A second stunner
It's Temple of doom as 5th-ranked UMass is flattened
By Joe Burris, Boston Globe Staff, 2/24/1995
PHILADELPHIA – For the remainder of the season, forget about momentum-building wins or damaging losses. Assume they're as good or as bad as their last outing – that after 20 victories and four months of overcoming a slew of setbacks, they begin every game at square one.
This is the University of Massachusetts' predicament. On Sunday, the fifth- ranked Minutemen clawed and scrapped to a 16-point win over Louisville, their second straight decisive victory. Last night at Temple, UMass abandoned that approach, replacing it with the sluggish, error-filled effort that in recent weeks has spelled trouble and losses.
Temple led by as many as 15 points in both halves, then held off UMass rallies to claim a 72-63 upset before a McGonigle Hall sellout crowd of 3,900 that stormed the court in celebration afterward.
The Minutemen fell to 20-4 overall, 10-3 in the Atlantic 10, and would have lost by a greater margin had it not been for the exceptional play of center Marcus Camby (25 points, 13 boards, a career-high-tying 8 blocks).
Temple (16-8, 9-5) snapped a six-game losing streak against UMass. The Owls were led by freshman guard Johnny Miller (25 points) and senior guard Rick Brunson of Salem, Mass. (21 points, 7 assists). The younger, smaller Owls came up with key baskets throughout, draining 10 3-pointers and allowing UMass to lead just once, 33-32 with 19:48 left.
“We came out a little flat, but you have to give Temple credit; they wanted it,” said Camby. “We didn't expect them to hit their 3-point baskets as much. When they started hitting the threes, they really got going.”
Excluding their suspended game against Rutgers, the Minutemen have lost three of their last six, all in the league. If they do not fix a few glaring weaknesses, they might be in for another disheartening stretch.
The most glaring weakness last night was the UMass guard play, which cannot afford many mistakes because of the loss of senior Mike Williams (season-ending suspension) and freshman Andre Burks (season-ending knee surgery).
Starting point guard Derek Kellogg, starting shooting guard Edgar Padilla (also Kellogg's backup) and backup shooting guard Carmelo Travieso combined to go 3 for 24 from the field and committed nine of UMass' 17 turnovers.
“Right now, with only three guys, if someone comes out flat, there is no one there to replace him,” said Kellogg, who picked up his fourth foul with 18:01 remaining in the game and went to the bench but was forced to reenter to replace the sluggish Padilla, who picked up his third foul with 16:50 remaining.
“Tonight neither of us played well. Right now I'm looking at each game as a new game, but I was hoping we could gain some momentum going into the tournament.”
Temple led, 25-10, with 10:45 remaining in the first half before UMass rallied to within 32-31 at the break. UMass took the lead on the first bucket of the second half as Camby tipped in a Lou Roe miss, but Temple moved ahead for good at 19:07 on a 3-point basket by Miller. With 16:50 left, Miller sank two free throws to give the Owls a 39-33 lead.
Camby scored back-to-back buckets to pull the Minutemen within 39-37, but Temple answered with a 7-2 run for a 46-39 lead with 14:35 left. Leading, 54-48, the Owls staged another run, scoring 7 straight points to make it 61-48 with 8:00 left.
With 6:48 remaining, Miller banked in a 3-point attempt to beat the shot clock, giving Temple a 64-49 lead and sending the crowd into bedlam. UMass came no closer than 67-61 with 1:09 left.
“We tried to fight back, but our guys didn't shoot the ball well,” said UMass coach John Calipari. “Our guys played with courage, but we have to shoot the ball better.”
Officials at the Spectrum, site of next Friday's continuation of the UMass- Rutgers suspended game, said tickets from the original game (Feb. 7) will not be honored and must be exchanged at Rutgers for admission. Tickets cost $6.
MASSACHUSETTS (63) – Dana Dingle 1-2 2-2 4, Donta Bright 2-8 1-2 5, Edgar Padilla 0-9 0-2 0, Derek Kellogg 2-8 0-0 6, Louis Roe 4-9 8-10 16, Marcus Camby 11-20 3-6 25, Carmelo Travieso 1-7 0-2 3, Tyrone Weeks 1-2 2-4 4. TOTALS: 22-65 (33.8%) 16-28 (57.1%) 63.
TEMPLE (72) – Huey Futch 1-4 1-2 3, Johnny Miller 8-21 2-2 25, Rick Brunson 6-15 7-9 21, Levan Alston 1-5 4-4 7, William Cunningham 1-4 1-3 3, Jason Ivey 2-3 0-0 4, Lamond Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Lynard Stewart 2-6 0-0 4, Derrick Battie 2-4 1-4 5. TOTALS: 23-62 (37.1%) 16-25 (64.0%) 72.
HALFTIME: Temple 32, Massachusetts 31. 3-POINTERS: Temple 10-26 (Miller 7-15, Brunson 2-6, Alston 1-3, Futch 0-1, Stewart 0-1), Massachusetts 3-19 (Kellogg 2-7, Travieso 1-7, Padilla 0-5). REBOUNDS: Temple 41 (Cunningham 8), Massachusetts 54 (Camby 13). ASSISTS: Temple 14 (Brunson 7), Massachusetts 12 (Padilla 6). FOULED OUT: Ivey, Battie. TOTAL FOULS: Temple 24, Massachusetts 23. ATTENDANCE: 3,900. RECORDS: Temple 9-5/16-8, Massachusetts 10-3/20-4.
Massachusetts 31 32 -- 63 Temple 32 40 -- 72