Email This Page
Hodges Leads Four in Double Figures as UMBC Men's Basketball Defeats GW, 89-79
—The UMBC men’s basketball team produced one of the top victories in program history as they defeated George Washington, 89-79 before a holiday crowd of 2,312 at the RAC Arena.
Senior guard Brian Hodges, named America East Player of the Game, hit a career-best seven 3-pt. field goals and led all scorers with 27 points. The Retrievers improved to 4-1, its best start since a 5-0 beginning to the 2000-01 season. George Washington, which has earned three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, dropped to 2-1.
“This win says a lot about our program,” head coach Randy Monroe said. “I feel very fortunate to be coaching these young men. They showed a great deal of character bouncing back about a tough loss to
The Colonials came out on fire, hitting 10 of their first 12 shots and eventually building 28-16 lead. But sparked by the inspired play of junior forward Darryl Proctor, who hit six of seven first half shots, the Retrievers went on a 17-4 run to take its first lead of the game at 33-32 with 1:13 remaining in the first half.
The Retrievers would not relinquish the advantage. Leading 35-34 at intermission, Hodges hit back-to-back trifectas as UMBC opened the second half on an 8-0 run. After GW’s Wynton Witherspoon hit a jumper to trim the lead to 49-43, UMBC surged again, outscoring the visitors 15-3 to lead 64-46 with 9:56 remaining.
GW whittled the lead back to eight points on another Witherspoon jumper at 67-59 with 5:46 to play. But Hodges answered on the next possession with another bomb to stem the tide. The Colonials would get as close as 85-79 with 49 seconds remaining, but senior guard Ray Barbosa hit two free throws, and after a Colonial turnover, Proctor hit two more to put the hosts ahead, 89-79 with 31 seconds remaining.
Hodges hit seven of ten three-point attempts, one shy of tying a school record. The Retrievers were 12 of 25 from behind the arc, also missing tying a UMBC record by one.
“My teammates did a great job finding me by penetrating,” Hodges said. “Once my shot felt good, I wasn’t going to stop shooting until I missed.”
Hodges led four Retrievers in double figures, as the Retrievers surpassed the 70-point for the fifth straight game. Barbosa added 21 points, while Proctor and senior forward Cavell Johnson tallied 17 each. Proctor added a game-high 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the season, as UMBC outrebounded the larger Colonials, 42-32. Junior guard Jay Greene contributed 10 assists for his second double-figure assist contest of the season.
Witherspoon led George Washington with 21 points, hitting nine of 11 from the charity stripe.
Hodges moved into 11th place on UMBC’s all-time scoring list with 1,172 points, surpassing Kareem
The Retrievers will host local rival