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MEN'S BASKETBALL ENDS GAME ON 18-0 RUN, OUTLASTS MAINE, 83-62
Brian Hodges scored 19 points for the second consecutive game
The Retrievers improved to 7-10 overall and 3-3 in the unpredictable America East Conference, while
The first 34 minutes looked eerily similar to UMBC other nail-biters at home this season as the Retrievers blew a double digit lead. The home side built a 26-14 lead on a Brian Hodges jumper with 7:24 remaining in the first half, but the Black Bears rallied behind 18 first half points by junior guard Rashard Turner to bring the visitors to within 36-34 at halftime.
Maine took its first lead since an early 6-4 advantage when senior forward Freddy Petkus hit the Bearsí tenth three-point field goal to give his squad a 50-48 advantage with 13:26 remaining. UMBC inched back ahead, but a pair of Petkusí free throws kept the Bears within 65-62 with 6:35 remaining.
Five of the seven Retrievers who saw action scored in double figures. Hodges led all scorers with 19 points, hitting three of four shots from behind the arc in a 15-point second half. Greene, who played all 40 minutes, tied his career high with 16 points and added four assists, three steals and no turnovers. Dinkins posted his first career double-double with 16 points and a career high 13 rebounds. Juniors Chris Pugh and Mike Housman added ten points each.
Hodges is now averaging 18.0 points per game in his last three outings, while UMBC is now 5-0 when Housman scores in double figures.
Rashard Turner led
UMBC hit 17 of 28 shots (60.7%) in the second half and eight of 13 from behind the arc. They finished at 52.4% for the game. They also outrebounded