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A-10 Top Active Career Scorers Meet At La Salle

Terrell Vinson has scored in double-figures in three games in a row.


Terrell Vinson has scored in double-figures in three games in a row.

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UMASS (10-18, 4-10) at LA SALLE (11-17, 3-11)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • 7 p.m. (ET)
Tom Gola Arena (4,000) • Philadelphia, Pa.
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A-10's Top Two Career Scorers Meet at La Salle
• The two active career leading scorers in the Atlantic 10 will face-off on Wednesday night at Tom Gola Arena. UMass' Ricky Harris (1,858 career points) brings his Minutemen to Philadelphia to take on La Salle's Rodney Green (1,872) in a 7 p.m. tip-off. Both teams are battling for a spot in the 2010 Atlantic 10 Tournament which begins on Tuesday, March 9 at campus sites. UMass comes into the game in 11th place with a 4-10 conference mark while La Salle is tied Saint Joseph's in 12th at 3-11.

• UMass has a magic number of 1 to clinch a spot in the tournament. If Minutemen win either of their remaining games (at La Salle or Saturday's home finale vs. Rhode Island), UMass will qualify. They will also get in if Saint Joseph's loses either of their remaining games (at George Washington on Wednesday or vs. La Salle on Saturday). UMass holds the tiebreaker with the Hawks, winning twice this season.

• Wednesday's game will be available via live streaming video, audio and Gametracker on UMassAthletics.com. The UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer and Tim Kenney call the action starting with a 6:30 p.m., pregame show. The game airs statewide on flagship 100.9 FM in Western Mass, 830 AM WCRN in Central Mass., 1060 AM WBIX and 95.9 WATD in Eastern Mass.

RH Factor: Red-Hot Ricky Harris
• Senior Ricky Harris is etching his name into the record book at UMass. He has been hot of late and leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring in conference games with a 20.8 average. He did have his 37-game double-figure scoring streak ended with a season-low nine at Dayton (2/27), but is averaging 21.7 per game over his last 10 contests. That includes his three best scoring games of the season with 32 vs. Rhode Island (2/6), 29 at Duquesne (2/11) and 27 vs. Saint Joseph's (2/14). He averaged 29.3 in that trio. He has at least 23 points in seven of his last 10 games. He has raised his scoring average to 18.9, second in the A-10, behind Xavier's Jordan Crawford (19.9).

• Harris moved up to fourth on the UMass career-scoring list and now has 1,858 and is the A-10's second active career scoring leader. Harris needs 48 points to pass No. 3 Lou Roe (1,905) on the all-time list. Jim McCoy is the all-time leader (2,374).

• Here's a look at his rankings on the career lists.

• FOURTH in career scoring (1,858), passing Marcus Camby (1,387) and J. Erving (1,370). No. 3 is Lou Roe (1,905).

•Third in career 3-pointers(262). Next on list is No. 2 Anthony Anderson (275)

• SECOND in 3-pointers attempted (746). No. 1 is Monty Mack (910).

• FOURTH in career field goal attempted (1,454). No. 3 is Lorenzo Sutton (1,518).

•SEVENTH in career made field goals (610). No. 6 is Lou Roe (661).

• SEVENTH in career free throws at UMass (376). Horace Neysmith is sixth with 379.

• FIFTH in career steals with 143. No. 4 is Mike Williams (145).

•Tied for SEVENTH in games played (125) with Tyrone Weeks. Tony Barbee and Jim McCoy played in 126.

The Series With La Salle
• UMass is 13-10 all-time against La Salle. The Explorers have won the last three games. They took this season's earlier meeting, 80-74 on Jan. 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. La Salle won both last season, 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 that 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 straight meetings from 1991-98.

• All-time UMass is 7-3 in Amherst and 5-4 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 last year. 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 6-6 against UMass (6-4 since moving to La Salle, as he lost twice at Maine).

Earlier This season Vs. La Salle
Jan. 10, 2010 - La Salle 80, UMass 74
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - La Salle used a 18-5 run to begin the second half to erase a seven-point UMass lead and the Minutemen were outscored, 16-10, over the final five minutes as they fell to the Explorers, 80-74, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Freshman Freddie Riley's 22 points led all scorers, while La Salle placed four players in double-figures. UMass fell to 7-8 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic 10, while La Salle improved to 8-7, 1-1.

Riley shot 6-for-14 from 3-point range on his way to 22 points, while Ricky Harris finished with 17 points. Terrell Vinson was 2-for-2 from behind the arc and also finished in double-figures for the Minutemen with 13 points.

Aaric Murray (18), Rodney Green (17), Yves Mekongo (17), and Steve Weingarten (10) all finished with double-digit points for the Explorers. Green recorded 12 assists, while Murray grabbed a dozen boards.

UMass trailed by six with 3:04 left in the game when Harris completed a 3-point play to pull UMass within three before Jerrell Williams sank two free throws for La Salle to up the lead back to five, 72-67, with 2:39 left. The Minutemen missed four out of five free throws between the 1:18 and 31-second marks, while La Salle went 8-for-8 at the line in the final 21 seconds to secure the win.

Huge Comeback Win At Duquesne
• UMass pulled off a stirring comeback overtime at Duquesne, 84-80 on Feb. 11. The Minutemen rallied from 16 down with 17:24 left in the second half to record the stunner. Ricky Harris tallied 29 points as he continues his torrid stretch. Sophomore Sean Carter has his first career double-double with 11 points and 19 rebounds. Carter dunked home all five of his field goals including the exclamation point with seconds left in OT to seal the win. Anthony Gurley added 20 points in the win.

• In the victory at Duquesne, UMass grabbed 60 rebounds including 23 offensive. It was the most by a UMass team since Feb. 28, 1996, when UMass had 60 against Saint Joseph's. Marcus Camby had 15 for UMass in that overtime win.

UMass Pounds The Boards
Derek Kellogg is trying to instill a toughness to his Minutemen and that has been evident through rebounding. The Minutemen lead the Atlantic 10 in rebounding with 40.4 per game as well as offensive rebounds with 15.0 per contest.

• UMass ranks tied for ninth in the NCAA in offensive rebounds per game (15.0) and 19th in total offensive rebounds with 420.

• UMass has outrebounded 18 opponents. Overall, UMass has a positive rebounding margin (+5.0). That includes margins of 25 vs. Grambling (55-30), 20 vs. Memphis (44-24), 17 at Boston College (50-33), 9 at Baylor (42-33) and by 27 at Duquesne (60-33) on Feb. 11.

• The Baylor margin was remarkable as the Bears were leading the NCAA in rebounding margin at the time (+11.0) and had outrebounded all 17 opponents until that game. Baylor starts a front line of players standing 7-0, 6-11 and 6-10.

• The 60 boards at Duquesne were the most by a UMass team since the 1996 Final Four Season, when UMass had 60 against Saint Joseph's on Feb. 28, 1996. Marcus Camby had 15 for UMass in the game.

• Between Dec. 11 and Jan. 6, UMass outrebounded its opponents 48.3 to 31.3 (193-125).

• The Minutemen have used a rebounding by committee strategy. Three players average more than five per game. Sean Carter leads the way with 7.0 per game. Terrell Vinson is up to 5.4 boards per game. Hashim Bailey is second with 4.9 per game in just 12.8 minutes per game. Prorated over 40 minutes, Bailey would grab 15.2 boards.

Shooting Tells The Story
• With UMass' record the difference has been shooting percentage both on offense and defense. Derek Kellogg has been preaching to his Minutemen to use better shot selection. When they have this season, they have won. When the Minutemen have shot poorly and played poor defense they have lost.

• In UMass' wins, the Minutemen are shooting 45.4 from the floor overall and 34.9 from 3-point range. In the losses UMass is 37.2 on all field goals and 28.0 from beyond the arc.

• On defense, in the victories, UMass is holding foes to 40.2 overall and 30.7 from 3-point land. In the defeats, opponents are shooting 46.7 percent overall and a remarkable 40.8 from trifecta land.

• It has translated to a scoring margin of 79.6 to 68.2 in the wins and a mark of 79.2 to 66.0 in the losses.

• UMass is 8-4 when shooting above 40 percent this year and 2-14 when shooting below 40 percent in 2009-10. The win over Fordham (1/6) marked the first time UMass won a game when shooting less than 40 percent this season (38 percent).

• UMass is 8-2 when shooting a better percentage than its opponents and 1-15 when being outshot. Again, the Fordham game was the first time UMass was outshot (44-38 percent) and still won the game.

Win Over Memphis Gets Attention
• UMass freshman forward Terrell Vinson hit the game-winning basket with 0:00.7 left to beat Memphis on Dec. 19. His bucket was the ESPN SportsCenter No. 1 Play of the Day on Saturday and the No. 6 Play of the Week on SportsCenter. He was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and UMass Athlete of the Week as he posted a career-high 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds along with the thrilling game-winner.

Harris & Gurley Leading The Way
• UMass has two scorers in the league's Top 15. Senior Ricky Harris stands second with a 18.9 average and junior Anthony Gurley is 14th with a 14.1 mark. Gurley was as high as fourth in December.

• Harris continues to move up the UMass career scoring charts with his 18.9 average this season. He is fourth all-time with 1,858 points after passing Lorenzo Sutton (1,731) and Rashaun Freeman (1,744) with a season-high 32 at Rhode Island (2/6) as well as current UTEP coach Tony Barbee (1,643) with 15 points at Baylor (1/23). He scored in double-figures in 37 games in a row before his treak was stopped at Dayton (2/27) with just nine points, in 90 of his 125 career games and in 87 of his last 93 games dating to his sophomore season. Harris passed Julius Erving (1,370) and Marcus Camby (1,387) in the game against Cornell.

• Harris has been named A-10 Player of the Week twice on Feb. 14 and Dec. 7. He earned the honor in February after his 29-point, 6-assist effort at Duquesne. On Dec. 7, he wrapped up a week where he led UMass to a 2-0 week. Harris had exactly 19 points, six assists and three rebounds in each UMass win that week (vs. Quinnipiac and at Holy Cross. The Baltimore native shot 68 percent from the floor (13-of-19) and hit 7-of-13 3-point field goals.

• Harris has continued to be prolific scorer in his career at UMass. In 2009, he was named a Third-Team All-Conference selection. In 2008, he was named the A-10 Chris Daniels Most Improved player. Harris is leading returning scorer in the Atlantic 10 with a 18.2 scoring average and led the team in scoring in 18 of 30 games in 2008-09. Harris was fourth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring.

• Gurley scored in double-figures in 22 of 28 games this season. He is second on UMass in scoring with a 14.1 points per game average. He had at least 13 points in 20 of 28 games this season. He had his first career double-double at Boston College (12/23) with 23 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Against No. 2 Michigan State (11/28), he tied his career-high with 24 points. That came on the heels of 19 vs. Rutgers (11/27). He had 21 points vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith (11/21). At No. 19 Temple (1/16), he had 20 points as well as at Duquesne (2/11).

Freshman Showing Strong In Debuts
• Right behind the two veterans on the scoring list are freshmen Terrell Vinson (10.0) and Freddie Riley (9.5).

• Vinson has 14 games overall in double-figures with the last coming at Dayton with 16 points. That followed his 19-point effort vs. Saint Louis (2/21) -- his best-scoring game since Memphis. At Baylor (1/23) he had his second-career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. He scored 20-plus with 21 vs. Memphis (12/19) and 20 points vs. Grambling State (12/11). He also had double-figures in three in a row from Nov. 18-24. Vinson became the first UMass freshman to post a double-double and a 20-point, 10-rebound game since Rashaun Freeman in 2003-04, when he had 20 points and 11 boards vs. Grambling.

• Vinson earned national attention with his game-winning basket with 0:00.7 to upset Memphis (12/19), 73-72. He scored a career-high 21 points along with nine rebounds in the stunning win over the Tigers. He was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and UMass Athlete of the Week. His game-winner was the ESPN SportsCenter No. 1 Play of the Day on Dec. 19 and No. 6 Play of the Week for that week as well.

• Riley returned from minor knee surgery for the game vs. Fordham (1/6) and had a career-game against La Salle (1/10). Riley canned six 3-pointers and netted a career-high 22 points in Springfield. Those six treys, were two shy of the UMass single-game record. Over four games (from Jan. 10-20), Riley averaged 15.5 ppg making 15-of-36 3-point field goals (42 percent).

• Riley ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10 in 3-pointers made per game with 2.3. • Riley has 11 games in double-figures including 20-plus twice, with 22 vs. La Salle (1/10) and 20 at Richmond (1/13).

Sampson Carter is averaging 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds with double-figures in three games. Javorn Farrell is averaging 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds including a career-best 10 rebounds vs. Grambling State (12/11) in just 11 minutes of action. He scored a career-high 12 points vs. Xavier (2/3).

Harris Rises on Career Lists
Ricky Harris is rising on the career lists for field goals and attempts, 3-pointers and attempts as well as free throws and attempts and steals.

• He stands third in career made 3-pointers (262) and second in attempts (746).

• Among the players he passed last season was his current head coach Derek Kellogg (138 makes and 362 attempts). Next on te makes list is Anthony Anderson (275 of 705). No. 1 on both is Monty Mack (331-of-910).

• Harris is seventh in made free throws with 376. Next at No. 6 is Horace Neysmith (379). Harris moved past Julius Erving (322) and Marcus Camby (308) this year.

• Harris has also risen to No. 4 on the career field goals attempted list with 1,454. Next on the list is No. 3 Lorenzo Sutton (1,518).

• He is also seventh in career made field goals (610). Next is Lou Roe (661).

• This season, Harris 54 -of-176 from 3-point range this season and 91-of-123 from the foul line.

• Harris is fifth in career steals with 143. Next up at No. 4 is Mike Williams (145).

• Harrisis also in the Top 10 for career games played with 125, standing tied with Tyrone Weeks at seventh.

• In 2007-08, Harris tied Carmelo Travieso for the single-season mark for made treys with 104. Harris' 87 made 3-pointers last season finished tied with James Life for sixth-most in a single-season.

UMass Quick Hits
Ricky Harris leads UMass into action as the lone scholarship senior on the team in 2000-10. The Baltimore native is the Atlantic 10's leading returning scorer in 2009-10 with an 18.2 average. He was named to the Preseason All-Atlantic 10 team by the coach and media. He has been named to the same team by most publications and has been dubbed the A-10's "Most Entertaining Player" by one annual.

• UMass has one of the youngest teams in the country as UMass features the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 with five freshmen. The Minutemen also welcomed two transfers who will be eligible this season in Sean Carter from Oregon State and Hashim "Big City" Bailey from Memphis. Sophomore Trey Lang also returned to the team after not playing in 2008-09, giving UMass eight newcomers for this season's roster.

• UMass returned just 36.1 average points. In looking at it by percentages, UMass returned 49.1 percent of its scoring with Harris leading the way. UMass lost nearly all of its rebounding with the graduation of 2009 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year Tony Gaffney, the final cut of the NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. UMass has just 24.3 percent of its rebounding returning as Gaffney grabbed 10.2 per game.

Maxie Esho Signs NLI With UMass
UMass head coach Derek Kellogg announced the signing of his first National Letter of Intent for the fall signing period on Nov. 16, 2009 as the Minutemen welcome athletic forward Maxie Esho.

The 6-8, 200-pound native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland is currently playing at Lee Academy in Maine. He played his AAU basketball with DC Assault, the same team UMass' Javorn Farrell played for.

"We are thrilled to have Maxie joining the UMass basketball family. Maxie is a player we have known for a long time," said Kellogg, who brought in what is widely-regarded as the top freshman class in the Atlantic 10 this season. "He is another very long and athletic player with great upside. He have watched him grow as a person and a player for the last couple of year and I know the UMass fans will be excited to get to know him on and off the court. We are looking forward to him having a great senior year at Lee Academy and then coming to UMass. He has the length and athleticism that is necessary for the type of players I want to coach here at UMass."

Harris, Riley, Vinson Earn Preseason Honors
• The Atlantic 10 Conference released its preseason All-Conference teams on Oct. 22, with UMass senior Ricky Harris highlighting the Alll-Conference First Team. Two of head coach Derek Kellogg's freshman class of five, Freddie Riley and Terrell Vinson, were both named to the preseason All-Rookie Team. The A-10's preseason poll was also released with the Minutemen coming in ninth.

• In the first preseason men's basketball magazine, Lindy's, UMass men's basketball is being praised for the A-10's top recruiting class. Senior guard Ricky Harris is also gaining honors as he was named to the A-10's First Team and the league's "Most Entertaining" player.

• Lindy's picks UMass to finish fifth in the A-10 behind Dayton, Xavier, Richmond and La Salle. The magazine mentions: "Ricky Harris is an absolute scoring machine and coach Derek Kellogg has a killer group of newcomers." It finishes with UMass "Will get better as the season progresses and will be a team nobody wants to draw in the A-10 Tourney."

• Lindy's calls UMass' incoming class the "Best group of recruits" in the league. "Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg made a name for himself as a recruiter under John Calipari at Memphis, and he proved that he could do it on his own at his alma mater in Amherst. He scored a key early pledge from Freddie Riley, and in the late signing period nabbed a big-time combo forward in Terrell Vinson. Aside from those two, Kellogg got pledges from a pair of small forwards in Sampson Carter and Javorn Farrell, as well as a super athletic power forward Raphiael Putney."

• In the UMass team profile, Lindy's cites Anthony Gurley under "Keep An Eye On." The mag says: "Gurley will display his all-around talents in the backcourt, largely because he has to as the Minutemen do not have a true point guard with experience."

UMass Alum Leading UMass
Derek Kellogg, in his second 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 current Boston College head coach Al Skinner and 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 fourth year as the head coach at Texas-El Paso.

• 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.

 

 

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