What the Hoya? UMass whips Georgetown 86-62
From The Associated Press, 3/23/1996

ATLANTA -- Considering how impressive and dominating Massachusetts' 86-62 victory over Georgetown was Saturday, the top-ranked Minutemen have earned a right to take a bow.

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They don't see it that way.

The Minutemen didn't even bother to cut down the nets. They simply donned Final Four T-shirts, waved to the crowd and trotted off the Georgia Dome court.

Seems these guys figure there are bigger and better nets to cut. Say, those hanging in the Meadowlands Arena, site of next weekend's Final Four.

"This team expects more and wants more," coach John Calipari said. "Sure, we'll celebrate some tonight, but we want everyone to know this is just one step toward the final goal."

UMass appears unwilling to accept anything less than a national title this year. Those East Regional nets will be traveling to Amherst, Mass., after all. Soon after the players retired to the locker room, the cheerleaders grabbed the ladders and cut the nets, which undoubtedly will take a place in the school archives.

The Minutemen advanced to their first-ever Final Four thanks to the extraordinary virtuoso performance by Carmelo Travieso. The senior guard shut down Allen Iverson, one of the quickest players in the country, for most of the game and loosened up the inside with six 3-pointers and 20 points.

All-America center Marcus Camby took care of the rest. Camby scored eight of his 22 points during a 15-2 run to open the second half as the Minutemen put away Georgetown.

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Georgetown's Victor Page pays a visit to Marcus Camby's house.
"You saw UMass basketball today," Calipari said. "Great defense, diving on the floor for loose balls, unselfish play, playing with emotion and passion and rebounding the heck out of the basketball."

Iverson scored 23 points for Georgetown (29-8) but was ineffective with the exception of a five-minute streak at the end of the first half that accounted for 11 of his points. Iverson finished six of 21 from the field, but four of his strikes were from 3-point land.

"I was putting up all that looked like good shots," Iverson said. "Unfortunately, they just weren't falling down for me like they were in the second half. I think they just did a good defensive job."

Georgetown -- attempting to reach the Final Four for the first time since 1985 -- closed the first half on a 11-3 run to pull within 38-34 at the break, but the Minutemen blew the game open over the first 5:33 of the second half.

Camby opened the scoring with a tip-in and added a jumper and layup to make it 44-34. Donta Bright converted a three-point play before Jahidi White scored Georgetown's first point of the half with a free throw at the 17:47 mark to make it 47-35.

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Tyrone Weeks uses the wide-body to get inside position.
Camby countered with a layup, and Harrington made one of two from the line for the Hoyas. Travieso nailed a 3-pointer before Dana Dingle capped the burst with one of two free throws to make it 53-36 with 14:27 to play.

"Last year we were in the same situation and came out kind of flat, so I took it upon myself to make things happen," Camby said, referring to last year's loss in the regional finals to Oklahoma State. "I had a tip-in, got myself into a rhythm and I started knocking sown shots."

Iverson, meanwhile, was having a terrible time against Travieso, who showed no ill effects from a sore back suffered when he fell from a podium at a Wednesday news conference (click for video clip 520k AVI).

Iverson, who came in as the tournament's leading scorer at 29.1 points a game, missed his first seven shots of the second half before finally hitting a 3-pointer with 8:46 left in the game after Travieso went to the bench for a brief rest.

"I just tried to make the game real hard for him," Travieso said. "I take pride in my defense.

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With everything else going right, it seemed that this Dana Dingle miscue was the only ball that didn't go the Minutemen's way.
"I tried to play him honest. I didn't try to go for steals and I wanted to contest every shot. Sometimes I would take chances, but not the whole game, because he's so quick."

Daymond Jackson ended Georgetown's drought from the field with a layup at the 14:15 mark, cutting the defecit to 53-38.

Georgetown came as close as 64-51 on a layup by Harrington, but the Minutemen scored the next seven points as Dingle made a foul shot and Travieso made two free throws and a 3-pointer before Dingle capped the burst with a free throw to open a 71-51 cushion with 6:19 remaining.

Camby, shuffling in and out of the lineup after he picked up his fourth foul with 12:34 left in the game, managed to avoid another infraction and punctuated the rout with a thunderous dunk with three minutes to go.

"They're physically stronger than I thought," Georgetown coach John Thompson said. "They kept us on the perimeter more than I thought. We couldn't penetrate as much and get inside where we'd like to be."

Georgetown had no one to step up when Iverson went cold. Harrington, who scored 23 points in a regional semifinal victory over Texas Tech, was held to 13. Except for Jerome Williams, who had 9 points, no other Hoya scored more than six.

"I gave it all I had and left everything I had on the court, and that's all I can ask for," Iverson said. "I take my hat off to them."

UMass, on the other hand, showed off all of its weapons Saturday in handing Georgetown its worst defeat of the year. Among the other starters, Donta Bright had 17 points, Dana Dingle 10 and Edgar Padilla 8.

"We always talk about how we want to play our best basketball in March," Calipari said, "and right now we're playing as well as we've played all year.

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Camby puts the finishing touches on this jam.


Game Flow
From ESPN, 3/23/1996

Game flow


Georgetown Hoyas (E2) 62
Massachusetts Minutemen (E1) 86
NCAA Tournament, East Regional Final
at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta GA

Georgetown (62)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Aw              17   1-2   0-0   1-3  0  3    2
Williams        24   4-7   1-2   2-8  2  3    9
Harrington      30   4-9   5-8   2-6  2  1   13
Iverson         36  6-21  7-10   0-2  1  4   23
Page            18   0-5   0-0   0-3  1  4    0
White           16   0-1   2-4   1-3  0  0    2
Touomou         24   2-4   1-1   0-1  2  3    5
Dia             13   1-3   0-0   2-3  0  1    2
Nichols          3   0-2   0-1   0-1  0  1    0
Jackson         16   2-2   2-2   0-3  0  4    6
Owinje           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Berry            1   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Reed             1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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Totals         200 20-57 18-28  8-33  8 24   62
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Percentages: Fg-.351, Ft-.643. 3-Point Goals:
4-15, .267 (Williams 0-1, Iverson 4-9, Page 0-1,
Touomou 0-1, Nichols 0-2, Berry 0-1). Team
rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Aw, Williams,
White, Dia). Turnovers: 22 (Harrington 5, Iverson
5, Page 4, Touomou 3, Williams 3, Jackson 2).
Steals: 8 (Touomou 3, Iverson 2, Williams 2,
Jackson).

Massachusetts (86)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Dingle          29   2-4  6-10   2-4  2  3   10
Bright          30  5-14   7-9   3-7  2  2   17
Camby           28  9-19   4-5   2-7  1  4   22
E Padilla       39   1-4   5-6   0-3  4  4    8
Travieso        37  6-14   2-2   0-1  6  3   20
Weeks           26   2-5   0-1   2-8  0  4    4
Clarke           2   0-0   1-2   0-0  0  0    1
Norville         4   0-1   0-0   0-2  0  1    0
Nunez            1   0-1   0-0   1-1  0  0    0
Cottrell         1   0-0   0-0   0-2  0  0    0
Maclay           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
G Padilla        1   1-2   0-0   0-0  1  1    2
Burns            1   1-1   0-0   0-0  1  0    2
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Totals         200 27-65 25-35 10-35 18 22   86
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Percentages: Fg-.415, Ft-.714. 3-Point Goals:
7-16, .438 (E Padilla 1-2, Travieso 6-13, G
Padilla 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6
(Camby 3, Bright 2, Travieso). Turnovers: 16 (E
Padilla 5, Dingle 4, Weeks 4, Bright, Norville,
Travieso). Steals: 16 (E Padilla 5, Bright 4,
Travieso 4, Camby, Clarke, Dingle).
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Georgetown         34   28  -   62
Massachusetts      38   48  -   86
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 32,328. Officials:
John Clougherty, Scott Garibaldi, Charles Range.

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