Hoops Hosts St. Joe's On Faculty Appreciation Day
Feb. 13, 2010
SAINT JOSEPH'S (9-15, 3-7) vs. UMASS (9-15, 3-7)
Hoops Hosts St. Joe's On Faculty Appreciation Day
UMass comes off a stirring comeback overtime at Duquesne on Thursday, 84-80. The Minutemen rallied from 16 down with 17:24 left in the second half to pull of the stunner. New Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Ricky Harris tallied 29 points as he continues his torrid stretch. Sophomore Sean Carter has his first career double-double with 11 points and 19 rebounds. Carter dunked home all five of his field goals including the exclamation point with seconds left in OT to seal the win. Anthony Gurley added 20 points in the win.
In the victory at Duquesne, UMass grabbed 60 rebounds including 23 offensive. It was the most by a UMass team since Feb. 28, 1996, when UMass had 60 against Saint Joseph's. Marcus Camby had 15 for UMass in that overtime win.
RH Factor: Red-Hot Ricky Harris
Senior guard Ricky Harris has been amazing of late. After his 29-point performance in the win over Duquesne, he is averaging 26.6 points over his last five games. Maybe even more impressive is that he is shooting 51 percent from the floor. He has raised his scoring average to 19.2, second in the A-10.
Harris moved up to fourth on the UMass career-scoring list last Saturday at Rhode Island. With his season-high 32-point effort at URI, he now has 1,789 career points to pass Lorenzo Sutton (1,731) and Rashaun Freeman (1,744). Harris has an outside chance to become the third player in history to score 2,000 points. He needs 211 points with at least six games remaining. He needs just 116 to pass No. 3 Lou Roe (1,905). Jim McCoy is the all-time leader (2,374).
The Series With Saint Joseph's
UMass won the first meeting this season, 87-80 on Jan. 27 at the Hagan Arena.
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 17, but prior to that UMass ran off six consecutive win in the series.
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.
Saint Joseph's holds a 15-11 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 12-10 mark against UMass in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
This will be UMass head coach Derek Kellogg's fourth 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 14-13 all-time against the Minutemen in his career.
Earlier This Season:
Saint Joseph's (8-12, 2-4) was led by Garrett Williamson's 16 points, while Idris Hilliard added 14.
UMass was dominant on the glass, outrebounding the Hawks 44-31, led by Vinson and Sean Carter with nine each and Harris, who had a career-high eight boards.
After UMass had built a lead of 12 several times midway through the first half, Saint Joseph's used a 17-4 run bridging the first and second half to regain the lead at 42-41 on a 3-point play by Darren Govens with 18:39 left in the second half. That started a game of back-and-forth early in the second half as the game stood tied at 49 on a Riley 3-pointer with 15:54 left.
Saint Joseph's than answered with a 7-0 run of its own to retake the lead at 56-54 with 13:02 left in the second, forcing Derek Kellogg to call timeout. Riley then bombed a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched around a Sean Carter alley-oop dunk to give UMass a 62-56 edge with 11:22 left in the second half.
UMass continued its 15-2 run with lay-ups by Harris and Vinson to take a 69-58 lead with 9:13 left in the game. Of course the Hawks answered with a run of 9-2 to cut the lead to 71-67 with 5:07 left.
But in the final five minutes, UMass was able to withstand the Hawks as Saint Joseph's missed several key free throws. The Minutemen were clutch down the stretch as SJU began fouling early. UMass made 12-of-14 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
UMass Pounds The Boards
UMass ranks 16th in the NCAA in total offensive rebounds with 373.
UMass has outrebounded 16 opponents. Overall, UMass has a positive rebounding margin (+3.9). That includes margins of 25 vs. Grambling (55-30), 20 vs. Memphis (44-24), 17 at Boston College (50-33), 9 at Baylor (42-33) and by 27 at Duquesne (60-33) on Feb. 11.
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.
The 60 boards at Duquesne were the most by a UMass team since the 1996 Final Four Season, when UMass had 60 against Saint Joseph's on Feb. 28, 1996. Marcus Camby had 15 for UMass in the game.
Between Dec. 11 and Jan. 6, UMass outrebounded its opponents 48.3 to 31.3 (193-125).
The Minutemen have used a rebounding by committee strategy. Three players average more than five per game. Sean Carter leads the way with 7.0 per game. Terrell Vinson is up to 5.6 boards per game. Hashim Bailey is second with 4.9 per game in just 12.9 minutes per game. Prorated over 40 minutes, Bailey would grab 15.5 boards.
Shooting Tells The Story
In UMass' wins, the Minutemen are shooting 46.4 from the floor overall and 35.0 from 3-point range. In the losses UMass is 37.2 on all field goals and 27.1 from beyond the arc.
On defense, in the victories, UMass is holding foes to 40.7 overall and 31.3 from 3-point land. In the defeats, opponents are shooting 46.9 percent overall and a remarkable 40.1 from trifecta land.
It has translated to a scoring margin of 80.7 to 68.9 in the wins and a mark of 79.6 to 66.9 in the losses.
UMass is 8-4 when shooting above 40 percent this year and 1-11 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 8-1 when shooting a better percentage than its opponents and 1-13 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 19.2 average this season. He is fourth all-time with 1,789 points after passing Lorenzo Sutton (1,731) and Rashaun Freeman (1,744) with a season-high 32 at Rhode Island (2/6) as well as current UTEP coach Tony Barbee (1,643) with 15 points at Baylor (1/23). He has scored in double-figures in 34 games in a row, in 87 of his 121 career games and in 84 of his last 89 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 has been named A-10 Player of the Week twice on Feb. 14 and Dec. 7. He earned the honor in February after his 29-point, 6-assist effort at Duquesne. On Dec. 7, he wrapped up a week where he led UMass to a 2-0 week. 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.
Harris has continued to be prolific scorer in his career at UMass. In 2009, he was named a Third-Team All-Conference selection. In 2008, he was named the A-10 Chris Daniels Most Improved player.
Harris is leading returning scorer in the Atlantic 10 with a 18.2 scoring average and led the team in scoring in 18 of 30 games in 2008-09. He scored 20 or more in 10 games. Harris was fourth in the Atlantic 10.
Gurley scored in double-figures in 19 of 24 games this season. He is second on UMass in scoring with a 14.5 points per game average. He had at least 13 points in 18 of 24 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 as well as at Duquesne (2/11).
Riley returned from minor knee surgery for the game 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).
Riley ranks third in the Atlantic 10 in 3-pointers made per game with 2.4.
Vinson has 11 games overall in double-figures with the last coming at Rhode Island (2/6). At Baylor (1/23) 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 nine games in double-figures including 20-plus twice, with 22 vs. La Salle (1/10) and 20 at Richmond (1/13).
Sampson Carter is averaging 4.8 points and 3.3 rebounds with double-figures in three games. Javorn Farrell is averaging 4.1 points and 3.5 rebounds including a career-best 10 rebounds vs. Grambling State (12/11) in just 11 minutes of action. He scored a career-high 12 points vs. Xavier (2/3).
Harris Rises on 3-Point, FT Lists
He stands third in career made 3-pointers (256) and second in attempts (727).
Among the players he passed last season was his current head coach Derek Kellogg (138 makes and 362 attempts). Next on te makes list is Anthony Anderson (275 of 705). No. 1 on both is Monty Mack (331-of-910).
Harris is eighth in made free throws with 357 in history. He has moved past Julius Erving (322) and Marcus Camby (308) this season.
Harris has also risen to No. 4 on the career field goals attempted list with 1,397. Next on the list is No. 3 Lorenzo Sutton (1,518).
He is also seventh in career made field goals (588). Next is Lou Roe (661). This season, Harris 48-of-157 from 3-point range this season and 72-of-96from the foul line.
Harris is ninth in career steals with 138 . Next on the list at No. 8 is Carl Smith (139).
Harris has also moved on to the Top 10 list for career games played with 121 heading into the Saint Joseph's tilt.
In 2007-08, Harris tied Carmelo Travieso for the single-season mark for made treys with 104. Harris' 87 made 3-pointers last season finished tied with James Life for sixth-most in a single-season.
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