Men's Basketball

 
The Stars Shine On Midnight Madness

Tony Gaffney was the runner-up in the dunk contest.

Tony Gaffney was the runner-up in the dunk contest.

Oct. 12, 2007

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    AMHERST, Mass. - The stars were out in full force in Friday night at the Curry-Hicks Cage. In addition to look-a-like Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, Ugly Betty and Courtney Love, the UMass basketball teams made their 2007-08 debuts. Gary Forbes won the slam dunk contest while Stefanie Gerardot took home the 3-point shooting crown. A crowd of 3,174 looked on the teams were introduced in Hollywood style. The women were welcomed through the stands as stars while the men made a grand entrance on the red carpet from limos.

    Luke Bonner stole the show as the 7-1 center came out the limo and did four flips on the red carpet before landing and making his entrance. Other players were mobbed by fans and paparazzi as they entered the Cage.

    Head Coach Travis Ford made a grand entrance as he was escorted by Army cadets.

    Forbes defeated Tony Gaffney in the final after outdueling freshmen Matt Glass and Trey Lang in the first two rounds.

    For the women Gerardot beat Kim Benton, 3-2 in the final after they advanced with wins over seniors Pam Rosanio and Kate Mills.

    The night was fun for all featuring celebrity look-a-like contests, 2-ball contests for fans, free new cheddar melt pizza from Domino's, t-shirts, popcorn.

     

     

    The dance team and cheerleaders performed throughout as well in addition to an appearance by Sam The Minutemen.

    The night finished with the men's team scrimmaging. The White team beat the Maroon, 33-18. Senior Dante Milligan looked impressive with several putbacks and strong rebounding. Freshman Max Groebe hit a few shots from outside.

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