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MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS ALBANY, 76-61, WILL FACE STONY BROOK IN OPENING ROUND OF AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT
The Retrievers are the #8 seed in next weekend’s America East Tournament and must face #9 Stony Brook in an opening round game at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. The winner would advance to take on
UMBC had been outstanding at home this season as they entered the game with an 8-3 mark and were shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor in seven league home games. But the Retrievers could not find the range today, hitting just nine of 25 shots from the floor in the first half and converting on 38.9 percent (21 of 54) for the game.
The Retrievers hung in throughout much of the first half and a layup by John Zito kept UMBC with four points at 28-24 with 2:16 to play in the half. But Iati, who had not scored in double figures since the calendar turned to 2006, hit a three-pointer, a field goal and two free throws to give the Great Danes a 35-26 halftime advantage. Iati hit six of nine shots from the floor, four of seven from behind the arc and all four three throw attempts (20 points) in 12 minutes of play.
The Great Danes put the game away midway through the second half and they outscored UMBC, 18-7, over a span of six minutes to extend an eight-point advantage at 49-41 to a game-high of 19 points at 67-48 with 5:31 to play.
UMBC seniors John Zito and Jerrell Dinkins, who were honored before the game, scored 16 and 10 points respectively for UMBC. Junior guard Chris Pugh contributed 10 points, five assists and no turnovers and held
Iati finished six-of-10 from behind the arc, as his team was 12 of 23 for the game. They also outrebounded UMBC, 40-25.