Fresh off Win At `Cuse, UMass Heads To IUPUI
Nov. 29, 2007
UMASS (5-1) at IUPUI (4-2)
Fresh off Win At `Cuse, UMass Heads To IUPUI
UMass goes from playing in the largest Division I venue in the 33,000-seat Carrier Dome to one of the smallest in the newly-refurbished IUPUI Gym aka "The Jungle", which is expected to sell out its 1,215 seats.
It is the first meeting between the schools in basketball. UMass is seeking its first-ever win in the state of Indiana. The Minutemen/Redmen stand 0-4 in games in the Hoosier State. All-time against teams from Indiana, UMass is 0-5 losing twice to Purdue and Evansville and once to Indiana.
Juicy Bits From The 107-Pt. Outburst
The 107 points were the most UMass has scored in a regulation game since a 110-97 win over Duquesne on Jan. 6, 1977.
It ties for the 11th-most points in a game for UMass as it also scored 107 in a win over Colgate in 1966.
The 207 combined points tied for the third-most points in a game in UMass annals. The record is 233, when UMass lost at Rutgers in triple overtime, 119-114 on Feb. 27, 1988.
The other game with more total points (214) marked the last time UMass played in a game where both teams scored 100 points in a regulation when North Texas beat the Minutemen, 110-104 on Dec. 29, 1982.
More On The Orange Crush
In the epic win, UMass rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to come away with the win. Ricky Harris led the Minutemen with a career-high 25 points while Gary Forbes added his A-10 leading scoring average of 23 points. Forbes also had seven assists and six rebounds in what Travis Ford called his best game at UMass.
Point guard Chris Lowe returned to action after sitting for 14 days of game-action and had 13 points and a career-high tying nine assists.
UMass shot 52 percent from the floor including 14-of-31 from 3-point range. Etienne Brower, who ranks second in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage (63.3) made 4-of-6 from trey-range.
Danté Milligan continued to show he can be a force with his second career-high 17-point game in the last three games. Milligan also equalled his Yale game, two weeks prior, with an 8-of-9 showing from the floor.
Scoring, More and More
With the new offense, UMass is scoring a high-pace. The Minutemen are averaging 91.5 points per game, up from 78.8 points through six games last season and 77.3 from the entire season.
UMass is sixth in the NCAA in scoring through Wednesday, Nov. 28.
UMass is 13th in total 3-pointers made with 65.
Showing Major Improvement
Sophomore Ricky Harris has emerged as a major weapon on offense, scoring 19.3 points per game after just 4.5 last season as a freshman. He played in 32 games, all off the bench, but has started all five games this season. Harris has 116 points this year after 145 all of last year. He leads all Minutemen in scoring improvement at +14.8 points per game. Harris has scored in double-figures in all six games this season. He scored more than 15 in each of the first four games, surpassing his freshman-season high of 14 each time.
Senior Etienne Brower has become the force UMass thought he would be after transferring from Boston University. Brower is averaging 14.8 points in four starts after scoring just 2.7 points per game in 2006-07 when he was hindered by an ankle injury all season. Brower has 89 points in the first six games after just 59 all of last year in 22 games. He passed his entire total in the fifth game of the season with 75 after the Wis.-Green Bay game. Brower has more than 12 points in four of five games in 07-08 after his season high was just eight last year. His +12.1 improvement was aided by his career-high 25 points against Wis.-Green Bay (11/17).
Senior Danté Milligan has tallied his career-high of 17 in two of the last three games at Syracuse (11/28) and against Yale (11/14). Milligan's season-high last year was 10 points which he accomplished twice. Milligan has taken his averages from 3.3 points and 2.5 rebounds to 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Junior Luke Bonner is also seeing more time and making his signature 3-pointers. Bonner, who averaged just 1.6 points in 06-07 is up to 5.8 per game and has made 9-of-16 from 3-point land. Last year he made seven treys all season in 31 games.
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UMass Continues Home Dominance
The Minutemen went 12-2 at home last season playing before an average of nearly than 6,000 fans per game at the Mullins Center, including a sellout of 9,493 for the Boston College game on Dec. 2. that UMass had its second crowd of more than 9,000 this year with 9,088 against Saint Louis on Feb. 24. This season marks the first since 1998-99 UMass has had two crowds of more than 9,000 in the same season. The Saint Louis crowd was the largest for an A-10 game, since a sell-out of 9,493 against Temple on Feb. 17, 2001. With an average of 5,968 UMass had its best attendance since 1998-99 when an average of 6,723 came to the Mullins Center. UMass is fourth in the league in attendance.
Ford-Tough At Home
Milligan's Career Game Lifts UMass Past Yale
Sophomore Ricky Harris led UMass with 23 points. Senior Dante Milligan scored a career-high 17 points along with seven rebounds and three blocks. Classmate Gary Forbes netted 19 points, his fourth game in a row reaching double-digits, and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Senior Etienne Brower poured in 12 for UMass' fourth player in double-figures, he also had five assists.
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Gibbs Signs NLI For 2008-09 Season
"We are extremely excited that David has joined the UMass basketball family," said head coach Travis Ford, who has UMass off to 4-1 start in 2007-08. "David is a terrific young man and a great basketball player. He fits our style of play with his ability to play different guard positions. He has great size and athleticism. I really enjoyed getting to know his mother and father and they have been very supportive during the recruiting process. The Master's School has also been wonderful throughout and everyone is every excited that he will playing his college basketball just up the road at UMass."
As a junior, Gibbs averaged 22.5 points, 12.0 assists and 8.0 rebounds playing at the Master's School for Coach Ralph Auriental. He is beginning play in his senior year in 2007-08. Gibbs plays his AAU and travel basketball for the Connecticut Basketball Club (CBC) where he is coached J.R. Hargreaves and Pat Sullivan. According to scouting services, Gibbs is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in New England. He is rated as the nation's 28th best point guard by scout.com and 33rd by rivals.com
2006-07 A Season To Remember
2006-07 Mass Co-A-10 Champions
The Minutemen went 24-9 overall and had the best season since the 1995-96 Final Four year when they went 35-2 in finishing as a national semifinalist. UMass finished with a 13-3 record in the Atlantic 10. UMass had its best conference record since going a school-record 15-1 in 1995-96. Prior to the loss to Saint Louis in the A-10s, the Minutemen had won six games in a row overall, their longest win streak since capturing 10 games in a row in Jan.-Feb. 1998.
Lasme, Freeman Gain Honors
Lasme was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American following the season. He was UMass' first All-American honoree since Camby in 1996.
Lasme was joined by senior Rashaun Freeman on the A-10 First Team. Freeman is the first player since Saint Joseph's Jameer Nelson (2001-04) to be a three-time first-team selection.
Lasme is the second player to be named the league's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same campaign joining Pepe Sanchez of Temple in 1999 and David West of Xavier in 2002. Lasme joined Tony Dobbins of Richmond (2002-04) as the only players in league history to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors in successive seasons. Lasme was also named to the All-Defensive Team for the second year in row. Lasme and Freeman were named to the NABC All-District First Team and USBWA All-District First Team.
UMass' 20-Win Season
UMass picked up its 20th win of the season on Feb. 21, beating St. Bonaventure, 83-44. The win gave the Minutemen their first 20-win season since 1997-98 when UMass went 21-11. Prior to that season, UMass last won 20 or more when they set the school record for wins a season with a 35-2 record the Final Four season of 1995-96.
It was UMass' 13th 20-win season in school history. The Minutemen had their first 20-win season in 1970-71, when they went 23-4.
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