Hoopsters Host UNH
UM Hopes to Regain Winning Ways at Home
By John Sullivan, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian Assistant Sports Editor, 12/12/1969
UMass will be looking to get back on the winning basketball track when they play host to the New Hampshire Wildcats Saturday night at 7:30 at the Cage. UNH, under new head coach Gerry Friel, is a revamped organization with a lot of sophomore performers and a bright outlook.
The freshmen hoopsters will play a 5:30 contest against downtown rival Amherst's frosh in the preliminary tilt at 5:30.
The Redmen are 2-1 after their 77-73 overtime loss to Rhode Island while their counterparts sport a 3-2 record which includes three opening wins over Bowdoin, Merrimack and Colby followed by two losses to Northeastern and tough UConn.
Friel, who starred in his playing days at Oswego State and who assisted Bob Cousy for three years at Boston College, has pumped enthusiasm into the UNH hoop program and heads a young squad which includes six sophomores, three of whom will start against UMass.
Both forward positions will be manned by sophs in the persons of 6'3 Dave Pemberton and 6'4 Tom Weir. As freshmen, they averaged 19.8 and 13.8 points respectively and, thus far this season, Pemberton has averaged over 20 points. Each is a good rebounder.
At center is 6'6 senior Phil Blum, a veteran who averaged 9.6 points as a junior. A good rebounder, he plays tough defense.
The Wildcat backcourt will feature high-scoring Paul Shepard, a 6'2 senior who tallied 424 points last winter for a 17.7 average, and sophomore Dwight Peters, a 6'1 hustler who averaged 13.2 as a frosh.
New Hampshire will be without the services of 6'5 Frank Davis, a rugged rebounder who was injured in pre-season, and two reserves, also on the injury list. Davis' 14.9 points-a-game will be missed.
UNH, under Friel, has shored up its defense and will be looking to break their current two-game losing skein. In their loss to Northeastern, the Wildcats blew a ten-point lead and, although they fell to UConn by 20 points, they trailed by only one at halftime and by two points with nine minutes to go, a fact which should serve as a fair omen of the Huskies' ability. UMass faces UConn Tuesday night at the Cage.
The Redmen have beaten New Hampshire 11 times in a row, and Jack Leaman-coached units are 6'0 against the Wildcats. Leaman will go with the same starting lineup he has employed in the first three affairs, captain Ray Ellerbrook, Dennis Chapman, Ken Mathias, Julius Erving and John Bettancourt.
Should Ellerbrook's first points come on a field bucket, he will have tied Ned Larkin, '59, for ninth place on the all-time Redman scoring list with 870 career points. The lefty senior is in tenth place with (simple arithmetic) 868 points. The next hurdle for him will be Charlie O'Rourke's 924, eighth place standing.
Two teams with the desire to get back on the victory trail plus another scoring advancement by Ellerbrook adds up to a pretty good night of basketball.
UMass Bounces Back Over UNH, 76-56
Erving's Scoring and Rebounding
Chapman's Floor Play Lead the Way
By John Sullivan, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian Assistant Sports Editor, 12/15/1969
UMass got back in the winning habit Saturday night when it posted a 76-56 victory over New Hampshire behind the high scoring and rebounding of Julius Erving and the fine overall floor play of Dennis Chapman before 3200 fans at the Cage.
Although the play was often sloppy in the first half, the Redmen were able to gather their forces together in the second half to win by 20 and to up their record to 3-1. It was the third straight loss for the Wildcats and left them with a 3-3 mark.
Erving again was UMass' top point-producer; this time he hit a season high of 33 as he converted numerous offensive rebounds into soft easy layups and clicked on five out of six shots from the foul line. The talented sophomore also grabbed 26 rebounds.
Also contributing heavily to the Redman cause was Chapman who played 37 minutes of solid, hustling basketball. The senior forward came through with 14 points on seven field buckets and added five assists.
The first 20 minutes of action were not a spectator's delight as crummy officiating hampered UMass' efforts to get on track against a team it knew it was better than. After only four minutes had elapsed, Ken Mathias was riddled with three fouls and was replaced by Chris Coffin.
Four minutes later, Mathias came back only to be slapped with his fourth personal less than ten seconds later. With just over 11 minutes to go in the half, Dick Samuelson came in to replace him. Within 30 seconds he had his first foul, at 10:00 he had his second, at 8:31 his third, at 7:23 his fourth; his fifth and last came at 4:59.
Within the course of six minutes Samuelson had played all the ball he would be allowed to for the night. After his second and third fouls, both offensive, the pep band played a rendition of Three Blind Mice in reference to the questionable calls by the officials.
Erving paved the way in the first half with 17 points followed by Chapman's ten as the Redmen left the court with a frustrating advantage of only 35-29.
Ray Ellerbrook, who had a cold shooting first half, came on strong in the first nine minutes of the second half to team with Erving as UMass outdistanced the Wildcats.
UNH opened the scoring on a short jumper by Phil Blum. The home team countered with two Erving hoops before Dwight Peters canned a 15-footer and Dave Pemberton hit two foul shots to move the Wildcats to within three, 39-36. Twenty-footers by Ellerbrook and John Betancourt were matched by Tom Weir and Paul Shepard baskets.
With 14:55 left to go New Hampshire was as close as it was going to get as the Redmen led by three, 43-40. During the next six and a half minutes, UMass rang up 15 points on three long-range jumpers by Ellerbrook, three baskets by Erving and a field goal and a foul shot by Betancourt. UNH could only answer with three buckets, one by Pemberton and two by Peters.
With 8:24 to go, the Redmen were out in front, 58-46. They were controlling the defensive boards with ease. In many instances, Erving or Mathias would grab the rebounds and feed Betancourt, Ellerbrook, or Chapman for easy layups on the other end of the court. With the clock showing 3:55, the lead was up to 73-49.
As the affair became a runaway coach Jack Leaman substituted freely. The game ended with UMass' Rick Vogeley sinking a 20-footer at the buzzer for the final 76-56 spread.
HOOP NOTES - Ellerbook had a much better second half shooting-wise, hitting on five of eight shots as compared with his two for six, first-half performance … the senior captain tallied 14 points to move into ninth place on the UMass all-time scoring list with 882 points … he led all UMass players with seven assists … the Redmen shot an unbelievably poor 44.4% from the foul line … they were 48.6% from the field … Erving's 33 points gives him a total of 105 over four games, a 26.3 average … his 26 rebounds boots his total to 83, a 20.8 average … the crowd, though not as large as previous Cage contingents, was very spirited and, during UMass' first half foul dilemma, voiced their support of the Redmen with a bunch of “Let's go!” chants … UMass was nailed with 28 fouls, while their counterparts had the whistle blown on them but 15 times … Chapman was the star of the pregame show when the Redmen ran around in circles throwing the basketball back and forth while a new net was being installed on their basket.