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Minus Greene and Hodges, Men's Basketball Falls at 20th-Ranked Marquette, 68-46
The Retrievers played the game without the services of their top two scorers, junior reserve guard Brian Hodges and sophomore guard Jay Greene. Hodges served a one-game suspension for violation of a team rule. Hodges, the reigning America East Conference Player of the Week, received an unsportsmanlike technical foul in the second half of Tuesday’s game at George Washington. Greene, the conference’s league-leader in assists, suffered a sprained knee ligament vs. the Colonials and was unable to play. Only six Retrievers saw action in the game, and senior guard Chris Pugh and freshman forward Justin Fry played all 40 minutes.
Both teams started sluggishly as
But the Retrievers would not quit, first slicing the lead to 13 points at 41-28 after Thomas Young’s three-point field goal with 13:46 remaining.
Young tied his career high with 17 points, scoring 13 of those in the second half. Pugh added 15 points, as both players hit six of 13 shots from the floor. Matt Spadafora was the lone non-starter to see action and the red-shirt freshman had season high in points (4), rebounds (6) and minutes played (32).
UMBC hit 12 of 26 shots (46.2%) in the second half, but could not recover from the 22 turnovers.
The Retrievers complete their four-game road swing with a game at William & Mary on Dec. 22.