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Minutemen Down BABC All-Stars, 94-50, In Exhibition Game
Kyle Wilson and Shannon Crooks pace UMass attack
From UMass Athletics, 11/4/2001

AMHERST, Mass. --- Four players scored in double figures as the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team cruised to a 94-50 victory over the BABC All-Stars in an exhibition game today at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.

Freshman guard Kyle Wilson (White Rock, British Columbia) poured in a game-high 20 points, while senior guard Shannon Crooks (Boston, Mass.) tallied 18 points, as UMass posted its most-lopsided exhibition win ever in the debut of first-year Minuteman coach Steve Lappas. Wilson was six-of-seven from the field, including four-of-five from three-point range, while Crooks had a game-high seven assists, no turnovers and three steals in 27 minutes of work.

UMass never trailed in the game, and after a 2-2 tie, took the lead for good with 18:57 left in the first half on a Wilson three-pointer. BABC closed the score to 5-4 after a pair of free throws by Steve Matthews with 18:39 left, but an 11-0 UMass run, capped by a Wilson trey with 15:51 left, pushed the lead to 12 at 16-4. The closest BABC came after that was nine at the 15:10 mark on a Matthews three-pointer.

The Minutemen led by as many as 23 in the first half, and took a 43-22 lead into the locker room, as BABC shot just 18.2 percent from the field in the opening half. BABC got no closer in the second half, as UMass hit the 80-point mark with 7:17 left, and the final score marked its largest lead of the game.

Junior forward Micah Brand (Middletown, N.Y.) tallied 16 points for UMass, while senior center Kitwana Rhymer (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) had 12 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. BABC was led by former Minuteman Jonathan DePina's nine points off the bench.

UMass hit 47.8 percent from the field for the game, while holding BABC to 23.9 percent shooting. The Minutemen hit 52.6 percent from three-point range, and 76.9 percent from the free throw line, while outrebounding BABC, 55-34, en route to their sixth exhibition win in their last seven attempts.

Game Notes: UMass senior forward Jackie Rogers (Syracuse, N.Y.) missed the game with a hamstring injury, while sophomore guard Anthony Anderson (Lynn, Mass.) did not play due to a coaches decision...Minutemen will play their second and final exhibition game on Nov. 12 against the EA All-Stars before opening the regular season against Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 16.


Wilson lights it up for UMass
By Matt Vautour, The Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 11/5/2001

AMHERST - Highlighted by an impressive shooting debut from Kyle Wilson, the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team gave its fans plenty of reasons for optimism Sunday. The Minutemen pounded the BABC All Stars, 94-50, in an exhibition basketball at the Mullins Center.

The much-anticipated Steve Lappas motion offense produced plenty of points from several scorers. Four players were in double figures.

"We had 22 assists on 32 baskets," Lappas said. "When we're playing motion the right way, that's what you'll see. We made a lot of mistakes, but things that are correctable."

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Kyle Wilson and ex-Minuteman Jonathan DePina battle for the ball.
Starting in place of point guard Anthony Anderson, who was serving a one-game suspension for a team-rules violation, Wilson made his first five shots, all 3-pointers. For a while it looked like Wilson might challenge Marcus Camby's exhibition record of 31 points, but he finished with 20 points. He did have six turnovers to go with his three assists, three steals and six rebounds.

"I was really nervous today," Wilson said. "But I decided to just go all out and let it happen. Coming out and hitting some shots and contributing to the team is what I've dreamed about."

Freed of last-year's point-guard duties, Shannon Crooks played well offensively, displaying a better shooting touch than he has in previous years. He had 18 points and made 4-of-5 3-pointers. He had seven assists and no turnovers.

"You can't play much better than that," Lappas said.

"From the first day that they got here the coaching staff has been working with me on my shot, changing some things," Crooks said. "When you work on your shot you expect to shoot pretty well."

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Wilson tries to get around DePina.
In addition to Wilson, Raheim Lamb, Brennan Martin and walk-on guard Paco Kotaridis all made their UMass debuts. With Anderson out of the lineup, Kotaridis saw significant time as the back-up point guard.

Former UMass guard Jonathan DePina, who was a late addition to the BABC roster, had nine points to lead the All-Stars. He received a warm reception from the Mullins crowd.

None of the candidates to play small forward emerged as a front-runner. Lamb was the highest scorer of the bunch with nine.

"I have to look at the tape," Lappas said. "They all played hard and they all chipped in, but there was nothing clear."

A Crooks jumper opened the scoring and the Minutemen promptly opened a 16-4 lead.

UMass extended its lead throughout the game. The final margin was the biggest of the evening.

NOTES: Senior forward Jackie Rogers was out of action with a slightly pulled thigh muscle. Lappas said it wasn't serious.


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2001 UMassHoops.com

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Video clip Micah Brand drops in the short hook. (file size = 120k)
Video clip Raheim Lamb pulls up on the baseline. (160k)
Video clip "Paco" Kotaridis gives it up to Eric Williams. (176k)


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BABC All-Stars 50
Massachusetts Minutemen 94
at the Mullins Center

OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E   T O T A L S
BABC All-Stars vs Massachusetts
11/04/01  3:00 p.m. at Amherst, MA(Mullins Center)
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VISITORS: BABC All-Stars
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
No.     N A M E           FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
04 MCCRAE,Eggie         *  0-5    0-0    0-0    2  0  2   2   0   1  3  0  0  23
23 DELGADO,Dan          *  2-14   1-8    2-2    2  1  3   0   7   1  1  0  2  27
30 BROWN,James          *  2-4    1-2    1-2    2  1  3   5   6   0  1  0  1  12
31 MATTHEWS,Steve       *  2-4    2-4    2-3    0  1  1   2   8   0  3  0  0  24
32 AVEBE,Jon            *  4-14   0-0    0-0    5  2  7   5   8   0  2  1  3  24
03 DEPINA,Jonathan         3-9    3-8    0-0    1  0  1   1   9   3  0  0  2  25
05 SALESMAN,Curt           3-9    0-1    1-2    2  2  4   2   7   0  3  0  2  19
22 ROBERTS,Roger           1-8    1-7    2-2    0  0  0   1   5   2  1  0  1  11
33 SHEPPARD,Peter          0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0   0  1  0  0   9
42 BURTON,Jim              0-1    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   0   0   0  1  0  1  11
44 FERMINO,Joe             0-3    0-0    0-0    1  4  5   1   0   1  1  0  0  15
TEAM ........................................   2  3  5
TOTALS                    17-71   8-30   8-11  19 15 34  20  50   8 17  1 12 200

TOT-FG 1stH:  6-32 18.8%  2ndH: 11-39 28.2%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 23.9% Deadbl
3pt-FG 1stH:  3-14 21.4%  2ndH:  5-16 31.3%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 26.7%  Rebs
FThrow 1stH:  7-9  77.8%  2ndH:  1-2  50.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 72.7%   3, 3

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HOME TEAM: Massachusetts
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
No.     N A M E           FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
01 JENKINS,Willie       f  1-5    0-3    0-0    2  1  3   0   2   0  0  2  0  16
40 BRAND,Micah          f  5-8    0-0    6-7    2  4  6   1  16   1  0  2  1  25
33 RHYMER,Kitwana       c  3-8    0-0    6-8    5  4  9   1  12   1  2  1  0  24
11 WILSON,Kyle          g  6-7    5-6    3-4    0  6  6   0  20   3  6  0  3  31
30 CROOKS,Shannon       g  6-10   4-5    2-4    1  3  4   1  18   7  0  0  3  27
00 MARTIN,Brennan          0-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   0   0  0  0  2  12
03 BLIZZARD,Ronell         2-4    0-0    0-0    0  3  3   3   4   0  2  2  1   8
14 KOTARIDIS,Paco          0-1    0-1    0-0    1  0  1   1   0   3  0  0  1   9
21 WILLIAMS,Eric           3-7    0-1    0-0    2  6  8   1   6   3  3  0  1  21
22 KILLINGS,Dwayne         0-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   3
24 PUGH,Jameel             2-7    1-2    2-2    3  2  5   1   7   1  0  1  1  11
34 LAMB,Raheim             4-6    0-0    1-1    3  2  5   0   9   3  3  0  0  13
TEAM ........................................   2  3  5
TOTALS                    32-67  10-19  20-26  21 34 55  11  94  22 16  8 13 200

TOT-FG 1stH: 12-25 48.0%  2ndH: 20-42 47.6%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 47.8% Deadbl
3pt-FG 1stH:  7-11 63.6%  2ndH:  3-8  37.5%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 52.6%  Rebs
FThrow 1stH: 12-18 66.7%  2ndH:  8-8  100.%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 76.9%   2, 1
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OFFICIALS:   Joe Mingle, Joe Piscatelli, Bill McCarthy
TECHNICAL FOULS:
BABC All-Stars                -  none
Massachusetts                 -  none
ATTENDANCE:   2,854
SCORE BY PERIODS:                  1st  2nd  OT1  OT2  OT3  OT4   TOTAL
BABC All-Stars                      22   28                          50
Massachusetts                       43   51                          94

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