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UMass Rallies To Beat Iona In Season Opener, 85-77

Micah Brand, left, wrestles with Iona center Nakiea Miller for posession of the ball in the first half Saturday night.

Micah Brand, left, wrestles with Iona center Nakiea Miller for posession of the ball in the first half Saturday night.

Nov. 20, 1999

Box Score

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) - Monty Mack scored 21 points to lead Massachusetts past Iona 85-77 Saturday night in the season-opener for both teams.

Chris Kirkland, who scored four points during an 8-0 run midway through the second half, added 15 points and Kitwana Rhymer had 12 for the Minutemen, who won their first non-tournament season opener on the road since 1977.

Tariq Kirksay led Iona with 20 points.

The Gaels took a 47-38 lead early in the second half on baskets by Phil Grant, who had 14 points, and Dyree Wilson, who had 13.

A 3-point goal by Jonathan DePina capped a 9-0 run to knot the game at 47-47.

Kirkland scored four of eight UMass points as the Minutemen snapped a 56-56 tie.

Shannon Crooks and Jonathan DePina finished with 11 points each for UMass.

 

 

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