Road-Weary Men's Basketball Squad Falls at Binghamton, 66-57

Road-Weary Men's Basketball Squad Falls at Binghamton, 66-57

Vestal, N.Y. – A road-weary UMBC squad produced its lowest scoring total in league play this season, posting only 57 points in a 66-57 setback at Binghamton on Wednesday evening.


The Retrievers had averaged 78.3 points per game in their six previous America East contests. But UMBC never got untracked against the Bearcats, shooting only 38.8 percent from the floor.  


UMBC (5-17, 1-6 AE) sophomore guards Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) were the lone Retrievers in double figures with 10 points apiece.  


Binghamton (5-15, 2-5 AE) sophomore post Willie Rodriguez hit all nine of his free throw attempts and led all scorers with 24 points, while guard Marlon Beck hit five treys in a 19-point effort.


UMBC trailed, 32-23, at the half and fell behind by as many as 19 points at 52-33 with 9:00 remaining. The Retrievers would whittle the gap to 55-47 after a trey by Elliott with 5:24 to play, but a 5-0 Bearcat response restored a double-figure advantage.


Sophomore guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./Dematha) entered the game averaging 26.0 points per game and was coming off a career-high 32-point effort at Vermont on Sunday, but he connected on only 3-of-11 shots from the floor and finished with a season-low 8 points.  Lyles did lead UMBC with 8 rebounds and added a pair of steals.


The Retrievers struggled against Binghamton's 2-3 zone, hitting only 8-of-22 shots in the first half and misfiring on 8-of-10 from behind the arc. The Bearcats' top two scorers, Rodriguez (11 pts.) and Beck (10 points) paced the hosts offense as they took a 32-23 halftime advantage.


The Retrievers, who have been on the road since last Friday, return to Baltimore and will prepare to face New Hampshire at the RAC Arena in a Saturday matinee.