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Barbosa and Retrievers Blazes Nets in Columbus, But Retrievers Fall to Buckeyes, 92-83
Ray Barbosa tied a school record with eight 3-pt. field goals.
Columbus, Ohio—Senior guard Ray Barbosa tied a UMBC school record with eight three-point field goals in a 32-point effort, but a game effort by the Retrievers fell just short, as fell, 92-83 to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
UMBC ends the non-conference season at 8-5, while the last year’s national finalists improved to 9-2. The Retrievers smashed the school record by hitting 17 (of 35) three-point field goals, as Barbosa tied the school mark by converting on eight (of 14).
Barbosa hit nine of 14 shots in the second half, including six of nine from behind the arc, as he amassed 24 points in the final 20 minutes. UMBC whittled a 17-point deficit with 7:19 remaining to just six points at 83-77 on a Barbosa three-pointer with 1:33 remaining. After OSU’s David Lighty missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity, Barbosa’s three-pointer from the top of the key was short and Buckeye guard Jamar Butler made four consecutive free throws to restore a more comfortable 10-point advantage with 33 seconds to play.
UMBC has recorded its most non-conference wins prior to entering league play. The Retrievers open America East competition at Stony Brook on Thursday.
Earlier this season vs. Goucher, the Retrievers had tied a 13-year old school record by hitting 13 from behind the arc. The 35 attempts also ties a school record.
Barbosa led four Retrievers in double figures, Junior forward Darryl Proctor recorded his third double-double of the season with 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, junior guard Jay Greene posted 14 points and nine assists, and senior guard Brian Hodges added 13 points.
Sophomore forward Justin Fry remained sidelined with a sprained ankle, so six Retrievers played 199 of 200 minutes.
UMBC fell behind, 27-16, but a Barbosa three-pointer capped an 8-1 run to bring UMBC within 28-26 with 9:00 remaining. The Retrievers were within 39-35 after another Barbosa trifecta at the 4:13 mark, but the Buckeyes closed the half on a 10-2 run to take a 49-37 lead at intermission.