Gurley Seeks 1,000th UMass Point Vs. BU, Friday
Gurley Seeks 1,000th UMass Point Vs. BU, Friday Afternoon
Beantown native and UMass' leading scorer Anthony Gurley enters Friday afternoon's game against Boston University just three points shy of 1,000 in his career as a Minutemen. UMass (7-4 overall) welcomes the Terriers for a special Friday afternoon New Year's Eve special at the Mullins Center at 2 p.m. UMass has played only one other game in history on Dec. 31 and that came in 1958, as the then-Redmen topped American International, 59-51 in the first game of the Springfield College Tournament.
Gurley has scored 1,196 in his career overall including 199 at Wake Forest, where he began his career and 997 at UMass. Gurley will become the 42nd player to score 1,000 points at UMass and first since Chris Lowe (1,152) did it against Richmond on Feb. 4, 2009. Prior to that, Ricky Harris (1,960) passed the plateau vs. Hofstra (Dec. 20, 2008). Gurley is currently third in the A-10 and 30th in the NCAA in scoring average with 20.5 per game as a senior. He has scored at least 12 points in every game this season and has led UMass in scoring in 10 of 11 games.
The game will air on CBS 3 Now (Comcast 293 in Western Mass.) and can be heard on the UMass Sports Network on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass and 830 AM WCRN in Central Mass. Josh Maurer will call the action with Tim Collins and Glenn Wong serving as color analysts. Live streaming video, audio and GameTracker statistics are also available on UMassAthletics.com.
Back In The Swing Of Things
UMass will get back into a more routine schedule starting next week as the Minutemen travel to Central Connecticut, for their final non-conference game on Monday at 7 p.m. UMass then opens the A-10 schedule against Dayton on Sunday, Jan. 9. That game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports with a 2 p.m., tip-off from the Mullins Center.
Series History With Boston University
In the last meeting on Dec. 29, 2007, UMass topped the Terriers, 70-61. The backcourt trio of Gary Forbes, Ricky Harris, and Chris Lowe combined for 51 points to give UMass head coach Travis Ford a 70-61 victory over Boston University on his 38th birthday at the Mullins Center. Forbes finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds as he recorded his third double-double of the season. Lowe and Harris added 14 points each. Carlos Strong led the Terriers with 17 points.
Prior to the 2007 meeting, UMass won three games in a row by scores of 67-65 on Dec. 28, 2004; 64-45 on Dec. 12, 2005 and 56-54 on Dec. 8, 2006 at Agganis Arena in Boston.
In 2006, UMass defeated Boston University 56-54 behind a strong showing from Rashaun Freeman who scored 20 points, 14 in the second half, and hauled in 12 rebounds (eight offensive). Stephane Lasme chipped in 12 points despite being plagued with foul trouble. The big story of the night, however, was the play of Brandon Thomas and Chris Lowe off the bench. Thomas scored 10 points, including two big three pointers, while Lowe recorded six assists, two steals and one block.
Best Starts In UMass History
UMass also had a 7-0 mark in 1968-69.
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); 2010-11 (7-0); 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.
One Of The Final 22
The loss to BC also saw the end the longest win streak for UMass since 1998. The seven-game run was the longest since the Minutemen won 10 games in a row from Jan. 3-Feb. 1, 1998.
Gurley, A Big Man On Campus
Gurley is just three points shy of becoming the 41st player to score 1,000 points at UMass. The last UMass player to reach 1,000 points was Ricky Harris (1,960 career points), who reached the plateau on Dec. 20, 2008 vs. Hofstra.
Gurley scored his 1,000th career point with his final field goal against Rider and now has 1,196 in his career with 199 coming at Wake Forest and 997 at UMass. He led UMass in scoring in the first 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 60 times in his career and has reached 20 points 15 times, five times this year, most recently vs. Boston College (12/4) with 22.
Gurley scored a career-high 31 points to serve a part of the two-headed offensive attack in the big rally against Rider (11/12) With 31 points in the opener, Gurley tallied the most points by a UMass player in a season debut since Marcus Camby netted 32 against Kentucky in the 1995-96 season opener. Gurley was named to the Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 15 for his performance.
Ready Freddie Filling It Up
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). He netted 14 in his last contest vs. Seton Hall (12/11).
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Take The Charge! Traynham Draw `em
Traynham is also adding to the offense with 5.3 points and 3.2 assists per game in his college debut. Traynham drew his first college start vs. No. 24 UCF on Dec. 22.
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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.
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.
34-POINT SWING IN WIN OVER RIDER
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 Makes NBA With Denver 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.
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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