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 "We didn't make our free throws, there's really no excuses for our players not shooting well at the foul line. No way is this a great basketball team. The number one thing is that we're not executing. Our veterans are playing like inexperienced players." "We didn't make our free throws, there's really no excuses for our players not shooting well at the foul line. No way is this a great basketball team. The number one thing is that we're not executing. Our veterans are playing like inexperienced players."
  
 +[{{ https://umasshoops.com/games/1995-96/1128kentucky/weeks_defense.jpg?nolink|Tyrone Weeks gets in Mark Pope's face.}}]
 [[dingle_dana|Dana Dingle]] added 19 points for Massachusetts, which ran out to a 29-10 lead and never trailed in the game. Camby scored eight points in the first 10 minutes for the Minutemen. [[dingle_dana|Dana Dingle]] added 19 points for Massachusetts, which ran out to a 29-10 lead and never trailed in the game. Camby scored eight points in the first 10 minutes for the Minutemen.
  
 "We knew they were going to make a run," said Camby. "You have to give credit to our team, our guards were outstanding. We knew they would double and triple-team me, but the guards got me the ball and I was able to do something." "We knew they were going to make a run," said Camby. "You have to give credit to our team, our guards were outstanding. We knew they would double and triple-team me, but the guards got me the ball and I was able to do something."
  
-[{{ :19951128_padilla_free_throw.jpg?direct&250|Edgar Padilla was clutch with 7-8 free throw shooting.}}] 
 Camby finished 11-of-16 from the field and made 10-of-11 free throws. Massachusetts enjoyed a 31-18 edge at the foul line, as Kentucky missed 10 free throws. The Minutemen shot 53 per cent from the field (29-of-55), while Kentucky shot 27-of-62 from the field (44 per cent). Camby finished 11-of-16 from the field and made 10-of-11 free throws. Massachusetts enjoyed a 31-18 edge at the foul line, as Kentucky missed 10 free throws. The Minutemen shot 53 per cent from the field (29-of-55), while Kentucky shot 27-of-62 from the field (44 per cent).
  
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 ``Can you imagine our two guards playing 40 minutes?" gushed Calipari. He was exaggerating, but very little. Carmelo Travieso played 36 minutes, receiving a three-minute respite in the first half. Edgar Padilla, meanwhile, played 39 consecutive minutes and change, being removed by Coach Cal in the final minute when the game's winning or losing issue was no longer in doubt. ``Can you imagine our two guards playing 40 minutes?" gushed Calipari. He was exaggerating, but very little. Carmelo Travieso played 36 minutes, receiving a three-minute respite in the first half. Edgar Padilla, meanwhile, played 39 consecutive minutes and change, being removed by Coach Cal in the final minute when the game's winning or losing issue was no longer in doubt.
  
 +[{{ :19951128_padilla_free_throw.jpg?direct&250|Edgar Padilla was clutch with 7-8 free throw shooting.}}]
 The two Puerto Rico natives had to withstand the most frightening pressure college basketball has to offer. ``Kentucky comes at you in waves and swarms," said Calipari. Padilla and Travieso had zero backcourt help because prime sub Charlton Clarke sustained a foot injury in the only minute he played. Under the relentless Kentucky pressure, they cracked on occasion. But they hung in there and they got the ball to the right place often enough for the starting frontcourt to score 68 points while scoring 24 themselves. The two Puerto Rico natives had to withstand the most frightening pressure college basketball has to offer. ``Kentucky comes at you in waves and swarms," said Calipari. Padilla and Travieso had zero backcourt help because prime sub Charlton Clarke sustained a foot injury in the only minute he played. Under the relentless Kentucky pressure, they cracked on occasion. But they hung in there and they got the ball to the right place often enough for the starting frontcourt to score 68 points while scoring 24 themselves.
  
 The five University of Massachusetts starters scored every one of the 92 points. It was one of the truly great five-man efforts in UMass history. But it represented something more than points, rebounds, assists and steals to the coach. He was looking for some things that were not to be found in any box score. The five University of Massachusetts starters scored every one of the 92 points. It was one of the truly great five-man efforts in UMass history. But it represented something more than points, rebounds, assists and steals to the coach. He was looking for some things that were not to be found in any box score.
  
-[{{ https://umasshoops.com/games/1995-96/1128kentucky/weeks_defense.jpg?nolink|Tyrone Weeks gets in Mark Pope's face.}}] 
 ``The biggest worry I had was whether or not we would play UMass basketball," said Coach Cal. ``Would we be aggressive? Would we go for the jugular? Would we play with passion and emotion? Would we dive on the floor? Would we make the extra pass? Would we play with that `refuse to lose' attitude? Those questions were answered. How we're going to play, I don't know yet. But if you play hard, you've got a chance." ``The biggest worry I had was whether or not we would play UMass basketball," said Coach Cal. ``Would we be aggressive? Would we go for the jugular? Would we play with passion and emotion? Would we dive on the floor? Would we make the extra pass? Would we play with that `refuse to lose' attitude? Those questions were answered. How we're going to play, I don't know yet. But if you play hard, you've got a chance."
  
 When Coach Cal is old and gray and he once again thinks about this game, he'll be thinking about a team that built a 19-point (29-10) first-half lead, found itself tied at halftime, then never allowed a deeper team to feel the satisfaction of a second-half lead for so much as one second or one possession. In other words, UMass took Kentucky's best comeback shot and then turned around and beat the Wildcats a second time. I would wager that when Grandpa Cal starts reminiscing about his fondest UMass memories, this game will be very close to the top of the list. When Coach Cal is old and gray and he once again thinks about this game, he'll be thinking about a team that built a 19-point (29-10) first-half lead, found itself tied at halftime, then never allowed a deeper team to feel the satisfaction of a second-half lead for so much as one second or one possession. In other words, UMass took Kentucky's best comeback shot and then turned around and beat the Wildcats a second time. I would wager that when Grandpa Cal starts reminiscing about his fondest UMass memories, this game will be very close to the top of the list.
  
 +[{{ ::19951128_dingle_move.jpg?direct&300|Dana Dingle makes a move for the lane. Photo credit: Jonathan Daniel via Getty Images.}}]
 What a sweet game it was. It was Padilla and Travieso burying early threes to give themselves some confidence. It was Donta Bright owning the baseline and playing his best game since hitting Arkansas with 24 last year. It was Dana Dingle slashing to the hoop, hitting face-up jumpers and even astonishing Minutemen hoop cognoscenti with two right-hand baskets. What a sweet game it was. It was Padilla and Travieso burying early threes to give themselves some confidence. It was Donta Bright owning the baseline and playing his best game since hitting Arkansas with 24 last year. It was Dana Dingle slashing to the hoop, hitting face-up jumpers and even astonishing Minutemen hoop cognoscenti with two right-hand baskets.
  
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