UMass Hosts Dayton, Tuesday At 9 pm In A-10s
Game Information Atlantic 10 Tournament First Round
The UMass basketball team begins its postseason run on Tuesday night in the First Round of the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament. The 8th-seeded Minutemen will host the 9th-seeded Dayton Flyers. Both teams finished 7-9 in A-10 play, but UMass gained the home game by virtue of a 55-50 win over Dayton at the Mullins Center on Jan. 9.
Look Back At UMass' 55-50 Win Over Dayton
On a day shooters struggled and defenses ruled, UMass made 29 of 36 free throws (80.6%) to defeat Dayton, 55-50, in a grind-it-out game on Jan. 9, 2011 at the Mullins Center in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams. The Minutemen (9-5, 1-0 A-10) shot 27.3 percent from the field, and the Flyers (13-4, 0-1 A-10) shot 28.6 percent, but the Minutemen used a 41-31 rebounding advantage and its season-high total from the free throw line to start 1-0 in A-10 play for the third year in row.
After Dayton cut the UMass lead to two, 44-42 with 3:24 left in the game, Anthony Gurley hit a 3-pointer at the three-minute mark and Javorn Farrell converted a 3-point play to give the Minutemen a 50-42 advantage with 47 seconds left, but Chris Johnson's 3-pointers at the 38 and 20-second marks kept it tight before more Minutemen free throws iced the victory.
Gurley led the Minutemen with 15 points and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line, while Paul Williams led the Flyers with 12 points.
UMass' 55 points was its fewest in a victory since a 53-50 win over Saint Louis on Feb. 24, 2007 at the Mullins Center, while the Minutemen held the Flyers to the lowest field goal percentage of the season by an opponent (28.6%).
Sampson Carter's jumper with 8:37 left in the game marked UMass' first field goal of the second half, breaking a 13:09 field goal drought, but the Minutemen maintained their lead over that span, building it to as much as 12, by going 12-of-15 at the free throw line over the first 10 minutes of the half.
Both offenses struggled to find their shooting touch in the first half. UMass shot 29.6 percent, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range, while Dayton shot 28 percent, including 1-of-10 from long range. UMass was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes. The Minutemen owned the glass, taking a 25-12 rebounding edge into halftime.
The leading scorers for both teams were held in check in the opening half. Gurley (20.4 ppg) did not score until the 2:22 mark and finished the half with four points. Dayton's Chris Wright (13.7 ppg) and Chris Johnson (12.4 ppg) recorded just two points each.
Series History With Dayton
This will be the 18th meeting between UMass and Dayton, with UMass leading the Flyers, 9-8 after this season's 55-50 victory. UMass has won five of the last six games against the Flyers. Prior to this season's Minuteman win, Dayton ended a four-game UMass streak with a 96-68 win in Ohio last season.
UMass and Dayton will be playing each other in the Atlantic 10 Tournament for the first time in the history of the world.
Derek Kellogg is 2-1 against Dayton including his first win as a head coach back in his hometown of Springfield back in 2009, a 75-62 victory against the Flyers, who entered the game 14-1.
Three seasons ago, UMass ended Dayton's 13-game win streak as the No. 14/18 Flyers fell at home, 82-71 on Jan. 16, 2008. Four seasons ago, UMass ended the Flyers' 14-game home win streak at UD Arena with a 77-69 victory on Feb. 22, 2007.
Prior to this season's regular-season tilt, last game at the Mullins Center between the teams came four seasons ago, as UMass ended a five-game losing streak in the series with a 66-47 victory on Feb. 25, 2006 at the Mullins Center. That day was an emotional one as the court at the facility was named in honor of Jack Leaman. Prior to that win, Dayton had won five straight in the series. The previous victory for the Minutemen came at the Mullins Center on Jan. 18, 2001 (62-57).
For all games played at the Mullins Center, UMass leads the series, 5-3. Dayton had won two in a row before the UMass win in 2006. Dayton won those two trips to Amherst on Jan. 29, 2002 (83-68) and Feb. 8, 2004 (66-59).
For games in Dayton, UMass is 3-5 with the wins coming in 1999 in overtime, 59-57 in addition to the 2007 and 2008 meetings in Dayton.
UMass' A-10 Tournament History
UMass is 8-8 all-time in first-round games, 9-17 in the quarterfinals, 8-2 in the semifinals and 5-2 in championship games.
With the format of keeping the A-10 in one division of 14 teams, UMass is the eighth seed for the first time since 1989. All-time, UMass is 3-7 all-time playing as the eighth seed with all of those games coming between 1977 and 1989.
The longest run UMass had as a No. 8 seed was in the first year of the Atlantic 10 -- 1977, as UMass reached the semifinals before losing to Duquesne. That year, they held a consolation game, which UMass beat West Virginia. The 1984 tournament marked the only other time UMass won a game as a No. 8 seed.
UMass has never played Dayton in the A-10 Tournament.
Last year, UMass won its first tournament game since 2002 with the 59-56 victory at Charlotte in the first round on March 9, 2010. The Minutemen had lost eight games in a row, as they had been knocked out in their first game in seven seasons in a row after the 2009 season's 91-81 loss to Duquesne. UMass suffered a 69-65 loss to Charlotte on March 13, 2008. In 2007, UMass suffered a 74-71 overtime loss to Saint Louis.
UMass Hosting A-10 Tournament Games
UMass has won four of its last five home games in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the first four were A-10 Championship games from 1992-1995, beating Temple the last three times.
Overall, UMass is 3-1 at the Mullins Center in A-10 Tournament games and 5-3 in tournament games held in Amherst with a 2-2 mark at the Curry Hicks Cage. UMass first hosted an A-10 Tourney game in the 1981 Quarterfinals, a 53-48 loss to Rhode Island. The Minutemen first won a Tournament game at home in the 1983 First Round, knocking off URI, 91-74.
This is the second season for the new format where the first round games are held at campus sites.
This marks the fifth season the Atlantic 10 Tournament is being held in Atlantic City. It is at a neutral site for the seventh year in a row, as it was at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati in 2005 and 2006. Temple won the last three crowns and is pushing to become the first team since UMass (1992-96) to win four or more title in a row. Prior to Temple, Xavier alternated titles with George Washington. The Musketeers took two titles in 2004 and 2006 while George Washington won the crown in 2005 and 2007.
Lou Roe (1992-95) is the only player in Atlantic 10 history to be named to four All-Championship teams. Harper Williams (1990-93) is the only player in league history to earn two Most Outstanding Player awards (1992, 1993).
Five former UMass stars earned All-Atlantic 10 Tournament honors more than once in their career. The five players to accomplish the feat are Jim McCoy (1990 and 1992), Harper Williams (1992 and 1993), Lou Roe (1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995), Marcus Camby (1995 and 1996) and Monty Mack (2000 and 2001).
The longest winning streak in Atlantic 10 Championship play is 16, set by UMass when it was winning five straight titles from 1992-96. The Minutemen won three games a year for five years, as well as their first round match-up with La Salle in 1997 before falling to George Washington in the quarterfinals.
Kellogg's A-10 Tournament Success
In his senior year, Kellogg tied for team-high scoring honors in the A-10 title game with 14 points as UMass knocked off Temple for the third year in a row in the final, 63-44 on March 9, 1995. In his last game vs. Duquesne in the A-10 Tournament, Kellogg notched 16 points and handed out five assists in the 1995 A-10 Quarterfinals. His highest scoring game in the A-10 Tournament came in the 1993 Quarterfinals with 19 points in a 75-62 win over St. Bonaventure on March 7, 1993. In that game, Kellogg also set the UMass A-10 Tournament record for assists in a game with 11.
Kellogg has been a part of eight conference tournament winning teams, the four at UMass, George Mason as an assistant coach in 1999 and Memphis in each of the last three years. The Tigers are a perfect 9-0 in conference tournament play over the last three years taking home the Conference USA crowns.
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