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UMass Heads To La Salle, Eyeing 3rd Win In Row

Gary Correia is scoring 8.8 points per game over the last four games.


Gary Correia is scoring 8.8 points per game over the last four games.

Game Information

 UMass Minutemen (15-11, 7-6) at

La Salle Explorers (12-16, 4-9)

 Date, Time Sunday, February 27,  2011, 2 p.m. ET
 Location Tom Gola Arena (4,000) |  Philadelphia, Pa.  (Directions)
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 Recent News About The Minutemen
 Boston Globe 2/24:  Sully's Court: UMass fans should be optimistic 
 Daily Collegian 2/24:  Minutemen search for 3rd-straight against Explorers   
 Daily Collegian 2/24:  Defense decisive for Minutemen    
 Daily Hampshire Gazette 2/24:  UMass basketball easily wins rematch with Hawks at Mullins Center 
 Daily Hampshire Gazette 2/24:  Gurley shakes slump to lead Minutemen  
 Springfield Republican 2/24:  UMass drubs Saint Joseph's to clinch winning regular-season 
 Boston Globe 2/24:  UMass puts it all together    
 Daily Collegian 2/24:  Gurley returns to form against Saint Joseph's      
 Boston Herald 2/24: Gurley, Minutemen score a big win     
 Worcester Telegram 2/24:  Minutemen thrive with complete game    
 Atlantic 10 2/20: Coach Kellogg On A-10 Quick 10     

Game Notes

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UMass Heads To La Salle, Eyeing Third Win In Row
• With postseason positioning reaching a crescendo, the UMass basketball team looks for its third win in a row as the Minutemen (15-11, 7-6 A-10) head to La Salle (12-16, 4-9) for a showdown on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Minutemen have posted back-to-back wins over Rhode Island (66-60) and Saint Joseph's (69-51) to secure a winning regular-season and move back above .500 in A-10 play.

• UMass is 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 stand tied for seventh place with Dayton and St. Bonaventure at 7-6 in league play. The Minutemen would hold the tiebreaker on both teams having beaten then in their matchups in 2011. As of today, UMass would host La Salle in an A-10 First Round game. 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 hosts its regular-season home finale as Senior Night on Wednesday at the Mullins Center. No. 24 Temple comes to Amherst for the renewal of the team's hotly-contested rivalry. The final regular-season tilt will be played at Fordham next Saturday, March 5. The A-10 standings will be set on March 5 and a television schedule will be unveiled following. Three of the four first-round A-10 games will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports in the time slots of 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

• At 15-11 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. The win over Saint Joseph's (2/23) secured a winning regular-season. The seven A-10 wins also equal the most under coach Derek Kellogg.

• The game can be heard on the UMass Sports Network on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass. "Voice of the Minutemen" Josh Maurer will call the action with Tim Kenney. Live streaming video, audio and Gametracker will be available on UMassAthletics.com.

Solid Play In The A-10
• The Minutemen are fighting for a homecourt first-round game in the A-10 Tournament and stand at 7-6 in the league after back-to-back win at Rhode Island (and vs. Saint Joseph's.

• UMass has limited its opponents just 37.7 from the floor in A-10 play. That includes holding foes to less than 40 percent on field goals in all seven wins with dominating defense vs. Dayton (28.6 percent), at Charlotte (32.1), at St. Bonaventure (35.6) vs. Rhode Island, twice (37.0 and 29.3) and vs. Saint Joseph's (30.8).

• Similarly, the defense on 3-point field goal percentage has been stellar. Foes are just 29.6 from beyond the arc. That includes all seven losing opponents shooting below 32 percent this season. In the last two games, UMass' opponents are 5-of-45 (11.1) percent. The Rhode Island Rams were just 1-of-19 (5.3 percent) on Feb. 19. That was followed by Saint Joseph's missing its first 12 3-pointers of the game, so over two games, UMass' opponents were 1-of-31 (3.2 percent).

Anthony Gurley has led UMass in scoring in nine of 13 Atlantic 10 games with a 17.4 average. Overall, he has led UMass in scoring in 21 of 26 games with an 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).

• 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 had more than two players in double-figures in three of its seven wins. Also the game against La Salle (1/15) marked for the first time since Nov. 27 that UMass turned the trick. Against the Explorers, 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. Most recently in the win at Rhode Island (2/19), Gurley led the way with 16, complemented by 11 points apiece from Gary Correia, Sampson Carter and Raphiael Putney.

Shooting Tells The Story
• How the shooting from the floor goes is how the Minutemen go. UMass is 12-1 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 11-3 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 La Salle
• UMass is 14-11 all-time against La Salle. UMass ended a four-game losing streak to the Explorers with the 74-71 win earlier this season on Jan. 15 in Springfield. La Salle took last season's meetings, 80-74 on Jan. 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield and 89-78 in Philadelphia on March 3, 2010. La Salle won both games in 2008-09 as well taking a 62-54 win at the Mullins Center on Jan. 24, 2009 and a 97-88 win at Tom Gola Arena on Mar. 1.

• Before this recent four-game skid, UMass won three games in a row in the series. That included two games in impressive fashion in 2007 and 2008 at the Mullins Center. UMass won those games by an average score of 101-63, a 38-point margin. On 2008's Senior Night, UMass pounded La Salle, 100-63 on March 5, 2008. That came a year after a 102-63 thumping on Feb. 28, 2007 at the Mullins Center.

• UMass' three-game win streak followed a run where La Salle won five of six from 2003 to 2006. UMass won six in a row from 1991-98.

• All-time UMass is 7-3 in Amherst and 5-5 at La Salle. The first meeting was an 82-75 win for La Salle on Dec. 30, 1971 in Philadelphia.

• UMass coach Derek Kellogg coached against La Salle for the first time in 2009 and is 1-4. La Salle joined the Atlantic 10 in 1994-95, Kellogg's senior season and the Minutemen beat the Explorers, 87-64 in Atlantic City. That was a homecoming for AC native Lou Roe. La Salle coach John Giannini stands 7-7 against UMass (7-5 since moving to La Salle, as he lost twice at Maine).

Earlier This Year Vs. La Salle:
Jan. 15, 2011 - UMass 74, La Salle 71
• Led by 20 points from Anthony Gurley, UMass (10-6, 2-1 A-10) held off a late La Salle (8-10, 0-3 A-10) run as the Minutemen defeated the Explorers, 74-71 at the MassMutual Center on Jan. 15, 2011. Ruben Guillandeaux missed a potential game-tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds to secure the win for the Minutemen. UMass scored 54 of its 74 points in the paint.Sean Carter (15 points) and Terrell Vinson (11 points) each recorded season-highs in scoring, while Javorn Farrell netted 13. Gary Correia (7 assists) and Farrell (5 assists) each set career-highs in assists.

• Jerrell Williams led La Salle with 20 points, while Aaric Murray added 12.

• Ahead by three, 74-71, UMass' Farrell made a key block with 32 seconds left on a Ruben Guillandeaux layup attempt after intercepting a UMass pass in the backcourt. After another Minutemen turnover in the backcourt with 26 seconds left, UMass retained possession when Guillandeaux stepped out of bounds after making the steal.

Last This Year At La Salle:
March 3, 2010: La Salle 89, UMass 78
• Despite a career-high eight 3-pointers from Ricky Harris, the UMass men's basketball team fell, 89-78, to La Salle at Tom Gola Arena. The senior guard scored 31 points, while the Explorers' Rodney Green tallied 30 in a clash of the Atlantic 10's top two active career scorers.

• La Salle led throughout the second half, but UMass cut the deficit to four on a Harris 3-ball with just under eight minutes to go. La Salle however, was able to hold off the Minutemen, with Green hitting key free throws down the stretch.

• UMass attempted a school record 39 3-pointers, making 13 from beyond the arc (33.3 percent) and shot 41 percent overall. The Explorers shot 50 percent from the field and were 5-for-14 from 3-point range. La Salle scored 28 points at the free throw stripe, led by Green going 13-for-16.

• Besides his 31 points and eight 3-pointers, Harris finished with eight rebounds, five assists.

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 21 of 26 games this season, most recently with 22 vs. Saint Joseph's (2/23). 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 45th in the NCAA in scoring (18.9).

• Gurley enters the game with 1,262 points at UMass and 1,461 in his college career with 199 coming at Wake Forest. He stands 17th all-time in points, next on the list is No. 16 Billy Tindall (1,277). He passed No. 19 Al Skinner (1,235), who coached Rhode Island for nine years (1988-97) with 16 points at Rhode Island (2/19).

• 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 minimum of four 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 73 times in his career and has reached 20 points 22 times, 12 times this year, the last with 22 vs. Saint Joseph's (2/23).

• 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 is eighth in career 3-pointers made list at UMass with 144 (on 414 attempts). Gurley passed his head coach Derek Kellogg at Rhode Island (2/19) 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 scored in double-figures four games in a row (1/15-26) 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 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 24 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) and Rhode Island (2/19) games with a right foot/ankle injury and did not play in the Saint Joseph's 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

• 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 6.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in 13 A-10 games, all starts. Carter is averaging 9.6 rebounds in the last five with a season-best 15 at Saint Joseph's (2/5). He also added 11 vs. George Washington. Carter is UMass' best shooter from the floor at 55.8 overall and 55.9 in A-10 play.

Call On Correia For Assists
• Senior Gary Correia has been solid as the team's starting points guard since the start of Atlantic 10 play. Correia is averaging 4.7 points and 3.9 assists in 13 A-10 games. Correia has shown scoring prowess of late with a career-high 15 points vs. George Washington (2/13) and 11 at Rhode Island (2/19). Over his last four games, Correia is averaging 8.8 points and 4.2 assists. He tied his career-high of seven assists in the win against Saint Joseph's (2/23). He set the high of seven vs. La Salle (1/15), earlier this year.

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," former 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.


 

 

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