UMass gets OT scare
Camby, Minutemen fend off St. Joseph's
By Frank Dell'Apa, The Boston Globe Staff, 1/11/1996
PHILADELPHIA – Neither sleet, snow nor inconsistent foul shooting can keep the University of Massachusetts from its appointed rounds. The Minutemen stretched their winning streak to 13 and defended their No. 1 ranking by holding off St. Joseph's, 94-89, in overtime in an Atlantic 10 Conference game last night.
Though St. Joseph's resourcefulness posed a threat to UMass, the Minutemen retained their poise in a game postponed 24 hours because of a snowstorm that prevented them from arriving until late Tuesday night.
UMass (13-0 overall, 2-0 conference) squandered a 6-point lead in the final 25 seconds of regulation but capitalized on the inside dominance of Marcus Camby (30 points) and the perimeter quickness of Edgar Padilla and Carmelo Travieso. Camby controlled the opening tip in overtime, leading to Donta Bright's jumper for an 81-79 lead 22 seconds later, and the Minutemen never trailed. The guards put the finishing touches on the contest as Travieso deflected a pass on St. Joseph's final meaningful possession and Padilla converted the clinching layup with seven seconds remaining.
“St. Joseph's controlled how the game was being played,” UMass coach John Calipari said. “Thank goodness Marcus is as good as he is.
“I keeping telling Marcus he is the best player in the country, to enjoy and take advantage of it. He should take 20-25 shots a game and get 35 points. If teams don't double-team Marcus, he'll get 35 or 40 points, and some night he's going to get 50. And if they would have double-teamed him, he would have had 10 assists.”
Indeed, though Camby's statistics were impressive, St. Joseph's choice not to pay extra attention to him nearly paid off.
But the Hawks (4-5, 0-1) might have been overly phlegmatic about Camby for part of the overtime. They matched 5-foot-9-inch Mark Bass on Camby on the weak side of their zone, and Camby predictably scored an easy layup for an 83-81 lead with 3:47 remaining. Reggie Townsend countered with a baseline drive to tie the score, but then Padilla gave UMass an 86-83 lead with a 3- pointer with 2:44 to go. The Hawks rallied within 2 (91-89) on Townsend's drive with 36 seconds remaining, but UMass held on despite missing four of its final six foul shots.
“We are confident at the line, but we just had a couple of bad bounces,” Travieso said.
The Minutemen won despite their free throw shooting, not because of it. They were just 13 for 22 at the line after halftime. Meanwhile, St. Joseph's remained in contention by sinking its final six free throws in regulation – including three by Terrell Myers, who had been fouled by Donta Bright on an improbable 30-foot attempt in the final second, which sent the contest into overtime.
“When we were up 6, I thought we would win the game,” Calipari said. “There were some surprising kinds of plays at the end, but those happen when you are on the road.
“If St. Joseph's plays like that, they are an NCAA tournament team. At some point, I thought they were going to quit, but they didn't. The top of our league is as good as any in the country, and our league is as good as any in the country.
“We haven't played better offense than we played last night. If we shoot 40 percent, we lose by 15-18. People have come to expect us to throw shutouts defensively. But we had breakdowns from everyone. And St. Joseph's was waiting until somebody broke down.”
UMass performed with confidence, despite the defensive failures and missed free throws. Padilla scored 20 points on nine field goal attempts and Bright had 12 points on four shots. Camby blocked five shots and Dana Dingle had 10 rebounds.
“I told the team one thing after the game,” Calipari said. “Learn from this and improve. Let's move on.”
Minutemen keep winning, unbeaten streak hits 17
By Candice Flemming and Justin C. Smith, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian Staff, January 30, 1996 (first publication after winter break)
The Minutemen entered the break with a perfect 6-0 record and future tough matchups against the likes of No. 21 Georgia Tech, No. 13 Syracuse and No. 3 Memphis. But the Minutemen continued their winning ways, running their unbeaten record to 17-0. Here’s a recap of UMass' games over the break.
Massachusetts 94, St. Joseph's 89 (OT)
Jan. 10 at the Alumni Memorial Field House
The upset-minded Hawks took UMass to overtime but the Minutemen pulled out the victory on the strength of a 34-point, nine-rebound and five-block effort by Camby.
The game was sent into overtime after Terrell Myers sank three free throws with nine tenths of a second left, making it 79-79. UMass outscored the Hawks 15-10 in the overtime-period to claim the victory. Padilla finished with 20 points and eight assists while Travieso added 16 points.
MASSACHUSETTS (94) – Dana Dingle 3-5 4-7 10, Donta Bright 3-4 6-6 12, Edgar Padilla 7-9 3-5 20, Marcus Camby 13-24 8-13 34, Carmelo Travieso 5-11 2-5 16, Tyrone Weeks 0-0 0-0 0, Rigoberto Nunez 0-0 0-0 0, Inus Norville 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 32-54 (59.3%) 23-36 (63.9%) 94.
ST. JOSEPH'S (89) – Terrell Myers 0-3 5-5 5, Mark Bass 4-12 3-3 14, Rashid Bey 6-14 2-3 15, Bob DelVescovo 0-0 0-0 0, Nemanja Petrovic 1-4 5-6 8, Dameon Page 1-1 0-0 2, Duval Simmonds 2-2 1-1 5, Will Johnson 4-5 0-0 8, Reggie Townsend 9-12 1-1 19, Dmitri Domani 5-7 2-3 13. TOTALS: 32-60 (53.3%) 19-22 (86.4%) 89.
HALFTIME: Massachusetts 43, St. Joseph's 43. REGULATION: Massachusetts 79, St. Joseph's 79. 3-POINTERS: Massachusetts 7-13 (Travieso 4-8, Padilla 3-4, Camby 0-1), St. Joseph's 6-16 (Bass 3-9, Petrovic 1-1, Domani 1-1, Bey 1-3, Myers 0-2). REBOUNDS: Massachusetts 33 (Dingle 10), St. Joseph's 24 (Johnson 6). ASSISTS: Massachusetts 18 (Padilla 8), St. Joseph's 23 (Bey 9). FOULED OUT: Johnson, Domani. TOTAL FOULS: Massachusetts 20, St. Joseph's 25. ATTENDANCE: 3,200. RECORDS: Massachusetts 2-0/13-0, St. Joseph's 0-1/4-5.
Massachusetts 43 36 15 -- 94 St. Joseph's 43 36 10 -- 89