Brian Hodges scored 19 points on Wednesday.
Albany, N.Y. Ė The UMBC menís basketball team dropped a 62-50 decision to Albany on Wednesday night in America East Conference action at Albanyís Recreation and Convocation Center. Albany with the win moved to 11-8 on the year, 6-2 in the America East Conference while UMBC dropped to 7-11 on the season and 3-4 in league play.
Albany responded from a seven-point deficit in the second half behind Jason Siggers off the bench as Siggers, who entered the game averaging 3.1 points per game and 8.7 minutes per game, went 6-for-9 from the floor and 5-for-5 from three-point range to score 18 points in 17 minutes.
Albany trailed 33-26 after UMBC erased a 23-19 halftime deficit with a 10-0 run to begin the second stanza and built a seven-point lead at the 12:35 mark. Siggers would begin the Great Dane charge scoring all 18 points in the second period of play.
Siggers scored nine points in a two minute span as Albany took a 38-35 lead with 10:36 to play. UMBC would regain the lead at 39-38 with a free throw by Tom Young but would see Siggers drain another trey at the 8:47 mark, giving Albany the lead for good at 41-39.
Brian Hodges tried to keep the Retrievers in the game, hitting a couple of treys to keep the game in single digits, but Albany would prevail, pushing the lead above double figures and taking the 12-point victory.
Albany opened the game with a 14-0 run, taking advantage of UMBCís nine turnovers in the first 10 minutes and the Retrievers missing their first 9-of-10 shots from the field. UMBC rallied back as Hodges knocked down a trey at the buzzer to close the gap to 23-19 at the break.
Hodges finished with a game-high 19 points, going 6-of-15 from the field. Jerrell Dinkins added 10 points while John Zito led UMBC on the boards with 12 rebounds. Zito, who entered the game leading UMBC in scoring, was held to one point, going 0-for-9 from the floor.
UMBC shot 30.4 percent from the field shooting 17-for-56 from the field. Albany only managed 35.5 percent from the field on 22-of-62 shooting. Jamar Wilson, who entered the game ranking second in the conference with 17.4 ppg, was held by the Retriever defense to 2-of-15 shooting and nine points.
The Retrievers return to action on Saturday at Stony Brook.