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UMass Guard Mack Accused in Fight

November 4, 1998

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) _ Massachusetts basketball player Monty Mack is accused of punching and shoving a woman student in dining hall fight.

The woman filed a complaint and told police that Mack and others joined in a fight Sunday between two women, school spokeswoman Kay Scanlan said.

The victim, whose name was not released, said Mack punched her in the ear and threw her against a tray rack. She suffered scrapes, cuts and bruises.

Scanlan said she did not know what prompted Mack’s action or what sparked the dispute. But she said campus police had gathered some information and provided it to the Northampton District Court.

A court hearing was set for Nov. 20, she said. At that time, a clerk magistrate will consider whether to file formal accusations. Unless such a decision is reached, the court case would remain sealed.

Coach Bruiser Flint said he talked with Mack a day after the incident. He said a decision will be made on Mack’s status with the team after the investigation is complete.

Mack averaged 13.8 points a game as a starter last season. The 6-foot-3 junior guard sat out his freshmen year for academic reasons.

The Minutemen open preseason play Thursday against the Converse All-Stars. However, Mack had been a doubtful starter because of a cut on his left hand that required 13 stitches. He was injured last week falling on a piece of glass in a separate incident unrelated to a fight, Scanlan said.

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