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Men’s Basketball Drops a Close One to Loyola, 69-66

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Sophomore swingman Chauncey Gilliam scored a career high 22 points against local rival Loyola, but the Greyhounds just got past the Retrievers 69-66 as UMBC falls to 0-2.

While Gilliam came out on fire scoring nine points including a three and a crowd roaring dunk in the first five minutes of the game, Loyola switched to a zone-defense and really forced Gilliam to pass the ball around, only allowing him one more point in the half. But in the second half he rattled off 12 points to keep UMBC in the game.

Loyola held the lead for the majority of the game, but in the final seven minutes there were six lead changed and three ties. With a 10 point deficit at the half, 36-26, UMBC played well to get back in the game and after three straight three point played UMBC got the lead back with 6:58 left. But the Retrievers could never build on an of their following leads as Loyola would get it back on the next possession each time.

With 1:40 left to play Loyola got their final lead of the game, which they kept, but gave UMBC plenty of time to gt back in. On the next UMBC possession Chris De La Rosa, who recorded six points and eight assist with three steals and three rebounds in the game, took a go ahead shot but it just rattled out. After that it was free throw time for Loyola as they were sent to the line four times.

With three seconds left UMBC got the ball to De La Rosa for the game tying three, but Loyola guard Brian Rudolph made a smart foul to send him to the line for just two shots while down three. While De La Rosa made both and UMBC made an immediate foul on the inbound, after the two Loyola free throws a full court pass in hopes of a game tying three went out of bounds, thus ending the game.

For UMBC to battle back in this game after what happened their last outing, they showed a lot of improvement. They were patient, they were hitting threes, and thy played well against a zone defense, but it just wasn’t enough. During UMBC’s comeback at the end of the game coach Randy Monroe made a switch to a five guard set, mostly because of poor play by Robbie Jackson and foul trouble for Jake Wasco and Adrian Satchell. From then on the team relied on their speed, which did work, but Loyola slammed inside and took the ball to the basket when they had possession from then on.

The start of the second half was much like the first, a hot Retriever leading the charge. This time it was Matt Spafafora who scored six of his 10 points in the beginning moments of the second half. The only other Retriever to score in double figures was freshman Shawn Grant who showed a lot of promise as he scored 11 points going 3-4 from three points range.

Next for UMBC is George Washington on Saturday at 2:00 pm


Written by Corey Johns

November 19, 2009 at 12:26 am

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