Men's Hoops Struggles From The Field, Falls To Marshall, 65-55
Nov. 29, 1999
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Tamar Slay poured in 24 points and J.R. VanHoose added 19 to lead unbeaten Marshall to a 65-55 win Monday over Massachusetts.
Marshall (3-0) broke from a 28-28 halftime deadlock, and after UMass's Monty Mack scored the first two baskets of the second half, Marshall surged for nine straight points and stayed in front the rest of the way to gain its third win of the season.
UMass, which fell to 1-2, hit a lowly 11-for-33 in the second half and was beaten on the boards 48-33 for the game.
VanHoose had two hoops, Derrick Wright and Cornelius Jackson one apiece and Slay's 3-pointer finished Marshall's streak early in the second half to put their team on top 39-32.
UMass got to within two points of a tie at 55-53 on a dunk by Kitwana Rhymer with 3:20 to play.
But Slay nailed a 3-pointer and VanHoose made two free throws to seal the verdict for the Thundering Herd.
Mack ended with 22 points and Chris Kirkland and Rhymer 10 each for the Minutemen.
UMass led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but just past the 10-minute mark, VanHoose made three straight baskets and the Thundering Herd started to come back.
Marshall never got even, however, until halftime when Jackson nailed a three-pointer and Slay hit a layup at the buzzer.
Kirkland, with 10 points, led UMass ,which shot 48.1 from the field
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