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MIAMI SPOILS MENíS HOOPS UPSET BID, COMES FROM BEHIND TO BEAT RETRIEVERS 61-52
Rob Gogerty scored a career-high 19 points against Miami.
Miami, Fla. Ė Despite leading for nearly 29 minutes the UMBC menís basketball team (2-3) lost to the Miami Hurricanes (5-2) in non-conference menís basketball action on Tuesday night by a final score of 61-52. The Hurricanes used an 18-3 run late in the second half to spoil the Retrieversí upset bid. UMBC was led by Rob Gogerty (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove) who notched a career-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 3-of-4 from three-point range. Gogerty also pulled down a team-high six boards.
The Retrievers ran out to a 21-10 first-half lead that was responded with an 11-0 run by the Hurricanes to tie the game 21-21. As time wound down in the first half, senior Kareem Washington (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) converted a lay-up to give the Retrievers a 23-21 lead at the break.
UMBC extended their lead out to seven with a 41-34 advantage with 10:33 to play and held a 43-37 lead when the Hurricanes came charging back, going on an 18-3 run that was highlighted by a dunk by William Freesbee to give the Hurricanes the lead.
Miami forged ahead 59-46 before Gogerty hit a three to pull the Retrievers back to within 10 at 59-49. UMBC would only be able to get one point closer in the remaining minutes as the Hurricanes captured the nine-point victory.
Cory McJimson (Rialto, Calif./Pierce (Wash.) College) was the only other Retriever in double-digits with 10 points in the scoring column as UMBC held Miamiís top scorer, Darius Rice, to 12 points, keeping him approximately six points below his points per game average.
UMBC returns to action when they travel to Towson, who they beat in the championship game of the Battle of Baltimore to four-peat as tournament champions earlier this season, to play the Tigers on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.