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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP : Massachusetts Survives a Scare in Overtime

From Associated Press

Marcus Camby scored 28 points, including five during a 9-0 run in overtime, as top-ranked Massachusetts came from behind for an 81-76 victory over St. Bonaventure Tuesday night at Olean, N.Y.

St. Bonaventure, 6-7 overall and 0-3 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, was on the verge of an upset with a 75-71 lead late in overtime before Massachusetts (9-1, 2-0) scored nine consecutive points.

Dana Dingle’s layup tied the score at 75-75 before Camby took over, scoring the next five points to give the Minutemen an 80-75 lead with 13 seconds to play.

“I am proud of the way we played,” St. Bonaventure Coach Jim Baron said. “UMass stepped up and made some shots. . . . They have too many weapons, you can’t catch them off guard. We fought the war tonight, it was right there for us but you can only stop them so much.”

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David Vanterpool, who led St. Bonaventure with 25 points, forced overtime when he made a three-point shot with 5.2 seconds to play in regulation.

Vanterpool then made another three-point shot with 2:24 left in overtime to give St. Bonaventure a 75-71 lead.

Massachusetts came back to tie the score on a pair of free throws by Lou Roe and a layup by Dingle. Roe, the Minutemen’s leading scorer, did not start for undisclosed reasons.

Camby made a layup and followed with three free throws.

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"(St. Bonaventure) played fearless, they played with poise, they outhustled us and got to loose balls,” Massachusetts Coach John Calipari said.

It was the first time a No. 1-ranked team had ever played at St. Bonaventure’s Reilly Center, where a sellout crowd of more than 6,000 nearly saw the biggest upset in 75 years of St. Bonaventure basketball. The loss was the Bonnies’ 25th in their last 29 conference games.

No. 7 Kentucky 83, No. 15 Florida 67--Rodrick Rhodes and Tony Delk each scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack as the Wildcats (9-2, 3-0) cruised to a Southeastern Conference victory over the Gators (7-4, 1-2) at Gainesville, Fla.

Kentucky started the game with 12-2 run, which included three three-point baskets, and did not look back. The Wildcats opened the lead to 41-29 at halftime and Florida, which got 21 points from Dan Cross, never got any closer.

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The Gators made only three of 12 three-point shots. Kentucky made seven of 14.

Kentucky made 57.1% of its shots, Florida only 34.6%.

No. 9 Maryland 70, Florida State 57--Sophomore center Joe Smith had 18 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Terrapins (12-3, 2-1) over the Seminoles (6-5, 0-3) in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Tallahassee, Fla.

Maryland won despite having 14 shots blocked, nine by freshman Corey Louis.

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Florida State made only 29.7% of its shots.

No. 10 Georgetown 80, Seton Hall 68--Eric Myles made all four of his three-point shots in the first half and Allen Iverson scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to help the Hoyas (10-1, 4-0) to a Big East Conference victory over the Pirates (10-4, 1-3) at East Rutherford, N.J.

Notes

Nevada Las Vegas Coach Tim Grgurich is continuing to undergo tests at an undisclosed California hospital, where he admitted himself after complaining of exhaustion. UNLV trainer Jerry Koloskie said doctors had found no major problems in tests conducted as of Monday.

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