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Men's Basketball Suffers Home Loss to Streaking Boston University
Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC men’s basketball team opened the game on a16-6 spurt, but went scoreless for the next eight and a half minutes and fell to the red-hot Boston University Terriers, 82-65, before 2,717 fans at the RAC Arena.
The Terriers won for the sixth straight game and tied Vermont for the top spot in the conference at 7-2. UMBC fell to 9-13 overall and 3-7 in the league.
Four Retrievers scored in double figures, led by senior forward Darryl Proctor (District Heights, Md.) who recorded 18 points and added a game-high nine rebounds. Senior guard Jay Greene, named UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, scored 17 points and added a game high five assists. Juniors Justin Fry (New Bloomfield, Pa.) and Matt Spadafora (Richboro, Pa.) scored 12 and 10 points respectively.
Terrier freshman forward Jake O’Brien led all scorers with 25 points and was BU’s America East Player of the Game.
UMBC hit its first five shots and built a 16-6 advantage when Proctor hit a jumper with 14:04 remaining in the half. But the visitors would go on an 18-0 as the Retrievers missed their next ten shots from the floor and fell behind, 24-16 with 7:26 remaining in the half. BU built a 12-point lead, but a pair of three-point field goals in the final three minutes of the half by Greene helped trim the deficit 35-30 at intermission.
The Retrievers opened the second half by hitting eight of their first 11 shots, but could not close ground as O’Brien scored 13 points in the first eight minutes of the half.
The game’s key sequence occurred after Proctor’s two free throws cut the deficit to 66-61 with 4:14 remaining. After the second made free throw, play was halted as Boston wing Matt Wolff tumbled to the ground. After a lengthy delay and review of the television replay by the officials, UMBC freshman forward Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md.) was assessed a flagrant foul and ejected from the game.
Wolff made one of two free throws, and BU wing John Holland hit a three-pointer on the ensuing possession. After Spadafora hit a pair of free throws, Holland buried another long three to give the Terriers a secure 73-63 advantage with 2:37 remaining.
Notes: Greene moved past Brian Watkins (1989-93) and into 14th place on UMBC’s all-time scoring list with 1,043 points. ..Fry scored in double figures for the third straight game for the first time in his career…The Boston win snapped a three-game losing streak at the RAC Arena…UMBC’s next game is at Maine on Saturday…The Retrievers learned that they will play at Rider University on Saturday, Feb. 21 as part of ESPNU’s BracketBusters.