UMass Rides Past the Broncs in Gotham Classic Win

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Although the score was a little too close for comfort throughout the first 3/4 of the game, the Minutemen were able to force a handful of turnovers and end up with a perfect run in the Gotham Classic – bringing them to 9-3 so far this season. The Rider Broncs came into the contest on a five game win streak, but the Minutemen brought too much firepower. Biggest plus of the night: Donte Clark score his 1,000th career point, on a dunk no less, from a no-look behind the back pass from Pipkins.

Knee Jerk Reactions

  • Minutemen press seems to be getting much better – even a few steals under our own basket that got the crowd going
  • Pipkins Stripkins continued on pace to be in the top for steals out of NCAA players, adding four in this game and 40 overall this season
  • One data point that makes me nervous: UMass had only seven offensive rebounds. Seven. With big boy Holloway, there’s no way that number should be so low. Rider got nearly 30 defensive rebounds comparatively
  • Another nerve-wracking realization: although Kellogg seems to like running a perimeter offense with this team, the Minutemen were only 5-21 from outside the arc. I say its time to feed the big men and get more into the post game. But I digress…
  • Surprisingly, it seems as though Seth Berger is struggling a bit this season. I was seeing a lot of effort come out of him in earlier games, but against Rider all he pulled in were three rebounds, one assist, and zero FGA. Hoping this kids finds his groove again
  • Holloway appears to be getting more comfortable on the floor with each game that passes – in just 13 minutes of playing time he pulled in 16 points…albeit along with 5 personal fouls

UMBR Game Ball

Has to go to Donte Clark! Young fella put up 27 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 assists throughout the game – all during his 1000 point run.

UMBR Dunce Cap

Referees. I usually am not one to blame referees for much – but both teams were into the bonus within eight minutes of the first half. Broke up a lot of the game flow. Displeasing to the rowdy crowd of 70-year old alumni, and also to yours truly

Next Game: The Minutemen close out the non-conference against an always tough Georgia State team, down in the ATL.

Fun Fact: Georgia State coach Ron Hunter regularly coaches games barefoot in recognition of Samaritans Feet, an organization that provides shoes to children (source).ron-hunter-barefoot

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