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TOM SULLIVAN WINS CAREER GAME #250 AS UMBC SNAPS SLIDE WITH 73-58 WIN OVER ST. FRANCIS (NY)
Junior guard Kareem Washington scored a career high 27 points, and UMBC (4-9, 2-2 NEC) snapped a nine-game losing slide with a 73-58 victory over St. Francis (NY) (3-10, 0-4 NEC) in a Northeast Conference game.The victory was the 250th in the career of Retriever Head Coach Tom Sullivan (250-238) in his 18th season as a head coach. The Retrievers closed the first half on an 11-0 run to wipe out a 25-21 deficit with 4:50 to play in the half, and led, 32-25 at intermission. The visiting Terriers, who fell for the fifth consecutive time, trimmed the margin to 34-33 on a Cliff Strong layup with 15:50 to play, but could never regain the lead. St. Francis trailed just 61-55 after a Mike Wilson fallaway jumper with 3:35 remaining, but UMBC scored the next six points of the game and the Terriers missed five of their final six attempts from the floor as the Retrievers closed the contest on a 12-3 run.Senior guard Justin Wilson hit all eight of his free throw attempts in the final eleven minutes (10 of 10 for the game) and finished with 14 points and 6 assists. Washington scored 17 points in the final 20 minutes, including a pair of three point goals within a span of two minutes midway through the second half to give UMBC a comfortable lead. The Retrievers hit a season best 28 of 33 free throw attempts (84.8%), including 17 of 19 in the second half. Strong, who scored his 1,000th collegiate point in the first half, led St. Francis with 20 points and he added a game-high 12 rebounds. Senior guard Mike Wilson added 15 points for the Terriers. St. Francis hit just 5 of 24 from behind the arc.