Men's Basketball

Men's Hoops Rolls Past LaSalle, 82-48

Chris Kirkland dunks for two of his 26 points in the 82-48 win over LaSalle Wednesday night.

Chris Kirkland dunks for two of his 26 points in the 82-48 win over LaSalle Wednesday night.

Feb. 9, 2000

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Chris Kirkland scored 26 points and Monty Mack added 20 to lead Massachusetts over LaSalle 82-48 in the Atlantic 10 Conference on Wednesday.

The victory broke a two-game losing streak for the Minutemen (12-10, 6-3 Atlantic Conference). The loss was the 11th in the last 13 games for LaSalle (8-12, 2-7).

UMass led 37-20 at halftime and then outscored LaSalle 23-12 in the first eight minutes of the second half to widen the lead to 60-32.

Donnie Carr scored 16 points and Victor Thomas added 11 for LaSalle.

The 26 points tied a career-high for Kirkland, which he set last year against George Washington. The senior forward went 10-for-19 from the field, 6-for-8 from the foul line and led his team with 8 rebounds. UMass outrebounded LaSalle 42-30.

Shannon Crooks, with 12, was the other double-figure scorer for the Minutemen.

The game was tied three times early, the last time at 15-15. Then, Mack hit from underneath and Kirkland followed with a pair of baskets as UMass took the lead for good at 21-15.

Kirkland had 16 of his points in the first half, and Mack added 12 before intermission.

LaSalle was held to 8-for-23 shooting from the field in the first half. Carr scored nine points for the Explorers, who shot 36 percent for the night.




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