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Derek Kellogg pleased with results from Drexel scrimmage

University of Massachusetts men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg thought his team’s closed scrimmage against Drexel in Philadelphia Saturday was a positive step for his team.

The preseason matchup has become an annual event. Kellogg and Drexel coach Bruiser Flint are close friends and like to get each other’s feedback on their respective teams.

“It was good, first and foremost, to see Bru and that whole crew. To play a team that’s thought of as being one of the better teams in their conference is a good barometer at this point,” Kellogg said.

NCAA rules not only ban spectators but prohibit teams from releasing details about closed scrimmages, forcing Kellogg to keep his assessment vague.

“I think it was pretty much a tie,” Kellogg said. “It was good. We both had a chance to see some things. I thought it went pretty well. There are things we need to get better at. We need to rebound the ball a little bit better. I thought we could run a little bit harder and get out in transition a little bit quicker.”

It was the first time Kellogg got a chance to his freshmen — big men Tyler Bergantino and Izzy Freeman, and point guard Trey Davis — in live competition.

“I was pretty happy with those guys. I thought they all came to play,” Kellogg said. “One of the great things about these scrimmages is we don’t have to do everything just to win the game. This was a good opportunity to see what some guys can do.”

Kellogg said he expected all three rookies to contribute this season.

“I think everybody is a go to play this year,” Kellogg said. “There’s plenty of room for those guys to grow and get better.”

The Minutemen will face American International College in an exhibition, Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Mullins Center. They open the season at home Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. against Harvard as part of ESPN’s Season Tipoff event.

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

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