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Chaminade/UMass Recap
From The Associated Press, 11/25/96

LAHAINA, Hawaii - James Flint didn't know who was more nervous -- he or his players -- for 15th-ranked Massachusetts' season-opener.

Video clip: Charlton Clarke steals & scores.
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Flint, making his debut as coach of the Minutemen after replacing John Calipari, got a win, 59-48 over Chaminade in the Maui Invitational opener Monday.

"When I woke up this morning, I was ready to play," he said. "I just wanted to get this one out of the way."

But when his team took the floor, it wasn't what he expected.

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Charlton Clarke with another interception.
"We didn't get off to a good start," he said, after the Minutemen fell behind 13-8. "We weren't hitting and we were rushing. We were getting off quick shots and they made for easy baskets for them (Chaminade).

"But once we settled down, and got the ball inside, we were OK."

Getting the ball inside to UMass' bulkier front line was the key to victory. Of the Minutemen's 36 rebounds, 15 were off the offensive boards and they led to 18 points.

Tyrone Weeks, who is expected to take up the slack left by the depature of All-America Marcus Camby, scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, five off missed shots by teammates.

"We have to have post presence," Flint said. "That's our game -- get the ball inside and play. But it was our first game and it's going to take time before we get the right chemistry."

Chaminade's Al Walker, also coaching his first game, agreed that lack of size was a problem for the undersized Silverswords.

"That's why we tried to spread the floor with four perimeter players," he said. "But it's tough to get shots off against good defensive teams like UMass."

Carmelo Travieso had 16 points for UMass. Darnell Clavon led Chaminade with 19 points.


UMass opens with win, 59-48
By Marty Dobrow, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff, 11/25/96

MAUI - Bruiser Flint admits that he was nervous before his much-anticipated first game as a head coach Monday.

Audio clip: Bruiser Flint's post-game comments.
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"No question," he said. "It was my first game. I just wanted to get it over with."

It's over now, and the results were successful -- if not emphatically so -- a 59-48 victory over host Chaminade in the opening game of Monday's Maui Invitational. The game was played at 9 a.m. Hawaiian time (2 p.m. EST) at the Lahaina Civic Center, which is perched on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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Carmelo Travieso takes it right through the little Chaminade defense.
"I thought we played hard," Flint said. "But at times we relaxed when we should have buried them."

UMass was led by the spirited play of Tyrone Weeks. The senior forward scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and careened to the floor on at least five occasions in quest of loose balls. He also logged a game-high 37 minutes.

"That's what I was taught to do, play physical," said Weeks. "We have to do whatever it takes."

Senior guard Carmelo Travieso added 16 points.

Darnell Clavon paced the Silverswords with 19 points, knocking down four 3-pointers.

UMass struggled early against Chaminade's motion offense, 3-point accuracy and packed-in zone defense. The Silverswords tried to compensate for a significant size difference by forcing the Minutemen to shoot from the perimeter. UMass rushed its offense and struggled to score. Consequently, Chaminade led fairly late in the first half.

"We did a nice job collapsing on their interior players, and they didn't shoot the ball," said Chaminade coach Al Walker. UMass led by nine at the half, 32-23, and opened the lead to as many as 15 but never really pulled away. The Minutemen played excellent halfcourt defense for much of the second half, forcing several shot-clock violations and a number of desperation shots to avoid the buzzer.

The UMass task gets more difficult on Tuesday. The Minutemen say farewell to Div. 2 opponents and take on [Virginia] in the semifinals at 7 p.m. EST (ESPN).


Massachusetts Minutemen (#15) 59
Chaminade Silverswords 48
The Maui Invitational, First Round
at the Lahaina Civic Center, Maui HI

MASSACHUSETTS (59)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Smith           18   0-0   0-0   2-2  2  0    0
Weeks           37  8-15   3-6  5-11  0  1   19
Norville        10   1-2   1-2   0-1  0  1    3
Padilla         32   2-7   0-0   0-3  5  2    5
Travieso        31  6-13   2-2   3-5  3  1   16
Clarke          17   3-6   1-1   0-0  1  1    7
Ketner          21   3-8   0-0   1-5  1  2    6
Babul           17   1-2   0-0   1-3  1  2    2
Basit           12   0-3   1-2   0-1  0  1    1
Kirkland         5   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
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TOTALS         200 24-56  8-13 12-31 14 11   59
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Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.615. 3-Point Goals:
3-12, .250 (Padilla 1-5, Travieso 2-5, Clarke
0-1, Ketner 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked
shots: 4 (Ketner 3, Weeks). Turnovers: 11
(Travieso 4, Clarke 2, Norville 2, Padilla,
Smith, Weeks). Steals: 7 (Clarke 2, Padilla 2,
Travieso 2, Weeks).

CHAMINADE (48)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Cephas          34  3-13   0-0   1-5  2  3    8
Antonio         26   3-4   0-0   0-4  0  2    9
Umbarger        33   1-1   0-0   3-3  3  4    2
Farrell         31   0-5   0-0   0-1  3  1    0
Clavon          34  6-17   3-5   1-7  1  2   19
Tracy           11   1-1   0-0   0-1  0  0    2
Rivera          16   1-3   0-0   1-2  0  0    3
Davis            6   1-1   0-0   0-0  0  1    3
Bowling          4   1-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    2
Alleyne          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Goller           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Munsterteiger    1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Rose             1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Halmos           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 17-46   3-5  6-23  9 13   48
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Percentages: FG-.370, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals:
11-25, .440 (Cephas 2-9, Antonio 3-3, Farrell
0-3, Clavon 4-7, Rivera 1-2, Davis 1-1). Team
rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Umbarger 2).
Turnovers: 16 (Cephas 4, Antonio 3, Clavon 3,
Bowling 2, Davis, Rivera). Steals: 6 (Clavon 2,
Umbarger 2, Antonio, Cephas).
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Massachusetts      32   27  -   59
Chaminade          23   25  -   48
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 2,500. Officials: Tom
Rucker, Jeff Nichols, Dick Cartnell.

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