Meeting No. 135: UMass Hosts URI On Sunday
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
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
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
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
Feb. 6, 2010 - Rhode Island 93, UMass 85
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dynamic Scorer Morgan Joins Team
First Undefeated Tournament Since 1995
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 "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
LAGUERRE SIGNS NLI WITH UMASS
UMass Alum Leading UMass
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
"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.
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KELLOGG'S MISSION 1000
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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