UMass Rematches With Duquesne In A-10 First Round, Wednesday At 6:30 p.m.
UMASS (12-17, 7-9) vs. DUQUESNE (18-11, 9-7)
UMass Rematches With Duquesne In A-10 First Round
The A-10 Quarterfinal vs. Duquesne will be available through UMass All-Access on UMassAthletics.com with live streaming video. The radio broadcast will be carried on the UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer and Tim Kenney on the call. Listen on 100.9 FM WRNX, the flagship station along with 830 AM WCRN, 95.9 FM WATD and 830 AM WCAP in Eastern Mass as well as on UMassAthletics.com. The UMass-Duquesne winner will play Rhode Island on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. That game will be televised on CBS College Sports regional television.
Earlier this season, UMass lost to Duquesne, 94-77 at the Mullins Center on Feb. 25. In that game, Anthony Gurley came off the bench to lead UMass with 18 points. Ricky Harris added 14 and Chris Lowe and Matt Glass each tallied 12 points. Duquense was led by Bill Clark, who had 22 points and eight rebounds. A-10 All-Conference First-Teammer Aaron Jackson had 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds for the Dukes, who shot 57 percent from the floor in their first win against UMass in five tries.
Gaffney Named A-10 Def. POY; Lowe, Harris Honored
It is the fourth time UMass has had the defensive player of the year. In addition to Lasme, Kitwana Rhymer earned the honor in 2001.
With the trio of all-conference honorees, UMass has three players on the list for the first time since 1997 when the Minutemen had Carmelo Travieso (second team), Edgar Padilla (third team) and Tyrone Weeks (third team) honored. Bonner is third UMass players to earn All-Academic honors as he joins a pair of three-time honorees in his current head coach Derek Kellogg (1993-95) and Mike Babul from 1998-2000.
Gaffney has had a major breakout season as a senior. He is averaging a double-double with 11.5 points and 10.2 rebounds. He is third in the NCAA and first in the Atlantic 10 blocks per game with 3.9. He also ranks second in the league in rebounding and steals. Gaffney became the first player in the NCAA to have 100 blocks (reached against Rhode Island on Feb. 18) and 50 steals (achieved vs. Duquesne on Feb. 25) since Duke's Shelden Williams posted the remarkable accomplishment in 2005-06. Gaffney currently has 113 blocks and 59 steals. Since 1996-97, only five players have reached that combination in a single season. Gaffney has 11 double-doubles this season and 19 games with 10 or more rebounds. His 113 blocks this year is third-most in a season in UMass history.
Harris was also named to the NABC All-District Second Team. He has scored in double-figures in 27 of 29 games this season including the last 11 games in a row. Harris has been a 3-point rifleman with 84 treys, the ninth-most in a single-season in UMass history. Harris also stands 15th in career scoring at UMass with 1,330 points. He is fifth in career made 3-pointers with 205 and fifth in 3-pointers taken (557).
Lowe is UMass' career assist leader with 675 entering the A-10 game. Lowe is fifth in career assists in Atlantic 10 history. Lowe is currently 29th in career scoring at UMass with 1,129 after reaching the 1,000-point plateau against Richmond on Feb. 4. Lowe is seventh in the NCAA in assists per game (6.6). In 123 career games, Lowe is averaging a UMass school record 5.5 assists per game. Lowe was named to the UMass 100 Seasons of Basketball All-2000s Team as selected by the media.
Bonner has emerged as a force as a senior with career-highs in points and rebounds at 7.0 and 5.5. On the defensive end, Bonner has taken 27 charges in 22 games. Bonner has been a major threat from 3-point range making a career-best 31 3-pointers. Bonner has scored in double-figures five times this season. Bonner has already earned his undergraduate and master's degrees at UMass in his time with the Minutemen.
UMass' A-10 Tournament History
With the new format of keeping the A-10 in one division of 14 teams, UMass is the 10th seed for the first time in history. It is the lowest seed UMass has ever been.
UMass has played Duquesne as many times in the A-10 Tournament as any school with eight games and a 4-4 record. The Minutemen are also 4-4 in eight games against Temple. Duquesne won the last meeting in 2004, 79-76, in the A-10 First Round. Prior to that, UMass had won four games in a row against the Dukes in the A-10's beating them in 1994 and 1995 with Derek Kellogg on the court and in 1999 and 2000.
Overall, UMass has not won a tournament game since 2002. The Minutemen have lost seven games in a row, as they have been knocked out in their first game in each of the last six seasons after last season's 69-65 loss to Charlotte on March 13, 2008. In 2007, UMass suffered a 74-71 overtime loss to Saint Louis.
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.
UMass In Atlantic City
Prior to the 2007 A-10 tournament, the last time UMass played a game in what is now known as Boardwalk Hall was when the football team beat UC-Davis in the Boardwalk Bowl on Dec. 8, 1972. The field was 100 yards long with shortened end zones.
UMass played one previous basketball game in Atlantic City, beating La Salle, 87-64 on Jan. 7, 1995 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The game was a homecoming for Lou Roe, a native of Atlantic City.
In A-10 Tournament games, UMass and Duquesne have split eight games the last coming in 2004, a 79-76 loss in the A-10 First Round in Dayton. The Minutemen also lead the series 4-2 in neutral site games (all coming in the Atlantic 10 Tournament), winning four in a row until that 2004 meeting. UMass is 7-1 against Duquesne at the Mullins Center, suffering its first loss this season.
Prior to the recent winning stretch, Duquesne won three of four games in 2004 and 2005. Before that, the Minutemen reeled off 16 straight wins. Duquesne beat UMass in the first round of the A-10 Tournament in 2004, 79-76, for the Dukes' last win.
UMass stands 11-14 against Duquesne in road games, but had won six straight before the Dukes' victory in 2001-02. At the Palumbo Center, the Minutemen have a 7-5 all-time mark. Prior to the win in 2006, UMass' last win over Duquesne in Pittsburgh came on Jan. 27, 2000, an 84-75 win. Monty Mack led UMass with 22 points.
Earlier this Season Vs. Duquesne
Five Dukes finished in double-figures, led by Bill Clark's 22 points and Damian Saunders' 18.
Gaffney Among The NCAA Leaders
With 113 blocks and 59 steals, Gaffney has become the fifth player since 1996-97 to have 100 blocks and 50 steals in a season. The last to achieve the mark was Duke's Shelden Williams in 2005-06 with 137 blocks and 60 steals.
Gaffney is tied for 48th in steals per game with 2.0 per game, which is second in the Atlantic 10 to Duquesne's Damian Saunders (2.3).
He is having a breakout senior season averaging a double-double with 11 double-doubles this season after none in his career in 81 games entering the season. He also had grabbed at least seven rebounds in 24 of 29 games and at least 10 in 19 of the 29 games. He has double-doubles in four of his last eight games starting with a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds at St. Bonaventure (2/14). He also had 19 points and 10 rebounds at Fordham (2/11), 17 points and 10 rebounds at Saint Joseph's (2/22) and 11 points and 10 rebounds on Senior Night vs. George Washington (3/4). Gaffney has 10 or more rebounds in 10 of the last 13 games with 10 against GW and URI in the last two.
Gaffney has three games with 15 or more rebounds, most recently at Houston (12/30) with 16. He also had 19 at Memphis (11/17) and 18 vs. Boston College (12/6).
Gaffney has five or more blocks in nine games this year including seven against Dayton (1/10). After that game, UD coach Brian Gregory called Gaffney "the best non-scoring player in the nation" for his all-around game. His career-high of nine came vs. Boston College (12/6).
Gaffney nearly had triple-doubles in back-to-back games on Dec. 6 and 10. In those contests he has a combined 32 points, 29 rebounds and 17 blocks. Against Holy Cross, (12/10), he had 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks. That followed a titanic effort vs. Boston College (12/6) with 15 points, 18 rebounds and a career-high nine blocked shots.
Gaffney's 113 blocked shots already rank as the third-best single-season in UMass history. Stpehane Lasme holds the top mark with 168 in 2006-07 while Marcus Camby had 128 in 1995-96. Gaffney's 172 career blocks is seventh in a career at UMass. Kitwana Rhymer (184) is sixth all-time.
Many of Gaffney's best performances of 2008-09 have come against national powers. At #25/23 Kansas (12/13), he posted 13 rebounds and six blocks. Against Boston College when he had 15 points, 18 rebounds, and a career-high nine blocked shots, his put-back of a missed Chris Lowe free throw sent the game to overtime, giving UMass a chance for its second-straight win over BC. Another outstanding game came at Memphis (11/17), one which Memphis John Calipari called him the best player on the court. Against the No. 13 Tigers, Gaffney had 16 points and 19 rebounds along with five blocks. He opened with 16 points and 13 rebounds vs. Arkansas-Monticello (11/11).
Lowe Sets Assists Mark, Nets 1000th
Lowe is seventh in the NCAA in the NCAA with 6.6 assists per game, which also is second in the Atlantic 10 lead to Charlotte's DiJuan Harris (7.1). He has led the league in assists in two of the last three years and would become the first player to lead the A-10 in assists for three years in a career.
With his 190 assists this season, Lowe is sixth on the single-season list. Next on the list is Carl Smith with 191 in 1983-84. With his nine assists at La Salle (3/1) he passed No. 6 Alex Eldridge (174), No. 7 Rick Pitino (168) and No. 8 Joe DiSarcina (167).
Lowe became the 41st player in UMass history to pass the 1,000-point plateau. Ricky Harris became the 40th earlier this year. Lowe is the first UMass player with 1,000 points and 600 assists and just the seventh in Atlantic 10 history.
Lowe stands fifth in career assists in the Atlantic 10 with his 675. Next on the list is Temple's Pepe Sanchez (689).
Lowe is up to 29th in career scoring at UMass with 1,129, passing former teammate Gary Forbes (1,128). Next on the list tied at No. 27 are Will Herndon and Lari Ketner each with 1,148.
Lowe has eight 10-assist games this season and 14 in his career, all in the last two seasons (all in the last 42 games). He racked up 11 assists vs. Duquesne (2/25) for his last double-figure game. Lowe had 10 or more assists in four of five games in December with 10 each vs. Hofstra (12/20) and IUPUI (12/27). Lowe had 12 vs. Holy Cross (12/10) and 11 against Boston College (12/6). He also did it vs. Temple (1/17).
He had a career-high 14 against La Salle (3/5/08) - part of the sixth triple-double in UMass history (14 pts, 10 reb). Last season, he also passed two illustrious coaches who played at UMass: BC Coach Al Skinner (320) and Louisville coach Rick Pitino (329).
Harris Shoots Up 1,000-Point List
Next on the list for Harris to pass are No. 14 Clarence Hill (1,369). Julius Erving is 13th with 1,370 points in two years.
Harris has picked up where he left off last season, when he was named the A-10 Chris Daniels Most Improved player. Harris is leading UMass with a 18.2 scoring average and led the team in scoring in 18 of 29 games with 20 or more in 10 games. Harris is 58th in the NCAA in scoring per game and fourth in the Atlantic 10. He dropped a season and career-high 35 points on BC (12/6). The 35 points were good for the 13th most in school history and only six behind the school record of 41 held by Billy Tindall on Feb. 10, 1968 vs. Vermont. It was also Harris' second ever 30+ point scoring effort. Two games prior, he netted 27 at Green Bay (11/29) and had 24 points at Southern Illinois (11/12).
Harris Rises on 3-Point Charts
Harris, who tied Carmelo Travieso for the single-season mark for made treys last year with 104, is rising on the career charts. Harris stands fifth in career made 3-pointers with 205 and fifth in career attempts with 557. With four treys at Green Bay, he passed Edgar Padilla (136) and his coach Derek Kellogg (138). Next on the list at No. 4 is Rafer Giles (221).
On the attempts list, Harris is fifth, passing Sutton(424), James Life (425) and Edgar Padilla (431) after passing Kellogg (362) earlier this season. Next on the attempts chart is Rafer Giles (592).
Harris' 84 made 3-pointers this season is ninth in a single-season passing Anthony Anderson (83) in 2003-04. He needs three to move to seventh on the all-time list which would pass him by Lorenzo Sutton and Monty Mack with 86.
On the single-season list of most 3-pointers attempted, Harris' 212 is tied with Anderson for ninth-most in a season. He took 212 in 2003-04.
Harris had his streak of 26 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer ended in the loss to Vanderbilt (1/3).
Big Nights For Bonner
In 22 games (19 starts), he is scoring 7.0 points per game along with 5.5 rebounds. He has made 31-of-78 3-point field goals for a team-best 40 percent.
Bonner posted his first-career double-double at Charlotte (1/21) with a career-high tying 15 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. That performance came in a career-high 39 minutes, shattering his former length of 26 minutes by 13. Bonner also set or tied career highs for field goals attempted (11), made 3-pointers (3), 3-pointers attempted (8) and assists (3).
Bonner, who was injured with a left MCL sprain on Nov. 12 at Southern Illinois, returned to action on Dec. 20 against Hofstra with a career breakout game. He posted then-career bests 15 points and nine rebounds. That came in just 18 minutes off the bench.
On the defensive end, Bonner has been just amazing at drawing charges. He has taken 27 offensive fouls in just 22 games, more than one a game including a career high four on twice at #10/10 Xavier and vs. Hofstra (12/20). Bonner has 27 of UMass' 39 drawn charges as a team this season.
Over 12 games from Jan. 14 to Feb. 25 -- he made a 3-pointer in each game -- Bonner shot 48 percent from beyond the arc with 22-of-47.
He also had a huge game in an all-around sense with 14 points including three 3-pointers and four drawn charges at #10/10 Xavier (1/31).
Gurley Going Great Guns
Gurley has come off the bench for the last six games as Matt Glass and David Gibbs have been inserted into the starting line-up. Gurley netted 16.7 PPG in three games from Feb. 25-March 4 including a season-best 20 points at La Salle (3/1). He also scored 18 points off the pine against Duquesne (2/25). Glass has averaged 8.0 points as a starter this year. Gibbs scored eight in his first start.
Gurley has scored in double-figures 16 times this season most recently with 12 off the bench vs. George Washington (3/4). Gurley's second-best scoring game with UMass came against Hofstra (12/20) when he tallied 19.
He has been great in the second half of two of UMass' biggest wins of the season as he netted 13 of his 16 in the final 20 minutes of the win over Dayton (1/10), making four 3-pointers. A week later against Temple (1/17) on ESPN2, Gurley knocked down 13 of his 16 points in the second half including a 4-point play as he was a perfect 3-of-3 in the second half on 3-pointers. Gurley hit a second 4-point play against La Salle (1/24).
UMass Plays 58th-Toughest Sked
The A-10 has three teams playing schedules in the top 60 in difficulty: Xavier plays the 46th-toughest, Temple faces the 50th-toughest, and UMass is playing the 58th-toughest.
Off To See The United States
UMass Against Ranked Teams
UMass has won four of its last 12 games against ranked teams dating to 2004. UMass lost at Memphis, 80-58 on Nov. 17, 2008. Last season the Minutemen were 1-2 against ranked teams with the win at Dayton, 82-71 on Jan. 16, 2008.
Last season, UMass broke a five-game losing streak against ranked teams with its 82-71 win at #14/18 Dayton on Jan. 16. The Minutemen's previous win over a ranked team came at #21 George Washington (76-74 in OT on Jan. 15, 2005). That was the second win a row over a ranked team that season as UMass also beat #7 UConn (61-59 on Dec. 9, 2004). In both those wins, three-time first-team All-Atlantic 10 honoree Rashaun Freeman hit the game-winning shot, beating UConn with 4.3 seconds left and topping the Colonials with a lay-up with 0.4 left in overtime.
UMass 5-1 Vs Defending NCAA Champs
UMass head coach Derek Kellogg has been a part of three of the wins over the champ as a player in 1993 and 1994 and the head coach in 2008 vs. Kansas.
On Dec. 9, 2004 as the Minutemen downed No. 7 UConn at the Mullins Center, 61-59 as Rashaun Freeman scored with seconds left to lift UMass to the historic win. The game marked the first time a defending champion visited the Mullins Center.
UMass knocked off North Carolina, 91-86, in overtime on Nov. 24, 1993 in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden.
One year later, UMass thumped Arkansas, 104-80, on Nov. 25, 1994 in the Tip-Off Classic at the Springfield Civic Center.
That win over No. 1 Arkansas is symbolic, as it vaulted UMass to the No. 1 ranking in the AP poll for the first time in school history. Last week was the 14-year anniversary of the school's first No. 1 ranking, as the Minutemen played their first game as the No. 1 team on Dec. 3, 1994.
UMass' only loss against a champ came on Nov. 22, 1999, as the Minutemen lost to UConn at Gampel Pavilion, 79-65, on Nov. 22, 1999.
Notes On UMass' Win Over Kansas
UMass won a non-conference game against a ranked team, away from Massachusetts for the first time since it beat Georgetown in the 1996 NCAA Elite Eight on March 23, 1996.
For head coach Derek Kellogg the win was sweet as his Minutemen picked up their first win over a ranked team under his watch in just his ninth game as a head coach. The previous fastest UMass coach to beat a ranked team was Bruiser Flint, who beat then-No. 19 Boston College in his 17th game as the head man on Jan. 18, 1997. Kellogg also gained a win against Kansas, the team which downed Memphis in the 2008 NCAA title game when Kellogg was an assistant for former UMass coach John Calipari.
UMass beat a non-conference ranked team on the road for the first time since win at #21 Louisville on March 2, 1996, 62-59.
UMass beat a non-conference ranked team for the first time since topping UConn, 61-59, on Dec. 9, 2004. Since that game, UMass is 4-7 against ranked teams (1-1 this season, losing at Memphis).
UMass last beat a ranked team at #14 Dayton on the road last season, 82-71 on Jan. 16, 2008.
The Minutemen have won the last two games against Kansas, winning at the Mullins Center in 1999. All-time Kansas leads the series, 3-2. All five games have been played in different states (New York, California, Kansas, Massachusetts and Missouri).
100th Season Of UMass Basketball
The 1960s Celebration was held at the Vanderbilt game on Jan. 3. Here are the players who attended: Jim Babyak, Peter Bernard, Dennis Chapman, Chuck Demers (trainer), Joe DiSarcina, John Dreyer, Robert Eichorn, Ray Ellerbrook, Gary Gasperack, Jim Girotti, Paul Gullicksen, John Lisack, Bob Murphy, Richard Perkins, Ed Rubin (manager), Dick Samuelson, Rich Starsiak, Frank Stewart and Billy Tindall.
The 1970s Celebration at the Temple game honored: Jim Burke, Bob Dempsey, David Dibble, Mark Donoghue, Billy Endicott, Michael Littman (manager), Tom McLaughlin, John Moynihan, Charles Olsen, Bob Powers (manager) Sam Provo, Mike Pyatt, Peter Trow, Rick Vogeley and Ray Witkos. The family of the late John Murphy was also recognized.
At the La Salle game on Jan. 24, the 1980s Celebration was held and the following players attended: Matt Anderson, Bob Braun, Tony DePina, Kurt Funk, Bill Hampton, Cary Herer, Dennis Jackson (assistant coach), Sean Nelen, Horace Neysmith, Hal Shaw, Jack Sheehan, Fitzhugh Tarry, Keith Whitt and Ron Young.
The 1990s night was the biggest of the celebrations with the following players in attendance for Saint Joseph's: Craig Berry, Ronell Blizzard, Ross Burns, Charlton Clarke, Ted Cottrell, Darryl Denson, Dana Dingle, Francois Firmin, Jason Germain, Will Herndon, Derek Kellogg, Lari Ketner, Chris Kirkland, Andy Maclay, Rigo Nunez, Tommy Pace, Edgar and Giddel Padilla (flew in from Puerto Rico), Kennard Robinson, John Tate, Tyrone Weeks and Mike Williams.
In looking back at UMass basketball, the program started with its first season in 1899-1900 with the first game played on Jan. 10, 1900, a 14-9 win over the Northampton YMCA.
The program had several hiatuses in its history as, this is the 100th season with the program starting 109 years ago. UMass did not field a team in 1900-01, 1909-10 to 1915-16 and during World War II in both 1943-44 and 1944-45.
Under the leadership of John Calipari, the Minutemen become A-10 Tournament Champs five consecutive times (1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96). Overall, UMass has appeared in the NCAA Tournament eight times, in addition to those five A-10 title years (1961-62, 1996-97 and 1997-98). They have two appearances in the Elite Eight (1995, 1996) and a Final Four appearance (1996). Last year UMass, went 25-11 in reaching the NIT Championship game. It was UMass' 10th NIT appearance including each of the last two seasons.
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