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Greene Hits the 1,000-Point Mark, But Men's Basketball Falls at Albany, 80-71
Albany, N.Y.—UMBC senior guard Jay Greene (Whitehall, Pa.) became the 15th player in school history to score 1,000 career points, but the Retrievers dropped a hard-fought 80-71 decision to host Albany to end a grueling road trip.
Greene’s first of two made free throws with 9:44 remaining was number 1,000 and his second capped a 17-4 run which erased a 52-40 deficit and gave UMBC (8-11, 2-5 America East) a 57-56 lead with 9:44 remaining.
But Albany (12-8, 4-3) steals on the next two UMBC possessions resulted in a pair of UA 3-point field goals and the hosts reclaimed a five point advantage at 62-57 with 8:22 remaining.
On two occasions, the Retrievers crept with two points, with the final time occurring on Darryl Proctor’s (District Heights, Md.) jumper which cut the deficit to 71-69 with 4:20 remaining. But that was to be UMBC’s final field goal of the night as Albany hit four straight free throws to stretch the lead to 75-69 with 2:42 remaining.
UMBC’s best chance occurred when Albany committed a shot clock violation with 1:11 remaining and leading 75-70. Junior forward Justin Fry (New Bloomfield, Pa.) was set up for a 3-point attempt at the top of the key with 1:01 to play, but his shot was too strong and Albany grabbed the rebound and hit two additional free throws to seal the win.
UMBC freshman wing Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md.) led the team with 18 points and six rebounds. He hit all eight shots from the free throw line and was five-of-nine from the floor. Greene finished with 16 points, while Proctor posted his 27th straight game in double figures with 15 points.
Albany came into the game hitting 28.5 percent from behind the arc and hitting only 4.3 treys per game, but made 10 of 18 in the contest. UA sophomore guard Tim Ambrose led all scorers with 26 points.
UMBC made 19 of 22 shots from the stripe, but just two of 13 from behind the arc and were outrebounded, 36-25. Albany was 29 of 54 from the floor (53.7%) for the contest.
The Retrievers finish the first cycle of America East play on Wednesday, Jan. 28 when they return home to face Binghamton.