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Men's Basketball Rallies to Vanquish Saint Peter's, 81-78 in Opener Before Big RAC Crowd
The win avenged a Peacock 67-56 win in the 2006-07 opener in
Senior newcomer Ray Barbosa (
After an early tie at 2-2, Saint Peterís utilized some brilliant shooting led for the nearly all of first 35 minutes of play. The Retrievers took their first lead of the game at 69-68 as senior guard Brian Hodges (Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara) had a stick-back of a missed shot with 4:30 remaining. The Peacocks would recapture the lead and held a 73-72 advantage inside of two minutes remaining.
But Barbosa was fouled going after a loose ball on a Nick Leon turnover and the James Madison transfer hit two free throws to give the hosts the lead for good at 74-73 with 1:52 remaining. After a Peacock turnover and a missed jumper by UMBC, the gameís key play occurred when Saint Peterís freshman post Ryan Bacon missed a dunk with 42 seconds remaining and the Retrievers ran down the loose ball. After whittling down the clock, junior guard Jay Greene (
Greene would come up with a steal on Saint Peterís next possession and converted both free throws with seven seconds left to give UMBC a 78-73 lead with seven seconds remaining.
Greene, who led the America East Conference in assists last season, recorded 10 and posted zero turnovers in 37 minutes of action. He scored eight points and added four steals. Hodges, who moved into 12th place on UMBCís all-time scoring list with 1,094 points, added 14 points, while junior newcomer Darryl Proctor (
Senior James Madison transfer Cavell Johnson (
Senior guard Raul Orta, who hit all six field goal attempts in the first half, led the Peacocks with 19 points, while freshman guard Darryl Lampley debuted with 15 points.
Saint Peterís his 17 of 29 shots in the first half, including seven of 13 from behind the arc. They finished at 51.8% (29/56) for the game. The guests led, 43-36 at intermission.
UMBC hit just 40 percent (24/60), but made 27 (of 37) free throws, 17 more than their guests. The Retrievers outrebounded the Peacocks, 36-32 and forced 17 turnovers, while committing just nine.
UMBC returns to action on Tuesday night at LaSalle.
Notes: Greene recorded 10 or more assists for the fourth time in his careerÖ UMBC has now won its last five home openers and eight of the last tenÖ UMBCís highs in free throws made (25) and attempted (35) last year occurred on Nov. 27 at