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VERMONT HANDS UMBC MENíS BASKETBALL FIRST CONFERENCE LOSS, 68-59
After eight ties and 10 lead changes in the first half, the Retrievers trailed 35-33 at halftime, but a 9-0 Vermont run early in the second half put the Catamounts up by 11 points, a deficit from which UMBC would never recover, despite causing 23 turnovers, a season-high for UVM. The Retrievers trailed the entire second half.
The Retrievers would rally back to pull to within one point at 60-59, and with two minutes remaining in the game, John Zito stepped to the free throw line but missed both foul shots, and UMBC did not score again, as Vermont went on to win, 68-59.
Zitoís missed free throws were a trend in the game for the Retrievers, who shot a dismal 44.4 percent from the charity stripe (12-for-27). UMBCís poor shooting extended to three-point range, as the team shot only 29.4 percent from beyond the arc (5-of-17). The Retrievers shot 36.2 percent from the floor.
Four Retrievers scored in double figures, as Brian Hodges led the team with 13 points off the bench, and Zito, Jerrell Dinkins and Jay Greene each scored 11. Mike Housman led the team with 10 rebounds to go along with his seven points, while Dinkins was near a double-double with nine boards.
The Retrievers return to action Wednesday, Jan. 11, when they host America East rival