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LIVE HOOPS BLOG: UMass at St. Bonaventure

Chris Lowe needs eight assists to become UMass' all-time career leader.

Chris Lowe needs eight assists to become UMass' all-time career leader.

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    UMass continues its two-game swing on the road at St. Bonaventure on Saturday night as the Minutemen (9-13, 4-5 A-10) and Bonnies (12-11, 3-7) battle at 7 p.m. at the Reilly Center. The Minutemen come off a dominating 91-68 victory at Fordham on Wednesday night. Check out tonight's live game blog as Jason Yellin from UMass media relations comes to you live from upstate New York.

    9:03 p.m.
    It's all over. 83-75 Saint Bonaventure. Another tough tough loss...What a second half shooting for the Bonnies. Not much more needs to be said. The 9-0 run late in the game was a killer.

    Be sure to check back to UMassAthletics.com for a complete recap with notes, stats, and more! The Minutemen return home for a crucial game Wednesday against rival Rhode Island on Black Out Night and 2000s celebration. See you there! Until then, GO UMASS!

    8:58 p.m.
    The Bonnies extend their run to 9-0 to open the 81-73 lead, but the Minutemen cut it to 81-75 with 16 seconds to go. It doesn't look good. The SBU fans are chanting "na, na, good bye." Let's hope they're not right and the Minutemen can stage a last second comeback.

     

     

    8:53 p.m.
    St. Bonaventure opens its largest lead of the game (four). Then with only 42 seconds left, the refs call a simultaneous touch out of bounds, so it is a jump ball. Unfortunately, the possession arrow is the Bonnies', so it's their possession. It looks like the Minutemen have to foul.

    8:50 p.m.
    Under two minutes remaining. 75-73 Bonnies. It's another barn burner!

    8:47 p.m.
    Chris Lowe back in the game with four fouls, 3:30 left. SBU makes 1-of-2 at the line, but UMass misses on the next drive.

    8:44 p.m.
    Sixth dunk of the game for Gaffney, a career-high and UMass ties the game at 71 all. Back and fourth down the stretch with 3:31 left in the game. Gaffney's last two dunks in traffic has been startling as he has contorted his body in ways to catch the ball and throw it down.

    Bonner called for a foul and what looked like a clean block before the timeout and SBU will shot two free throws.

    8:42 p.m.
    Fourth foul in Chris Lowe. David Gibbs replaced him. Lowe got two fouls in the last 12 seconds. Gaffney swats a shot, his third of the game. Still 69 all, 4:41 left.

    8:40 p.m.
    Chris Lowe cans a trey and tied at 67-67. SBU is 15-of-20 from the floor this half! Amazing.

    8:37 p.m.
    Bonner cans a 3FG, his third of the game and we are tied at 64-64, 6:50 left. Matt Glass set to enter the game.

    8:35 p.m.
    What atmosphere. Media TO 7:51 left and SBU still leads, 62-61. Gaffney, who was 5-5 from the foul line to start the game, misses two but Bonner grabs the offensive rebound. Minutemen have been killed on the boards, 35-22 at this point. UMass has the fouls in their favor but need to hit shots from the line, SBU has 6 fouls, UMass just 2.

    8:33 p.m.
    Bonnies take their first lead at 62-61 on Carter lay-up with 9:18 left. SBU continues to zone UMass with success.

    8:31 p.m.
    Another roommate alley-oop Bonner to Gaffney and UMass up 4. But Bonnies hit their first 3FG of the game after missing all nine and come to within one, 61-60.

    8:29 p.m.
    SBU ties the game at 55-55 after Lynch fouls Thomas on an and-1. UGH! Lynch goes to the bench and Luke Bonner comes back in. The teams trade lay-ups and then Bonner strikes again, drawing his second charge of the game! UMass ball up 59-57.

    8:25 p.m.
    Gaffney breakaway dunk his fourth of the game, gives him 41 on the season. SBU comes to within one on a lay-up by Jonathan Hall. But then Maurice Thomas of the Bonnies gets called for a Class B Technical Foul for pushing the ball away from UMass and slowing down the game. UMass will have two foul shots after the media timeout. Minutemen still up 53-52 with 11:44.

    UMass has led the entire game, just tied once at 17-17.

    8:22 p.m.
    Nicholson gets his third foul, but stays in the game. SBU cuts the lead to three 51-48 and its gets loud as Correia throws the ball away and SBU has a fast break lay-in.

    8:20 p.m.
    Big hand for UMass men's lacrosse with a big 15-6 win over Sacred Heart in the opener. Tim Balise had three goals and two assists. Women's hoops lost to Duquesne, 75-61. How about the hockey team, leading No. 2 Northeasterm 3-0 after two periods.

    8:16 p.m.
    Offense on display early in the half. 23 points total in just three minutes as Lowe hits a runner with 16:30 on the clock. UMass leads 50-42 ... Defense forces a low shot clock by Eleby scores it. Media tiemout comes at 15:34 and UMass up 50-44.

    Luke Bonner with a great offensive rebound for UMass prior to the timeout.

    8:15 p.m.
    Amazing dunk by Gaffney on an alley-oop which was short from Ricky Harris. Gaffney extended back his hands and somehow put it home. That was answered by a quick jumper. Coach Kellogg wants DEFENSE!! UMass has not been able to get a stop this half.

    UMass is up 48-39 with 17:21 left.

    8:10 p.m.
    Nicholson scores right away as the teams trade four lay-ups back and fourth to start the second half. UMass up 42-35 with 18:35 left.

    8:07 p.m.
    More from the half:
    FG Pct: UMass 43.3, SBU 33.3
    3FGs: UMass 4/12, SBU 0/8
    FTSs: UMass 8/11, SBU 7/9
    Rebs: UMass 16, SBU 29
    TOs: UMass 9, SBU 11

    After Harris and Gaffney, who also has 5 rebounds, Gurley has seven points. Bonnies are led by Maurice Thomas with nine.... Nicholson, who got those two early fouls has two points and 1 rebound, but expect a big half from the A-10 Rookie of the Year favorite.

    7:57 p.m.
    We have hit halftime and UMass leads 38-31 after a missed 3FG by SBU and then a desparation heave by Tony Gaffney that hit the scoreboard to end the half. UMass is being outrebounded 29-15. That's huge. Tony Gaffney and Ricky Harris each have 10 points....

    The radio, the one and only Jeff Bohne is being interviewed as the special guest. Listen to his story about the Charlotte game three years ago. He keyed a UMass win!

    7:53 p.m.
    After no timeouts called all half, SBU calls one with 40 seconds to use the use-it-or lose it then in-bounds the ball and UMass defense forces another called tiemout with 29.2 seconds left. UMass has all five, you can be sure they will call one before halftime.

    7:51 p.m.
    We need to mention that Jeff Bohne of the UMass Advancement office has made the trip as well. He told us before the game that UMass is a perfect 5-0 in regular-season road games when he is in attendance. That doesn't include the A-10 Tournament, where UMass hasn't won in quite some time.

    SBU calls TO and UMass leads 38-31 after a Gaffney runner in the lane. 40 seconds left.

    7:48 p.m.
    Luke Bonner draws his 22nd foul of the season and UMass heads to the media TO with a 36-29 lead with 2:05 left as Anthony Gurley just nailed a 3-pointer. St. Bonnies is killing UMass on the boards, 22-12 and Derek Kellogg is pleading with his Minutemen to get a rebound. David Gibbs grabbed the last one and then was striped leading to a quick lay-up by Ray Blackburn before Gurley canned the trey.

    7:45 p.m.
    Refs continue to call is close, St. Bonnies up to 10 fouls, UMass at 7. UMass leading 29-25 after Gary Correia misses to FTs.

    7:42 p.m.
    Tyrell Lynch shows the range he showed at Kansas, making a long jumper and UMass has its biggest lead at 29-21 with 5:56 left. Chris Lowe got his second foul and has to go to the bench. He has just one assist in his chase for the school record. 627 and counting.

    7:38 p.m.
    UMass up 25-21 with Gaffney going tot he line at the media TO ... 6:45 left in the first half. Harris has hit two bombs to force St. Bona out of their zone a little. The last one was from about 28 feet out. Before the game, people in the media room were talking about Jimmy Baron, the son of the URI coach, who hit a 40-foot 3-pointer against St. Bona in Wednesday's game. Jimmy Baron can hit from anywhere and that shot came in the flow of play not with the shot clock or game clock running down.

    7:36 p.m.
    The 2-3 zone of St. Bona is killing UMass and Bonnies have tied the game. UMass has struggled with the zone all season. La Salle had great success with it in their win at UMass.

    UMass has to hit outside shots and boom Ricky Harris finally make his first trey and the Minutemen go back up 20-17.

    7:32 p.m.
    Bonnies cut the lead to two on a stack play leading to a baby jumper in the paint by Thomas, its 17-15. Bonnie fans are into it, cheering hard.

    7:25 p.m.
    Media TO and UMass lead is down to three at 15-12 with 11:58 left. Action has been frenetic. Bonnies still upset about the fouls which are 7-3 on them at this point.

    Its Hall of Fame Night here at St. Bonavnture so they are honroing their class of 2009 right now.

    One of the honorees is former Bonnies coach and curren URI head man Jim Baron, who led his alma mater to great success in the late 90s and early 2000s.

    7:20 p.m.
    Fouls stand at 5-1 on St. Bona and the fans and coach Schmidt are not happy. Matt Glass has come into the game for UMass. Minutemen still lead 13-8.

    7:15 p.m.
    First media TO and what action ... UMass up 13-6 as Tyrell Lynch in his homecoming to Western New York with a putback. The Minutemen are really clicking early with great defense, Gaffney has two rebounds, that drawn charge and a block. Offense has hit 5-of-8 shots.

    So before I wrote about Luke Bonner and Bonner-venture ... well the fans here have taken to Luke, calling out Bonner-venture. Nice!

    7:11 p.m.
    WOW.... Tony Gaffney draws a charge of St. Bonnies Andrew Nicholson, who slams the ball down and gets called for a technical foul and the personal. Harris hits the foul shots. UMass up 11-4 with 3 minutes gone by and HUGE news is Nicholson has two personal fouls and has to go to the bench. The Bonnies may be without their best player for the rest of the first half.

    David Gibbs is first sub for UMass at 16:55.

    7:08 p.m.
    UMass wins the tap and whatelse but and alley oop Luke Bonner to Tony Gaffney for his 38th dunk of the year. UMass up 2-0.

    7:05 p.m.
    There was a moment of silence to remember the 50 who passed in the plane crash in Buffalo just days ago. Then Dan Brown, a state trooper sang a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem.

    I can't emphasize enough how the student fans are on the court, they literally can but their feet on the sidelines across from the UMass bench. Its sure to make for great atmosphere and energy.

    Check out the streaming video on UMass All-Access (linked here) to see

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    7:00 p.m.
    The teams have hit the court. Derek Kellogg is chatting with Mark Schmidt, the Bonnies head man. Check out the UMass Hoops Insider which has been posted to the front page on UMassAthletics.com. We had some techincal trouble, but the show is finally up. There is a great feature of the team on the road at Fordham with a complete behind the scenes look at the trip.

    6:55 p.m.
    The Reilly Rowdies as they are known are filing in. They are standing ready to cheer their Bonnies and mock the Minutemen. The Reilly Center holds just under 6,000 and they are expecting a near sellout. This is the arena where Marcus Camby fainted and had to be rushed to the hospital in the mid 90s where Brusier Flint coached his first game while John Calipari went to the hospital with Camby to see to his well-being.

    Speaking of Calipari, yesterday, he was in touch with Derek Kellogg and they compared the similar locations of their games today as UMass being in Olean to play the Bonnies and Memphis being in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to face Southern Mississippi.

    The Tigers are leading the Eagles, 70-47 with 3:47 left in the game.

    6:50 p.m.
    Starters are in the book

    For UMass, the usual
    At guard, #5 Ricky Harris, 20th in career points (1219)
    At guard, #14 Chris Lowe, 626 career assists, second all-time at UMass
    At guard, #12 Anthony Gurley, 13 games with double-figures
    At forward, #24 Tony Gaffney, 4.14 blocks per game, third in NCAA
    At center, #31 Luke Bonner, went 4-4 3FGs at Fordham

    For St. Bonnies
    At guard, #4 Chris Matthews, transfer from Washington State
    At guard, #5 Jonathan Hall, second leading scorer at 13.1
    At guard, #20 Malcolm Eleby, played at same high school as Tyrone Weeks, UMass' great
    At forward, #3 Maurice Thomas, transfer from UTEP, played for Tony Barbee, UMass great
    At center, #44 Andrew Nicholson, leader for A-10 Rookie of Year (13.5 PPG, 3.3 BPG)

    6:45 p.m.
    HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO EVERYONE!! Especially back in Western Mass to all of the wives of our travel party, my wife Jen. Head coach Derek Kellog's wife Nicole, Vance Walberg's wife Rose, Adam Ginsburg's wife Beth and Antwon Jackson's wife Stephanie in Virginia along with Andy Allison's fiance Jocelyn! Also radio color man Tim Kenney's wife Mo. Happy Valentine's Day.

    6:35 p.m.
    Just spent a few minutes with Jen and Tony Gaffney Sr., and their youngest daughter who made the drive from Boston to Olean for Valentines Day! Of course they are here to see their son Tony as he has just seven regular-season college games left in his career. Tony Sr. has been to nearly every road game this season.

    Speaking of Tony Gaffney, the Minutemen shot blocking sensation has fallen to third in the NCAA due the recent amazing blocking efforts of UConn's Hasheem Thabeet, who had nine swats today in the win over Seton Hall. Thabeet had 25 points and 20 rebounds in the Huskies 62-54 win over the Hall.

    Gaffney told me before the game, he was looking for a big night tonight!

    Also here is huge supporter Ken Hintlian, who has also made a lion's share of trips this season. Ken is ready with his scorecard in hand.

    6:28 p.m.
    On the bus ride to practice yesterday, Luke Bonner became enamored with the name of the school we are playing: St. Bonaventure. He starting telling the "Voice of the Minutemen" Josh Maurer that he better watch out and not call him Luke Bonn-aventure during the game. Then Luke starting making all kinds of jokes about his name Bonner and Bonaventure. It was pretty funny!

    The gym continues to fill up and boy the students are close. That is something Derek Kellogg spoke about from his four trips here as a player with the Minutemen. The students are literally on the court. They have been standing and riding the Minutemen during warm-ups with chants and cheers.

    The Reilly Center has been called one of the best atmospheres in the nation by the likes of ESPN's Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas. There is a homecourt advantage for sure!

    6:17 p.m.
    Tonight could be a special night for Chris Lowe. He needs just eight assists to become UMass' career leader, coming into the game with 626. Carl Smith (1984-87) is the all-time leader with 633. It will be special if Lowe sets the mark here as his mother Sonya Griffin has made the ride over from her home in Rochester (about two hours) with Chris' grandma to watch him.

    Also in the house will be a large cheering section for Tyrell Lynch, who is a native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., about 90 minutes from Olean. About 10-12 family and friends of Lynch's are expected.

    6:05 p.m.
    Greeting from Olean, New York!!! Let's set the scene, the snow is falling outside, its a about 20 degrees. The Reilly Center is filling up as St. Bonaventure basketball is the only game in town in this part of the country. Olean is really in the middle of nowhere. Its about 90 minutes south of Buffalo, about three hours from Syracuse (going east) and about three hours from Pittsburgh (going west). The team took a charter flight into Bradford, Pa., which is about 30 miles straight south of Olean. The flight was quick, although a little nerve-racking with the recent plane crash outside Buffalo. Our flight was smooth and no problems.

    The court here is named for Bob Lanier, easily the most famous Bonnies alum. He played here at the Reilly Center and led the team to the 1970 Final Foul.

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