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MEN'S BASKETBALL CAN'T CAPATALIZE ON AZTEC ERRORS, FALL AT SAN DIEGO STATE, 58-45
San Diego, Calif.—UMBC (4-5) saw its two-game winning streak come to an end, as they were edged, 58-45, by San Diego State (6-4) at Cox Arena.
The Retrievers were done in by poor shooting, as they hit only 19 of 60 (31.7%) from the floor, 3 of 19 from behind the arc, and 4 of 11 from the free throw line.
Senior forward Jerrell Dinkins led all scorers with 17 points, hitting 7 of 14 from the floor. Classmate John Zito added 12 points and junior forward Mike Housman added 8 points and a career high 6 steals.
The Retrievers were ice cold in the first half, hitting only eight of 29 shots from the floor, and getting no scoring from their guards. UMBC held an early 7-6 lead before Aztec guard John Sharper sparked an 11-0 run by hitting a pair of three-point goals. SDSU would hit 14 of 27 from the floor in the half and held a comfortable 36-17 halftime lead.
The Aztecs extended the margin to 44-22 early in the second half, before UMBC went on an 11-0 run to cut the lead in half. Freshman guard Jay Greene could have cut the lead to single digits, but missed a three-point attempt with 11:33 to play and the Retrievers could not get within single digits down the stretch.
The Retrievers forced 24 Aztec turnovers, scoring 18 points off those turnovers.
UMBC returns to action on Thursday at