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Duquesne is primed for UMass
By Frank Dell'Apa, The Boston Globe Staff, 1/24/1995
Duquesne coach John Carroll willingly accepts his team's underdog role against visiting Massachusetts tonight.
“As a player or coach, you look forward to playing the best,” Carroll said. “You take a shot and see what happens. The reason they play these games is no one knows who is going to win. Otherwise, they would just write in the score.”
UMass, which retained its No. 1 ranking among NCAA teams in this week's polls, will be a heavy favorite in the Atlantic 10 game, but the Minutemen have struggled in recent conference games. They were extended to overtime in defeating St. Bonaventure, then edged Temple, 59-58, Saturday.
“Whoever gets a chance to knock off the No. 1 team gets at least 24 hours of publicity,” Carroll said. “You want to put yourself in a position where that's possible.”
“We beat Temple last year when everyone assumed they were going to beat us. And we beat Florida State a couple of years ago when they were ranked in the top 10.”
UMass was scheduled for a late practice at Duquesne last night as coach John Calipari returned from a recruiting trip to Utah.
Guard Edgar Padilla, who recovered from an illness in time to play against Temple, is probable for tonight's game but not yet at full strength. That means Derek Kellogg will have to spend more time on the court. Kellogg was disqualified on fouls against Temple, and UMass struggled at the end. The Minutemen were scoreless for the final 1 1/2 minutes of the game, but 6-foot- 11-inch Marcus Camby helped preserve the win by blocking the final shot of the game.
“They are a deep and talented team,” Carroll said. “They have developed a camaraderie over the last couple of years. They have a tremendous resiliency and they find a way to win.
“They can miss shots and be successful because of guys like Camby and Lou Roe. That's why they win on the road, because that rebounding will always be there. A lot of guys would match up with their perimeter guys, but what separates them from other teams is Camby and Roe.”
Temple had been the Atlantic 10's dominant team until recently. But UMass' six-game winning streak against the Owls indicates a changing of the guard.
“Temple was always very good but UMass is different because it is deeper,” Carroll said. “Every team has an Achilles' heel. With Temple, it was that they were not deep. If they had injuries or foul trouble, the team was in trouble.
“John Calipari has done a great job developing depth. He is playing lots of players, so that by the NCAA tournament, he'll have answers. He has prepared them not only to win during the season and in the Atlantic 10 tournament, but also for the second season – the NCAA tournament.
“There is a Catch-22 about it, though, because all of that substituting can hurt your continuity. Georgetown used to do the same thing. They would be winning by 22 points, then, because of the substitution patterns, the lead would be cut to 8. But they were building for the NCAA tournament. Those guys know they are going to be in it, so they prepare differently.”
Duquesne lost to George Washington Sunday, but Carroll is not discouraged. Carroll said Matt Curley of Duxbury played all but two minutes of Sunday's game and will be expected to score 7-10 points per game.
“It is difficult for a young person to bounce back when they are losing, when they are not being reinforced by wins,” Carroll said. “That is the coach's job – to give them perspective. But it will not be hard for our kids to recover from a tough week when they know they are playing the No. 1 team in the country.”
UMass romps by 50
Minutemen on fire against Duquesne
By Joe Burris, The Boston Globe Staff, 1/25/1995
PITTSBURGH – Not everyone in the Greater Pittsburgh area enjoys John Calipari's annual homecoming. The Duquesne basketball program would probably prefer that he and his team stay away.
Calipari, who grew up in nearby Moon, Pa., returns each season with the University of Massachusetts for a matchup with its Atlantic 10 foe. For the past few seasons, the UMass itinerary has been quite predictable: Coach Cal spends part of the trip visiting old stomping grounds – and his team spends 40 minutes stomping Duquesne.
Last night was no different. The No. 1-ranked Minutemen rallied from a very early 7-point deficit to take a 1-point lead with 13:19 left in the first half, then spent the remainder of the game adding to the lead. Final score: UMass 103, Duquesne 53.
It was the largest margin of victory in Calipari's seven-year tenure at UMass – and the team's largest margin of victory since it defeated Maine, 108-38, during the 1973-74 season.
A Palumbo Center crowd of 6,064 watched the Minutemen shoot a blistering 63 percent in the first half, 57 percent in the game. UMass center Marcus Camby continued his exceptional play of late, tallying 23 points to lead four Minutemen in double figures.
The Minutemen improved to 14-1 overall, 6-0 in the Atlantic 10, and are a game away from tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season (14, during the Sweet 16 campaign of 1991-92). UMass could tie the record Saturday at West Virginia.
“We played above ourselves,” said Calipari, who will visit his grandmother and college roommate today, then stop in on a local elementary school class. His players, meanwhile, will visit Children's Hospital.
“This was not about Duquesne. Duquesne is a great ball club. They beat Temple worse than we did; they beat Temple by 2, we did by 1. What happened was that they met a buzz saw tonight in us.”
This was despite the absence of starting point guard Derek Kellogg (groin pull) and backup forward Tyrone Weeks (back in the school infirmary with the flu).
With backup point guard Edgar Padilla battling a stomach virus and flu-like symptoms (he played 16 minutes), Calipari started shooting guard Mike Williams at the point along with four guys who played center in high school – including forward Dana Dingle, who was the shooting guard.
“I played shooting guard a few times over the course of the year last year,” said Dingle (12 points), who has played every position for UMass except point guard (and Calipari said he would have given that some thought had Williams gone down).
“This team really responds well to adversity,” said Calipari. “I thought the difference in the game was Mike Williams playing point guard. You have to understand that was the first time I ever played him at point guard, and he responds with 7 points, 6 assists and no turnovers. Maybe I should play him at the point more often.”
Duquesne (5-10, 2-6 after its fifth straight loss) held a 9-2 lead with 15:09 remaining in the first half, but UMass went up, 10-9, with 13:19 remaining.
Then UMass started pulling away. Lou Roe scored 7 points and Camby added 4 points and an assist in a 15-2 run, giving the Minutemen a 27-14 lead. Duquesne scored on a bucket by Terrell Bridges with 8:20 left, but UMass responded with another run.
Forcing Duquesne into off-balance shots and turnovers, the Minutemen outscored the locals, 11-2, to increase their lead to 38-18 with 4:09 left.
“We wanted to go down low because they couldn't guard Marcus or Lou,” said Williams. “Then we wanted the front-line players to kick it out and we would shoot from the outside.”
Leading, 52-26, at halftime, UMass got off to an exceptional second-half start. Roe (13 points) scored the Minutemen's first 4 points, then Williams and Padilla followed with trifectas and Camby scored on a feed from Williams to make it 64-32.
“Camby has been playing real well,” said Williams. “His confidence has gotten up. He has worked hard in practice. I have told him to get off those steroids. As long as he keep playing the way he's playing, our team is going to be really good.”
With Indiana losing to Michigan, 65-52, last night in Bloomington, Ind., UMass now owns the nation's longest on-campus winning streak – 39 straight, including 25-0 at Mullins Center.
*Note: ESPN's graphic at the end of the highlights was incorrect on the worst loss since 1938. They missed the Arizona result from 1987. (That Stanford loss was pretty nasty though, 92-27, in Cleveland on 1/1/38.)
MASSACHUSETTS (103) – Dana Dingle 3-5 6-9 12, Donta Bright 2-5 5-7 9, Jason Germain 2-2 0-0 5, Mike Williams 3-6 0-0 7, Edgar Padilla 2-2 0-0 5, Louis Roe 5-9 3-4 13, Marcus Camby 10-16 3-3 23, Carmelo Travieso 4-7 2-3 11, Jeff Meyer 2-3 2-3 6, Ted Cottrell 1-4 1-4 3, Rigoberto Nunez 1-3 1-2 3, Inus Norville 2-3 2-2 6. TOTALS: 37-65 (56.9%) 25-37 (67.6%) 103.
DUQUESNE (53) – Davlin Marshall 0-3 4-6 4, Niksa Tarle 8-11 0-0 16, Tom Pipkins 2-12 0-0 5, Justin Stright 0-1 0-0 0, Kenya Hunter 2-8 3-4 7, Mike James 1-4 0-0 2, Jamarr Jackson 0-3 0-0 0, Matt Curley 2-5 0-1 4, Chris Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Kevin Price 6-16 1-3 13, Terrell Bridges 1-3 0-1 2. TOTALS: 22-66 (33.3%) 8-15 (53.3%) 53.
HALFTIME: Massachusetts 52, Duquesne 26. 3-POINTERS: Massachusetts 4-12 (Germain 1-1, Padilla 1-1, Williams 1-4, Travieso 1-4, Nunez 0-2), Duquesne 1-12 (Pipkins 1-6, Marshall 0-1, Curley 0-1, Hunter 0-2, Jackson 0-2). REBOUNDS: Massachusetts 51 (Travieso 9), Duquesne 33 (Tarle 8). ASSISTS: Massachusetts 25 (Williams, Travieso 6), Duquesne 14 (Hunter 4). FOULED OUT: None. TOTAL FOULS: Massachusetts 17, Duquesne 26. ATTENDANCE: 6,064. RECORDS: Massachusetts 6-0/14-1, Duquesne 2-6/5-10.
Massachusetts 52 51 -- 103 Duquesne 26 27 -- 53