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Retrievers Canít Complete Comeback in 65-58 Loss to Binghamton
Morgan Hatten was the Retrievers' Player of the Game with a career-high 16 points.
UMBC (5-11, 1-2 AEC) could not find the basket in the first half, shooting just 28 percent (7-for-25), while the Bearcats (4-11, 2-0 AEC) seemingly could not miss, making 52 percent of their shots (13-for-25) en route to a 31-16 halftime advantage.
The Retrievers held a 9-5 lead at the 13:38 mark, but
Binghamton increased its lead to 18 points at 43-25 with 10:40 to play in the second half before the Retrievers began mounting their comeback with a 12-2 run sparked by seven points by senior guard Morgan Hatten that cut the deficit to eight points, 45-37, with 5:59 remaining, which is when Cassidy took over, scoring 16 of UMBCís final 24 points.
Cassidyís 3-pointer with 43 seconds left trimmed the deficit to six points at 60-54, the closest the game had been since it was 16-11 midway through the first half. But the Bearcatsí free throw shooting prevented the Retrievers from getting any closer, as they sank seven of eight foul shots in the final 1:06 of play.
Cassidy led the Retrievers with 21 points and seven rebounds, and she drained a game-high four 3-pointers. Hatten, UMBCís America East Player of the Game, scored a career-high 16 points.
After making more than half their shots in the first half,
The Retrievers head back on the road this weekend, traveling to America East rival