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 +====== January 25, 1992 - Duquesne vs. UMass======
 +  * Season: [[season_1991-92|1991-92]]
 +  * Date: Saturday, January 25, 1992
 +  * Opponent: [[opponent_duquesne|Duquesne]]
 +  * Start Time: ?
 +  * Site: [[Curry Hicks Cage]]
 +  * Special Event: [[atlantic_10|Atlantic 10]] Regular Season
  
 +=====Recaps=====
 +==== UMass Athletics ====
 +//From the UMass Basketball 1992-93 Media Guide, published by [[http://​www.umassathletics.com|UMass Athletics]]//​
 +
 +Duquesne entered the game as the highest scoring team in the A-10, averaging 81.4 per contest, but was only able to manage 68 points, 29 in the second half, against a consistently swarming UMass defense. ​ The Minutemen matched their season-high winning streak of five (four-straight in the A-10) while holding their opponent to 68 points or less for the third consecutive contest.
 +
 +UMass increased its 44-39 halftime advantage throughout the second half as the final buzzer sounded the hosts' biggest lead.  Jim McCoy and Harper Williams each scored a team high 15.  It was a career night for three players who started the season on the UMass bench. ​ Mike Williams started his third consecutive contest and responded with a career-high 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting while handing out five assists in 21 minutes. ​ Kennard Robinson, also in his third consecutive start, scored a career-high seven in seven minutes. ​ Lou Roe came off the bench to match his career-high rebounding total of ten.
 +
 +==== Boston Globe ====
 +**UMass scuffles, but works it out**\\
 +By Mark Blaudschun, [[http://​www.boston.com/​globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 1/26/1992
 +
 +AMHERST -- No one has to tell [[calipari_john|John Calipari]]'​s team the value of hard work. The University of Massachusetts coach believes in the work ethic as a cure for any ailment his team is suffering from.
 +
 +Last night at Curry Hicks Cage, it was that, more than almost anything else, that proved to be the difference in an 87-68 Atlantic 10 victory over a Duquesne team that worked almost as hard but didn't have the overall talent of UMass.
 +
 +"We knew that we just had to wear them down, wear them down," said center Harper Williams, who had 15 points and was one of four Minutemen in double figures. "​Finally,​ we got them."
 +
 +For the most part, the Minutemen have gotten almost everyone this season. Last night'​s victory raised their overall record to 16-3, the second-best start in school history. More importantly,​ it improved them to 4-2 in the Atlantic 10 and gave them a big boost going into Tuesday night'​s game at Temple, a team that has compiled a 20-0 record against UMass.
 +
 +"​We'​ve got 10 games left," said Calipari, who seems to have his team playing in sync again after an 0-2 start in the league. "And we're going to try to win as many as we can and see what happens at the end."
 +
 +"The end" is the NCAA tournament, the goal the Minutemen are pointing at.
 +
 +Last night'​s game proved that they can struggle and make mistakes, then find their game quickly enough and long enough to pull away to what looks like a relatively easy win.
 +
 +The Minutemen used two quick bursts to gain their edge. In the first half, a Williams dunk was the catalyst for a spurt that gave the Minutemen the breathing room for a 44-39 halftime lead.
 +
 +In the second half, it was another dunk by Williams and two quick baskets by Jim McCoy that turned a 50-46 lead with 14:49 left into a 66-50 advantage with 9:13 remaining.
 +
 +Duquesne (8-8, 3-5), which has more stamina and aggressiveness than talent, tried to make a comeback behind senior guard James Hargrove, who led all scorers with 26 points.
 +
 +But Hargrove -- who made 10 of 18 shots, picked up five assists and had two blocked shots before fouling out -- could not make up for the overall depth and tenacity of the Minutemen.
 +
 +Part of the recent success of UMass has been the added depth gained by the use of 6-foot-10-inch Kennard Robinson and 6-2 guard Mike Williams as starters instead of Anton Brown and Willie Herndon.
 +
 +"I think I'm going to stick with it for a while,"​ said Calipari, who now feels he has a nine-man rotation, which will be beneficial during the season'​s crunch time and the tournament. "We just wore them down using eight and nine guys shuffling in and out."
 +
 +Calipari used a bit of superstition as well when he switched his team to all-black shoes.
 +
 +"If we had played poorly, I was going to switch back to white,"​ said Calipari, laughing.
 +
 +He can afford to laugh. He feels he has the Minutemen back on course toward not only an Atlantic 10 title, but also an NCAA bid.
 +
 +Even the spectre of Temple does not faze him.
 +
 +"If we lose, we're still 16-4," said Calipari. "I told our team it's just another game."
 +
 +And, perhaps, just another win.
 +
 +===== Box Score =====
 +
 +{{tag>"​Duquesne"​ "Work in Progress"​}}
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