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Inspired play points UMass to win
By Mark Murphy, The Boston Herald, 1/17/2000

PHILADELPHIA - The latest resurgence started with a threat. Jonathan DePina was playing so well during a scrimmage last week, UMass coach Bruiser Flint stopped the action and came right to the point with his inconsistent reserve guard.

Jon DePina played perhaps his best game of the season thusfar.
``Yeah, he said, `if you don't play like this in the next game, then give me my jersey back,' '' teammate Monty Mack recalled yesterday after DePina, as part of one of the Minutemen's best ensemble performances of the year, helped turn in enough big plays to beat St. Joseph's, 73-69.

The message obviously didn't stop with DePina, who hit a pair of open treys on the way to eight points, three assists and three steals. Kitwana Rhymer checked in with 12 rebounds, including the center's tough in-traffic rebound of a missed Marvin O'Connor free throw with 10 seconds left.

Rhymer was fouled on the play and hit both free throws with seven seconds left for the final points, thus upholding an 18-point performance from Chris Kirkland that included eight points over the final five minutes.

The second half was frenetic, with seven lead changes, 17 slashing points from O'Connor that included two three-point plays and two treys, tough defense from Na'im Crenshaw on Monty Mack, and uncommonly good 52 percent shooting from the Minutemen.

This is where UMass (8-7), for once, was able to recover. Mack scored 15 of his team-high 19 points in the first half, opened the second half with a runner, and rarely touched the ball again under Crenshaw's jersey-tight coverage.

But the Minutemen put together one of their most efficient offensive stretches of the season, anyway, with Kirkland repeatedly demanding the ball down the stretch.

His put-back of a Mack miss gave UMass a 68-65 lead with a minute left, setting the stage for a pair of questionable calls that went UMass' way.

An apparent kick by Mike Babul that knocked a Crenshaw bounce pass out of bounds was instead ruled a St. Joe's turnover. Kirkland responded with two free throws for a 70-65 edge with 38 seconds left.

The Hawks (6-7) nearly disrupted matters again, after O'Connor (game-high 28 points, 10-of-17 shooting) drove in and drew a Mack foul for a three-point play that cut the UMass lead to 70-68 with 27 seconds left. Rhymer lost control of Kirkland's inbounds pass on the ensuing play, and by the time DePina managed to scoop up the loose ball, O'Connor was called for a foul in the midst of the scramble.

DePina hit the first of two free throws, leading to Rhymer's ability to close the game out with his muscle.

``The biggest thing was being patient offensively,'' said Flint. ``We talked with the guys about not trying to make hero plays. We took our time. They shot 50 percent today, but we did such a good job on offense, we were fine.''

Cal urges fans to be patient with Flint
UMass Notebook
By Mark Murphy, The Boston Herald, 1/17/2000

PHILADELPHIA - John Calipari, on hand to watch his old team beat St. Joseph's yesterday, also has been offering Bruiser Flint some of the best advice available.

Calipari takes in the game with boss Pat Croce, Sixers Owner.
Flint now faces a mountain of pressure in his attempt to halt the slide of the UMass men's basketball program. But Calipari wants to make sure that his former assistant doesn't get caught up in matters he can't control.

``They have a terrific person, a terrific coach, and I think they really have to pay attention to that,'' Calipari said of the dwindling circle of UMass fans. ``Things change. I remember when P.J. (Carlesimo) went through this when he took over at Seton Hall, went through some hard times, made the Final Four two years later, and the rest is history.

``People have to understand that they have young kids in the program right now. But they have a terrific nucleus, and that young kid (Micah Brand) can really play. But it's hard. (The fans) have been spoiled.

``People tell me, `You raised the bar,' but I didn't raise the bar. We raised the bar, with people like Bill Bayno, John Robic and Ed Schilling - and Bruiser was a big part of that.''

Coach cries foul

St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli can expect his wallet to be a tad lighter by the end of this week, after yesterday's postgame rant about the quality of the job done by referees Bob Donato, Reggie Greenwood and Tom Lopes.

None of the three saw Mike Babul kick a Na'im Crenshaw pass out of bounds, and after a huddle, awarded the ball to UMass with 45 seconds left and a 68-65 lead in hand.

``It was a one possession game, we put it in the hands of three guys, and they missed the call,'' said Martelli. ``But they told me they had the call. They always have it. The sad part is that they have another game tomorrow night, and they don't give a (expletive deleted) about this game. They got it wrong. TV proved it. They got it wrong.''

Martelli also criticized the lack of attention paid to Flint, who as usual strayed out of the coach's box.

Downer for Brown

St. Joe's guard Tim Brown not only went scoreless yesterday for the first time this season, but also was held without a 3-pointer for the first time, halting his consecutive trey streak at 12 straight games.

Brown has the ninth-longest streak in school history. And who has the eighth-longest, at 16 games? Flint.

Flint improved to 5-2 overall against his alma mater, 3-1 at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

Minutemen down St. Joe's
By Ron Chimelis, The Springfield Union-News, 1/17/2000

PHILADELPHIA This was a game in which the little things mattered a lot, and the University of Massachusetts made sure that most of them went the Minutemen's way.

In what was probably the most entertaining and well-played game of the season, the Minutemen had the right answers down the stretch and earned a 73-69 Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball victory over St. Joseph's before a capacity crowd of 3,200 at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

The win allowed UMass (8-7, 2-1 A-10) to peek over the .500 mark with this week's home games against Dayton and Rhode Island coming up.

Before claiming their second straight victory, the Minutemen had to survive a 28-point game by St. Joseph's guard Marvin O'Connor, a Villanova transfer who hit 10 of 17 shots despite close UMass defensive coverage. And UMass did it not only with scoring from the usual sources of Monty Mack (19 points) and Chris Kirkland (18), but with contributions from Kitwana Rhymer and Jonathan DePina, whose up-and-down season has mirrored that of their team.

"Jonathan played like he does in practice," UMass coach Bruiser Flint said after the junior guard's eight-point, three-assist, two-turnover performance in 29 minutes. "You should see him in practice. I told him the other day that if he didn't play like that (in a game), I'd never play him again."

Rhymer scored 12 points with 12 rebounds in 31 minutes. The 6-foot-10 center not only emerged from a shooting slump, but rediscovered the joy of playing without the constant companion of foul trouble.

"I've been trying to cut down on that, trying to playing with my hands up instead of jumping out at everything," said Rhymer, who shot 3 for 6 after going 1 for 12 in his three previous games. "I was relaxed, even though I got smacked in the face a couple of times."

Rhymer's vision was clear from the foul line. He went 6 for 6, including two with 7.2 seconds left and UMass clinging to a 71-69 lead.

Rhymer had been inserted for rebounding purposes with 10 seconds left, O'Connor at the line and UMass leading 71-68. O'Connor missed the second of two free throws, Rhymer got the rebound and was fouled immediately.

He showed a touch much smoother than his 48.6 free-throw percentage entering yesterday's game suggested.

"I was just thinking about the rebound when I put him in," Flint said. "But if he makes his first two in a game, he's OK."

St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli was not OK after watching the Hawks (6-7, 1-3) lose their third straight. Martelli was upset at an out-of-bounds call with 43 seconds left and UMass leading 68-65.

After a brief huddle of the officials, possession was awarded to the Minutemen. Five seconds later, Kirkland hit two key free throws.

"Unfortunately, we wound up putting the game in the hands of three guys (the referees)," said Martelli, warming up for some comments that may get in trouble with the league office. "They have another game tomorrow, so they don't care about today.

"They said they had it," he lamented. "They always say they have it. But there's a rule about coaches staying in the coaching box, and they don't enforce that, so why should they enforce any rule."

That comment seemed like a direct slap at Flint, who is known for straying from the coaching box.

"They have to give me a little room, because if you're sitting on the bench here, your feet are on the playing floor," Flint said. "And when I go out, I'm talking to my players, not the officials. They understand that."

Kirkland had eight rebounds and a career-high six assists. Mack had 15 points in the first half as UMass built a 37-32 lead.

"We told our defense to attack the known, and Mack is a known entity," Martelli said. "We did a pretty good job of it in the second half, but you wouldn't expect DePina to hit two 3-pointers."

Sharp shooting made the day
UMass notebook
By Ron Chimelis, The Springfield Union-News, 1/17/2000

PHILADELPHIA Yesterday's University of Massachusetts-St. Joseph's game provided the type of quality shooting that isn't often seen in men's college basketball these days.

The 73-69 UMass victory at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse featured 50 percent shooting by both teams, with UMass hitting 26 of 52 while St. Joe's made 25 of 49 for a 51 percent showing in defeat.

Entering the game, St. Joseph's had been shooting 41.7 percent this season, and UMass was at 40.6 percent.

"Did I think we'd lose if we shot 50 percent? No way," St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said. "I also thought our depth would be a factor, but we got 12 points off our bench, and they got 14."

St. Joseph's guard Tim Brown, who led the Atlantic 10 with 50 percent 3-point shooting, was held scoreless and had his streak of games with at least one 3-pointer snapped at 12.

Brown had been averaging 11.6 points, and as he rises on the St. Joseph's all-time 3-point list, he had been approaching current UMass coach Bruiser Flint, who once hit at least one 3-pointer in 16 straight games as a Hawks guard in the 1980s.

Brown missed both of his 3-point tries yesterday, and may have been denied another chance when Martelli called a timeout with 12.6 seconds left. UMass was leading 71-68, and Brown seemed to be getting open just when the timeout was called.

Flint thought stopping Brown was essential.

"When I saw him on tape, he looked like their best player," Flint said. "I thought we did a great job on all their perimeter people."

That included Marvin O'Connor, who scored 28 points.

"All the shots he made were tough shots," said Flint, who used forward Mike Babul on O'Connor for the most part. Babul picked up his fourth foul with 16:51 left, and when he went out, O'Connor scored seven points in the next 4:15.

Flint said the nearly equal shooting percentages reflected the even nature of the rivalry, even though he has now beaten his alma mater five straight times.

"If you look at these teams, we're identical," he said. "They score a little better than we do, I think, and we might defend a little better."


UMass center Kit Rhymer said he thought his improved play helped Chris Kirkland, who scored 18 points.

"They had to pay attention to boxing me out, and Chris was able to slash, drive to the basket and go for rebounds," Rhymer said.

St. Joe's angered in loss to UMass
The 73-69 home loss was another agonizingly close failure for the Hawks. Some pointed to a disputed call.
By Ray Parrillo, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/17/2000

Everything was just about even as St. Joseph's and Massachusetts clawed at each other yesterday.

Chris Kirkland scraps for the rock.
Everything. The score, the statistics, the talent level, the trash-talking, the number of elbows planted firmly in rib cages.

So the charged-up crowd that crammed into the Fieldhouse - St. Joe's first game on Hawk Hill since Nov. 29 - had to figure the outcome would not be decided without much angst.

And when the frantic game had ended, the frustration and anger on the faces of the Hawks, and the howling at the officials by many of their followers, told of another gut-wrenching St. Joe's loss, as UMass came out on top, 73-69.

The Hawks (6-7 overall, 1-3 Atlantic Ten) have lost four games by five or fewer points, two of them in the last five days. Still, in a scrambled conference in which road victories will probably end up separating the upper tier from the rest, this one was more painful for the Hawks than the others. They were home, they shot 51 percent, and they spent every ounce of energy they had. And, oh, yes, St. Joe's has experienced enough aggravating final-minute losses to the Minutemen in recent years.

"Yeah, it gets a little tiring," St. Joe's guard Marvin O'Connor said of the close losses. "But we keep playing hard, and we're in this together. We win as a team and lose as a team."

There were several impressive performers in this exciting game, a contest that was played with the sense of desperation of those played in that little single-elimination tournament that triggers so much hyperventilating every March.

For the Minutemen (8-7, 2-1), Monty Mack set the first-half tone with 15 of his 19 points. Chris Kirkland scored eight of his 18 after St. Joe's pulled into a 60-60 tie on Andre Howard's jumper with 5 minutes, 34 seconds to go, and 6-foot-10 Kitwana Rhymer pulled down 12 rebounds to go with 12 points, including a pair of clutch free throws with 7.2 seconds remaining that nailed down the win.

No one, though, was more impressive, or more in the thick of matters, than the whirling O'Connor, who scored a career-high 28 points, including the last seven for the Hawks.

Nevertheless, it wasn't his big offensive game that O'Connor was thinking about as he sat in the dressing room afterward, shaking his head. Instead, he was mulling over questions about a crucial call by the officials that gave UMass a key possession.

The Minutemen led, 68-65, when the Hawks' Tim Brown threw a bounce pass into the lane intended for O'Connor. A video replay clearly showed the ball going out of bounds off the foot of UMass' Mike Babul, but UMass was awarded possession. O'Connor animatedly pleaded his case to the official who made the call.

"[Babul] definitely kicked the ball out of bounds," O'Connor said. "[The referee] said nobody touched it after Tim Brown passed the ball."

The Minutemen took advantage of the break. Kirkland dropped in a pair of free throws with 38 seconds to go, making the score 70-65. O'Connor drove for a basket and converted a free throw, and it was 70-68. Rob Haskins came within a blink of stealing UMass' subsequent inbounds pass, and O'Connor was called for a foul during a wild scramble for the loose ball. Jonathan DePina hit one of two free throws to make it 71-68, and, with 10 seconds remaining, O'Connor was fouled on a drive. He sank the first free throw, missed the second, and Rhymer grabbed his most important rebound of the game.

"It was another one-possession game, but, unfortunately, it was put in the hands of three guys who missed a call," Hawks coach Phil Martelli said. Asked what explanation he was given for the call, Martelli said mockingly, "Oh, they had it. They always have it. But they got it wrong, and television proves they got it wrong. Everybody in the place knows they got it wrong."

Perhaps the Hawks' Na'im Crenshaw, who said he had a clear view of Babul's kick, said it best. "It was clearly a kicked ball, but things happen. I think this kind of loss will just make us stronger."

Of course, the disputed call might not have been an issue had the Hawks come up with one or two more plays down the stretch. With the score 62-62, Brown, the top three-point shooter in the conference, missed an open look from beyond the arc. Bill Phillips, another sweet shooter, watched his three-point attempt rim the hoop with the Minutemen leading, 66-65. Brown, who went scoreless, had his streak of 12 consecutive games with at least one three-point basket broken. St. Joe's had only five offensive rebounds to 11 for UMass, another reason for the defeat.

"I just told the team it's a matter of how we take this loss," Martelli said. "We can take it with vengeance or we can accept it, and I don't think they'll accept it."

Big win for UMass in clutch
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 1/17/2000

PHILADELPHIA - The sold-out crowd at Alumni Fieldhouse began to "ooh". Momentum had swung in St. Joseph's favor in its game against the University of Massachusetts and forward Andre Howard appeared ready to push the Hawks' lead to five points.

Shannon Crooks cuts off the lane.
But when Howard's open dunk clanged off the back rim and Minuteman center Micah Brand snatched the rebound, the crowd's "oohs" quickly turned to disappointed "aws." Brand pushed the ball up court, where Shannon Crooks buried a 3-pointer to tie the game at 56-56.

Howard reclaimed the lead for the Hawks at 58-56 with a layin, but two free throws by center Kitwana Rhymer and a pretty layup by Crooks gave the Minutemen the lead again at 60-58, and, more important, the momentum. The Minutemen held on to defeat their Atlantic 10 rival, 73-69.

"We talked about making tough plays at tough times and executing our things," UMass coach Bruiser Flint said. "It was a gut-out win. We had some things bounce our way. I thought both teams played very well today."

"Both teams gave it their all," agreed senior guard Monty Mack. "I'm just happy we came out with a win."

The game stayed tight down the stretch. With the Minutemen leading, 66-65, Hawk forward Bill Phillips' 3-point try rolled off the side of the rim toward Howard, but Chris Kirkland popped the ball out of Howard's hands and grabbed the rebound. At the other end of the floor Kirkland converted the rebound on a miss by Mack to make it 68-65.

"That was a big rebound and I think it set the tone for the last couple minutes," Kirkland said. "They had to rush some stuff and the game really went our way after that."

"I think that was the biggest play of the game," Flint said. "We got the rebound and put a little distance between us and them."

Kirkland sank two free throws, but a 3-point play by Hawk guard Marvin O'Connor made the visitors' advantage just 70-68. Jonathan DePina made it 71-68 by hitting one of two from the line with 23.6 seconds left.

O'Connor had a chance to cut the lead to one, but made only one of two free throws and Rhymer came down with the miss with 7.2 seconds left. St. Joe's fouled Rhymer right away, but he made both free throws to clinch the win for UMass (8-7, 2-1 A-10).

Flint made it a priority to shut down St. Joseph's point guard Tim Brown, a plan that was executed to perfection. Brown entered the game averaging 11.6 points per game, but with each of UMass' three guards spending time guarding him, Brown was held scoreless. The Minutemen have been in tight games before, but those were characterized largely by UMass relying on defense and by ugly offense from both teams. Sunday's win over the Hawks marked the best close game UMass has played this season.

Both teams shot 50 percent or better and both had more assists than turnovers.

"They shot 50 percent against us today," Flint said. "Teams don't shoot 50 percent against us. But we did such a good job offensively that we were fine. We were patient and we took our time on offense. If we play that way, we'll be fine."

UMass won the game on the strength of Rhymer and Kirkland inside. Kirkland had a career-high six assists to go with 18 points and eight rebounds. Rhymer had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Minutemen outrebounded the Hawks, 31-24.

Monty Mack led UMass with 19 points, while Marvin O'Connor had a career-high 28 points for the Hawks.

Mack scored 15 of his points prior to intermission and had the Minutemen rolling early, but a 9-2 run for Hawks tied the game late in the half. Mack sank a jumper from just inside the arc to give UMass a 37-32 lead at the half.

The Minutemen will try to extend their winning streak to three games Thursday night when they play host to Dayton at 7:30.

Rhymer shakes slump
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 1/17/2000

PHILADELPHIA - It had been almost a month since Kitwana Rhymer had scored in double digits and even longer since he grabbed more than 10 rebounds, but there was no evidence of his recent frustration in the final 10 seconds of Sunday's game at St. Joseph's.

With arms and bodies swarming around him after Hawk guard Marvin O'Connor missed the second of two free throws, Rhymer leaped up and hauled in the ball with UMass leading, 71-69.

Andre Howard fouled him immediately. A sub-.500 free-throw shooter, Rhymer stepped to the line and calmly sank both shots to clinch the win and end his slump.

After a promising start to his season, when Rhymer was a monster on the glass, the 6-foot-10 junior center fell into a prolonged slump. But after appearing to emerge from it Sunday with 12 points and 12 rebounds, the Virgin Islands native was smiling broadly after the game.

"I was relaxed," Rhymer said of his two crucial free throws. "I've been practicing hard. This game was a big one. My thought the whole game was to get my hands on every rebound I could."

The improvement didn't happen by accident. With a week between UMass' last game and Sunday's contest, Rhymer worked on his game with assistant coach Tony Barbee.

"He's been helping me out a lot, going over things and watching film showing me different things to do," Rhymer said.

After watching him in practice this week, Flint wasn't surprised at Rhymer's success.

"He's been struggling. He's been awful, to be honest," Flint said. "I knew he was going to have a good game because he's been great in practice this week."

Rhymer stayed out of foul trouble and played 31 minutes, his longest outing since Dec. 2. His presence helped open up things for power forward Chris Kirkland, who had 18 points and eight rebounds.

"If everybody has to pay more attention to boxing me out and stopping me," Rhymer said, "then Chris can do what he does, going to the hoop, drawing fouls and getting rebounds."

Senior guard Monty Mack said UMass might not have won without Rhymer.

"We needed it a lot. He came in and got some big rebounds and played some good defense for us," Mack said. "He dominated the boards for us. When we needed a big rebound, he came up with one for us. He hit some big free throws for us, too."

Calipari supports Flint
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 1/17/2000

PHILADELPHIA - During a season in which restless fans have called for his head, University of Massachusetts coach Bruiser Flint got an endorsement from a man whose opinion still holds weight in the Pioneer Valley.

"UMass has a terrific person and a terrific coach," former UMass coach John Calipari said of his assistant. "I remember P.J. (Carlesimo) going through the same situation at Seton Hall. They squeaked into the NCAA Tournament one year barely and then the next year they go to the Final Four and the rest is history. With Bru right now, they have young kids and a good nucleus.

"It's hard," said Calipari, who was on hand to watch his former team play Sunday. "(The fans) are spoiled up there. We had a staff of people together where all four people are head coaches. I didn't raise the bar, we raised the bar. Bruiser was part of raising the bar. So was Bill Bayno, so was John Robic, so was Ed Schilling. They were all part of it."

Calipari, who is currently an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers, had to deal with job security rumors while he was coaching the New Jersey Nets and had simple advice for Flint.

"He has to not deal with any of that and focus on what he has control over - winning basketball games, making these guys better," Calipari said. "There are some things he has no control over. Just ignore them."

Calipari is already a Micah Brand fan.

"I love the young big guy," he said. "Love him."

Of his own future, Calipari said he hopes to be a head coach again, likely in college next season, but added he isn't rushing anything.

"I don't know what's going to be there," said Calipari, who acknowledged being contacted by Memphis. "I'd like to be somewhere where you can win at the highest level and have fun doing it. I don't care how much you make, if you lose you're miserable."

With the win and a rash of upsets in conference play Saturday, the Minutemen are third in the Atlantic 10 East behind St. Bonaventure (4-0) and Temple (3-1). Monty Mack passed Billy Tindall on UMass' all-time scoring list. His 19 points Sunday gave him 1,282 in his career, good for 13th place. Next on the list is Clarence Hill, who has 1,369. After losing the first two games against his Alma Mater, Flint has owned the team he once shined for, winning the last five meetings.

Video clips
2000 Atlantic-10 Television Network

All clips in AVI format.
Jon DePina pops one of his two 3-pointers. (0.75mb)
Chris Kirkland takes what the St. Joe's defense gives him. (1.3mb)
Shannon Crooks revives Mike Babul after the hard foul. (1.6mb) (Babul was not seriously hurt on the play)

Audio clips
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Mike Babul helps the team in ways the box score won't always reflect. (file size = 110kb)
Shannon Crooks buries a late-game 3-pointer. (52kb)
Jon DePina may be short, but he's not easily pushed around. (100kb)
DePina's contributions would help an often-predictable offense. (111kb)
Monty Mack does what he does best: scores baskets. (26kb)
Kit Rhymer snares one of his 12 rebounds. (29kb)
Former Hawks coach John Griffin explains the importance of a road win. (72kb)
The UMass frontline scoring threat isn't what it used to be. (162kb)

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Massachusetts Minutemen 73
St. Joseph's Hawks 69
at St. Joseph's

                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Babul           23   0-0   1-2   1-1  1  4    1
Kirkland        37  8-15   2-2   5-8  6  2   18
Rhymer          31   3-6   6-6  3-12  0  1   12
Mack            38  8-17   1-2   0-2  4  2   19
Crooks          19   3-5   1-2   0-1  2  4    9
Depina          29   2-4   2-6   0-1  3  0    8
Smith           12   1-2   0-0   0-1  1  2    2
Brand           11   1-3   2-2   0-2  0  3    4
TOTALS         200 26-52 15-22  9-28 17 18   73

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals:
6-11, .545 (Mack 2-5, Crooks 2-3, Depina 2-3).
Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 1 (Brand).
Turnovers: 12 (Rhymer 3, Brand 2, Depina 2, Smith
2, Crooks, Kirkland, Mack). Steals: 6 (Depina 3,
Brand, Crooks, Kirkland).

                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Howard          30  6-10   0-0   1-4  3  2   12
Crenshaw        32   4-7   1-2   0-1  1  0   11
Reid            16   2-2   2-2   0-1  1  4    6
Jennings        15   0-0   0-0   1-1  2  2    0
Oconner         34 10-17   5-6   1-4  0  2   28
Brown           25   0-3   0-0   0-3  4  1    0
Wilkins         12   0-1   2-2   1-1  0  2    2
Phillips        24   2-6   4-4   1-4  5  3    8
Woods            2   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Haskins         10   1-3   0-1   0-2  1  0    2
TOTALS         200 25-49 14-17  5-22 17 16   69

Percentages: FG-.510, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals:
5-14, .357 (Crenshaw 2-3, Oconner 3-6, Brown 0-2,
Phillips 0-2, Haskins 0-1). Team rebounds: 2.
Blocked shots: 1 (Howard). Turnovers: 13
(Crenshaw 3, Howard 3, Brown 2, Oconner 2,
Jennings, Phillips, Wilkins). Steals: 6 (Brown 2,
Phillips 2, Oconner, Reid).
Massachusetts      37   36  -   73
St Josephs Pa      32   37  -   69
Technical fouls: None.  A: 3,200. Officials:
Robert Donato, Reggie Greenwood, Tom Lopes.

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