Men's Basketball

LIVE BLOG: UMass at Memphis

Derek Kellogg is interviewed by the local media prior to shoot-around.

Derek Kellogg is interviewed by the local media prior to shoot-around.

Nov. 17, 2008

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -

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    Follow the action as the UMass Minutemen, led by head coach Derek Kellogg, return to Memphis to take on the Tigers, coached by former UMass coach and Kellogg's mentor, John Calipari. Tip-off is set for 11:59 p.m. and will be aired nationally on ESPN. Tonight's live blog will bring you all the inside info to make your viewing/listening experience complete.

    2:15 a.m. ET
    The clock runs out with Memphis winning, 80-58 ... Kellogg and Calipari shake hands and share a few kind words ... Minutemen fall to 1-2, Memphis goes to 2-0 ... Calipari gets win #221 at Memphis to make him the winningest coach in Memphis history ... Gaffney has the big game for UMass with 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, coming within one of being the first Minuteman since Jim Town's 27 on 12/12/76 to go over 20 in a game ... Harris led UMass with 17 points and 4-for-10 shooting from 3-point range ... Evans led Memphis with 19 points ... UMass returns to action on Nov. 24 when it hosts Jacksonville State at 7 p.m. in what will be Derek Kellogg's regular season coaching debut at the Mullins Center.



    Thanks to all of you that stayed up late to watch/listen. We'll see you at the Mullins Center!

    Good night.

    2:11 a.m.
    With just over a minute left, Correia finds Gaffney for an alley-oop dunk ... that gives Tony 16 points.

    2:07 a.m.
    At the under-4 timeout, Memphis leads 76-49

    Evans, in his first career start leads all scorers with 19 points and has six rebounds and four assists to go along with them.

    Despite a size disadvantage and injuries to post players, UMass is within two in the rebounding department, 45-43.

    2:03 a.m. ET
    Doneal Mack scores on an alley-oop after a UMass miss and the Tigers push up the floor ... UMass calls timeout ... Memphis lead now at its biggest of the game, 74-49.

    1:59 a.m. ET
    UMass calls timeout after giving up a 3-pointer and an Anderson layup and foul on successive possessions ... he has 14 points and 11 boards ... 69-49 Memphis with 5:26 left.

    1:57 a.m. ET
    Dozier picks up his fourth foul as Gaffney draws the call. Gaffney makes one of two and the Minutemen are within 15, 64-49.

    ... and Priscilla has left the building.

    1:52 a.m. ET
    Gaffney continues to play incredible basketball ball ... gets a rebound and stick back over two defenders at the offensive end and then blocks a shot at the other end ... he's at 11 points and 17 rebounds.

    That's the most boards by a Minuteman since Gary Forbes had 16 vs. St. Bonaventure on 2/24/08 ... as I'm typing that he gets rebound #18 and another bucket.

    1:48 a.m. ET
    Antonio Anderson, younger brother of former UMass player Anthony Anderson, drives baseline and dunks, but injures himself on the play. He fouls at the other end to get a whistle and hobbles of the court.

    8:02 left and Memphis leads 61-44.

    Gaffney now has a career-high 14 rebounds ... also has nine points, nearing his second career double-double (and second in three games).

    1:41 a.m. ET
    At the previous timeout, Matt Hill was helped off the floor by Dave Maclutsky and taken to the locker room ... He has come back out to the bench on a crutch ... Travon Wilcher now on the court for the first time ... Last thing the UMass frontcourt needs is another injury.

    1:36 a.m. ET
    Gaffney hits his first 3-pointer of the year to get UMass within 10 ... Evans comes back with a hoop at the other end, but Lynch draws a foul on UMass' next possession ... hits one out of two FT's and UMass trails by 11.

    That was Gaffney's third 3-pointer at UMass and the eighth of his career.

    1:34 a.m. ET
    Harris hits another 3-pointer. He is 4-for-9 from long range and has 17 points to lead the Minutemen. The next closest are Gaffney and Gurley with six.

    1:28 a.m. ET
    Timeout with 15:37 left and Memphis leading 41-31.

    Gaffney now has 12 rebounds, one short of his career-high ... that was set in the opener this season vs. Ark.-Monticello.

    Celebrity sighting: Priscilla Presley is watching tonight's game from the front row directly across from the UMass bench ... loved her in The Naked Gun.

    1:24 a.m. ET
    Gaffney with a big block on a driving Evans, but Anderson is able to score and get the foul ... after the missed free throw, Harris scores at the other end to make it 39-31.

    1:18 a.m. ET
    The second half is about to start. I hope everyone is having a nice Tuesday.

    1:00 a.m. ET
    The Minutemen make the stop on the final possession.

    UMass trails at the half, 33-25.

    Harris leads the way with 12 points. Gaffney has nine boards.

    Dozier has 12 points for Memphis, while Anderson has 10 boards and three assists.

    UMass shot 27.6% in the half to Memphis' 32.5%.

    If it weren't for 15 turnovers, the Minutemen could very well be leading this game. The Tigers have scored 17 off turnovers.

    Fastbreak points: Memphis 10, UMass 0

    2nd chance points: UMass 7, Memphis 6

    12:56 a.m. ET
    Memphis takes a timeout with 28 seconds left in the half and up eight.

    On the last Tigers' possession, Tony Gaffney picked up his ninth rebound of the game. Antonio Anderson has 10 for the Tigers already.

    12:52 a.m. ET
    At the under-4 timeout, Memphis leads, 27-21. Harris leads UMass with 12, while Dozier leads the Tigers with 10.

    12:49 a.m. ET
    A Harris three stops the bleeding and on the next possession, Tony Gaffney makes a steal and is fouled, hits both free throws and UMass is within six.

    12:45 a.m. ET
    Evans has a steal and dunk, then hits a three to up Memphis' lead to six, 22-16 with 5:08 left. On the next possession, Evans drives and is followed in the lane and makes the shot.

    Another steal and dunk, this time by Antonio Anderson, makes it 26-16 and Kellogg has to take a timeout.

    UMass 13
    Memphis 7

    12:40 a.m. ET
    At the under-8 timeout and UMass trailing by one, the Minutemen are shooting 22.7%, while Memphis is shooting 28%. UMass ended up missing 13-straight shots over a 8:16 stretch. Harris has nine points so far, while Gaffney has five boards.

    12:38 a.m. ET
    Despite the offensive woes, the Minutemen are playing some tough defense and it is keeping them in the game. 15-13 Memphis 8 left in the half.

    12:30 a.m. ET
    The Minutemen have missed 10-straight shots, going back to the 17:20 mark, a stretch of 6:44.

    12:26 a.m. ET
    Both teams taking shots their coaches don't want to see. Both sides are currently shooting in the low 20's percentage-wise.

    UMass has turned the ball over six times to Memphis' three.

    With 11:37 left in the half, the game is tied 9-9.

    12:22 a.m. ET
    6-8, 300 lbs. Pierre Henderson-Niles is now in the game for Memphis. One of the widest basketball players I've ever seen, he looks like her could play on Sundays if basketball doesn't work out.

    12:17 a.m. ET
    At the under 16-minute timeout, UMass leads 9-4. Kellogg subbed in Matt Glass right before the timeout, making it nine Minutemen seeing action already.

    It is a sea of blue here with the entire arena looking full. The student section and band are at the end of the court nearest the Memphis bench and they are providing most of the noise so far.

    12:14 a.m. ET
    Coach Kellogg using his bench early ... David Gibbs and Matt Hill into the game under three minutes in.

    3-point play by Chris Lowe gives UMass a 8-4 lead.

    Gary Correia into the game as well ... eight players have played for UMass three minutes in.

    12:12 a.m. ET
    Anthony Gurley scores the first hoop of the game on a reverse layup on a baseline drive. After a Dozier dunk ignited the crowd, Ricky Harris silenced them with a 3-pointer.

    12:02 a.m. ET
    Outside of the Calipari/Kellogg storylines tonight, John Calipari enters the game tied with Larry Finch for the most wins as Memphis head coach with 220.

    12:00 a.m. ET
    The starters are being introduced now. In a scene you don't often see, John Calipari stopped on his way to his team's bench to shake hands and chat with the UMass supporters behind the UMass bench.

    Derek Kellogg has just introduced and received a standing ovation from the crowd. It is indeed a unique night.

    11:56 p.m. ET
    With the men's soccer team playing that NCAA first round game at noon on Saturday, it will make quite a day of sports action on campus that day. The football team hosts Hofstra at 2:30 in the regular season finale at McGuirk Stadium, while the Mass Attack hockey team will close out the day by hosting Boston College at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center. So pack up the car everyone and make a day of it.

    11:53 p.m. ET
    As the teams go back to the locker rooms after the national anthem, I'd like to take this chance to congratulate Sam Koch and the UMass men's soccer team on making the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. The Minutemen will host in the first round, taking on Harvard on Saturday at noon at Fort Rudd.

    11:45 p.m. ET
    If you know anyone who made the trip down from Amherst to watch the game, look behind the bench when ESPN shows it and you'll see most of the UMass boosters and fans located right behind the Minutemen bench.

    Tonight/This Morning's Starting Lineups:

    G 14 Chris Lowe
    G 5 Ricky Harris
    G 12 Anthony Gurley
    F 24 Tony Gaffney
    C 25 Tyrell Lynch

    G 1 Willie Kemp
    G 5 Antonio Anderson
    G 12 Tyreke Evans
    F 0 Shawn Taggart
    F 2 Robert Dozier

    So as expected, Lynch starts with Bonner out. For Memphis, freshman phenom Tyreke Evans will make his first career start after Doneal Mack started over him in the Tigers' opener vs. Fairfield.

    11:25 p.m. ET
    Coach Calipari's wife, Ellen, is wearing a special shirt she had made for tonight. It has a large basketball on the front of it that is half maroon with a UMass logo and half blue with a Memphis logo. Under the basketball it has today's date. Glad to know that is she into what tonight's game means.

    11:15 p.m. ET
    A little about the FedEx Forum ... The arena, which opened in July 2003, seats 18,000 for basketball. Besides being the home to Memphis Tigers basketball, it is also the home to the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. The two teams previously played in the Pyramid Arena. The name describes that arena perfectly, as it is a very prominent part of the Memphis skyline.

    By the way, there is no room for tailgating at the FedEx Forum, as it is located right in the heart of Beale Street.

    11:00 p.m. ET
    It's been a fun 30 or so hours in Memphis leading up to this game. A lot of the UMass staff and fans were able to head out to Beale Street last night and take in some of the legendary live music played in the many blues joints on the street.

    The Eagles were in town last night, playing right here at the FedEx Forum. I was fortunate enough to be able to go, and it was an incredible show. My fiance, Lacy, was very jealous that I was able to see one of her favorite bands.

    Today, there was some down time in the early afternoon, so Josh Maurer, Dave Maclutsky, some UMass fans, and I took a tour of Graceland. So all in all, we've gotten the most we could out of our little over a day here. Now we prepare for the real reason we're here.

    Memphis Associate Head Coach John Robic just spent the last 10 minutes or so chatting with UMass boosters, reliving some of the UMass memories of the past. He spent 11 years coaching at UMass under John Calipari and Bruiser Flint.

    10:45 p.m. ET
    The team has arrived at the FedEx Forum for the game. I have to say it was a little strange leaving the hotel for a game at halftime of Monday Night Football... but as I said before, this is a game time that most of us haven't had before.

    Both teams are out shooting around on the floor. Luke Bonner is on crutches and out for tonight's game.

    5:45 p.m. ET
    Greetings UMass fans from Memphis! This is Dave Gunn from the Media Relations office bringing tonight's live blog.

    The team departed from Barnes Air Force Base in Westfield on Sunday morning, arriving in Memphis around 1:30 p.m. local time (Memphis is central time). After some lunch at the hotel, the team practiced at Memphis' practice facility on the University's main campus (about 20 minutes from our downtown hotel). Dinner at an authentic Memphis barbeque joint followed. After that, the team visited the Lorraine Motel, the site of Matin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.

    Today the team, had breakfast, some down time, meetings, and are currently having shoot-around at the FedEx Forum. It seems kind of strange to be having shoot-around at 4 in the afternoon, but with a midnight tip tonight (11:59, technically), the schedule is a little different than usual.

    This match-up between the Minutemen and last season's national finalists, combined with Derek Kellogg/John Calipari storylines, has drawn a lot of medial attention. Be sure to check out Andy Katz' story on tonight's game from (link is at the top of the page).


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