Revamped Lineup Propels Men's Basketball to 68-57 Victory Over UNH

 

Adrian Satchell hit all five fg attempts and added 3 steals to key the UMBC win.
 

BALTIMORE-UMBC senior guard Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) led all scorers with 21 points and a retooled lineup propelled the Retrievers to a 68-57 victory over New Hampshire in an America East Conference match-up at the RAC Arena.

UMBC senior forward Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn/Windsor) and junior guard Quentin Jones (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph) were given starting nods for the first time this season and both contributed ot the victory. Satchell hit all five of his field goal attempts, scoring 10 of his season-high 11 points in the first half. He added four rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes. Jones provided solid defense, added four assists and committed only one turnover at the point guard slot in 31 minutes of work.

The Retrievers shot a season-high 51.1 percent from the floor, hitting 24-of-47 shots, including 13-of-24 in the final 20 minutes. UNH struggled from the outset, hitting 21 field goals on 63 attempts (33.3 percent), resulting in UMBC's best field goal defensive effort of the campaign.

Junior post Brett Roseboro (Quakertown, Pa./Quakertown) added 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots for the hosts, while classmate Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./St. Patrick) added 11 points in 15 minutes off the bench.

UNH junior forward Patrick Konan led his side with 19 points. He and Cook were their schools' America East Players of the Game.

It was UMBC's first conference home game and first home contest since Dec. 12. The Retrievers improved to 1-2 in the league and 3-13 overall, while UNH dropped its fifth straight and slid to 4-11, 0-3.

There were seven lead changes in the first half, but UMBC took the lead for good at 27-25 on a Satchell layup on brilliant feed by sophomore guard Joey Getz (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Wood) with 6:06 to play in the first half. The Retrievers extended the advantage to 33-27 before settling for a 33-29 advantage at the break.

 UMBC senior guard Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Bros. Acad) hit a pair of treys in the first 2:42 of the second half to spark an 8-2 run and give the Retrievers a 41-31 advantage at the 16:53 mark.

The Wildcats would whittle their deficit to six points on three occasions and had four chances to cut the lead further, but misfired and turned the ball over two times each.

Cook had a key play to restore UMBC's advantage to ten points. With his side leading 51-44, he hit the first of two free throws, missed the second, but captured the offensive carom and laid in the rebound to give the Retrievers a ten-point advantage with 8:01 to play.

The Retrievers led by 14 points on three occasions in the final 5:07 before setting for the 11-point victory.

Cook hit 7-of-11 shots from the floor and led the Retrievers with eight rebounds. He scored 20 or more points for the sixth time in 2012-13, but the first time since Dec. 9 at Norfolk State.

UMBC's win snapped a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats in Baltimore. UNH still holds a 11-9 series advantage.