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Men's Basketball Challenges First-Place Stony Brook, But Retrievers Fall, 80-68
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Despite a gritty effort by the visiting UMBC, first-place Stony Brook outscored the Retrievers, 46-33, in the second half and prevailed, 80-68, at Pritchard Gymnasium.
UMBC sophomore forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J.) led all scorers with 18 points and he added eight rebounds, despite battling foul trouble for most of the second half. Junior guards Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J.) and Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Senior post Jake Wasco (Philadelphia, Pa.) had a game-best 10 rebounds and added 6 points while freshman guard Joey Getz (Philadelphia, Pa.) came off the bench to score 9 points and record 3 steals.
Stony Brook reserve guard Anthony Jackson led the hosts with 17 points.
The Seawolves won their eighth consecutive game and improved to 17-7 overall and 12-1 in the America East Conference. UMBC fell for the sixth straight time and slipped to 3-21, 2-10.
The Retrievers led for the majority of the first half, as they hit 16 of 27 shots from the floor. The biggest lead was at 18-13 midway through the half, but the hosts kept it close by hitting 6 of 12 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes. For the second time in the last three games, UMBC led at the break, holding a slim 35-34 advantage.
Back-to-back 3-point field goals by Cook and Plummer gave the Retrievers a 41-36 lead with 16:05 to play and Neller had two chances to extend the lead to eight, but misfired on a pair of attempts from behind the arc.
Stony Brook would then make the crucial run of the game, outscoring UMBC, 19-6 over the next eight minutes and the Seawolves took a 55-47 advantage. UMBC turned ice cold from the floor, missing on 12 of its first 16 attempts of the second half.
Neller converted a trey to get the visitors to within 64-60 with 2:50 remaining, but the Seawolves scored field goals on their next two possessions and hit 16 second-half free throws to extend their winning streak over UMBC to eight in a row.
Stony Brook had defeated UMBC, 89-49, at the RAC Arena on Jan. 11.
UMBC held slight advantages in shooting from the floor and on the boards (37-35), but hit only 5-of-23 from behind the arc.
The Retrievers host New Hamphire on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1:00 p.m.