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UMBC GIVES UP 43 SECOND-HALF POINTS, LOSES LEAD AND GAME TO LONG BEACH, 81-70
Junior guard Chris Pugh scored a career high 19 points, hitting seven of 13 shots from the floor. Also scoring in double figures for UMBC were senior forward John Zito, who scored 17 of his 18 points in the first half, Jerrell Dinkins who posted 12 points and Jay Greene, who scored 11 in his first career start.
UMBC led 39-38 at intermission, and extended the lead to 48-41 on a free throw by Dinkins with 14:38 remaining. But UMBC did not capitalize on poor
Zito hit 7 of 8 shots in the first half, but only attempted one field goal in the second half. The Retrievers also committed nine second half turnovers.