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MEN'S HOOPS LOSES DEFENSIVE STRUGGLE TO BOSTON UNIVERSITY, 59-55
Baltimore, MD--After their most convincing win of the year on Saturday, the UMBC men's basketball team (5-9, 2-3 America East) came up on the short end of a 59-55 defensive struggle vs. red-hot Boston University before 1,114 at the RAC Arena.
The Terriers won their eleventh in a row (11-3) and are a perfect 5-0 in the conference.
UMBC never led, falling behind 22-11 at the 8:21 mark of the first half, and trailing, 33-23 at intermission. The Retrievers made their biggest run, outscoing the Terriers, 16-4, to open the second half to cut the deficit to 40-39 on a Chris Pugh fast break layup and free throw with 13:24 to play. But after UMBC's Eugene Young was called for an offensive foul on an apparent score inside, the Terriers went on a 13-4 run to restore their ten-point advantage at 53-43 with six minutes remaining.
UMBC cut the deficit to five points on two occasions, the last after Cory McJimson hit a pair of free throws to slice the gap to 57-52 with 53 seconds to play. Boston assisted UMBC's run by missing seven straight free throws, but UMBC's shooting woes reached a climax when Kareem Washington's open three-point attempt with 15 seconds left missed and the Terriers held on for the victory.
McJimson recorded his second "double-double" of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Pugh tallied season highs in points (11) and rebounds (7), but although Washington and Gogerty each scored 10 points, they were a combined 6 of 23 from the floor.
UMBC hit just 32.1% (18/56) of its shots, and were a horrid 3 of 23 from behind the arc. The Terriers were not much better, hitting 37% (17/46). The Retrievers have not won two straight games since opening the campaign at 2-0.