Men's Basketball Comes Up Short, Falling 68-59 to Boston U.

BALTIMORE- UMBC junior forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J. /St. Patrick) scored 18 points and added eight rebounds and led a Retriever second-half rally, but the hosts fell short and dropped a 68-59 decision to Boston University.

Senior guard Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Bros. Acad) added 13 points, senior guard Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) added 11 and sophomore guard Joey Getz (Philadelphia, Pa.) continued his outstanding play with 10 points.

Boston University freshman guard Maurice Watson scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half. He also added six assists as he team only turned the ball over six times in 40 minutes.

The Retrievers came back from a dreadful first half, in which they hit only 6-of-24 shots from the floor and 3-of-10 from the free throw line. But the visiting Terriers only held a 28-17 lead at the break, as they converted only 2-of-14 shots from behind the arc.

As they have done many times in the past month, the Retrievers produced a much better second half. They trailed by as many as 12 at 35-23, but went on a 10-3 run, capped by a three-pointer from Plummer and cut the deficit to 35-31 with 14:56 remaining.

UMBC would get even closer a bit later, cutting the gap to 44-42 with 8:32 to play. But free throw blues hurt the Retrievers even in that sequence as Neller and Getz each missed one free throw in a 24-second span which would have tied the game.

After a quick 5-0 run by the Terriers, Plummer buried another trey to keep UMBC to within range at 49-45 and 8:04 to play. But Watson took over the game, feeding Travis Robinson for a trey that matched Plummer's and scoring on back-to-back drives to the hoop to restore the Terrier advantage to 56-46 with 5:18 remaining.

Boston U. (17-11, 11-4 America East) made all six free throw attempts in the final 47 seconds to seal the victory.

UMBC (6-21, 4-10) outrebounded the Terriers, 36-28, but Boston U. outscored UMBC, 34-16, in the paint with Watson getting to the basket repeatedly.

UMBC shot 37.3 percent from the floor, while the visitors hit 26-of-51 attempts and finished at 51.0 percent.

The Retrievers have a pair of regular season games remaining as they play at Hartford on Feb. 28 and conclude vs. Binghamton at home on March 3.