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1969-70 Season

The 1969-70 UMass Redmen basketball team represented the University of Massachusetts. The Head Coach was Jack Leaman. The team played its home games primarily in the Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst, Massachusetts, and was a member of the Yankee Conference.

The season represented the 61st season of basketball in the school's history.

This team featured Julius Erving in his Sophomore year, his first with the varsity team. NCAA rules at the time mandated that Freshmen were not eligible to play varsity.

  • Final Record: 18-7
  • Conference Record: 8-2 (tied for first place)
  • Postseason: NIT bid, lost in the First Round (to eventual-champion Marquette)
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Scoreboard

Game Record
Date Opponent Result Overall Yankee Notes
Dec. 2 Providence W 90-85 1-0 Erving 27 pts, 28 rebs (new school record)
Dec. 6 Vermont W 90-73 2-0 1-0 Erving 25 pts, 15 rebs
Dec. 9 Rhode Island (OT) L 77-73 2-1 1-1 Erving 20 pts, 14 rebs
Dec. 13 New Hampshire W 76-56 3-1 2-1 Erving 33 pts, 26 rebs
Dec. 16 Connecticut L 88-71 3-2 2-2 Erving 20 pts, 23 rebs
Dec. 19 at American Int'l L 73-72 3-3
Dec. 28 Catholic University W 70-51 4-3 Gem City Bowl, Erie PA. Erving named MVP of the 2-game event.
Dec. 29 Gannon W 72-63 5-3 Gem City Bowl, Erie PA
Jan. 17 at Pennsylvania L 75-65 5-4 Penn ranked #15
Jan. 21 at Fordham L 62-61 5-5 Erving 37 pts, 20 rebs
Jan. 24 at Iona W 86-82 6-5
Jan. 28 Boston University W 103-68 7-5 Erving 34 pts, 27 rebs
Jan. 31 Northeastern W 90-62 8-5 Erving 30 pts, 27 rebs
Feb. 3 at Boston College L 83-76 8-6
Feb. 5 Rider W 82-67 9-6 Erving 30 pts
Feb. 7 at Vermont W 93-59 10-6 3-2
Feb. 10 Holy Cross W 83-66 11-6
Feb. 14 at Connecticut W 71-65 12-6 4-2
Feb. 17 at Rhode Island W 83-74 13-6 5-2 Erving 30 pts
Feb. 19 Springfield W 82-76 14-6
Feb. 21 at Maine W 84-66 15-6 6-2 Erving 28 rebs
Feb. 25 at St. Anselm's W 94-63 16-6
Feb. 28 Maine W 103-71 17-6 7-2
Mar. 2 at New Hampshire W 92-75 18-6 8-2 Erving 37 pts
Mar. 14 Marquette L 62-55 18-7 NIT First Round, at Madison Square Garden, NYC. First-ever NIT appearance. Marquette ranked #8. Erving 18 pts, 14 rebs.

Roster

No.NameYr.Ht.Wt.Hometown/High School/Last College
10Betancourt, JohnSo.5-10174Westwood, N.J./Westwood
40Chapman, DennisSr.6-4200Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall
54Coffin, ChrisSo.6-4190Westford, Mass./Westford Academy
22Dempsey, RobertJr.6-0170Fall River, Mass./Durfee
12Ellerbrook, RaySr.6-1180Hawthorne, N.J./Hawthorne
32Erving, JuliusSo.6-6190Roosevelt, N.Y./Roosevelt
24Gallagher, John Sr.6-4185Trenton, N.J./St. Anthony's
20Greeley, BillJr.5-9163Melrose, Mass./Melrose
50Kesgen, BillSo.6-5210East Rutherford, N.J./E. Rutherford
42Mathias, KenJr.6-6205Lodi, N.J./Lodi
14Pagliara, MikeSo.5-10170Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo
34Provo, SamSo.6-0190Agawam, Mass./Agawam
44Samuelson, RichardSr.6-6205Brockton, Mass./North Yarmouth Academy
30Vogeley, RichSo.6-4200New Hyde Park, N.Y./Sewanhaka

Team photo

1969-70 UMass Redmen
Pictured in photo but missing from the roster: Sage, Austin, Nichols, Conroy. Collegian subsequently reported that Austin redshirted the 1969-70 season. Not sure about the others.
Sam Provo's last name was incorrectly listed as Drovo in the roster photo caption.

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