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MEN'S BASKETBALL ICE COLD AT HOME, RETRIEVERS FALL TO NEW HAMPSHIRE, 60-41
Baltimore, MD—After one of its best road efforts in its Division I history, the UMBC Retrievers had one of their worst at home, falling to America East rival New Hampshire, 60-41, at the RAC Arena. UMBC’s (5-6, 0-2 AEC) three-game winning streak came to an end, while the Wildcats (5-6, 1-1) snapped a five-game losing streak.
The 41 points scored at home is the second fewest in 19 years of NCAA Division I competition. The 1995-96 Retrievers tallied 38 vs.
UMBC has now lost seven straight league games dating back to last year.
The Retrievers managed only one tie in this game, at 9-all, as freshman Brian Hodges hit his team’s lone three-pointer of the game at the mark of the first half. But the Wildcats proceeded to go on a 17-4 run, highlighted by three-point goals by Jeremy Friel, Blagoj Janev, and Jermaine Anderson. UNH maintained a 13-point cushion at intermission at 28-15, as UMBC did not go to the free throw line at all in the first 20 minutes.
UMBC never got inside that 13-point deficit, and trailed by 20 points on two occasions. The Retrievers hit only 7 of 31 shots (22.6%) from the floor in the second half, despite 13 second half offensive rebounds.
No Retriever scored in double figures. Senior center Andrew Feeley had 9 points and 8 rebounds, and junior forward John Zito added 8 points. Hodges, who was brilliant in a 16-point effort (4 of 5 from behind the arc) at