UMass Hosts AIC In Exhibition Game Saturday At 1 PM
Nov. 2, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts men's basketball team will play host to American International College Saturday at 1 p.m. in its lone exhibition contest prior to the start of the much anticipated 2012-13 season.
Tickets are $10 at the Mullins Center Box Office. The contest is included in the season-ticket package, which customers should have received in the mail this week.
UMass went 25-11 and advanced to the semifinals of both the Atlantic 10 Championship and the National Invitation Tournament a year ago. The Minutemen finished tied for fifth in the Atlantic 10 after being picked 12th in the preseason polls. Prior to the start of last season, head coach Derek Kellogg installed an up-tempo offense to go along with a pressure defense that resulted in a the team breaking the school record for steals, while ranking in the top five nationally in possessions per game.
UMass welcomes back nine returnees and four starters, including senior forward Terrell Vinson and junior point guard Chaz Williams. Vinson averaged 10.0 points and 5.1 boards a year ago, while Williams, who was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 and NABC All-District, posted 16.9 points, 6.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. Williams also set UMass sophomore records for assists (231) and steals (81).
AIC, an NCAA Division II school located in Springfield, Mass., finished last year with an overall record of 8-18 and last in the Northeast-10 with a league mark of 6-16. Yellow Jackets coach Art Luptowski is entering his 14th year at AIC and has a much older team than a year ago.
Junior guard Spencer Braithwaite started 25 games and led the team in scoring (13.5 points per game), assists (82) and steals (40). Junior guard Janek Schmidkunz was second in scoring at 10.6 ppg and was the team's leading three-point shooter with 75 triples and a .439 3-point shooting percentage.
AIC fell to UConn on Thursday night, 78-63. The Yellow Jackets led for the entire first half and the opening two minutes of the second before the Huskies used a 16-0 run to take command of the game. Ricky Hudson led AIC with 18 points while David Campbell added 14 and a team-high six rebounds.
UMass is 3-0 in exhibition games since Kellogg took the reigns of his alma mater prior to the 2008-09 season. The Minutemen defeated Dowling in 2008-09 and 09-10, before claiming a win over Brandeis in 2010-11. UMass played a pair of closed scrimmages last season.
The game is being broadcast by the UMass student radio station, WMUA 91.1 FM.