UMass grabbed a well-earned win over Temple on Thursday night in Amherst, 70-67 final score. It was an all-around fun game to watch, with Temple pulling out to a decent lead in the first half but UMass closing the gap. This turned into a back-and-forth game with several lead changes throughout, and a down to the wire finish. Check out the pics from Wyoming Jeff, who made a rare Massachusetts appearance and was spotted at the Mullins Center!
Those do seem to focus on the legend which is Sign Man.
- Always feels good to beat Temple. The rivalry isn’t what it once was in terms of intensity, but this game did justice to its legacy.
- Real disappointing showing from the crowd at the Mullins Center. But as Alanna pointed out, it is the end of the last week before Thanksgiving, and UMass is giving a full week off for Turkey Day. So we’ll give the kids the benefit of the doubt here and say most of them have gone home.
- Before we get into the Minutemen, how about Obi Enechionyia from Temple? That guy was unstoppable and single-handedly kept the Owls in this game.
- Great minutes out of Malik Hines, probably the best showing of his career. He grabbed some clutch boards and came up with a few defensive stops, while not looking lost on the floor.
- Seth Berger was the star of the old hats, bringing tons of energy, playing solid defense, and tossing in a few real smooth shots.
- Luwane Pipkins had a real tough night, but still played the third-most minutes on the team. DeJon Jarreau had the second most, after Donte Clark. I think it’s clear that DK is bucking his typical trend and trying hard to stick with his freshman stars.
- I’ll add to the above point by mentioning that CJ Anderson barely saw the floor and Coleman spent much of the game on the bench as well. It truly is the changing of the guard in Amherst.
- Also liked what I saw out of Chris Baldwin, even though he only had 6 minutes of playing time. Great hand from the crowd for the local kid.
- All talk comparing Pipkins to Chaz shall be put on hold until the former hits at least some of his free throws.
- Here’s a quote from Jeff which sums up Donte Clark: “Dude has the basketball IQ of an eggplant.”
- Side note: Antonios and Amherst Brewing/Hangar are still as good as ever.
UMBR Game Ball
Give this one to DeJon Jarreau. Not only did he make the game winning three, but he paced the team in points and assists. He’s a freshman and his leadership skills on the floor will continue to improve as the season progresses.
UMBR Dunce Cap
Zach Lewis. Stop jacking up terrible shots!
Next Up: Holy Cross
On Sunday the Minutemen are back on the road, travelling the beautiful Worcester, Massachusetts to face Holy Cross. All signs point to an easy victory for UMass, considering that the Holy Cross Crusaders (what a team name by the way) have lost by an average of 38 points in their first two games.
Fun Fact: Bob Cousy and Tommy Heinsohn, of Boston Celtics fame, both played their college ball at Holy Cross. As a freshman, Cousy led the Crusaders as they won the 1947 NCAA Championship. Wow!