The Minutemen launched a record 38 3-pointers in its 84-67 loss to Central Florida as it lost its first season opener since 2002. Ricky Harris had a team-high 15 points in the loss to begin his senior campaign.
Massachusetts men’s basketball alums Tony Gaffney and Stephane Lasme couldn’t hang onto an NBA team for this season, but Collegian columnist Adam Miller believes they made the right decision in bringing their games to Israel.
After a exhibition win over Dowling last weekend, the Minutemen open their season on the road against UCF Saturday. UMass will rely on senior guard Ricky Harris to lead the team in coach Derek Kellogg’s second season at the helm of the Minutemen.
UMass coach Derek Kellogg has used a variety of different tactics to get fans in the seats for the upcoming Minutemen’s season. Super Sunday, a replacement for Midnight Madness, showcased the team, while Kellogg and his team walked through Southwest giving out flyers.
Freshman Jevorn Farrell only saw 10 minutes of game time in UMass’ win over Dowling, but made the most of it as he scored eight points, and grabbed five rebounds before he fouled out. The effort impressed UMass coach Derek Kellogg as well as Farrell’s teammates in the rookies first game at UMass.
With less than four minutes remaining, UMass’ full-court press forced four turnovers from the Golden Eagles to help it tie the game and later get the win as the Minutemen won its only exhibition game of the year. The Minutemen play next at Central Florida on Friday.
After nearly losing to the Golden Lions last season, UMass will look to once again defeat Dowling College in the Minutemen’s first exhibition of the 2009 season. With five freshmen and two transfer students, coach Derek Kellogg expects to play everyone on his bench in order to get the victory.
Massachusetts men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg knows the talent the seven players he recruited as transfers and freshmen possess. What he doesn’t know is how they will fit in with the 2009-10 Minutemen 10 days before the regular season opener against Central Florida.
Instead of hosting March Madness, Derek Kellogg led UMass in a scrimmage and a meet and greet for fans to get the school excited for the upcoming season.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team won’t host a Midnight Madness this year because UMass coach Derek Kellogg doesn’t feel his team is ready for the showcasing. Instead, the Minutemen will hold an open practice while still involving fans and having a dunk contest on Super Sunday on Nov. 1.
Three members of the UMass basketball received Preseason honors, while former Minuteman Tony Gaffney was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers this past weekend.
Tony Gaffney had to work his way up just to start for the Massachusetts men’s basketball team. That same work ethic has now earned him a shot at making the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster.
The Massachusetts men’s basketball team hope to have more televised games with opponents such as Memphis and Boston College. The Minutemen will also compete in the Legends Classic from Nov. 27-28.
Sophomore Raphiael Putney has excelled as of late with his increasing minutes as a result of refraining from picking up soft fouls.