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RETRIEVERSí MENíS HOOPS COME-FROM-BEHIND BID FALLS SHORT AT NORTHEASTERN, 81-78
Boston, Mass. Ė The UMBC menís basketball team (7-16, 4-10 AE) came from as many as 17-points down in the second half to tie the game with just over two minutes to play but fell short of Northeastern (16-9, 10-4 AE) as the Huskies defeated the Retrievers by a final count of 81-78 in America East menís basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Solomon Court. Andrew Feeley tied a career-high with 22 points off the bench as four Retrievers tallied double-digits in the losing effort.
The Huskies jumped out to a nine-point lead at halftime taking a 39-30 lead into the break and extended their lead to 17, 54-37 in the early stages of the second period. The Retrievers then went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 54-47 and whittled away at the Husky advantage until Kareem Washington drained a trey to tie the game with 2:09 to play at 72-72.
The Huskies, however, responded as a Retriever double-team allowed Marcus Barnes, who finished with a team-high 22 points, to get open outside the arc and knock down the three-pointer with 1:49 to play.
After a Retriever turnover Barnes hit another trey for the Huskies, this one coming on a fade away on the baseline to put NU up 78-72 with 1:13 to play. The Retrievers knocked the lead back to two at 80-78 with two seconds remaining but a converted free throw by the Huskies and missed desperation shot by the Retrievers sealed the win for NU.
UMBC shot a season-high 58.6 percent from the field going 34-58 from the floor, including 65.6 percent (21-of-32) in the second half and out rebounded NU 38-25. In addition to Feeleyís 22, Washington scored 15 points, Rob Gogerty tallied 13 and Mike Housman weighed in with a season-high 11 points.
Barnes for the Huskies had 22 points followed by Sylbrin Robinsonís 14 points.