Men's Basketball Hits Bye Week After Setback to Visiting Albany

Men's Basketball Hits Bye Week After Setback to Visiting Albany

BALTIMORE – UMBC (12-6,  3-2 America East) scored a season-low 50 points and fell to Albany (10-9, 1-3 AE), 77-50, at the RAC Arena.


The Retrievers, playing for the fifth time in 12 days, shot a season-low 32.7 percent from the floor (16-of-49) and 29.6 percent (8-of-27) from behind the arc, primarily against Albany's 1-3-1 aggressive zone defense.  


The game started brightly, as senior forward Wil Darley (Timonium ,Md./Dulaney) buried a pair of treys early to give the Retrievers a quick 10-4 lead, but the Great Danes held UMBC to 15 points in the final 17 minutes of the stanza. They went on a 14-0 surge to lead 18-10 at the 11:02 mark of the half, as UMBC encountered a scoring drought of 7:22.


UMBC would bounce back, sparked by eight points off the bench by junior guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll). They would close to within 22-20, but a 10-0 response by the visitors gave them a 32-20 lead just inside the four-minute mark.


The red-hot Darley (51 points in previous two games) picked up three first half fouls and played only nine minutes in the period and 13 minutes for the game. The Albany zone bothered the Retrievers, as they buried only 5-of-16 treys, and misfired on six of their final seven of the half.


Leading 37-25 at the half, the Danes built the lead to 62-32 at the 10:20 mark and UMBC replaced its starters midway through the second half.


Elliott led UMBC with 9 points and junior guard Malcolm Brent (Silver Spring, Md.) came off the bench to score 7.


Albany sophomore guard David Nichols scored a game-high 18 points. The Great Danes shot 51.9 percent from the field.  


UMBC entered the game leading America East and ranked 34th in the country, averaging 81.8 points per game. Their previous season low was 62 points in a 62-61 win at James Madison. 


The Retrievers have their first bye this week and get back to action at UMass Lowell on Sunday, Jan. 22.