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2017-18 Season

The 2017-18 UMass Minutemen men's basketball team represents the University of Massachusetts. The Head Coach is Matt McCall. The team plays its home games in the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The season represents the 109th season of basketball in the school's history.

  • Final Record: 13-20
  • Conference Record: 5-13 (13th place)
  • A-10 Tournament: 1-1 (lost in Second Round)
  • Postseason: none
All games13-205-13
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2016-17 2018-19


Game Record Rank Notes
Date Opponent Game Results High Scorer High Rebounder Overall A-10 UM Opp
11/3 Springfield College W 82-60 Anderson (16) Baldwin (14) Exhibition. 5 Minutemen in double-figures, Baldwin tallies a double-double with 15 points. Hines shoots 6-7, McLean 6-8. UM wakes up from a 3-point deficit late in the first with a +19 in the second half. Holloway (thumb) and Pierre (flu) DNP.
11/10 UMass Lowell W 74-69 Holloway & McLean (12 each) Hines (13) 1-0 Tied with less than 5 to play, a UM 8-0 run proves too much for the River Hawks to overcome. Hines a double-double with 11 & 13. McLean double-digits in his college debut. Miller's 10 points doubles his prior career total.
11/12 at Harvard L 70-67 (OT) Pipkins (23) Holloway (9) 1-1 Pipkins hits a 3 to force overtime, and another with 8 seconds left in OT, but Aiken hits the winner for Harvard with just 2 seconds left. Pip also tallies 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Holloway 15 points, Anderson 12. 50 points combined for those three, just 17 from the rest of the team. FTAs: UM 11, Harv 23.
11/19 Niagara W 101-76 Pipkins (34) McLean (7) 2-1 Barclays Center Classic event game. UM shoots 59% from the floor, 58% from 3. Career highs for Pipkins, Pierre (16), Miller (14). Turner-Morris, Franklin, Gillespie all see their first action of their career.
11/21 Western Carolina W 85-76 Pipkins (21) Hines (9) 3-1 Barclays Center Classic event game. UM sleepwalks thru parts, but also goes on runs of 14-0 and 11-0, and WCU doesn't have enough to recover. Pipkins dishes 10 assists for the double-double. Hines scores 11 for the near-double-double. Pierre scores 15. Holloway limited to 11 minutes with foul trouble.
11/24 vs Minnesota L 69-51 Pipkins (18) Baldwin (10) 3-2 14 Barclays Center Classic event game, at LIU-Brooklyn. UM can't keep up with the #14 Gophers, and struggle with shooting (32.3% overall, 20% from 3). Gophers go on 14-0 run in first half. Pipkins the only Minuteman in double-figures. Holloway fouls out in 20 minutes, tallying 6 pts, 2 rebounds.
11/25 vs BYU L 68-66 Holloway (16) Baldwin & Holloway (8 each) 3-3 Barclays Center Classic. UM builds a 10 point lead with 4:44 to play, but then gives up an 11-0 run. Back-and-forth in the final minutes, but UM misses a defensive assignment in final seconds. Holloway comes back, but BYU shuts down Pipkins (9 points, 1-12 FGs).
11/29 at Quinnipiac L 68-66 Anderson (23) Hines (10) 3-4 UM's lack of aggression lets QU win it. UM claws back from a 12-point second-half deficit, but couldn't make the plays when they mattered most. Holloway plagued by 2 fouls in just 56 seconds of first half action. Anderson's 23 sets a new career high. Miller shoots 4-5 for 9 points. Pipkins struggles with 2-13 shooting.
12/2 at South Carolina L 76-70 Pipkins (25) Holloway (6) 3-5 UM hits 7-12 from 3 in the first to hang tough, but a 28-12 foul disparity in SC's favor raises some eyebrows. Pipkins breaks out of his recent funk. Pierre adds 12, but no other Minuteman hits double figures.
12/6 Holy Cross W 64-50 Pipkins (13) Anderson & Hines (9 each) 4-5 UM kicks in the defense, and Cross goes 10:03 without a field goal across the halftime break. Minutemen play a small lineup most of the night, with 80% of the points. Hines adds 10 from the front court. UM helps their case with drawing fouls, and converting with 20-22 from the stripe.
12/9 Providence W 72-63 Pipkins (30) Hines (8) 5-5 Down 5 with 10:51 left, UM goes on a 21-3 run to pull away. UM defense locks in on Bullock & Cartwright, holding them to combined 7-25 shooting. Pip shoots 12-16 from the floor, and 4-7 from 3. Anderson tallies 10/6/7. Frontcourt all contributes despite foul trouble.
12/16 Georgia W 72-62 Pipkins (17) Anderson (8) 6-5 UM builds a 22 point lead in the first, then does enough to hold onto the double-digit win. UM shoots 50% to UGA's 35%, and wins the glass 39-29. Five Minutemen score in double-figures. Assists: CJ 7, Pip 6. Points: Pip 17, Pierre 15, Holloway 12, Baldwin 11, CJ 10.
12/20 Georgia State L 71-63 Pierre & Pipkins (14 each) Baldwin & McLean (7 each) 6-6 UM led 53-47 with under 8 to play, but GSU went on to hit 7 threes, and put the game away. GSU 16-25 (64%) from 3 on the night, while just 28% from 2. UM 19 assists on 22 buckets. Miller 10 points. Holloway held to just 8 & 5 in 20 minutes of foul-trouble PT.
12/22 Maine W 74-63 Pierre (25) Anderson (7) 7-6 Minutemen build a 34-point lead with 12:38 to play, then go into holiday mode and Maine goes on a 35-12 run the rest of the way. Pierre sets new career high. Pipkins adds 16, Hines & Holloway 10 each. Anderson 0 points, but 12 assists & 7 rebounds.
12/30 at St. Bonaventure L 98-78 Pipkins (17) Anderson (8) 7-7 0-1 UM fights to a 25-24 lead in the first, but SBU goes on runs of 21-8 and 30-11 to put the game away. Dynamic duo of Adams and Mobley score 32 and 28 respectively for SBU, each shooting 10-16 from the floor. Hines 16 (career high) & 7, Anderson 11, Holloway 10.
1/3 George Mason L 80-72 (OT) Pipkins (15) Holloway (10) 7-8 0-2 Livingston goes off for a career high 33 for GMU. Mason wins the glass by 10, and hits 20-22 from the line. Holloway the bright spot for UM with a double-double, and blocks a career high 6. Pip struggles with 5-14 shooting and 7 turnovers, and CJ goes cold (2-14). Hines 9 & 9, Pierre 10 pts.
1/6 at Dayton W 62-60 Pipkins (25) Hines & McLean (9 each) 8-8 1-2 With Anderson & Holloway suspended, chances for a UM win appear dismal, but rest of team steps up huge and wins at UD Arena for first time since 2008. Pipkins leads all scorers. UM falls behind by 11 in the first, then builds an 8-pt lead in the second, and holds on. Career highs for McLean in rebounds (9) and minutes (36).
1/10 La Salle W 86-79 (OT) Pipkins (44) Anderson (9) 9-8 2-2 UM sleepwalks thru the first 21 minutes as La Salle builds a 48-27 lead with 18:21 to play. Pipkins, who had a respectable first half with 13 points, takes over, scoring 17 points in just 6½ minutes in the second. Pip's 44 points sets a new UM program record. Pierre also notches a great game with 25 points (matches career high). Anderson returns, off the bench. Holloway remains suspended, on bench in street clothes.
1/14 Saint Joseph's W 72-69 Pipkins (27) Pipkins (7) 10-8 3-2 Another comeback as UM erases a 16-point deficit with 18:30 left. Pip again carries the team on his back, also dishing 6 assists in 37 minutes. Pierre 17 & 3, Anderson 12 & 4, McLean 8 & 5.
1/17 at Rhode Island L 73-51 Pipkins (13) Hines (7) 10-9 3-3 RV Rhody D locks in, holding Pipkins to 5-17 shooting, and Pierre to 1-5 / 5 points. UM turns it over 14 times in the first half, falling behind by 20, and Rhody cruises. 51 points and 8 assists match season lows (Minnesota), .322 FG% new season low.
1/20 St. Louis L 66-47 Pipkins (17) McLean (7) 10-10 3-4 UM lays an egg on the day Marcus Camby is honored by the Naismith Award, with a new season low in points. FG %: SLU 52%, UM 35%. UM loses the glass by 12. Pierre scores 13, but rest of team combined scores just 17.
1/24 at La Salle L 87-72 Pipkins (25) Hines (7) 10-11 3-5 UM goes the last 7+ minutes of the first half without a field goal, La Salle shoots 59% in the first, and carries a 20 point lead into the break. Pip scores 19 in the second, but La Salle got the lead as high as 30. BJ Johnson scores 26 for La Salle.
1/27 at Fordham L 82-69 Pipkins (18) McLean (12) 10-12 3-6 Short-handed again as Baldwin sits out with knee injury. Rams out-perform their averages, shooting 48% from 3, 56% from the floor. McLean tallies career highs in points (14) and rebounds, but shoots 7-24 from the floor, and 9 offensive boards off his misses.
1/30 Rhode Island L 85-83 Pipkins (27) McLean (9) 10-13 3-7 22 Rhody leads by 9 with just 1:31 left, but UM fights to the last moment, having a chance to force OT on their final possession. Hines scores a career high 18, as Baldwin remains injured. Pierre adds 16, CJ 15.
2/3 Dayton W 86-82 (2OT) Pipkins (28) McLean (11) 11-13 4-7 UM fights to the last to get this W, hitting some amazing shots. Pip plays 47 of 50 minutes, CJ tallies 17-7-7 in 49 minutes, Pierre 15 in 44 minutes, Hines 14 & 6, McLean 7 pts & 4 assists, KTM provides some good relief in 14 minutes.
2/10 at Saint Joseph's L 85-73 Pierre & Pipkins (21 each) Anderson (7) 11-14 4-8 Baldwin remains out, and KTM takes an elbow and a possible concussion. Remaining Minutemen get into foul trouble and play tentative. Foul shooting: UM 3-4, SJU 15-20. Anderson adds 14 pts & 7 assists.
2/14 George Washington L 83-72 Anderson (21) Anderson (11) 11-15 4-9 Colonials use their size advantage, scoring 43 points in the paint, and winning the glass 43-28. Pip gets his 20, but held to 7-21 shooting, Pierre held to 1-8. Newcomer West forced into action right away.
2/17 at Davidson L 83-78 Pipkins (31) Hines & McLean (6 each) 11-16 4-10 Pip takes the lead in scoring in the A10, a tenth ahead of Peyton Aldridge, who scores a career high 38 for the Wildcats. Pip also tallies 9 assists. Hines scores 17, Pierre 15.
2/17 Virginia Commonwealth L 82-78 Pipkins (38) McLean (7) 11-17 4-11 Pip carries team on his back again, shooting 8-13 from 3, but can't get quite enough from the limited supporting cast. KTM remains out with concussion symptoms, and West fills in with 18 minutes / 6 boards / 2 points. CJ 15 pts, Pierre 10.
2/24 at George Mason L 78-76 (OT) Anderson (21) Hines (11) 11-18 4-12 UM goes in with just 4 scholarship players, as Pipkins joins KTM in concussion protocol. UM nearly pulls off the upset, but refs send Mason to the line with :00.9 left, and Mar hits all 3 FTs. Anderson scores 9 of his points in OT, but Mason hits the winner in the last second.
2/28 at Richmond L 90-65 Anderson (22) West (6) 11-19 4-13 UM trailed only by 1 (31-30) in the first, but Spiders started to heat up, and pulled ahead by as many as 29 in the second. CJ scores 18 in the first, but takes just 3 shots in the second. Pip & Pierre held to combined 8-30 FGs.
3/3 Duquesne W 85-75 Hines (20) Anderson (12) 12-19 5-13 CJ dishes 12 and gets the double-double on his Senior Night. Career highs in points for Hines and Miller (16). Pip scored 16 off the bench, needed 23 to win A-10 scoring title, but only took 10 shots and dished 6 in 33 minutes.
3/7 vs La Salle W 69-67 Anderson (21) McLean (9) 13-19 A10 Tournament First Round. Seeds: UM 13, LAS 12. CJ out-performs again, and UM finds just enough offense to get the job done. Pip 15 pts, Hines 14, Pierre 11. La Salle steals 9 and only commits 5 turnovers, but shoots a dreadful 1-16 from 3. Johnson & Powell 18 each for Explorers.
3/8 vs George Mason L 80-75 Pipkins (31) Hines (8) 13-20 A10 Tournament Second Round. Seeds: UM 13, GMU 5. UM battles throughout, but Mason does it with offensive rebounds (20-6 advantage) and 2nd chance points (26-6 advantage). Pip passes 1K career points. Pierre 17 points. CJ 11-5-5 in his final college game.


Sources: UMass, RealGM,
Atlantic 10 stats rankings

Luwane Pipkins was second in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, at 21.19 points per game, a fraction behind the leader (Davidson's Peyton Aldridge, 21.24 ppg)

A-10 Lists & Honors


Luwane Pipkins was named Atlantic 10 Co-Most Improved Player, and Second Team All-Conference.1)

Player of the Week

Pipkins, weeks ending 11/20, 1/152)

Rookie of the Week

Carl Pierre, week ending 1/153)


In the Atlantic 10 Pre-Season predictions, UMass was picked to finish 12th out of the 14 teams. No Minuteman was selected for any of the all-conference teams.


Official roster, with coaches and staff

#NameHeightWeightClassPos.Hometown / HS / Prep / College TransferStatus
23Anderson, CJ6-6207Sr.GMemphis, TN / Arlington HSActive
5Baldwin, Chris6-8235So.FSpringfield, MA / Notre Dame PrepInactive. Sustained a quad injury in the La Salle game (1/24), will not return this season.4)
1Brantley, Jaylen5-11170GradGSpringfield, MA / Notre Dame Prep / MarylandInactive. Will not play due to heart condition detected prior to the season.5)6)
20Clergeot, Keon6-1187So.*GWinter Haven, FL / Auburndale HS / MemphisInactive. Will sit out the season per NCAA transfer rules.
33Cobb, Curtis6-4175Jr.*GFall River, MA / Wilbraham & Monson Academy / FairfieldInactive. Will sit out the season per NCAA transfer rules.
13Franklin, Jaylen6-0175So*.GSpringfield, MA / MacDuffie SchoolActive
40Gillespie, Mike6-3180Fr.GPembroke, MA / Xaverian Brothers HSActive
0Hines, Malik6-10255Jr.*FJackson, MS / Murrah HSActive
3Hayward, Kieran6-4195So.*GSydney, Australia / St. Joseph's College (AUS) / Louisiana StateInactive. Will sit out the season per NCAA transfer rules.
45Holloway, Rashaan6-11310Jr.*FElmer, NJ / Schalick HSPlayed through the George Mason (1/3) game, but then suspended for academic reasons.7)
11Laurent, Jonathan6-6216Jr.*FOrlando, FL / Dr Phillips HS / RutgersInactive. Will sit out the season per NCAA transfer rules.
4McLean, Unique6-2175Fr.*GBrooklyn, NY / The MacDuffie SchoolActive
42Miller, Rayshawn6-1200Jr.GBoston, MA / Boston Latin AcademyActive
12Pierre, Carl6-4175Fr.GBoston, MA / Boston College HSActive
2Pipkins, Luwane5-11185So.*GChicago, IL / Bogan HSActive
14Turner-Morris, Khalea6-9265Fr.CNew Orleans, LA / New Hampton School (NH)Active
41West, Randall6-4235Jr.*FMoorestown, N.J. / Lawrenceville SchoolActive. Joined the team prior to the GW (2/14) game.

* Eligibility difference.

  • Curtis Cobb transferred into UMass for the 2017-18 season.8)9) Per NCAA transfer rules, he must sit out the 2017-18 season, but retains two years of eligibility.
  • Keon Clergeot transferred into UMass for the 2017-18 season.10)11) Per NCAA transfer rules, he must sit out the 2017-18 season, but retains three years of eligibility.
  • Kieran Hayward transferred into UMass for the 2017-18 season.12) Per NCAA transfer rules, he must sit out the 2017-18 season, but retains three years of eligibility.
  • Malik Hines was a partial qualifier for the 2014-15 season13)14) and has two years of eligibility remaining, assuming he makes adequate progress towards his degree.
  • Rashaan Holloway was a partial qualifier for the 2014-15 season.15)16) After 2017-18, he could earn one final season of eligibility, provided he achieves GPA standards and makes adequate progress towards a degree.17)
  • Jonathan Laurent transferred into UMass for the 2017-18 season.18)19)20) Per NCAA transfer rules, he must sit 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.21)
  • Luwane Pipkins was a non-qualifier for the 2015-16 season, and has three years of eligibility remaining, assuming he makes adequate progress towards his degree.22)23)
  • Randall West joins from the football team, where as of Spring 2018 he is listed as a Redshirt Junior. He did not play in the 2015 football season, and did in 2016 and 2017.24)25)

2016-17 players lost:


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
11/3 Fri 7:00 Springfield College Mullins Center Exhibition none A-10 Network
11/10 Fri 7:00 UMass Lowell Mullins Center none A-10 Network
11/12 Sun 2:00 Harvard at Harvard, Lavietes Pavilion NESN NESNgo, Ivy League Network
11/19 Sun Noon Niagara Mullins Center Barclays Center Classic event game37) none A-10 Network
11/21 Tue 7:00 Western Carolina Mullins Center Barclays Center Classic event game38) none A-10 Network
11/24 Fri Noon Minnesota Steinberg Center at LIU-Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY39) Barclays Center Classic40) none Stadium41)
11/25 Sat 2:30 BYU Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY Barclays Center Classic42) none Stadium43)
11/29 Wed 7:00 Quinnipiac at Quinnipiac, TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, CT none Watch ESPN
12/2 Sat 2:00 South Carolina at South Carolina, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC none SEC Network + / Watch ESPN
12/6 Wed 7:00 Holy Cross Mullins Center none A-10 Network
12/9 Sat 3:00 Providence Mullins Center NESN, Eleven Sports44) A-10 Network
12/16 Sat 3:00 Georgia Mullins Center NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
12/20 Wed 7:00 Georgia State Mullins Center none A-10 Network
12/22 Fri 4:00 Maine Mullins Center none A-10 Network
12/30 Sat 2:30 St. Bonaventure at SBU, Reilly Center NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
1/3 Wed 7:30 George Mason Mullins Center NESNplus, Eleven Sports45) A-10 Network
1/6 Sat Noon Dayton at Dayton, UD Arena NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
1/10 Wed 7:00 La Salle Mullins Center NESNplus, Eleven Sports46) A-10 Network
1/14 Sun 5:00 Saint Joseph's Mullins Center NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
1/17 Wed 7:00 Rhode Island at URI, Ryan Center Cox YurView47) Cox YurView
1/20 Sat 2:00 St. Louis Mullins Center Stadium48) Stadium
1/24 Wed 7:00 La Salle at La Salle, Tom Gola Arena none A-10 Network
1/27 Sat 2:00 Fordham at Fordham, Rose Hill Gym NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access
1/30 Tue 6:30 Rhode Island Mullins Center CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network
2/3 Sat 2:00 Dayton Mullins Center NBC Sports Boston, Eleven Sports49) A-10 Network
2/10 Sat 4:00 Saint Joseph's at SJU, Hagan Arena none A-10 Network
2/14 Wed 7:00 George Washington Mullins Center NESNplus, Eleven Sports50) A-10 Network
2/17 Sat 7:00 Davidson at Davidson, Belk Arena none A-10 Network
2/21 Wed 7:00 Virginia Commonwealth Mullins Center NESNplus, Eleven Sports51) A-10 Network
2/24 Sat 6:00 George Mason at George Mason, EagleBank Arena MASN A-10 Network
2/28 Wed 7:00 Richmond at Richmond, Robins Center MASN2 A-10 Network
3/3 Sat 8:00 Duquesne Mullins Center NESNplus, Eleven Sports52) A-10 Network
3/7 Wed 6:00 La Salle at Capital One Arena, Washington DC Atlantic 10 Tournament First Round none Stadium
3/8 Thur 2:30 George Mason at Capital One Arena, Washington DC Atlantic 10 Tournament Second Round NBC Sports Network NBC Sports Live Extra, mobile access

Notes about the Barclays Center Classic:

  • Our games versus Niagara and Western Carolina are considered part of the Classic, but are not part of a tournament bracket, and will not impact our games against Minnesota and BYU.53)54)
  • Niagara and Western Carolina will participate in bracketed “campus site” games, along with Alabama A&M and UT-Arlington.55)
  • Due to conflicts at the Barclays Center, the 11/24 game versus Minnesota will be played at LIU-Brooklyn.56)
  • BYU will play Alabama at LIU-Brooklyn at 2:30 on 11/24.57) Regardless of that result, we will face BYU on 11/25.


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Per A-10 Media Guide 2019-20
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See Barclays Center Classic notes below
Cox Cable channels 4 and 1004
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