Men's Hoops Opens Year Vs. Rider, Friday Night
Nov. 9, 2010
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UMASS HOSTS RIDER IN 2010-11 OPENER
The much-anticpated 2010-11 men's basketball season is set to tip-off on Friday night at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen will host Rider as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic at 7:30 p.m., in the second game of a doubleheader. UMass' women's team opens the Sharon Dawley era at 5 p.m, vs. George Mason.
GURLEY NEARS 1,000 CAREER POINTS
The last UMass player to reach 1,000 career points was recently graduated Ricky Harris. The current Lithuanian basketball star netted 1,960 points in four years to rank third all-time at UMass in scoring.
UMASS BASKETBALL OVERVIEW
UMass returns four of its top five scorers, graduating Ricky Harris, the program's third all-time leading scorer. Senior Anthony Gurley, who returned to UMass after declaring for the NBA Draft, is the leading returning scorer with 13.6 points per game. He will head up a young team that gained great experience last season. The freshman quartet of Sampson Carter, Javorn Farrell and Freddie Riley and Terrell Vinson all played more than 15 minutes per game in 2009-10 and combined to start 63 games scoring nearly 30 points cumulatively.
Junior Sean Carter will be counted on in the middle once again, he was a force on the defensive end, leading UMass in rebounding (7.1 per game) and blocked shots (42). Senior Hashim Bailey showed flashes throughout the season as he averaged 15.2 rebounds and 8.1 points prorated over 40 minutes.
Senior guard Gary Correia will be looked upon to add leadership in his fourth year in the program. He is the longest tenured Minuteman, having played for the 2008 NIT Finalist team. Last season, the Providence native averaged 2.2 points and 2.2 assists.
The newcomers to the court in 2010-11 will be immediate impact players. Raphiael Putney, who redshirted last season, is expected to add an new element with his incredible length and shooting range. Jesse Morgan, who transferred in from Seton Hall is expected to be eligible midseason. He was a Philadelphia star in high school scoring 28 points per game. True freshman signees Daryl Traynham and Maxie Esho will be key cogs as well. The former high school teammates in Maryland will play at guard and forward, respectively.
THE LAST UMASS-RIDER GAME
Behind a career-high 21 points by Art Bowers as well as 20 points and 13 rebounds from Rashaun Freeman, UMass defeated Rider, 73-63, at the Mullins Center. Bowers tallied 18 of his points in the second half as he went 5-for-11 from three-point range in the game.
UMASS-RIDER SERIES HISTORY
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COME SEE UMASS AT THE HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF CLASSIC
"Mixing high quality Division I basketball and the local Division II and Division III basketball community at the MassMutual Center is an exciting announcement for the Hall of Fame," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "The Tip-Off will once again become one of the Hall of Fame's anchor events and add to the other high profile and successful basketball events hosted by the Hall of Fame annually. We look forward to welcoming all of these schools to the Hall of Fame for a great weekend of basketball."
The game schedule opens with four games on November 20, followed by three games on November 21 and November 22. Teams scheduled to participate include: Bradley University (Missouri Valley), Dowling College (Division II), Loyola Marymount University (West Coast Conference), New Mexico State University (WAC), University of Massachusetts (Atlantic 10), Rider University (MAAC), University of Southern California (Pac-10), and TCU (Mountain West).
On Monday November 22, two additional games will be played involving Division II American International College and Springfield College from Division III. American International College will challenge LeMoyne College while Springfield College takes on Lyndon State in the opening game.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR BOSTON TIP-OFF CLASSIC
Tickets are priced between $7.50 and $50 for the doubleheader at the home of the Boston Celtics.
UMass will be playing at the TD Garden for the second year in a row after a dramatic 73-72 win over Memphis last season on Dec. 19, 2009. UMass is a perfect 4-0 all-time at the TD Garden.
FORBES IN THE NBA
"He's an NBA player," Denver forward Carmelo Anthony said. "He's got an NBA body, a guy who's willing to learn. He's just a good addition to the team."
At UMass, Forbes was named the 2007-08 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. Forbes had a sensational senior season in 2007-08, finishing as the A-10's co-scoring champion with 610 points (20.3 ppg) along with Temple's Dionte Christmas. The New York native led the Minutemen to the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden, averaging 14.8 points in five NIT games, 17.5 in NIT Final Four, and was named to the NIT All-Tournament Team. UMass finished the season with a 25-11 record, the fifth-most wins in school history. That, combined with UMass' 24-9 record in 2006-07, gave the Minutemen their first back-to-back 20-win seasons since '94-95, '95-96.
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