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March 1, 1971 - UMass vs. New Hampshire

  • Result: UMass 63, New Hampshire 60
  • Attendance: ?


Hoopsters At UNH Tonight
By Earle Barroll, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian Staff, March 1, 1971

Mass. Daily Collegian cartoon

Passing their test on Saturday at Madison Square Garden with a high mark the UMass hoopsters travel to Durham tonight for a game with the New Hampshire Wildcats with tap-off set for 8 p.m.

In chasing after their 22nd win in 25 outings the Redmen enter a game that appears to be a sure victory but that can turn into a nightmare if they are not ready to play.

UNH comes into this game with a dismal season in back of it and only the hopes of a miracle tonight over the Redmen to make its season worth suiting up for.

In their last two encounters the Wildcats took Rhode Island to overtime before losing and best Boston University. So they’ll be ready on their home court to give their all.

What to expect from UNH is hard to determine as they don’t play a set offense and defense throughout the game. The Wildcats improvise as the situation arises and this is what can be expected tonight.

A little razzle-dazzle here. Some funny stuff there. Anything to try to unnerve the Redmen. But teams who try this type of attack usually end up in the losers column and to be realistic this will probably be the case tonight.

Chasing the post season tournament bid they have looked for since the beginning of the season the Redmen will be raring to get at the Wildcats. The first meeting between these two teams at Amherst ended in a laugher with more of the same to be expected tonight.

For UNH, it will be starting 6’5 Dave Pemberton, 6’6 Frank Davis and 6’3 Mike Gregory up front with 6’2 Dwight Peters and 6’2 Paul Cormier in the backcourt. These five have their toughest assignment of the season ahead for tonight. If they’re ready then the game could be interesting for a while. If they choose to look ahead to next season as they are all juniors or sophomore then they could be in for the toughest night of their hoop days.

For UMass, coach Jack Leaman will be going with his same starting five of recent games that being red-hot Julius Erving, Ken Mathias and Tom McLaughlin up front with John Betancourt and Mike Pagliara in the backcourt.

Knowing what can happen if they should look ahead and not be ready to play, these starters will be ready and hungry to add another victory to their win column tonight.


Redmen Squeeze By Wildcats
By Earle Barroll, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian Staff, March 2, 1971

DURHAM, NH. - With a Springfield finish looking them in the face, the UMass hoopsters had just enough to get by a spunky, determined, ready to play New Hampshire five, 63-60 before a wild, hungry throng of Wildcat fans here last night.

In winning its 22nd game of the season against only three defeats the Redmen clinched their fourth Yankee Conference championship in a row. The loss left UNH with a season's record of 11-12 and the admiration of all those present.

All the ingredients for a Cinderella performance by the Wildcats were present. A wild, home-court crowd. Everything to gain. A possible UMass letdown. And hot shooting by Dave Pemberton, Paul Cormier and Brian Peters.

But in the end the Redmen won the game, and this is all that can be said - they just won the game.

From the outset UNH came ready to play. And from the outset, UMass was not ready to play. There is quite a difference from playing at Madison Square Garden and at UNH and it showed. This game took the trend that has occurred throughout the season against the lesser teams. UMass was just not up.

In the first stanza. UMass led most of the way, with as much as a six point lead, 28-22 with three minutes to go in the half. Peters was the chief architect of the UNH first-half success as he scored 13 points and controlled the Wildcat offense.

Julius Erving and the rest of the UMass frontcourt got off to a slow first half, playing only as well as the opposition affronted them. The outside shooting of backcourt men Mike Pagliara and John Betancourt kept the Redmen on top for the entire first half.

At the half UMass led 30-26 and everyone waited for the second half Redmen explosion.

As the second half began the Redmen went to a tight man to man defense and hit for the first five points of the stanza and a 35-26 bulge. But UNH was not ready to let the visitors open it up. Led by the shooting of Pemberton, Cormier, and Peters, and Wildcats hung close and applied constant pressure to the Redmen attack both on offense and defense.

With the score 49-46, UMass on top, Erving went to work and scored seven straight points, but while he was doing this, the home team hit for two hoops of its own, and it was 56-50 with six minutes to go.

UNH went to a deliberate offense, waited for the good shot and Pemberton threw home two buckets to close the margin to 56-54 with about four minutes to play.

Then Betancourt hit a bucket. Peters hit one for UNH. Mathias hit one of two from the line. Erving converted Mathias' missed free-throw into a hoop, and UMass was on top 61-56 with just over two minutes to go.

Now shades of Springfield moved in as UNH slowed the ball down even more and held for the good, open shot. Peters and Pemberton did this to perfection as both hit good percentage shots from the floor, and the score was 61-60, UMass on top with a half-minute to go.

UNH went into a scrambling press but some slick Redmen passing broke the press and resulted in a Betancourt layup to ice the game with 23 seconds to go.

HOOP NOTES: UMass hit 44% from the floor and a good 85% from the foul-line. UNH converted 35% from the floor and a whopping 92% from the line… Erving led the Redmen in scoring with 19 points and had only 23 rebounds… Betancourt hit for 13 points… Pagliara scored 10… Peters led all scorers with 23 points, hitting a better than 50% clip… Pemberton had 19 points and Cormier hit for seven, with most of them coming in the big second-half effort.

Erving Named Tops
By Earle Barroll, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian Staff, March 2, 1971

Julius Erving was named along with Ed Molloy of Rhode Island and Dave Pemberton of New Hampshire as the Yankee Conference’s top performers for last week, and was also selected to head the final weekly all-East Division I basketball team of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The 6'6 junior made 28 of 52 field goals, 15 of 16 free throws, scored 71 points, grabbed 49 rebounds and blocked eight shots as UMass made its record 21-3 by beating Syracuse 86-71 and George Washington at Madison Square Garden, 70-65. In his memorable performance against the Orangemen he also set a new UMass rebound record 32 to go along with his 36 points and against the Colonials he hit for another 35 points .

Molloy, 5’6 senior guard, scored 31 points, had 10 assists, nine steals and five rebounds as URI clinched second place in the Yankee Conference by defeating UNH, 86-78 in overtime and UConn, 96-78.

Pemberton, a 6'5 junior forward, made 18 of 27 field goals, seven of 11 free throws, scored 43 points, grabbed 34 rebounds and blocked five shots as UNH lost in overtime at URI and then beat Boston University in overtime. He scored 28 points with 16 rebounds at URI.

Other nominations went to Paul Bessey (Maine), Bob Boyd (UConn), John Betancourt (UMass), Ray Ortiz (Vermont), John Sterling (Maine), Bob Staak (UConn), Nate Adger (URI) and Tom Clay (Vermont).

Joining Erving on the all-East weekly team were Stan Grayson (Holy Cross), Bill Smith (Syracuse), Pemberton (UNH), Jim O'Brien (B.C.), Ken Wein (Cornell), Jay Vaughn (NYU), Brian Taylor (Princeton), Brian Mahoney (Manhattan), Mike McDermott (St. Francis) and Ken Charles (Fordham) who was named sophomore of the week.

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Post season tournament fever has set in. Everyone is now waiting impatiently for the UMass N.I.T. bid to come out of New York. This morning the NCAA tournament committee wiped out all speculation of a possible NCAA bid for UMass as it named the top three contenders, Fordham, Duquesne and Villanova to at-large berths in the Eastern Regionals. UMass had been slated as the fourth team in line for a bid late last week.

The N.I.T. committee went to work after the N.C.A.A. committee had named its ten at large births and selected St. Bonaventure (18-4), Dayton (18-7) and Tennessee (20-5) as three of its 16 team field.

All indications from the news media, officials and the like point to the Redmen as shoe-ins for the N.I.T. Word of the bid will probably be short coming. As soon as the story breaks the Collegian will have all the details.

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Tomorrow night the Redmen close out their regular season schedule up in Black Bear country when they take on the University of Maine in a 7:30 encounter.

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