Men's Basketball Starts Slowly, Falls to Visiting Albany
BALTIMORE- The Albany Great Danes improved to 9-2 on the road this season with a 79-56 victory over UMBC at the RAC Arena.
UMBC junior forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./St. Patrick) led all scorers with 15 points, while senior guard Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Bros. Acad.) added 12. Neller hit four 3-point field goals, moving him into fourth place on UMBC's all-time list with 232.
Albany (7-4 America East, 18-7) senior guard Jacob Iati led a balanced attack with 14 points, scoring all 14 after halftime.
UMBC struggled from the start, misfiring on 22 of first 26 attempts from the floor. However, Neller drained back-to-back threes in a span of 31 seconds and brought the hosts to within, 33-19, with 1:06 to play in the first stanza.
Albany led, 36-19, at the break. After the Retrievers scored the first field goal of the second half, Iati hit back-to-back treys to spark a 17-2 run and put the game out of reach.
The Great Danes hit 30-of-55 shots for the contest (54.5%) against a much smaller UMBC squad. The Retrievers improved from 21.4 percent in the first 20 minutes to nearly 50 percent in the final 20 and finished at 21-of-59 (35.6%) for the contest.
UMBC (4-6, 6-17) had its modest two-game winning streak halted and they fell to 5-6 at RAC Arena.
Neller moved past Skip Saunders (1990-94) into fourth place on UMBC's long-distance list. He is eight behind current assistant coach Jay Greene, who is currently in third place with 240.
Plummer hit 6-of-11 shots from the floor and is now 28-of-46 (60.9%) from the field in his last four outings. He has scored in double figures in nine consecutive contests.
UMBC completes a three-game homestand when they welcome Vermont to the RAC Arena for a Saturday matinee. Tip-off time in the back end of a doubleheader is set for 3:30 p.m.