Men's Basketball

 
UMass Men's Basketball Centennial Day-By-Day




Nov. 24, 2008

Nov. 9:
2007: UMass tops Cal Poly, 90-64, in the earliest regular-season game played in school history. Behind 23 points from Ricky Harris and 20 from Gary Forbes, the Minutemen break a 54-54 tie with a 36-10 run to end the game.

Nov. 10:
2005: The Atlantic 10 Conference announces that the 2007 and 2008 men's basketball championships will be held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J, marking the tenth facility to host the event.
2005: In his debut behind the UMass bench, Travis Ford leads the Minutemen to 96-55 preseason win over Dowling.
2007: The Minutemen crack the 100-point plateau in a 102-87 win over Northern Illinois. Gary Forbes (22) and Ricky Harris (20 points) each eclipse the 20-point mark.

Nov. 11:
2006: Led by 25 points and 10 rebounds from Rashuan Freeman and a double-double from Tiki Mayben, UMass tops Dartmouth in the season-opener at the Mullins Center, 98-61.
2007: Among his 29 points, Gary Forbes scores the 1,000th of his career in a 75-68 loss to Northern Iowa.

Nov. 12:
UMass has never played a regular season game on this date, but it has played a pair of exhibition games, defeating Concordia in 2004 behind 21 points from Rashaun Freeman and topping the EA Sports All-Stars behind 17 points each from Kitwana Rhymer and Shannon Crooks.

Nov. 13:
UMass has never played a regular season game on this date, but the Minutemen did beat the Playaz in an exhibition tilt in 2003, using five double-figure scoring efforts, including 19 points and 15 rebounds from Rashaun Freeman in the 95-87 win.

 

 

Nov. 14:
2007: The Minutemen open their home slate with an 89-80 win over Yale. Ricky Harris leads the way with 23 points followed by Gary Forbes with 19, Dante Milligan with 17, and Etienne Brower with 12.

Nov. 15:
UMass has never played on this date.

Nov. 16:
1998: UMass tops Niagara in the preseason NIT, 87-73, in a game played in Charleston, West Virginia. Four Minutemen reach double figures led by Monty Mack with 24 points.

Nov. 17:
After never playing on this date in the first 97 years of the program's existence, UMass has now played on each of the two last two Nov. 17ths, beating Oakland in 2006, 65-56, and topping Wisconsin-Green Bay, 93-78, in 2007.

Nov. 18:
1993: The Minutemen top Cleveland State, 68-60, in the preseason NIT held in Detroit, Mich.
2005: Head Coach Travis Ford's regular-season coaching debut is a success as he leads the Minutemen over Hartford, 67-62.

Nov. 19:
2006: The Minutemen top Northeastern in the final game of the Colonial Classic (Pittsburgh, Pa.), 79-56, behind a team-high 24 points from Rashaun Freeman. Nov. 20:
UMass is 2-1 on this date, topping Towson State in the preseason NIT in 1993 (82-55) and defeating Iona in the season-opener in 1999 (85-77) before falling to Marquette (68-64) in 2001.

Nov. 21:
2003: The Minutemen have only played once on this date, falling to Texas Tech, 90-50, despite 17 points from Rashaun Freeman.

Nov. 22:
1991: The Minutemen open up a 30-5 Sweet Sixteen season with a 94-59 win over Siena.

2006: Stephane Lasme posts UMass' first triple double since 1973 (and second in program history) in a 63-49 win over St. Francis (N.Y.). He finishes the night with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and a school-record 11 blocked shots.

Nov. 23:
UMass is a perfect 2-0 on this date all-time, topping Birmingham Southern, 64-60 in 2004, and Merrimack, 59-56 in 1985. The win over Merrimack was the first game in the Cage in 20 months.

Nov. 24:
1993: In their first-ever game against a #1 nationally ranked team, the 18th ranked Minutemen defeat North Carolina, 91-86 in overtime, in the NIT semifinals played at Madison Square Garden.

Nov. 25:
1994: One year and one day after beating #1 ranked Nrth Carolina, UMass plays (and defeats) another #1 squad, the Arkansas Razorbacks, by a 104-80 final. Lou Roe set a career-high with 34 points in the victory.

Nov. 26:
1988: Led by David Brown's 18 points and 11 rebounds, UMass tops Southern Connecticut, 84-61, in John Calipari's debut as head coach.

Nov. 27:
UMass has played three on this date, defeating Harvard (69-50) in 1976, topping Oregon at the Springfield Civic Center (62-58) in 2001, and defeating Chaminade (69-55) in the Maui Invitational in Honolu, Hawaii in 2002.

Nov. 28:
1995: The Minutemen open the season by beginning what would become the longest winning streak in school history at 26 games. They top #1 Kentucky, 92-82, to improve the school's record to 3-0 against top-ranked teams.
2007: UMass stuns Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, 107-100, using six double-figure point efforts led by Ricky Harris with 25 and Gary Forbes with 23.

Nov. 29:
1975: UMass beats Niagara, 92-81, to win the Hall of Fame Tip Off Classic. Mark Donoghue is named MVP of the tournament.
1978: Mark Haymore leads the Minutemen to a 79-65 win over Harvard, in the season opener.
1983: The Minutemen blow a 22-point lead and then come from behind to top New Hapshire, 75-73 for their first season opening victory since 1978-79.
1991: The Minutemen top Santa Clara, 87-64, in the Great Alaska Shootout first round.
1997: UMass defeats Seton Hall, 73-60, in the Great Alaska Shootout third place game behind 21 points from Lari Ketner.
Nov. 30:
1968: Ken Mathias impresses in his varsity debut and UMass rides his 21 points and 11 rebounds to a 78-49 win over Rider.
1974: John Murphy has a monster game with 30 points and 12 rebounds in an 85-57 loss to North Carolina Charlotte in the final of the Hall of Fame Tournament in Springfield, Mass.
1977: Alex Eldridge finishes with eight steals vs. Harvard, a mark that still stands as most in program history for a single game.

Dec. 1:
1954: The Redmen score 88 points to (at the time) top the school-record for a single game, a record set in the last game of the '53-54 season. Massachusetts goes on to beat Vermont, 88-78.
1956: Ned Larkin marks his varsity debut with 22 points in the Redmen's season-opening 70-57 win over Northeastern.
1970: UMass opens up the 1970-71 season with a 98-63 win over St. Anslem's behind 32 points and 23 rebounds from Julius Erving.
1971: The post-Julius Erving era beings as Al Skinner leads the Redmen in scoring (16 points) and rebounds (13) as UMass crushes St. Anslem's, 101-53.
1973: The Minutemen top Harvard, 74-65, in the season opener led by 24 points from both Al Skinner and Bill Endicott.
1976: The Minutemen play their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Basketball League game against Penn State, falling, 72-70 in overtime. In the game, Alex Eldridge sets the school record for steals in a game with nine.
1998: UMass' second all-time leading scorer Monty Mack sets a career-high with 34 points in a 77-75 loss vs. the College of Charlestown.

Dec. 2:
1955: The Massachusetts Collegian promotes the first-ever basketball pep rally in school history that was held that evening.
1967: Led by Bill Tindall's 20-20 effort (27 points, 20 rebounds), UMass opens its season with an 88-67 win over New Hampshire.
1969: In the 1969-70 season opener, Julius Erving plays his collegiate debut with the Minutemen, a 90-85 home win over Providence at the Cage. He finished with 27 points (24 in the second half) and a record 28 rebounds.
1972: John Murphy begins his UMass career with 16 points and 14 rebounds against West Virginia.
1991: UMass beats New Orleans, 68-56, to win the Great Alaska Shootout.

Dec. 3:
1967: Jack Leaman makes his coaching debut, but loses to the Bob Cousy-led Boston College Eagles, 86-63.
1981: In a game between former UMass teammates, Rick Pitino's Boston University Terriers top Tom McLaughin's Minutemen, 91-65. Forward Horace Neysmith scores 27 points and adds nine rebounds in his collegiate debut.
1994: The Minutemen fall to Kansas, 81-75 in their first-ever game as a #1 nationally ranked squad.

Dec. 4:
1971: The Redmen score a season-high 112 points in a 112-65 thrashing of Vermont.
1999: Monty Mack (26 points) and Chris Kirkland (16) combine for 42 of UMass' 74 points in a 74-69 win over Boston College to win the Commonwealth Cup. It proved to be the last win over the Eagles until the 2007-08 season when the Minutemen upset the Eagles in Chapel Hill.

Dec. 5:
1978: Former UMass guard Rick Pitino defeats his mentor as he leads Boston University to a 72-63 win over the Minutemen.
1981: UMass edges Duquesne, 60-59, for its first win of the season.

Dec. 6:
1961: UMass opens up the 1961-62 season with a 75-71 win over Boston University. The Minutewomen went on to post a 15-9 record and earn the school's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
1963: The Redmen reach the 100 point plateau for the fourth time ever, led by sophomore Tim Edwards' 23 points and 21 boards in the 101-82 win over Rutgers.
1977: UMass' 73-61 win over Boston University gives coach Jack Leaman his 200th career victory.
1995: #3 Minutemen top #10 Wake Forest, 60-46, at the Mullins Center in a game that features Marcus Camby vs. Tim Duncan.

Dec. 7:
1957: Don Akerson, a senior captain, scores 17 with 17 rebounds in UMass' 71-54 win over Tufts, its first victory of the season.
1978: Mark Haymore (21 points, 14 rebounds), Len Kohlhaas (20 points) and Eric Williams (19 points) scores 60 of UMass' 76 points in a 76-72 win over Northeastern.
1987: Guard Rafer Giles ties Lorenzo Sutton's school-record eight three-pointers in an 89-71 loss to Temple.
1994: An 85-57 win over Pittsburgh starts a 16-game winning streak which (at the time) set a new school record, and is currently second in UMass history.

Dec. 8:
1905: Massachusetts defeats Boston College, 20-15, in the first-ever meeting between the two intrastate rivals.
1948: The Redmen's 45-25 loss to Clark is broadcast on WMUA, which began operations just three weeks earlier.
1951: Bill Prevey scores 24 to lead UMass to a thrilling 65-64 double overtime victory over Northeastern in the season opener.
1953: UMass suffers its worst defeat in 46 years, falling 89-42 to eventual NIT champion Holy Cross.
1962: Three UMass players - Clarence Hill (26 points), Peter Bernard (20), and Rodger Twitchell (17) - combine to score 63 points, only two less than the whole Rutgers team in an 87-65 victory.
1971: John Betancourt nets 32 points to lead UMass to a 93-82 double overtime win over Holy Cross.

Dec. 9:
1950: Bill Prevey scores 25 points in the season-opening 80-63 defeat to Northeastern.
1952: The Redmen play Holy Cross for the first time since the 1930-31 season, but fall to the Crusaders, 76-40.
1964: Clarence Hill, who missed the previous season due to illness, impresses in his return to action, scoring 24 points in the second half of a 79-67 win over Rhode Island.
1975: The Minutemen beat Maine, 106-101, in the first game in UMass history where both teams reach the 100 point mark in the same game.
1980: The Minutemen use 19 points from Edwin Green and 16 from Ron Washington to top Bryant, 85-76, in overtime, for their first win of the season.
1995: UMass beats Boston College before a capacity crowd at the New Garden, 65-57.
2004: The Minutemen top defending national champion and #7 nationally ranked UConn, 61-59, in front of a national TV audience at the Mullins Center. The win snaps the school's seven-game losing streak vs. ranked opponents.

Dec. 10:
1940: In his collegiate debut, Ted Bokina nets 17 while William Walsh adds 21 in the season-opening 54-53 loss to Trinity.
1949: Bill Prevey starts his collegiate career with a bang by leading all scorers (14 points) in a 39-30 win over Northeastern.
1960: Doug Grutchfield nets 28 points in UMass' 79-64 win over Brandeis.

Dec. 11:
1948: A 44-42 loss to Northeastern marks UMass' first-ever televised game, acontest broadcast by WBZ.
1954: The Redmen reach the 90 point mark for the first time in school history, topping R.P.I., 90-46.
1957: Boston University star and eventual UMass coaching great Jack Leaman scores 25 to top the Redmen, 67-46.
1973: John Murphy has a monster game with 31 points and 9 rebounds to lead UMass to a 79-72 win over arch rival Connecticut.

Dec. 12:
1950: Due to a violent November storm that damaged the Cage, the Redmen have to play at Amherst College, topping W.P.I., 54-49.
1956: The Redmen top Boston University (and future UMass coaching legend Jack Leaman), 72-62, to improve to a perfect 4-0 on the young season.
1976: Jim Town picks up 27 rebounds in a 94-71 win over Boston College to become one of only three UMass players (Connie McDonough, Julius Erving) to have ever grabbed that many in a game.
1983: UMass falls, 88-56 to Mike Krzyzewski's Duke Blue Devils in the only-ever game against Duke.
1987: Lorenzo Sutton (who finished with 30 points) hits a last-second shot to lead the Minutemen to a 75-74 victory over Northeastern.
2008: The Minutemen top Boston College, 83-80, for first time since 1999 to win the Commonwealth Classic.

Dec. 13:
1960: Doug Grutchfield nets 28 points for the second-consecutive game in a 72-70 loss to Connecticut.
1969: In his fourth-career game, Julius Erving scores 33 points and adds 26 rebounds in a 76-56 win over New Hampshire.
2007: Head Coach Travis Ford leads his Minutemen to a 72-68 win over his former coach Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals to win the Billy Minardi Classic.

Dec. 14:
1965: In his best game of an impressive five-game start to the season (in which he averaged 24 points per game), Clarence Hill scores 35 against Holy Cross in a 92-74 UMass victory.
1977: Alex Eldrige dishes out 15 assists in a 74-64 win over Connecticut. Those 15 assists tied a UMass single-game record (originally set by Joe DiSarcina), a mark that still stands today.

Dec. 15:
1948: Ray Gagnon nets 22 points in a 50-49 overtime loss to W.P.I.
1951: Bill Prevey scores half of the Redmen's points (33) in an 86-66 loss at Providence.
1953: The 0-5 Redmen top W.P.I., 63-55, for its first win of the 1953-54 season.
1954: Minutemen crack the 100 point plateau for first time in school history in a 104-80 win over Boston University. Five UMass players reach double figures in the game.
1959: Led by new coach Matt Zunic and 21 points from sophomore Mike Mole, the Minutemen upset UConn, 62-60, at the Cage.
1962: Charles O'Rourke pulls down 24 rebounds to help UMass erase a 19-0 deficit for the 74-63 win over Tufts.
1983: UMass ends an eight-game losing streak to UConn, topping the Huskies, 67-65 in overtime on a Donald Russell last second shot.

Dec. 16:
1961: The Redmen are edged by Brandeis, 80-79, to drop to 1-4 on the season, a campaign that would eventually end with the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
1969: Julius Erving has a 20-20 game (20 points, 23 rebounds) in an 88- 71 loss vs. Connecticut.
1972: The Minutemen top Harvard, 74-70 to give coach Jack Leaman his 100th career victory.

Dec. 17:
1936: Junior captain Isadore "Lefty" Barr scores 16 to give the Statemen a 36-31 win over Middlebury, ending their 10-game losing skid.

Dec. 18:
1906: The Aggies score one point in 52-1 loss to Dartmouth, marking the lowest-ever point total.
1953: The Redmen set a (then) school record for points in a game in an 81-67 victory over Vermont.
1964: Charlie O'Rourke (29 points, 25 rebounds) and Tim Edwards (23 points, 22 rebounds) each finish with 20-20 efforts to lead UMass to a 93-78 win over New Hampshire.
1970: UMass dishes out a school record 32 assists in a 93-40 win over American International. Also, the 53 point margin of victory marks the largest by a Massachusetts team since 1904-05.
1971: The Redmen suffer their first loss of the season, 80-78, to Harvard. It marked their fourth-consecutive game decided by two points or fewer.

Dec. 19:
1940: The school band appears at a varsity basketball game for the first-time ever in UMass' 61-42 loss to Clark. A loudspeaker is also introduced to the Cage.
1955: George "Trigger" Burke cracks the 20-point mark for the fourth-consecutive game, scoring 29 points at the Boston Garden in leading the Redmen to a 91-73 win over Boston College.
1968: The Redmen defeat Maine, 106-81 to improve to 7-0 on the year (5- 0 in conference). In the game, Joe DiSarcina hands out 15 assists, a record that still stands today.

Dec. 20:
1965: Clarence Hill (37 points) and Jim Babyak (29 points) combine to score 66 points against Rutgers, marking the most total points scored by two players. They finish with all but 22 of the team's points in a 101-88 loss to Rutgers.

Dec. 21:
1956: UMass' only win on this date came over Brown, 64-52.

Dec. 22:
1942: Masssachusetts scores a then school-record for points (77) and margin of victory (48) in a 77-29 win, beating a team made up of military men from Westover Air Force Base.
1982: The Minutemen top Marist, 51-49, for their first three-game winning streak in five seasons.
1995: #2 UMass beats #21 Georgia Tech, 75-67, in the only meeting between the two schools.

Dec. 23:
The Minutemen have played eight times on this date including five years in a row from 2001-2005 and seven times in nine years (including 1997 and 1999). The other time they played on the 23rd was in 1980.

Dec. 24:
UMass has never played a game on Christmas Eve.

Dec. 25:
UMass has never played a game on Christmas Day.

Dec. 26:
The Minutemen have played two games on this date, losing to Evansville, 113-82 in 1964 and succumbing to Florida, 89-65, in 1978.

Dec. 27:
1963: UMass puts up a then-record (and current third-highest) point total in school history in 115-86 win over St. Peter's. It comes in the first game of the First Annual Jaycee Basketball Tournament.
2005: Rashuan Freeman scores his 1,000th career point in a 66-49 win over St. Peter's in the Panasonic Holiday Classic at Madison Square Garden. Stephane Lasme adds 21 points and 14 rebounds in the win.

Dec. 28:
1954: Massachusetts loses to Dartmouth, 87-65, in the NEI Tournament in Storrs, Connecticut. It marked the school's first-ever regular season tournament game.
1955: The Redmen defeat Amherst, 58-53, in the NEI Tournament (Colby, Maine) for their first-ever regular season tournament win.
1963: UMass tops Fairfield, 89-88 in overtime to win the First Annual Jaycee Basketball Tournament.
1971: A record seven players score in double figures as UMass defeats Manhattan, 100-72, in the Quaker City Tournament in Philadelphia, PA.
1973: Al Skinner records the program's first-ever triple double, finishing with 27 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assists in an 84-61 win over St. Peter's.
2004: A 67-65 win over Boston University marks the 2,000th game in program history.
2006: Despite a Mullins Center record 30 turnovers, the Minutemen are still able to top Yale, 78-69, led by James Life's 16 points.

Dec. 29:
1969: UMass wraps up the championship of the Gem City Bowl with a 72-63 win over Gannon College. Julius Erving is named MVP after averaging 24 points and 18.5 rebounds in the two wins (over Catholic University and Gannon).
1970: UMass grabs an all-time high of 81 total rebounds against St. Michaels in the Hall of Fame Tournament in Springfield, MA.
1977: An 84-73 win over Niagara gives UMass the UConn Classic Championship.
1982: Donald Russell's career-high in points comes in a 110-104 loss vs. North Texas.
1992: All-time great Tony Barbee sets a career-high of 21 points in an 84-66 win over South Carolina.

Dec. 30:
1960: The Redmen defend their crown at the Springfield College Holiday Invitational, topping Amherst, 67-57, to cap off three-consecutive wins. Senior Doug Grutchfield is named tournament MVP and junior forward Kirk Leslie also earns all-tournament honors.
1966: Led by 34 points from Bill Tindall, UMass beats Texas, 85-74, in the All College Tournament. Tindall finished the tournament with 98 points to earn him first team all-tournament honors.
1970: UMass wraps up the inaugural Hall of Fame Holiday Tournament with a 79-67 win over Colgate. Julius Erving averages 30.7 points and 25.3 rebounds/game in the three-game tournament on his to way to MVP honors.
1981: The Minutemen top Navy, 64-61, to win the Providence Inkbank Classic. Donald Russell, who scored 37 points over the two games, including a win over Northeastern the previous day, is named tournament MVP.
1995: The Minutemen defeat Syracuse in the Rainbow Classic Finals in Honolulu, Hawaii, 65-57.

Dec. 31:
1958: The Redmen top American International, 59-51 in the first game of the Springfield College Tournament. It also marks the only time the program has ever played on New Year's Eve.

Jan. 1:
1959: UMass loses in its second game in as many days at the Springfield College Tournament, 76-65 to Williams. The program has played on New Year's Day two other times, in 1949 a 52-49 topping of Maine, and in 1960, a 76-65 win over Williams (which was also in the Springfield College Tournament).

Jan. 2:
1960: The Redmen win the Springfield College Tournament with an 82- 51 thumping of American International.
2008: UMass outscores Houston 58-41 in the second half to come away with a thrilling 95-89 home win over the previously 11-1 Cougars. It also marked the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Jan. 3:
1957: UMass and Holy Cross combine to score 207 points in the Crusaders' 111-96 win which ends the Redmen's 13-game winning streak.
1959: The Redmen top Amherst, 76-65, to take third place in the Springfield College Tournament. Doug Grutchfield is named to the first team All-Tournament team.
1987: Lorenzo Sutton sets a school record with eight three-pointers, scoring 28 total points in a 90-83 loss to George Washington.
1995: The Minutemen block a school-record 20 shots in a 95-65 win over West Virginia.

Jan. 4:
1928: Massachusetts beats Fitchburg Normal, 31-21 for its eight-straight season- opening win.
1950: Bill Prevey, Ed McCauley and Ray Gagnon score all but 10 of UMass' points in a 59-45 win over Clark.
1966: Bill Tindall (33) and Clarence Hill (32) each top the 30 point plateau in a 98-81 win over American International College.
1992: Lou Roe sparks a national TV win, 86-73, over favored and #14 nationally ranked Oklahoma.

Jan. 5:
1961: After playing nine-consecutive games away from home to start the season, UMass makes its home debut but falls to Holy Cross, 63-58.
1967: The Redmen get 29 points from senior John Lisack, but fall in a valiant effort against seventh ranked Providence College, 62-59.
1988: Lorenzo Sutton matches his and Rafer Giles' three-point mark with eight three-pointers made in a 69-51 win over Penn State.

Jan. 6:
1977: Mark Donaghue scores 35 points to lead UMass to its first-ever Eastern Collegiate Basketball League, 110-97, over Duquesne.
1996: Marcus Camby scores 38 points in 78-58 win over Dayton which mark the most points scored as a junior. In the same game, the Minutemen make a school-record 44 free throws (on 52 attempts).

Jan. 7:
1905: The Aggies top Holyoke Consolidated, 67-12, with the 55 point difference standing as the largest in Massachusetts' history for 69 years.
1920: Back from serving overseas, Alan Pond plays his first game in three years, scoring 10 points in a loss to Connecticut.
1931: Massachusetts wins its 11th consecutive season-opener, 38-5 over Fitchburg Normal. It marked the lowest point total by a Massachusetts opponent (tying the five points allowed vs. the Northamptom YMCA on Feb. 1, 1905).
1943: Ted Bokina (28 points) scores over half of Massachusetts' points in a 53-51 win over Springfield.
1950: The Redmen hold Norwich to only 28 points in a 37-28 victory. It would be 56 years before UMass held another team to under 35 points. That came in 2006 vs. Temple.

Jan. 8:
1907: Massachusetts plays its first-ever meeting against intrastate rival Holy Cross, losing 51-4.
1921: Massachusetts beats Connecticut, 28-23 for the 50th win in school history.
1930: Fred Ellert's coaching debut is a success as Massachusetts holds Fitchburg Normal to two points in the first half, winning by a 41-13 final. Ellert, serving as a player coach, also scores five.
1955: George "Trigger" Burke scores 29 points in a 95-68 win over Coast Guard.
1965: The Minuteman tie the single game scoring record by putting up 120 points against Vermont, the identical team and final score of the first time. They also set a new record for points in a half (67 in the second), among other records such as field goals made (50), attempted (105), and FGs attempted in a half (56 in the second).

Jan. 9:
1932: Massachusetts opens The New Cage with a 17-12 win over Amherst College.
1937: The Statesmen defeat Williams, 50-41, to improve to 3-0 while topping their win total of two from the previous season.
1946: The Statesmen play their first basketball game in 35 months, falling to W.P.I., 44-31.

Jan. 10:
1899: The Massachusetts Agricultural College (M.A.C.) defeats Northamptom YMCA 14-9 in the first-ever game in school history.
1925: Massachusetts loses 35-16 to City College of New York, which is coached by basketball legend and member of the original Celtics Nat Holman.
1933: Massachusetts falls in the season opener to Yale, marking the first season-opening loss in 13 years.
1956: Paul Aho has a career day with 18 points and 18 rebounds in a 58-53 win over Springfield.
1957: In a 71-63 loss to Rhode Island, Jack Foley passes Bill Prevey to become the all-time leading scorer in UMass history.
1964: Rodger Twitchell becomes the third-ever UMass player to surpass the 1,000 point mark, joining Jack Foley and Doug Grutchfield.
1973: UMass uses 17 points from Al Skinner to upset the 19th-ranked Penn Quakers, 62-58 at the Palestra. It marked the Minutemen's first-ever win over a ranked opponent.
1995: The Minutemen squeak by St. Bonaventure, 81-76 in overtime, to win first-ever game as a #1 ranked team.
2007: Stephane Lasme becomes one of 23 players in NCAA history to record two triple-doubles in a season. He finishes with 23 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots in UMass' 91-84 win over George Washington. The block total ties his own school record.

Jan. 11:
1902: Michael Ahearn scores 15 points in the season-opening 26-13 win over the Northampton Y.M.C.A., marking the first-ever Massachusetts player to reach double-figures in a game.
1908: Massachusetts plays Rhode Island for first time, winning 32-14.
1934: Minutemen beat Middlebury to open season by a 35-31 final. UMass went on to its only undefeated season in school history, finishing a perfect 12-0.
1964: St. Michael's hangs even with UMass before the Statesmen take over and win in three overtimes, 92-90.

Jan. 12:
1903: Michael Ahearn (13) and Raymond Quigley (12) each score in double figures in Massachusetts' 35-22 win over the Northampton Y.M.C.A.
1918: Arthur McCarthy leads the way with 24 points in 34-24 win over W.P.I.
1950: Ray Gagnon (22), Bill Prevey (17), and Ed McCauley (10) combine for 49 of UMass' 61 points in a 12-point defeat of Connecticut.
1983: Temple beats UMass, 73-54, in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Jan. 13:
2007: The Minutemen improve to 3-0 in the Atlantic 10 with an 88-77 win over the Temple Owls. Rashuan Freeman and Stephane Lasme each finished with 21 points while Gary Forbes added 18 and James Life added 16.

Jan. 14:
1903: The Aggies struggle while getting outscored 30-0 before losing by a 52-3 final.
1932: Massachusetts tops Trinity, 22-15, for the 150th win in school history.
1942: Ted Bokina nets 20 in a 51-44 victory over Williams.

Jan. 15:
1921: Conrad Roser outscores Wentworth Institute all by himself with 16 points in Massachusetts' 36-12 win.
1925: John Temple scores 25 points and Merrill Partenheimer adds 17 in 61-24 trouncing of Norwich. Temple's point total was the most by a Massachusetts player in 20 years.
1935: The Statesmen pull off a thrilling comeback, outscoring Connecticut 15-6 in the second half for the 22-20 victory, upping their winning streak to 16. The streak would remain for 61 years, not being broken until the historic 1995-96 campaign.
1936: Massachusetts crushes Connecticut, 58-32, led by senior captain John Stewart's 15 points. It marked the most points scored by the Statesmen in 11 seasons when they scored 61 in a 47-point win over Norwich on Jan. 15, 1925.
1938: Twins Fred (20 points) and Fran (10) combine for 30 points in a 63-31 win over R.P.I.
1948: The Redmen become the first-ever official mascot of the University of Massachusetts. The student body voted the Redmen over the Statesmen, 620-459, also topping other suggestions which included the Aardvarks, Gnus, Bears, Bulls, Pilgrims, Pioneers, Mohawks, Indians, and Tomahawks. The Minutemen were also among the suggestions.
1974: UMass tops Vermont, 92-64 to earn its 22nd consecutive regular season win while improving to 10-0 on the year.
2005: The Minutemen win second-consecutive game vs. a ranked opponent, defeating #21 George Washington 76-74 in overtime.

Jan. 16:
1932: Massachusetts beats Connecticut, 33-19 in the second-ever radio broadcast in school history (broadcast on WCAC).
1954: Senior co-captain Bill Stephens nets 11 points in his final home UMass home game. He went on to graduate following the semester, ending his eligibility.
1999: UMass tops #15 Kansas at the Mullins Center, 64-60.

Jan. 17:
1951: While still trying to regain his form after suffering a broken hand, Bill Prevey scores a game-high 27 points in a 59-56 win over Wesleyan.
1976: The Minutemen top Hawaii and assistant coach Rick Pitino, 80-72, behind 24 points from Mark Donoghue.
1978: The Hartford Civic Center Collapses within hours after UMass' 56- 49 loss to Connecticut.

Jan. 18:
1902: The Massachusetts Agricultural College plays Amherst College marking their first-ever collegiate opponent.
1930: Massachusetts' 37-23 loss to Connecticut marks the first-ever radio broadcast of a game. It is broadcast on WCAC.

Jan. 19:
1935: Massachusetts falls, 39-27 in the Cage marking their first loss since the 1932-33 season.
1938: Ed Czelusniak hits a last-second game-winning shot to complete a comeback in which Massachusetts cut a 26-16 halftime deficit to win, 37-35.
1983: The Minutemen outlast Monmouth, 87-85, in a marathon triple overtime game.
1984: UMass falls to St. Joseph's and freshman point guard James "Bruiser" Flint, 67-66 in double overtime.

Jan. 20:
1917: Massachusetts play its first game in eight years and defeat Connecticut, 33-12.
1928: Behind a 17-1 run, the Aggies top Maine, 24-20, and improve their record at the Drill Hall to 44-2 (over a six and a half year period).
1968: With 32 points in a 98-73 win over New Hampshire, Bill Tindall reaches the 1,000 point mark.
1996: Carmelo Travieso shoots 7-for-8 from the three point line against Duquense setting the single game record for three point field goal percentage for a game at .875. The Minutemen also set a new team three-point field goal percentage record, hitting 9-of-12 (75%) from behind the arc.

Jan. 21:
1970: Julius Erving sets a career-high with 37 points (and adds 20 rebounds) in a 62-61 loss vs. Fordham. He would later tie the mark in March of 1970.
1971: Mike Pagliara scores 24 points to lead the Redmen to a 77-63 win over Boston University, improving to 11-0 on the season.
1976: UMass beats Rhode Island, 94-93, in the second triple-overtime game in school history.

Jan. 22:
1902: Massachusetts Agricultural College defeats Ludlow Athletics, 42- 15 led by Raymond Quigley's 18 points.
1903: Michael Ahearn and Quigley combine for 40 points in a 44-22 win over Vermont.
1934: Louis Bush pours in a career-high 23 points to lead the Statesmen over Williams, 45-35.

Jan. 23:
1971: UMass' hopes at an undefeated season end with a 73-72 loss to Providence College. Providence star Ernie DeGregorio outshines Julius Erving with 33 points.
1986: Carl Smith dishes out 15 assists against Duquesne (a 69-60 UMass win) to tie the all-time single game record.

Jan. 24:
1920: Alan Pond scores the team's season-high (19) in a 31-22 win over Tufts.
1929: The Aggies play the longest game in school history, a four-overtime classic against W.P.I. before winning, 30-28.
1967: The Redmen fall by a 68-46 final to Bob Knight's coached Army squad. Mike Krzyzewski is a guard on the team and scores eight points before fouling out.

Jan. 25:
1904: UMass plays intrastate rival Boston University for the first time of 70, defeating the Terriers by a 36-16 final score.
1924: Massachusetts Agricultural College tops Harvard, 26-22, for the first time Massachusetts beat Harvard in any sport in 53 years.
1947: Head Coach Walter G. Hargesheimer resigns mid-season to take an assistant football coaching position at Oklahoma. Lorin "Red" Ball returns for his second tour of duty as Minutemen coach.
1997: The Minutemen drain 15 three-point field goals (in 27 attempts) to set a new school record in a 78-66 win over Temple.
2001: Monty Mack becomes the second all-time leading scorer in program history, reaching the 1,906 point mark in a 62-58 win over La Salle.

Jan. 26:
1907: The Aggies top Connecticut 24-16 to finish a two-game sweep of their rivals.

Jan. 27:
1962: UMass falls badly to Toledo, 77-47, its fourth-consecutive non-conference defeat of 20 points or more. The 5-7 Redmen would go on to win five in a row and 10 of the next 11 to make their first-ever NCAA Tournament.
1968: UMass falls to Yale by an 83-69 final in front of a television audience as part of the ECAC Game of the Week.
1971: Julius Erving reaches the 1,000 point plateau in an 87-79 loss to Fordham. This comes in only his 38th career game.
1995: Minutemen stage an 18-point comeback behind five double-figure scorers led by Lou Roe who finished with a game-high 25 in the 97-94 overtime win over West Virginia.

Jan. 28:
1921: At the time, Albert Smith sets a school record with 19 free throws made. The mark (that is now shared with Julius Erving), comes in a 22-21 loss to Amherst College.
1970: Julius Erving scores 29 points and adds 18 rebounds (in the first half alone) to lead the Redmen to a 103-68 win over Boston University. Ray Ellerbrook scores 25 points including the 1,000th of his career.
2007: Stephane Lasme records three blocks in 66-61 win over Charlotte to propel himself past Marcus Camby and into first in school history with 339.

Jan. 29:
1926: The Aggies defeat New Hampshire, 20-13, for the 100th win in program history.
1969: UMass tops Fordham, 73-60, in front of a huge crowd estimated at 5,500 at the Cage.
1974: Al Skinner scores his 1,000th career point in a 71-64 win over Northeastern.
1993: UMass tops Southwestern Louisiana, 84-74, in the final game at the Curry-Hicks Cage.

Jan. 30:
1971: Julius Erving scores 28 points and adds 26 rebounds in a 61-47 win over Northeastern. Tennessee transfer Tom McLaughlin adds 14 points in his UMass debut.
1973: Wanting to see how the team would draw outside of the Cage, UMass plays Holy Cross in a home game at the Springfield Civic Center. A small student presence shows in UMass' 78-71 victory.
2001: The Minutemen crush Rhode Island, 78-46, at the Providence Civic Center, led by Monty Mack's 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting.

Jan. 31:
1922: Massachusetts beats Boston University, 34-17, led by Edward Turney's 18 points.
1924: Massachusetts falls to Stevens Institute on a last-second basket, ending its 18-game home winning streak.
1968: Bill Tindall comes up with the first of his two-consecutive buzzer beaters as UMass tops Connecticut, 65-63.
1970: Julius Erving has another sensational game, recording 30 points and 27 rebounds in a 90-62 win over Northeastern.
1987: Four Minutemen combine for 75 of UMass' 84 points in an 84-80 double-overtime win over George Washington.

Feb. 1:
1962: UMass plays its first-ever game at Madison Square Garden. Co-captain Mike Mole regains his eligibility and scores 15 in his first game back, a 94-75 win over St. Peter's.
1964: Peter Bernard nets 32 points and Charlie O'Rourke adds 16 points and 23 rebounds in an 87-78 win over Maine. For Bernard, it marked the 10th time in the previous 12 games that he scored 20 or more points.

Feb. 2:
1917: Massachusetts and New Hampshire play for the first time with Massachusetts coming out on top 22-21 in overtime (the program's first-ever overtime game) The New England rivals went on to play 91 more games with the last coming on Jan. 2, 1993.
1963: Rodger Twitchell (18 points, 19 rebounds), Charlie Kingston (28 points), and Mike Johnson (13 points, 17 rebounds) have huge games n leading UMass to a 77-64 win over Coast Guard.
1980: UMass uses 18 points from forward Dan Wright to beat Harvard, 67-44, and end a 29-game losing streak.
1983: The Minutemen pick up their first-ever Atlantic 10 win, topping Penn State by an 84-62 final.

Feb. 3:
1962: The Redmen win their first of two-consecutive victories over Rhode Island, 77-69.
1968: One game after a buzzer-beater over Connecticut, Bill Tindall adds another one in a 71-69 win over American International College.
1970: John Betancourt scores 25 points in an 83-76 loss to Boston College. Julius Erving keeps his impressive inaugural campaign going with 26 points and 19 rebounds.

Feb. 4:
1942: Ted Bokina scores a game-high 25 points before fouling out in leading the Statesmen to a school-recorn scored 68 points in an 83-68 defeat to Rhode Island.
1961: Kirk Leslie scores 21 points Maine which marks his fourth- consecutive contest of scoring 16 or more points.
1974: Owning a 14-2 record, UMass receives votes in the AP Top 20 (in others receiving votes) for the first time ever.
1981: Unbelievably, freshmen score all but two points in a 54-52 win over St. Bonaventure.
1988: Lorenzo Sutton scores his 1,559th career point in a 69-62 loss to West Virginia, surpassing Donald Russell to become the all-time leading scorer in school history.
1993: The Minutemen defeat West Virginia in overtime, 64-59, in the first-ever game at the Mullins Center.

Feb. 5:
1943: The Statesmen allow a school-record 121 points (which still stands today) to Rhode Island in a 121-78 defeat.
1966: Clarence Hill ties for second all-time with 16 field goals made in a 94-83 win over Vermont. He finishes with 36 points and Jim Babyak adds 27.
1970: Julius Erving scores 30 points and adds 20 boards in an 82-67 win over Rider.

Feb. 6:
1950: In UMass' first game against Rhode Island in seven years, Bill Prevey nets a game-high 25 points in a 76-66 loss.
1962: The Redmen capture their second-straight win over Rhode Island, 73-62.

1977: 1,000 point scorer Mike Pyatt sets a career-high with 31 points in a 75-71 win over Pittsburgh.

Feb. 7:
1920: Massachusetts plays in first ever double-overtime game, falling to New Hampshire, 20-16.
1940: The Statesmen at the time allow the most points in program history in an 85-42 loss to Rhode Island.
1961: In a 71-65 loss to Rhode Island, Doug Grutchfield surpasses Jack Foley to become the all-time leading scorer in UMass history.
1973: In its second home game at the Springfield Civic Center, UMass defeats Boston College, 76-52, led by Tom Austin (20 points, 8 rebounds), and Al Skinner (17 points, 11 rebounds).

Feb. 8:
1927: The Aggies outscore Trinity, 25-5 in the second half to erase a double figure halftime deficit for the 27-17 victory.
1947: Massachusetts wins its first game of the season in Lorin "Red" Ball's coaching return, 49-47, over Clark.
1960: Doug Grutchfield nets 30 in an impressive 87-61 win over Northeastern.
1975: John Murphy scores his 1,000th career point in an 80-76 overtime loss to Connecticut.
2007: Stephane Lasme blocks 11 shots in a 77-55 win over Rhode Island. It ties his own single game record for blocked shots in a game (done twice previously). He also picked up his third triple-double of the season by finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Feb. 9:
1940: Massachusetts tops Tufts, 42-40 behind 11 points from Thomas Walsh and 10 from Walter Mosely. It marked M.S.C.'s only win of the season, ending a nine-game losing streak.
1963: Rodger Twitchell nets 20 points and adds 20 boards in UMass' 68-65 win over Rhode Island.
1984: Donald Russell scores his 1,000th career point in a 91-81 win over St. Bonaventure.
1985: UMass uses a game-winning shot from Carl Smith to top Penn State, 79-78 in overtime.

Feb. 10:
1934: Purdue transfer William Davis scores a last second basket to give Massachusetts a 48-46 overtime win while keeping it undefeated (5-0) on the season.
1943: Junior Raymond Kneeland is named captain before the tenth game of the season, replacing Ted Bokina.
1968: Billy Tindall scores 41 points against Vermont which is the most points scored in program history. He also set a school record with 19 field goals made.
1970: Julius Erving records an outstanding all-around game with 24 points, 25 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 blocks, and 4 steals in an 83-66 win over Holy Cross.
1977: Mike Pyatt (26 points) hits the game-winning shot as time expires to give UMass the 82-81 win over Rutgers, a team that had advanced to the Final Four the previous season.

Feb. 11:
1954: The Redmen nip Rhode Island, 68-67, marking their first win over the Rams since 1938 and first-ever win at URI. Connie McDonough, a transfer from Illinois, scores 17 points, including the game-winning free throw with 13 seconds remaining.
1966: Clarence Hill scores his 1,258th point as part of an 88-64 loss to Rhode Island, propelling him past Doug Grutchfield and into first on the program's all-time leading scoring list.
1978: Alex Eldridge gets eight steals against Maine, tying his own UMass single-game mark.

Feb. 12:
1908: The Aggies suffer the worst-ever loss in program history, falling 60-3 to Williams.
1977: Jim Town scores his 1,000th career point in a 77-63 win over Rhode Island. He finished the evening with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
1983: John Hempel scores 37 points against West Virginia good for the most points scored in a game as a freshman.
1991: UMass posts a 98-89 win over West Virginia, the program's first-ever win over the Mountaineers.

Feb. 13:
1926: Massachusetts tops Middlebury, 16-14, for its 14th straight home win.
1929: Massachusetts tops Harvard, 31-27. At the half, the Aggies ask Harvard to change to white shirts claiming that the red uniform tops were distracting.
1946: Heading into the game with a 2-5 record, Massachusetts stuns 16-2 American International, 55-54, behind 16 points from Raymond Kneeland and 15 from freshman forward Fred Richardson.
1954: The Redmen win their eighth in nine games, topping Clark, 60-51.
1960: Four Redmen reach double figures in UMass' 67-61 win over New Hampshire to improve the team's record to 12-6.
1971: In an 89-67 win over UConn, Julius Erving collects his 904th career rebound to surpass Tim Edwards as the all-time leading rebounder in school history.
1994: Following a 56-55 home win over Temple, Owls' head coach John Chaney and UMass head man John Calipari get into a confrontation during the postgame press conference. The two coaches need to be restrained by players and staff members. One of the players is current UMass head coach Derek Kellogg.

Feb. 14:
1905: Massachusetts/UConn rivalry begins with the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Massachusetts comes out on top with a convincing 66-22 victory behind Kenneth Gillett's 32 point effort.
1952: Bill Prevey scores 39 points against Rhode Island to (at the time) set the school-record for points in a game. The Redmen fall by a 96-72 final.
1953: Bill Stephens nets a team season-high 37 points, which also includes a miraculous 17 in the final 10 minutes in a 77-66 loss to Springfield.
1959: UMass needs all 28 of Doug Grutchfield's points in a 74-73 win over Vermont.
1978: Alex Eldrige (17 points, 10 assists) scores his 1,000th career point in an 87-72 victory over Villanova.
1995: Despite 22 points from Lou Roe, the Minutemen are handed their first-ever loss at the Mullins Center, 80-78 to George Washington.

Feb. 15:
1964: UMass tops Vermont, 120-84, setting a school-record for most points in a game (still stands today).

Feb. 16:
1938: An estimated 4,500 fans pack the Cage for a rematch of the Jan. 19, 1938 game vs. Amherst. Fred and Fran Riel score the game's final eight points of regulation to force overtime, but the Statesmen fall by four.
1949: A pair of sophomores, Alex Noroskey (20 points) and Ray Gagnon (17) combine for over half of UMass' points in a 63-60 win over Williams.
1959: Five players reach double figures in scoring as the Redmen top rival UConn, 80-79, in overtime.
1977: UMass drops a 78-76 triple overtime decision to New Hampshire, marking its only loss in nine game against Yankee Conference foes.
1992: After 21-consecutive losses in the all-time series, the Minutemen post a 67-52 win over Temple, UMass' first-ever victory over the Owls.
2007: With seven blocks in a 74-59 win over Fordham, Stephane Lasme sets the UMass single-season blocks record with 130, breaking Marcus Camby's former mark of 128 set in 1995-96.

Feb. 17:
1968: UMass beats UConn, 56-44, for Minutemen's first win at Storrs, Conn. since 1936, a span of 32 years.
1970: Julius Erving finishes with 30 points and 20 rebounds while Ray Ellerbrook adds 24 in an 83-74 win over Rhode Island.

Feb. 18:
1961: Doug Grutchfield and Kirk Leslie combine for 45 points in UMass' 101-66 thumping of Maine. Grutchfield finish with 23 for his fifth-consecutive game scoring 22 or more points.
1975: Behind 62 points from John Murphy (22), Jim Town (22), and Alex Eldridge (18), the Minutemen pick up their fourth conference victory in an eight day span, beating Vermont, 88-83.
1978: In a 77-55 win over George Washington, Mike Pyatt scores his 1,371st career point to surpass Julius Erving and become the all-time leading scorer in program history.
1998: Minutemen fall to Rhode Island, 87-85 in two overtimes, marking the first of three-consecutive overtime contests.

Feb. 19:
1953: UMass use 16 points from sophomore John Howard to defeat M.I.T., 64-60, for its first win of the season to end a 16-game losing streak.
1955: George "Trigger" Burke scores 32 points in a 90-83 win over Maine.
1959: Three days after pulling off the win over interstate rival UConn, the Redmen top intrastate rival Boston College, 68-65, led by a balanced attack from Curt Teeter (19 points), Leo LeBlanc (18) as well as Bucky Adamczyk (9 points, 15 rebounds, and Doug Grutchfield (8 points, 16 rebounds).

Feb. 20:
1902: The M.A.C. Aggies nip Trinity, 16-14 for their first-ever win against a collegiate opponent.
1952: Friends and family come out to celebrate "Bill Prevey Night". Prevey leads the way with 28 points in a 70-59 win over Tufts.
1958: A pair of juniors, Bucky Adamaczyk (23 points) and Ned Larkin (15) lead UMass to the 64-60 upset over intrastate rival Holy Cross, marking their first win over the Crusaders since the 1925-26 campaign.
1961: 1961 Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis and first African-American to win the award, scoring 21 points to lead Syracuse over UMass, 74-66.
1986: Carl Smith records his 519th career assist, surpassing Alex Eldridge to become the all-time career leader.
1988: UMass celebrates Julius Erving Night, retiring his number (32) for the second time. The Minutemen went on and picked up an 80-76 win over Duquesne.

Feb. 21:
1931: Massachusetts trails Tufts, 15-10 with five minutes remaining before it goes on a 16-0 run to pull off the 26-15 win.
1942: Ted Bokina scores his season-high 28 points in a 45-39 win over Wesleyan.
1956: UMass beats UConn, 87-85 at the Cage as win four of seven straight to end the season and finish with a 17-6 record (5-1 in the Yankee Conference) on the year. Junior center John Edgar scores what proves to be the game-winning basket with 40 seconds remaining to hand UConn its first conference loss.
1985: 1,000 point scorer Horace Neysmith ties a career-high with 27 points in a 76-74 overtime loss vs. West Virginia.

Feb. 22:
1907: Massachusetts' game vs. Brown is cancelled due to Brown refusing to play because of a prevalence of scarlet fever in Western Massachusetts.
1933: Louis Bush scores 10 points in a 47-43 overtime loss to Amherst, marking his fifth-consecutive double digit effort.
1955: George "Trigger" Burke scores 30 points in a 93-75 loss to Connecticut.
1971: Julius Erving grabs 32 rebounds (and scores 36 points) in an 86-71 win over Syracuse at a packed Cage, marking the UMass all-time record for rebounds in a single game.

Feb. 23:
1934: The Statesmen find themselves down by 11 in the second half, but they stage a sensational comeback to top Pratt, 40-35 while improving to 9-0 on the year.
1957: Jack Foley scores 24 points in UMass' 89-69 win over New Hampshire while becoming the first 1,000 point scorer in program history.
1974: UMass compiles its largest margin of victory in team history of 70 points by defeating Maine, 108-38 led by 21 points and 8 rebounds from Al Skinner.
1977: Jim Town and Mark Donoghue celebrate Senior Night with a 96-85 win over Maine. Town finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds while Donogue scored his 1,000th career point in the victory.
1978: Derick Claiborn reaches the 1,000 point plateau in a 73-60 loss to New Hampshire.
1985: Donald Russell scores his 1,504th point, surpassing Mike Pyatt to become the all-time leading scorer in school history.

Feb. 24:
1931: Massachusetts falls to Holy Cross, 32-31, in the final game played at the Drill Hall, the only home arena for basketball that the school had ever known.
1932: Massachusetts faces Syracuse for the first time ever, falling by a 43-19 final.
1933: UMass starts a 16-game winning streak which is ties for second all-time.
1943: Massachusetts falls to Coast Guard, 60-47, in the final varsity game until the 1945-46 season.
1968: The Redmen top Maine, 74-66 in overtime, to improve to 8-2 in conference while earning a share of the conference title (with Rhode Island).

Feb. 25:
1954: Playing for their first conference title, the Redmen host Connecticut with the Yankee Conference Championship on the line. Massachusetts falls by a 75-66 final despite 22 points from sophomore Dick Eid.
1965: UMass holds Charlie O'Rourke night to honor its senior co-captain. He scores the final three points of the game in the Redmen' 87-83 win over Boston University.
2006: The Mullins Center court is dedicated to Jack Leaman, the man most synonymous with UMass basketball who coached the team from 1976-79 before serving the athletic department in a variety of roles until his untimely death in 2004.

Feb. 26:
1930: Massachusetts trails Williams, 17-2 at one point, but come back to win by a 33-31 final score.
1949: Ray Gagnon and Alex Noroskey continue their stellar season, scoring 21 and 15 points in a 71-43 victory over Norwich.
1951: The Redmen fall to Boston College, 59-43, in first game against the Eagles in 45 seasons.
1955: Five players reach double figures in scoring in a 98-79 win over New Hampshire.
1972: The Redmen top Maine, 100-66, on Senior Night behind 22 points and 12 rebounds from center Rich Vogeley, marking the sixth time that UMass reached the 100 point mark.
1976: Against Providence, UMass overcomes a six point deficit with one minute remaining to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, the Minutemen come out on top, 81-79 for their ninth-straight victory.

Feb. 27:
1954: UMass tops the 80-point mark for the second time in the 1953-54 season, breaking the school record for points set only 10 weeks earlier. The Redmen go on to top New Hampshire, 82-62 behind 66 combined points from sophomores Dick Eid (27), Paul Aho (14), Connie McDonough (13), and Stanley Berman (12).
1960: Bob Eichorn (35 points) has a career scoring day, by threatening the single-game scoring record, but UMass falls to New Hampshire, 87-79.
1971: Julius Erving scores 35 points and adds 17 rebounds in the school's first-ever meeting with George Washington, a 70-65 win at Madison Square Garden.
1979: Legendary Jack Leaman coaches what proves to be his final game behind the UMass bench, a 78-73 overtime loss to Villanova.
1984: Carl Smith (175 assists) surpasses Alex Eldridge to become the single-season leader in helpers.
1988: Lorenzo Sutton plays a total of 54 minutes in a 119-114 three overtime loss to Rutgers, setting the record for minutes played in a single game and for three-point field goal attempts (17). He also tied for second all-time for points in a game with 39 (also his career-high). It also marked the most combined points in a UMass game all-time.

Feb. 28:
1922: Massachusetts' 35-19 win over Wesleyan marks the team's 10th win of the season, good for the first team in program history to reach double figures in victories.
1934: In front of a large crowd of 3,000 fans, Massachusetts trails Tufts by 10 with seven minutes remaining. The Statesmen then go on a 12-0 run for the thrilling 29-27 win to salvage their undefeated campaign.
1956: Junior Jack Foley nets 32 points in the season-finale 68-59 win over Colby, a victory that upps UMass' record to 16-6.
1959: Senior captain Bucky Adamczyk has a memorable final game, scoring 28 in an 89-74 win over Rhode Island.
1975: On another Senior Day win, the Minutemen top Boston University, 92-85.
1990: The Minutemen only turn the ball over three times in an 80-57 win over Saint Joseph's marking the fewest turnovers in a single game in school history. They also make a school-record 21 steals.
2007: With 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots in a 102-63 win over La Salle, Stephane Lasme becomes only the third player in NCAA history (Jason Kidd and Michael Anderson) to record four triple-doubles in a season. The 102 points was also a Mullins center record.

Feb. 29:
1908: UMass has played six times on this leap year day, with the only win coming in the first game, a 38-23 victory over W.P.I. during the 1907-08 season.

Mar. 1:
1932: Massachusetts suffers its first-ever loss in the New Cage, a 36-21 defeat at the hands of Providence.

Mar. 2:
1938: Ed Czelusniak scores 28 points in the season-finale to give Massachusetts a 65-31 win over intrastate rival Boston University.
1957: UMass celebrates "Jack Foley Night" in an 88-82 win over Maine. Foley finishes his career with 1,081 points and 15.2 points per game.
1968: The program celebrates its first-ever Senior Night with Bill Tindall, Gary Gasparek, Rick Perkins, and Jim Girotti being the inaugural honorees.
1970: Julius Erving scores 37 points against New Hampshire (and adds 25 boards), tying for the most points scored as a sophomore in school history. It also tied his career-high originally set on Jan. 21, 1970 vs. Fordham. His free throws made (19) still stand as a school-record. The 92-75 win marked the team's 10th consecutive and 13th in 14 games, improving its record to 18-6 (most wins in school history) while earning a share of the Yankee Conference title (with UConn).
1977: UMass hands Rutgers its second conference loss of the season, this being in the first round of the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League Tournament. In the game, Mike Pyatt scores 26 points to reach the 1,000 point plateau in the 78-74 win.

Mar. 3:
1923: Massachusetts beats Tufts, 23-11 for its 16th consecutive home victory.
1927: The Aggies beat New England champion Vermont, 20-17.
1934: With a 43-33 win over W.P.I., UMass wraps up an undefeated season at 12-0 marking the only squad in team history to finish undefeated.
1953: Bill Stephens scores 19 and John MacLeod adds 16 for UMass' fourth win in the last five games, this coming after an 0-13 start.
1962: UMass crushes New Hampshire, 109-62, to win its first-ever Yankee Conference crown and its first NCAA berth. The point total was a school record and the margin of victory (47 points) was the largest since the 1942-43 season.
1973: The Minutemen beat Fordham, 70-59, on Senior Night for their 12th straight win to improve to 19-6 on the year.
1984: Horace Neysmith scores the 1,000th point of his career in a 74-64 loss to Duquesne.

Mar. 4:
1922: Massachusetts top Bates, 31-22 to finish the season 11-4.
1936: Massachusetts closes out the year with its 10th consecutive defeat, falling to Tufts to finish the year at 2-12.
1961: UMass celebrates its all-time leading scorer Doug Grutchfield, creating his own night. Ironically, Grutchfield only scores 14 in his worst performance in 10 games, but the Redmen win their 16th game of the season, 93-61 over New Hampshire.
1971: UMass closes out the regular season with an 84-71 win over Maine to finish the regular season at 23-3.
1975: The Minutemen close out the regular season with their eighth win in nine games, topping Maine, 105-87 to finish the season 18-7.
1989: Jim McCoy concludes a tremendous freshman season with a season-high 35 point effort in an 87-83 loss to St. Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. McCoy finished the year with 555 total points in becoming the first ever UMass freshman to reach that mark.

Mar. 5:
1951: In its first-ever game at the Boston Garden, UMass plays Providence College and loses, 72-53.
2003: UMass' game vs. St. Bonaventure is cancelled after the Bonnies were disciplined for playing with an ineligible player, Jamil Terrell. The forfeit gives the Minutemen an additional A-10 win and propels them into the fourth seed in the conference tournament, where they would host George Washington and lose, 85-74.
2008: UMass romps La Salle, 100-63, on its way to a second-consecutive Senior Day win over the Explorers. Chris Lowe finished with a triple-double with 14 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds (third-ever UMass player to do so) while four other Minutemen reached double figures in scoring. Gary Forbes added 26 points, including his 1,000th point at UMass.

Mar. 6:
1963: Athletic Director Warren P. McGuirk announces that Matt Zunic will no longer be head coach, citing behavior problems as the primary reason for the firing. No new coach is named until April.
1974: The Minutemen improve to 21-4 on the season with an 83-58 win over New Hampshire.
2004: Anthony Anderson scores his 1,000th career point in a 69-65 loss to Richmond. Legendary UMass basketball figure (and then radio commentator) Jack Leaman passes away following the contest.

Mar. 7:
1994: The Minutemen beat Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 semifinals, 69-52, to set up its second-consecutive A-10 final matchup vs. Temple. The two schools would go on to meet in the A-10 finals for four consecutive seasons from 1993 through 1996, with the Minutemen winning them all.

Mar. 8:
1972: Al Skinner scores 21 points and grabs 17 rebounds in an 83-79 loss to Maine in the regular-season finale.
1996: Donta Bright and Marcus Camby each score 19 points to lead the Minutemen to a 74-65 win over George Washington in the A-10 semifinals.

Mar. 9:
1988: Coach Ron Gerlufsen resigns, citing wishes to pursue other coaching interests as the reason.
1996: UMass pummels Temple, 84-55, to win the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament and automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The team would go on to win four NCAA Tourney games to make its first-ever Final Four.

Mar. 10:
1977: In its sixth NIT game in eight season, Mark Donogue (26 points, 9 rebounds) takes a feed from Alex Eldridge (11 points, 10 assists) and scores the game-winning basket in an 86-85 win over Seton Hall.
2003: The Minutemen set a school record with 31 three-point field goal attempts in an 85-74 loss to George Washington in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Mar. 11:
1993: UMass tops Temple in the A-10 finals, 69-61, for its first of four-consecutive A-10 finals wins over the Owls.

Mar. 12:
1950: In UMass' first-ever postseason game (the N.A.I.B. small schools tournament), the Redmen fall to Central Connecticut State, 68-47.
1962: Exactly 12 years to the day after playing its first-ever postseason game of any kind, UMass plays its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, a 70-50 loss to New York University.
1992: UMass defeats West Virginia, 97-91 to win the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament and earn its first of what would be seven-consecutive NCAA Tournament bids.

Mar. 13:
2007: UMass tops Alabama 89-87 in overtime to advance to the second round of the NIT, marking the program's first national postseason win since 1996.

Mar. 14:
1983: Head Coach Tom McLaughlin resigns.
1996: Led by 21 points from Carmelo Travieso and 14 from Marcus Camby, the top-seeded Minutemen win their first-round game over #16 Central Florida, 92-70 on their way to their first Final Four in school history.

Mar. 15:
1950: The Redmen lose to Tufts, 66-44, in a consolation game of the N.A.I.B. small schools tournament.

Mar. 16:
1996: Five UMass players hit double figures, led by Marcus Camby with 20 as the #1 Minutemen win their second-round game over #9 Stanford, 79-74, to reach their second-consecutive Sweet 16, on their way to the school's first Final Four appearance.

Mar. 17:
1973: Behind five double-digit scoring efforts, the Minutemen beat Missouri, 78-71, for the program's first ever NIT (and postseason) win.
1974: In its fourth NIT appearance in five seasons and exactly one year after picking up its first victory, the Minutemen fall to Jacksonville, 73-69, in overtime.

Mar. 18:
2008: Led by a career-high 24 point effort from Dante Milligan, UMass wins its first round NIT game over Stephen F. Austin, 80-60, on its way to the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

Mar. 19:
UMass played three-consecutive NCAA Tournament games from 1993 through 1995, defeating Pennslyvania in '93 (54-50), losing to Maryland in '94 (95-87), and topping Stanford in '95 (75-53).

Mar. 20:
1971: Julius Erving plays his final game as a Minuteman, a 90-49 loss to top-seed North Carolina in the NIT First Round.
1973: In the NIT Quarterfinals, UMass tops Dean Smith and No. 11 ranked North Carolina, 73-63.

Mar. 21:
1916: After basketball was disbanded for eight years, it was announced that the Joint Committee voted to give varsity basketball a one year trial limited to five games.
1996: The #1 seeded Minutemen reach their second-consecutive Elite Eight after beating #12 Arkansas, 79-63. Five UMass players finish the game in double figures in scoring.

Mar. 22:
1992: #17 UMass defeats #21 Syracuse, 77-71, in first game in school history in which both teams are ranked. It was an NCAA Tournament victory that advanced the Minutemen to the Sweet Sixteen.

Mar. 23:
1996: UMass defeats Georgetown, 86-62, to advance to the school's first-ever Final Four.

Mar. 24:
1995: Behind 20 points from Marcus Camby and 12 from current UMass Head Coach Derek Kellogg, the Minutemen top Tulsa, 76-51, to advance to the school's first-ever Elite Eight.

Mar. 25:
2008: Minutemen come back from 22-point deficit with 14:34 remaining in the second half to defeat Syracuse 81-77 and advance to the NIT Semifinals for the first time since 1991. They also marked the first team to ever beat the Orange at the Carrier Dome twice in one season.

Mar. 26:
1992: UMass' 87-77 loss to Kentucky in an NCAA Sweet Sixteen Game marks the end of all-time leading scorer Jim McCoy's career. He finished his stellar four-year stint with 2,374 points.
2007: Stephane Lasme is named AP Honorable Mention All-American, marking the first Minutemen to earn AP honors since Marcus Camby was named to the first team in 1995-96.

Mar. 27:
1991: The Minutemen fall to Colorado, 98-91, in the NIT Third Place Game held in Madison Square Garden.

Mar. 28:
UMass has never played a game on this day.

Mar. 29:
UMass has never played a game on this day.

Mar. 30:
1996: The Minutemen play in their only Final Four in school history, a 81-74 loss to Kentucky in East Rutherford, N.J. It also marked the final game of All-American and future NBA star Marcus Camby's career.

Mar. 31: UMass has never played a game on this day.

April 1:
2008: UMass defeats two-time defending Champion Florida, 78-66, in the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

April 2:
UMass has never played a game on this day.

April 3:
2008: UMass hangs tough in the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden, but losses to Ohio State, 92-85.

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