UMass To Face Richmond In A-10 Quarterfinals
#11 seed UMASS (12-19) vs. #3 seed RICHMOND (24-7)
UMass To Face Richmond In A-10 Quarterfinals
UMass (12-19) knocked out No. 6 Charlotte, 59-56, on Tuesday night at Halton Arena to secure the Minutemen's first win the A-10 Tournament since 2002. The program had lost eight tourney games in a row. Senior Ricky Harris continued his hot streak with 24 points including scoring the team's first 10 points of the game and making 11-of-12 clutch free throws.
The A-10 Quarterfinals evening session will be televised by CBS College Sports Regional and will air on the following stations: Fox Sports Ohio (available on DirecTV Channel 661 and Dish Network Channel 427), Cox in Rhode Island and Connecticut, Comcast Sports Southeast, The Comcast Network Mid-Atlantic and Comcast Network Philadelphia and Charter St. Louis. Jason Knapp and Steve Wolf call the game.
The game will be available via live streaming video, audio and live stats on UMassAthletics.com. The UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer, Tim Kenney call the action starting with a 8:30 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 FM WATD in Eastern Mass.
UMass and Richmond are playing in the A-10 Tournament for the first time. This past season, they played a thrilling 70-63 overtime tilt at Richmond. The Minutemen rallied from being down by as many as 14 late in the first half to force overtime. Richmond outscored UMass 17-10 in the extra session. Freddie Riley led UMass with 20 points while Ricky Harris added 18. Richmond's duo of Kevin Anderson (19) and David Gonzalvez (16) scored 14 of the Spiders 17 points in overtime. Sophomore Darrius Garrett blocked an Atlantic 10, Richmond school-record and UMass opponent-record 14 shots. Richmond also swatted a school record and UMass opponent record 17 shots as a team.
RH Factor: Red-Hot Ricky Harris
Harris is averaging 23.7 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 10 of his last 12 games. He has raised his scoring average to 19.8, just ahead of Xavier's Jordan Crawford (19.7).
Harris moved to third on the UMass career-scoring list with a game-high 28 points in the win over Rhode Island and now has 1,941. He is the A-10 active career scoring leader ahead La Salle's Rodney Green (1,914). At UMass, Jim McCoy is the all-time leader (2,374) and Monty Mack is No. 2 (2,183).
Here's a look at his rankings on the career lists.
THIRD in career scoring (1,941), passing Marcus Camby (1,387) and J. Erving (1,370).
SECOND in 3-pointers attempted (786). No. 1 is Monty Mack (910).
FOURTH in career steals with 147. No. 4 is Anthony Anderson (150).
FOURTH in career field goal attempted (1,514). No. 3 is Lorenzo Sutton (1,518).
FIFTH in games played (128) passing Tony Barbee and Jim McCoy, who were tied at 126.
SIXTH in career free throws at UMass (394). Harper Williams is fifth with 424.
SEVENTH in career made field goals (636). No. 6 is Lou Roe (661).
EIGHTH in career free throws attempted (527). Harper Williams is No. 7 with 602
UMass' A-10 Tournament History
With the new format of keeping the A-10 in one division of 14 teams, UMass is the 11th seed for the first time in history. It is the lowest seed UMass has ever been. Last season, UMass was the 10th seed.
UMass has never played Richmond in the A-10 Tournament.
UMass won its first tournament game since 2002 with the 59-56 victory at Charlotte in the first round on Tuesday night. The Minutemen have lost eight games in a row, as they had been knocked out in their first game in each of the last seven seasons after last season's 91-81 loss to Duquesne last year. 69-65 loss to Charlotte on March 13, 2008. In 2007, UMass suffered a 74-71 overtime loss to Saint Louis.
This marks the fourth season the Atlantic 10 Tournament is being held in Atlantic City. It is at a neutral site for the sixth year in a row, as it was at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati in 2005 and 2006. Temple won the last two crowns and there have been three different champs in the last six years. Xavier has won two recent titles taking them 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.
UMass In Atlantic City
UMass is 1-5 all-time playing basketball in Atlantic City. In addition to the two Legends Classic games, the Minutemen have lost each of the last three A-10 Tournament games. Last year, falling to Duquesne, 91-81 last year; Charlotte two years ago, 69-65 and in the 2007 Atlantic 10 Quarterfinal vs. Saint Louis, 74-71 in overtime.
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.
The Series With Richmond
Prior to Richmond's 70-63 overtime win earlier this season, the teams exchanged three-game winning streaks in the series as UMass had captured the last three after Richmond won a trio in a row.
This is the second neutral site game for the teams. The first meeting was in Charlotte as part of the Tournament of Champions in 2000, a 63-59 Richmond win.
This will also mark the first time the team have played twice in the same season. They have played once in every season for the past 10 campaigns.
In games played at the Robins Center, UMass is 1-4, winning for the first time in 2008. At UMass, the Minutemen have won three of the four games.
Over the last four years, UMass has outrebounded the Spiders by 59 and average of plus-12 per game. That includes a plus-26 margin in 2007 (39-13).
Another statistical note is that UMass is 27-of-56 (48.2) from 3-point range in last three games in the series. That came after UMass made just one 3-pointer in two games in 2006 and 2007, going 1-of-20. In 2006, UMass had its last game without a 3-pointer going, 0-of-12 at Richmond.
Last season, UMass capturd a 80-71 victory at the Mullins Center on Feb. 4, 2009. Ricky Harris led the way with 24 points, 21 in the second half as UMass outscored the Spiders 49-38 in the second half. Chris Lowe scored his 1000th career point as he posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. Richmond's David Gonzalvez also scored his 1,000th point in the game as he and Kevin Anderson each tallied a team-best 18 points for Richmond.
UMass' first win of the series was on Feb. 12, 2003 in the Mullins Center. The Minutemen held off the Spiders for a 54-53 victory.
Earlier This season Vs. Richmond
Richmond's duo of Kevin Anderson (19) and David Gonzalvez (16) scored 14 of the Spiders 17 points in overtime. Sophomore Darrius Garrett blocked an Atlantic 10, Richmond school-record and UMass opponent-record 14 shots. Richmond also swatted a school record and UMass opponent record 17 shots as a team.
Richmond opened the overtime with Gonzalvez (3-pointer) and Anderson hitting back-to-back jumpers for a five-point edge at 58-53, 48 seconds into the extra period. Riley answered with an NBA-range trey to cut the lead to 58-56 with 2:34 left in OT. The teams exchanged pairs of free throws for a 60-58 Richmond lead. Anderson then made a runner for a 4-point lead, 62-58 with 1:36 left. Richmond scored the next three points on free throws to put the game out of hand.
The final eight minutes of regulation were intense on both ends of the court.
Richmond held a narrow lead until 1:12 left when Harris hit a pull-up jumper to give UMass a 53-52 advantage. Darrius Garrett tied the game with a free throw with 59.6 left. Garrett then blocked a UMass shot with 45 seconds left to regain a Spiders possession. Richmond then wore down the shotclock before Javorn Farrell forced a jumpball with the arrow facing UMass' way setting up the final possession. Harris took the inbounds but couldn't get a shot off in the final 13.2 seconds.
After Harris opened the game's scoring with a fastbreak lay-up, Richmond took a 5-2 lead on a Gonzalvez 3-pointer 3:34 into the action and never trailed for the remainder of the half. The Spiders built a lead of 13 (25-12) to finish off a 10-0 run. Anderson made two free throws after a technical foul was called on head coach Derek Kellogg with 6:16 left in the first half.
UMass fed off their coach's energy and emotion and went on a 13-3 run over the final 6:16 of the half to cut the deficit to 28-25 at halftime. The Minutemen's defense was strong late in the half as it held Richmond off the board for the final 4:17 of the first half.
UMass took its first lead of the game since 2-0 on a Harris lay-up with 14:02 left in the second half to go up 36-34. The teams then traded the lead back-and-forth for the next few minutes. Riley canned back-to-back 3-pointers to give UMass a 42-39 lead with 12:04 left.
UMass Pounds The Boards
UMass ranks tied for ninth in the NCAA in offensive rebounds per game (14.8) with Texas.
UMass is 11th in the NCAA in rebounds per game.
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 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 5.3 boards per game. Hashim Bailey is second with 4.7 per game in just 12.6 minutes per game. Prorated over 40 minutes, Bailey would grab 15.0 boards.
Shooting Tells The Story
In UMass' wins, the Minutemen are shooting 44.6 from the floor overall and 33.1 from 3-point range. In the losses UMass is 37.4 on all field goals and 28.4 from beyond the arc.
On defense, in the victories, UMass is holding foes to 39.7 overall and 29.6 from 3-point land. In the defeats, opponents are shooting 46.8 percent overall and a remarkable 40.6 from trifecta land.
It has translated to a scoring margin of 77.0 to 67.1 in the wins and a mark of 79.7 to 66.4 in the losses.
UMass is 9-5 when shooting above 40 percent this year and 3-14 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). The Minutemen did shoot just 32.1 at Charlotte in the A-10s.
UMass is 9-2 when shooting a better percentage than its opponents and 3-16 when being outshot. Again, the Fordham game was the first time UMass was outshot (44-38 percent) and still won the game.
Harris & Gurley Leading The Way
Harris continues to move up the UMass career scoring charts with his 19.8 average this season. He is third all-time with 1,941 points after passing Lou Roe (1,905) with a 28 Rhode Island (3/6).
He scored in double-figures in 40 of his last 41 games including 37 games in a row before his streak was stopped at Dayton (2/27) with just nine points. He was 10 or more in 93 of his 128 career games and in 90 of his last 96 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 three times this season (March 6, 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 31 games this season. He is second on UMass in scoring with a 13.2 points per game average. He had at least 13 points in 20 of 31 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).
Harris Rises on Career Lists
Harris is sixth in made free throws with 394. Next at No. 5 is Harper Williams (424). 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 1,514. Next on the list is No. 3 Lorenzo Sutton (1,518). Mack is second at 1,888.
He is also seventh in career made field goals (636). Next is Lou Roe (661).
This season, Harris 67 -of-216 from 3-point range this season and 109-of-149 from the foul line.
Harris is fourth in career steals with 147. No. 3 is Anthony Anderson (150).
Harris is also in the Top 10 for career games played with 128, standing fifth in games played.
Harris has also made his way on to some single-season charts with his campaign
- 10th in single-season points (594)
- Ninth in single-season scoring (19.8)
- Ninth in single-season field goal attempts (486).
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 12 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 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds with double-figures in three games. Javorn Farrell is averaging 4.3 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).
UMass Quick Hits
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
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."
UMass Alum Leading UMass
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. The Miners are set to make an 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.
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