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UMass starters Holloway, Anderson suspended for Dayton game

  • UMass coach Matt McCall directs his players Dec. 16, 2017 during a men's basketball game against Georgia at the Mullins Center in Amherst.



@MattVautourDHG 
Saturday, January 06, 2018

The already short-handed UMass men's basketball team will be missing two starters when the Minutemen tip off at Dayton, at noon Saturday.

Versatile senior C.J. Anderson and junior center Rashaan Holloway have both been suspended for the game and didn't make the trip to Ohio. 

According to UMass coach Matt McCall, the suspensions weren't related to each other. He said both were for "failing to live up to team standards." He stressed neither suspension is for anything legal related. Anderson will miss just one game. The length of Holloway's absence has not been determined.

UMass (7-8) will play Dayton with just six scholarship players as well as Rayshawn Miller, a junior walk-on who is averaging 24.5 minutes per game.

The suspended players are UMass’ third and fourth leading scorers. Holloway averages 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and leads the team with 1.7 blocked shots in 18.0 minutes per game. 

Holloway's coming off one of his best efforts with 13 point and 10 rebounds against George Mason, Wednesday. His absence likely means more minutes for Chris Baldwin and Khalea Turner-Morris. After missing Wednesday's game with flu-like symptoms, Turner-Morris is on the trip and is expected to play.

Anderson (8.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, team-high 5.8 apg) plays point guard and forward for the Minutemen depending on the lineup, and had been the only player to start all 15 games. He leads UMass in minutes at 34.8 per game. 

Luwane Pipkins, who has been dealing with a back injury, will likely play point guard the entire time he's on the floor with Anderson out. Miller is the most likely choice to fill in if Pipkins gets in foul trouble or needs a rest. Miller, Unique McLean and Carl Pierre will all likely see increased minutes. 

Walk-ons Jaylen Franklin and Mike Gillespie, who have seven career minutes between them, could see action in the event of injury or foul trouble.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage