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Sophomore Class Leads Retrievers Back to .500 Mark with 62-57 Win at Albany
Tope Obajolu finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Cold shooting plagued both teams in the first half, which featured seven ties and five lead changes. UMBC made just eight of 27 shots (29.6 percent) in the first 20 minutes but led, 19-15, with 3:59 remaining. The Great Danes, who had made just six of 19 shots in the first 16 minutes, ended the period with an 11-2 run to take a 26-21 lead at intermission.
But the Retrievers had already come back from four halftime deficits in their first seven wins this season and were poised for another rally. A 3-pointer by junior guard Michele Brokans (
Albany guard Ebone Henry briefly gave the Great Danes a 39-38 lead with a fastbreak layup at the 7:54 mark, but sophomore forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) sunk a 3-pointer 13 seconds later, and UMBC did not trail again.
The Retrievers shot 51.7 percent in the second half while holding
Brown was the only other Retriever in double figures with 12 points, and she added seven rebounds. Kurowski had eight points, giving the sophomore class 51 of UMBC’s 62 points in the game.
At 8-8, the Retrievers are back at the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 12, when they were 4-4. UMBC also won its fifth road game of the season, its most since its 2006-07 America East championship campaign.
The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 16, when they host America East rival