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December 11, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
You can't go home again? Chris Herren never heard the news. The Fall River, Mass., native made his homecoming special, scoring a career-high 25 points last night as No. 16 Fresno State beat host Massachusetts, 102-81, to become the first non-Atlantic 10 team to win in the Mullins Center. The Bulldogs (6-1) also scored the most points by an opponent in the Mullins Center, which opened during the 1992-93 season. Herren attended Boston College out of high school, but injured his wrist and played in only one game there before transferring to Fresno State.
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January 14, 1995 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Win, lose or overtime, tonight the Penn Quakers are venturing into untried territory. As best anyone associated with the school can figure, no Penn team - not even the Final Four squad of 1979 - has ever taken on the nation's No. 1 college basketball team. Top-ranked Massachusetts will host the 21st-ranked Quakers in a gym where the Minutemen have never lost. Tip-off is 9 p.m. (ESPN) at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. UMass has plenty of its own incentive in this one. After blasting defending national champion Arkansas, 104-80, to open the season, the Minutemen took over as No. 1. But their top ranking didn't last long.
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February 16, 1996 | By Mike Reiss, FOR THE INQUIRER
Coming off its worst loss in more than 50 years, La Salle entered a building - the Mullins Center - where opponents are turned away faster than a Marcus Camby rejection. No. 1 UMass was waiting, and La Salle, after getting thumped by Villanova on Monday by 40 points, seemed easy fodder for John Calipari's team. Not that easy. The Explorers put a serious scare into the Minutemen, leading by eight points at halftime. But then they lost their shooting touch and UMass recovered for a 70-53 Atlantic Ten Conference win. The victory improves UMass' record to 39-1 in the Mullins Center, which opened in the 1992-93 season, and also clinched the conference's Eastern division.
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January 13, 1995 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
According to the Penn sports information department, the Quakers have never played the nation's top-ranked basketball team during the regular season. That will change tomorrow night, when the No. 21 Quakers (8-1) play at No. 1 Massachusetts (10-1) on ESPN (9 o'clock). "Each game presents a set of new challenges," said Penn coach Fran Dunphy, whose team has won eight straight. "This is another great opportunity for us. It's a chance to play against the team people consider the best in America, at their facility (the 2-year-old Mullins Center)
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January 22, 1995 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Six-tenths of a second. That's how close Temple came yesterday afternoon to knocking off the nation's No. 1 college basketball team. But Levan Alston's desperation heave from the corner hit nothing but air as time expired, giving Massachusetts a 59-58 squeaker before a national TV audience and 9,493 nervous fans inside the university's jam-packed Mullins Center. The win was UMass' sixth straight over Temple, and seventh in the last eight over its Atlantic Ten Conference nemesis.
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December 12, 1996 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Around 2:30 yesterday morning, five hours after his team had lost at home by 21 points to Fresno State and fallen to 2-4, first-year University of Massachusetts basketball coach James "Bruiser" Flint received a phone call. He didn't need to hear a voice to know who was reaching out and touching him. It was his predecessor, John Calipari, who now is getting $3 million a year to try to get the New Jersey Nets out of the NBA draft lottery. "The first thing he told me was, 'I knew you'd still be up,' " Flint said.
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January 12, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Poor shooting from the free-throw line and from beyond the three-point arc doomed St. Joseph's last night in a 68-58 Atlantic Ten Conference loss to Massachusetts at the Mullins Center. For a team that pretty much lives on the trey and is known for foul shooting, that's the game when you are on the road. The Hawks got killed off the boards, too. "Our concern is our offense and our ability to run our offense when we're guarded," coach Phil Martelli said. "We're not able to get into any kind of flow.
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February 10, 2013 | By Matt Vautour, For The Inquirer
AMHERST, Mass. - Sitting at the postgame news conference after his team's 80-62, Atlantic Ten loss to Massachusetts at the Mullins Center, St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli was puzzled. He watched his team turn over the ball 14 times and UMass turn those giveaways into 14 points, many of which were highlight-film dunks. "We had unusual turnovers for guys of our age group," Martelli said, shaking his head. "They got [fastbreak points] off our turnovers. That's an Achilles' heel for our team.
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February 10, 2013 | By Matt Vautour, FOR THE INQUIRER
AMHERST, Mass. - Sitting at the postgame news conference after his team's 80-62, Atlantic Ten loss to Massachusetts at the Mullins Center, St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli was puzzled. He watched his team turn over the ball 14 times and UMass turn those giveaways into 14 points, many of which were highlight-film dunks. "We had unusual turnovers for guys of our age group," Martelli said, shaking his head. "They got [fastbreak points] off our turnovers. That's an Achilles' heel for our team.
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January 10, 2014 | By Howard Herman, For The Inquirer
AMHERST, Mass. - St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli didn't mince words Wednesday night after his team dropped its Atlantic Ten Conference opener to 19th-ranked Massachusetts. "It was a big boy game," Martelli said, "and we weren't big enough for the game. " The Hawks (9-5, 0-1) had three players in double figures but blew a nine-point second-half lead as UMass beat the Hawks, 66-62, at the Mullins Center. Halil Kanacevic had a double-double for the Hawks with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
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January 10, 2014 | By Howard Herman, For The Inquirer
AMHERST, Mass. - St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli didn't mince words Wednesday night after his team dropped its Atlantic Ten Conference opener to 19th-ranked Massachusetts. "It was a big boy game," Martelli said, "and we weren't big enough for the game. " The Hawks (9-5, 0-1) had three players in double figures but blew a nine-point second-half lead as UMass beat the Hawks, 66-62, at the Mullins Center. Halil Kanacevic had a double-double for the Hawks with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
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February 10, 2013 | By Matt Vautour, For The Inquirer
AMHERST, Mass. - Sitting at the postgame news conference after his team's 80-62, Atlantic Ten loss to Massachusetts at the Mullins Center, St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli was puzzled. He watched his team turn over the ball 14 times and UMass turn those giveaways into 14 points, many of which were highlight-film dunks. "We had unusual turnovers for guys of our age group," Martelli said, shaking his head. "They got [fastbreak points] off our turnovers. That's an Achilles' heel for our team.
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February 10, 2013 | By Matt Vautour, FOR THE INQUIRER
AMHERST, Mass. - Sitting at the postgame news conference after his team's 80-62, Atlantic Ten loss to Massachusetts at the Mullins Center, St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli was puzzled. He watched his team turn over the ball 14 times and UMass turn those giveaways into 14 points, many of which were highlight-film dunks. "We had unusual turnovers for guys of our age group," Martelli said, shaking his head. "They got [fastbreak points] off our turnovers. That's an Achilles' heel for our team.
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March 6, 2008 | By HOWARD HERMAN For the Daily News
Next time, maybe the Atlantic 10 Conference schedule-makers will be kinder to the La Salle Explorers. "I just hope the A-10 doesn't send us here on Senior Day again next year," said La Salle coach John Giannini. "We just got a good old-fashioned beating. " Last night at the Mullins Center, host Massachusetts (20-9, 9-6 A-10) beat up on La Salle (14-15, 8-7) for the second Senior Day in as many seasons. This time, it was 100-63. Incredibly, a year ago on Senior Day, the Minutemen handed the Explorers a 102-63 thrashing.
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January 12, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Poor shooting from the free-throw line and from beyond the three-point arc doomed St. Joseph's last night in a 68-58 Atlantic Ten Conference loss to Massachusetts at the Mullins Center. For a team that pretty much lives on the trey and is known for foul shooting, that's the game when you are on the road. The Hawks got killed off the boards, too. "Our concern is our offense and our ability to run our offense when we're guarded," coach Phil Martelli said. "We're not able to get into any kind of flow.
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January 5, 2005 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's only the Atlantic Ten opener tonight for both Temple and Massachusetts, but the stakes are high already. One group of players probably will walk out of the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass., feeling as if it is the best team in the A-10 East. Since there doesn't appear to be room in the downtrodden division for more than one team to have realistic aspirations of making the NCAA tournament, a good conference start has added significance. For Temple, a victory would be even more significant because of its location.
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January 25, 2004 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was about to be the greatest comeback of John Chaney's 22 seasons at Temple, providing the Owls coach his milestone 700th career victory in a most memorable way. Instead, the commemorative basketball brought for the occasion stayed in its Wawa bag, and Chaney sat in a chair staring at a cinder-block wall in a stone-silent Temple locker room. Down by 23 points to Massachusetts with a little more than 14 minutes remaining at the Mullins Center yesterday, the Owls fought back furiously with three of their starters on the bench, scoring 34 of the next 42 points to take a three-point lead with a minute left.
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January 8, 2004 | By RON CHIMELIS For the Daily News
The 0-4 start is fading into memory, replaced by a feeling that the La Salle basketball team is on the right track. Last night at Massachusetts, the Explorers accomplished a couple of things they'd never done before, and they did so with an offensive performance that was both timely and dazzling. "I'm really pleased with this, because after coming off a tough loss to a good Seton Hall team Saturday, and going on the road, you don't know what to expect," La Salle coach Billy Hahn said after the Explorers (6-7, 1-0 Atlantic 10)
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February 20, 2000 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
These days, fans of St. Joseph's basketball must sift long and hard through the mounting losses and set aside the heartbreak of a depressing week to find some comforting news. So before reporting the wrenching details of the Hawks' 76-65 loss to Massachusetts yesterday in a tedious Atlantic Ten Conference game at a nearly half-full Mullins Center, here's something from the Things Could Always Be Worse department: Marvin O'Connor, the leading scorer for St. Joe's, was able to return to the game after he narrowly escaped a knee injury early in the second half.
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December 7, 1999 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
It was the only appropriate way to end a game in which the only thing as foul as the shooting was the foul shooting. With the shot clock ticking away and a classic between Massachusetts and Villanova tied with less than 20 seconds left, a loose ball rolled to a player who had taken 12 shots and made one. There were allegedly 6,643 fans last night in the Mullins Center to see it. It seemed like a lot fewer, and most of them probably will deny...
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