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n basketball, all the world loves the center. That is why some of the sport's most eagerly anticipated matchups feature teams with dominating big men. And that's what the hoopla surrounding tonight's Massachusetts-Wake Forest contest in Amherst is all about: the matchup between Marcus Camby and Tim Duncan.
Both teams are 3-0. UMass is ranked third in the nation, Wake Forest 10th. But many watching tonight wouldn't care if the teams were a combined 0 for the season. It would still be one of the most anticipated clashes of titans in recent college basketball history.
There will be more than 20 NBA representatives -- including Toronto's Isiah Thomas and Cleveland's Wayne Embry -- at the Mullins Center, and with good reason. Duncan, a 6-foot-10-inch, 235-pound junior, is averaging 21.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.7 assists, and was practically everyone's preseason pick for national player of the year. Camby, a 6-10 junior, is averaging 25.3 points, 8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks, and was practically everyone's pick for first-team All-American. If the two were to enter next year's NBA draft, they would be gone by the fifth pick.
Despite all of this, Camby and Duncan -- both quiet, reserved and unassuming -- are downplaying the matchup.
"I'm just going to take it as any other game," said Camby. "I'm not going to get into a personal battle. I'm going to stay within the team concept."
"It should be a great game played in a great atmosphere," said Duncan. ''But it's five against five rather than one against one."
Camby said he will be able to make this just another game despite the presence of so much NBA brass.
"I'm going to go out and play for myself, not for NBA scouts," he said. ''This is my junior year and I still have another year left. I need to improve on my game as well as improve myself as a person."
Duncan was equally noncommittal about the next level. He uses the same standard line when asked about it: "When I'm ready, I'll know, and I'm not ready now."
UMass coach John Calipari said too much is being made of the center matchup.
"It's about Wake Forest against UMass," he said. "We're just trying to play a tough opponent and see how we do."
"I think it's going to be a good matchup against him," said Camby. "He's the best center in college basketball."
Said Duncan, "He's very good. He plays hard, he's tough and he knows how to help his team win. That's what great players are supposed to do. He's fearless."
The two have contrasting styles. Duncan is a pure center, the complete package -- fundamentally sound, quick, good feel around the basket.
Camby has a center's height but a small forward's frame. He blocks like a center but also can shoot pull-up jumpers like a forward and run the floor like a guard.
The teams are scheduled to meet next year at Wake Forest. Unless both centers come back, that game will not have the same level of anticipation and excitement as tonight's.
"This game was put together by television," said Wake Forest coach Dave Odom. "Normally, you don't see these kinds of games this time of year, except for those on TV, but that's OK. We're looking forward to it."
ll that remain are the yellowed clippings. Hardly a man alive can bear eyewitness testimony to the days when Joe Lapchick and Tarzan Cooper played their furious games-within-games as the Original New York Celtics and the New York Rens battled for basketball supremacy in the '20s and '30s.
"They were the first two great 'big' men," points out Richard Lapchick, son of the basketball immortal. "Big," of course, is relative. Joe Lapchick and Tarzan Cooper each stood 6 feet 5 inches.
"They are both Hall of Famers," continues Lapchick, "and both their teams are in the Hall of Fame. It was a special confrontation, because no white team could beat the Celtics and no black team could beat the Rens. The only teams that could beat them were each other."
There will be no such lack of corroboration when Marcus Camby and Tim Duncan lead their teams onto the floor at the sold-out Mullins Center on the campus of the University of Massachusetts tonight. There will be upwards of 25 NBA representatives in attendance. And the entire affair will be televised to an awaiting basketball nation on ESPN. This is a primo circle-the-date-on-the- calendar event, because everyone knows we could be looking at No. 1 vs. No. 2. Draft choices, that is (if not this year, then surely the next).
Though Wake Forest coach Dave Odom and UMass mentor John Calipari are trying desperately to downplay the individual aspect of this intriguing intersectional clash, make no mistake: There is more going on here than a simple matchup of an Atlantic Coast Conference team and an Atlantic 10 titan. People everywhere care about this game because in Duncan vs. Camby, we have the first true Big Man vs. Big Man arranged basketball marriage in 13 years. Not since Ralph Sampson/Virginia and Patrick Ewing/Georgetown got together in a similarly brokered TV pairing on Dec. 11, 1982, has college basketball had such a Big Man Happening.
Marquee big man matchups in college basketball are very rare. The defining big man duel of all time was Bill Russell vs. Wilt Chamberlain, but it should be noted that during their collegiate careers, neither man ever had a serious personal challenge. Nor, alas, are there any Bill Walton vs. Whomever battles to savor.
In the entire history of college basketball, there have been only three truly epic big man showdowns, in addition to one (Patrick Ewing vs. Hakeem Olajuwon) with an asterisk.
1. BOB KURLAND vs. GEORGE MIKAN
Here, arguably, are the first two legitimately skilled "big" men in basketball history, and their sensational collegiate careers overlapped gloriously, each man graduating in 1946.
Bob Kurland, nicknamed "Foothills," played for Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State). Billed as a 7-footer, he now confesses to having been an exaggerated 6-10. However tall he was, Kurland was mobile and athletic in a way extremely tall people had not been previously, and he led Oklahoma A&M to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1945-46.
George Mikan was a bespectacled 6-9 kid from Chicago who became the ultimate project for a young DePaul coach named Ray Meyer. Though gifted with no apparent grace, the hardworking Mikan learned to use his bulk in a positive manner, and he also worked ceaselessly on a hook shot. With Mikan in the middle, DePaul finished second in the prestigious NIT in 1944 and won the tournament a year later.
The schools met five times from an NIT semifinal clash in March 1944 through a regular-season match in Chicago Stadium in February 1946, and right from the start, the focus was on the two behemoths in the pivot.
" 'Freaks,' " says the alive-and-kickin' Meyer, who plans to be camped in front of his TV set tonight. "That's what people called them. Those two, and Don Otten of Bowling Green, were the only big men in existence. George Mikan was ashamed of his size. He used to walk around with his shoulders hunched over when I first got him. I remember going to Philadelphia and the paper calling him a 'freak' and a 'gargantuan.' The next day, the story started off, 'My apologies to George Mikan.' "
Kurland started out strong in that first NIT game, according to reports. ''Kurland had the early advantage defensively," reported the AP man on the scene. "He knocked out at least eight shots that appeared headed for the basket." It is Kurland, in fact, who is primarily responsible for the prohibition on goaltending. ("He was the better defender; Mikan was the better all-around player," maintains Meyer.)
By far the most ballyhooed of the five games was the affair in Madison Square Garden on March 28, 1945. This was a special benefit for the Red Cross between NIT champion DePaul and NCAA champion Oklahoma A&M, and it was billed as the "mythical national championship."
Mikan was hot-hot-hot, coming off a record 53-point game in the NIT semis against Rhode Island State, but he quickly ran into foul trouble in the Red Cross game. He fouled out in just 14 minutes, having scored 9 points. Kurland's 14 led Oklahoma A&M to a 52-44 victory, and $50,000 was raised for the Red Cross.
There was no professional follow-up. Mikan went on to become the "Player of the Half-Century" as a member of the Minneapolis Lakers, but Kurland never turned professional. He went into amateur ball and won gold medals on both the 1948 and 1952 Olympic teams.
Together as collegians, they made basketball history. "True gladiators," recalls Meyer.
2. LEW ALCINDOR vs. ELVIN HAYES
Elvin Hayes made this battle, as Yogi Berra would say, necessary, by scoring 25 points and grabbing 24 rebounds in a losing cause during an otherwise by-the-book 73-58 Houston loss to UCLA in the 1967 NCAA semifinals.
Until then, no one had even remotely challenged the 7-3 Alcindor.
Eddie Einhorn of TVS got the idea to put the teams together in the Astrodome the following January in college basketball's first made-for-TV special. What he got for his efforts was an epic.
The prelude began Jan. 12, eight days before the game, when a California player accidentally poked Alcindor in the eye, causing an irritation of the iris. He missed the next two UCLA games, and his availability was in question until game day.
This game had everything, starting with the fact that both teams came in undefeated. As for the mano-a-mano between Alcindor and the 6-9 Hayes, Elvin tried to put it in perspective. "For one thing," he said, "we don't figure to be playing head to head. I'm a forward. If he's covering me, he's going to have to come to the corners, and I don't think he'll do that."
He didn't. Hayes came out shooting -- and hitting. By halftime, he had 29. He wound up with 39, plus the deciding free throws as Houston won it, 71-69, to snap UCLA's 47-game winning streak before a record crowd of 52,693 for college basketball.
Alcindor, bothered by what was described as "vertical double vision," shot 4 for 18.
A non-alibiing Alcindor was gracious: "We lost to a better team."
There was a rubber match a little over two months later in the NCAA semifinals. This time a flustered Hayes had 24 fewer points at the half. Hounded by Mike Lynn and a four-man diamond defense, Hayes could not get going. Alcindor's 19 led a balanced UCLA machine to a 101-69 revenge victory.
"That," said Houston coach Guy Lewis, "was the greatest exhibition of basketball I've ever seen."
As for the big man battle, Gordon White of The New York Times opined, "The match within a match was no more a contest than the game had been."
3. RALPH SAMPSON vs. PATRICK EWING
The idea of 7-4 senior Sampson vs. 7-foot sophomore Ewing had enormous appeal to the television matchmakers (in this case Turner Broadcasting, plus a syndicate).
A veteran Virginia team, featuring guards Othell Wilson and Rick Carlisle, should have won, and it did, 68-63. Senior Sampson should have outplayed sophomore Ewing, and he did (23 points, 16 rebounds, 7 blocks, to 16-8-5), and he did.
Explained Georgetown coach John Thompson, "Center is a dependent position, and our inexperienced guards did not do an outstanding job of getting Patrick the ball."
Buried deep in the game there was a Moment. With about 5 1/2 minutes remaining, Sampson threw one down. Ewing went down to the other end and he threw one down. They went to the UVA end and Sampson went up. Ewing blocked it. Sampson got it back, and Ewing blocked it again. Sampson wound up at the foul line, but the arena was buzzing.
"He's the best center I've ever played against," said Ewing.
"Patrick is an excellent ballplayer," responded Sampson. "There's not enough words to describe the guy."
4. PATRICK EWING vs. HAKEEM OLAJUWON
It just happened to be the 1984 NCAA championship game.
Ewing was Ewing, but Olajuwon wasn't the Olajuwon we now know. He was just a young Nigerian work-in-progress.
Ewing hardly posted big numbers (10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks), but he did what he had to do to help Georgetown beat Houston, 84-75. Olajuwon? He had 15 points but picked up his fourth personal 23 seconds into the second half and basically stopped playing.
Said Lewis, "I told him if he wasn't going to play, he might as well come sit on the bench by me."
We've had a 13-year wait for a headlined big man regular-season duel, and we can again thank TV -- in this case, ESPN -- for making it happen.
"We were extremely lucky," says ESPN college basketball programmer Dave Brown. "We set this up with both schools way before the 1995 NBA draft. If the big guys had decided to come out, we'd still have an ACC school coming to Amherst, but we know how lucky we are."
How lucky they are? How about how lucky we are?
MHERST, Mass. -- Marcus Camby outplayed Tim Duncan in a battle between the nation's premier centers and Donta Bright scored 22 points to lead third-ranked Massachusetts to a 60-46 victory over 10th-ranked Wake Forest on Wednesday night.
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"(Duncan) treated this matchup like it was just another big game," Camby said. "After the first few minutes, I settled down and hit the shots that were open. I tried to play physical and keep a hand in Duncan's face." (click for video clip 319k AVI)
Duncan said: "Marcus played a great game. He affected my shot and on the offensive end, he took the shot when he had it. The pressure of the matchup wasn't a factor."
Wake Forest scored just 19 points in the second half and shot 30 per cent from the field (15-of-50) for the game.
"UMass bothers opponents on every trip down the court," Wake Forest coach Dave Odom said. "Donta Bright and Dana Dingle were definitely factors. The pressure of the buildup of the game was not a factor in how the two centers played."
Massachusetts (4-0) has beaten Kentucky, Maryland, Florida and Wake Forest. The Minutemen also will play Boston College, Georgia Tech, Memphis and Louisville in non-conference games this season.
Wake Forest (3-1) suffered its first loss after opening the season with wins over Mount St. Mary's, Oklahoma State and Lehigh.
Rusty LaRue, the starting quarterback for the football team, led Wake Forest with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including four three-pointers. Tony Rutland had 15 points for the Demon Deacons, but hit just 3-of-13 shots from the field.
"We didn't make the shots that we needed to down the stretch," LaRue said.
Camby and Duncan re-matched in the 1999 NBA Finals, but first went toe-to-toe here. Comments from NBC's Bob Costas (138k WAV)
"Marcus was a little nervous in the beginning," UMass coach John Calipari said. "Both centers were made out to be (Hakeem) Olajuwon. In order for Marcus to be effective, he has to flow around the court. He's more of a swingman than a center."
The game was tied at 34-34 with 13 1/2 minutes remaining. But UMass outscored Wake Forest 18-5 over the next 11 minutes to open a 52-39 lead.
A three-pointer by Duncan pulled Wake Forest within 54-46 with 1:15 left, but one free throw apiece by Camby and Bright and a steal and layup by Edgar Padilla opened a 58-46 advantage for UMass with 37 seconds remaining.
MHERST -- It was one of the most hyped, most eagerly anticipated matchups between centers in college basketball history. It turned out to be just a quality basketball game.
The two lead characters did nothing special, nothing brilliant to deposit in your memory bank. Their teammates? That was another story.
Anyone who wondered if Massachusetts center Marcus Camby had a supporting cast need only to look at the third-ranked Minutemen's 60-46 victory over No. 10 Wake Forest last night at the Mullins Center. While many figured center stage would belong to Camby and Wake center Tim Duncan, Camby's supporting cast outdueled Duncan's scrappy teammates at both ends of the floor. Those two groups, both coming up with crucial play after play, staged the real battle of the evening. UMass was simply deeper and better in its execution.
Led by senior forward Donta Bright (a game-high 22 points), the Minutemen held Wake to just 30 percent shooting, including 25 percent in the second half, while forcing 15 turnovers. Wake got a bitter taste of UMass' claw-and- scrap play and trailed most of the way.
"Make no mistake, UMass is not a one-man team," said Wake Forest coach Dave Odom. "Their guards are excellent. Their forwards are terrific. And their coaching is equal to their play."
"That was a terrific effort by our ball club," said UMass coach John Calipari. "I think we worked hard. I was happy to see Donta be the great finisher he is. We rebounded the ball well and played great defense."
Guard Edgar Padilla had 9 points, 8 boards and 4 assists, and forward Dana Dingle had 10 rebounds and 2 steals to help UMass (4-0), which shot 36 percent in the first half but improved in the second (46 percent) when it made its biggest plays. Not to be outdone was Wake guard Rusty LaRue, who tallied a team-high 20 points, going 4 for 6 from the 3-point line. Teammate Tony Rutland added 15 points, but Wake fell to 3-1.
As for the ballyhooed center matchup, Camby was the clear victor. He scored 17 points, had 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Duncan had 9 points, 12 boards and 3 blocks.
Wake trailed, 30-18, with 1:55 left in the first half before LaRue drained three 3-pointers.
The Demon Deacons outplayed UMass over the first six minutes of the second half and tied the game, 34-34, on a jumper by Steven Goolsby. But UMass countered with its best run of the evening, an 18-5 surge (including 9 points by Bright), to go ahead, 52-39, with 2:24 left in the game. Wake cut it to 8 with 1:15 remaining but could come no closer.
"I was able to take some open shots and I hit them," said Bright, who was guarded by Duncan on some of his scores. "I was just playing the game and allowing it to come to me, and that's what happened."
"We were out of it a little when Wake tied it," said Calipari. "We made a couple of stops and were able to get a nice-size lead. But still Wake would not go away."
Both Camby and Duncan were jittery early. But Camby snapped out of it late in the first half and pulled away from his counterpart. A turnaround jump shot that hit the front rim in the early going began rattling in. In the second half, it was nothing but net.
"I just cooled down," said Camby. "I was so hyped up at the start of the game because of all the hype that I was missing shots I normally hit. But the coaches told me to calm down. I got a couple of rebounds and a couple of blocked shots, and after a while, I was able to get going."
Duncan appeared ready to break out of his shooting woes in the second half, but his charge was short-lived. With a raucous Mullins crowd cheering Camby's efforts, Duncan withered in the late stages of the game and became a nonfactor.
"Camby affected my shot," he said. "He played great. He hit his shot, that turnaround. He took his shots and he made them. Every shot I took was one I thought I could make."
MHERST -- The Big Man confrontation was exactly what history said it would be -- a mildly entertaining subplot, and nothing more.
What mattered to everyone concerned was the final score, which was Massachusetts 60, Wake Forest 46. Just going by that, Marcus Camby outplayed Tim Duncan in the anticipated matchup of the two best collegiate big men in the US of A.
"Marcus Camby is an excellent, excellent basketball player," declared Wake Forest mentor Dave Odom. "He showed tonight he's a person with a lot of skills on the basketball floor. We had, and now we have, even more respect for him."
The line score battle read like this: Camby had 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Duncan had 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Anyone looking for Lew- Elvin Redux would have gone home disappointed.
Not that anyone should have expected such a thing. While there is no doubt that Camby and Duncan are the best big men playing in college basketball today, no one has yet suggested they are on the verge of being players for the ages.
Camby, as coach John Calipari was quick to point out, isn't even a classic center. "He is a swing power forward, not a center," Calipari said. "You saw that tonight. He's the kind of player who has to float around the floor. You're looking at a skill player, and we should take advantage of his skills. But a basket is a basket is a basket, whether it's a 1-footer or a 5-footer. And when Marcus had to make a big play, he made it."
Neither man shot well, almost undoubtedly because of the other's haunting presence on defense. Camby was 6 for 19. Duncan was 4 for 18. But the offensive edge was Camby's, and solely because Camby did make a couple of key baskets in a game whose final point spread does not justify its basic tenor. Camby was the better offensive force because when he has the basketball in his hands, he can do more with it than merely shoot it.
When Coach Cal lauds Camby's "skills," high on the list is his passing. Camby is a major weapon as a passer. Though the stat sheet credited him with just two assists, he made at least four beautiful passes in the game. Duncan made none. That's not a knock, merely a statement of fact.
Camby didn't shoot well, but he still played a Camby game. He grabbed seven rebounds in the second half, and they were all in heavy traffic. He came up big at a critical juncture, changing a 34-34 game into a nonrefundable UMass lead with (a) a sensational high-low drop-down pass to Donta Bright for a layup and (b) a mid-lane turnaround in Duncan's face.
Here's another fact. Camby guarded Duncan every second he was on defense, while Duncan seldom guarded Camby. Odom started off with 6-foot-10-inch Spaniard Rick Feral on Camby and the 6-10 Duncan on the 6-5 Bright, then quickly switched to a 1-3-1 zone which he employed for a great percentage of the evening.
But there were times when Duncan did guard Camby, and they seemed to fire up the UMass junior. On one such occasion, Camby took Duncan into the lane for successive facials.
Each man took a bad shot or two, but hey, they're only human. Each tried to stay within his personal parameters for the most part.
Camby's ability to contain Duncan straight up was a huge key to the entire UMass defensive effort. "I did not want to double-team Duncan and make some other guys better," explained Coach Cal. "Marcus did a tremendous job, but he got help from both the guards and the forwards. At the start of the second half, I thought he was letting Duncan get the ball where he wanted to, and I was afraid he would get it going. But then Marcus started to kick it in."
For the record, Duncan hit one right baseline half-jump hook, half- turnaround (remember Larry Bird's "throw shot"?), but that represented the only damage in that stretch.
Please keep in mind that Duncan is a definite work in progress. Though a junior, the Virgin Island native won't turn 20 until April. Camby is older and more experienced, and some of that experience showed through.
At any rate, playing against Camby at this point in the season can only help Duncan when he wades into Atlantic Coast Conference play. "He affected my shot," Duncan admitted. "But I got enough good shots."
Camby likewise admitted that he doesn't see a Tim Duncan every night. ''People usually have their hands in my face when I shoot," he said, "but the arm usually isn't as long as his."
Though everyone concerned on both sides tried desperately to downplay the matchup, the players could not possibly put the thing on the side. Their personal pride, not to mention their curiosity, wouldn't permit it.
"Marcus was a little nervous," maintained Calipari. "As much as we say he wasn't going to worry about Duncan and as much as Duncan said he wasn't going to worry about him, we all know this was a factor in the way the game started out. We were making Duncan out to be Hakeem Olajuwon, and they were making Marcus out to be Hakeem Olajuwon."
Neither one is. But we have no idea what they will become, because that will be up to them, and no one else. Let's put it this way: There were representatives from 19 pro clubs present, and there was enough talent on display from the two matquee big kids to send the pro folk out into the night needing a hankie to wipe away the telltale signs of drooling.
MHERST -- It was a game without glitter. A lunch-bucket game. The kind of game John Calipari loves to see his team play. Each night. Every night.
"We don't know how to be cool," said Calipari after last night's 60-46 win over Wake Forest at the Mullins Center. "We're always hustling, playing hard. It was a terrific effort."
So it was. Again. Last night might have been billed as Camby vs. Duncan for most of the country who tuned in to ESPN. But for UMass, 4-0 and headed toward Saturday's showdown in the FleetCenter with Boston College, it was just another old-fashioned victory.
And if you check what BC has done this season, including last night's 55-53 victory over Pitt, anyone expecting a laser show of high scoring Saturday may be disappointed.
UMass is not winning games with offense. The Minutemen shot 40 percent against Wake. But the 10th-ranked Demon Deacons made only 30 percent of their shots. It wasn't pretty, but it was effective.
Nor was it just Marcus Camby, who had a workmanlike game, scoring 17 points, pulling down 9 rebounds and blocking 3 shots while holding Tim Duncan to 9 points.
It was guards Edgar Padilla and Carmelo Travieso flicking away at the ball every time a Wake Forest player was foolish enough to bring it below waist level. It was Padilla, who played 39 minutes 53 seconds, coming up with four steals.
It was an entire rotating defense, not just Camby, bothering Duncan whenever he touched the ball, forcing him into a horrendous 4-for-18 shooting night.
Nor was this a one-game turnaround. Check out what UMass has done since its 92-82 win over Kentucky in the Great Eight tournament. The Minutemen went to Landover, Md., over the weekend and won a pair from Maryland and Florida.
That was almost expected. But check out the scores. 50-47 over Maryland. 80-58 over Florida.
Then last night. Wake Forest, a Top 10 team, a team with a legitimate Player of the Year candidate in Duncan, comes into Amherst and is held to its lowest point total in nine years. Not since Virginia walked away with a 59-45 victory near the end of the 1986-87 season had a Wake team scored fewer points.
The Deacons scored 19 points in the second half. Duncan has had better halves by himself.
"It was a terrific effort by our entire team," said Calipari, who is in midseason form with his coaching histrionics.
"I'm on them like it's midseason," he conceded. "I demand a lot and get a lot."
Wake Forest coach Dave Odom thinks UMass has gotten quite a bit already. ''I would say they are in for a wonderful season," said Odom. "The only thing they have to worry about is peaking too early, if that's possible."
That probably won't happen. The Minutemen are focused on a mission. Last week it was No. 1 Kentucky and then winning the tournament in Maryland. This week it was Wake Forest and now BC.
Next week will bring another challenge. And then another. And then still another.
But that is the way UMass always has played under Calipari. Offense and points may come and go. Defense is what will win games for you. Defense will carry you through shooting slumps that are sure to come.
As important as last night was in the grand scheme of things, it's over. Just like Kentucky is over.
Now BC awaits Saturday. The Eagles have garnered little respect thus far. But they are 4-1 and playing with the same grit and determination as UMass.
UMass and BC Saturday. It should be quite a show. But bring your lunch bucket.
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons (#10)||46|
|Massachusetts Minutemen (#3)||60|
|at the Mullins Center|
WAKE FOREST (46) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Peral 18 0-3 0-0 1-2 1 4 0 Allen 25 0-1 0-2 2-4 1 4 0 Duncan 40 4-18 0-2 4-12 1 2 9 Larue 39 7-10 2-2 1-4 1 1 20 Rutland 40 3-13 6-8 0-2 1 2 15 Goolsby 23 1-3 0-0 1-3 2 2 2 Amonett 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wilson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Jackson 12 0-2 0-1 0-2 1 2 0 Stringfellow 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 15-50 8-15 9-30 8 17 46 _______________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.300, FT-.533. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Peral 0-2, Duncan 1-2, Larue 4-6, Rutland 3-8, Goolsby 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Duncan 4, Allen). Turnovers: 15 (Allen 4, Rutland 4, Larue 3, Duncan 2, Peral 2). Steals: 4 (Allen, Duncan, Jackson, Rutland). MASSACHUSETTS (60) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Dingle 36 0-2 5-6 4-10 3 1 5 Bright 28 8-14 6-7 1-4 1 3 22 Camby 37 6-19 5-8 1-9 2 1 17 E Padilla 39 4-9 0-0 0-8 4 2 9 Travieso 37 3-6 0-0 0-1 2 3 7 Maclay 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Weeks 13 0-1 0-0 2-5 0 3 0 Nunez 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Norville 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 200 21-53 16-21 9-39 12 16 60 _______________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.396, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Bright 0-2, Camby 0-2, E Padilla 1-4, Travieso 1-3). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 5 (Camby 3, Norville, E Padilla). Turnovers: 9 (Bright 3, E Padilla 2, Travieso 2, Camby, Weeks). Steals: 7 (E Padilla 4, Dingle 2, Norville). __________________________________ Wake Forest 27 19 - 46 Massachusetts 30 30 - 60 __________________________________ Technical fouls: None. A: 9,493. Officials: Dick Paparo, Larry Rose, Frank Scafolati.