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Men's Basketball Turns Up the Defense in 78-60 Victory Over Vermont
Brian Hodges scored a game-high 21 points in UMBC's convincing win over Vermont.
The UMBC men’s basketball team turned to somewhat of a new formula, but managed to win its third straight America East game, defeating 2007 America East regular season champion Vermont, 78-60 before 2,207 fans at the RAC Arena.
UMBC tied the mark for its best 16-game record at 11-5 and moved to 3-0 in the conference.
Retriever senior guard Brian Hodges (Upper Marlboro,
The Retrievers have been playing predominantly zone defense with a seven-man rotation, but tonight UMBC went to a swarming man-to-man look and wore down the Catamounts. The 60 points allowed was the fewest by the Retrievers in a win vs. Division I competition this season.
“I thought the effort was tremendous tonight.” head coach Randy Monroe said. “They (the players) took on the challenge of the man-to-man defense and did a great job.”
The normal part of the formula was second-half excellence. The Retrievers entered the game having outscored its opponents by 92 points this season and quickly increased an eight-point halftime lead (32-24) to double digits and to as many as 24 points at late in the game.
UMBC never trailed, building a 22-10 lead on a Matt Spadafora (
UMBC hit 18 of 27 shots from the floor in the second half and were over 50 percent from the floor (31/58, 54.3%) for the second consecutive game. They held
Junior forward Darryl Proctor (