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LIVE HOOPS BLOG: Minutemen Host Duquesne

Chris Lowe is ready to go for his second to last home game.

Chris Lowe is ready to go for his second to last home game.

Feb. 25, 2009

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    Coming off the thrilling last-second win at Saint Joseph's on Sunday, the UMass men's basketball team hosts Duquesne in the teams' only meeting of the season on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Minutemen have just four regular-season games remaining with just one more at home, next Wednesday, March 4 against George Washington at 7 p.m., which is Senior Night.

    8:52 p.m.
    It's all over. Duquesne 94, UMass 77. Tough ending, but you have to commend the squad for a spirited effort in the second half. The Dukes will be a tough out in the A-10 Tournament, that's for sure. There's a youthful exuberance with the team you don't find with many.

    Here are some quick final stats.

    FGs: Duquesne (36-63, 57%), UMass (26-55, 47%)
    3 PT FGs: Duquesne (12-26, 46%), UMass (16-35, 46%)
    Rebounds: Duquesne (31), UMass (27) Turnovers: Duquesne (15), UMass (20)

    Anthony Gurley led the way with 18 points while Ricky Harris added 14 and Chris Lowe and Matt Glass had 12.



    That's all from the Mullins Center. Be sure to check out the game recap, box score, notes, and more. Remember, Friday is a HUGE hockey game vs. #1 BU! After a game at La Salle on Sunday (televised on CBS College Sports), the Minutemen are back for one final time next Wednesday vs. George Washington. Have a great rest of your week and GO UMASS!

    8:49 p.m.
    UMass has shot its 34th 3-point attempt to break the record. Still at 15 made which is tied for the most. At this point, that may be the biggest thing to play for as the Dukes hold a 91-74 lead with a minute remaining.

    8:46 p.m.
    Gary Correia hit a 3-pointer in the corner to tie the school record (15). It ties the mark held on three other occasions (vs. Hofstra this year, vs. Wisconsin Green Bay in 2007, and at Temple in 1997).

    8:42 p.m.
    Just as quickly as the Minutemen made it a 10 point game, the Dukes answered to make it 15, but Chris Lowe answered right back with a driving layup. Lowe is up to 10 assists, his 14th career game (eighth this year) with 10+. The Minutemen are 14-for-30 for behind the arc, one make and three attempts away from tying the program record.

    Duquesne 83, UMass 70, 3:14 2nd Half

    8:37 p.m.
    What an atmosphere and what a game this has become. The most energy in this building in quite some time. UMass scored 10 points in less than a 2:30 span. The team featured an interesting smaller lineup. Currently 78-68 Duquesne with 4:37 to go. Can the Minutemen complete a 21-point comeback?? Shades of Syracuse last year. It looks like Kellogg's T has sparked the club even more.

    8:34 p.m.
    Now Derek Kellogg is officially a head coach. He was called for his first-career technical foul after a lack of a travel call and an offensive foul against the Minutemen on the other end.

    This place is very loud. The energy is back. Let's hope the Minutemen can keep it going!

    8:32 p.m.
    Anthony Gurley scored seven straight points to cut the score from 71-51 to 71-58. Then Tony Gaffney energized the crowd with a huge block and hit two FTs on the other end. 71-60...It's getting closer.

    8:28 p.m.
    It's been much of the same...Duquesne has continued to run and run and run and get easy baskets, but UMass has hit enough 3-pointers to keep it within shouting distance. The Powerade Play of the Game was just played on the video boards and it was of the half court shot at halftime. I was looking down when it actually went in, but let me tell you, it was pretty! Nothing but net.

    Duquesne 71, UMass 56, 7:53 2nd Half

    8:20 p.m.
    The Dukes upped their lead to as much as 21, but some 3-pointers have pulled UMass back to within 16 (67-51) with 11:13 remaining in the contest. Matt Glass hit his fourth three of the game, to tie a career-high for made 3-pointers in a game. It is also his second career double digit scoring game. His career-high is 14.

    On the 3-point record watch, the Minutemen are currently 11-for-24. Remember, the record for made is 15 and attempted is 33, so still very possible (if not likely). Some more 3-pointers could get UMass right back into the game. We shall see...

    Duquesne 67, UMass 51, 11:13 2nd Half

    8:16 p.m.
    Derek Kellogg is not at all happy with the effort as the Dukes have put together a 9-0 run for a 63-42 lead...Not good. Also of note, the first foul of the half wasn't called until 14:09 remaining, against Damian Saunders.

    8:12 p.m.
    Strange observation...It seems like Duquesne coach Ron Everhart has a small leash with the officials for whatever reason. After no travel was called on the Minutemen, he pleaded to the referees from the opposite bench. Then the official turned to him and yelled "that's enough Ron" with some force.

    8:09 p.m.
    At the first media timeout, Duquesne holds a 14 point edge. The Dukes' shooting has been incredible (21-39, 54%) coupled with five second half turnovers already has equaled a bad combination. Plenty of time remaining though...

    Duquesne 56, UMass 42, 15:58 2nd Half

    8:05 p.m.
    Not a good start to the second half as Duquesne has extended its lead to 14, 54-40. Also wanted to pass along some out of town A-10 scores...

    St. Bonaventure 32, Saint Louis 24, 18:55 2nd Half
    Rhode Island 52, Dayton 44, Halftime
    Richmond 43, Fordham 31, 19:05 2nd Half
    Charlotte at George Washington, 9 p.m.

    7:59 p.m.
    Here are some halftime stats:
    FGs: Duquesne (17-31, 55%), UMass (13-30, 43%)
    3 PT FGs: Duquesne (6-14, 43%), UMass (8-18, 44%)
    Rebounds: Duquesne (16), UMass (14)

    Matt Glass still leads UMass with nine points. Ricky Harris has eight and Anthony Gurley has seven off the bench. Bill Clark has been impressive for Duquesne with 16 points. About ready to start second half action...

    7:53 p.m.
    Both the field hockey, men's cross country, and men's swimming teams were just honored at center court for their respective A-10 Championships this season. Congratulations for making UMass proud!

    7:50 p.m.
    Something must be in the air tonight. Not only have 3-pointers been falling at (potentially) record pace, but the court club halftime shootout contest featured a MADE half court shot! Unfortunately, the first contestant missed the 3-pointer, so didn't win a free car. He did win $1,000 though. Not too shabby! Then the second contestent hit his layup, free throw, and 3-pointer. Good stuff!

    7:47 p.m.
    Tough ending to the half. Duquense heads into the half on a 13-3 run and a 46-35 lead. Now I see why this team has been so tough this season.

    The story of the half has been 3-pointers as the Minutemen have hit eight on 18 attempts. They are on pace to break both single game records, which currently stand at 15 and 33.

    Also, be sure to tune into WRNX for that special interview with head hockey coach Don "Toot" Cahoon.

    7:41 p.m.
    Duquesne is on an 8-0 run to open a 41-32 advantage. Derek Kellogg is not happy with the officiating as on multiple occasions, the Minutemen were stuffed down low, but no foul was called. Team fouls are 9-4. Duquesnse has been in the 1-and-1 for some time now while only four fouls have been called against the Dukes. Kellogg called a rare second timeout in the first half to calm his squad down.

    There are a fair Duquesne gathering behind the UMass bench. The Mullins Center is dead silent.

    7:37 p.m.
    The teams keep trading proverbial punches as the Dukes hold a one point advantage. These 3-point attempts have been incredible. The Minutemen are 7-for-16 from long range and 5-for-9 with two pointers. UMass could break some 3-point records tonight as the school record for made is 15 and attempted is 33...

    Aaron Jackson, Duquesne's leading scorer, has been held scoreless. Hopefully UMass keeps up the strong defense, but stops letting up so many easy baskets.

    Duquesne 33, UMass 32, 3:55 1st Half

    7:34 p.m.
    Duquesne is extremely resilient. The team definetely reminds you of UMass of the last few seasons. They run, run, and run and don't give up. They just keep coming at you. They are no fluke and will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.

    7:26 p.m.
    The Minutemen haven't been taking advantage to pull away from Duquesne, so instead, the Dukes come back and take their first lead of the game at 22-21. An Eric Evans 3-pointer gave them the advantage. 3's, 3's, and some more 3's. That's what this game has been about. Duquesne is 4-for-9 from long range while the Minutemen are 5-for-12. UMass has only attempted seven 2-point field goals.

    Duquesne 22, UMass 21

    7:20 p.m.
    Matt Glass has really been a spark! He has nine of the team's 18 points as UMass leads 18-14. He is 3-for-4 from long range. His nine points tie a season-high (IUPUI game). He is already only one 3-pointer shy of tying his career high. It's the Matt Glass show here at the Mullins Center! Even when he missed his 3, he hustled for the rebound and forced the ball off Duquesne. UMass will inbounds off the timeout.

    UMass 18, Duquesne 14, 11:06 1st Half

    7:18 p.m.
    Matt Glass with another trey! He is now 2-for-2 while the rest of the team is 1-for-5. UMass up 15-10 nearing the under-12 timeout.

    7:12 p.m.
    We've reached the first media timeout with the Minutemen holding an 8-4 advantage. Two 3-pointers (Luke Bonner and Matt Glass) have helped propel the early lead. Duquesne has already turned the ball over three times, so the Minutemen have been strong defensively ... David Gibbs and Anthony Gurley are the first subs off the bench off the timeout.

    UMass 8, Duquesne 4, 15:19 1st Half

    7:10 p.m.
    We just witnessed some history as Tony Gaffney picked up his 50th steal of the season and is now the first player in the NCAA since 2005-06 (Shelden Williams of Duke) with 100 blocks and 50 steals in a season. Now that is good company. Congrats to Tony! 7:06 p.m.
    UMass makes a stop on Duquesne's first possession and Luke Bonner hits a 3-pointer on the Minutemen's first, his 12th straight game hitting a trey.

    Then on the next possession upcourt, Bonner and Ricky Harris had a mini 2-on-1. Bonner dished it to Harris for a 3 attempt, knowing he had inside rebounding position. Sure enough, off the missed shot, Bonner got the board. Now that is smart basketball.

    7:02 p.m.
    In case you were wondering, Duquesne is from Pittsburgh, so is one of the farthest west A-10 schools (other than Saint Louis, of course). The team flew to Baltimore before taking a connecting flight to Hartford.yesterday.

    The team has hung tough this year. Their five losses have come by a combined 24 points (9, 1, 4, 4, 5), so they are an extremely tough out. We shall see. Matty G just introduced the UMass starters and we are nearly ready for tipoff!

    6:50 p.m.
    As the UMass Hoop Band finishes the national anthem, here are the starting lineups for this evening's game:

    For Duquesne
    #1, Aaron Jackson
    #13, Jason Duty
    #23, Melquan Bolding
    #25, Damian Sanders
    #30, Bill Clark

    And for UMass
    (same lineup for third straight game)
    #5, Ricky Harris
    #14, Chris Lowe
    #24, Tony Gaffney
    #31, Luke Bonner
    #33, Matt Glass

    About 10 minutes until tipoff!

    6:40 p.m.
    UMass head hockey coach Don "Toot" Cahoon is in attendance as well and will join the voice of the Minutemen, Josh Maurer, at halftime. Don't miss it as he is sure to preview Friday's HUGE home game vs. #1 Boston University right here at the Mullins Center.

    If you haven't been to a hockey game yet, there is no better first game then Friday. The game will be televised on NESN beginning at 7:30 with Tom Caron and Craig Janney calling the action. Let's show all of New England that the best fans are UMass fans! The BC game earlier this year was a sellout and an unbelievable atmosphere, so let's duplicate it! Marketing's Todd McDonald, Gerald Preston, Stephen Hanjack, and Becky Letourneau along with a ton of great interns (Mark Anderson, Meghan Reddy, and many more) are working their hardest to pack Mullins on Friday. Spread the word! Let's not dissapoint.

    6:35 p.m.
    So much to pass along. Where to start? Derek Kellogg's high school coach Kevin Kennedy is in his normal seat ready to cheer on the Minutemen. Bob Ferry, the father of Danny Ferry and former GM of the Washington Bullets is here. He is currently a Cleveland Cavaliers scout and is here to look at Tony Gaffney and Chris Lowe. Envision Gaffney and/or Lowe alongside Lebron James? Now that would be something.

    6:19 p.m.
    Team bus driver Guy Raccine just stopped by to take our pictures. Unfortunately, on first try, he put us on movie cam instead of photo. Good thing he handles a bus better than a camera!

    6:10 p.m.
    A Dukes player is sporting a One Team, One Goal, Believe shirt, with a Duquesne logo on the front. On the back, it reads UPMC for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The team is unified hoping to earn a postseason berth. With an RPI in the top 100, the Dukes look primed to make some sort of postseason (NCAA, or more likely NIT or the new CBI).

    Back in a bit with some more...

    6:06 p.m.
    Assistant Coach Vance Walberg just huddled up the Minutemen to go over a few things some 55 minutes until gametime. You don't see that too often. Fellow assistant Adam Ginsburg was also in the huddle. Right after, the team broke for some pretty formal drills. Usually at this time, all you see is players shooting around, but there looks to be an added focus with the Minutemen tonight.

    5:57 p.m.
    Funny story to pass along. While Duquesne was shooting around a second ago, there were FOUR basketballs stuck in the hoop. I don't think I've seen that many before. The team kept trying to pry them loose, but they were lodged in there pretty well. Finally, someone was able to punch them out.

    5:40 p.m.
    Welcome to another UMass basketball game blog! Justin Lafleur here bringing you tonight's blog. A surprise A-10 squad, Duquesne is in town sporting a 16-9 record, 7-5 in conference play. The Dukes are tied for sixth in the standings while the Minutemen are tied for ninth, so this could very easily be an A-10 Tournament First Round preview. This one should be intriguing!

    I'm sure you've heard by now about Duquesne's big win over Xavier on Feb. 7, so it definetely has the ability to beat the best. The Minutemen will have to be on their A game tonight to win.

    Most from the Duquesne side have hit the court to start shooting around while Luke Bonner is launching threes (and hitting most of them) on the other side...Back in a bit with some more...


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