De La Rosa Returns to Form With 25 Points, but Men's Basketball Falls at Albany, 83-67
Albany, N.Y.-The host Albany Great Danes buried 13 of 25 shots behind the arc and defeated UMBC, 83-67 before 2,638 fans at SEFCU Arena.
UMBC junior guard Chris De La Rosa led all scorers with 25 points, hitting 9-of-18 shots from the floor. He was the Retrievers' America East Player of the Game.
The Great Danes hit 10 of their first 16 shots from the floor and built a 27-8 advantage at the 10:46 mark of the half. After scoring eight points in first 9:36, UMBC scored 20 in last 9:24, but the Great Danes hit six of 14 shots from behind the arc and took a 44-28 lead into the break.
A Jamar Wertz follow cut the deficit to 53-40 with 13:26 to go, but Albany went on a 8-1 run to gain a comfortable margin.
Four Great Danes scored in double figures, led by Logan Aronhalt's 19 points.
Albany hit 30 of 55 shots for the game (54.5%), while UMBC was 26 of 59 (44.1%).
UMBC will compete in the first round of the America East Tournament on Thursday, March 3.