNX (Western Mass); 830 AM WCRN (Central Mass), 1510 AM The Zone (Eastern Mass.)

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 Boston Globe 1/27:  Minutemen make sure trip is worth the delay   
 Bleacher Report 1/27:  Scare in The Air Doesn't Damper UMass: Program Continues in Right Direction         
 Buffalo News 1/27:  Road-wary UMass stifles Bonnies   

Promotions & Festivities

Kid's Day:  Doors open at 2 p.m., with games, rides and festivities on the Mullins Center Concourse.

Kid's Club Day: All members admitted free to the game with a postgame autograph session.

Big Y Day: Big Y card members admitted for $6.

Rally Towel Giveaway for fans. 

 Game Notes

 

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• Coming off perhaps its most well-rounded performance in a road win at St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, the UMass basketball team looks to continue its winning ways as arch-rival Rhode Island comes to the Mullins Center. Both the Minutemen (12-7 overall) and Rams (13-7) stand at 4-2 in Atlantic 10 play, tied for fourth in the league. The game will air on Cox New England with Eric Frede and Abu Bakr on the call.

• The teams will play for the 135th time, the most-played rivalry in UMass basketball history with the Minutemen holding a 77-57 advantage in the series that began in 1908.

• UMass has won three of its last four games and is off to a 4-2 start in Atlantic 10 play for the first time since 2006-07. That year, UMass began conference play 7-2 on the way to the A-10 regular-season title and a 13-3 mark.

• The game can be heard on the UMass Sports Network on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass, 1510 AM The Zone in Eastern Mass along with 830 AM WCRN in Central Mass. Josh Maurer will call the action with Tim Collins and Glenn Wong. Streaming video, audio and Gametracker will be on UMassAthletics.com.

Quick Hits From the 4-2 A-10 Start
• UMass has limited its opponents just 39.2 from the floor in A-10 play. That includes holding foes to less than 40 percent on field goals in all four wins with dominating defense vs. Dayton (28.6 percent), at Charlotte (32.1) and at St. Bonaventure (35.6).

• In the win over the Bonnies, Anthony Gurley tallied 28 points to give him 58 in his last two games. Javorn Farrell has scored in double-figures in each of the last four games with a 14.0 average in the quartet.

• UMass had more than two players in double-figures in two of its last three 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.

Shooting Tells The Story
• How the shooting from the floor goes is how the Minutemen go. UMass is 9-0 this season when shooting a better percentage from the floor than its opponents.

• UMass is 4-0 when shooting above 50 percent on field goals and 10-2 when making more than 40 percent of its shots.

• On defense, when UMass holds opponents to less than 40 percent from the floor, UMass is 9-1. When foes shoot less than 50 percent, UMass is 12-3.

• Conversly, UMass is 3-7 when shooting a worse field goal percentage and 0-4 when opponents shot better than 50 percent.

Series History With Rhode Island
• Sunday's game is the 135th between the schools, easily the most played series in UMass' history. UMass has faced UConn 108 times, the only other series with more than 100 meetings. The Minutemen also have more wins over Rhode Island than any other program, holding a 77-57 advantage dating to the first game on Jan. 11, 1908, a 32-14 UMass win in Amherst.

• UMass has won 33 of the last 46 games in the series. That includes sweeps by UMass in 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2008 and URI in 1999, 2003.

• UMass has won five of the last seven in the series including both of the meetings in 2008.

• Six of the last 10 meetings have been decided by three points or less including the last meeting.

• If you remove the 2007 22-point UMass win, the averaging margin of victory in the last 14 games is six points.

• The teams split last season with each winning on the home. UMass' Ricky Harris scored on a lay-up with 3.5 seconds left to beat URI, 69-67 in the regular-season finale on March 6. Earlier in the year, URI posted a 93-85 win in Kingston on Feb. 6.

• Two years ago, each team won on the road. Rhode Island won the first meeting, 71-59 at the Mullins Center on Feb. 18, 2009. The Rams ended the game on a 14-2 run. UMass rallied for a 72-71 win on a last-second shot by Chris Lowe to upset the Rams on Senior Day in Kingston on March 7, 2009.

• For games played in Kingston, the Rams lead the series 35-28. The teams have split the eight games at the Ryan Center which opened in 2002-03. • UMass has won 18 of the last 23 games played at home in the series. Overall, for games played in Amherst, the Minutemen lead the series 48-20, with a 11-4 mark at the Mullins Center, tied for the second-most wins against any team at the Mullins Center (Temple 13, St. Bonaventure 11).

• UMass coach Derek Kellogg is 2-2 as a coach against the Rams. As a player at UMass from 1992-95, the Minutemen were 9-1 vs. Rhode Island, losing once in 1993 at Providence. Rhode Island coach Jim Baron stands 14-25 against UMass (8-9 since moving to Kingston in 2002). He was 6-15 while at St. Bonaventure.

Last Season's Games
March 6, 2010: UMass 69, Rhode Island 67
- On Senior Day, Ricky Harris carried UMass into the Atlantic 10 Tournament with a game-winning lay-up with 3.5 seconds left to clinch a 69-67 victory.Harris scored a game-high 28 points and moved to third in career points. Rhode Island had its NCAA Tournament hopes severely damaged by UMass for the second year in a row in a regular-season finale in losing to the Minutemen. Marquis Jones missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer which would have won the game. Harris made two free throws with 1:09 left to put UMass ahead, 67-65. Marquis Jones then calmed made two free throws with 37 second left to tie the game again at 67 all.

Feb. 6, 2010 - Rhode Island 93, UMass 85
- The longest-running rivalry in UMass basketball history had another chapter written at the Ryan Center as the Minutemen (8-15, 2-7 A-10) lost at Rhode Island, 93-85. The Minutemen made things interesting late, erasing a 24-point deficit by scoring 21 points in the final 3:45 to pull within six with under a minute to go. The Rams (19-3, 7-2 A-10 and No. 12 in the RPI) pressured UMass all afternoon forcing the Minutemen into 21 turnovers including 17 in the first half alone. The bright spot was senior Ricky Harris, led UMass with a season-best 32. UMass trailed by as much as 24 midway through the second half, but mounted a late comeback, led by all 15 of Gurley's points to pull within single digits and as close as six with 16 seconds left on a Gurley 3-pointer. Two clutch free throws by Delroy James with 15 seconds left iced the game for the Rams.

Rhode Island had five players scored in double-figures led Akeem Richmond with 19. Lamonte Ulmer (17 points and 10 rebounds). Will Martell (13), James (13) and Keith Cothran (10) also scored 10 or more for the Rams. Rhody gained a measure of revenge after UMass severely hurt their NCAA Tournament hopes in 2009 with a 72-71 win in the regular-season finale at the Ryan Center.

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 17 time of 19 games this season. He has 58 points in his last two games with 28 at St. Bonaventure (1/26) and 30 points vs. Richmond (1/22). Gurley has at least 12 points in every game this season and ranks second in the Atlantic 10 and 18th in the NCAA in scoring (20.4).

• Gurley enters the game with 1,158 points at UMass and 1,357 in his college career with 199 coming at Wake Forest. He stands 26th all-time in points. Next on the list are No. 25 Rafer Giles (1,163) and No. 24 John Murphy (1,184). He passed former teammate point guard Chris Lowe (1,152) in the win at the Bonnies.

• 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 20.4 points per game with at least 10 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 67 times in his career and has reached 20 points 20 times, 10 times this year including each of the last two games.

• 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 Makes Major Impact
• Sophomore swingman Javorn Farrell has been a spark to the team's success. Farrell has scored in double-figures in each of the last four games (14.0 ppg) and has eight games this season in double-figures. UMass is 7-1 when Farrell scores 10 or more points.

• After missing the first two games of the season with an ankle injury, Farrell returned to the lineup and been an instant impact player. He is averaging 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17 games. 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 of the year, 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), 11 at Charlotte (1/19) and 16 in each of the last two games vs. Richmond (1/22) and at St. Bonaventure (1/26).

Ready Freddie Filling It Up
• Sophomore Freddie Riley is third on the team in scoring with a 8.8 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 8.3 points and 5.2 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.

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.

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.

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 41 games this season (through Jan. 28), he is averaging 5.1 points and 1.6 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.

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.

KELLOGG'S MISSION 1000
• UMass head coach Derek Kellogg has made it his personal mission to get more interest in the UMass basketball program. Along with the athletic department, MISSION 1000 was launched in September to garner more attention. Close to a dozen events have been held throughout the state of Massachusetts to spread the word of UMass basketball with an emphasis of being more involved in the community.

• As part of MISSION 1000, UMass head coach Derek Kellogg, his staff and players hand-delivered season tickets to patrons throughout Western Massachusetts. They were greeted with excitement of fans from Amherst to Springfield.

• UMass' exhibition game vs. Brandeis on Nov. 4 was a benefit for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Fans brought 2 cans of nonperishable food to the Mullins Center to gain admission in place of a ticket price. More than 1,000 cans were donated.


 

 

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