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Gilliam Sparks Men's Basketball With 22 Points, But Retrievers Nipped, 69-66, by Loyola
Junior guard Jamal Barney scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half as visiting Loyola (2-1) held off UMBC (0-2), 69-66, in the 43rd meeting between the two Baltimore-area schools. UMBC sophomore wing Chauncey Gilliam scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Retrievers.
The host Retrievers rallied from a 36-26 halftime deficit and took their first lead of the second half at 49-48 on a Gilliam foul line jumper with 6:58 remaining. Loyola countered with a quick 7-0 run, capped by a pair of driving layups by Barney. But UMBC responded with a 9-2 surge and took a 58-57 lead on a long three-point field goal by Gilliam with 3:03 remaining.
Each team scored on the next five possessions, with the Greyhounds taking the lead for good at 63-62 on a pair of Brett Harvey free throws with 1:40 to play. After Retriever guard Chris De La Rosa rattled out a jumper with 1:19 to play, Loyola guard Brian Rudolph made a pair of free throws 18 seconds later to give the visitors a three-point lead
De La Rosa hit a driving layup with 41 seconds to play to cut the lead to 65-64, but Barney attacked the basket before the shot clock ran down and converted with 11.7 seconds left to restore the three-point margin. After a UMBC timeout, De La Rosa was fouled before he could attempt a tying three-pointer. He hit two free throws, but
Sophomore forward Anthony Winbush was the other Greyhound in double figures with 14 points. UMBC freshman wing Shawn Grant hit three of four behind the arc in an 11-point effort, while Spadafora had ten points and tied a career-high with seven caroms.
UMBC hit 13 of 25 shots from the floor in the second half and were at 48.9 percent (22 of 45) for the game. But the Retrievers dug a double-digit deficit by committing 13 of 17 turnovers in the first 20 mintues.
Loyola has won three straight in the series and leads, 25-18.