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Jackson, De La Rosa Post Double-Doubles, But Men's Basketball's Fierce Rally Falls Short in Loss to Coppin State
BALTIMORE, Md.—Four Retrievers scored in double figures, but a first half drought put UMBC in a double-digit halftime hole, and Coppin State’s Vince Goldsberry scored 18 points to lead five Eagles players in double figures as Coppin State (4-1) defeated UMBC (0-4),77-66, on Wednesday night at the RAC Arena.
Retriever sophomore wing Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md./Brewster Academy) led the UMBC offense with a 14-point second half effort and scored a game-high 20 points overall. Junior post Robbie Jackson (Aberdeen, Md./Prince Avenue Prep/Marshall) scored 17 and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Jackson was named UMBC's America East Player of the Game.
UMBC jumped out to a 7-0 lead and were in front, 18-14 at the 8:35 mark of the first half. But the Eagles made nine of their last 14 shots of the half and the Retrievers made only three of their final 14 and Coppin State took a 36-25 halftime advantage.
The visitors built the lead to as many as 19 points at 54-35 with 11:14 remaining, but the Retrievers would stage a rally. A three-pointer by freshman wing Shawn Grant brought UMBC to within four points at 62-58 with 1:53 remaining in the game.
After a made free throw by Coppin’s Lenny Young and an offensive rebound by Kareem Brown, Coppin then made all 12 free throw attempts in the final 1:31 to secure the victory.
Sophomore guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) also posted a double-double with career highs in points (12) and assists (11). Grant added 11 points off the bench. But UMBC committed 17 turnovers and Coppin State outscored the Retrievers, 22-8, in points off turnovers to key their efforts.