December 21, 2013

Men's Basketball Can't Make Charge Down the Stretch, Falls at 10-1 GW, 74-61

Washington, D.C.- UMBC battled nationally-ranked George Washington throughout the 40 minutes, but could not make a final charge down the stretch and fell to the Colonials, 74-61 at the Charles E. Smith Center.

George Washington, which is receiving votes in the national polls, won its fifth straight game and improved to 10-1 on the season. UMBC slipped to 3-9 and to 0-8 on the road.

Senior post Brett Roseboro (Quakertown, Pa./Quakertown) led the Retrievers with 13 points, two shy of his season best. Freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) scored in double figures for the fifth straight game and contributed 10 points.

Colonial grad student guard Maurice Creek scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first half.

UMBC hung tough in the first 20 minutes, after falling behind 10-2 at the outset of the contest . The Retrievers hit 14-of-28 shots, but were hurt by 11 turnovers, which led to 13 Colonial points. Roseboro cashed In on a traditional three-point play to trim the GW lead to as few as three points, at 27-24, with 6:37 to play in the period.

The Colonials had a chance to take its biggest lead heading into the break ,but a steal by senior forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./St. Patrick) and feed to freshman wing Charles Taylor, Jr. (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) for a  layup just before the buzzer got the visitors to within 42-34 at halftime.

But GW stung UMBC with an 11-0 run to open the first half and extended their advantage to 53-34 at the 17:46 mark. The Retrievers would battle back and cut the deficit to as few as 10 points on a Devarick Houston (Jonesboro, Ga./Mays) free throw with 8:22 remaining.

The Retrievers had a pair of possessions to cut the gap to within single digits, but a turnover a missed three-point attempt by Houston kept the Colonials with a comfortable margin. After an Elliott layup trimmed the deficit to 68-58 with 5:56 remaining, UMBC did not score for the next 5:10 of the contest and could not threaten down the stretch.

UMBC committed a season-high 21 turnovers and GW outscored the Retrievers, 28-12, in point off of turnovers.

Elliott tied a season-high and shared game rebounding honors with seven caroms. Plummer stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, five assists and five steals.

UMBC slumped to 41.7 percent from the field in the second half and finished at 46.2 percent (24-of-52) for the game. George Washington shot 28-of-53 for the contest (52.8%).

The Retrievers will play their first home game since Dec. 2 when they host Navy at the RAC Arena on Dec. 30.