Men's Basketball

UMass Faces NMSU In Hall Of Fame Tip-Off

Anthony Gurley leads the A-10 in scoring with 24.5 per game.

Anthony Gurley leads the A-10 in scoring with 24.5 per game.












Game Information

 Basketball Hall Of Fame Tip-Off

 UMass Minutemen (2-0) vs. New Mexico St. Aggies (2-1) 

 Date/Time  Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
 Location  MassMutual Center | Springfield, Mass.  (Directions)
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    UMass Heads To Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Classic
    • Head coach Derek Kellogg brings his UMass basketball team to his hometown for the third year in a row as the Minutemen (2-0 overall) take part in the return of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The Minutemen are off a 2-0 start for the first time in Kellogg's three years at the helm of his alma mater with wins over Rider (77-67) and Sacred Heart (73-65). UMass will face New Mexico State in the final game of the first of three days of action in Springfield at 7:30 p.m. The Minutemen will play Texas Christian on Monday in the final game of the event, at 8 p.m.

    Home Sweet Home For Kellogg
    • Since returning to his alma mater, Derek Kellogg has made a major impact in his hometown, working with mayor Domenic Sarno to start a youth basketball program in the city of Springfield where UMass players worked with young children during the past few summers. Kellogg has also been very active in the community with various efforts in his hometown. Kellogg graduated from Springfield Cathedral in 1991 and went on to a four-year career with the Minutemen, winning four A-10 titles and reaching four NCAA Tournaments.

    UMass Playing In Springfield
    • Overall, UMass is 39-24 all-time at the MassMutual Center. UMass played many games at the former Springfield Civic Center in the Abdow's Classic and the Tip-Off Classic. Perhaps the most memorable was the first time UMass played in the Tip-off Classic was when the Minutemen defeated defending national champion Arkansas 104-80 on Nov. 25, 1994. UMass earned its first No. 1 ranking following that win. In that game, Derek Kellogg scored eight points.

    • UMass is 14-4 since 1990 in the building. The first ever UMass game there was played on Dec. 28, 1970 as UMass defeated Fairfield 95-82.

    • The Minutemen have played regular-season games at the MassMutual Center in each of the last two years and will do the same this season on Jan. 15, 2011 vs. La Salle. The Minutemen beat Dayton, 75-62, on Jan. 10, 2009 and lost to La Salle last season, 80-74, one year to the day after the Dayton game.

    • UMass returned to the building two years ago season with that rousing win over Dayton. Prior to that, the Minutemen played in the last Tip-Off Classic, which UMass lost to UAB, 86-77 on Nov. 25, 2005. Before for that, the last game in Springfield was a loss to Lafayette, 54-52 on Dec. 21, 2002.

    • UMass' also had a nice win in Springfield against Oregon on Nov. 27, 2001 as the Minutemen beat the Ducks 62-58. Oregon had three players on that squad who turned pro: Luke Ridnour, Luke Jackson, and Chris Christoffersen.

    • The Minutemen played their entire home schedule at the Civic Center during the 1984-85 season -- as the Curry-Hicks Cage was being renovated. That is the only year in 97 seasons that UMass has not played its home schedule on campus.

    Series History New Mexico State
    • This will be the first-ever meeting between UMass and New Mexico in basketball.

    • 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 1,019 in his career with 199 coming at Wake Forest and 820 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 in the Rider game. He added to the total vs. Sacred Heart (11/17) with 18 points.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 contr ibutors 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. Dynamic scorer and former Seton Hall signee Jesse Morgan, who 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.

    • 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. 

    • 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."

    • 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 19 points vs. his hometown New York Knicks on Nov. 16 to go along with a career-high nine rebounds. 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.

    UMass Alum Leading UMass
    Derek Kellogg, in his second season, is the first UMass alum to serve as the head coach of his alma mater since Tom McLaughlin, who coached the Minutemen from 1981-83. Kellogg graduated from UMass in 1995 where he was an All-Atlantic 10 selection in 1995. McLaughlin graduated from UMass in 1973 where he was one of three future head coaches on the team. He was joined by former Boston College head coach Al Skinner and Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

    • Kellogg is not the only current head coach from the UMass rosters in the mid-90s as Tony Barbee is in his first year as the head coach at Auburn. He led Texas-El Paso to the NCAA Tournament last year.

    • Prior to McLaughlin, the last UMass alum to lead his alma mater was Lorin Ball (Class of 1921), who coached the team from 1945-52.

    • 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 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.

    • The UMass Facebook page is very active, become a fan today at You can also follow Coach Kellogg on his account.

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