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UMBC MENíS HOOPS FALL AT NORTHEASTERN, 77-66
John Zito had 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench for UMBC.
The UMBC menís basketball team (6-9, 1-5 AE) lost a hard-fought contest to the Northeastern Huskies (9-6, 5-1 AE) in America East basketball action on Saturday afternoon by a final count of 77-66. After 31-31 halftime score, 10 lead changes in the second half highlighted the second stanza before the Huskies went on a 11-2 run to take final control of the game.
UMBC in the first half went up 18-13 at the 11:14 mark but the Huskies chipped away and took a 25-22 lead on a trey by Aaron Davis. The Retrievers came back and tied the game by the end of the period on an Andrew Feeley layup as the scored was locked up 31-31 at the half.
UMBC took and early four-point lead and held the lead until the 10:50 mark when Davis hit another jumper for the Huskies, spurring seven lead changes until the 7:05 mark when NU began their 11-2 run to pull away from the Retrievers at 65-57 with 4:41 left in the second half.
Senior guard Marcus Barnes scored 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting, and juniors Jose Juan Barea and Davis each chipped in 17 points.
The Retrievers were led by Feeley, who tied his season-high with 20 points, all on field goals as he went 10-of-17 from the field. John Zito tallied 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench and Rob Gogerty had 11 points.
UMBC shot 50.9 percent from the floor on 29-of-57 but the Huskies went 29-of-54 for 53.7 percent, including an impressive 66.7 percent, 16-of-24, in the second half.
The Retrievers return home to face