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GOGERTY, FEELEY LEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL PAST LOYOLA, 58-53
Andrew Feeley recorded his fifth "double-double" in nine outings
Rashad Bilal hit a pair of key three-pointers to key UMBC's second half rally
Senior guard Rob Gogerty hit a jumper with 42.7 seconds left to break a 51-all tie and UMBC (4-5) would not relinquish the advantage as they held off Loyola (1-7), 58-53, before 2,142 at the RAC Arena.
After a sluggish first half which ended in a 23-all deadlock, the visiting Greyhounds took control early in the second half, building a 38-29 lead with 10:26 remaining. But freshman Rashad Bilal sparked a 11-2 UMBC run with five points, and a Cory McJimson short jumper gave the Retrievers a 40-39 advantage with remaining.
Loyola would quickly retake the lead, but a pair of free throws by senior center Andrew Feeley tied the game at 49-all, and a Feeley layup knotted it at 51-51 with remaining. Loyola’s Linton Hinds missed a long jumper near the end of the shot clock, setting up Gogerty’s game-winning jumper from the left elbow. It was the senior guard’s first field goal of the game.
On the ensuing possession, UMBC sophomore guard Chris Pugh stole a Greyhound pass and called an alert time-out. Gogerty hit two free throws with 26 seconds to play, and after Loyola’s Shane James hit a driving layup to cut the lead to 55-53 with 18 seconds left, McJimson calmly sank two free throws with 13.6 seconds left. Loyola’s Freddie Stanback missed a long three-pointer and Gogerty sealed the win with his rebound and free throw with 1.9 seconds to play.
Feeley recorded his third consecutive “double-double” and fifth in nine games this season with 19 points and 15 rebounds. The America East’s second leading rebounder added 4 blocked shots. McJimson contributed a gritty 14 points, and Bilal scored all eight of his points in the final .
Stanback led Loyola with 16 points, while James added 12.
Neither team shot the ball well, as UMBC finished at 33.3% (19/57) and Loyola was at 31.0% (18/58). UMBC outrebounded the Greyhounds, 45-37, but committed a season-high 20 turnovers. The Retrievers hit 16 of 21 free throws, including 15 of 17 in the second half after entering the game at a meager 56.3%.
It was the 20th meeting between the two teams at the Division I and UMBC has won 12 of those contests. The Retrievers have won six of the last seven meetings.