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LIVE BLOG: UMass at Green Bay

Packer great Paul Hornung being interviewed by Josh Maurer at Lambeau Field.

Packer great Paul Hornung being interviewed by Josh Maurer at Lambeau Field.

Nov. 29, 2008

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    After playing one game at home in Amherst, the UMass basketball team is back on the road as the Minutemen (1-3) travel to Green Bay to face the Phoenix (2-2) on Saturday night at 8 p.m. (ET). The game is first of consecutive trips to the midwest in a five-day span as the Minutemen play at Toledo on Wednesday night in Ohio. UMass is in the midst of playing four of its first five games of the season away from home.

    Greetings from Green Bay, Wisconsin! Dave Gunn from the UMass Media Relations Office here bringing you the added info and tidbits that will hopefully make your listening/viewing experience more enjoyable.

    10:02 p.m. ET
    Final buzzer sounds and UMass falls to Green Bay, 84-67.

    Ricky Harris led the Minutemen with 27 points, while Anthony Gurley was the only other UMass player in double-figures with 11. Tony Gaffney led the way on the glass with 12 rebounds.

    UWGB puts five players in double-figures, led by Troy Cotton's 21. The Phoenix shot 12-for-22 from behind the arc.

    Mongo checked into the game in the final minute for his first action as a Minuteman.

    The Minutemen drop to 1-4, while Green Bay goes to 3-2.

    The story of this game might be how UMass was unable to take advantage of 60% shooting in the first half because of 15 turnovers.

     

     

    UMass returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Toledo for a 7 p.m. tip.

    Thanks for checking out tonight's blog and be sure to stop in again on Wednesday when we are in Toledo.

    Good night.

    9:56 p.m. ET
    Lowe fouls out on a push-off call on offense. Correia and Lex Mongo are Kellogg's only options of the bench now.

    UWGB leads by 21 with under two left.

    9:53 p.m. ET
    Foul trouble continues: Lynch is out, Lowe and Gaffney both have four. Lowe has had to miss some minutes this half because of the fouls.

    With three minutes left, Green Bay leads 84-63, its largest lead of the game.

    9:50 p.m. ET
    Two 3's by Cotton and two free throws by Brent Eaton give UWGB a 80-63 lead with 4:24 left.

    UMass continues to try to put runs together, but UWGB keeps having responses with its own offense.

    9:40 p.m. ET
    At the under 8-minute timeout, UMass trails, 70-57.

    UMass is in a 2-3 zone on defense and really trying to push the pace on offense with drives to the basket. Gurley and Correia have had back-to-back layups.

    9:36 p.m. ET
    Troy Cotton hits a 3 and UWGB takes a 67-52 lead with under 10 to go.

    UMass now has 25 turnovers. The last time the Minutemen had that many was 30 on 12/28/06 against Yale. UMass won that game.

    9:34 p.m. ET
    Lynch fouls Schachtner on a made 3-pointer for his fifth and he is out of the game. Glass into the game and Gaffney moves to center.

    9:32 p.m. ET
    Timeout with 11:30 left, UMass trails, 60-52.

    The Minutemen have 22 turnovers. That's the most since Northern Illinois last season.

    Today's attendance at the Resch Center: 4,086

    9:30 p.m. ET
    Ricky Harris hits his fourth 3-pointer of the game. That gives him 139 for his career, passing his coach, Derek Kellogg for seventh on the all-time UMass list.

    9:28 p.m. ET
    Derek Kellogg saves UMass a possession by calling timeout just as Matt Glass was about to get whistled for a 5-second call. UMass trail 56-49 with under 13 minutes left.

    9:25 p.m. ET
    Tony Gaffney picks up his third foul on a charge and he is forced to the bench. Ricky Harris comes back with a layup and foul to give him 19 points and make it 53-49 UWGB with under 14 to go. UMass is on a 7-2 run over the last three minutes.

    9:17 p.m. ET>
    The Phoenix lead reachs nine, but Harris hits a deep 3 to pull UMass within six, 51-45 with under 17 to go.

    A reminder: the UMass Minutewomen will be tipping off in Boulder, Colorado at 9:30 tonight in the final of the Coors Classic when they take on Minnesota. UMass defeated the host Buffaloes last night to reach the championship game.

    9:13 p.m. ET
    Tyrell Lynch is whistled for his third foul with UWGB leading 47-41. Matt Glass enters the game for him. Foul trouble could make UMass' lack of options on the bench even more of a problem.

    9:10 p.m. ET
    The Phoenix come out of halftime hot, hitting two 3's and a 2 to take a 45-39 lead and force a UMass timeout with just under 19 minutes left.

    9:08 p.m. ET
    As you all heard at halftime, the special halftime interview guests that we bumped into at Lambeau Field were Hall of Famers Paul Hornung and Gale Sayers. They were both there for a book signing and were gracious enough to take the time to talk a little college hoops with Josh. Hornung, a Heisman winner at Notre Dame, mentioned he is also a fan of his native Louisville Cardinals and is a close friend of their coach and UMass alum Rick Pitino.

    9:06 p.m. ET
    As the second half is about to begin, I would like to mention that we do have at least one UMass fan here. Mike Diom, a 2002 graduate of the Isenberg School of Management, lives here in Green Bay now and is in attendance cheering on his alma mater.

    9:00 p.m. ET
    First half stats of note:
    UMass is shooting 60% from the field and 60% from 3-point range, but 15 turnovers have led to the close score.

    Green Bay shot 45.5% and was 4-from-10 from behind the arc. It turned the ball over 10 times in the half.

    Harris led the way for UMass with 13 points and five rebounds. Lowe had nine points and three assists.

    Terry Evans and Mike Schachtner led the Phoenix with eight points each.

    8:53 p.m. ET
    First half roundup and Josh Maurer's "Hall of Fame" interview are coming up on WRNX.

    8:52 p.m. ET
    A hoop and foul for Green Bay makes it a 2-point game, 39-37. UMass holds for the last shot and Ricky Harris appeared to get hit on the arm rather hard as he took a 3-pointer, but no call was made and the Minutemen will take that 2-point lead to the locker room.

    8:48 p.m. ET
    Congrats to the Massachusetts Daily Collegian for being the only UMass local media to make the trip to Green Bay! Writer Adam Miller is here covering the game. He is from Chicago and was home for Thanksgiving and made the drive up here. He also covered women's lacrosse's game at Northwestern last spring.

    8:45 p.m. ET
    Two-straight threes by UMass (Harris and Lowe) gets UMass' lead back to seven, 39-32.

    8:40 p.m. ET
    A Terry Evans 3-pointer pulls the Phoenix within three, 33-30, with 4:45 left in the half and UMass calls timeout.

    UMass is shooting 62%, but turnovers are hurting the Minutemen.

    8:33 p.m. ET
    At the under 8-timeout, UMass leads 28-19.

    Thanks to Josh and Tim for the birthday shoutout on WRNX. Yes, I am celebrating my birthday in Green Bay and loving it.

    Be sure to check out Josh's special interview at halftime on WRNX 100.9 or here at UMassAthletics.com. You don't want to miss it.

    8:30 p.m. ET
    Gurley hits his second 3-pointer of the game to give the Minutemen a 23-18 lead with under 10 left in the half.

    There was a delay after a foul as the referee spoke to both coaches. I just got word from Jason Yellin that it was a warning to keep jerseys tucked in.

    8:23 p.m. ET
    C-Lowe goes coast to coast to give UMass its biggest lead so far, 18-12, with 11 minutes left in the half.

    A little sloppy play ... Both teams have turned the ball over nine times so far.

    The Phoenix has some great names on their roster ... Bryquis Perine ... Chop Tang ... Gozie Umeadi ... and Mike Schachtner. You have no idea how long that took to type.

    8:15 p.m. ET
    At the under 16-minute timeout, Green Bay leads, 8-7.

    The depleted UMass bench is quite a sight with far more suits than jerseys filling the chairs.

    8:10 p.m. ET
    UMass takes an early 2-0 lead on a Chris Lowe steal and lay-up.

    Green Bay called a 30-second timeout just 10 seconds into the game ... kind of odd.

    8:05 p.m.
    We have a special guest up in the press box with us tonight, former UMass Associate Director of Media Relations and Green Bay native Kimberly Gardner.

    The game is about to tip-off and there is a decent crowd here ... I would say over 3,000.

    7:50 p.m.
    UMass is travelling light with only eight scholarship players making the trip. Luke Bonner is still out with a sprained knee, while Travon Wilcher stayed in Amherst with an illness. Matt Hill is obviously out with his achilles injury.

    Walk-on Lex Mongo is making his first roadtrip of the season and will be wearing #4 for the Minutemen.

    UMass' starters:
    G 14 Chris Lowe
    G 5 Ricky Harris
    G 12 Anthony Gurley
    F 24 Tony Gaffney
    C 25 Tyrell Lynch

    7:30 p.m. ET
    I will be blogging to you today at the Resch Center, a 9,493-seat arena that was opened in 2002. It is right across the street from historic Lambeau Field. Besides being the home to the Green Bay Phoenix, it is also the home of the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and the Green Bay Blizzard arena football team.

    I am perched about 25 rows above the court, along with our WRNX broadcast crew of Josh Maurer and Tim Kenney. It will be a little higher vantage-point than we are used to, but we'll make the best of it.

    It's been a great trip for the Minutemen so far to Wisconsin. The team's charter left Barnes Airport late Friday afternoon and arrived in Green Bay about 5:30 p.m. local time. Today, the Minutemen had shoot-around here in the morning and headed back to the hotel for meetings and some rest.

    While the team did that, some of us other staff members went over to Lambeau Field and took a tour of the historic stadium. It was a busy day at the frozen tundra as the Packers will host the Carolina Panthers tomorrow. While we were viewing the field from a luxury suit, Navy skydivers were parachuting onto the field, practicing for tomorrow's opening of the game.

    We also bumped into a couple legends at Lambeau that Josh Maurer got the chance to interview. You can hear that interview at halftime of tonight's game on WRNX 100.9 or by clicking the listen link above.

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