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26-2 Second-Half Run Keys UMass' 90-64 Win Over Cal Poly
UMass ends game on 36-10 spurt breaking 54-54 tie
From UMass Athletics, 11/9/2007

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The UMass basketball team ended its first game of the season on a 36-10 run to top Cal Poly, 90-64 in the first game of the BTI Tip-Off Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Minutemen broke a 54-54 tie with 10 minutes left in the game and went on a 26-2 run to cruise to the win. Ricky Harris led all players with 23 points. Gary Forbes had his third double-double at UMass with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Cal Poly did not have a player score in the double-figures.

The Minutemen led for almost the entire game. Etienne Brower would score a career high 17 points, including nine of UMass' first 12 points to build a 12-6 lead. Brower would hit six of seven shots, including three out of four from three point range. The Minutemen would lead by as many as seven in the first half, at 36-29, but would have to settle for a three point advantage at the break, 41-38.

In the second half, Cal Poly had just one lead at 46-44, when Titus Shelton muscled up for one his four baskets during the game. A Brower layup on the next possession tied the game at 46-46. The Minutemen would build a small lead in the second half, despite not making a basket for more than eight minutes. Both halves, the Minutemen got in to the bonus early and went to the foul line. UMass shot 41 free throws to Cal Poly's 19. The Minutemen made 26, while the Mustangs netted 15.

Clinging to a three point lead at 59-56, Brower hit his third three of the game, upping the advantage to 62-56 and the 26-2 run was in high gear.

For Harris' career high 23, he made five of 13 shots and 11 of 16 from the charity stripe. Chris Lowe added 13, making six of 10 from the field. He had four assists and there steals. He went out of the game with an ankle injury, but came back and had a gutty performance down the stretch.

Tony Gaffney in his first game in the maroon & white, had eight rebounds.

For the game, UMass outshot Cal Poly, 45% to 36%. The Minutemen made eight of 23 from beyond the arc (35%) and held the Mustangs to three of 22 (14%). CP had the edge on the boards, 46-41.

The Minutemen will play Northern Illinois on Saturday at 6:45 p.m. (ET) and Northern Iowa on Sunday at 6 p.m. (ET). Cal Poly faces UNI on Saturday and Northern Illinois on Sunday.

QUOTES

UMass Coach Travis Ford
On his team's up-tempo style:
"As many 3s as we take, we're going to go on some scoring runs. We're not a big, physical team, but we can get the ball up the floor. I think we're a fun team to watch. There is a method to the madness."

On winning to open the season:
"There were a lot of reasons we wanted this one. We've changed styles of play as drastically as anybody in America. Now (the players) trust this is something good and we can come back out tomorrow and keep it going."

On Cal Poly:
"Cal Poly is a good basketball team, and I think they'll win their league. We beat a team tonight that is going to win a lot of games."

On frequently changing defensive schemes:
"We don't guard anybody well, so we're trying to camouflage our weaknesses and throw the kitchen sink at people."

On opening the season on a neutral court:
"It's been great. (The McLeod Center) is a beautiful arena. Their facilities at UNI are amazing, from the Dome to this arena. And everyone has been great since we've been out here."

Cal Poly Coach Kevin Bromley
On the difference in the game:
"There was a three- or four-minute stretch where we made turnovers that led directly to points. We didn't shoot the ball very well tonight, and that definitely hurt us. Plus, we got in a little foul trouble."

On the bench contributing 30 points:
"That was a big positive. We've got to keep moving those guys along. We've got some solid guard play, and those guys are still maturing."

UMass Guard Ricky Harris
On playing in a mostly-empty arena:
"It's harder to get up with the fans not here. It's harder to play on defense, but we had more energy from our bench. They were spirited and kept us in the game. It always feels good to get the first win. Now we celebrate for 20 minutes and then think about the next game."

NOTES

* UMass opened the season with a 90-64 win over Cal Poly at the BTI Tip-Off Tournament. It was UMass' first-ever game in the state of Iowa and UMass' first-ever meeting with the Mustangs, the former school of UMass A.D. John McCutcheon.

* UMass won its fifth season opener in a row and stands 66-33 all-time in 99 season openers. The Minutemen have won 13 of their last 15 openers.

* Travis Ford is 7-1 in his last eight season openers while coaching at UMass (3-0) and Eastern Kentucky (4-1).

* Sophomore guard Ricky Harris made his first-career start and scored a career-best 23 points. He set new highs in field goals attempted (13), 3-pointers attempted (8), free throws made (11), free throws attempted (16), assists (4) and minutes (36).

* Senior Etienne Brower had a UMass-career-high with 17 points in the opener. Brower's previous best scoring game as a Minuteman was eight last season at Louisville and at home vs. George Washington. Brower had his most points since he netted 18 against Stony Brook on Feb. 16, 2005 while playing for Boston University.

* Senior Gary Forbes had his fourth-career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. It was his third while with UMass (last year vs. Richmond and at Temple). Forbes scored 20 or more points for the ninth time in his career and fifth time at UMass. It was his sixth-career double-figure rebound game and fourth with the Minutemen.

* Dante Milligan drew his second-career start and had nine points.

* Tony Gaffney made his UMass debut, playing 27 minutes and tying his career-high with eight rebounds.

* Five freshmen made their college debuts. Max Groebe was the only one to score canning the final basket of the game on a 3-pointer with 0:06 remaining. Groebe played 13 minutes. Gary Correia played seven minutes. Papa Lo, Matt Glass and Trey Lang all appeared in the final minutes.


Massachusetts Minutemen 90
Cal-Poly Mustangs 64
BTI Tip-Off Tournament
at the McLeod Center, Cedar Falls IA

Official Basketball Box Score
Massachusetts vs Cal Poly
11-09-07 3:15 pm at McLeod Center -- Cedar Falls, Iowa

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VISITORS: Massachusetts 1-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
20 Milligan, Dante..... f  3-7    0-0    3-4    1  1  2   2   9  0  2  2  1  16
22 Brower, Etienne..... f  6-7    3-4    2-3    1  5  6   4  17  3  3  2  0  31
03 Forbes, Gary........ g  6-16   1-4    7-8    0 10 10   2  20  1  1  2  2  26
05 Harris, Ricky....... g  5-13   2-8   11-16   1  1  2   1  23  4  5  0  2  36
14 Lowe, Chris......... g  6-10   0-1    1-4    1  2  3   1  13  4  3  0  3  33
01 Lo, Papa............    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
11 Correia, Gary.......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  1   7
13 Groebe, Max.........    1-3    1-3    0-0    0  1  1   1   3  2  0  0  0  13
21 Lang, Trey..........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
24 Gaffney, Tony.......    0-3    0-1    1-2    1  7  8   3   1  0  0  1  2  27
31 Bonner, Luke........    1-2    1-1    1-4    2  1  3   3   4  0  1  0  0   8
33 Glass, Matt.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM................                         2  3  5
   Totals..............   28-62   8-23  26-41   9 32 41  17  90 15 15  7 11 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-34 44.1%   2nd Half: 13-28 46.4%   Game: 45.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-15 33.3%   2nd Half:  3-8  37.5%   Game: 34.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-12 50.0%   2nd Half: 20-29 69.0%   Game: 63.4%    4


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HOME TEAM: Cal Poly 0-1
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
34 Hanson, Matt........ f  3-7    1-2    2-2    2  6  8   4   9  1  1  1  0  26
35 Shelton, Titus...... c  4-6    0-0    0-0    2  3  5   4   8  1  1  2  2  16
00 Clark, Trae......... g  2-6    0-2    3-3    1  4  5   5   7  3  6  0  1  25
02 Whiten, Dawin....... g  2-11   0-6    2-2    0  2  2   3   6  2  4  0  0  25
10 Thomas, Chaz........ g  1-8    0-3    2-2    0  3  3   4   4  2  3  0  2  27
12 Keeler, Lorenzo.....    4-12   1-6    0-1    0  4  4   2   9  1  1  0  0  17
13 Higgins, Rick.......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
21 Anderson, Charles...    2-2    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   0   4  0  1  0  0  12
23 Lewis, Shawn........    2-4    1-2    0-0    3  0  3   3   5  1  1  0  1  15
24 Vance, Dreshawn.....    2-4    0-0    5-7    2  5  7   3   9  1  0  0  0  19
41 Leavitt, Coby.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  1  0   2
43 Manley, John........    1-3    0-0    1-2    0  4  4   2   3  0  0  0  2  12
   TEAM................                            1  1
   Totals..............   23-64   3-22  15-19  10 36 46  30  64 12 18  4  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-29 44.8%   2nd Half: 10-35 28.6%   Game: 35.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-12 16.7%   2nd Half:  1-10 10.0%   Game: 13.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 10-12 83.3%   2nd Half:  5-7  71.4%   Game: 78.9%    3


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Officials: Steve Gordon, John Higgins, Trent Lovewell
Technical fouls: Massachusetts-None. Cal Poly-Clark, Trae.
Attendance: 206
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Massachusetts.................   41   49  -   90
Cal Poly......................   38   26  -   64
ID-597937
Technical Foul:  3:42 second half, Trae Clark, Fouled Out:  Clark


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