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Greene Records 14 Points and 10 Assists, But Retrievers Fall Short of Michigan, 66-54
Ann Arbor, MIóThe UMBC menís basketball team trailed by just two points and halftime and led briefly in the second half, but the Retrievers (2-3) fell to host Michigan (7-0), 66-54, before an announced crowd of 9,078 at Crisler Arena.
Sophomore guard Jay Greene was brilliant in defeat, scoring 14 points and added 10 assists for his first career double-double. Greene committed just one turnover in 39 minutes of action. Junior guard Brian Hodges, starting in place of sophomore Thomas Young, led UMBC with 18 points. Young did not travel with the team, as he attended the funeral of a family member.
The Retreivers led for much of the first half, jumping out to an 8-2 lead on three-point field goals by Greene and Hodges. They still led, 17-13, midway through the half, but the Wolverines went on a 9-0 run to go ahead, 22-17 at the 4:37 mark. UMBC battled back to tie the score at 22 and 24, and went to halftime behind by only 26-24.
Senior forward Mike Housman capped an early 6-0 run in the second half with a jumper to give UMBC its last lead at 32-31 with 17 minutes remaining. But Michigan, which heated up from the field after an icy start, went on pivotal 10-0 run to forge ahead, 41-32 with 14:19 to play. The Retrievers responded with field goals by seniors Chris Pugh and Housman, but
UMBC hit 35.1 percent from the floor (20/57), 37.5 percent (6/16) from behind the arc and eight of nine from the free throw line. They only committed 11 turnovers and forced 16 Wolverine miscues.
Housman and Pugh each had eight rebounds for UMBC. 6-foot-11 Courtney Sims led
UMBC returns to action on Monday when they travel across town to take on