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MEN'S BASKETBALL LOSES LATE LEAD; BOWS TO ST. FRANCIS (PA, 73-68
-- Freshman Darshan Luckey scored a game-high 25 points and was one of five Red Flash players in double figures, as the Saint Francis University menís basketball team won its fourth straight game, defeating UMBC, 73-68, in Northeast Conference action at the Stokes Center on Monday evening.
Jason Osborne, Dan Swoger, Steveroy Daley and John Plenty each chipped in 11 points for Saint Francis, which improved to 7-5 and 3-0 in the NEC.
Sophomore Andrew Feeley scored a career-high 22 points for UMBC (3-9, 1-2 NEC), which dropped its ninth straight decision. Feeley sank 10-of-11 shots from the floor and two-of-two from the line.
UMBC led 68-64 with 44 seconds remaining after Justin Wilson sank one-of-two shots from the free throw line. Swoger then pushed the ball the length of the floor, banking in a driving lay-up from the right side and drawing a foul with 39 seconds to play. The senior point guard sank the free throw to pull SFU within a point, 68-67.
The Retrievers would give the ball away seconds later on a steal by Daley, who converted on a lay-up to put the Flash ahead by a point, 69-68. After a missed jumper by UMBCís Kareem Washington, Swoger again found the open floor, hitting another driving lay-up to push the Red Flash lead to three, 71-68, with 12 seconds to play. Luckey would then seal the win, sinking a pair of free throws with six seconds to play.
The Flash led 38-29 at the intermission behind 15 first-half points from Luckey. UMBC however, would open the second half with a 12-2 run to surge ahead 41-40 on a lay-up by Feeley with 14 minutes remaining. The 6-9 sophomore scored 10 of his teamís 12 points in the second-half run.
UMBC outrebounded the Flash, 35-29. Feeley grabbed a game-high seven boards for the Retrievers.
Saint Francis shot 49.0 percent from the field (25-for-51) and 71.4 percent (20-for-28) from the free throw line. Daley finished the game five-for-five from the floor.