#2 Massachusetts 75, Temple 61
From The Associated Press, 3/10/1996

Carmelo Travieso scored all of his 21 points on three-pointers as second-ranked Massachusetts wrapped up its fifth straight Atlantic 10 Tournament title with a 75-61 victory over Temple at the Philadelphia Civic Center.

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The Temple defense collapses on Marcus Camby.
The win guarantees the Minutemen (31-1) one of the top four regional seeds in the NCAA Tournament next week.

Travieso, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, tied a tournament record with seven three-pointers as Massachusetts beat Temple in the final for the fourth straight year.

"This was another terrific win for us," said Massachusetts coach John Calipari. "Another game where we had to grind it out. We didn't play with the emotion or intensity I would have liked at the beginning, but, you can't have that at that level in every game."

Massachusetts used a 13-0 run to take control of the game in the second half. Travieso and Edgar Padilla, who had all 11 of his points in the second half, each sank a pair of three-pointers as the Minutemen built a 51-44 advantage with 11:54 to play.

Marc Jackson finished with 24 points and nine rebounds for the Owls (19-12), who will most likely gain an NCAA Tournament berth despite the loss.

"U-Mass is a very talented ballclub," said Temple coach John Chaney. "They had an answer for everything. You were looking at the best team in the country."

Jackson scored seven of the Owls' first nine points as Temple went on a 14-3 run to take its first lead at 44-38 with 15:01 left in the second half.

Donta Bright started the run with a three-pointer and Marcus Camby had a slam to cut the deficit to 44-43. Travieso added a three-pointer to regain the lead and Padilla followed with another before Charlton Clarke capped the run with a pair of free throws with 11:54 left.

Levan Alston broke the spurt with a jumper, but Padilla and Travieso sank three-pointers around a basket by Jackson before Tyrone Weeks made a free throw to give Massachusetts a 58-48 bulge.

"I give a lot of credit to (Edgar) Padilla setting me up for good shots," Travieso said. "I don't even have to look at him on the floor when I'm setting up, because I know he'll get me the ball in good position."

Camby hit two free throws to give the Minutemen a 62-50 lead and Massachusetts took its largest lead at 73-56 on a free throw by Padilla with 1:21 to play.

Camby grabbed six rebounds and added five blocks and Padilla handed out seven assists for Massachusetts, which beat Temple for the third time this season and 10th time in the last 11 meetings.

Lynard Stewart, William Cunningham and Jason Ivey had eight points apiece for Temple, which shot 9-of-25 (36 per cent) in the second half and 40 per cent (20-of-50) for the game.

"We had a good run, but we didn't maintain it," Jackson said. "We lost our composure at the wrong time."

Travieso had 12 points in the first half as Massachusetts built a 35-30 lead at intermission. The Minutemen used and 8-1 run to take a 19-11 lead, but Temple responded with a 7-1 burst to pull to within 20-18 on a three-pointer by Ivey.


Temple Owls 61
Massachusetts Minutemen (#2) 75
Atlantic-10 Tournament Final, Philadelphia, PA

TEMPLE  (61)

                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Stewart         35   2-6   3-4   4-5  2  1    8
Jackson         39  9-16   5-6   5-9  1  3   24
Cunningham      21   4-8   0-0   2-7  1  4    8
Alston          35   1-5   2-4   0-1  0  4    4
Futch           18   1-2   0-0   0-2  0  0    3
Battie          13   0-5   1-2   0-1  0  1    1
Ivey            26   2-5   3-4   2-4  1  1    8
Adams            9   0-0   2-3   0-0  0  3    2
Rios             1   0-1   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
Laws             1   0-0   1-2   1-2  0  0    1
Reid             1   1-1   0-1   0-0  0  0    2
Van Velsen       1   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 20-50 17-26 14-31  6 17   61
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Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals:
4-12, .333 (Stewart 1-4, Jackson 1-1, Alston 0-3,
Futch 1-1, Ivey 1-2, Rios 0-1). Team rebounds: 4.
Blocked shots: 1 (Ivey). Turnovers: 15 (Battie 3,
Cunningham 3, Adams 2, Futch 2, Jackson 2,
Alston, Ivey, Laws). Steals: 8 (Stewart 4,
Jackson 2, Adams, Alston).



MASSACHUSETTS  (75)

                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Dingle          34   4-5   1-2   2-5  2  2    9
Bright          24  4-15   0-0   3-4  5  3    9
Camby           34   4-8   4-6   3-6  0  2   12
E Padilla       35   2-3   5-6   1-3  7  4   11
Travieso        33  7-13   0-0   0-3  2  2   21
Weeks           18   3-7   3-4   2-3  0  0    9
Norville         4   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Clarke          11   0-1   2-3   0-1  1  0    2
Nunez            3   1-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    2
Cottrell         1   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
G Padilla        1   0-0   0-0   0-2  0  3    0
Burns            1   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
Maclay           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 25-54 15-21 11-27 18 18   75
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Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals:
10-17, .588 (Bright 1-1, E Padilla 2-3, Travieso
7-13). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Camby
5). Turnovers: 11 (Dingle 3, Travieso 3, Weeks 2,
Bright, E Padilla, G Padilla). Steals: 12 (E
Padilla 4, Bright 3, Camby 3, Clarke, Dingle).

Temple             30   31  -   61
Massachusetts      35   40  -   75

Technical fouls: None.
A: 8,727.
Officials:Larry Lembo, Gene Monge, Jerry Donaghy.

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