Washington, D.C.—The UMBC Retrievers fell, 83-60, to George Washington on Thursday to fall to 0-7 on the year. The Retrievers shot 44% from the field and 80% from the free throw line in the loss.
The opening half saw both teams battle for control; with the Colonials taking an early 10-7 lead early on. George Washington would push ahead with a 12-2 run over the next four minutes to find themselves ahead 22-9 midway through the stanza.
The Retrievers would battle, going on a run to cut the deficit, however GW had an answer in the form of Patricio Garino. Garino scored back to back baskets to push the lead back to ten with just 7:28 left in the half. However the Retrievers would not back down, thanks in part to Malcolm Brent (Silver Spring, Md./Northwood). Brent went 4-4 from three for a team high 12 first half points. UMBC as a team shot 6-7 from deep in the first 20 minutes.
UMBC shot 46.7% in the first frame, going 12-26 from the floor, and 6-7 from three. The Retrievers helped keep things close by going 4-5 from the charity stripe in the first half.
George Washington came out in the second half and extended their lead in the first four minutes to 55-38. From there, the Colonials would push ahead, getting their lead up to as many as 18 points midway through the stanza.
UMBC would answer with a pair of Charles Taylor (Washington, D.C./Springbrook) buckets late in the half, but it was not enough as GW held on to win, 83-60.
Brent led the way with 15 points for UMBC, adding four rebounds. Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney/Fishbourne Academy) and Taylor chipped in ten points for the Retrievers, who shot 44.7% from the field. UMBC went 6-13 from three, and went 12-15 (80%) from the charity stripe.
Up next for the Retrievers will be the Hawkeyes of Iowa on Saturday. UMBC will tipoff with Iowa at 1:00 p.m. in Iowa City.