Men's Basketball Scores Final 11 Points, Rallies to Upset Boston U., 71-67

Chris De La Rosa is averaging 22.9 points per game in five league games.
Chris De La Rosa is averaging 22.9 points per game in five league games.

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BALTIMORE—UMBC scored the game's final 11 points and rallied to upset Boston University, 71-67, in an America East contest played at the RAC Arena.

UMBC junior guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y.) was the Retrievers' America East Player of the Game with 23 points, tallying 20 or more for the fourth consecutive game. 

Terrier senior wing John Holland led all scorers with 24 points and was Boston U.'s America East Player of the Game.  

The victory snapped a four-game slide for UMBC and a 10-game home America East losing streak. The setback for Boston U. (8-11, 3-2 America East) halted a three-game winning streak.

Sophomore forward Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn.) hit the game-winning basket with 24 seconds remaining and added two free throws with 5.7 seconds to play to seal the contest for the hosts.  He finished with 11 points, hitting 7-of-10 from the free throw line.

Grad student forwards Justin Fry (New Bloomfield, Pa.) and Laurence Jolicoeur (Queens, N.Y.) added 10 points each for UMBC.

UMBC (2-16, 1-4 America East) did not trail in the first half, jumping out to a 16-3 lead, but barely holding onto a 31-30 halftime advantage. 

The Terriers took their first lead at 37-35 on a Holland trey at the 16:53 mark. They would gradually build the advantage to as many as nine points at 64-55 on a Darryl Partin baseline trifecta with 4:45 remaining.

UMBC scored a quick five unanswered points, but Terrier guard Matt Griffin (15 points) buried a 3-point field goal to restore the lead to 67-60 with 2:54 to play. Fry hit two free throws, and after a Terrier turnover, De La Rosa hit a step-back trey from the left wing to shave the deficit to 67-65 with 2:12 remaining.

Griffin missed an open look at a three with 1:41 to play and Fry tied the score, hitting two free throws with 1:12 remaining. Terrier center Jeff Pelage grabbed an offensive rebound and could have put the visitors ahead, but missed the front end of a one-and-one situation with 54 seconds left.

With De La Rosa hounded late in the shot clock, he patiently waited for an opening, and hit Satchell cutting driving down the left baseline and the sophomore hit a reverse layup on the right side of the goal.

Partin, who finished with 18 points, and freshman Dom Morris, each misfired on three-point attempts with nine and six ticks left and Partin fouled Satchell on the final rebound. Satchell, a 54 percent career free throw shooter, rattled in both free throw attempts to ice the victory.

UMBC hit a season-high 10 treys (of 21) and converted nearly 49 percent (23 of 47) from the floor. The Terriers hit 12 treys, but misfired on 22 and were 22 of 56 (39.3 percent) for the game.

The Retrievers entered the game at -6.9 in rebound margin, but outboarded the Terriers, 35-28.

De La Rosa is averaging 22.9 points per game in five America East games, tops in the loop, and is hitting 53.1 percent (43 of 81) from the floor. He added five assists and had just one turnover in all 40 minutes of action.

UMBC started the game 4-of-9 from the charity stripe, but hit 11 of its final 12 free throw attempts.

The Retrievers head north for games at Hartford on Thursday and at New Hampshire on Sunday. 

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