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BOSTON UNIVERSITY USES BIG SECOND HALF TO THWART UMBC MEN'S BASKETBALL UPSET BID
Boston, MA--Boston University outscored UMBC, 45-26, in the second half, and prevented an upset by the Retrievers by coming away with a 71-59 victory in America East play. The Terriers have won 18 of their last 19 games and improved to 18-4 overall, 12-1 in league play, while UMBC fell to 7-15, 4-9.
After falling behind, 9-3, UMBC went on a monster 22-3 run to lead 24-12 after an Andrew Feely short jumper with 9:13 to play in the first half. The Terriers would whittle that deficit to 33-26 at intermission, despite UMBC hitting all four of its attempts from behind the arc and 13 of 25 overall.
The Terriers charged out of the locker room and limited UMBC to just 10 points in the first 11:48 of the second half, and built a 53-43 lead. The Retrievers did have one run left in them, as Cory McJimson and Kareem Washington scored all nine points in a 9-0 run which cut the BU lead to 53-52 with 5:13 to play.
But the UMBC zone defense, which helped them to a win over Stony Brook on Sunday, failed them on this occasion. After BU's Ryan Butt hit a baseline jumper, Terrier guard Matt Turner and Butt hit back-to-back three point goals to restore the hosts lead to 61-52 with 3:49 left. UMBC's Rob Gogerty hit a three on the next possession and UMBC forced a BU miss, but a pair of turnovers by John Zito and a missed shot by McJimson ended the Retrievers' hopes of a rally.
Washington led all scorers with 19 points, hitting 3 of 4 from behind the arc. McJimson added 10 points and 7 rebounds. UMBC committed 17 turnovers, including 9 in the second half, and allowed 15 offensive caroms by the hosts.