Kellogg's Weeekly Teleconference
UMass plays the first of two road games this week -- both in New York, but very different locations -- as the Minutemen (8-13, 3-5 A-10) head to the Bronx to face Fordham (3-17, 1-7) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. After returning home late Wednesday night, UMass will turnaround and fly to upstate New York to face St. Bonaventure on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Both games will be available through UMass All-Access UMassAthletics.com as well as the UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer and Tim Kenney on the call for both games. The game at Fordham will be UMass' first in New York since advancing to the NIT Finals at Madison Square Garden last April.
That is all from Rose Hill Gym! Final score, 91-68 Minutemen crush the Rams from Fordham. Be sure to check out UMassAthletics.com for the game recap, notes, box score, and more! The Minutemen return to the state of New York on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, for a match up against the Bonnies from St. Bonaventure. Thanks for reading! GO UMASS!
The Minutemen have slowed the pace of the game way down. With 87 points, I'm not sure we can get to my aspiration of 100 in the last two minutes, but it was worth a shot. The most the Minutemen scored this season was 97 against Hofstra.
Matt Glass has fouled out of the game. The sophomore had an outstanding night, with seven points and a career high nine rebounds.
Tony Gaffney has left the game with 19 points, 10 rebounds, a double-double. His career high is 20 points against Jacksonville State and against Stony Brook when he was at BU.
I can't even make this up! Derek Kellogg is reading my blog too! Lex Mongo enters the game with four and a half minutes to go.
Someone behind me must be reading my blog.. I heard the "Put in Mongo!"
A "Let's Go UMass!" cheer just broke out. Our fans have gone above and beyond this game. I'm hoping a "Put in Mongo" cheer breaks out, as the Boston native is looking for his first career points.
Okay, as promised.. I asked the Clippers' scout if he was here for Tony Gaffney (my guess) and he just smiled...
With two free throws from Ricky Harris, the Minutemen are up 80-50. Definitely on pace for a 100-point game...
Tyrell Lynch with the steal... and he jams it home! And that is his first collegiate dunk!!
Steal by Gurley. He really wanted to dunk it, but he was fouled first by Alberto Estwick. Then Fordham took a full timeout and after not being able to get the ball in, UMass had to take a 30 second as well.
A perfect 4-for-4, Luke Bonner just beat his career high for most 3-point field goals in a game.
Quick shout out to the women's basketball team. They defeated Temple, 71-60, today on FIELD TRIP DAY. If you've ever attended one, you know why I wrote it in all caps. Special shout out to UMass media relations intern, Rachel Perreault, who's dad was also in attendance at the women's game!
A three by Luke Bonner, another dunk by Gaffney and Fordham Coach Dereck Whittenburg needs to stop the bleeding. The Minutemen have now taken a 64-30 lead, by far its largest of the year. The last largest lead coming against Hofstra with 28.
Behind the back jam by Tony Gaffney! He was the winner of the Midnight Madness dunk competition and he is showing his stuff tonight. In addition, nine players have scored so far in this contest, making it the most all year.
Start of the second half, Minutemen will have the ball. Harris shot a three, which hit the rim, but right before the ball left his hands, the ref blew the ball dead. After a lot of discussion, and a few shot clock changes, the refs have given the ball to Fordham in a jump ball situation.
Time for some halftime stats and notes... With 57 points in the first half, the Minutemen have scored the most since last season, when they had 61 against Saint Joe's (1/23) and La Salle (3/5). The Minutemen are outrebounding the Rams 28-13. Also, Matt Glass has already tied a career high in rebounds with seven and Tony Gaffney had a career high two three-point field goals. Gaffney also had a near double-double in the first half with 12 points and nine boards. He did have a first half double-double at Memphis, where he was called the best player on the court by Memphis coach John Calipari (a former UMass legend).
Tony Gaffney for three! Everyone can shoot from the outside tonight! The Minutemen are 8-for-18 from beyond the arc, with five different players knocking down the long shot. Halftime here at Rose Hill.. Score: UMass 57, Fordham 28. Back in a second with more stats, right now I have to run and get Chris Lowe Sr. for the halftime show!
Luke Bonner almost had a charge, but the refs called it against him, giving him two fouls (and a seat on the bench). Did you know, Luke Bonner has more charges than the rest of the Minutemen combined?
Last media timeout of the first half. Right now, the Minutemen lead 50-27, a 23-point margin. The largest lead at half this season was 16 against Hofstra (48-32). The Minutemen went on the win that game, 97-81.
And UMass has reached 50 points! And with a exclamation SLAM DUNK by Tony Gaffney. The last time UMass had a 50-point half was the second half against Florida last season in the NIT Semi-Finals, where the Minutemen had 51.
Currently, Ricky Harris is leading the Minutemen with 12 points. For the Rams, no player is in double digits yet, but Tanner has 8.
The under 8:00 media timeout came late, as there is 5:26 left in the half. UMass are shooting almost 58 percent from the field, 7-for-15 from deep. Eight players have already scored in the first half. The only other game in which that has happened this season was versus Xavier, where the Minutemen lost a heartbreaker against the then ranked #10 A-10 foe, 82-80.
Tanner probably worked hard on that dunk in practice. He played high school ball in Boston against Minutemen Anthony Gurley and Lex Mongo.
BIG dunk by Fordham guard Herb Tanner. UMass answers almost immediately, however, with a great possession ending with a long three from Ricky Harris. Minutemen 37, Rams 15
Luke Bonner with back to back threes! Fordham has to take another timeout and the Minutemen are now up 32-13 after a 10-0 run. The Rams have not scored since the 11:44 mark, three minutes ago.
UMass now has their largest lead of the game with 13 (26-13). We're actually on pace to score over 100 points!
Believe it or not, the fans started a "U" ... "Mass" chant. The turnout is incredible. It reminds me of last year's crowd at Madison Square Garden for the NIT games against Florida and Ohio State.
Ricky Harris for three! At the second media timeout, UMass has the lead, 22-12. We're 0.571 percent from the field and 3-for-8 from beyond the arc. Tony Gaffney leads all scorers with seven points. He also has three rebounds.
Timeout Fordham. Their second of the first half. The Minutemen are just slicing through Fordham's defense. Chris Lowe and Anthony Gurley have been able to drive and kick very effectively. Gurley just hit a three to put the Minutemen up, 19-7.
Chris Lowe takes it strong to the basket on back to back plays, giving the Minutemen a double-digit lead. Minutemen 16, Rams 6
First media timeout. Apparently, according to the PA Annoucer, the Fordham cheerleaders are nationally ranked. I'll tell you this much, the squad could possibly outnumber the Fordham student section.
David Gibbs makes an immediate impact as he drives hard to the basket and gets fouled. Completes the three point play. Minutemen up 12-3.
Fordham has still failed to score in tthe first three minutes. The Minutemen are up 9-0 and TG has seven of them. Some subs for UMass-- Gary Correia and David Gibbs into the lineup for the first time.
Trey Blue for a trey but no good! The Minutemen go down the other end and Tony Gaffney hits his own three. Minutemen up 5-0. Gaffney has scored all of our points thus far.
And the tip goes to Fordham, who turns it over on their first possession.
6:59 p.m. We're about to get underway! By the way, two seats down from me are scouts from the Los Angeles Clippers and the Washington Wizards. I'm going to ask who they are here for later in the game. I'll keep you updated.
HERE COME THE MINUTEMEN! Except I had to say that in my head. The Fordham band has started to play, as the Rams have just run out on the court as well. I know I may be a bit biased, but the UMass Hoop Band totally kicks their butt. There might be a total of ten people over there.
Starting lineups are in. For the visiting UMass Minutemen, the expected lineup:
#5 Ricky Harris
#12 Anthony Gurley
#14 Chris Lowe
#24 Tony Gaffney
#31 Luke Bonner
This is the ninth straight start for these guys.
For the Forham Rams:
#1 Jio Fontan
#3 Trey Blue
#21 Alberto Estwick
#32 Jacob Green
#44 Luke Devine
This is the third start of the year for Trey Blue (what an awesome name for a basketball guard). He is getting the nod over sophomore Mike Moore.
The gym is starting to fill. So far UMass students are outnumbering Fordham fans 30 or so to five! The team actually didn't practice here yesterday. Instead, they went to Fairview-Greensburgh Community Center in Tarrytown near the hotel. About 50 kids showed up to meet and mingle with the Minutemen after practice and a good time was had by all.
I just received a reader email asking what head manager Matt Vogel was wearing. Well fans, he is donning a grey striped shirt/tie combo. Very sharp looking if I do say so myself. If you have any questions, just shoot an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of fans in the house, I just spotted Tony Gaffney Sr. and Chris Lowe Sr. In fact, of the 50 or so people already in the stands, about 90 percent are wearing UMass gear. Mr. Lowe was also at practice yesterday and said that close to 30 of C-Lowe's friends and family will be on hand for tonight's game. This will probably C-Lowe's final college game in the N.Y. metro area.
For any of you who haven't been here, Rose Hill Gym is the oldest facility in Division I basketball, and it looks the part. The walls surrounding the gym are made of stone and the windows on one side could have come out of a castle in Ireland. The gym holds about 3,200 people and from what I have heard, many of those seats will be occupied by UMass fans and boosters. The earliest to arrive were Gordon Palley, Ken Hintlian, and Frank Pluta.
The team arrived at the hotel in Westchester yesterday around 3:00 p.m. Guy Racine, the bus driver from Peter Pan and huge Minutemen fan, made sure it was a quick ride into the city. Coach Kellogg was not on the bus, however, as he was recruiting players. The bus had an extra passenger, as CBS3's Any Lynn Stanley is traveling with the team for a behind the scenes look at what it means to be on the road with the Minutemen. This feature will air on this week's "UMass Hoops Insider."
Hey UMass fans! Alli Miller of UMass Media Relations here, running my first ever solo blog... So be gentle. I just arrived in the Bronx after about three hours of driving with our very own Voice of the Minutemen, Josh Maurer. Little known fact about The Voice. He has the uncanny ability to name the artist of any song on the radio. Anyway, be sure to stay tuned all game long for interesting sideline reporting.