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Men's Basketball Goes Cold in Second Half, Falls in Opener at St. Peter's, 67-56
The loss was UMBCís first in an opener since a setback vs. Pitt to open the 1998-99 season, while St. Peterís started 1-0 for the first time since the 1999-00 campaign.
The Retrievers trailed for nearly the entire firsr half, but tied the game late in the stanza at 31-all, before St. Peterís took a 33-31 advantage at intermission. UMBC opened the second half on a 6-0 run on a three-point play by Mike Housman and a three-point field goal by Jay Greene to lead, 37-33 with 17:39 remaining. But the Retrievers would proceed to miss ten consecutive shots and were outscored 16-0 over the next eight minutes. Chris Pughís three-point field goal with 9:46 remaining broke the run and a subsequent jumper by Brian Hodges cut the deficit to 49-42 with nine minutes remaining.
The Retrievers hit just eight of 31 attempts in the second half and were 20 of 61 (32.8%) for the game. Pugh led UMBC with 17 points and Greene added 10 points and six assists. Sophomore post Uwem Eshietedoho was UMBCís leading rebounder with seven boards, while freshman post Justin Fry had five points and blocked three shots.
The Retrievers return to action and open the home schedule vs. Loyola on Tuesday at the RAC Arena. The game will be televised live by MASN with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.