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MEN'S BASKETBALL BREAKS ROAD HEX, DEFEATS ST. FRANCIS (NY), 69-66
Brooklyn Heights, NY--UMBC broke its NEC road hex, winning a tight 69-66 decision at St. Francis (NY) at Pope P.E. Center. UMBC improved to 5-11 overall, 3-4 NEC, while the Terriers dropped to 4-12, 1-6.
UMBC led by as many as eleven points early, but the Terriers hit 5 three-point goals down the stretch of the first 20 minutes to shave the Retrievers' halftime margin to 36-34. The second half featured seven ties and neither team would get more than a four-point lead until very late in the game. UMBC took the lead for good when Andrew Feeley hit a free throw to put UMBC in front, 60-59 with 3:31 remaining. The Retrievers appeared to seal the game when Kareem Washington hit two free throws to give UMBC a 68-63 lead with 12 seconds left. But the Terriers' Tory Cavalieri hit a three-point goal with 3 seconds left and Rob Gogerty missed the second of two free throw attempts after he was held on the ensuing inbounds play. St. Francis got the ball with 2.7 seconds left, but Christian Brown's desperation shot from midcourt at the buzzer was short.
Washington led all scorers with 20 points, while Feeley had a strong second half performance and finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds. UMBC hit 21 of 38 shots (55.3%) and 27 of 37 from the charity stripe, while holding the Terriers to 34.0% shooting.
UMBC was 0-7 on the road entering the game, with three NEC road losses all occuring when UMBC had a lead inside the final minute of play.