Notebook: Brison Gresham a bright spot in UMass loss

  • Brison Gresham, left, of UMass, dunks beside T.J. Cline, of Richmond, Wednesday at the Mullins Center. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Tyrn Flowers, center left, of UMass, reaches for a rebound against Richmond defenders Nick Sherod, center right, and De'monte Buckingham, Wednesday at the Mullins Center. Brison Gresham, left, and Malik Hines look on. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

Published: 3/1/2017 11:18:58 PM

AMHERST — In UMass’ 75-64 loss to Richmond Wednesday, freshman big man Brison Gresham stood out as a bright spot.

After playing well with six points, six rebounds and a blocked shot against La Salle Sunday, the long Louisianan had a career-high 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots vs. the Spiders.

“I think I’ve been playing a lot harder,” said Gresham, who played a career-high 31 minutes. “Most definitely. I’ve just been trying to play D and go as hard as I can on defense.”

UMass coach Derek Kellogg was impressed.

“It was good to see some fight out of the younger guys,” Kellogg said. “I thought Brison was really good tonight.”

Gresham had been used sparingly in recent weeks when Kellogg used a smaller lineup.

STARTERS — Kellogg started his second team for the second consecutive game, but they weren’t as effective as they’d been Sunday. Other than Gresham’s 12 points, the other starters — C.J. Anderson, Zach Lewis, Ty Flowers and Malik Hines — combined for seven points as the first team — Donte Clark, Luwane Pipkins, DeJon Jarreau, Seth Berger and Rashaan Holloway — accounted for 45 points.

SENIOR NIGHT — Senior walk-on Zach Turcotte was honored before the game as part of senior day, but did not start. Kellogg gave him the option of checking in late in the contest with the score out of reach, but Turcotte opted to stay on the bench. The 6-foot-7 Boxford native appeared in 11 games in his three-year career.

MULLINS CENTER — The Minutemen finished the season 11-7 on their home floor. UMass was better defensively at home, allowing 67.9 points per game compared to 79.4 ppg away from the Mullins Center.

STANDINGS — UMass will play at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the first game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. It’s unclear yet whether the Minutemen will be the No. 12 or No. 13 seed in that game or who their opponent will be.

They’re alone in 12th place at 4-13, a game ahead of Duquesne and Saint Joseph’s, who are both 3-14 and play each other Saturday at 2 p.m. in Pittsburgh. UMass will play the winner of that game either way.

UMass can clinch the No. 12 seed with either a win against St. Bonaventure or a Saint Joseph’s win over Duquesne.

If the Dukes beat the Hawks Saturday and UMass loses at SBU, the Minutemen would be the No. 13 seed.

MISCELLANEOUS – UMass went 9:27 to start the game without a foul. ... Lewis is 14-for-14 from the free-throw line over the last two games. ... Clark, who was 1-for-8 against Richmond, has three points in the past two games.

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