A handful of moments in the #retriever50for50 are personal favorite of the editor and No. 49 would qualify as one of those.
The date was November 17, 2007 and the location was Richmond, Virginia. A lot was expected of the men's basketball team and the squad started 2-0 with wins over St. Peter's and La Salle.
UMBC got off to a good start at the Robins Center, but the home team rallied and led, 66-61 with 91 seconds to play. Senior guard Ray Barbosa hit a trey, and after an exchange of free throws, UMBC would force a turnover and senior forward Cavell Johnson, who like Barbosa, was playing in his third game, hit a jumper to tie the score at 68-all with 29 seconds left.
The Spiders had the chance to run down the clock and take regulation's final shot. With less than 10 seconds left, their dynamic freshman guard Kevin Anderson drove the lane, but future UMBC Hall of Famer Jay Greene knocked the ball loose and retrieved it on the left baseline. Somehow, the 5'8" guard saw (or maybe he didn't) Johnson streaking down the center of the court and hit him in stride. Johnson threw down a thunderous dunk with 3.2 seconds left as the Retriever bench and small legion of fans behind the bench erupted.
Richmond did have a last second desperation heave, but it was well off the mark and the 3-0 Retrievers first served notice that the 2007-08 campaign could be a special one.