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Men's Basketball Falls, 58-57 at Hartford; Top-Seeded Retrievers to Play Noon Quarterfinal on March 8
UMBC will take on the winner of the No. 8 Stony Brook vs. No. 9 Maine contest (Friday, March 7, 7:00 p.m).on Saturday, March 8 at noon. Should the Retrievers advance, they would face the No. 4 Vermont vs. No. 5 Binghamton winner in the noon semifinal on Sunday.
UMBC senior post Cavell Johnson (
Those were the only two Retrievers in double figures. UMBC shot only 33.3 percent from the floor, hitting 22 of 66 field goal attempts, a season-low in conference play. The Retrievers, who hit 14 three-point field goals vs.
Despite that, UMBC had three chances to take the lead in the final 41 seconds. After senior guard Ray Barbosa (
This time, Barbosa tried a driving reverse layup, but could not convert and
On the UMBC inbounds play, Barbosa attempted an off-balance three, but hit shot was short. Johnson got the rebound, but was unable to get a shot up before the horn sounded.
UMBC went ahead, 4-3, but Hartford led for the final 38 minutes, except for a span of 1:23 late in the first half, when Hodges hit his third three-pointer of the half to give UMBC a 29-28 lead with 5:21 to play in the half. UH led 36-33 at intermission and stretched the lead to as many as eight points early in the second half.
Junior guard Jay Greene (
UMBC had 13 second-half offensive rebounds, but hit just nine of 34 attempts in the second stanza.