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Minutemen Down Hawks, 76-65

Massachusetts' Shannon Crooks drives to the hoop for two of his 20 points  during the first half Saturday.

Massachusetts' Shannon Crooks drives to the hoop for two of his 20 points during the first half Saturday.

Feb. 19, 2000

Box Score

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Monty Mack returned from a one-game absence to score 23 points as Massachusetts defeated St. Joseph's 76-65 in the Atlantic 10 Conference on Saturday.

Mack missed Wednesday's 81-72 win over Fordham with the flu, but made 8 of 9 free throws and grabbed six rebounds on Saturday.

Massachusetts (14-11, 8-4) remained tied with St. Bonaventure for second place in the Atlantic 10 East division. The top two teams receive first-round byes in next month's Atlantic 10 tournament.

Marvin O'Connor led St. Joseph's (11-13, 6-7) with 15 points, but missed 8 of 13 shots as the Hawks lost their third game in five days. It was St. Joseph's sixth consecutive loss to Massachusetts.

Shannon Crooks scored 20 points for Massachusetts in a foul-plagued game.

The Minutemen took control with a 14-4 run to end the first half, and led 32-27 at halftime.

Massachusetts ran into foul trouble as Kitwana Rhymer, Micah Brand and Chris Kirkland played much of the second half with four fouls apiece.

Rhymer fouled out with 1:56 remaining and Massachusetts leading 70-60. The closest St. Joseph's came in the final minutes was five, when Bill Phillips' two free throws made it 65-60 with 3:21 left.

St. Joseph's made 19 of 29 free throws, while Massachusetts was 26 for 34 from the line.


 

 

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