Marquette Wears Down Gritty Men's Basketball Squad to Prevail in Milwaukee


Chase Plummer led UMBC with 12 points .

Milwaukee,  Wisc.- UMBC junior forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./St. Patrick) scored a team-high 12 points and the visiting Retrievers hung with the Big East's Marquette Golden Eagles for quite a while before falling, 79-46, at the Bradley Center.

UMBC took a brief second-half advantage as senior guard Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Bros. Acad.) drained a trey and junior forward Brett Roseboro (Quakertown, Pa./Quakertown) banked in a nine-footer from the wing and the Retrievers led ,31-30, at the 16:52 mark of the half.

But the Golden Eagles responded with a massive 17-2 run to lead 47-33 with 12:00 remaining.  Cook briefly halted the run with a bucket and free throw, but Marquette held UMBC to 29 percent  second- half shooting  and improved to 5-1 on the season.   

UMBC (1-4) held a 13-12 lead on a jumper in the lane by Plummer with 13:14 to play in the first half, but the hosts ran off a 7-0 run to take a 19-13 lead.

Plummer tied the game at 20-20 on a right baseline jumper with 4:25 to play in the stanza, but the Golden Eagles outscored UMBC, 8-4 in the final moments of the half and took a 28-24 advantage at the break.

UMBC held Marquette to its lowest first-half point total of the season.

Senior guard Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) scored nine points and added a team-high seven rebounds, while Neller added eight points.

The smaller Retrievers, who hit 10-of-22 attempts from behind the arc in their last outing vs. Central Connecticut State, had some good looks, but managed to convert only 3-of-21 against Marquette.

Marquette forward Jamil Wilson hit 7-of-8 shots from the floor and led all scorers with 15 points.

UMBC returns home for two evening games in three days, welcoming Canisius on Thursday and local foe Towson on Saturday.