Retrievers Battle, Fall 82-72 to Nicholls on Sunday Night; Rogers Named to All-Tournament Team

Photo: Geoffrey Berry
Photo: Geoffrey Berry

Montego Bay, Jamaica-- UMBC men's basketball fought all the way till the end, but could not overcome a big first half from the Colonels in an 82-72 loss on Sunday night. Junior guard Darnell Rogers (Baltimore, Md./Indian Land (SC)/New Mexico JC) tied his career-high with 23 points in the loss. The junior earned all-tournament team honors for his efforts in the two games.

UMBC falls to 4-3 on the year while Nicholls improves to 3-4.

The Retrievers came out fighting in the second half, using a 10-0 run to cut into the deficit. Rogers and Jackson each hit three's to get the Colonels lead to just 13 at the under 16 timeout. From there, the Retrievers would go on a scoring drought of three minutes until Rogers once again drilled a three to end it. That would spark the Retrievers holding Nicholls without a field goal for a six-minute stretch.

UMBC would continue to chip away, getting within 10 late, but the Colonels held on for the win, 82-72.

Rogers led the Retriever attack with 23 points, going 7-13 from three in the loss. K.J. Jackson (Missouri City, Texas) added 19 points and nine assists for UMBC.

Dexter McClanahan led the Colonels with 26 points, scoring 25 of them in the first half. Five different Colonels hit double figures in the game.

Nicholls came out of the gates putting together a 9-0 run to take an early lead. Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) kept UMBC in it early, going 3-4 from the field including 2-2 from three for eight points in a fast-paced first four minutes. 

Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) helped spark the Retrievers off the bench scoring five quick points, but the Colonels used a 12-0 run over a 4:21 stretch to extend their lead into double digits. That spurt would end with Darnell Rogers drilled a corner triple. The Retrievers put together a run late, started by a Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H.) steal that led to a K.J. Jackson layup forcing a timeout.

UMBC would continue to slowly chip away at the deficit, trailing 50-33 at the break. Rogers led the Retrievers with nine points. Jackson added five points and six assists in the opening 20 minutes. Nicholls shot 65 percent in the first half, going 17-26 from the floor. 

The Retrievers will have the week off before returning to the UMBC Event Center against Drexel on Saturday, Nov. 30. Tip-off with the Dragons is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN 3.