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MEN'S BASKETBALL DROPS 76-64 DECISION TO LIU
Visiting Long Island University hit 13 of its first 23 shots from the floor and led for the final 35 minutes of play as the Blackbirds (5-9, 3-2 NEC) defeated UMBC (4-10, 2-3 NEC), 76-64 in a Northeast Conference contest. LIU won both games during its trip to Maryland, defeating Mt. St. Mary's two nights ago, after dropping five straight. UMBC has now lost ten of its last eleven games. After UMBC's Kareem Washington hit a layup to cut LIU's early lead to 11-10 with 12:50 to play in the opening half, LIU went on a 20-7 run over the next six minutes to take control at 31-17 with 6:32 remaining in the half. LIU hit 6 of its first 8 shots from behind the arc as senior guard Maurice Yearwood hit three trifectas in that run, scoring 11 first half points. The Retrievers cut the deficit to 40-31 at intermission, but the Blackbirds scored the first nine points of the second half and maintained a double digit lead the rest of the way. LIU senior guard Antawn Dobie recorded a "double-double" with 19 points and 10 assists. Yearwood added 16 points, sophomore forward Derek Bell scored 15, and senior forward JaJa Bey totalled 14 points. Bell also added 9 rebounds. The Blackbirds hit 9 of 18 shots from behind the arc.UMBC was led by junior guard Kareem Washington, who scored 19 points and added 9 rebounds. Sophomore center Andrew Feeley added 12 points, and freshman wingman P.J. Hatcher scored 10. UMBC hit just 20 of 60 shots from the floor, missing numerous opportunities inside the paint throughout the game.