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UMass travels to confront defending champ Kansas
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/13/2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Derek Kellogg was an assistant coach for Memphis April 7 in the NCAA championship game against Kansas and his team was the favorite, or at least on even footing, against the perennial NCAA power.

The Tigers lost that game 75-68 in overtime.

Now the head coach at the University of Massachusetts, Kellogg will face much tougher odds against the Jayhawks at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center. The game will be televised by ESPN.

The Minutemen arrived in Kansas at 2-6 coming off their first Division I win of the season, 73-59 over Holy Cross on Wednesday. While the Jayhawks aren't the same squad that beat the Tigers last year, they are ranked No. 25 in the nation.

To avenge his old team's loss, Kellogg said the Minutemen have to do a lot of things correctly.

"We have to make a lot of tough, tough shots," he said. "We can't give them any free baskets in transition. We have to make them work for every shot they take and a lot of special things have to happen.

"They're obviously the deeper, more talented team," Kellogg added. "We like the underdog role. We're ready to go in and fight and claw and see if something special can happen."

UMass junior guard Ricky Harris is excited about the matchup.

"It's a great place to play. Just their tradition, their history, every kid wants to play in a big-time basketball game, this is our opportunity," he said. "Being on national TV you get to tell your friends to watch it.

"It's like a dream come true playing in an opportunity like that with a lot of fans ... against a team of their caliber," Harris added. "But they're basketball players just like us. The history of Kansas basketball is great, but we have to represent UMass as well and go out there and play to our potential."

Kellogg said it is a good opportunity for his team to measure itself.

"Going to Kansas on ESPN, seeing how they do things is a great thing to see first-hand," he said. "They're going to have three or four McDonald's All-Americans, guys that are NBA prospects. We'll get a chance to see how we stack up against some of the best players in the country."

Kellogg said does not his players to be intimidated by the atmosphere.

"Our guys have been pretty comfortable. We've shown that in the first half of most games," he said. "We have to withstand the second-half surge. To compete with a team like that you have to play your hardest every second you're out there."

In his weekly press conference Wednesday, Kansas coach Bill Self drew comparisons between the styles of the Minutemen and Memphis.

"They do play a lot like Memphis," he said. "There are definitely some similarities in how they play based on the dribble-drive motion, they set more ball screens. They do some things differently, but there are some similarities.

"They have four guys that can really score," Self added. "They have a guy who is averaging 21 (Harris) who can make shots, and they have probably as active a big man (Tony Gaffney) as we've played against who is good on the glass and can step out away. They are fast.

"Their record is remarkable to me because they are better than their record indicates," continued Self, an Oklahoma State alumnus who turned down the job at his alma mater that former UMass coach Travis Ford eventually took, creating the opening for Kellogg. "There's no doubt about that. They've played a tough schedule."

This is the second straight season that UMass is facing both teams that were in the previous year's national championship game the. The Minutemen lost to runner-up Memphis 80-58 on Nov. 17.

Overall, this is the sixth game for UMass against defending national champions, and the Minutemen are 4-1 in the past. In the last such matchup, UMass beat Florida 78-66 in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament on April 1.

This Kansas team is much like those Gators as most of the title-winning Jayhawks moved on to graduation or professional basketball after cutting down the nets.

Still, the current Kansas squad has started the season at 7-1. Junior point guard Sherron Collins, a key reserve in the 2008 title run, has emerged as a standout this season and is averaging 17.8 points and 4.9 assists per game. Sophomore Cole Aldrich has led the Jayhawks in the rebounds in the last six games and is averaging 10.1 to go with his 14.4 points per game.

"I think the toughest thing you have to answer is how do you go from being the fourth or fifth option to where now every defense is designed to stop you. To me, I think (Sherron) has handled it pretty well," Self said. "For the most part he's been pretty patient. He hasn't taken a lot of bad shots. He does what we ask him to do.

"The same goes for Cole," he added. "Cole may not have even made other teams' scouting reports last year. Teams weren't worried about Cole because he didn't get a chance to play much. With Cole and Sherron, ... one's the fourth-leading scorer in the league and the fifth-leading guy in assists and the other one is averaging 14-plus a game and is second in the league in rebounds. Those guys have adjusted beautifully so far. I think they have both done a good job."

They are joined in the starting lineup by sophomore guard Brady Morningstar (7.1 points per game), and freshmen Marcus Morris (8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds) and Tyshawn Taylor (11.8 points).

Morris and his twin brother Markieff Morris both originally signed at Memphis after being recruited by Kellogg, but after a year of prep school they headed to Kansas instead.

UMass will not get a look at the Jayhawks' new title banner as the meeting is the annual M&I Bank Kansas City Shootout at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. It's considered a Kansas home game, and the Jayhawks have won 30 straight at home dating back to February 2007.

MILESTONES - Harris enters the game needing 29 points to become the 40th Minuteman with 1,000 career points. Chris Lowe is not far behind. He needs 120 to reach 1,000.

MISCELLANEOUS - This will be the fifth meeting between UMass and Kansas and Missouri is the fifth different state they have played in. They previously met in New York (Preseason NIT), California (Wooden Classic), Kansas and Massachusetts. This is the Minutemen's fifth game this season in the Central time zone.

This game has special interest in Upper Marlboro, Md., where Riverdale Baptist teammates Javorn Farrell and Thomas Robinson have committed to UMass and Kansas, respectively.

The time of the Minutemen's game at Houston in Hofheinz Pavilion on Dec. 30 has been changed to 2 p.m. because the Cougars football team is playing against Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, at 11 a.m. Dec. 31. The basketball game is fan appreciation day for Houston, and all fans will be admitted at no charge.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. For more UMass coverage, including a UMass sports blog, go to http://www.gazettenet.com/category/sports/umass-sports


Massachusetts 61, #25 Kansas 60
From The Associated Press, 12/13/2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - As an assistant coach at Memphis last season, Derek Kellogg watched Kansas guard Mario Chalmers take a handoff on the wing and hit a 3-pointer that sent the national championship game into overtime.

Faced with a similar situation, this time as Massachusetts' head coach, Kellogg knew what was coming - and his team defended it perfectly.

Tony Gaffney got a piece of Sherron Collins' final shot and Massachusetts survived a mad scramble in the closing seconds, holding off No. 25 Kansas for a 61-60 victory Saturday.

"They ran the same play they did in San Antonio," Kellogg said. "I kind of told my guys what play they would run."

UMass (3-6) had trouble pulling out close games this season, with four of its six losses by seven points or less. The Minutemen appeared to be headed for another disappointment after watching a 14-point first-half lead get trimmed to one on a long 3-pointer by Collins with 20 seconds.

Chris Lowe had a chance to push the lead to three, but missed two free throws with 20 seconds left. Kansas had a final shot.

In the national championship game, Collins dribbled up the court and handed the ball off to Chalmers, who hit a tying 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left. Kansas went on to win 75-68 in overtime for its fifth national championship.

This time, Collins kept the ball and drove to the basket, flipping up a tough left-handed shot that Gaffney partially blocked. Kansas guard Conner Teahan grabbed the rebound, decided he couldn't get a shot off, then tried to flip it to the top of the key.

Tyrel Reed ended up with the ball, but it was too late to get a shot off before the buzzer, setting off a celebration by the Minutemen near midcourt.

Ricky Harris had 18 points, Lowe added 12 and Massachusetts improved to 5-1 against defending national champions.

"We always joke around because the ball never seems like it trickles our way at the end of the game," said Gaffney, who had 13 rebounds, six blocked shots, three assists and three steals. "We joke around about the basketball gods not being with us. I guess they were today. It's a great feeling."

Kansas (7-2), back in the Top 25 after being knocked out last week, came out flat, making sloppy passes and taking quick shots to fall behind by 14. The Jayhawks rallied to make it close, but couldn't hit the shots down the stretch and saw their 30-game home winning streak end.

Cole Aldrich had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Kansas, which shot 34 percent overall and 5-of-23 from 3-point range. Collins, the Jayhawks' leading scorer, had 19 points on 6-of-21 shooting, including 1-for-7 on 3-pointers.

"We deserved to get beat today - they controlled the game today," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "There's a lot of times you don't deserve to win and you do, and there's a lot of times you don't deserve to lose and you do. This is one of those games where UMass controlled the game."

The game was played at the Sprint Center, about 45 minutes from KU's campus. It was still considered a home game for the Jayhawks and felt like it, with most of near-sellout crowd of 17,252 wearing red and blue, cheering like it was Allen Fieldhouse.

They spent most of the first 20 minutes grumbling, watching Kansas play its worst half of the season.

Making weak passes and struggling against the physical Minutemen, Kansas went more than 7 minutes without a field goal and shot 8-for-28. Gaffney had something to do with it, blocking four shots by halftime, and the Jayhawks didn't help themselves with 10 turnovers, most on ill-advised passes that had Self screaming from the bench.

Kansas also had numerous defensive breakdowns, giving UMass uncontested jumpers from the top of the key, 3-pointers from the corners. The Minutemen took advantage, getting eight points from Harris during a 16-1 run that put them up 32-18 with just over 3 minutes left.

"There's not just one person you can blame," Aldrich said. "We lost it as a team at the beginning when we didn't come out and play."

Kansas finally came to life late in the first half.

Sparked by Reed's 3-pointer from the wing, the Jayhawks started hitting shots and picked up the defensive pressure, pulling within 36-30 by halftime.

Kansas kept the momentum going in the second half, chipping away until Reed hit a 3-pointer to give the Jayhawks a 46-45 lead, setting up a back-and-forth final 12 1/2 minutes.

This time, UMass was able to finish it off.

"We're starting to understand what it takes to win basketball games," Harris said.



QUOTES

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self
On Kansas’ poor shooting:

“I think a lot of it was the players and how they were sagging. If they are going to sag like that, then you have to hit some shots. I would say that our shot selection was as poor as it has been in quite some time.”

On the first half defense:
“Anytime you give up 16 first half points because of the scouting report means that you are probably not as ready as you should be. And that’s our [the coaches] job to get them ready, I’m not putting that on them. We had some young kids that have played better than that.”

On if KU focused on UMass’ 2-6 record coming into today’s game:
“I don’t think so. That would be bailing us out a little bit. I just don’t see how you can’t be totally into everything that is going on, especially when you’re young. I don’t understand that. To be honest, I don’t think we played well today, and I think UMass contributed to us not playing well. But this all goes back to practice. When you practice this way, then you’re obviously going to play this way some. We just have to come more ready in that regard. And we just can’t put it on the young kids, but certainly the experience we have is guilty of it also. We have to become a better practice team.”

On the technical foul:
“I deserved it. He warned me in the first half and said that he had had enough. And I waved him off when I thought he made a bad call. I’ve done a lot more and not gotten one, but he told me he was going to call me if I did that. When you lose a game by one and the coach gets a ‘T’ with six minutes left and they make both free throws, the coach has to know better.”

Kansas junior guard Sherron Collins
On a frustrating performance:

“This is really frustrating. We just weren’t ready to play from the start of the game. We didn’t lose on our last shot or our last possession; we lost it from the beginning of the game. We weren’t ready to play.”

On the last possession:
“I got up there, I thought it was in and it just came out.”

On UMass making it difficult to feed the post:
“They sagged in a little, but there are no excuses. We just didn’t do a good job of getting Cole (Aldrich) the ball. He should have the ball more and we just didn’t trust each other to make plays.”

On trying to get the team going:
“I think I pressured a little bit too much. I felt like we needed a play and sometimes that’s just not the right way to go about it.”

Kansas sophomore forward Connor Teahan
On the last five seconds of the game:

“I will have to look back at the tape. When I caught it I thought that I was a little too far from the basket, but I also thought that I was surrounded. I was about to go up with it and that’s when I fell and the ball came out. Honestly, I’d have to see it. I think I probably messed up. I should have gone up with it, which maybe would have put us in a different situation than we are now.”

Kansas sophomore center Cole Aldrich
On preparing for next weekend:

“We have a lot to work on. Evidence from today’s game proves that we have a ton to work on. It’s good that we got a week, but it’s going to be a long week. We’ve got finals and this is really not the way we wanted to go into finals week. We wanted to come in and continue to play well, get another win here in Kansas City in front of a hometown crowd. We were just not able to get it done tonight.”

Massachusetts Head Coach Derek Kellogg
On the victory:

“I am proud of the kids, the way they competed and played. This is a tough place to play and Kansas is a top 25 team that has some rocks in (Cole) Aldrich and (Sherron) Collins and some young kids that are continuing to get better. They are going to be a team by the end of the year that has a chance to do something special. Right now they are going through some growing pains with young kids that are going to continue to get better.”

On Tony Gaffney’s presence inside:
“He’s 6-foot-8, 215 pounds and he plays like he is 7-foot, 260 pounds. He does everything for us. To come into a program and have him do what he has done for us thus far in the season is amazing. He’s averaging a double-double and he contests and blocks almost every shot out there.”

On his team’s poise:
“I’m really pleased with their poise. We have been in that situation three times this year and to this point we have been 0-3. I think Chris Lowe is starting to realize how he needs to play at the end of games. Some of that is coaching, some of that is getting used to the style of play and also becoming that senior leader that we need.”

On the team’s run in the first half:
“We made shots and we did a good job defensively. We had a game plan of some of the different things we had to do and the fourth one on that list was that we have to make shots. Sometimes you have to make tough shots and we did that on occasion.”

UMass freshman Forward Tyrell Lynch
On coming off the bench:

“I knew Coach (Derek Kellogg) was wanting me to come in right away and make an impact. It helps a little bit. You can see how the game is going and know exactly what it is you need to do when you get in there and just go with the flow of the game.”

On his maturity as a player:
“I feel like I’m a lot more ready. All the games I’ve been through have matured me a lot.”

On the season so far:
“We did struggle early on. After the Toledo game, we lost at the buzzer and that hurt a lot of players on the team. We became more unified as a team. We’re really trying to turn it around.”

On defending Sophomore center Cole Aldrich:
“Coach stressed the fact of keeping him off the boards as much as you can. So we just tried to keep him away from the board. I split him down the middle with my body to keep him away from the glass as much as I could.”

UMass junior Guard Ricky Harris
On the teams’ improvement in the last few weeks:

“We were riding a five-game losing streak and now we have won back-to-back games. We just have to come in everyday to practice and work hard.”

On the foul he drew late against Marcus Morris:
“I knew that he was going to do that. He had been reaching in on me most of the game. When I came off the screen I knew he was gong to reach in so I just had to get my arms inside his and draw the foul.”

On beating the defending national champion:
“It feels great. Kansas is a great team with a great tradition and not many teams come in here and beat them. With Coach (Derek) Kellogg coming here from Memphis we wanted to play well for him. We didn’t guarantee a victory, but we knew we would give a good effort for him.”



NOTES

UMass is now 5-1 all-time against defending national champions with wins over the last two Florida (2007) and Kansas (2008).

UMass beat a non-conference ranked team for the first time since topping UConn, 61-59, on Dec. 9, 2004.

UMass won a non-conference game against a ranked team, away from Massachusetts for the first time since it beat Georgetown in the 1996 NCAA Elite Eight on March 23, 1996. Since then, UMass had lost 17 games outside the state of Massachusetts against ranked teams.

Ricky Harris reached double-figures for the seventh time in nine games this season with 18. He had 14 at halftime.

Chris Lowe was in double-figures for the fifth game this season and 35th of his career with 12.

Tyrell Lynch scored in double-figures for the first time in his history with 10.

Matt Glass hit on a 4-point play with a 3-pointer and free throw. The last 4-point play came by Gary Forbes on Nov. 28, 2007 at Syracuse.

Matt Glass drew his second offensive foul of the season.


UMass holds on to stun Kansas
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/15/2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When Chris Lowe missed both free throws with 20.4 seconds left in Saturday's men's basketball game, the University of Massachusetts lead over Kansas remained at one and coach Derek Kellogg could see the nightmare unfolding before him again.

His Minutemen have lost their share of heartbreakers in the last minute this season. But Kellogg's dread was deeper-seated. Kellogg, who was an assistant at Memphis last year, is not wearing a national championship ring because the Jayhawks came from behind in the title game to defeat the Tigers in overtime and were helped in the last minute by missed Memphis free throws.

Trailing by one with 13 seconds left Saturday afternoon, Kansas ran the same set that it did April 7 with Sherron Collins trying to deliver the game winner. He drove toward the left side of the basket and lofted a floater. UMass senior Tony Gaffney got a finger on the ball which skipped off the side of the rim with six seconds left.

Conner Teahan got the rebound for the Jayhawks, but Gaffney was able to knock it out of his hands. It bounced to Tyrel Reed of Kansas, but the clock ran out before he could get the shot off and UMass escaped with a 61-60 win.

"We forced Collins to take a tough shot," Gaffney said. "A running one-handed floater ... we'll take that any day of the week. Luckily it went off the rim, That six seconds seemed like it was a half an hour."

The loss before 17,252 fans at the Sprint Center ended the Jayhawks' home-winning streak at 30 games, which was the fourth longest in the nation. It was considered a home game for No. 25 Kansas (7-2) though it was played about 45 minutes from its campus.

"I'm proud of the kids and the way they played. I'm really pleased with their poise. We'd been in that situation three times and till this point we were 0-3," said Kellogg.

The Minutemen improved to 3-6 and have the week off for finals before hosting Hofstra at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mullins Center.

Ricky Harris led UMass with 18 points. Lowe added 12, while Tyrell Lynch added a career-high 10. Gaffney continued his big rebounding numbers with 13 to go with six points and six blocked shots.

The Minutemen, who Kellogg chastised throughout November for their defensive deficiencies, delivered their best guarding performance of the season holding the Jayhawks 23.5 points below their season average.

Collins finished with 19 points, but shot 6-for-21 from the floor and 1-for-7 from 3-point range. Cole Aldrich added 12 points and 13 rebounds, but had just four points and five boards in the second half. As a team Kansas shot just 33.9 percent (21-for-62).

The highlight of the defensive day for UMass came during a first-half stretch of seven minutes, 14 seconds when the Minutemen held the Jayhawks without a field goal. Kansas led 14-10 after Brady Morningstar's 3-pointer at 9:38, but the Jayhawks missed their next seven shots from the floor and turned the ball over six times.

UMass took advantage with a 24-6 run that gave the visitors a 34-20 edge.

"We did a heckuva job on defense," Lowe said. "We just bought into the system. Coach always tells us that people think the dribble-drive motion offense got Memphis to the Final Four, but it was really their defense."

Despite its struggles, Kansas made a run late in the half with 10 straight points to pull within 34-30 with 39 seconds left. The last two points coming after Morningstar drew Gaffney's third foul and then made the two free throws.

But Lowe made a layup with nine second left to put the Minutemen up 36-30 at the break.

The Jayhawks seemed poised to take control quickly in the second half. After UMass scored the first four points after intermission, Kansas began chipping away at the lead.

Collins tied the game at 43-43, and Lowe answered with a short jumper. A 3-pointer by Reed ignited the crowd as the Jayhawks pulled ahead 47-46.

The Minutemen regained the lead on a putback by Lynch and a 3-pointer by Gurley. Kansas tied the game once more at 50-50.

But then David Gibbs attempted his only shot of the game and made it. Harris found him on the right wing in transition and the freshman buried a 3-pointer that put UMass up for good.

The Minutemen had an immediate answer each time Kansas got within one point until the last minute. After Lowe made one of two free throws with 36 seconds left to put UMass ahead 61-57, Collins answered immediately with a 3-pointer that set up the final sequence.

"To be honest, I don't think we played well today," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "I think UMass contributed to us not playing well. But this all goes back to practice. When you practice this way obviously you're going to play this way some."

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. For more UMass coverage, including a UMass sports blog, go to http://www.gazettenet.com/category/sports/umass-sports


Another champ falls to Minutemen
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/15/2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Add a victory over another defending national champion to the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team's trophy wall.

Kansas became the latest team with a newly hung banner to fall to the Minutemen 61-60 on Saturday, joining North Carolina (1993), Arkansas (1994), UConn (2004) and Florida (April 1, 2008).

This one had some added incentive because UMass coach Derek Kellogg as well as staff assistants Shyrone Chatman and Andy Allison were on the losing end at Memphis of the national title won April 7 by Kansas, 75-68 in overtime. Saturday's UMass win wasn't quite payback, but it didn't hurt.

"Before the game Coach Kellogg said #I've got a bone to pick with them. I want to win this game,'" Minuteman senior point guard Chris Lowe said. "We went out there and won it for him."

Junior Ricky Harris now averages 17 points against defending champs and Lowe averages 14.

UPSETTING A RANKED TEAM - The win was the first for UMass (3-6) against a ranked team in a nonconference game played outside of Massachusetts since it beat Georgetown to go to the Final Four in 1996. The Minutemen had lost 17 such games since then.

Kansas (7-2) entered the game ranked No. 23 in the coaches poll and No. 25 in the Associated Press.

It was the first win for UMass over a nonconference ranked team anywhere since 61-59 victory over defending champion and No. 7 Connecticut on Dec. 9, 2004. It was the Minutemen's first win over a ranked team since winning 82-71 at No. 14 Dayton on Jan. 16.

LYNCH SHINES - With just four minutes, 23 seconds remaining in Saturday's game and the Minutemen clinging to a one-point lead, Lowe drove into the lane and drew defenders.

He dumped the ball to Tyrell Lynch on the block. Tyrel Reed was late recovering for Kansas and fouled the freshman big man as he made a layup. Lynch looked confident as he walked to the line and added the free throw to put UMass ahead 58-54.

The play was the biggest of the game for Lynch, who delivered his best collegiate performance on national television with a career-high 10 points to go with five rebounds.

Kellogg had been hesitant to use Lynch in many games lately, but the Niagara Falls native rewarded his coach's confidence with six points and four boards in the second half.

"I thought Lynch was fantastic tonight," Kellogg said. "That was probably the best game he played ... I was waiting for him to break out, I expect that from him now every time he comes on the court."

Lynch said he had butterflies before the game.

"I was a little nervous. Not scared. Never scared. I knew when I got in coach was expecting me to do a lot of great things and make an impact so I just tried to do that," said Lynch, who believes he has improved considerably since the beginning of the season. "I feel like I'm a lot more ready. All these games have matured me a lot."

MISCELLANEOUS - Senior Luke Bonner dressed but did not play. He is continuing to recover from a strained medial collateral ligament that he suffered in the Nov. 12 loss at Southern Illinois.

The 17,252 was the second largest crowd to watch UMass play this season behind the Memphis game which drew 18,254.

UMass is 2-0 in games attended by relatives of former coach Travis Ford. Ford's wife Heather and ReGina Middleton, wife of former assistant coach Steve Middleton, and their children all made the three-hour drive from Stillwater, Okla., for the game. Travis Ford and Steve Middleton were in Corpus Christi, Texas, for Oklahoma State's game there Sunday against Texas A&M.

Ford's father Eddie Ford was at the season-opening win over Arkansas-Monticello in Carbondale, Ill., on Nov. 11.

Harris needs just 11 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

Sophomore Matt Glass made a four-point play in the first half, the first of the season for the Minutemen. Their last one was by Gary Forbes on Nov. 28, 2007, in a 107-100 upset of Syracuse.

Tony Gaffney's six blocks were the most against Kansas since Kevin Durant had six on March 11.

NEXT UP - UMass is off this week for finals before hosting Hofstra at 4 p.m. Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader at the Mullins Center. The Minutewomen play Northeastern at 2 p.m. The Pride are 8-1 after defeating St. Francis (N.Y.) 68-52 Saturday.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. For more UMass coverage, including a UMass sports blog, go to http://www.gazettenet.com/category/sports/umass-sports


Feeding on a big win that could be start of turnaround
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 12/15/2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team came out of the huddle with 27 seconds left and leading 61-60 Saturday, Tony Gaffney took a second and looked up at the Sprint Center crowd of mostly Kansas fans who were hoping for heroics.

They were cheering, not for him, but that didn't seem to matter. Gaffney smiled for a second and then positioned himself to play defense.

Connected to the Sprint Center is the College Basketball Experience - an interactive museum that houses the College Basketball Hall of Fame. But the Minutemen were having a true college basketball experience right there in the Sprint Center.

Twenty-seven seconds later, as the crowd streamed out of the building, UMass celebrated not just the 61-60 win, but perhaps a turnaround on national TV with, in all likelihood, potential recruits watching.

The losses to Jacksonville State and Toledo earlier this season seemed like a long time ago and Wednesday's win over Holy Cross didn't seem like just a home victory over a bad team, but a step toward something.

It's possible the 3-6 Minutemen haven't turned a corner, but there are a lot of reasons to think they're moving in a good direction.

* They're playing defense. The Jayhawks may have had an off night shooting, but 23.5 points below their scoring average reflects pretty well on the team guarding them. UMass is not all the way there yet, but the Minutemen have gotten better at guarding individually and helping each other. This game is likely to inspire them to keep doing it.

* Perhaps more than that, this game has to give the players (and perhaps some more skeptical fans) confidence in coach Derek Kellogg. They probably wanted to believe Kellogg had them on the right track, but hard evidence that the system can work against an opponent with a top pedigree likely enhances that belief.

"We've started to get what Coach Kellogg wants from us offensively and defensively and it's fun," senior point guard Chris Lowe said. "Not many teams come in here and get Ws. We fought hard and got a win."

* Lowe is playing better. His three assists and four turnovers don't give an accurate picture of how played Saturday. He's more patient and making better decisions and he's playing better defensively. Obviously a good point guard improves every team, but Lowe is the senior leader. If he's confident, the Minutemen will follow his lead.

* The supporting cast is improving. In the first few games of the season, David Gibbs was tentative, Tyrell Lynch was a foul machine and Matt Glass looked ill-fitted for the system.

All three played key roles in Saturday's win.

Lynch was poised and productive. He seems to be shaking off the rust from not playing last year and showing considerable potential. Consistency might not come right away, but his promise is obvious.

Glass' impact will likely vary from game to game, but his defense and inside presence is improving and he's starting to make threes.

Gibbs played just 15 minutes and he's stuck behind veterans for minutes, but he's further advanced defensively than most freshman.

Gibbs' biggest impact Saturday came on his second-half 3-pointer. Many veteran players would have passed up the 3-pointer in transition after Kansas had tied the game at 50-50 late. But Gibbs, who hadn't even attempted a shot, showed no fear and made the biggest shot of the game.

* After finals this week, the Minutemen get a month off from classes. Their focus will be entirely on basketball with far fewer distractions. That offers considerable opportunities to improve.

* Luke Bonner is coming back. At worst, he's an experienced body with 7-1 size. At best he can expand Kellogg's depth and options.

Of course if UMass falters against a good Hofstra team next Saturday, the momentum built this weekend will be blunted.

But for now the Minutemen are feeling excited about the present as well as their immediate future.

Gaffney's smile was even wider when Saturday's game was over.

"This is one of the best feelings I've had on a basketball court. I couldn't be more happy right now. I couldn't be more proud of the guys and the program," he said. "I can't say enough. It's a great feeling.

"We're going to take this, learn from it. We're excited. We're ready to build off of this. This is what we live for. Hopefully it's another step in the right direction."

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. For more UMass coverage, including a UMass sports blog, go to http://www.gazettenet.com/category/sports/umass-sports


Kansas players share the blame in 61-60 loss to Massachusetts
By J. Brady McCollough, Kansas City Star, 12/14/2008

Sherron Collins missed a challenged, left-handed layup in the lane with six seconds left, his 15th brick of the day in 21 attempts.

Conner Teahan got the rebound with three seconds left, hesitated to put the ball back up in traffic and eventually lost control of it.

When the horn sounded, Kansas coach Bill Self couldn’t dodge this cruel reality: His technical foul with 5 minutes, 45 seconds remaining resulted in two points for Massachusetts, and his young Jayhawks lost by one, 61-60, ending a long Saturday afternoon at the Sprint Center.

“You lose a game by one,” Self said, “and the coach gets a ‘T’ with six minutes left or whatever, and they make both free throws …”

Self was one of several Jayhawks who tried to shoulder the brunt of this second gut-busting loss in the Sprint Center. But KU center Cole Aldrich wasn’t having any of it.

“There’s not one person that we can just blame,” Aldrich said. “You can’t blame me, you can’t blame Sherron, you can’t blame Teahan for not trying to shoot that ball. We lost it as a team at the very beginning when we didn’t come out and play. That’s the bottom line.”

The bottom line isn’t pretty for the Jayhawks, now 7-2 and 0-2 in close games. They fell behind 32-18 to a UMass team that entered the game 2-6 with losses to Toledo, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Jacksonville State. The Minutemen put KU’s former stronghold of Kansas City under siege with a 16-1 first-half run and by holding the Jayhawks without a field goal for a seven-minute stretch.

Thing is, what the 17,252 fans saw in that ugly first half wasn’t all that different from what Self has seen in practice recently.

“There’s times, 30 minutes into practice, (I’ll say), ‘OK, let’s start again,’ ” Self said. “It was the same way to start the game.”

KU point guard Tyshawn Taylor said the Jayhawks “haven’t been practicing with a lot of intensity.” So it was no coincidence that KU’s “intensity level wasn’t high when the game first started,” according to fellow freshman Marcus Morris.

Hey, just freshmen being freshmen, right?

“We’re playing at Kansas,” Aldrich said. “We can’t use excuses like that.”

That was the message Self sent when he removed all of his freshmen at the end of the first half and played a lineup of Collins, Aldrich, Teahan, Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar. That more-seasoned, less-athletic group started the second half and played most of the first 10 minutes and pulled the Jayhawks to within 50-48.

At that point, Self put Taylor, Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris back into the game. KU had seized momentum, slowly but surely, and it appeared the Jayhawks were ready to make their run. Only, they continued to struggle with UMass’ unique style of play.

Defensively, the Minutemen sagged their defenders in the paint, and KU couldn’t get the ball to Aldrich with any consistency. He shot just three times in the second half and finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

And then there was UMass’ dribble-drive offense, which first-year coach Derek Kellogg brought with him from Memphis. KU decided not to switch on ball screens, which often led to mismatches for UMass guards Chris Lowe and Ricky Harris.

“We usually switch it,” Taylor said, “but today Coach didn’t want to switch us. It kind of threw us off a little bit.”

KU trailed 53-52 when Taylor dove for a loose ball and was called for hand-checking. Self, who had been working official John Higgins all game long, reacted and was given a technical.

“Higgins warned me,” Self said. “I should know better than to put our team in that situation.”

Harris made the free throws, and, three minutes later, he’d get two more freebies when Marcus Morris fouled him on an 18-foot jumper with one second on the shot clock. Harris hit both and UMass led 60-56.

“Under 10 seconds on the (shot) clock,” Self said, “you should never foul.”

With lessons like that in their back pockets, the Jayhawks will now face the teeth of their nonconference schedule. KU has a week off before it hosts Temple, which upset No. 8 Tennessee 88-72 on Saturday.

“You gotta take steps in a positive direction,” Self said. “And we have not done that since the Kent State game (on Dec. 1). We’ve just kind of been laboring around.”


Collins was out of control, and so was Kansas
By Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star, 12/14/2008

After Saturday’s Sprint Center debacle, the youthful Kansas Jayhawks have given away two winnable games against East Coast teams with big names.

Saturday, the 3-6 Massachusetts Minutemen embarrassed the 25th-ranked Jayhawks, stealing a sloppy contest, 61-60, in front of 17,252 stunned and disappointed Kansas fans. Three weeks earlier, the Syracuse Orange tripped the Hawks in overtime, 89-81, also at Sprint.

There’s a common thread to both losses: Sherron Collins was out of control.

Here’s what Collins said after the Syracuse loss: “I just felt like the team was struggling and I had to make the play. Sometimes, I tried to do too much. … This is my team. I’m the captain of the team, the leader. I got frustrated out there, and once I got frustrated, I let it show. I can’t let them see me do that, especially a young group like that.”

Here’s what Collins had to say after Saturday’s game: “I think I pressed a little bit, I pressed too much. I just felt like we needed a play and I had to do it. That just wasn’t the right way to go about it. But yeah, I think I pressed too much.”

Collins played 38 minutes on Saturday. He misfired on 15 of 21 shots, including six of seven from beyond the three-point arc. He threw up at least half of his shots within the first 12 seconds of the shot clock. Most of his attempts came off his own dribble rather than movement without the ball. He never made an effort to get his teammates involved. As the point guard, he’s primarily responsible for Cole “Young McHale” Aldrich mustering just eight shots for the game and only three in the second half.

Collins, a junior, is Kansas’ most experienced player. He’s been KU’s most talented player for three straight years. He’s the hardest-nosed Jayhawk. He played Saturday despite flu-like symptoms that included vomiting. You want Sherron Collins on your side if a scrap breaks out.

I absolutely love Collins’ potential. When he hit campus, I had a friend in Chicago who swore to me that Collins was the second coming of Isiah Thomas.

Now I must ask: Which one, the Hall of Fame basketball player or the post-playing-career flop?

Collins is frustratingly immature. For three years, he’s battled his weight (he’s in great shape now after Bill Self punished him in August). He had the alleged wag-the-dog moment with the female dormitory employee. On Saturday, I looked at his new fro-hawk haircut with a star shaved into the side, and thought, “This is really a young man in a knock-down-drag-out fight with maturity.”

Then the game tipped, and Collins started jacking threes and doing everything he could to make himself an NBA lottery pick in December. The draft is in June, and if things don’t settle down for Collins, NBDL teams will be salivating to scoop him up. That would be an absolute tragedy. This kid is made to play basketball at a high level. He could be Chris Paul.

All afternoon I kept wondering why Bill Self wouldn’t give Collins an extended stay on the bench.

You could see early on this would be a repeat of the Syracuse game. Collins went eight of 22 in that loss. His wild play on Saturday infected the entire roster. The freshmen and inexperienced players (except for Rockhurst High’s Conner Teahan) followed Collins’ lead and fell in love with the quick three (KU was five of 23 from three) and off-the-dribble force-ups.

It wasn’t until after the game that I discovered the reason Self never benched Collins.

“This is the way we practice,” Self said dejectedly.

When you’re sitting on a national championship and you have a roster of talented babies, sometimes the wise play is to let them jump off the building and break a leg or two. It’s the best way to get them into rehab.

They’ll listen now. They made fools of themselves on ESPN, losing to a team that probably won’t sniff the NCAA Tournament and will struggle to qualify for the NIT.

Self will have everyone’s attention at KU’s next practice. There isn’t a KU player or coach (except for Teahan) who failed to contribute to this loss. Collins led a group effort.

Self spent the first half riding the officiating crew, walking right to the line of a technical foul. After a couple of first-half warnings, referee John Higgins teed up Self with a little more than 5 minutes to play and the Minutemen clinging to a one-point lead.

Not smart. UMass drained both freebies and won the game by a single point.

“Coach should know better,” Self admitted.

We’ll see a smarter Kansas team the rest of the season. I’m betting Collins will lead the intelligence movement — at least I hope he will for his own good and the sake of the team.


Massachusetts Minutemen 61
Kansas Jayhawks (#25) 60
at the Sprint Center, Kansas City MO

Official Basketball Box Score
Massachusetts vs Kansas
12-13-08 1:05 p.m. at Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)

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VISITORS: Massachusetts 3-6
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
24 Gaffney, Tony....... f  2-6    0-0    2-2    2 11 13   3   6  3  2  6  3  38
33 Glass, Matt......... f  2-3    2-3    1-1    0  0  0   3   7  0  0  0  0  17
05 Harris, Ricky....... g  6-16   2-8    4-6    0  3  3   2  18  3  4  0  2  38
12 Gurley, Anthony..... g  2-5    1-3    0-0    0  2  2   3   5  1  2  0  0  27
14 Lowe, Chris......... g  5-11   1-2    1-4    1  2  3   4  12  3  4  0  0  31
02 Gibbs, David........    1-1    1-1    0-0    0  1  1   0   3  1  0  0  0  15
11 Correia, Gary.......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  1  0  0  0   9
25 Lynch, Tyrell.......    4-5    0-0    2-3    3  2  5   2  10  1  1  0  1  25
   TEAM................                         1  1  2             2
   Totals..............   22-48   7-18  10-16   7 24 31  18  61 13 15  6  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-27 55.6%   2nd Half:  7-21 33.3%   Game: 45.8%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-11 45.5%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 38.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-3  33.3%   2nd Half:  9-13 69.2%   Game: 62.5%    2


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HOME TEAM: Kansas 7-2
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
22 Morris, Marcus...... f  2-8    0-1    0-0    2  3  5   1   4  0  0  0  0  17
45 Aldrich, Cole....... c  5-8    0-0    2-2    6  7 13   1  12  2  2  2  0  36
04 Collins, Sherron.... g  6-21   1-7    6-8    3  1  4   1  19  4  1  0  2  38
12 Morningstar, Brady.. g  2-7    1-4    2-2    2  1  3   3   7  0  0  0  1  29
15 Taylor, Tyshawn..... g  1-7    0-3    1-2    0  2  2   4   3  3  3  1  2  20
02 Teahan, Conner......    2-3    0-1    1-1    2  3  5   1   5  1  1  0  0  17
11 Thomas, Quintrell...    0-0    0-0    1-2    1  0  1   1   1  0  0  0  0   2
14 Reed, Tyrel.........    3-7    3-7    0-0    0  4  4   2   9  2  1  0  1  29
21 Morris, Markieff....    0-1    0-0    0-2    1  0  1   2   0  0  2  0  0   8
24 Releford, Travis....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
   TEAM................                         3  2  5   1
   Totals..............   21-62   5-23  13-19  20 23 43  17  60 12 10  3  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-28 28.6%   2nd Half: 13-34 38.2%   Game: 33.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-9  22.2%   2nd Half:  3-14 21.4%   Game: 21.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 12-15 80.0%   2nd Half:  1-4  25.0%   Game: 68.4%    3


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Officials: Steve Welmer, John Higgins, Brad Ferrie
Technical fouls: Massachusetts-None. Kansas-TEAM.
Attendance: 17252
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Massachusetts.................   36   25  -   61
Kansas........................   30   30  -   60
M&I Bank Kansas City Shootout

Points in the paint-UMASS 24,KU 28. Points off turnovers-UMASS 15,KU 14.
2nd chance points-UMASS 3,KU 14. Fast break points-UMASS 7,KU 2.
Bench points-UMASS 13,KU 15. Score tied-3 times. Lead changed-4 times.
Last FG-UMASS 2nd-04:23, KU 2nd-00:30.
Largest lead-UMASS by 14 1st-03:17, KU by 5 1st-12:55.


Play by Play

Play-by-Play
Massachusetts vs Kansas
12-13-08 1:05 p.m. at Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)

1st PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM:               Kansas                 TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS:        Massachusetts
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MISSED 3 PTR by Taylor, Tyshawn                 19:38              REBOUND (DEF) by Gaffney, Tony
                                                19:26   0-3   V 3  GOOD! 3 PTR by Glass, Matt
                                                19:26              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
MISSED JUMPER by Morris, Marcus                 18:57              REBOUND (DEF) by Gaffney, Tony
REBOUND (DEF) by Morris, Marcus                 18:31              MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris
MISSED 3 PTR by Collins, Sherron                18:23
REBOUND (OFF) by Morris, Marcus                 18:23
MISSED JUMPER by Morningstar, Brady             18:17
REBOUND (OFF) by Aldrich, Cole                  18:17
GOOD! LAYUP by Aldrich, Cole [PNT]              18:14   2-3   V 1
                                                17:56              FOUL by Gurley, Anthony (P1T1)
                                                17:56              TURNOVR by Gurley, Anthony
GOOD! JUMPER by Morris, Marcus [PNT]            17:36   4-3   H 1
ASSIST by Taylor, Tyshawn                       17:36
                                                17:25              FOUL by Lowe, Chris (P1T2)
                                                17:25              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
MISSED 3 PTR by Morningstar, Brady              17:11              REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris
FOUL by Morningstar, Brady (P1T1)               16:47
REBOUND (DEF) by Aldrich, Cole                  16:39              MISSED JUMPER by Harris, Ricky
GOOD! JUMPER by Aldrich, Cole [PNT]             16:28   6-3   H 3
ASSIST by Taylor, Tyshawn                       16:28
REBOUND (DEF) by Aldrich, Cole                  15:54              MISSED 3 PTR by Glass, Matt
                                                15:48              FOUL by Harris, Ricky (P1T3)
TIMEOUT media                                   15:48
MISSED FT SHOT by Collins, Sherron              15:48
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     15:48
GOOD! FT SHOT by Collins, Sherron               15:48   7-3   H 4
SUB IN : Reed, Tyrel                            15:48
SUB OUT: Morningstar, Brady                     15:48
                                                15:20              TURNOVR by Gurley, Anthony
STEAL by Taylor, Tyshawn                        15:19
MISSED LAYUP by Morris, Marcus                  15:10              BLOCK by Gaffney, Tony
REBOUND (OFF) by Morris, Marcus                 15:09
MISSED LAYUP by Morris, Marcus                  15:07              BLOCK by Gaffney, Tony
REBOUND (OFF) by Collins, Sherron               15:05
MISSED JUMPER by Collins, Sherron               15:02              REBOUND (DEF) by Gaffney, Tony
                                                14:45   7-6   H 1  GOOD! 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris
                                                14:45              ASSIST by Gaffney, Tony
MISSED 3 PTR by Reed, Tyrel                     14:19              REBOUND (DEF) by Harris, Ricky
FOUL by Taylor, Tyshawn (P1T2)                  14:08
SUB IN : Morningstar, Brady                     14:08              SUB IN : Lynch, Tyrell
SUB IN : Morris, Markieff                       14:08              SUB OUT: Glass, Matt
SUB OUT: Taylor, Tyshawn                        14:08
SUB OUT: Morris, Marcus                         14:08
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         14:00              MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky
GOOD! JUMPER by Aldrich, Cole                   13:38   9-6   H 3
ASSIST by Reed, Tyrel                           13:38
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)                         13:18              MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky
                                                13:16              SUB IN : Correia, Gary
                                                13:16              SUB IN : Gibbs, David
                                                13:16              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
                                                13:16              SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky
GOOD! LAYUP by Collins, Sherron [PNT]           12:55  11-6   H 5
REBOUND (DEF) by Reed, Tyrel                    12:35              MISSED 3 PTR by Gurley, Anthony
MISSED JUMPER by Morris, Markieff               12:25
REBOUND (OFF) by Aldrich, Cole                  12:25
TURNOVR by Morris, Markieff                     12:18
SUB IN : Morris, Marcus                         12:18              SUB IN : Harris, Ricky
SUB OUT: Aldrich, Cole                          12:18              SUB IN : Glass, Matt
                                                12:18              SUB OUT: Gaffney, Tony
                                                12:18              SUB OUT: Gurley, Anthony
                                                11:55  11-8   H 3  GOOD! JUMPER by Harris, Ricky
                                                11:55              ASSIST by Correia, Gary
TURNOVR by Morris, Markieff                     11:45
                                                11:44              STEAL by Harris, Ricky
FOUL by Reed, Tyrel (P1T3)                      11:42
                                                11:42              TIMEOUT MEDIA
                                                11:42              MISSED FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky
                                                11:42              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
REBOUND (DEF) by Morris, Marcus                 11:42              MISSED FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky
SUB IN : Taylor, Tyshawn                        11:42              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
SUB OUT: Reed, Tyrel                            11:42              SUB IN : Gaffney, Tony
                                                11:42              SUB OUT: Correia, Gary
                                                11:42              SUB OUT: Glass, Matt
MISSED LAYUP by Morris, Marcus                  11:25              BLOCK by Gaffney, Tony
                                                11:23              REBOUND (DEF) by Gaffney, Tony
                                                11:14              TURNOVR by Harris, Ricky
STEAL by Taylor, Tyshawn                        11:13
TURNOVR by Taylor, Tyshawn                      11:03
                                                11:02              STEAL by Gaffney, Tony
FOUL by Morris, Markieff (P1T4)                 10:44
SUB IN : Reed, Tyrel                            10:44
SUB IN : Aldrich, Cole                          10:44
SUB OUT: Collins, Sherron                       10:44
SUB OUT: Morris, Markieff                       10:44
REBOUND (DEF) by Reed, Tyrel                    10:33              MISSED JUMPER by Gaffney, Tony
MISSED JUMPER by Aldrich, Cole                  10:24              REBOUND (DEF) by Gaffney, Tony
                                                09:58  11-10  H 1  GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris [PNT]
GOOD! 3 PTR by Morningstar, Brady               09:38  14-10  H 4
ASSIST by Aldrich, Cole                         09:38
REBOUND (DEF) by Taylor, Tyshawn                09:08              MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky
TURNOVR by Reed, Tyrel                          08:59
                                                08:57              STEAL by Harris, Ricky
                                                08:55  14-12  H 2  GOOD! LAYUP by Harris, Ricky [FB/PNT]
TURNOVR by Taylor, Tyshawn                      08:43
SUB IN : Collins, Sherron                       08:43              SUB IN : Gurley, Anthony
SUB IN : Morris, Markieff                       08:43              SUB OUT: Gibbs, David
SUB IN : Releford, Travis                       08:43
SUB OUT: Morris, Marcus                         08:43
SUB OUT: Reed, Tyrel                            08:43
SUB OUT: Morningstar, Brady                     08:43
                                                08:23  14-14  T 1  GOOD! LAYUP by Gurley, Anthony [PNT]
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   08:18
                                                08:03              FOUL by Lowe, Chris (P2T4)
GOOD! FT SHOT by Taylor, Tyshawn                08:02  15-14  H 1
MISSED FT SHOT by Taylor, Tyshawn               08:02
REBOUND (OFF) by Aldrich, Cole                  08:02
MISSED LAYUP by Aldrich, Cole                   08:00              REBOUND (DEF) by Lynch, Tyrell
                                                07:39  15-17  V 2  GOOD! 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky
                                                07:39              ASSIST by Gurley, Anthony
MISSED 3 PTR by Taylor, Tyshawn                 07:28
REBOUND (OFF) by Aldrich, Cole                  07:28
                                                07:18              FOUL by Gurley, Anthony (P2T5)
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   07:18
                                                07:18              SUB IN : Gibbs, David
                                                07:18              SUB IN : Correia, Gary
                                                07:18              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
                                                07:18              SUB OUT: Gurley, Anthony
MISSED LAYUP by Collins, Sherron                07:05              BLOCK by Gaffney, Tony
                                                07:04              REBOUND (DEF) by Correia, Gary
                                                06:38  15-19  V 4  GOOD! JUMPER by Lynch, Tyrell
                                                06:38              ASSIST by Gaffney, Tony
TURNOVR by Aldrich, Cole                        06:25
                                                06:24              STEAL by Gaffney, Tony
                                                06:21  15-21  V 6  GOOD! LAYUP by Harris, Ricky [FB/PNT]
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   06:17
SUB IN : Morris, Marcus                         06:17
SUB OUT: Morris, Markieff                       06:17
SUB IN : Reed, Tyrel                            06:12
SUB OUT: Taylor, Tyshawn                        06:12
TURNOVR by Collins, Sherron                     05:58
                                                05:56              STEAL by Lynch, Tyrell
                                                05:51  15-24  V 9  GOOD! 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky
                                                05:51              ASSIST by Gibbs, David
MISSED 3 PTR by Collins, Sherron                05:39
REBOUND (OFF) by Aldrich, Cole                  05:39
TURNOVR by Aldrich, Cole                        05:34
SUB IN : Thomas, Quintrell                      05:34
SUB OUT: Morris, Marcus                         05:34
                                                05:13  15-26  V 11 GOOD! JUMPER by Lynch, Tyrell
                                                05:13              ASSIST by Gaffney, Tony
MISSED 3 PTR by Collins, Sherron                05:04              REBOUND (DEF) by Correia, Gary
REBOUND (DEF) by Reed, Tyrel                    04:36              MISSED JUMPER by Gaffney, Tony
MISSED LAYUP by Collins, Sherron                04:16
REBOUND (OFF) by Thomas, Quintrell              04:16
GOOD! FT SHOT by Thomas, Quintrell              04:14  16-26  V 10 FOUL by Lynch, Tyrell (P1T6)
MISSED FT SHOT by Thomas, Quintrell             04:14
REBOUND (OFF) by Aldrich, Cole                  04:14
SUB IN : Taylor, Tyshawn                        04:14              SUB IN : Glass, Matt
SUB IN : Morningstar, Brady                     04:14              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
SUB OUT: Reed, Tyrel                            04:14              SUB OUT: Lynch, Tyrell
SUB OUT: Releford, Travis                       04:14              SUB OUT: Correia, Gary
GOOD! FT SHOT by Aldrich, Cole                  04:12  17-26  V 9  FOUL by Gaffney, Tony (P1T7)
GOOD! FT SHOT by Aldrich, Cole                  04:12  18-26  V 8
                                                03:52  18-29  V 11 GOOD! 3 PTR by Glass, Matt
                                                03:52              ASSIST by Harris, Ricky
FOUL by Thomas, Quintrell (P1T5)                03:51
TIMEOUT media                                   03:50
                                                03:50  18-30  V 12 GOOD! FT SHOT by Glass, Matt
                                                03:50              SUB IN : Correia, Gary
                                                03:50              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
FOUL by Taylor, Tyshawn (P2T6)                  03:35
TURNOVR by Taylor, Tyshawn                      03:35
SUB IN : Reed, Tyrel                            03:35              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
SUB OUT: Taylor, Tyshawn                        03:35              SUB OUT: Correia, Gary
                                                03:17  18-32  V 14 GOOD! LAYUP by Gaffney, Tony [PNT]
                                                03:16              ASSIST by Harris, Ricky
                                                03:15              TIMEOUT 30sec
SUB IN : Teahan, Conner                         03:15              SUB IN : Correia, Gary
SUB OUT: Thomas, Quintrell                      03:15              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
GOOD! FT SHOT by Collins, Sherron               02:55  19-32  V 13 FOUL by Correia, Gary (P1T8)
GOOD! FT SHOT by Collins, Sherron               02:55  20-32  V 12
                                                02:55              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
                                                02:55              SUB OUT: Correia, Gary
                                                02:39              SUB IN : Correia, Gary
                                                02:39              SUB OUT: Gibbs, David
                                                02:36  20-34  V 14 GOOD! LAYUP by Harris, Ricky [PNT]
MISSED JUMPER by Collins, Sherron               02:28
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         02:28
                                                02:25              SUB IN : Gibbs, David
                                                02:25              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
GOOD! 3 PTR by Reed, Tyrel                      02:24  23-34  V 11
ASSIST by Collins, Sherron                      02:24
                                                02:02              FOUL by Gaffney, Tony (P2T9)
                                                02:02              TURNOVR by Gaffney, Tony
                                                02:02              SUB IN : Lynch, Tyrell
                                                02:02              SUB OUT: Gaffney, Tony
GOOD! LAYUP by Teahan, Conner [PNT]             01:39  25-34  V 9
GOOD! FT SHOT by Teahan, Conner                 01:39  26-34  V 8  FOUL by Glass, Matt (P1T10)
                                                01:39              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
                                                01:39              SUB OUT: Correia, Gary
                                                01:21              TURNOVR by Harris, Ricky
STEAL by Collins, Sherron                       01:20
GOOD! FT SHOT by Collins, Sherron               01:18  27-34  V 7  FOUL by Glass, Matt (P2T11)
GOOD! FT SHOT by Collins, Sherron               01:18  28-34  V 6
                                                01:18              SUB IN : Gurley, Anthony
                                                01:18              SUB IN : Gaffney, Tony
                                                01:18              SUB OUT: Lynch, Tyrell
                                                01:18              SUB OUT: Gibbs, David
                                                00:49              MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris
                                                00:49              REBOUND (OFF) by Gaffney, Tony
REBOUND (DEF) by Teahan, Conner                 00:46              MISSED LAYUP by Gaffney, Tony
TURNOVR by Teahan, Conner                       00:43
                                                00:42              STEAL by Gaffney, Tony
REBOUND (DEF) by Morningstar, Brady             00:40              MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky
GOOD! FT SHOT by Morningstar, Brady             00:39  29-34  V 5  FOUL by Gaffney, Tony (P3T12)
GOOD! FT SHOT by Morningstar, Brady             00:39  30-34  V 4
                                                00:39              SUB IN : Lynch, Tyrell
                                                00:39              SUB OUT: Gaffney, Tony
                                                00:09  30-36  V 6  GOOD! LAYUP by Lowe, Chris [PNT]
MISSED JUMPER by Collins, Sherron               00:00
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         00:00


                                  Massachusetts 36, Kansas 30

          1st period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Massachusetts          14      15       0       4       4      1     1
          Kansas                 10       7       8       0       7      0     1


2nd PERIOD Play-by-Play (Page 1)
HOME TEAM:               Kansas                 TIME   SCORE  MAR  VISITORS:        Massachusetts
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SUB IN : Reed, Tyrel                            20:00
SUB IN : Teahan, Conner                         20:00
SUB OUT: Taylor, Tyshawn                        20:00
SUB OUT: Morris, Marcus                         20:00
                                                19:44  30-38  V 8  GOOD! LAYUP by Gaffney, Tony [PNT]
                                                19:44              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
MISSED JUMPER by Morningstar, Brady             19:31              REBOUND (DEF) by Gaffney, Tony
FOUL by Morningstar, Brady (P2T1)               19:23  30-39  V 9  GOOD! FT SHOT by Gaffney, Tony
                                                19:23  30-40  V 10 GOOD! FT SHOT by Gaffney, Tony
GOOD! JUMPER by Collins, Sherron                19:14  32-40  V 8
                                                18:52              MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky
                                                18:52              REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
FOUL by Teahan, Conner (P1T2)                   18:50
BLOCK by Aldrich, Cole                          18:30              MISSED JUMPER by Harris, Ricky
REBOUND (DEF) by Reed, Tyrel                    18:28
MISSED 3 PTR by Reed, Tyrel                     18:25              REBOUND (DEF) by Lowe, Chris
                                                18:18              TURNOVR by Harris, Ricky
STEAL by Reed, Tyrel                            18:16
GOOD! DUNK by Aldrich, Cole [PNT]               18:00  34-40  V 6
ASSIST by Collins, Sherron                      18:00
                                                17:31              TURNOVR by Gaffney, Tony
SUB IN : Taylor, Tyshawn                        17:31
SUB OUT: Reed, Tyrel                            17:31
MISSED 3 PTR by Morningstar, Brady              17:17              REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
                                                16:49  34-42  V 8  GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris [PNT]
MISSED 3 PTR by Collins, Sherron                16:35
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)                         16:35
GOOD! LAYUP by Teahan, Conner [PNT]             16:30  36-42  V 6
ASSIST by Collins, Sherron                      16:30
                                                16:11              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
STEAL by Morningstar, Brady                     16:10
MISSED LAYUP by Taylor, Tyshawn                 16:07
REBOUND (OFF) by Collins, Sherron               16:07
GOOD! JUMPER by Collins, Sherron [PNT]          16:02  38-42  V 4
                                                15:26              TURNOVR by Harris, Ricky
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   15:26
                                                15:26              SUB IN : Lynch, Tyrell
                                                15:26              SUB OUT: Glass, Matt
MISSED LAYUP by Taylor, Tyshawn                 15:02              REBOUND (DEF) by Gaffney, Tony
                                                14:40              MISSED 3 PTR by Gurley, Anthony
                                                14:40              REBOUND (OFF) by Lowe, Chris
                                                14:29              MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris
                                                14:29              REBOUND (OFF) by Lynch, Tyrell
FOUL by Aldrich, Cole (P1T3)                    14:24  38-43  V 5  GOOD! FT SHOT by Lynch, Tyrell
REBOUND (DEF) by Aldrich, Cole                  14:24              MISSED FT SHOT by Lynch, Tyrell
SUB IN : Reed, Tyrel                            14:24
SUB OUT: Taylor, Tyshawn                        14:24
GOOD! 3 PTR by Reed, Tyrel                      14:12  41-43  V 2
ASSIST by Aldrich, Cole                         14:12
FOUL by Morningstar, Brady (P3T4)               13:38
BLOCK by Aldrich, Cole                          13:33              MISSED JUMPER by Harris, Ricky
REBOUND (DEF) by Teahan, Conner                 13:31
GOOD! LAYUP by Collins, Sherron [FB/PNT]        13:28  43-43  T 2
ASSIST by Teahan, Conner                        13:27
                                                13:19              TIMEOUT 30sec
                                                12:52  43-45  V 2  GOOD! JUMPER by Lowe, Chris [PNT]
                                                12:36              FOUL by Harris, Ricky (P2T1)
GOOD! 3 PTR by Reed, Tyrel                      12:34  46-45  H 1
                                                12:00              MISSED 3 PTR by Lowe, Chris
                                                12:00              REBOUND (OFF) by Lynch, Tyrell
                                                11:56  46-47  V 1  GOOD! LAYUP by Lynch, Tyrell [PNT]
TIMEOUT media                                   11:56
                                                11:56              SUB IN : Correia, Gary
                                                11:56              SUB OUT: Lowe, Chris
MISSED 3 PTR by Teahan, Conner                  11:30              REBOUND (DEF) by Gaffney, Tony
                                                10:59  46-50  V 4  GOOD! 3 PTR by Gurley, Anthony
                                                10:59              ASSIST by Lynch, Tyrell
MISSED 3 PTR by Collins, Sherron                10:52              REBOUND (DEF) by Gurley, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by Collins, Sherron               10:36              MISSED 3 PTR by Harris, Ricky
MISSED LAYUP by Collins, Sherron                10:27
REBOUND (OFF) by Teahan, Conner                 10:27
MISSED LAYUP by Aldrich, Cole                   10:24              REBOUND (DEF) by Gurley, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by Teahan, Conner                 10:19              MISSED LAYUP by Gurley, Anthony
GOOD! LAYUP by Morningstar, Brady [PNT]         10:05  48-50  V 2
REBOUND (DEF) by Aldrich, Cole                  09:30              MISSED 3 PTR by Correia, Gary
                                                09:20              FOUL by Gurley, Anthony (P3T2)
SUB IN : Morris, Marcus                         09:20              SUB IN : Glass, Matt
SUB IN : Morris, Markieff                       09:20              SUB IN : Lowe, Chris
SUB IN : Taylor, Tyshawn                        09:20              SUB IN : Gibbs, David
SUB OUT: Morningstar, Brady                     09:20              SUB OUT: Lynch, Tyrell
SUB OUT: Teahan, Conner                         09:20              SUB OUT: Harris, Ricky
SUB OUT: Aldrich, Cole                          09:20              SUB OUT: Correia, Gary
GOOD! JUMPER by Morris, Marcus [PNT]            09:09  50-50  T 3
ASSIST by Collins, Sherron                      09:09
                                                08:43              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
MISSED 3 PTR by Reed, Tyrel                     08:32              REBOUND (DEF) by Gaffney, Tony
BLOCK by Taylor, Tyshawn                        08:23              MISSED LAYUP by Lowe, Chris
REBOUND (DEF) by Taylor, Tyshawn                08:21
MISSED LAYUP by Taylor, Tyshawn                 08:16
REBOUND (OFF) by Morris, Markieff               08:16
MISSED FT SHOT by Morris, Markieff              08:12              FOUL by Glass, Matt (P3T3)
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     08:12
MISSED FT SHOT by Morris, Markieff              08:12              REBOUND (DEF) by Gaffney, Tony
                                                08:12              SUB IN : Lynch, Tyrell
                                                08:12              SUB IN : Harris, Ricky
                                                08:12              SUB OUT: Glass, Matt
                                                08:12              SUB OUT: Gurley, Anthony
REBOUND (DEF) by Morris, Marcus                 07:52              MISSED JUMPER by Harris, Ricky
MISSED LAYUP by Morris, Marcus                  07:42              BLOCK by Gaffney, Tony
                                                07:41              REBOUND (DEF) by Harris, Ricky
                                                07:37  50-53  V 3  GOOD! 3 PTR by Gibbs, David [FB]
                                                07:37              ASSIST by Harris, Ricky
MISSED 3 PTR by Taylor, Tyshawn                 07:23              REBOUND (DEF) by Gibbs, David
FOUL by Morris, Markieff (P2T5)                 07:19
                                                07:19              TIMEOUT media
SUB IN : Aldrich, Cole                          07:19
SUB OUT: Morris, Markieff                       07:19
                                                06:43              TURNOVR by (TEAM)
GOOD! LAYUP by Taylor, Tyshawn [PNT]            06:18  52-53  V 1
FOUL by Taylor, Tyshawn (P3T6)                  05:45
FOUL TECHNCL by the bench                       05:45
FOUL by (TEAM) (P1T7)                           05:45  52-54  V 2  GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky
                                                05:45  52-55  V 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky
                                                05:22              MISSED JUMPER by Lowe, Chris
                                                05:22              REBOUND (OFF) by Gaffney, Tony
REBOUND (DEF) by Aldrich, Cole                  05:18              MISSED LAYUP by Gaffney, Tony
MISSED JUMPER by Collins, Sherron               05:14
REBOUND (OFF) by Collins, Sherron               05:14
                                                05:04              FOUL by Lowe, Chris (P3T4)
                                                05:04              SUB IN : Gurley, Anthony
                                                05:04              SUB OUT: Gibbs, David
GOOD! JUMPER by Aldrich, Cole [PNT]             04:57  54-55  V 1
ASSIST by Taylor, Tyshawn                       04:57
                                                04:23  54-57  V 3  GOOD! LAYUP by Lynch, Tyrell [PNT]
                                                04:23              ASSIST by Lowe, Chris
FOUL by Reed, Tyrel (P2T8)                      04:23  54-58  V 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by Lynch, Tyrell
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   04:22
SUB IN : Morningstar, Brady                     04:22
SUB OUT: Taylor, Tyshawn                        04:22
GOOD! LAYUP by Collins, Sherron [PNT]           04:13  56-58  V 2
                                                03:34              TURNOVR by (TEAM)
TIMEOUT MEDIA                                   03:34
MISSED 3 PTR by Morris, Marcus                  03:24              REBOUND (DEF) by Harris, Ricky
FOUL by Morris, Marcus (P1T9)                   02:47  56-59  V 3  GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky
                                                02:47  56-60  V 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by Harris, Ricky
SUB IN : Teahan, Conner                         02:47
SUB OUT: Morris, Marcus                         02:47
MISSED 3 PTR by Collins, Sherron                02:26
REBOUND (OFF) by Morningstar, Brady             02:26
MISSED 3 PTR by Reed, Tyrel                     02:19
REBOUND (OFF) by Morningstar, Brady             02:19
MISSED JUMPER by Collins, Sherron               02:11              REBOUND (DEF) by Lynch, Tyrell
                                                01:42              TURNOVR by Lowe, Chris
STEAL by Collins, Sherron                       01:41
MISSED 3 PTR by Morningstar, Brady              01:35              REBOUND (DEF) by Gaffney, Tony
                                                00:59              MISSED JUMPER by Lynch, Tyrell
                                                00:59              REBOUND (OFF) by Lynch, Tyrell
                                                00:55              TURNOVR by Lynch, Tyrell
TIMEOUT 30sec                                   00:55
MISSED FT SHOT by Collins, Sherron              00:44              FOUL by Lynch, Tyrell (P2T5)
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)                     00:44
GOOD! FT SHOT by Collins, Sherron               00:44  57-60  V 3
SUB IN : Taylor, Tyshawn                        00:44
SUB IN : Morris, Marcus                         00:44
SUB OUT: Aldrich, Cole                          00:44
SUB OUT: Teahan, Conner                         00:44
FOUL by Taylor, Tyshawn (P4T10)                 00:36  57-61  V 4  GOOD! FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris
REBOUND (DEF) by Aldrich, Cole                  00:36              MISSED FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris
SUB IN : Aldrich, Cole                          00:36
SUB IN : Teahan, Conner                         00:36
SUB OUT: Taylor, Tyshawn                        00:36
SUB OUT: Morris, Marcus                         00:36
GOOD! 3 PTR by Collins, Sherron                 00:30  60-61  V 1
ASSIST by Reed, Tyrel                           00:30
TIMEOUT TEAM                                    00:27
                                                00:27              TIMEOUT 30sec
SUB IN : Taylor, Tyshawn                        00:27
SUB IN : Morris, Marcus                         00:27
SUB OUT: Aldrich, Cole                          00:27
SUB OUT: Teahan, Conner                         00:27
FOUL by Collins, Sherron (P1T11)                00:20              MISSED FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris
                                                00:20              REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
REBOUND (DEF) by Aldrich, Cole                  00:20              MISSED FT SHOT by Lowe, Chris
SUB IN : Aldrich, Cole                          00:20
SUB IN : Teahan, Conner                         00:20
SUB OUT: Taylor, Tyshawn                        00:20
SUB OUT: Morris, Marcus                         00:20
                                                00:13              FOUL by Lowe, Chris (P4T6)
                                                00:13              TIMEOUT 30sec
MISSED LAYUP by Collins, Sherron                00:06              BLOCK by Gaffney, Tony
REBOUND (OFF) by Teahan, Conner                 00:03


                                  Massachusetts 61, Kansas 60

          2nd period-only      InPaint Pts-T/O 2nd-Chc FastBrk BnchPts Ties  Leads
          Massachusetts          10       0       3       3       9      0     1
          Kansas                 18       7       6       2       8      2     1


POINTS OFF TURNOVERS        1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........   15   0 -  15
Kansas..................    7   7 -  14

POINTS IN PAINT             1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........   14  10 -  24
Kansas..................   10  18 -  28

2ND CHANCE POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........    0   3 -   3
Kansas..................    8   6 -  14

FAST BREAK POINTS           1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........    4   3 -   7
Kansas..................    0   2 -   2

BENCH POINTS                1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........    4   9 -  13
Kansas..................    7   8 -  15

SCORE TIED BY               1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........    1   0 -   1
Kansas..................    0   2 -   2

LEAD GAINED BY              1   2 - Tot
Massachusetts...........    1   1 -   2
Kansas..................    1   1 -   2

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