Men's Basketball Falls to California All-Stars In Exhibition Opener
Nov. 3, 2000
AMHERST, Mass. -- Former Indiana Hoosier Charlie Miller hit an 18-foot jumper from the left wing with less than five seconds remaining, to give the California All-Stars an 83-82 victory over the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team in exhibition action at the Mullins Center. Miller finished the game with 16 points on six of 10 shooting, while California-Berkeley product Michael Gill added a game-high 26 points for the All-Stars. Junior guard Shannon Crooks (Everett, Mass.) led the Minutemen with 17 points, three assists and three steals.
The game was close for the first 10 minutes, before the All-Stars went on a 26-10 run to take a 40-28 lead with three minutes remaining in the first half. UMass cut the lead to 43-37 at the intermission, then stayed close early in the second half before regaining the lead, 58-57, at the 10:35 mark on a fastbreak lay in by freshman guard Jameel Pugh (Sacramento, Calif.).
The lead would go back and forth for the remainder of the game, with junior forward Eric Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.)?hitting a short jumper and a pair of free throws in the final two minutes to turn a 79-76 deficit into an 80-79 UMass lead. The All-Stars regained the lead at the 27-second mark on a put-back by former Purdue Boilermaker Greg McQuay, before Crooks hit a driving lay in to put the Minutemen back in front, 82-81, with 17 seconds left to play. Miller would then hit his game-winning shot to clinch the victory for the All-Stars.
Williams finished the game with 10 points and nine rebounds, while freshman guard Willie Jenkins (Memphis, Tenn.) had 12 points and four boards. McQuay totaled 11 points and 11 rebounds for the All-Stars.
UMass will return to action next Friday, Nov. 10, when it plays host to Statmaster.com in a 7:00 p.m. exhibition contest at the Mullins Center.
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