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THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR MEN'S BASKETBALL--RETRIEVERS RALLY TO EDGE ALBANY, 67-62
Freshman guard Brian Hodges hit 6 of 8 shots from the floor in 20 minutes of action.
Freshman guard Brian Hodges scored 10 of his team high 14 points in the second half, and junior forward Cory McJimson chipped in with his first “double-double” of the season as host UMBC edged Albany, 67-62, in an America East Conference match-up in snowy Baltimore.
UMBC snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 7-9 overall, and 2-5 in the America East. Road-weary
For the second time in as many home games, UMBC rallied from a halftime deficit to win. The Retrievers had lost 29 straight in that situation until defeating Stony Brook, 74-67, two weeks ago.
Then Hodges hit lay ups on consecutive possessions to give UMBC a 56-51 lead with left. After Albany’s Lucious Jordan made a driving layup, the Great Danes did not convert on their next six possessions, and UMBC built a 62-55 advantage after a pair of Rob Gogerty free throws with 58 seconds left.
McJimson scored 13 points and garnered a season high 11 rebounds. Hodges hit 6 of 8 shots from the floor, scoring 14 points in just 20 minutes of action. The Retrievers hit 13 of 25 shots from the floor in the second half, after making just 9 of 28 in the first 20 minutes.
Sophomore guard Jamar Wilson scored 21 points for
UMBC is now 6-2 at home this season after a 2-9 campaign in 2003-04.