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MEN'S BASKETBALL COMES UP JUST SHORT AT UNH, 68-65
Durham, N.H.—The UMBC men’s basketball team nearly overcame a double-digit second half deficit, but just fell short as the New Hampshire Wildcats nipped the Retrievers, 68-65 at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UMBC (8-13 overall) fell to 1-9 on the road this season and are now 4-6 in league play. UNH, which earned the sweep over UMBC, improved to 9-13, 6-5.
After trailing by 12 points at halftime and still down 55-43 with 12 minutes remaining, the Retrievers had two chances to take the lead in the final moments. Trailing 66-65 with remaining, guard Brian Hodges drove the lane, but left a layup short and the rebound went off of Jerrell Dinkins and out of bounds. The Retrievers stopped UNH on the next possession, but Chris Pugh was whistled for a controversial traveling call with 13 seconds remaining.
After UNH’s Jermaine Anderson hit a pair of free throws with 10.9 seconds left, Hodges had a chance to tie, but his three-point attempt was just long and UMBC could not gather the rebound.
UMBC took a 10-5 lead, but a 17-0 UNH run gave the hosts a 27-14 lead midway through the first half. The Wildcats hit 7 of 13 from behind the arc in the first half and were 10 of 25 for the game.
Senior forward John Zito led UMBC with 15 points and 12 rebounds, his third double-double of the season and the fifth of his career. Hodges and guard Jay Greene added 11 points each, but Hodges was 0-for-5 from behind the arc.
Blagoj Janev scored all of his game-high 16 points in the first half. UNH hit 20 of 22 free throws in the contest.
UMBC returns to action at Boston University on Wednesday.