6-0 UMass Hoops Heads To Quinnipiac
Nov. 30, 2010
6-0 UMass Hits Road For First Time, Faces Quinnipiac
• The Minutemen sport the Atlantic 10’s second-leading scorer Anthony Gurley, who is netting 21.7 points per game, to rank 21st in the NCAA. Gurley has led UMass in scoring in every game this season including the last game vs. Holy Cross with 24 points. Gurley will have a chance to play in his hometown this weekend as the Minutemen hed to the TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics this Saturday for the Boston Tip-Off Classic. UMass will take on Boston College at 6:30 p.m., in the second game of a doubleheader with Northeastern battling Drexel and former UMass head coach Bruiser Flint in the first game at 4 p.m., Both games will air on Comcast SportsNet New England.
Happy 21st Birthday Freddie
UMass Aims For 7-0 Start
Best Starts In History
• Here are the best starts at UMass: 1995-96 (26-0); 1933-34 (12-0 undefeated season); 1970-71 (11-0); 1973-74 (9-0); 1925-26 (9-0); 1977-78 (8-0); 1968-69 (7-0); 1975-76 (6-0); 1971-72 (6-0); 1956-57 (6-0).
• The program started 5-0 in 1991-92 (Derek Kellogg’s freshman season) and 1930-31.
Series History With Quinnipiac
• Behind a 19-point effort from Ricky Harris and a late first half run in which they took the lead the lead for good, the UMass Minutemen men’s basketball team defeated Quinnipiac, 62-58. Anthony Gurley added 15 points and Sampson Carter had 11, as the Minutemen used a 9-0 run late in the first half to take control of the game and held off a late second half rally by the Bobcats to secure the win. UMass improved to 3-4 on the season, while Quinnipiac went to 3-3.
• UMass led by 12, its largest lead of the night, with 6:17 to go, but went without a field goal for the final 4:35 and scoreless for 3:13 of that span to allow Quinnipiac to cut the lead to as low as four, but free throws by David Gibbs and Gurley in the closing seconds kept the Minutemen in front by seven. QU’s James Johnson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer that made it a four-point victory for UMass.
• The Minutemen shot 21-for-48 from the floor, while Quinnipiac was 23-for-66. The Bobcats dominated the glass 46-29, including a 28-11 edge in offensive rebounds.
First Undefeated Tournament Since 1995
• This year, UMass swept the Hall of Fame Tip-Off with wins over Rider (77-67), New Mexico State (71-57), TCU (67-48) and AIC (83-56). It marked the first four-game sweep in a tournament in school history.
Ramped Up Defense
• The shooting defense has been stellar with grit and intensity. Opponents are shooting just .380 for the season with super efforts in a three-game span from Nov. 20-24, limiting New Mexico State to .333; TCU to a dreadful .298 amd AIC to .345.
• From 3-point range, opponents are just 32.7 from the floor.
• The Minutemen also lead the Atlantic 10 in turnover margin with a +5.0 per game, forcing opponents into 106 in six games, compared to just 76 miscues for UMass.
Better Shot Selection
• From 3-point range, UMass is 38.2, again with several stong efforts. UMass has made more than 45 percent three times: 45.0 vs. Rider (11/12), 50.0 vs. AIC (11/24) and 47.4 vs. Holy Cross (11/27). Anthony Gurley (60.0) and Gary Correia (58.3) lead the charge in taking more selective treys and hitting them. Correia has actually made seven of his last nine over three games.
Gurley, A Big Man On Campus
• Gurley scored his 1,000th career point with his final field goal against Rider and now has 1,100 in his career with 199 coming at Wake Forest and 901 at UMass. He led UMass in scoring in all six games this season including 24 vs. Holy Cross (11/27), 22 points vs. AIC (11/24) and 18 points in the win over Sacred Heart (11/17) He now has scored in double-figures 55 times in his career and has reached 20 points 13 times, three times this year.
• Gurley is second in the Atlantic 10 in scoring with a 21.7 points per game average, 21st in the NCAA.
Junkyard Dog Farrell Returns With Avengence
Ready Freddie Nets Career-Best
• He added 10 points vs. TCU for his second game this season in double-figures and added 17 in 17 minutes vs. Holy Cross (11/27).
UMass Calls Upon Sampson
Matt Climbs The Hill, Adds Energy
Return To The Cage, a Huge Success
• UMass “extended” its winning streak at the Curry Hicks Cage to 15 games with a 17-year gap. The streak spans back to the 1991-92 season as the Minutemen won their final 14 games before moving to the Mullins Center in Feb. 1993.
34-POINT SWING IN WIN OVER RIDER
TICKETS ON SALE FOR BOSTON TIP-OFF CLASSIC
• UMass will be playing at the TD Garden for the second year in a row after a dramatic 73-72 win over Memphis last season on Dec. 19, 2009. UMass is a perfect 4-0 all-time at the TD Garden.
LAGUERRE SIGNS NLI WITH UMASS
• “I am excited to have Jordan join our growing UMass basketball family,” said third-year head coach Derek Kellogg. “I have truly enjoyed watching Jordan play over the last few years as he has become quite a player and a person. Jordan has a tremendous competitive nature and an intensity on the floor that will push us to win basketball games. He is a great addition to the building process of UMass basketball both on and off the court.”
• The Manchester, N.H., native averaged 14 points per game as a junior and is expected to take an even more dominant role in the offense this season.
• “It’s close to home. They have a good environment and I really like the coaches and players,” Laguerre said about coming to UMass. “I’ve gotten to play with them over the last couple years, and I’m really looking forward to going there and getting stronger physically and as a player.”
FORBES IN THE NBA WITH NUGGETS
• “He’s an NBA player,” Denver forward Carmelo Anthony said. “He’s got an NBA body, a guy who’s willing to learn. He’s just a good addition to the team.”
• At UMass, Forbes was named the 2007-08 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. Forbes had a sensational senior season in 2007-08, finishing as the A-10’s co-scoring champion with 610 points (20.3 ppg) along with Temple’s Dionte Christmas. The New York native led the Minutemen to the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden, averaging 14.8 points in five NIT games, 17.5 in NIT Final Four, and was named to the NIT All-Tournament Team. UMass finished the season with a 25-11 record, the fifth-most wins in school history. That, combined with UMass’ 24-9 record in 2006-07, gave the Minutemen their first back-to-back 20-win seasons since ‘94-95, ‘95-96.
Close To Home
• UMass will also play three games down I-91 in Springfield. Two in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Nov. 20 and 22 along with a regular-season home game vs. La Salle on Jan. 15. UMass has played home games in Springfield in each of the last three seasons since Kellogg was hired in 2008.
• The Minutemen will play at the TD Garden for the second year in a row, against Boston College on Dec. 4 as part of the Boston Tip-Off Classic. That game will air on Comcast SportsNet New England as part of a doubleheader with Drexel, coached by former Minuteman bench boss Bruiser Flint, battling Northeastern in the first game. The event will benefit the Boston Children’s Hospital.
• UMass also plays two road games within 90 miles at Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn. on Dec. 1 and at Central Connecticut on Jan. 3 in New Britain, Conn.
UMass Alum Leading UMass
• Kellogg is not the only current head coach from the UMass rosters in the mid-90s as Tony Barbee is in his first year as the head coach at Auburn. Coaching at Texas-El Paso last season, Barbee led the Miners to the NCAA Tournament.
• Prior to McLaughlin, the last UMass alum to lead his alma mater was Lorin Ball (Class of 1921), who coached the team from 1945-52.
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KELLOGG’S MISSION 1000
• As part of MISSION 1000, UMass head coach Derek Kellogg, his staff and players hand-delivered season tickets to patrons throughout Western Massachusetts. They were greeted with excitement of fans from Amherst to Springfield.
• UMass’ exhibition game vs. Brandeis on Nov. 4 was a benefit for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Fans brought 2 cans of nonperishable food to the Mullins Center to gain admission in place of a ticket price. More than 1,000 cans were donated.
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