#1 Massachusetts 93, #21 Penn 60
From The Associated Press, 1/14/1995
AMHERST, Mass. – Lou Roe, who saves his best games for his best opponents, dominated inside with 23 points and 10 rebounds as top-ranked Massachusetts routed No. 21 Pennsylvania 93-60 Saturday night.
The Minutemen (11-1) stretched a 49-28 halftime lead to 59-30 with a 10-2 run during which Roe had 4 points. The Quakers (8-2) trailed by margins ranging from 27 to 39 the rest of the way.
Roe, coming off three straight sub-par performances, had scored 34 points against Arkansas and 33 against Kansas in Massachusetts' first two games. The 6-foot-7 forward reasserted himself under the basket Saturday, repeatedly overpowering defenders for layups and rebounds.
The victory stretched Massachusetts' on-campus winning streak to 38 games, second-longest in the nation behind Indiana's 50. The Minutemen won their 10th straight overall while ending Penn's winning streak at eight.
UMass does number
No. 21 Penn left quaking after rout
By Joe Burris, Boston Globe Staff, 1/15/1995
AMHERST – So much for the big upset. That notion was gone after the first 10 minutes, when the University of Massachusetts showed it would not duplicate its sluggish performances of late.
The No. 1-ranked Minutemen got their act together in time to make No. 21 Pennsylvania look clearly out of its league. It was one of those nights UMass has it all – pinpoint shooting, tenacious post play, stingy defense, claw-and-scrap tendencies – and the opposition crumbles like wheat crackers.
The Minutemen's 93-60 rout was enough to surprise coach John Calipari, who figured his team would close out its six-game, 12-day stint with a decent effort – particularly since several players came to practice on Friday an hour early to prepare.
Yet Calipari had no idea his team would stage one of the best performances of his seven-year tenure.
“I don't know if I have ever been more proud of a team that I have coached,” said Calipari, whose squad improved to 11-1 overall and won its 10th straight and its 38th in a row on campus.
The Minutemen shot a blistering 57 percent, grabbed 49 rebounds and had 7 blocks – yet turned the ball over just 7 times. That enabled them to jump out to a 21-point first-half lead en route to the largest margin of victory ever at the Mullins Center.
“Can you imagine, six games in 12 days, playing a team that had a week off – and coming out and giving this effort?” said Calipari. “That's as well as we can play. This should not take away from a good Penn team because they are very good.
“The problem is they hit a buzzsaw today. Today, it wouldn't have mattered who we played. The score would have been very similar.”
Leading the way for the Minutemen was leading scorer and rebounder Lou Roe, bolting out of a midseason slump to tally 23 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-7-inch power forward keyed an inside game that limited Penn's starting interior of Shawn Trice and Eric Moore to 9 points combined, 16 below their average.
“I pretty much stayed focused; we had a good day of practice Friday and I felt comfortable going into the game,” said Roe. “I did what I needed to do to win the game.”
Outside, UMass was led by guard Mike Williams, who tallied 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Forward Donta Bright followed with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting.
The hottest Minuteman of late, center Marcus Camby, played only 19 minutes because of foul trouble, yet still had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. “I thought I had more blocks than that, but the statistician hurts me every time,” said Camby.
Penn probably would agree with Camby. The Quakers, who entered the game shooting 48 percent (including 41 percent from 3-point distance), shot 38 percent in both categories last night, having every shot contested.
Trailing, 10-2, Penn scored on a 3-point basket by Scott Kegler and a putback by Moore to cut the lead to 10-7 with 14:53 left in the half. Then UMass stepped up its offensive and defensive intensity, and with a sellout crowd cheering at a deafening level, staged a 14-2 run to go ahead, 24-9, with 11:24 left.
Six players scored in the run, the first being Bright, who nailed a 17- foot baseline jumper. The last was Edgar Padilla, who followed a Williams 3-pointer with a trey of his own. UMass never was threatened after that, going ahead, 40-20, with 3:25 to go before the break.
“Because they play on television a lot, we probably have more film on UMass than any team,” said Penn coach Fran Dunphy. “And they did exactly the things we thought they would. But we just didn't respond well to them.”
UMass now has five days rest before traveling to Providence for an Atlantic-10 matchup against Rhode Island Thursday. Earlier this week, the team was talking about a well-deserved rest. “After going undefeated in 12 days I feel stronger,” said Roe.
“We had a lot to prove before this game. People were saying we were going to lose, and it made us confident.”
PENNSYLVANIA (60) – Jamie Lyren 0-0 0-0 0, John Krikorian 0-0 0-0 0, Cedric Laster 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Maloney 2-7 5-6 10, Ira Bowman 4-7 1-3 9, Garett Kreitz 1-1 0-0 3, Donald Moxley 1-1 1-3 3, George Zaninovich 0-2 0-0 0, Scott Kegler 1-4 0-0 3, Tim Krug 2-9 1-2 5, Eric Moore 2-6 1-4 5, Nat Graham 3-4 0-1 7, Shawn Trice 2-7 0-0 4, Jerome Allen 4-12 1-2 9, Vigor Kapetanovic 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 23-61 (37.7%) 10-21 (47.6%) 60.
MASSACHUSETTS (93) – Dana Dingle 2-3 0-2 4, Donta Bright 6-10 4-7 16, Jason Germain 0-1 0-0 0, Mike Williams 6-13 2-2 17, Edgar Padilla 1-6 0-0 3, Derek Kellogg 1-2 0-0 3, Louis Roe 10-14 3-3 23, Marcus Camby 6-10 3-4 15, Carmelo Travieso 0-0 0-0 0, Jeff Meyer 0-3 2-2 2, Tyrone Weeks 0-1 0-0 0, Ted Cottrell 0-0 0-0 0, Rigoberto Nunez 0-1 2-2 2, Inus Norville 3-3 2-4 8. TOTALS: 35-67 (52.2%) 18-26 (69.2%) 93.
HALFTIME: Massachusetts 49, Pennsylvania 28. 3-POINTERS: Massachusetts 5-16 (Williams 3-8, Kellogg 1-2, Padilla 1-5, Germain 0-1), Pennsylvania 4-17 (Kreitz 1-1, Graham 1-1, Kegler 1-2, Maloney 1-6, Bowman 0-1, Zaninovich 0-1, Krug 0-1, Trice 0-1, Allen 0-3). REBOUNDS: Massachusetts 49 (Roe 10), Pennsylvania 33 (Moore, Trice 5). ASSISTS: Massachusetts 19 (Padilla 8), Pennsylvania 16 (Maloney 5). FOULED OUT: None. TOTAL FOULS: Massachusetts 17, Pennsylvania 23. ATTENDANCE: 9,493. RECORDS: Massachusetts 11-1, Pennsylvania 8-2.
Pennsylvania 28 32 -- 60 Massachusetts 49 44 -- 93