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UMass Hosts St. Francis In Pre-Thanksgiving Tilt

Terrell Vinson had 14 points in Saturday's game.

Terrell Vinson had 14 points in Saturday's game.

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UMASS (1-2) vs. ST. FRANCIS (0-3)
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 • 7 P.M.
Mullins Center (9,493) • Amherst, Mass.
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UMass Takes On St. Francis In Pre-Thanksgiving tilt
• Coming off its first win of the season, the UMass basketball team hosts St. Francis (N.Y.) on Tuesday night in a pre-Thanksgiving game at the Mullins Center at 7 p.m. The Minutemen (1-2) knocked off Arkansas-Fort Smith, 94-68, in their second game of the Legends Classic at the Mullins Center on Saturday. Tuesday's game is wedged between the regional rounds and championship rounds of the Legends Classic.

• On Friday, UMass plays in Atlantic City for the Championship Rounds of the Legends Classic. The Minutemen will take on Rutgers at 5:30 p.m., in the first game at Boardwalk Hall. UMass will then play Florida or No. 2 Michigan State in the second day of action in Atlantic City at 5:30 or 8 p.m. The games from A.C., will be televised on HDNet.

• In the win over Arkansas-Fort Smith, the Minutemen had five players score in double-figures for the first time under head coach Derek Kellogg as Anthony Gurley led the way with 21 points off the bench. Ricky Harris scored 18 points, freshmen Freddie Riley (17) and Terrell Vinson (14) set new career highs and Sean Carter had 13 points and eight rebounds. UMass shot 54.5 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Lions, 42-34.

Ricky Harris continues to move up the UMass career scoring charts with his 19.7 average in three games this season. He is now 11th with 1,406 points after his 18 vs. UAFS. He has scored in double-figures in 67 of his 101 career games. Harris passed the two legends of UMass basketball on the career scoring list as he now has 1,388. Harris moved by Julius Erving (1,370) and Marcus Camby (1,387) in the game against the Big Red. Next on the list is Horace Neysmith, who is 10th at 1,428.

Anthony Gurley has scored in double-figures in all three games this season, all off the bench. he had 21 points, his third game in two years with UMass with 20 or more points. His UMass-best of 22 came in the final game of 2008-09 vs. Duquesne in the A-10 Tournament.

UMass vs. St. Francis Series
• The Minutemen are 2-0 all-time against St. Francis, winning twice before in November. In the last meeting on Nov. 22, 2006 -- also just before Thanksgiving, Stephane Lasme posted the first of his four triple-doubles of the season. It was UMass' first triple-double since Al Skinner in 1973 to lead UMass to a 63-49 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) at the Mullins Center. He scored a game-high 19 points, hauled in 10 rebounds and blocked a school-record 11 shots. Lasme's triple double was the first since current Boston College coach Skinner did so against Saint Peter's on Dec. 28, 1973 with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. His 11 blocked shots was also a school-record besting the previous mark by two. Harper Williams, Marcus Camby, and Lasme shared in the former record of nine blocks.

• Back in 2003, UMass and SFC opened the season in the Preseason NIT as the Minutemen beat the Terriers, 80-58 on Nov. 18. Anthony Anderson had 21 points and Rashaun Freeman had 11 points and 11 rebounds in his first-career games.

Scouting the Legends Classic
• UMass will take on Rutgers (2-1) in the Legends Classic first semifinal game on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Scarlet Knights lost their second Legends Classic game to Vermont on Sunday night, 77-71. Mike Rosario leads Rutgers with a 17.3 scoring mark. Rutgers beat Drexel and former UMass coach Brusier Flint, on a last-second shot by Gregory Echenique in its first Legends Classic game, 58-56 on Friday. They also beat Marist with former UMass player Tyrone Weeks on the bench as an assistant, 74-67 in their opener.

• Michigan State is ranked No. 2 with a 4-0 record overall. The Spartans have beaten Florida Gulf Coast (97-58) and Gonzaga (75-71) as well as Toledo (75-62) and Valparaiso (90-60) in their two Legends Regional Games. MSU has four players scoring in double-figures led by Kalin Lucas (16.8 ppg), Durrell Summers (14.5 ppg), Chris Allen (12.8) and Draymond Green (10.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg). Michigan State has been to five Final Fours since 1999, the most of any program in the nation.

• Florida, the back-to-back NCAA Champion in 2005 and 2006 is The Gators are 3-0, but play Florida State on Tuesday night. Florida has beaten Stetson (74-46) as well as Georgia Southern (69-49) and Troy (80-58) in their Legends regional games. The Gators also have four players scoring 10 or more: Kenny Boynton (19.0 ppg), Chandler Parsons (14.7 ppg and 8.3 rpg), Vernon Macklin (10.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg) and Erving Walker (10.0 ppg).

• UMass is 20-27 all-time against Rutgers, having played the Scarlet Knight twice regularly as members of the Atlantic 10 until 1995. The last time they played was a 77-62 UMass win on March 8, 1995.

• UMass lost its only game against Michigan State, 93-45, in 1985 at the Lobo Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.

• The Minutemen are 2-1 all-time vs. Florida, beating the Gators in the most recent game in the 2008 NIT Semifinals in New York City, 78-66 as Gary Forbes scored 19 points.

UMass Quick Hits For 2009-10
Ricky Harris leads UMass into action as the lone scholarship senior on the team in 2000-10. The Baltimore native is the Atlantic 10's leading returning scorer in 2009-10 with an 18.2 average. He was named to the Preseason All-Atlantic 10 team by the coach and media. He has been named to the same team by most publications and has been dubbed the A-10's "Most Entertaining Player" by one annual. • UMass has one of the youngest teams in the country as UMass features the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 with five freshmen. The Minutemen are also welcoming two transfers who will be eligible this season in Sean Carter from Oregon State and Hashim "Big City" Bailey from Memphis. Sophomore Trey Lang also returns to the team after not playing in 2008-09, giving UMass eight newcomers for this season's roster • UMass returns just 36.1 average points. In looking at it by percentages, UMass returns 49.1 percent of its scoring with Harris leading the way. UMass lost nearly all of its rebounding with the graduation of 2009 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year Tony Gaffney, the final cut of the NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. UMass has just 24.3 percent of its rebounding returning as Gaffney grabbed 10.2 per game.

McCoy Honored As UMass' Legend • All-time leading scorer Jim McCoy was honored as UMass' Legend at Wednesday's basketball home opener in the first round of the Legends Classic. He was recognized during the game against Cornell. The scoring machine was named to the 100 Seasons Of Basketball All-Decade Team of the 1990s. • McCoy was a cornerstone in the rebirth of the UMass basketball fortunes under coach John Calipari, and finished his standout career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,374 points. A four-year letterman for Calipari, the sharp-shooting McCoy was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and three-time All-District performer. • The Pittsburgh, Pa., product earned All-Freshman and third team All-Conference honors as a rookie in 1988-89, then picked up first team honors in his final three seasons as a Minuteman. McCoy was the first Minuteman ever to earn first team All-Atlantic 10 recognition. He was also named to the A-10 All-Tournament team as a sophomore and senior. • McCoy still holds UMass career marks for points scored (2,374), field goals made (876) and attempted (2,013) and games started (121). He ranks among UMass' all-time leaders in scoring average (18.8 ppg, third), free throws made (575, second) and attempted (810, second), steals (141, sixth), games played (126, tie-fifth) and minutes played (4,180, second). • The only player in school history to record four 500-point scoring seasons, McCoy owns three of the top 10 one-year scoring totals in school history. He scored 20 or more points 57 times in his 126-game career, a UMass record, and recorded a school-best 116 double-figure scoring games. • He also had eight, 30-point scoring outbursts with a high of 35 points against St. Joseph's in 1989. McCoy graduated from UMass in 1997, and currently resides in Boston. He was inducted into the UMass Hall of Fame in 2002.

Harris Shoots Up 1,000-Point List • 2009-10 Atlantic 10 Preseason First-Team guard Ricky Harris is rising up the all-time UMass scoring list. Harris, who played his 100th college game against Cornell, currently stands 11th with 1,406 after scoring 26 against the Big Red and 18 vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith. • In that Cornell game he passed three players on the all-time list including the two greatest stars in UMass history in Julius Erving (1,370) and Marcus Camby (1,387). He also went by Clarence Hill (1,369). • Against UAFS, he went by Edwin Green (1,393). Next on the list is No. 10 Horace Neysmith (1,428). He is the 40th player to score 1,000 points in his career. • Harris has scored in double-figures in 67 of his 101 career games including 64 of the last 69 dating to his sophomore year. • Harris has continued to be prolific scorer in his career at UMass. In 2009, he was named a Third-Team All-Conference selection. In 2008, he was named the A-10 Chris Daniels Most Improved player. • Harris is leading returning scorer in the Atlantic 10 with a 18.2 scoring average and led the team in scoring in 18 of 30 games in 2008-09. He scored 20 or more in 10 games. Harris was fourth in the Atlantic 10. He dropped a season and career-high 35 points on BC (12/6/08). The 35 points were good for the 13th most in school history and only six behind the school record of 41 held by Billy Tindall on Feb. 10, 1968 vs. Vermont. It was also Harris' second ever 30+ point scoring effort.

Harris Rises on 3-Point Charts • Ricky Harris has continued to blister from 3-point range in 2008-09. He shot 38.7 from beyond the new extended-distance arc last season. He made 87-of-225 from 3-point range in 2008-09. • Harris, who is tied Carmelo Travieso for the single-season mark for made treys with 104 (in 2007-08), is rising on the career charts. Harris stands fifth in career made 3-pointers with 217 and fourth in career attempts with 597. Among the players he passed last season was his current head coach Derek Kellogg (138). Next on the list at No. 4 is Rafer Giles (221). • On the attempts list, Harris is fourth, passing Kellogg (362) early in 2008-09. Next on the attempts chart is Carmelo Travieso (666). • Harris' 87 made 3-pointers last season finished tied with James Life for sixth-most in a single-season. • On the single-season list of most 3-pointers attempted, Harris' 225 stands seventh-most in a season. He took 212 in 2003-04.

Visiting The Commonwealth • When Derek Kellogg was hired, he made a priority of playing games throughout all of Massachusetts. This season, the Minutemen will be playing games in all areas with games in five different locations in the commonwealth. In addition to home games in Amherst at the Mullins Center, UMass will play "home" games in Springfield (at the MassMutual Center) on Jan. 10 against La Salle; Boston *at the TD Garden) against Memphis on Dec. 19. UMass will also take on Holy Cross in the DCU Center in Worcester on Dec. 5 and play at Boston College in Chestnut Hill on Dec. 23. • UMass will be playing at Garden for the first time since 1999, when the Minutemen took on Boston College in the Commonwealth Classic. It is the second year in a row that UMass is playing a game in Springfield.

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 current 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 fourth year as the head coach at Texas-El Paso. • 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.

Harris, Riley, Vinson Earn Preseason Honors • The Atlantic 10 Conference released its preseason All-Conference teams on Oct. 22, with UMass senior Ricky Harris highlighting the Alll-Conference First Team. Two of head coach Derek Kellogg's freshman class of five, Freddie Riley and Terrell Vinson, were both named to the preseason All-Rookie Team. The A-10's preseason poll was also released with the Minutemen coming in ninth. • In the first preseason men's basketball magazine, Lindy's, UMass men's basketball is being praised for the A-10's top recruiting class. Senior guard Ricky Harris is also gaining honors as he was named to the A-10's First Team and the league's "Most Entertaining" player. • Lindy's picks UMass to finish fifth in the A-10 behind Dayton, Xavier, Richmond and La Salle. The magazine mentions: "Ricky Harris is an absolute scoring machine and coach Derek Kellogg has a killer group of newcomers." It finishes with UMass "Will get better as the season progresses and will be a team nobody wants to draw in the A-10 Tourney." • Lindy's calls UMass' incoming class the "Best group of recruits" in the league. "Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg made a name for himself as a recruiter under John Calipari at Memphis, and he proved that he could do it on his own at his alma mater in Amherst. He scored a key early pledge from Freddie Riley, and in the late signing period nabbed a big-time combo forward in Terrell Vinson. Aside from those two, Kellogg got pledges from a pair of small forwards in Sampson Carter and Javorn Farrell, as well as a super athletic power forward Raphiael Putney." • In the UMass team profile, Lindy's cites Anthony Gurley under "Keep An Eye On." The mag says: "Gurley will display his all-around talents in the backcourt, largely because he has to as the Minutemen do not have a true point guard with experience."

Bud Light Radio Show Hits Road In 2009-10 • The Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show With Derek Kellogg is coming to a town near you in Western Massachusetts this season. Starting with the Nov. 11 show at Arizona Pizza Company in Hadley, the weekly radio show will be visiting more than a dozen locations during the 2009-10 campaign. • The show continues to air on WRNX 100.9 in Western Massachusetts and on UMassAthletics.com at 7 p.m. "Voice of the Minutemen" Josh Maurer will host the show for the second year in a row. • The show returns to its normal Thursday night time slot with the second show on Dec. 3 at Theodore's in Springfield. The Dec. 10 show airs live from Charlie's in Amherst and the following week on Dec. 17, the show moves to Paddy's in Springfield. After a short break for the winter holidays, the show resumes from Stackers in Amherst on Jan. 7. • Other locations scheduled to host shows include: Whip City in Westfield, Samuels in Springfield, Rafters in Amherst, Rumbleseat in Chicopee, The Harp in North Amherst, 350 Grill in Springfield, McCaffreys in Springfield and The Hangar in Amherst.

Lowe Drafted By Reno Of D-League • UMass' all-time assist leader Chris Lowe was drafted by the Reno Bighorns in the third round of the NBA D-League Draft on Nov. 5. Lowe will have a chance to play with the affiliate of the Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings. Lowe finished his career at UMass with 678 helpers. • Lowe, left UMass as the all-time leader in assists with 678. He was named to the Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention Team as a senior. He is a member of UMass' 100 Seasons Of Basketball All-2000s Team with Gary Forbes, Stephane Lasme, Rashaun Freeman and Monty Mack. He spent four years as UMass' starting point guard and UMass was 54-31 in his last 85 starts. (64 win pct.)

 

 

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