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Hodges Records 1,000th Career Point, But Men's Basketball Falls at Hartford, 62-54
The Hawks supplanted UMBC in fifth place in the league, winning their third straight and improving to 12-15 and 6-8 in the conference. The Retrievers matched their season-high by losing for the fourth straight time and fell to 9-17, 5-8.
On a positive note for UMBC, junior guard Brian Hodges became the 14th player in school history to hit the 1,000-point plateau. The milestone occurred as he hit the second of two free throw attempts with 8:36 to play in the second half.
But Hodges’ shooting slump continued and the Retrievers shot a paltry 29.2% from the field. UMBC was playing without senior forward Mike Housman, who did not make the trip due to illness. Housman’s presence was missed on the defensive end, as
The Retrievers defeated
UMBC missed 22 of 28 first half field goal attempts and trailed, 26-17 at intermission. They fell behind by eleven points on two occasions, but the Retrievers crept back by hitting 11 of 12 free throws over an 11-minute span. Hodges tied the game on a three-pointer from the left wing with 6:26 to play. But the UMBC press, which had bothered
The Hawks missed 11 of their first 22 free throw attempts, but made their final eight down the stretch. They rebuilt their lead to eight points on two occasions, but a Chris Pugh three gave UMBC some hope as they edged back to within 56-52 with 29 seconds to play. But the Hawks did not miss at the stripe on six attempts in the final 26 seconds.
Sophomore guard Thomas Young led UMBC with 16 points, Hodges added 14 and Pugh (11 points) and guard Jay Greene (10 points) were also in double figures.
UMBC plays two of its final three games at home, starting with “Senior Day” festivities on Sunday. The Retrievers will honor seniors Housman and Pugh before the 4:00 p.m. tip-off vs.