UMass springs 1 surprise, gets another Call from Cosby, upset of Okla. in one week

January 06, 1992

Usually, the phone call comes after teams have won championships and the conversation ends with an invitation to the White House.

For John Calipari, the phone call came early last week, and it still dominated his thoughts Saturday night after his Massachusetts Minutemen handed No. 14 Oklahoma its first loss of the season, 86-73.

"My secretary tells me Bill Cosby called and gives me a number to call," Calipari said. "I'm trying to figure out who's playing the joke, when all of a sudden I'm talking to Bill Cosby, the Bill Cosby."

The two had a 20-minute conversation, with the television star letting Calipari know he enjoys watching his team play and that he hoped to get to a game soon.

On Saturday night, his team rolled past the Sooners (10-1), who had entered the game as one of the last 10 undefeated teams in the country.

Massachusetts (11-2) was never threatened by the taller, quicker Sooners, and it jumped to a 15-point first-half lead. The Minutemen led by at least eight and by as many as 21 in the second half before a sellout crowd of 8,469 at the Springfield (Mass.) Civic Center and a national television audience on ESPN.

* UCLA was left in awe by Litterial Green's second-half shooting performance Saturday night.

"And I've never seen anyone shoot like Green did," UCLA forward Don MacLean said. "He was unbelievable." But MacLean and Tracy Murray each scored 24, as No. 2 UCLA (8-0) held off Green and Georgia (7-3), 87-80.

Green led the Bulldogs with 38 points, tying a career high, and his 32 second-half points tied a Pauley Pavilion record set by Lew Alcindor in 1966. Overall, Green was 12-for-22 from the field, 7-for-10 on three-point attempts.

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