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STONY BROOK EDGES UMBC MENíS BASKETBALL, 42-40
Brian Hodges led UMBC with seven points on Saturday.
Leading 32-31 following a Rob Gogerty layup with 10:35 to play, UMBC saw the Seawolves go on a 9-2 run capped by a Jairus McCollum dunk that gave the hosts a 40-34 advantage with just over eight minutes to go. Stony Brook would not make another basket the rest of the way, missing its final 10 field goal attempts as UMBC chipped away at the lead.
A free throw and a jumper by Andrew Feeley cut the lead to 40-37 and then Seth Davis connected on 1-of-2 free throw attempts to draw UMBC within two points with 1:55 to go. Following another SB miss, Mike Housman hit a driving layup at the 1:09 mark to even the score at 40.
Stony Brook's Antwan Hardy then misfired on a three-pointer which gave the Retrievers the final shot. Housman's layup attempt rolled off the rim and Popoko was fouled on the rebound with 7.1 to go.
After a timeout, Popoko calmly hit both free throws to put the Seawolves ahead for good. UMBC's Rob Gogerty pushed the ball up the court and missed a running layup with 0.2 on the clock. UMBC's desperation lob as time ran out glanced off the rim.
Stony Brook trailed 17-12 late in the first half before Hardy scored seven points during a 9-4 run. His jumper with two seconds left in the half sent the teams into the locker room tied at 21.
Bobby Santiago and Popoko led the way for the Seawolves with 11 points while Hardy finished with nine. McCollum had seven points and nine rebounds. Brian Hodges was high man for UMBC with seven points.
Both teams struggled to score all afternoon long. The Seawolves shot only 28.3 percent from the field while UMBC connected on only 6-of-14 free throw attempts as they finished with their lowest scoring output of the season.
UMBC returns to action when they host