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2018-19 Season

The 2018-19 UMass Minutemen men's basketball team represented the University of Massachusetts, the flagship campus in Amherst. The Head Coach was Matt McCall. The team played its home games in the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The season represented the 110th season of basketball in the school's history.

  • Final Record: 11-21
  • Final Conference Record: 4-14 (13th Place, out of 14)
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2017-18 2019-20

Scoreboard

Game Record Rank Notes
Date Opponent Game Results High Scorer High Rebounder Overall A10 UM Opp
10/30 Westfield State College W 84-60 Pipkins (21) Diallo (6) Exhibition. Five Minutemen reached double-digits in the scoring column while 10 players scored.
11/6 UMass-Lowell W 83-75 Pierre (21) Holloway (11) 1-0 Season opener. Four Minutemen reach double-figures. Pipkins scores 19. UML trimmed the UMA lead to four points with 2:29 left, but the Minuteman defense stepped up and secured the W.
11/9 New Hampshire W 104-75 Holloway (18) Laurent (5) 2-0 UM shot 67% from the field and 53% from 3-point range. Holloway 9-11 from the floor. UM's first game with 60%+ shooting since 2006 vs Dartmouth.
11/13 Harvard L 74-71 Pipkins (36) Holloway (9) 2-1 Harvard had as much as a 10-point lead in the first, but UM battled back in the second. UM cut it to 1 on two occasions in the final minute, but couldn't get stops without fouling.
11/16 Howard L 68-63 Pipkins (18) Pipkins (10) 2-2 Part of Las Vegas Holiday Invitational. Howard built leads of 7-0, 12-2, and 39-20 in the first, and played enough defense in the second to secure the win. UM bridged a 17-0 run over the break to claw back in, but couldn't close the deal. Terrible loss for UM, favored by 15½ going in.
11/19 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 92-60 Cobb (17) Pipkins (10) 3-2 Part of Las Vegas Holiday Invitational. UM finds it again, against a team they were expected to beat handily. Cobb dropped in a UMass career-high 17 points. Pipkins happy to defer, dishing 11 assists, but scoring only 5 points prevented the triple-double.
11/22 vs Southern Illinois W 84-62 Holloway (16) Laurent (8) 4-2 Las Vegas Holiday Invitational, at Orleans Arena. UM hits 10 threes in the first and builds a 47-20 lead by the half. Fifteen threes in the game is one short of UM's single game record. Laurent scores 9, all other starters hit double-figures. Holloway a perfect 7-7 from the floor.
11/23 vs Nevada L 110-87 Pipkins (30) Pipkins (7) 4-3 6 Las Vegas Holiday Invitational, at Orleans Arena. UM hangs with the fast-paced Pack in the first half, with 49 points and 16 free throws. Nevada has too much firepower though, and pulls away, shooting 61.5% from the floor and 50% from 3. The game's 197 total points was just six shy of cracking the UMass all-time top-10 list for combined points in a game.
11/28 Quinnipiac W 69-62 Pipkins (20) Holloway (13) 5-3 Both squads came out of the gate slow offensively but UM outscores the Bobcats 20-8 to finish out the half. UMass led by as many as 21 points, but the team held off a pair of late runs from Quinnipiac to win the game.
12/4 Holy Cross L 82-78 Pipkins (22) Holloway (7) 5-4 Another tough home loss for UM, as Cross shoots 61% in the second half to pull away. Pip leads with 22 but shot 6-18 from the floor. Pierre 0-5 with just 2 points.
12/7 at Providence W 79-78 Pipkins (26) Diallo (10) 6-4 UM allows 50 to the Friars in the first half and fall behind by 20. But UM flips the script in the second, shooting 60% and holding PC to 36%. Pip hits the go-ahead bucket with 10 seconds left, and Alpha Diallo misses PC's chance at the win. UM's first win over PC in RI since 1979.
12/12 at Temple L 65-63 Clergeot, Laurent, Pipkins (12 each) Cobb (7) 6-5 UM shoots 52% in the first half, and builds a 13-point lead early in the second, but shoots 33% in the second, and just 1-14 from 3, as Temple gets back in it. UM has a chance to tie or win at the end, but loses the handle in the final seconds.
12/21 Fairleigh Dickinson W 85-84 Laurent & Pipkins (20 each) Laurent (6) 7-5 UMass stormed back from behind as many as 14 points in the second half to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson. UMass shot a blistering 75-percent (18-24) from the field in the second half to highlight the victory.
12/30 at Georgia L 91-72 Pipkins (22) Laurent (7) 7-6 Georgia used a hot start jumping out to an early 12-2 lead as the Bulldogs handed UM a loss in their non-conference finale. Baptiste debuts for UMass. UM struggles from deep, connecting just 4-22, and dishes a season-low 8 assists.
1/5 La Salle L 69-60 Pipkins (15) Cobb (10) 7-7 0-1 Pip leads the team with 15, but struggles with 3-16 shooting. Just 8 team assists in the second-straight game, and makes it worse with 18 turnovers. UM struggles from deep, 7-24 (.292).
1/9 at Saint Louis L 65-62 Pipkins (18) Diallo (12) 7-8 0-2 UMass put together a double-digit comeback in the second half to pull within a point twice in the final two minutes of play, but could not score the go-ahead field goal in the final minute of play. Diallo went on to finish the game with new career-highs in points and rebounds.
1/13 at Dayton L 72-67 Pipkins (19) Baptiste (10) 7-9 0-3 UM hung in there, but deciding factor was free throws: UM 3-4, UD 13-21. UM tied it at 67 with 1:36 to play, but missed a layup and a three in their final possessions. Pierre 16 points, Holloway & Clergeot 10 each.
1/16 George Mason L 68-63 Holloway & Pierre (11 each) Holloway (11) 7-10 0-4 Close throughout as neither team had more than a 7 point lead. UM was up 4 with 6:40 to play, but Mason went on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes, and UM couldn't get enough stops to recover. FTs the difference: Mason 20-22, UM 6-14. Pipkins struggles with 3-12 FG shooting. For Mason: Livingston held to 2-11 shooting, but Kier (22 points) and Greene (19) filled the gap.
1/19 at VCU L 68-50 Pipkins (14) Pipkins (8) 7-11 0-5 UM only down 4 at the half, but falls apart in the second, only scoring 22. In H2, UM shot 8-28 (.285) overall, and 1-12 (.083) from 3. Pip struggles again, shooting 3-15. Cobb 4 baskets, then no other UM player makes more than 2. Sloppy game with 19 turnovers for each team.
1/23 St. Bonaventure L 65-51 Pipkins & Hayward (12 each) Laurent (5) 7-12 0-6 One-point game early in the second half, but UM loses their touch and Bona builds a 21 point lead. UM gets 10 points in garbage time to even reach 51. UM shoots 35% from the floor, 30% from 3, jacking up 33 bombs. Hayward a spark off the bench, but rest of team fizzles out.
1/27 Rhode Island W 77-70 Pierre (22) Laurent (5) 8-12 1-6 Things finally click enough for UM, and team overcomes Pip's 2-14 from the field. Pierre hits 7-10, and 6-9 from 3. Holloway & Laurent each go 4-4, and Baptiste 4-5 from the field. Pip dishes 9 assists to help the cause.
1/30 at La Salle L 60-51 Holloway (15) Holloway (14) 8-13 1-7 Momentum from Rhody win is lost, as UM puts up another game in the low 50s. Holloway tallies the double-double, but his normally high percentage isn't there, as he shoots 5-13, and rebounds many of his own misses. Pip continues to struggle, shooting 1-14, and Pierre nearly matches at 1-12. UM as a team shoots 16-71 (.225), leading to 24 offensive rebounds (51 total).
2/2 at Saint Joseph's L 64-62 Holloway (23) Holloway (12) 8-14 1-8 Great game from Holloway (10-13 FGs), and Cobb adds 13/5/7, but no more than 2 buckets from anyone else. Pip leaves the game with hamstring issues. Pierre 1-8 FGs. Difference makers: FTs (UM 11-16, SJU 22-27) and turnovers (UM 18, SJU 10). Charlie Brown 20 points in 40 minutes for SJU.
2/6 Fordham L 85-67 Pierre (19) McLean (6) 8-15 1-9 Rock bottom as UM falls behind by as much as 30 points to the Rams, previously winless in the A-10 on the season. Rams set several new season highs. A despondent Coach McCall says team hasn't earned the right to practice in the Champions Center. Pip sits out with hamstring injury from SJU game.
2/9 Davidson W 54-51 Pierre (23) Baptiste, Diallo, McLean (7 each) 9-15 2-9 UM shocks everyone, pulling out the win over first-place Wildcats. Clergeot hits the game winning 3 with 5 seconds left. Cats hit no field goals over final 8 minutes. UM keeps Kellan Grady in check (1-10 FGs). Pip still out with injury.
2/13 at George Mason L 80-75 (OT) Pierre (26) Diallo (12) 9-16 2-10 Minutemen play good D through regulation, holding Mason to 60, but give up 20 in OT, and don't have enough firepower to keep up. Pip remains out, and Cobb joins him in a walking boot. Pierre and Diallo step up with respective career highs in points and boards. Wood provides a spark off the bench with 13 pts & 8 assists. McLean chips in admirably in a starting role: 4 pts / 9 boards / 2 assists.
2/20 at George Washington L 79-67 Pierre (14) Baptiste & McLean (5 each) 9-17 2-11 Leading 14-12 in the first, UM goes cold, falls behind 30-18, and never gets closer than 8 the rest of the way. UM turns another sleepy offense (GW last in the league in scoring to date) into hot shots (.667 FG in first half, .551 for the game). Pipkins returns from injury (13 points off the bench), Cobb remains out.
2/23 Saint Joseph's W 80-79 Laurent (24) Laurent (8) 10-17 3-11 Bad UM defense / hot SJU shooting leads to a 54-37 deficit at the half, and a 19-point gap early in the second. But UM's D wakes up and allows just 23 over the final 19 minutes. Laurent's 24 a new career high, paced by 9-13 FG, 4-7 from 3. Pierre the end-of-game hero as he hits a 3 with :17 left, and the game winner with :03 left. Pip and Cobb out again.
2/26 Dayton L 72-48 Laurent (21) West (6) 10-18 3-12 UM starts off with an 8-2 lead, then proceeds to give up an unbelievable 38-6 run to the Flyers, who shoot 82.4% in the first half. Dayton builds lead up to 29 in the 2nd. UM plays without Pipkins, Cobb, Holloway, Diallo, and KTM, all with various injuries. Laurent shoots 8-13, but rest of team 10-39 (.256). West as the leading rebounder in just 9 minutes of PT leads to McCall questioning team effort in the post-game presser.
3/2 at Duquesne L 80-73 Pierre (15) Holloway & Laurent (13 each) 10-19 3-13 UM leads by 9 with 7:17 to play, but falls apart, giving up a 18-5 run, and only hitting 1 FG over the last 5 minutes. Extra frustrating as UM dominates the glass, snaring 20 offensive and 49-24 total over DU. Double-doubles by Holloway (14 & 13) and Laurent (13 & 13) also wasted. DU's Dunn-Martin, at 5'8“, scores 30.
3/6 Richmond W 87-79 Holloway (28) Holloway (12) 11-19 4-13 On his Senior Night, Holloway dominates with 28 & 12, and UM finds their scoring touch again. Laurent also adds 20 & 6. Pip plays, but defers to others, assisting on 8, and only taking 8 shots. UM wins glass by 20.
3/9 at Rhode Island L 94-75 Pierre (21) McLean (7) 11-20 4-14 UM turns it over 14 times in the first half, and Rams shoot lights out (77.4%), building a 54-25 lead at the break. UM scores 50 in the second, but the halftime hole was too deep to climb out of. UM finishes season with no conference road wins, first time since 1988-89 season.
3/13 vs George Washington L 68-64 (OT) Clergeot (25) Holloway (12) 11-21 Atlantic 10 Tournament, First Round, at Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY. Seeds: GW 12, UM 13. UM started hot, hitting 10 of their first 13 field goals (.769), tallying 5 assists, turning it over just once, and opening up a 25-11 lead at the 12:48 mark. Complete opposite the rest of the way: 13-51 (.255) overall, 15 turnovers, just 2 assists. Career high from Clergeot in the effort. Pierre struggles (4-17). Double-double from Holloway (11 & 12) in his last game.

Schedule

All times Eastern PM, unless otherwise noted. Boldface opponents indicates an Atlantic 10 Conference game. Information subject to change.
Printable schedule
UMass master schedule
All games can be heard on the UMass Radio Network.

Date Day Time Opponent Site Event TV Streaming Video
10/30 Tue 7:00 Westfield State College Mullins Center Exhibition none ESPN+
11/6 Tue 7:00 UMass Lowell Mullins Center Season opener Eleven Sports / NESNplus ESPN+
11/9 Fri 7:00 New Hampshire Mullins Center none ESPN+
11/13 Tue 7:00 Harvard Mullins Center Eleven Sports / NESN ESPN+
11/16 Fri 7:00 Howard Mullins Center Las Vegas Holiday Invitational event game none ESPN+
11/19 Mon 7:00 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Mullins Center Las Vegas Holiday Invitational event game none ESPN+
11/22 Thu 1:30 Southern Illinois Orleans Arena, Paradise NV Las Vegas Holiday Invitational FS1 Fox Sports Go
11/23 Fri 10:00 Nevada Orleans Arena, Paradise NV Las Vegas Holiday Invitational FS1 Fox Sports Go
11/28 Wed 7:00 Quinnipiac Mullins Center Eleven Sports / NESN ESPN+
12/4 Tue 7:00 Holy Cross Mullins Center Eleven Sports / NESNplus ESPN+
12/7 Fri 7:00 Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence RI FS1 Fox Sports Go
12/12 Wed 7:00 Temple Liacouras Center, Philadelphia PA none ESPN+
12/21 Fri 3:30 Fairleigh Dickinson Mullins Center none ESPN+
12/30 Sun 6:00 Georgia Stegeman Coliseum, Athens GA SEC Network ESPN+1)
1/5 Sat 1:00 La Salle Mullins Center NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
1/9 Wed 9:00 Saint Louis Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis MO CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network
1/13 Sun 3:30 Dayton UD Arena, Dayton OH NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
1/16 Wed 7:00 George Mason Mullins Center NESNplus ESPN+
1/19 Sat 6:30 Virginia Commonwealth Siegel Center, Richmond VA NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
1/23 Wed 7:00 Saint Bonaventure Mullins Center NESN ESPN+
1/27 Sun 2:00 Rhode Island Mullins Center Stadium WatchStadium.com
1/30 Wed 7:00 La Salle Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia PA none ESPN+
2/2 Sat 4:30 Saint Joseph's Hagan Arena, Philadelphia PA NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
2/6 Wed 7:00 Fordham Mullins Center NESN ESPN+
2/9 Sat 1:00 Davidson Mullins Center NESNplus ESPN+
2/13 Wed 7:00 George Mason at GMU, EagleBank Arena none ESPN+
2/20 Wed 7:00 George Washington at GWU, Charles E. Smith Center none ESPN+
2/23 Sat 2:00 Saint Joseph's Mullins Center NESNplus2) ESPN+
2/26 Tue 7:00 Dayton Mullins Center NESNplus ESPN+
3/2 Sat 2:00 Duquesne at DU, Palumbo Center AT&T SportsNet3) ESPN+
3/6 Wed 7:00 Richmond Mullins Center NESN ESPN+
3/9 Sat 4:00 Rhode Island at URI, Ryan Center Cox YurView4) ESPN+
3/13 Wed 1:00 George Washington at Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY Atlantic 10 Tournament First Round none ESPN+

Series

  • Georgia (Away): This season's game will conclude a home-and-home series.5)6)7)8)
  • Harvard (Home): This season's game will conclude a series.9) The series may also extend into future seasons.10)
  • Holy Cross (Home): This season's game will conclude a series.11)12)
  • Providence (Away): This season's game will conclude a series.13)14)
  • Quinnipiac (Home): This season's game will conclude a series.15)
  • Temple (Away): This season's game will conclude a series.16)17)
  • UMass Lowell (Home): Single game agreement, no longer term series planned.18)19)
  • UMass will be part of the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational. Games in Las Vegas will be on November 22 and 23. Other teams in the field include Nevada, Tulsa and Southern Illinois. Location, exact matchups, start times, and TV coverage all TBD. The Invitational will also include two home games.20)

The contracted home games versus Rutgers and South Carolina are slated for the 2019-20 season.

UMass and Akron will play a home-and-home series, as part of a football scheduling agreement. When those games will be played is to be determined.21) Athletic Director Ryan Bamford had stated in the past that he will continue to explore similar opportunities, like what we've done with South Carolina and Georgia.22)

Roster

Official roster, with coaches and staff

#NameHeightWeightClassPos.Hometown / HS / Prep / College TransferStatus
11Baptiste, Djery6-10235Jr.*CGonaives, Haiti / Prestonwood Christian / VanderbiltActive
41Byrne, Aidan6-6215Jr.FNiskayuna, NY / Niskayuna HSActive
10Chatman, Sy6-8200Fr.FSaint Paul, MN / Cretin-Durham Hall Active
20Clergeot, Keon6-1185So.*GWinter Haven, FL / Auburndale HS/ Memphis Active
33Cobb, Curtis6-4195Jr.*GFall River, MA / Wilbraham & Monson Academy / FairfieldInactive. Has been out with an ankle injury since the Davidson game (2/9). McCall ruled him out for Brooklyn.23)
5Diallo, Samba6-7195Fr.FRufisque, Senegal / Pope John XXIII HS (N.J.)Inactive. Underwent knee surgery on 3/8/19 and will miss the rest of the season.24)
13Franklin, Jaylen6-0180Jr.GSpringfield, MA / MacDuffie SchoolActive
3Hayward, Kieran6-4195So.*GSydney, Australia / St. Joseph's College (AUS) / Louisiana StateActive
45Holloway, Rashaan6-11310Sr.*CElmer, NJ / Schalick HSActive
1Laurent, Jonathan6-6215Jr.*FOrlando, FL / Dr Phillips HS / RutgersActive
4McLean, Unique6-2180So.*GBrooklyn, NY / The MacDuffie SchoolActive
12Pierre, Carl6-4185So.GBoston, MA / Boston College HSActive
2Pipkins, Luwane5-11180Jr.*GChicago, IL / Bogan HSInactive. Has been dealing with hamstring injury since the game at SJU (2/2). McCall ruled him out for Brooklyn.25)
14Turner-Morris, Khalea6-9250So.CNew Orleans, LA / New Hampton School (NH)Inactive. Has been out with an injury since the game at SJU (2/2). McCall ruled him out for Brooklyn.26)
41West, Randall6-4235Jr.*FMoorestown, N.J. / Lawrenceville SchoolActive
0Wood, Tre6-1165Fr.GUpper Marlboro, MD / St. John's College HS Active

* Eligibility difference.

  • Djery Baptiste came to UMass after the Fall 2018 semester, after graduating early from Vanderbilt. He also has the option to play again in 2019-20.27)
  • Keon Clergeot transferred into UMass for the 2017-18 season.28)29) Per NCAA transfer rules, he sat out the 2017-18 season, but retains three years of eligibility.
  • Curtis Cobb transferred into UMass for the 2017-18 season.30)31) Per NCAA transfer rules, he sat out the 2017-18 season, but retains two years of eligibility.
  • Kieran Hayward transferred into UMass for the 2017-18 season.32) Per NCAA transfer rules, he sat out the 2017-18 season, but retains three years of eligibility.
  • Rashaan Holloway was a partial qualifier for the 2014-15 season.33)34) 35) He maintained academic eligibility and earned a fifth year in 2018-19.36)
  • Jonathan Laurent transferred into UMass for the 2017-18 season.37)38)39) Per NCAA transfer rules, he sat out the 2017-18 season, but retains two years of eligibility.
  • Unique McLean sat out the 2016-17 season, but retains four years of eligibility.40)
  • Luwane Pipkins was a non-qualifier for the 2015-16 season, and has two years of eligibility remaining, assuming he makes adequate progress towards his degree.41)42)
  • Randall West joins from the football team, where as the 2018-19 roster, he is listed as a Redshirt Junior. He did not play in the 2015 football season, and did in 2016 and 2017.43)44)

2017-18 players lost:

Statistics

Pre-Season Predictions

In the Atlantic 10 Pre-Season predictions, UMass was picked to finish 8th out of the 14 teams. Luwane Pipkins was named to the First Team.

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