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UMass Seeks Sweep Of Season Series At URI

Terrell Vinson is scoring 10.0 ppg in his last five games.


Terrell Vinson is scoring 10.0 ppg in his last five games.

 

 

Game Information

 UMass Minutemen (13-11, 5-6)

at Rhode Island Rams (16-7, 7-4)

 Date, Time Saturday,February 19,  2011, 2 p.m. ET
 Location Ryan Center | Kingston, R.I. (Directions)
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Game Notes

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UMass Seeks Sweep Of Season Series At URI
• The Minutemen look to return to the winning side of the ledger for the first time since the last time they played Rhode Island. UMass travels to Kingston for the second half of the season series on Saturday for a 2 p.m., tip-off. The Minutemen won their last game against Rhode Island, on Jan. 30, a 64-54 victory at the Mullins Center. Since that game UMass has dropped four games in a row while the Rams have reeled off three wins.

• UMass and URI are in the thick of competition for seeding in the Atlantic 10 Tournament in hope of hosting an A-10 First-Round Tournament game. The Minutemen (13-11 overall) stand in ninth place at 5-6 in league play. The Rams (16-7 overall) are 7-4 in A-10 action. 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).

• The teams will play for the 136th time, the most-played rivalry in UMass basketball history with the Minutemen holding a 78-57 advantage in the series that began in 1908. UMass was the last team to sweep the season series, in 2008. The teams have split the last two years worth of meetings with two of the games decided by two points or less. In the last 11 games, six of the contests were decided by three points of fewer.

• At 13-11 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. • Cox New England will televise the game with Eric Frede and Abu Bakr on the call.

• The game can be heard on the UMass Sports Network on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western 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 Tim Kenney. Live streaming video, audio and Gametracker will be available on UMassAthletics.com.

Quick Hits From the A-10 Start
• With its 5-2 start in the Atlantic 10, UMass had its best start to a conference season since 2006-07, when UMass began 7-2 on the way to a 13-3 mark and a share of the A-10 regular-season crown.

• 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 39.1 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 11 Atlantic 10 games with a 17.1 average. Overall, he has led UMass in scoring in 19 of 24 games with a 18.9 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
• How the shooting from the floor goes is how the Minutemen go. UMass is 10-1 this season when shooting a better percentage from the floor than its opponents. The Saint Louis (2/2) game was the first when UMass outshot its foe from the floor and lost.

• UMass is 4-0 when shooting above 50 percent on field goals and 10-3 when making more than 40 percent of its shots.

• Conversely, UMass is 3-10 when shooting a worse field goal percentage and 0-4 when opponents shot better than 50 percent.

Series History With Rhode Island
• Saturday's game is the 136th between the schools, easily the most played series in UMass' history. UMass has faced UConn 108 times, the only other series with more than 100 meetings. The Minutemen also have more wins over Rhode Island than any other program, holding a 78-57 advantage dating to the first game on Jan. 11, 1908, a 32-14 UMass win in Amherst.

• UMass has won 34 of the last 47 games in the series. That includes sweeps by UMass in 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2008 and URI in 1999, 2003.

• UMass has won six of the last eight in the series including both of the meetings in 2008.

• Six of the last 11 meetings have been decided by three points or less including two of the last four by two points or fewer.

• If you remove the 2007 22-point UMass win, the averaging margin of victory in the last 15 games is 5.0 points.

• The Minutemen won this season's earlier meeting, 64-54 on Jan. 30. (Recap on Page 21 of the Game Notes).

• The teams split last season with each winning on the home. UMass' Ricky Harris scored on a lay-up with 3.5 seconds left to beat URI, 69-67 in the regular-season finale on March 6. Earlier in the year, URI posted a 93-85 win in Kingston on Feb. 6.

• Two years ago, each team won on the road. Rhode Island won the first meeting, 71-59 at the Mullins Center on Feb. 18, 2009. The Rams ended the game on a 14-2 run. UMass rallied for a 72-71 win on a last-second shot by Chris Lowe to upset the Rams on Senior Day in Kingston on March 7, 2009.

• For games played in Kingston, the Rams lead the series 35-28. The teams have split the eight games at the Ryan Center which opened in 2002-03.

• UMass has won 19 of the last 24 games played at home in the series. Overall, for games played in Amherst, the Minutemen lead the series 49-20, with a 12-4 mark at the Mullins Center, the second-most wins against any team at the Mullins Center (Temple 13).

• UMass coach Derek Kellogg is 3-2 as a coach against the Rams. As a player at UMass from 1992-95, the Minutemen were 9-1 vs. Rhode Island, losing once in 1993 at Providence. Rhode Island coach Jim Baron stands 14-26 against UMass (8-10 since moving to Kingston in 2002). He was 6-15 while at St. Bonaventure.

The Last Three Meetings
Jan. 30, 2011: UMass 64, Rhode Island 54 - Anthony Gurley scored 21 points as UMass defeated Rhode Island 64-54 for its fourth win in five games. The Minutemen (13-7, 5-2 Atlantic 10 Conference) grabbed 43 rebounds to 32 for the Rams (13-8, 4-3) and converted the extra opportunities into free throws. Although they made only 16 of 27 (59.3 percent), the Minutemen gained an 11-point advantage at the line, where Rhode Island was only 5 of 8. Terrell Vinson and Sean Carter each had eight rebounds for UMass and Gurley had seven. Delroy James led Rhode Island with 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Marquis Jones added 10 points. UMass bolted to a 15-2 lead and trailed once -- when Nikola Malesovic's jumper put Rhode Island ahead 32-30 with 14:31 left. The Minutemen answered immediately with a 7-0 run to reclaim the lead for good.

March 6, 2010: UMass 69, Rhode Island 67 - On Senior Day, Ricky Harris carried UMass into the Atlantic 10 Tournament with a game-winning lay-up with 3.5 seconds left to clinch a 69-67 victory.Harris scored a game-high 28 points and moved to third in career points. Rhode Island had its NCAA Tournament hopes severely damaged by UMass for the second year in a row in a regular-season finale in losing to the Minutemen. Marquis Jones missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer which would have won the game. Harris made two free throws with 1:09 left to put UMass ahead, 67-65. Marquis Jones then calmed made two free throws with 37 second left to tie the game again at 67 all.

Feb. 6, 2010 - Rhode Island 93, UMass 85 - The longest-running rivalry in UMass basketball history had another chapter written at the Ryan Center as the Minutemen (8-15, 2-7 A-10) lost at Rhode Island, 93-85. The Minutemen made things interesting late, erasing a 24-point deficit by scoring 21 points in the final 3:45 to pull within six with under a minute to go. The Rams (19-3, 7-2 A-10 and No. 12 in the RPI) pressured UMass all afternoon forcing the Minutemen into 21 turnovers including 17 in the first half alone. The bright spot was senior Ricky Harris, led UMass with a season-best 32. UMass trailed by as much as 24 midway through the second half, but mounted a late comeback, led by all 15 of Gurley's points to pull within single digits and as close as six with 16 seconds left on a Gurley 3-pointer. Two clutch free throws by Delroy James with 15 seconds left iced the game for the Rams.

Best Starts In UMass History
• The 7-0 start this season was the best since the 1995-96 team. UMass started with a school-record 26 consecutive wins on to the way to a 35-2 season and an NCAA Final Four appearance. UMass also had a 7-0 mark in 1968-69.

• 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
• Prior to the loss to Boston College at the TD Garden on Dec. 4, 2009, at 7-0 UMass was one of the final 22 undefeated teams in NCAA Division I. The Minutemen were also the last unbeaten team in the Atlantic 10.

• 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
Anthony Gurley has led UMass in scoring in 19 of 24 games this season, most recently with 19 at Saint Louis (2/2). Gurley had at least 10 points in the first 22 games of the season before being held to seven against George Washington (2/13) and just nine vs. Duquesne (2/16). Gurley ranks third in the Atlantic 10 and 40th in the NCAA in scoring (18.9).

• Gurley enters the game with 1,224 points at UMass and 1,423 in his college career with 199 coming at Wake Forest. He stands tied for 20th all-time in points with Ray Elleberbrook (1,224). After Ellerbrook comes No. 19 Donta Bright (1,229) and No. 18 Al Skinner (1,235), who coached Rhode Island for nine years (1988-97).

• 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 18.9 points per game and probably a minumum of six more games, Gurley would finish with about 1,340 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.

• Gurley 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
• Sophomore swingman Javorn Farrell has been a spark to the team's success. Farrell has scored in double-figures four of the last six games and has eight games this season in double-figures. UMass is 7-1 when Farrell scores 10 or more points.

• 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 9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22 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
• Sophomore Freddie Riley is third on the team in scoring with an 8.4 points per game average. He missed the Duquesne (2/16) game with a right foot/ankle injury and is questionable for the Rhode Island game. He tallied a career-high 28 with 23 coming in the second half alone in the season-opening win over Rider (11/12). He passed his former high of 22 vs. La Salle (1/10/10). Riley has six games this season in double-figures and 17 in his career.

• 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
• Junior Sean Carter has stepped up his play in the conference season. He is averaging 6.7 points and 7.5 rebounds in 11 A-10 games, all starts. Carter has a total of 33 rebounds in the last three games (11.0 rpg) with a season-bst 15 at Saint Joseph's (2/5). He also added 11 vs. George Washington. Carter is UMass' best shooter from the floor at 55.4 overall and 55.4 in A-10 play.

First Undefeated Tournament Since 1995
• With a 4-0 mark in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, UMass captured undefeated regular-season tournament since the 1995 Rainbow Classic. That year, the Minutemen took the crown in Honolulu with wins over NC State, USC and NC State with a 3-0 mark.

• 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 played its first regular-season game at the Curry Hicks in 6,511 games, dating to the Final "Rage In The Cage" on Jan. 29, 1993 with an 83-76 win on Nov, 27, 2010. UMass is now 360-212 in 572 all-time games at the Cage from 1932-93 and the game this season.

• 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.

LAGUERRE SIGNS NLI WITH UMASS
• Explosive guard Jordan Laguerre (pronounced LUH-garry) has signed his National Letter Of Intent to join the UMass Basketball program for the 2011-12 season. The 6-2, 175-pounder is currently in his second season at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. Laguerre is a lefthander with an explosive first step, incredible leaping ability, and a scorer's mentality. The Manchester, N.H., native averaged 14 points per game as a junior and is expected to take an even more dominant role in the offense this season.

UMass Alum Leading UMass
Derek Kellogg, in his third season, is the first UMass alum to serve as the head coach of his alma mater since Tom McLaughlin, who coached the Minutemen from 1981-83. Kellogg graduated from UMass in 1995 where he was an All-Atlantic 10 selection in 1995. McLaughlin graduated from UMass in 1973 where he was one of three future head coaches on the team. He was joined by former Boston College head coach Al Skinner and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

• 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
• Former UMass star basketball player Gary Forbes made the opening day roster of the Denver Nuggets and drew his first NBA start on Nov. 3 vs. Dallas, where he guarded All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. He scored a pro-best 19 points vs. his hometown New York Knicks on Nov. 16 to go along with a career-high nine rebounds. The 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year became the seventh UMass player to play in the NBA joining current Portland Trailblazer Marcus Camby in the league. Forbes averaged 10.1 ppg in the preseason to earn a spot with the Nuggets. In 44 games this season (through Feb. 3), he is averaging 4.9 points and 1.6 rebounds.

• "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.

FOLLOW THE TEAM ONLINE
• Looking for all the latest news on the Minutemen and Coach Kellogg? There are several ways to keep tabs on all of the updates on the squad.

• Your first and Number 1 source is UMassAthletics.com. The official website of the UMass teams features news, stats, profiles, videos, photos, auctions, live audio, live video and so much more. Visit every day when you get home for a complete recap story, box score, video highlights, photo gallery and postgame press conference from every game.

• Our daily blog "Just Take A Minute" has all the latest news from the media along with special information. Its updated several times each day.

• Follow the teams and Coach Kellogg on Twitter. Get the news instantly for all Minuteman and Minutewoman teams by following @UMassAthletics. For the latest on the basketball team and Coach, follow him at @CoachKellogg.

• The UMass Facebook page is very active, become a fan today at Facebook.com/UMassAthletics. You can also follow Coach Kellogg on his Facebook.com/CoachKellogg account.

• Also, UMass has a very comprehensive YouTube page with video highlights, features, interviews and press conferences. Visit today at YouTube.com/UMassAthletics.

34-Point Swing In Win Over Rider
• UMass rallied for its largest comeback since the 2008 NIT Quarterfinals vs. Syracuse when the Minutemen also rallied from down 22 points in the second half. UMass was down by 22 with 16:24 left in the second half (46-24) and rallied to win by 10. The game included a 34-point swing in a 15-minute span as the Minutemen led by 12 75-63 with just over a minute left. The last time UMass rallied from as large a margin was on March 28, 2008 in the NIT Quarterfinals as the Minutemen came back from a 54-32 with 14:37 left in the second half to post an 81-77 victory on the way to the NIT Finals.

KELLOGG'S MISSION 1000
• UMass head coach Derek Kellogg has made it his personal mission to get more interest in the UMass basketball program. Along with the athletic department, MISSION 1000 was launched in September to garner more attention. Close to a dozen events have been held throughout the state of Massachusetts to spread the word of UMass basketball with an emphasis of being more involved in the community.

• As part of MISSION 1000, UMass head coach Derek Kellogg, his staff and players hand-delivered season tickets to patrons throughout Western Massachusetts. They were greeted with excitement of fans from Amherst to Springfield.

• UMass' exhibition game vs. Brandeis on Nov. 4 was a benefit for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Fans brought 2 cans of nonperishable food to the Mullins Center to gain admission in place of a ticket price. More than 1,000 cans were donated.


 

 

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