UMass Hoops Hosts Duquesne In Wednesday Clash
UMass Hosts Duquesne In Wednesday Clash
UMass and Duquesne are in the thick of competition for seeding in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The top four teams in the A-10 received first-round byes while seeds 5-8 host first-round games on March 8 before the Tournament moves to Atlantic City (March 11-13).
UMass returned home for the first time in two weeks and lost to George Washington, 59-51 on Sunday in the Leaman Legacy Classic. Prior to the defeat, UMass suffered back-to-back losses on the road, falling at Saint Louis, 69-53 on Feb. 2 and at Saint Joseph's, 67-64 on Feb. 5.
At 13-10 overall, UMass has surpassed its win total from each of the last two season as the Minutemen won 12 games in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
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., 830 AM WCRN in Central Mass. and 95.9 AM WATD on Boston's South Shore "Voice of the Minutemen" Josh Maurer will call the action with Tim Collins and Glenn Wong. Streaming video, audio and Gametracker will be available on UMassAthletics.com.
Quick Hits From the A-10 Start
UMass won consecutive road conference games, Charlotte (73-54) and St. Bonaventure (78-69) on back-to-back Wednesday's in January. That marked the first time since 2007-08 UMass has won consecutive conference road games.
UMass has limited its opponents just 38.4 from the floor in A-10 play. That includes holding foes to less than 40 percent on field goals in all five wins with dominating defense vs. Dayton (28.6 percent), at Charlotte (32.1), at St. Bonaventure (35.6) and vs. Rhode Island (37.0).
UMass won back-to-back road games in conference play with wins at Charlotte and St. Bonaventure for the first time under Derek Kellogg and since the 2007-08 season.
Anthony Gurley has led UMass in scoring in seven of 10 Atlantic 10 games with a 17.9 average. Overall, he has led UMass in scoring in 19 of 23 games with a 19.3 overall scoring average.
Javorn Farrell scored in double-figures in four conference games in a row (Jan. 15-26). He averaged 14.0 points in the four games in a row. He had 16 against Richmond (1/22) and at St. Bonaventure (1/26).
UMass had more than two players in double-figures in two of its last four 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 10-3 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 10-3. When foes shoot less than 50 percent, UMass is 13-6.
Conversely, UMass is 3-9 when shooting a worse field goal percentage and 0-4 when opponents shot better than 50 percent.
Series History With Duquesne
Overall, UMass has won five of the last seven meetings. That includes four games in a row from 2005-08.
Prior to the recent winning stretch, Duquesne won three of four games in 2004 and 2005. Before that, the Minutemen reeled off 16 straight wins. Duquesne beat UMass in the first round of the A-10 Tournament in 2004, 79-76.
UMass is 7-1 against Duquesne at the Mullins Center, suffering its first loss in the last meeting in 2009.
UMass stands 12-14 against Duquesne in road games. At the Palumbo Center, the Minutemen have an 8-5 all-time mark. Prior to the win in 2006, UMass' last win over Duquesne in Pittsburgh came on Jan. 27, 2000, an 84-75 win. Monty Mack led UMass with 22 points.
In A-10 Tournament games, UMass and Duquesne have played nine times with the Dukes holding a 5-4 edge after the 2009 victory.
Last Season's Game:
Harris gave UMass its first lead in overtime on a pair of free throws with 1:22 left in the extra session at 82-80.
The 16-point rally was UMass' largest comeback win since its 22-point margin comeback at Syracuse in 2008 NIT Second Round at Syracuse. The Minutemen trailed that game 54-32 with 14:37 left in the second half on March 25, 2008.
Connections With Duquesne
Duquesne has players who went to prep school in Massachusetts. Senior Damian Saunders went to Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. Also, senior Bill Clark went to Worcester Academy.
Both teams have a player who prepped at the Patterson School in North Carolina. Senior Hashim Bailey for UMass and sophomore Rodrigo Peggau for the Dukes.
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.
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 1,215 points at UMass and 1,414 in his college career with 199 coming at Wake Forest. He stands 21st all-time in points. Next on the list at No. 20 is Ray Elleberbrook (1,224),who was ain attendance at Sunday's Leaman Legacy Game. After Ellerbrook comes No. 19 Donta Bright (1,229) and No. 18 Al Skinner (1,235), who was also at Sunday's game. Gurley 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 19.3 points per game with probably a minumum of seven 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 now has scored in double-figures 71 times in his career and has reached 20 points 21 times, 11 times this year including three of the his last six 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.
Gurley 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).
Gurley is tied for eighth in career 3-pointers made list at UMass with 138 (on 400 attempts). Guley can pass his head coach Derek Kellogg with one made trey as the former Minuteman point guard was 138-362 in his career as a player from 1991-95.
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 9.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 21 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.
At Saint Joseph's (2/5), he tallied 14, all in the game's final 6:51 as UMass' rally fell short in a 67-64 loss. It was his sixth game this year in double-figures.
Sean Carter Steps Up In Conference Play
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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