UMass Hosts Saint Louis In Leaman Legacy Game, Sunday At 2 p.m.
Feb. 16, 2008
UMASS (15-9, 4-6) vs. SAINT LOUIS (14-10, 5-5)
UMass continues its two-game homestand this afternoon, welcoming Saint Louis to the Mullins Center. Sunday is the Leaman Legacy Game in which $5 from each ticket sold will go to the Leaman Legacy Foundation, which is a fund to raise scholarships for UMass Athletics in the name of legendary coach Jack Leaman. Back on Feb. 25, 2006, the court at the Mullins Center was named in honor of the man most synonymous with UMass basketball. Leaman dedicated more than 40 years of his life to UMass Athletics. He served as men's basketball head coach from 1966-79 which included time as the mentor of Julius Erving and current Boston College head coach Al Skinner. Thus the inaugural Leaman Legacy Classic was played against a team which one of the Leaman's prized pupils heads up, Al Skinner and Boston College last season. Leaman also served as an assistant men's basketball coach, head women's basketball coach and radio broadcaster in addition to various roles in the athletic administration.
The Legend Of Jack Leaman
UMass-Saint Louis Series
Last season's regular-season game was a thriller at the Mullins Center with UMass posting a 53-50 win on Feb. 24, 2007.
With Saint Louis joining the Atlantic 10 in 2005-06, the teams played in Missouri for the second time on Jan. 14, 2006, when the Billikens pulled out a 50-48 win in St. Charles.
The teams split the two engagements as non-conference foes.
UMass and Saint Louis met in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament with the Billikens winning 51-46. That game was the last time the Minutemen made the NCAA Tournament. Larry Hughes scored 18 points, Matt Baniak tallied 12 and Virgil Cobbin added 11 in the win. Monty Mack was the sole double-figure scorer for UMass with 10 points. SLU dropped the next game in the Regional to Kentucky, 88-61.
UMass won the first meeting between the two teams 80-74 on Jan. 5, 1995 in the A-10/Great Midwest Challenge. That game was UMass' only other game at the Scottrade Center, which was known as the Kiel Center at the time.
UMass head coach Travis Ford coaches against SLU for the sixth time in his career. He is 1-3 while at UMass. Prior to coming to UMass, he coached Eastern Kentucky in a 64-58 loss at the Savvis Center in the 2003-04 season opener for both teams on Nov. 21, 2003.
New Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus coached against UMass once prior to this season on Feb. 2, while he was at Utah. The Utes downed the Minutemen, 69-53 in the 2002 Maui Invitational.
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