UMass Hoops Seeks 4-0 Start; Faces TCU Monday Night
UMass Heads To Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Classic
UMass finishes the Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center as UMass hosts American International at 7 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
UMass is 15-4 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. That game gave UMass its last 3-0 start, prior to this season.
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.
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 1,019 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.
RILEY SETS CAREER-BEST
34-POINT SWING IN WIN OVER RIDER
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. 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 ON SALE FOR BOSTON TIP-OFF CLASSIC
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.
LAGUERRE SIGNS NLI WITH UMASS
"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."
FORBES IN THE NBA WITH 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
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.
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