Hoops Hosts Quinnipiac On Wednesday Night
UMASS (2-4) vs. QUINNIPIAC (3-2)
UMass Back Home To Host Quinnipiac, Wednesday Night
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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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