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Welcome inside Tom Gola Arena for today's live blog from Philadelphia. This is Jason Yellin from UMass Media Relations bringing today's live blog from courtside. The Minutemen are looking for back-to-back wins in the City of Brotherly Love after knocking off Saint Joseph's last Sunday at The Palestra.
It's all over. Minutemen lose 97-88. Great effort the last 11 minutes, but just not enough time on the clock. Let's hope UMass can take many positives from this game.
Well, that's all from Philly! Be sure to check UMassAthletics.com for a complete recap with stats, notes, and more! Have a great rest of your weekend and be sure to head to the Mullins Center this Wednesday for Senior Day vs. GW. It will be a big game, so don't miss it! Stay safe with this big storm on our doorstep...GO UMass!
Anthony Gurley is up to 20 points, the most at UMass. He did have 24 in his freshman year with Wake Forest. Still an eight point game. Time is running out.
La Salle hits two free throws then Chris Lowe grabs a rebound and puts it back to make it eight again. Coach Kellogg is extending this game very well...There's still time.
Gary Correia hits two free throws and now it's only eight! (87-79)...UMass is getting closer and closer, let's hope there's time left. Just over a minute to go.
David Gibbs hits a 3-pointer and Chris Lowe follows with a layup to cut the lead to nine...Still some time to go!
UMass forces its second 35-second violation and Harris hits a jumper. Tony Gaffney is on the bench his left knee is a little balky. Kellogg is going with a line-up that has cut the lead and keeps it going. Harris layup keeps it down to 13 at 83-70 with 3:42 left.
Just as UMass cut it to 13, La Salle has answered and the Explorers have expanded back to 17 points at 81-64 as Darryl Partin continues his career day with another 3-pointer. Partin has 22 points after a career-high of 11!
UMass continues to rough it out playing with pressure we haven't seen all season. The Minutemen look inspired now and continue with the immense pressure. Leads to another steal and Ricky Harris nails a 3-pointer, UMass down 13, 76-63, 7:20 left.
Last year UMass was down 22 with 14 minutes left at Syracuse and won 81-77 in the NIT Quarterfinals ... this would be even bigger down 26 with 11:21 left, but they have cut the lead to 16 with 8:24 left at 76-60. It has become a street war and UMass is winning this portion of the battle.
Luke Bonner gets another chance at the foul line after missing two in a row and makes two free throws. UMass down 18, 72-54.
Anthony Gurley is up to 13 points, his second game in a row in double-figures and 15 this season.
Ricky Harris makes his first field goal after four misses. Bonner draws his 24th charge of the season and UMass is down 20, 72-52 with 9:39 left.
Ricky Harris finally scores on a pair of free throws. The 18.3 PPG scorer had been held off the board. UMass' defensive pressure causes a TO but Lowe can't convert.
Ruben Guillandeaux, who shoots just 36 from the floor has made three 3-pointers and now gets an And-1 as the media timeout comes. UMass trailos 71-46 with 11:21 left. The largest margin for La Salle has been 26.
Now coach Kellogg has shed his coat and is down to a shirt and pants of course.
La Salle leads by 23, 64-41, its largest lead of the game, the Explorers are hot this half, making 6-9 to begin the half. UMass is cold making 5-12.
14:34 left in the half and La Salle's Rodney Green continues to scorch. He hit the last two shots despite increased pressure from UMass' defense. Green is up to 24 points, two shy of his career high. La Salle leads 59-39.
The La Salle cheerleaders are out on the court doing a pyramid with about 12 girls. Nice job.
UMass trails 55-39 with 15:41 left. The defensive pressure has been great, but La Salle has still hit shots which is just maddening to the UMass bench. Minutemen continue to push. You know Coach Kellogg is steaming mad his team and riled them up at halftime. Even though the Minutemen were down 19 if they play with incredible intensity and play hardm they can make this comeback.
Partin cans a 3FG and La Salle is back up 18. UMass is set to sub in Chris Lowe, Tyrell Lynch and Ricky Harris. Coach Derek Kellogg told the subs to keep up the pressure!
UMass is going with its hustle line-up. Gaffney scores quick and Gurley nets another, down 15, 48-33, 18:12 left.
Also of note Derek Kellogg has shed his tie ... going with the open collar trying something new and tryin to change UMass' luck.
Right out of the box, La Salle gets and And-1 from Partin, who is up to 14 points. La Salle leads 48-29.
UMass has emerged from the locker room late with about 2:00 left on the clock and the second half starters are drastically different from the start of the game.
Starting for UMass: David Gibbs, Gary Correia, Anthony Gurley, Tony Gaffney and Matt Glass.
La Salle has the same starters.
UMass is getting pounded on the rebounds, La Salle up 26-12!
We have hit halftime, La Salle leads 46-29 as Rodney Green nets a jumper just before halftime. Green has 18 points in the first half alone. His career-high is 26 points.
The stats from the first half are scary for UMass.
Field Goals: UMass 36%, La Salle 52%
Rebounds: UMass 14, La Salle 28
Second-Chance Points, UMass 0, La Salle 8
Fast break Points: UMass 4, La Salle 13
Green has 18 points, eight shy of his career high and Partin already has a career-high of 12 points.
UMass has no one in double-figures as Anthony Gurley has seven points off the bench. Tony Gaffney has five rebounds and one blocks....
La Salle's Darryl Partin has scored a career-high with 12 points for La Salle. Explorers lead 44-29, 1:48 left.
Under 4 media timeout, UMass down 38-26 with 3:59 left.
Let's take a look around UMass Athletics this weekend, The men's lacrosse team had an impressive 18-6 win over Yale as Jimmy Connolly had a career-high seven goals. UMass softball won two games down in Georgia as Brandice Balschmiter tossed a one-hitter against No. 13 DePaul last night. Both teams should move up in their respective polls from No. 20 and No. 17.
After a highlight alley-oops dunk by Rodney Green over Tyrell Lynch, Tony Gaffney finally gets on the board with a lay-up. UMass trails 34-21, 5:46 left.
Chris Lowe misses two free throws and UMass just looks out of sync!
Now Tyrell Lynch gets a technical foul! Green makes both free throws. La Salle up 36-21
In other A-10 action, Rhode Island pulled off a narrow 73-71 win at Duquesne to move to 10-4 in the A-10, the Dukes are now 8-6. St. Joe's ended its 5-game skid with a 73-62 win over St. Bonnies. So the Hawks are now 8-6 and Bonnies are 5-10. That's good for UMass as the Minutemen are in trouble here down 13 points, 30-17 with 6:30 left.
After making La Salle use 34 seconds and missing a shot, the Explorers got an offensive rebound and Rodney Green canned a trey for a 13 point lead.... That was followed by a bomb from the poor shooting Ruben Guillandeaux and UMass is down 28-12, 8:30 left in the half. La Salle has 11 fastbreak points to 2 for UMass.
UMass has gone to a pressuring match-up zone type of defense. They just pressuring Rodney Green to call a timeout as Tony Gaffney came out to help Chris Lowe at midcourt. As Green called the TO, he seems to step on the midcourt line, but the backcourt was not called.
La Salle leads 22-10, largest lead of the game 10:00 left. Ricky Harris is called for his second charge of the game. The Minutemen's leading scorer has been in a funk and is scorless 10 minutes into this contest.
There is no energy in this gym. But UMass has crept back to within six after a 3-pointer by Anthony Gurley, 16-10. As soon as that happens, Darryl Partin hits his second trey of the game and has eight points! Ugh, this guy is scoring 3.2 PPG and his career high is 11 points, but he has been hot early on.
La Salle leads, 19-10 with 11:42 left in the half.
UMass has started 1-7 FGs from the floor and La Salle is 6-11... Explorers lead by 11 at 14-3 with 14 minutes left in the first half. The largest margin that UMass has rallied to win from this season is -11, against Temple on Jan. 17, down 24-13.
UMass off to a sluggish start. The Minutemen trail 12-3 4:40 into the game as Kimmani Barrett has scored seven of the first 12 points.
Matt Glass once against contributes as a starter with UMass' first points on a 3-pointer.
Tony Gaffney just had a block that was not recorded by the La Salle stat keepers.
La Salle is playing without three injured players in Mekongo-Mbala, Jerrell Williams, and Greg Danish.
UMass wins the tap and Ricky Harris called for a charge right away!
We are on the air on CBS College Sports. The anthem was just finished. During the singing a propeller started to make noise like the building was about to take off. ODD?!?!
Prior to the line-ups, La Salle's Yves Mekongo-Mbala, who is out with a broken hand, was honored for being the Explorers' fourth-ever Academic All-American.
We are getting ready to tip off as the lineups have just finished.
UMass has emerged from its locker room and hit the court led by senior point guard Chris Lowe. Tony Gaffney just ran over to greet assistant coach Antwon Jackson, who has been on the recruting trail. The rest of the staff has hit the court. Check out the sport coat on Director of Player Personnel Shyrone Chatman. Nice threads, blue and yellow tweed!
UMass head coach Derek Kellogg made a late entrance meeting and chatting with some fans on his way to the court.
We are ready to tip it off! About 1,000 fans in a house.
Starting line-ups are in the book
For UMass, its the same line-up as the last three games
At guard, #5 Ricky Harris, 27 career games with 20 points
At guard, #14 Chris Lowe, 14 career games with 10 assists
At forward, #24 Tony Gaffney, 10 or more rebounds in 8 of last 10 games
At forward, #33 Matt Glass, 7.8 PPG in eight starts
At center, #31 Luke Bonner, had made a 3FG in 12 games in a row
For La Salle, its a new line-up as coach Dr. John Giannini is going with a rewards system to determine his starters
At guard, #0 Darryl Partin, second start in a row, shot 2-12 FGs
At guard, #5 Kimmani Barrett, 14 games with 10 or more points this year
At guard, #10 Rodney Green, 27th in career scoring at La Salle
At forward, #21 Terrell Williams, Second career start
At forward, #31 Paul Johnson, season high of 13 points
Well the atmosphere is pretty dead in here. La Salle came out two minutes ago and there were about five claps, literaly. UMass came out to about 10 claps from the Gaffneys and Glass and a few other UMass fans.
If you are watching on TV check out the ball boys for UMass in this game, as Drew and Jack Kenney are on the trip with their dad Tim Kenney, the UMass Associate AD, who also serves as the color analyst with Josh Maurer on the UMass Sports Network. The game is on the air right now with flagship WRNX 100.9 FM in Western Mass.
Check out the UMass Hoops Insider on the front page of UMassAthletics.com. It has a hysterical bloopers feature package from the season with funny clips from the likes of Derek Kellogg, Tony Gaffney, Luke Bonner and Anthony Gurley.
Just a few hundred fans here in Tom Gola Arena, this facility holds 4,000 with half bleachers and half chairbacks. They are all blue in color except yellow seats that spell out LA SALLE.
There are huge banners celebrating the great teams of La Salle history the 1954 and 1955 NCAA Champions when Tom Gola played. Also featured is the 1952 NIT Champions and the 1987 NIT Finalists.
The gym is small with walls on each baseline side.
Contrasting last week's game in Philly, a small crowd is expected. They are hoping for 2,000 fans with the late start and snow forecast. In the stands early as expected, the Gaffney family with Tony's parents Tony Sr. and Jen and his brother Bud. Also here is Matt Glass' sister Hilary, who lives in Philadelphia where she is a teacher. Matt Glass' parents Dickson and Mary have also made the trip down from Vermont, what a better way to see both their kids!
Well the snow hasn't started to fall here in Philly, but of course everyone is bracing for this doozy of a storm. The Minutemen are well into their workout before the game. Athletic trainer Dave Maclutsky has put the Minutemen through some rigorous exercises. Right now he is observing some stretching.
The TV crew is one of the top ones from CBS College Sports as lead announcer Carter Blackburn, who called opening round games for CBS in the 2008 NCAA Tournament is here to call play-by-play. He is joined for former Xavier player Steve Wolf, who will be the voice of the A-10 Tournament for CBS College Sports in Atlantic City in two weeks. Wolf spoke to coach Derek Kellogg about the match-up about 20 minutes ago.