Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Comes Back To Down Villanova, 52-51

Chris Kirkland had a game-high 22 points in the win over Villanova

Chris Kirkland had a game-high 22 points in the win over Villanova

Dec. 6, 1999

Box Score

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - A three-point basket by Shannon Crooks with 14.7 seconds left helped Massachusetts defeat Villanova Monday night, 52-51, in a nonconference game.

Crooks' shot gave the Minutemen (4-2) a 52-49 lead. Villanova's Gary Buchanan hit a shot from just inside the three-point line to make the score 52-51 as time expired.

Chris Kirkland led Massachusetts with 22 points. Malik Allen scored 19 points and Brian Lynch had 15 for Villanova (2-1). Brooks Sales led the Wildcats with 12 rebounds.

Villanova led 31-21 at halftime, but after scoring the first basket of the second half, went 10 minutes without a basket.

UMass evened the score at 36-36 and went ahead for the first time at 38-36 on a basket by Monty Mack.

Villanova last led at 48-47 on a free throw by Allen with 1:17 to play. Kirkland then made two free throws to put UMass up 49-48.

A free throw by Lynch brought Villanova into a tie at 49, before Crooks' three-pointer. Crooks was 1-for 12 from the field before his gamewinning shot.




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