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MEN'S HOOPS FALLS IN OVERTIME AT MOUNT ST. MARY'S
The Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team defeated UMBC, 82-74, in overtime on Tuesday night. Mount St. Mary's improves to 9-12 overall and 4-8 in the Northeast Conference while UMBC falls to 6-15, 4-8.
Mount St. Mary's used the three-point shot to build a 45-33 halftime lead. Mount freshman Landy Thompson was sizzling in the first half, hitting 7-13 from three-point range and scoring 23 points. As a team, Mount St. Mary's was 11-23 from beyond the arc in the half.
The Mount led 50-37 in the second half before UMBC went on a 19-2 run to take a 56-52 lead with 11:15 left in the game. UMBC, playing without three starters and having only seven healthy players in uniform, led by as many as six points in the second half. Mount St. Mary's regained the lead on a Kiel Butler jumper with 2:18 left. A Nick Dodson dunk made it 68-65, but UMBC's Kareem Washington drilled a clutch three-pointer with 1:14 left to make the score 68-68. Butler scored a lay-up with 45 seconds left to give the Mount a two-point lead, but Washington forced overtime with a drive to the basket with three seconds on the clock.
The Mount never trailed in the overtime, taking the lead for good on a Butler jumper with 3:53 remaining. The Mount led 76-74 with 1:56 left, and Washington had three chances from inside to tie the game, but came up empty. Mount hit six-of-eight from the line the rest of the way to complete the scoring. The Mount win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Retrievers.
All three freshmen that started for UMBC set season highs, led by John Zito's team high 19 points (6/7 fg) and 9 rebounds. P.J. Hatcher added 16 points and Jerrell Dinkins, in his first start added 10 in all 45 minutes of action. Washington approached a "triple-double" with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists as he had to start at point guard in the absense of both Rob Gogerty and Justin Wilson. Both Gogerty (ankle) and Wilson (knee, leg) are out indefinetely, and sophomore center Andrew Feeley also did not play, as he is attending his grandfather's funeral in New Jersey.
The Mount set a school record and tied the NEC record with 42 three-point field goals in the game. Mount St. Mary's was 13-42 from long range in the game. The Retrievers hit a stunning 24 of their first 32 attempts from the floor (75%) and finished the game at 57.1%. UMBC did commit 19 turnovers to the Mount's 6, and were 0/6 from the floor in overtime. The Retrievers are now 0-3 in overtime games this year, falling three times on the road in NEC games. UMBC, which has lost four straight, is 2-11 in their last 13 overtime affairs.