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Hoops Hosts Sacred Heart For Wednesday Tilt

Matt Hill was called an MVP of the Rider game by head coach Derek Kellogg.


Matt Hill was called an MVP of the Rider game by head coach Derek Kellogg.

 

Game Week Information

 UMass (1-0) vs. Sacred Heart (0-2) 
 Date  Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
 Location  William D. Mullins Memorial Center | Amherst, Mass.  (Directions)
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GAME NOTES

 

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Fresh off a thrilling comeback win over Rider last Friday, the UMass basketball team will look to move to 2-0 for the first time since 2007-08 as Sacred Heart comes to the Mullins Center for a Wednesday's showdown tipping at 7 p.m. The Minutemen will head to the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic this weekend down at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

 

SERIES HISTORY WITH SACRED HEART

  • This will be the first-ever meeting between UMass and Sacred Heart in basketball.
  • BAYNO CONNECTION

  • One item of note of connecting UMass and SHU is long-time UMass assistant coach Bill Bayno. The current Portland Trailblazers assistant coach -- with UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby -- began his college playing career at UMass, playing two seasons from 1980-82-. He transferred to then-Division II Sacred Heart in 1982 and helped the Pioneers to two Division II tournaments and earned selection as a Division II All-American. After graduating in 1985, Bayno was invited to rookie camp with the NBA's New York Knicks as a free agent, but did not make the team.

    Bayno got into college coaching in 1985 and returned to UMass where he served as assistant coach from 1988-1995 under head coach John Calipari. He played a key role in the team's rise to national prominence as the chief recruiter of Camby. During Bayno's tenure the Minutemen made five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the 1995 regional finals. A year after his departure, UMass reached the Final Four in 1996. Bayno returned to Amherst for the first time in a decade this past September for Camby's Hall of Fame induction.

  • GURLEY'S BIG NIGHT

  • Senior Anthony Gurley scored a career-high 31 points to serve a part of the two-headed offensive attack in last Friday's rally against Rider. With 31 points in the opener, Gurley tallied the most points by a UMass player in a season debut since Marcus Camby netted 32 against Kentucky in the 1995-96 season opener.

     

  • Gurley scored his 1,000th career point with his final field goal against Rider and now has 1,000 in his career with 199 coming at Wake Forest and 802 at UMass. Gurley scored in double-figures for the 50th time in his career and also reached 20 points for the 11th time in his career.

    RILEY SETS CAREER-BEST

  • Sophomore Freddie Riley tallied a career-high 28 with 23 coming in the second half alone. He passed his former high of 22 vs. La Salle (1/10/10). Riley scored in double-figures for the 13th time in his career with 28. Riley also scored more than 20 points for the third time in his career.

    34-POINT SWING IN WIN OVER RIDER

  • UMass rallied for its largest comeback since the 2008 NIT Quarterfinals vs. Syracuse when the Minutemen also rallied from down 22 points in the second half. UMass was down by 22 with 16:24 left in the second half (46-24) and rallied to win by 10. The game included a 34-point swing in a 15-minute span as the Minutemen led by 12 75-63 with just over a minute left. The last time UMass rallied from as large a margin was on March 28, 2008 in the NIT Quarterfinals as the Minutemen came back from a 54-32 with 14:37 left in the second half to post an 81-77 victory on the way to the NIT Finals.

    LAGUERRE SIGNS NLI WITH UMASS

  • Explosive guard Jordan Laguerre (pronounced LUH-garry) has signed his National Letter Of Intent to join the UMass Basketball program for the 2011-12 season. The 6-2, 175-pounder is currently in his second season at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. Laguerre is a lefthander with an explosive first step, incredible leaping ability, and a scorer's mentality.

     

    "I am excited to have Jordan join our growing UMass basketball family," said third-year head coach Derek Kellogg. "I have truly enjoyed watching Jordan play over the last few years as he has become quite a player and a person. Jordan has a tremendous competitive nature and an intensity on the floor that will push us to win basketball games. He is a great addition to the building process of UMass basketball both on and off the court."

    The Manchester, N.H., native averaged 14 points per game as a junior and is expected to take an even more dominant role in the offense this season.

    "It's close to home. They have a good environment and I really like the coaches and players," Laguerre said about coming to UMass. "I've gotten to play with them over the last couple years, and I'm really looking forward to going there and getting stronger physically and as a player."

    UMASS BASKETBALL OVERVIEW
    Year three of the Derek Kellogg era at UMass will continue to see the youth movement. The Minutemen welcome three more newcomers to go along with the five-man class that came to UMass in 2009. UMass will look to capitalize on a nice run in the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the Minutemen won their first conference tournament game in eight years, knocking out No. 6 seed Charlotte on the road.

    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.

    Forwards Matt Hill and Trey Lang could be contributors off the bench in 2010-11.

    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.

    FOLLOW THE TEAM ONLINE
    Looking for all the latest news on the Minutemen and Coach Kellogg? There are several ways to keep tabs on all of the updates on the squad.

    Your first and Number 1 source is UMassAthletics.com. The official website of the UMass teams features news, stats, profiles, videos, photos, auctions, live audio, live video and so much more. Visit tonight when you get home for a complete recap story, box score, video highlights, photo gallery and postgame press conference from this and every game.

    Our daily blog "Just Take A Minute" has all the latest news from the media along with special information. Its updated several times each day.

    Follow the teams and Coach Kellogg on Twitter. Get the news instantly for all Minuteman and Minutewoman teams by following @UMassAthletics. For the latest on the basketball team and Coach, follow him at @CoachKellogg.

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    Also, UMass has a very comprehensive YouTube page with video highlights, features, interviews and press conferences. Visit today at YouTube.com/UMassAthletics.

    COME SEE UMASS AT THE HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF CLASSIC
    The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the re-birth of the longtime Springfield tradition in the city that basketball was born. The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off will take place on Saturday November 20, Sunday November 21 and Monday November 22 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Twelve schools across all three NCAA basketball Divisions will compete in three days of competitive action.

    "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 now on sale to the Boston Tip-Off Classic which takes place on Dec. 4 at TD Garden in Boston. UMass will take on Boston College in the doubleheader at 6:30 p.m. with the other game pitting Northeastern against Drexel, starting at 4 p.m. Both games will be televised on Comcast SportsNet New England.

    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
    Former UMass star basketball player Gary Forbes made the opening day roster of the Denver Nuggets and drew his first NBA start on Nov. 3 vs. Dallas, where he guarded All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. He scored a pro-best 16 points vs. Indiana on Nov. 9. The 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year became the seventh UMass player to play in the NBA joining current Portland Trailblazer Marcus Camby in the league. Forbes averaged 10.1 ppg in the preseason to earn a spot with the Nuggets.

    "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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