Massachusetts (#1) 78, Xavier 74 (OT)
From The Associated Press, 2/4/1996

Marcus Camby scored three of his 26 points in the final two minutes of overtime, helping top-ranked Massachusetts survive another scare with a 78-74 victory over Xavier in an Atlantic 10 battle.

Camby also pulled down 11 rebounds for the Minutemen, who posted their 10th straight overtime win. Massachusetts (21-0, 9-0 in the Atlantic 10) extended its conference winning streak to 15 games and remained the nation's only major unbeaten team.

"That was a great college basketball game. ... If you didn't enjoy that game, you have to check your pulse," said Massachusetts coach John Calipari. "I have to give (Xavier coach) Skip Prosser credit. Xavier made us play a certain way. ... I'm just happy we are leaving town. They played with more fire than us."

Kevin Carr scored 17 points and T.J. Johnson added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Xavier (9-9, 5-3), but Carr fouled out late in the second half and Johnson exited early in overtime.

Tyrone Weeks hit a pair of free throws with 26.6 seconds left in overtime to put the Minutemen ahead for good, 75-73. Lenny Brown hit one of two foul shots with 13.7 seconds to go, cutting the margin to 75-74, but Camby answered by hitting one of two free throws with 10.7 seconds remaining to restore Massachusetts' two-point lead.

Xavier had one final chance, but Edgar Padilla stripped the ball from Gary Lumpkin and fed Charlton Clarke, whose layup before the buzzer established the final margin.

"(Lumpkin) was dribbling the ball behind him and I thought I could knock it down," Padilla said.

The Musketeers took a 67-62 lead on Carr's follow with 2:47 left in the second half, but Camby hit a free throw and Donta Bright added a tip-in to lift Massachusetts within 67-65 with 33.2 seconds left.

Johnson's foul shot put Xavier ahead, 68-65, before Padilla tied it with a three-pointer with 15.3 seconds left. The Musketeers missed three shots in the final five seconds, sending the game to overtime.

"It was the toughest game of the year. They gave us a heck of a game," said Padilla, who missed seven of eight shots before nailing his three-pointer. "I took the ball in a crossover and he went for it. In situations like that, I like to take the shot. The play was to look for a screen for Marcus down low."

Bright finished with 21 points, while Weeks had nine points and 13 rebounds for Massachusetts, which earlier recorded overtime victories at St. Joseph's and Pittsburgh.

All five starters scored in double figures for Xavier, including Brown with 15 points and Lumpkin with 13. The Musketeers were hosting the nation's top-ranked team for the first time since 1978, when they were beaten by Marquette, 75-53.

"I thought Mass made the plays down the stretch that they've made consistently in games like this," Prosser said. "We made a lot of big plays, but Mass made a few more. The players will be told how great they played, but this is a game we should have had."

Xavier retired the number 42 worn by Tyrone Hill, the school's all-time leading rebounder and second all-time scorer. Hill plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Massachusetts Minutemen (#1) 78 OT
Xavier Musketeers 74
at Xavier

MASSACHUSETTS (78)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Dingle          20  4-10   0-2   5-7  1  5    8
Bright          39  8-17   5-6   4-7  1  4   21
Camby           43  9-22  8-14  3-11  2  3   26
E Padilla       45  2-12   0-1   5-7  3  3    5
Travieso        35   2-6   0-0   1-2  2  5    5
Clarke          10   2-2   0-0   0-0  1  1    4
Weeks           31  3-10   3-4  7-13  1  4    9
Nunez            1   0-0   0-0   1-1  0  0    0
Norville         1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         225 30-79 16-27 26-48 11 25   78
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Percentages: FG-.380, FT-.593. 3-Point Goals:
2-10, .200 (Bright 0-1, Camby 0-1, E Padilla 1-5,
Travieso 1-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots:
10 (Camby 5, Bright 2, E Padilla 2, Travieso).
Turnovers: 10 (E Padilla 4, Camby 2, Travieso 2,
Bright, Nunez). Steals: 8 (Camby 2, E Padilla 2,
Bright, Clarke, Travieso, Weeks).

XAVIER OH (74)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
T Johnson       35  5-10   6-9  2-11  1  5   16
Williams        38  4-10   3-5   4-4  1  2   12
Carr            27   7-7   3-4   4-6  0  5   17
Brown           36   2-9 10-11   2-5  2  3   15
Lumpkin         43  4-12   3-4   2-6  6  1   13
Kelsey           3   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Anderson         1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Harvey           4   0-2   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Murray          10   0-2   1-2   1-3  0  1    1
Payne           13   0-0   0-0   1-3  1  5    0
Brit            15   0-3   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
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TOTALS         225 22-55 26-35 16-38 11 24   74
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Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.743. 3-Point Goals:
4-11, .364 (Williams 1-2, Brown 1-3, Lumpkin 2-3,
Harvey 0-1, Murray 0-1, Brit 0-1). Team rebounds:
3. Blocked shots: 4 (Williams, Carr, Brown,
Payne). Turnovers: 17 (Brown 3, Carr 3, Lumpkin
3, Payne 2, T Johnson 2, Williams 2, Brit,
Kelsey). Steals: 5 (Brown 2, Carr, Harvey, T
Johnson).
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Massachusetts      31   37   10  -   78
Xavier Oh          32   36    6  -   74
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 10,118. Officials:
Larry Lembo, Tim Higgins, Jerry Donaghy.

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