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Massachusetts Continues Dominance Over Boston College, 74-67

Boston College guard Xavier Singletary, left, and Massachusetts guard Shannon Crooks race for a loose ball during the first half.

Boston College guard Xavier Singletary, left, and Massachusetts guard Shannon Crooks race for a loose ball during the first half.

Dec. 4, 1999

Box Score

BOSTON (AP) - Monty Mack scored 26 points, including seven in the final 4:20, to lift Massachusetts over Boston College 74-67 Saturday in the fifth-annual Commonwealth Classic.

Chris Kirkland added 16 points for the Minutemen (3-2), who have won all of the meetings between the schools since the series was restarted in 1995.

It was UMass coach Bruiser Flint's first game back after a self-imposed one-game suspension for using profanity during a postgame radio show.

Freshman Troy Bell scored a season-high 29 points for the Eagles (3-2).

Boston College pulled to a 46-41 lead on Kenny Walls' basket 6:08 into the second half, but UMass went on a 14-3 run over a 4 1/2-minute span. Kirkland keyed the spurt by scoring seven consecutive points and Mack ignited it with a 3-pointer.

The Eagles cut the margin to 59-57 on Bell's steal and breakaway dunk before Mack nailed a 3-pointer from the left side and scored on a fast-break layup, pushing the Minutemen back ahead by seven.

Mack's 3-pointer from the right corner with two minutes left pushed the score to 69-60.

Boston College cut it to 70-67 on Bell's basket with 45 seconds left. Michael Cotton missed a baseline jumper that would have cut it to one before Micah Brand hit two free throws and Kirkland added one to seal it.

In the first half, the Eagles jumped ahead 12-2 in the opening 5 1/2 minutes and maintained between a five and 10-point lead through initial 16 minutes.

The Minutemen then closed the half with a 15-5 run, taking a 36-35 edge at intermission after Kitwana Rhymer scored on a put-back at the buzzer.

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