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MEN'S BASKETBALL CELEBRATES 1000TH GAME WITH THRILLING 85-84 WIN OVER DELAWARE
In its 1000th varsity men’s basketball game, UMBC snapped a three-game losing streak, while
UMBC, playing without its leading scorer and rebounder, senior forward John Zito (15.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, sprained ankle), blazed the nets at nearly a record pace, hitting 14 of 19 shots (73.7%) from the field in the second half and 30 of 48 (62.5%) for the game. Then built a 77-67 lead with 2:13 to play on a Tom Young layup. But
Dinkins led UMBC with 19 points, besting the career high of 13 he had set two games ago at
“I had some big shoes to fill in John Zito,” said Housman., who added five assists, four blocks, four rebounds and two steals. “He was the [America East] Player of the Week in the first week and that’s a lot of scoring to pick up. I just played within the offense as Coach tells us to, and I was lucky enough to get the opportunities that I had. I was privileged to be out there with those guys tonight.”
Sophomore guard Brian Hodges added 15 points, while Young added a season high 11. The Retrievers got only 12 minutes from a player taller than 6’6”.
“Teams will get hit throughout the year with adverse situations,” said Coach Monroe. “What I needed to know from the team was, ‘How are we going to handle this? Are we going to say, ‘Well, we don’t have John tonight so we might as well cash this game in,’ or are we going to step up to the plate, embrace the challenge and go out and play the best that we can?’ I think the team proved tonight that they came out and played as hard as they humanly could, and as a result came up with a hard-fought win.”