Torrid Second Half Shooting Propels No. 17 Indiana Over Men's Basketball

Quenitn Jones played a game-high 35 mintues vs. Indiana.
Quenitn Jones played a game-high 35 mintues vs. Indiana.

Bloomington, Ind.- UMBC shaved a 23-point deficit to 10 points early in the second half, but a torrid shooting display by No. 17 Indiana propelled the Hoosiers to an 89-47 victory before 12,665 at Assembly Hall. 

Three Retrievers- junior Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) and sophomores Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J.) and Quentin Jones (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph) scored 10 points apiece to lead UMBC. Plummer added a team-high seven rebounds, while Jones had four assists and three steals against relentless Indiana pressure.

The hosts built a 37-14 lead, scoring 17 of those points from the free throw line, with 3:40 left in the first half. But UMBC finished the half on 9-0 run and trailed, 37-23 at the break.

The Retrievers came out with passion early in the second half and shaved the deficit to 40-30 on a Plummer lay-in just 1:57 into the frame. But the Hoosiers hit their next 11 shots from the floor, including all seven from behind the arc in a mammoth 33-5 run which gave them a prohibitive 73-35 advantage with 9:52 remaining.

Hoosier forward Christian Watford led all players with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Junior guard Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J.) added seven points and freshman post Nate Basalyga (Scranton, Pa.) hit all three field goal attempts in a six-point effort for UMBC.

UMBC shot 32 percent (16-of-50) from the floor, while Indiana erased a 34.6 rate in the first half (9-of-26) and converted on 17 of 29 shots in the second stanza to improve to 47.3 percent (26-of-55) for the contest. 

The Retrievers close out 2011 with a contest at Niagara University on Wed., Dec. 28.