Massachusetts (#2) 69, St. Bonaventure 56
From The Associated Press, 3/7/1996

Carmelo Travieso scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half as Massachusetts built a 14-point lead en route to a 69-56 victory over St. Bonaventure in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Philadelphia.

Massachusetts (29-1), the top-seed, moves on to the semifinals of the A-10 for the fifth straight year and sixth time in the last seven.

"I think this was a good first game for us," said Massachusetts coach John Calipari. "It was a noon start, which is tough. We practiced at 7:00 a.m., and the guys have been up all day.

The Minutemen will face the winner of tonight's St. Joseph's-George Washington game. St. Joseph's took U-Mass to overtime twice this season and George Washington handed U-Mass their only loss of the season.

Travieso, a second team Atlantic 10 selection this season, scored 14 of Massachusetts' first 17 points in the first eight minutes, but U-Mass held a slim 19-18 lead. The Minutemen then went on a 20-7 run, capped by a three pointer by Travieso with 2:49 left, to give the four-time defending Atlantic 10 champions a 39-25 halftime lead. Travieso was 8-of-11 in the opening stanza, including 3-of-6 from three point territory.

"I took advantage of running the floor and spotting up for open jumpers," said Travieso. "My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball in good spots. I worry more about playing aggressive defense than about my offense. I know I'll get my shots."

Donta Bright scored 15 points in the second half after being shutout in the first half. He had a four-point play at the 16:29 mark to give the Minutemen a 47-31 lead.

St. Bonaventure pulled to 53-42 with 11:40 to play on a desperation three-pointer by James Singleton as the shot clock ran down, but Marcus Camby took over from that point on.

Camby, the Atlantic 10 player of the year, had a relatively quiet first 30 minutes of the game. But after the Singleton trey, Camby scored the next five points, grabbed a defensive rebound and drew an offensive foul as the Minutemen extended their lead to 58-42 with 8:29 left, and were never in danger the rest of the game.

"This is our tournament," said Camby. "We have won it four straight years. We wanted to come down here and stake our claim."

Camby finished with 12 points, nine below his average, on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, four rebounds and two blocks.

U-Mass played tenacious defense the entire game, limiting St. Bonaventure to 34 per cent shooting from the field and forcing 21 turnovers that led to 20 Massachusetts points. U-Mass came out with a fullcourt press, which surprised the Bonnies and led to some early easy baskets for the Minutemen.

"U-Mass' pressure is as tough as we've faced all year," said St. Bonaventure coach Jim Baron. "They can take more chances because they have Marcus Camby back there. U-Mass took us out of our timiming and made us turn the ball over, especially in the first half when we turned it over 14 times."

Massachusetts shot 52 per cent from the field, but St. Bonaventure was able to stay in range thanks to 21 U-Mass turnovers leading to 14 St. Bonaventure points.

"They did a good job doubling down on us," said Calipari. "They also executed their halfcourt trap effectively, and we didn't always get the ball where we needed to."

Edgar Padilla led the defensive pressure for U-Mass, recording four steals and two blocked shots. Padilla also dished out nine assists and played 35 minutes.

"Everybody did a good job today both defensively and offensively, we played unselfishly, and that was the key," said Padilla. "When we play hard and play together as a team, we win."

Rashaan Palmer led the Bonnies with 21 points while Shandue McNeill had 11 points.

"On the whole, we played hard but not well enough to win," said McNeill. "(U-Mass) can beat you from so many angles. That's why they are the number two team in the country."

St. Bonaventure ends a disapointing 1995-96 campaign at 10-18.

"We've had ups and downs this year from the standpoint of injuries," said Baron. "We overcame that at times. We have to work harder to give us a chance next year. We have to have more consistency."


St. Bonaventure Bonnies 56
Massachusetts Minutemen (#2) 69
Atlantic-10 Tournament Quarter-final
at the Philadelphia Civic Center

ST BONAVENTURE (56)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Palmer          39  4-14 13-16   2-5  0  3   21
Mcfarland       29  3-10   0-0   1-4  0  3    7
Shelton         22   1-3   0-2   2-6  0  3    2
Mcneill         40  4-12   1-1   0-2  3  2   11
Singleton       25   2-4   2-2   0-1  0  3    8
Spellman        24   2-5   1-2   4-5  0  2    5
D Williams       5   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Blackwell       10   1-1   0-0   0-1  1  2    2
Schoone          6   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  1    0
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TOTALS         200 17-50 17-23  9-25  4 20   56
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Percentages: FG-.340, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals:
5-14, .357 (Mcfarland 1-5, Mcneill 2-5, Singleton
2-3, D Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked
shots: 2 (Mcfarland, Spellman). Turnovers: 21
(Palmer 9, Mcfarland 3, Mcneill 3, Shelton 2,
Spellman 2, Blackwell, Schoone). Steals: 10
(Palmer 3, Mcfarland 2, Mcneill 2, Shelton,
Singleton, Spellman).

MASSACHUSETTS (69)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Dingle          29   3-7   1-4   3-9  2  1    7
Bright          31   4-7   6-6   3-4  3  2   15
Camby           30  5-10   2-5   5-9  0  3   12
E Padilla       33   2-3   1-2   0-3  9  1    5
Travieso        35  9-16   0-0   0-3  1  2   21
Weeks           20   1-2   3-4   3-8  0  2    5
Nunez            5   0-0   0-0   0-2  0  3    0
Clarke          11   0-3   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
Norville         5   2-2   0-0   0-1  0  3    4
G Padilla        1   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
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TOTALS         200 26-50 13-21 14-39 16 19   69
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Percentages: FG-.520, FT-.619. 3-Point Goals:
4-13, .308 (Bright 1-1, E Padilla 0-1, Travieso
3-8, Clarke 0-3). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked
shots: 5 (Camby 2, E Padilla 2, Bright).
Turnovers: 21 (Dingle 4, E Padilla 4, Camby 3,
Travieso 3, Norville 2, Weeks 2, Bright, Clarke,
Nunez). Steals: 9 (E Padilla 4, Bright, Clarke,
Dingle, Travieso, Weeks).
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St Bonaventure     25   31  -   56
Massachusetts      39   30  -   69
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Technical fouls: None. Officials: Michael
Sanzere, David Day, Jerry Scott.

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