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Men's Basketball Wraps Up Home Schedule With Thrilling 80-77 Win over Maine
With the win, the Retrievers move into sole possession of fourth place in the America East Conference with a league mark of 7-8, while
Pugh earned America East Player of the Game honors with his effort, as he hit six of eight shots, including four of six behind the arc and four of four from the free throw line. Despite misfiring on two three-point attempts in the final seconds of play,
After hitting just over 33 percent from the floor in a 0-4 streak, the Retrievers have hit 50 percent or better in a win over
UMBC started slowly, as
The Retrievers continued their sharp-shooting in the second half and built three leads of ten, the final occurring as Pugh hit all three free throws with 5:37 to play. But the Black Bears kept coming on, and sophomore post Phil Tchekane Bofia hit a line drive three-pointer to cut the deficit to 78-77 with 32 seconds left. Retriever guard Thomas Young was fouled on the ensuing possession and hit both ends of a one-and-one with 24 seconds left. Reed had two heavily contested three-point attempts in the final six seconds, but could not convert as UMBC evened its home record at 6-6 on the season.
Hodges finished the game with 19 points and sophomore point guard Jay Greene came up one assist shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine helpers. Senior Mike Housman added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds and, in his 110th career game, hit his first two three-point field goal attempts.