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#1 Massachusetts 64, #3 Memphis 61
From The Associated Press, 1/4/1996

Marcus Camby scored 23 points and Edgar Padilla made two free throws and a key block in the final 30 seconds as top-ranked Massachusetts edged third-ranked Memphis, 64-61, in the Atlantic 10-Conference U-S-A Challenge in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Donta Bright scored 15 points and Carmelo Travieso added 13 for the Minutemen (11-0), who blew a 16-point first-half lead but rallied down the stretch to hold onto their top ranking.

"We got up big but this is a great team that was going to make its run," camby said. "Fortunately Donta and our guards made big plays down the stretch. I feel we have the best guards in the country. Tonight was an indication of that."

Lorenzen Wright scored 17 points and Mingo Johnson added 12 for the Tigers (8-1), whose loss left just five unbeaten teams in Division I.

A jumper by Johnson gave Memphis its last lead at 59-58 with 1:16 left. But Massachusetts took the lead for good 10 seconds later on a jumper by Bright.

Padilla, who was questionable until game time with a stomach virus, sank two free throws with 30 seconds left for a 62-59 edge. On the next possession, Padilla recovered after losing Johnson off the dribble and partially blocked his potential game-tying three-pointer.

Camby grabbed the loose ball and was fouled with 13 seconds left. He made both free throws for a five-point cushion and Wright added a basket with three seconds left for the final margin.

Massachusetts won despite an 18-hour sojourn in returning from Hawaii, where it won the Rainbow Classic last weekend.

"I think the only person suffering from jet lag today was the head coach," Minutemen coach John Calipari said. "My players picked me up and won this game in spite of some of my moves in the first half."

A layup by Chris Garner gave Memphis a 50-47 lead with 8:39 to go, but Camby had four points and Travieso made a three-pointer in a 7-0 run that gave Massachusetts a 54-50 bulge with 5:57 remaining.

"Obviously we played a very good team tonight," Memphis coach Larry Finch said. "They showed why they're number one in the country. They forced us into some uncharacteristic turnovers, especially when we were up 50-47. We turned the ball over and I think that turned the tide."

Cedric Henderson scored 10 points and Wright had nine rebounds for Memphis, which shot 42 per cent (27-of-64) from the field and held a 30-28 edge in rebounds.

"Marcus Camby is a very athletic player, but as I've said all along, how I did against him personally doesn't matter, especially since we lost the game," Wright said.

Padilla had seven assists for Massacusetts, which shot 41 per cent (20-of-49) but held a huge advantage at the foul line. The Minutemen made 20-of-28 free throws while the Tigers made just 5-of-10.

The Minutemen scored the first nine points and opened a 16-point lead on three occasions, the last time at 31-15 on a pair of free throws by Dana Dingle with 6:14 left in the first half.

Massachusetts still led 35-22 when Memphis went on a 14-0 spurt that carried into the second half. Johnson scored seven points and Wright added four, including a basket that gave the Tigers their first lead at 36-35 with 17:18 left.

"I just tried to get too cute at the end of the half and we played very tentative into the break," Calipari said. "Marcus Camby picked us up as Marcus usually does, but Donta Bright, Dana Dingle and Carmelo Travieso came through in key situations down the stretch."


Memphis Tigers (#3) 61
Massachusetts Minutemen (#1) 64
Atlantic-10 / Conference USA Challenge,
at the Worcester Centrum

MEMPHIS (61)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Henderson       33   4-8   2-2   2-5  0  3   10
Wilson          29   2-5   1-2   3-5  1  4    5
Wright          38  8-14   1-3   4-9  0  3   17
Johnson         36  5-18   1-3   0-1  5  1   12
Garner          34   5-8   0-0   3-4  2  4   10
Gales            4   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Allen            7   2-2   0-0   1-1  0  3    4
J Newman         4   0-0   0-0   1-1  0  1    0
R Newsom        15   1-9   0-0   3-4  1  1    3
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TOTALS         200 27-64  5-10 17-30  9 21   61
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Percentages: FG-.422, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals:
2-14, .143 (Johnson 1-9, R Newsom 1-5). Team
rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Wilson 3, Wright
2, Johnson). Turnovers: 13 (Garner 4, Henderson
3, Johnson 3, R Newsom, Wilson, Wright). Steals:
4 (Johnson 2, Henderson, Wright).

MASSACHUSETTS (64)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Dingle          37   1-5   4-7   1-3  1  3    6
Bright          36   5-9   4-7   2-6  1  1   15
Camby           33  8-16   7-8   1-7  1  4   23
E Padilla       38   0-3   4-4   0-1  7  2    4
Travieso        36  5-12   0-0   3-4  1  3   13
Weeks            7   0-2   0-0   1-2  0  1    0
Nunez            6   1-2   1-2   4-4  0  0    3
Norville         7   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 20-49 20-28 12-28 11 14   64
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Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals:
4-11, .364 (Bright 1-1, E Padilla 0-3, Travieso
3-7). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Camby
3, Nunez, Norville). Turnovers: 14 (Dingle 4,
Camby 3, E Padilla 3, Weeks 2, Norville,
Travieso). Steals: 7 (Camby 3, E Padilla 2,
Travieso 2).
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Memphis            30   31  -   61
Massachusetts      35   29  -   64
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 13,557. Officials:
Larry Lembo, Gerry Donaghy, Tim Higgins.

UMass Highlites

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Dana Dingle and Donta Bright get their props.15k
The call on one of Marcus Camby's three blocks.17k
The bank welcomes back Marcus Camby as a valued customer.22k
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