Massachusetts (#1) 73, Fordham 47
From The Associated Press, 2/6/1996

Marcus Camby scored 10 of his 19 second-half points in a 20-2 run that blew the game open and lifted unbeaten and top-ranked Massachusetts to a 73-47 rout of hapless Atlantic 10 foe Fordham at Madison Square Garden.

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Marcus Camby takes it to the rack as Donta Bright observes.
Camby finished with 26 points for the Minutemen, who improved to 22-0 overall and 10-0 in the Atlantic 10, their seventh straight season with 10 or more conference victories. Massachusetts leads the all-time series, 8-5, and has won four straight against Fordham. The Rams have not beaten Massachusetts since January 18th, 1982.

"The perfect record is not the burden, travel is," said Massachussets coach John Calipari. "We have had a long road trip. The kids have two days off now. I don't think we are physically tired, we have just been on the road."

Darren Deschryver led Fordham (2-17, 0-10 A-10) with 12 points -- all in the first half. Billy Lovett and Chris DiMascio each had eight points for the Rams, who are in search of their first-ever win in the conference and have a 10-game losing streak.

"They are not as talented as some teams we have played against, but they have chemistry," said Fordham coach Nick Makarchuk. "I wish I had this. I am envious of their coach."

Fordham trailed by a point at halftime and was within 36-33 with 15:03 left when Camby exploded. He had six points in a 10-0 surge that gave the Minutemen a 13-point lead with 11:11 remaining. He added four more in a 10-2 spurt that closed the game-breaking run and increased the bulge to 56-35 with 7:04 left.

"They presented a tremendous problem for us in the second half," Makarchuk said. "They are a very good team. They defend well and we went about eight minutes without a basket in the second half. That was the difference."

Camby was 11-of-17 from the field as Massachussets shot 48 per cent (30-of-62). The Minutemen had trouble from the foul line, converting just 11 of their 23 attempts (48 per cent), but held a 38-27 rebounding edge.

"We are alright," Camby said. "A lot of guys are physically tired, coming off the Temple game and stuff. We have been away from school for a week or so. We have some catching up to do. I'm not tired, I feel great. My ankle is still sore, but I just had to play through it."

Fordham trailed 27-26 at the half as Deschryver scored all of his points. U-Mass built a 21-8 advantage over the first 14 minutes of the game before Camby sat down. The Rams seized the opportunity with a surprising 17-0 run, headed by six points apiece from DiMascio and Deschryver, to grab a 25-21 edge with 68 seconds left.

"I couldn't really yell and scream," Calipari said. "I don't feel that well, so I couldn't do that. What we did was run everything close to the basket, so if we missed we could get the rebound."

Donta Bright had 12 points and Edgar Padilla added nine for Massachusetts. Tyrone Weeks added eight points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Minutemen.

"I think we took them lightly in the first half," Weeks said. "Enthusiasm is what turned the game around. We had enthusiasm in the second half."

"Tyrone Weeks is playing better and better," said Makarchuk. "When they have Camby and Weeks out there together all I can do is grab my rosary. ... There is no such thing as moral victories, we are 2-17. Everyone has been patting them on the back. I had to say some nasty things to them. I'm grateful they fight hard, but there's no such thing as a moral victory."

Lovett left the game late in the second half with an elbow injury and did not return for Fordham, which shot 36 per cent (16-of-45) from the field.


Massachusetts Minutemen (#1) 73
Fordham Rams 47
at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

MASSACHUSETTS (73)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Bright          24  6-12   0-1   4-4  3  4   12
Dingle          24   2-5   1-2   4-8  0  3    5
Camby           27 11-17   4-7   2-3  2  2   26
E Padilla       29   4-7   0-0   0-1  4  4    9
Travieso        30   0-5   1-2   2-4  2  1    1
Weeks           20   4-4   0-0   2-7  0  2    8
Norville        12   2-4   0-0   3-5  0  1    5
Cottrell         5   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
Clarke          15   1-3   2-5   0-2  0  0    4
Nunez            7   0-2   2-4   2-3  1  1    2
G Padilla        4   0-2   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Burns            2   0-1   1-2   0-0  0  0    1
Maclay           1   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 30-62 11-23 19-38 12 21   73
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Percentages: FG-.484, FT-.478. 3-Point Goals:
2-10, .200 (Bright 0-2, E Padilla 1-3, Travieso
0-2, Norville 1-1, G Padilla 0-1, Burns 0-1).
Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3 (Camby 2,
Weeks). Turnovers: 15 (Bright 3, Camby 3, Weeks
3, Clarke 2, E Padilla, G Padilla, Nunez,
Travieso). Steals: 15 (E Padilla 5, Bright 3,
Dingle 2, Norville 2, Camby, G Padilla, Travieso).

FORDHAM (47)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Berrien         35   1-3   2-3   3-7  2  4    4
Henry           34   2-6   2-5   1-4  2  3    6
Mack            13   1-6   1-2   0-1  0  5    3
Lovett          25   3-8   2-3   0-1  3  2    8
Dimascio        26   3-6   0-0   0-2  1  1    8
Deschryver      24  5-10   2-2   3-5  1  3   12
Mascia          16   1-4   0-0   0-2  2  1    2
Baxter          14   0-1   0-0   1-2  1  1    0
Carroll         10   0-1   4-6   1-2  0  0    4
Barrett          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Browne           1   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Kissane          1   0-0   0-2   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 16-45 13-23  9-27 12 20   47
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Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.565. 3-Point Goals:
2-6, .333 (Berrien 0-1, Lovett 0-1, Dimascio
2-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: None.
Turnovers: 24 (Baxter 4, Berrien 4, Henry 4,
Deschryver 3, Lovett 3, Mack 3, Carroll,
Dimascio, Mascia). Steals: 8 (Dimascio 3, Baxter
2, Berrien, Henry, Lovett).
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Massachusetts      27   46  -   73
Fordham            26   21  -   47
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Technical fouls: Fordham 1 ().  A: 9,695.
Officials: Phil Bova, Gene Monje, Rich San
Fillipo.

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