Hoopsters Go for Number 2 vs. Vermont
UM Begins Conf. Title Defense at Cage Sat.
By John Sullivan, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian Assistant Sports Editor, 12/5/1969
UMass enters the basketball wars for the second time when it entertains Vermont Saturday night at 7:30 at the Cage. The Catamounts, led by seniors Frank Martiniuk and Ray Greenmen, will be the Redmen's first Yankee Conference opponent in their quest to regain that league's title.
At 5:30, the UMass Frosh will play Springfield Tech.
The Redmen will be looking to up their record to 2-0, having opened their season with a 90-85 conquest of Providence. Likewise, Vermont initiated their season with a victory, 70-54 over Maine. It had a home tilt with Dartmouth last night and will be hoping to be 2-0 when it faces UMass.
Martinium, 6'1 was the leading scorer in the Catamount win over Maine with 17 points. A sharpshooter who established single game and season scoring records last winter, Martiniuk will probably be starting at one guard slot. His average as a junior was 19.2 as he compiled 479 points for the UVM record. Within his range this year will be the Catamount all-time scoring mark.
At the other guard post will be Greenman, a six-footer who tallied 13 points against the Black Bears. Although a senior, he will surrender a lot of playing time to sophomore Ray Ortiz 5'10 who had a 20.8 scoring average as a frosh and came up with six points against Maine.
The Catamounts are deep in reserve backcourtmen with juniors Tom Clay 6'2, and Bob Zeiff 6'1, both experienced enough to come off the bench and do an adequate job.
Vermont has three players who are good forwards, Ray Bueb, Bob Hutton and Mark Miller. Bueb was the third best Catamount point-maker against Maine with ten. Hutton, a veteran senior, was the leading rebounder last year with a 9.4 average, adding to this mark with a 12.4 scoring average as he made 55.5% of his field shots.
Miller is a second soph notable who, in '68-69, led all New England frosh with 19.1 rebounds a game. Fourth on the forward list is 6'6 soph Tom Schull.
At center for Vermont is senior Aldo Salati, 6'7, not the greatest, but his experience is an asset. Backing him up will be 6'9 sophomore John Diebert.
Redmen coach Jack Leaman is wary of the Catamounts. In the first place, he expects UMass to have a letdown after the big win over the Friars. Secondly, he points out that, over the past few seasons, UVM has been a pain in UMass' neck.
Then, early last season, when UMass took undisputed possession of the Conference championship, the Redmen downed the Catamounts 68-50, only to have Vermont come back later in the year and give Leaman some anxious moments before losing by five, 63-58.
Leaman reiterates, “Vermont has always given us fits. Most of our wins have been heartstoppers.”
When game time arrives and the opening tap is a few seconds from reality, Leaman will send his starters, captain Ray Ellerbrook, and John Bettancourt at guards, Dennis Chapman and Julius Erving at forwards and Ken Mathias at center on to the floor. Whether a Catamount jinx will hold against this starting five and its fine bench will be answered Saturday at the Cage.
UMass Tops Vt., 90-73, Ups Record to 2-0
Redmen Thump Out Win Methodically
By John Sullivan, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian Assistant Sports Editor, 12/8/1969
In methodic fashion the UMass basketball team built up a 45-38 halftime lead over Vermont and coasted the rest of the way to a 90-73 victory before 4500 Saturday night fans at the Cage.
The win gave the Redmen a clean 2-0 record and sent the Catamounts to their record second loss in succession and a 1-2 mark.
UMass broke out into an early 7-6 lead on a Ken Mathias foul shot, two Julius Erving foul shots and two Erving field hoops. After Dennis Chapman and John Betancourt hit single shots from the line, Mathias followed with a two-point tap-in and Betancourt added a 20-foot jumper from the corner to put the Redmen ahead, 13-6, at which point the game was pretty much under their control.
For the next few minutes the teams traded buckets and, with 9:05 left in the half, UMass had a nine-point lead, 21-12. The home team kept inching ahead and, two minutes later, were out in front, 27-15. However, the action up to this point was slow, tedious and boring.
With 2:52 to go in the half, an 18-footer by Ray Ellerbrook gave the Redmen 34 points; UMass then started to pile up points in rapid succession. After Frank Martiniuk sunk an 18-footer for Vermont, Erving tapped in an errant Ellerbrook attempt and followed it up with a charity hoop.
At 1:43 Mike Pagliara, subbing for Betancourt, made both ends of a one-and-one and Mathias came through with a short tap to put the Redmen in front, 41-25. Betancourt then came back on the scene and made a layup for two more points. Ellerbrook closed out the scoring with 18 seconds remaining on a fast-break drive.
UMass got off to a fast start in the second half as Dick Samuelson, who had come on for Mathias late in the first half, started at center. The 6'6 senior came through as he had against Providence, pulling down key rebounds, hitting key baskets and playing solid, all-around basketball. He hit the first Redman bucket 17 seconds into the half and, three minutes later, put in two foul shots to give his team a commanding 57-34 advantage.
A Samuelson tip-in at 13:56 made the score, 63-36, and coach Jack Leaman began to substitute freely. Jack Gallagher was already in for Chapman, while Pagliara was giving Ellerbrook a rest.
Soon Gallagher was replaced by Rich Vogeley and Ellerbrook came back in to take Betancourt's spot. At 12:03 and again at 10:38, the senior captain scored on driving layups after taking passes from Samuelson for Redman leads of 67-42 and 69-44.
Only two questions remained to be answered the rest of the way; how many points was UMass going to score, and when the game would end. Action was monotonous for the remainder of the affair; the Redmen outpointed their foes in the end, 90-73.
HOOP NOTES - High score and rebounder for UMass was Erving with 25 points and 15 caroms . . . He made nine of 14 from the field and seven of seven from the line; nothing more need be said . . . Tom Clay was the most impressive Catamount, making eight of 12 shots for 18 points, most of the long-bomb variety . . . Martiniuk, Vermont's big star, was kept in toe by the Redmen and scored only 15 points, nine of which came in the wide-open second half . . . Samuelson came up with eight rebounds and tallied two points for the enemy on a tremendous goaltending effort.