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MEN'S BASKETBALL DRAWS RECORD CROWD OF 3,664 ON "SENIOR NIGHT", BUT FALLS TO MAINE, 71-63
Sophomore guard Kevin Reed matched Flavin’s total with 23 points, tying his career high by burying seven three-point goals. Flavin was 11 of 17 from the floor, while Reed was 8 of 13, including 7 of 11 from behind the arc.
The Black Bears have won six of their last seven games, while UMBC has dropped eight of its last nine.
The crowd was into the game early as the teams matched each other basket for basket. There were 12 lead changes in the first 20 minutes, but it was Reed, whose three-pointer from deep in the right corner just beat the first half buzzer and gave the visitors a 34-28 halftime lead.
Flavin was unstoppable early in the second half, as he scored 10 points in the first 5:54 of the stanza and Miane outscored UMBC, 18-3 to open the half and build a 52-31 advantage with 13:34 remaining. UMBC did not hit its first field goal of the half until a John Zito layup with to play, but the Retrievers did mount a belated rally. They whittled the lead down to single digits after a Seth Davis short jumper capped a 12-0 run and cut the deficit to 56-45 with to play. The Retrievers got within six points at 69-63 after a Rob Gogerty three-pointer with 29 seconds to play , but Ludmil Hadjisotirov’s two free throws eleven seconds later sealed the deal.
The previous biggest crowd at a UMBC home basketball game was 3,617 vs.