Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Falls Short To St. Joseph's, 72-67

Kitwana Rhymer is guarded by Saint Joseph's' Damian Reid in the first half, Tuesday.

Kitwana Rhymer is guarded by Saint Joseph's' Damian Reid in the first half, Tuesday.

Feb 19, 2002

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Phillips scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead St. Joseph's to a 72-67 win over Massachusetts Tuesday.

Na'im Crenshaw and Damian Reid each had 16 points for St. Joseph's (16-9, 10-3 Atlantic 10), who outrebounded UMass 40-22. Jameer Nelson had 11 points and seven assists.

The win snapped the Hawks' two-game losing streak.

Shannon Crooks scored 21 points for UMass (10-14, 4-9), which has lost six of its last seven. Crooks, who fouled out with 1:10 left, was the only Minuteman in double figures.

UMass trailed the entire game, stymied by fouls and turnovers. St. Joseph's shot 19-for-26 from the foul line, while UMass was 3-for-7.

UMass tied the game only once, 58-58, on a layup by Kitwana Rhymer with 4:54 left. But St. Joseph's answered with nine straight points, and the Minuteman failed to score again until the final 37 seconds.

St. Joseph's scored eight straight foul shots in the final 1:10, while UMass ended the game with three straight 3-pointers.

St. Joseph's jumped to an early 16-3 lead. But Crooks led UMass to within six at the half, 41-35. Crooks led all scorers in the first half with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Crooks ended the game 8-for-13 including 5-for-6 from 3-point range.

St. Joseph's was without leading scorer Marvin O'Connor (food poisoning), who averages 18.3 points per game.

UMass' Anthony Anderson, who averages 10 points per game, was held scoreless in the first half and finished with eight points - all in the final six minutes.

St. Joseph's defeated UMass in their first meeting this season, 63-38, on Jan. 5. UMass leads the series 25-18.



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