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Notebook: UMass forward Chris Baldwin done for the season, Khalea Turner-Morris doubtful for Wednesday

  • UMass head coach Matt McCall is down two big men. He lost Chris Baldwin to a season-ending injury and Khalea Turner-Morris to a concussion. AP



@MattVautourDHG
Sunday, February 11, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — UMass got a double dose of bad big man news Saturday.

Sophomore Chris Baldwin has elected to have surgery on his injured quad and won’t play again this season. Freshman Khalea Turner-Morris, who left during UMass’ 85-73 loss Saint Joseph’s after being elbowed in the face, will enter concussion protocol.

Turner-Morris needs to be symptom free for at least 24 hours before he can begin taking steps to return. Minuteman coach Matt McCall thought Wednesday’s game against George Washington was unlikely for Turner-Morris.

“There’s a lot of steps that go into that,” McCall said. “I’m not optimistic for him on Wednesday.”

Baldwin is waiting to have the date of his surgery finalized.

Their absence leaves junior Malik Hines as the team’s only available big man.

FRESHMAN RECORD — UMass freshman Carl Pierre made five 3-pointers, giving him 71 this season tying a record shared by Anthony Anderson in 2001-02 and Luwane Pipkins last year. Pierre is shooting 48.3 percent from deep, which would be the No. 2 single-season percentage ever by a Minuteman. John Hempel holds the record at 57.1 percent in 1982-83. But he made just 24 of 42.

Pierre has scored in double figures in six straight games and 16 times this season.

STANDINGS — If UMass is going to avoid the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, which features the league’s bottom four teams, the Minutemen are going to have win some games. Saturday’s loss left UMass in a three-way tie for 11th (out of 14) with La Salle, Fordham and the Minutemen all 4-8. They’re all a game ahead of 14th place George Washington (3-9), which visits the Mullins Center Wednesday, and a game back of Dayton, George Mason and Saint Joseph’s, who are each (5-7).

MISCELLANEOUS — Pipkins had at least 20 points for the 11th time this season. He’s scored at least 10 points in 18 straight games. He has 513 points this season and 850 in his career. His 20.5 points per game is second in the Atlantic 10.

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