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Men's Basketball Falters in Second Half, Drops 66-63 Decision to Albany
Junior Chris De La Rosa
BALTIMOREóThe UMBC menís basketball team shot 41 percent from the field in the first half, but Albany shot 57.7 percent in the second half to come from behind and defeat the Retrievers, 66-63, Wednesday night at the RAC.
UMBC (3-18, 2-6 America East) was led by America East Player of the Game, junior Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena), who led the team with 15 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. It was his fourth double-double of the season.
Grad student Justin Fry (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) and sophomore Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) each had 13, while freshman Chase Plummer (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick) had a season-high five steals.
The Retrievers led by 12 at halftime, 39-27, but were unable to stop Great Dane (11-12, 4-4) Logan Aronhalt, who scored 20 points and hit four threes in the second half, and Tim Ambrose who finished with 25 points.
After De La Rosa missed a three with 30 seconds to play, Ambrose threw an outlet pass to Mike Black, who laid it in and gave Albany its first lead since 16:24 of the first half.
After a time out, De La Rosaís jumper with seven seconds remaining went half-way down before coming out and the Retrievers were unable to secure the rebound.
For the game, UMBC shot 39.7 percent to Albanyís 38.5, while the Great Danes held a 41-39 rebounding edge.
The Retrievers will return to action Monday when they play at America East rival Stony Brook at 7p.m.