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Wasco Shatters Career Highs and Posts Double-Double, But Boston's Marksmanship Downs Retrievers, 75-63
B oston, Mass.—UMBC sophomore post Jake Wasco (Philadelphia, Pa.) smashed career highs in scoring and rebounding and posted his first career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, but the visiting Retrievers dropped a tough 75-63 decision at Boston University on Tuesday.
Wasco earned his first career America East Player of the Game honor.
UMBC wore out the Terriers inside, outscoring them, 36-18, in the paint and outshooting their hosts, 43 percent to 39 percent from the floor. But the trio of John Holland (25 points), Corey Lowe (20 points) and Jake O’Brien (20 points) scored 65 of Boston’ s 75 points and buried 10 of their 11 three-point field goals in the win.
Four Retrievers scored in double figures, led by sophomore guards Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y.) and Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md.), who scored 13 points each. Wasco added a dozen, while freshman post Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn.) added 10 points.
With Wasco making his first start of the season, UMBC jumped out to a 7-0 lead, and still led, 13-10 with 11:56 remaining in the first half. But the Terriers scored the next six points and held the lead for the remainder of the first half, as Holland capped his 15-point first stanza with a fast break lay-up just before the halftime horn. Boston University tied its first half largest lead by taking a 36-28 lead into intermission.
The Terriers quickly extended the lead to as many as 15 points at 47-32, but UMBC would battle back with a 10-2 run to trail 49-42 with 11:37 to play. Satchell’s short bank shot with 6:18 to play brought the Retrievers to within 59-53, but O’Brien buried a trifecta on the next possession to thwart the rally.
UMBC missed two front ends of one-and-one free throw attempts in the final five minutes. De La Rosa driving layup and free throw with just under one minute remaining whittled the deficit to 71-63, but the Retrievers were unable to score again.
Wasco’s previous career highs were six points vs. Rider on Dec. 12 and five rebounds at Virginia Tech on Dec. 22, figures he had eclipsed by halftime.
UMBC becomes the final conference squad to play a league home game on Thursday when they entertain Hartford. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the RAC Arena.