Men's Basketball

Hoops Hosts Quinnipiac On Wednesday Night

Anthony Gurley leads UMass with 18.2 points per game.

Anthony Gurley leads UMass with 18.2 points per game.

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UMASS (2-4) vs. QUINNIPIAC (3-2)
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 • 7 P.M.
Mullins Center (9,493) • Amherst, Mass.
Live Video, Audio, Gametracker:
Radio: WRNX (100.9 FM - Flagship)
WBIX (1060 AM), WCRN (830 AM), WATD (95.9 FM)

UMass Back Home To Host Quinnipiac, Wednesday Night
• The UMass basketball team will look to get back on the winning track as the Minutemen host Quinnipiac on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday will be Greek Night at UMass hoops where special promotions will be run for fraternities and sororities. The Minutemen (2-4) come off a pair of tough losses at the Legends Classic in Atlantic City falling to Rutgers of the Big East and No. 2 Michigan State of the Big Ten. Quinnipiac is 3-2 overall after a heart-breaking 65-62 loss at Navy on Monday night. The Midshipmen made a half-court desperation shot to win at the buzzer. This is the first-ever meeting between UMass and Quinnipiac in basketball.

• The UMass Sports Network with Josh Maurer, Tim Collins and Glenn Wong will cover the Minutemen's games on WRNX 100.9 FM in Western Mass, WBIX 1060 AM in Boston as well as WCRN 830 AM in Central Mass and WATD 95.9 FM on the South Shore. Pregame shows begin 30 minutes prior to tip-off.

Harris & Gurley Leading The Way
Ricky Harris continues to move up the UMass career scoring charts with his 17.7 average in six games this season. He is now 10th with 1,453 points. He has scored in double-figures in 70 of his 104 career games and in 67 of his last 72 games dating to his sophomore season. 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 Mike Pyatt, who is ninth at 1,503.

Anthony Gurley has scored in double-figures in all six games this season, with the first five off the bench. He leads UMass in scoring with an 18.2 points per game average. He is also the top shooter with a 53 percent mark from the floor. He has at least 13 points in every game this season. Against No. 2 Michigan State (11/28), he tied his career-high with 24 points. That came on the heels of 19 vs. Rutgers (11/27). He had 21 points vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith (11/21). He also led UMass with 18 vs. St. Francis (11/24).

• Right behind the two veterans on the scoring list are freshmen Freddie Riley (10.7) and Terrell Vinson (9.2). Each has three games this season with 10 or more points -- Vinson three in a row (Nov. 18-24).

UMass' Two-Game Win Streak
• UMass picked up two wins in a row with solid all-around team efforts at home beating St. Francis (N.Y.), 83-65 and Arkansas-Fort Smith, 94-68, in their second game of the Legends Classic on Nov. 21.

• UMass had five players score in double-figures in each of the two wins, marking the first two times UMass has had a quintet of scorers with 10 or more under head coach Derek Kellogg.

• Over the two wins UMass scored 88.5 points. UMass' defense also held foes to 66.5 over the last pair. Also, the Minutemen are shooting 52.0 percent from the floor in their wins.

• UMass defeated St. Francis (N.Y.) as Anthony Gurley led all scorers with 18 points, while 43 of the Minutemen's 83 points came from freshmen. Rookies Sampson Carter and Terrell Vinson each had 13 points, Freddie Riley had 12, and Ricky Harris added 10.

• 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.

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 10th with 1,453. He passed Horace Neysmith with his 22 points vs. Rutgers (11/27) in the Legends Classic. Next on the list is No. 9 Mike Pyatt (1,503).

• In the Cornell (11/18) 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) with 18 points.

• He is the 40th player to score 1,000 points in his career.

• Harris has scored in double-figures in 70 of his 104 career games including 67 of the last 72 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 fourth in career made 3-pointers with 224 and fourth in career attempts with 618. Among the players he passed last season was his current head coach Derek Kellogg (138). Next on both lists is Carmelo Travieso (245 of 666).

• On the attempts list, Harris is fourth, passing Kellogg (362) early in 2008-09.

• 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.

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.

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.




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