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Men’s Basketball Loses 77-66 Despite Double-Double’s by Jackson and De La Rosa

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Coming back from a 19 point deficit is nearly impossible to do. Even if there is 12 minutes left, too many things have to go your way for that to happen. UMBC got within four points of Coppin State with under two minutes left, but were outscored 16-4 after that with 14 of those points for the Golden Eagles coming from the foul line.

Even though UMBC came out great, scoring the first seven points of the game, they were completely shut down in the final seven minutes of the first half as they were outscored 18-5. Three of those points came with just 13 seconds left in the game as Matt Spadafora scored three of his four points in the game to break a 5:29 scoring drought for the Retrievers, sending UMBC to the locker room down by 11 points at the half.

Despite out-rebounding Coppin State, the Retrievers trailed in every other key statistical category, took too many bad shots from beyond the arc, and gave up the ball 17 times in the game.

Two Retrievers recorded double-doubles in the game. Seven-foot center Robbie Jackson recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 6-7 from the field, and Chris De La Rosa scored 12 points and dished out 11 assists.

Jackson was incredibly impressive. Not only did he set career highs in points, rebounds, field goals (6), free throws (5), and minutes (32), he only recorded two personal fouls, which kept him in the game.

De La Rosa also had a career day with new highs in points, assists, and field goals (5), but their success in the end was meaningless in the loss.

Two other Retrievers scored in double figures in the game. Chauncey Gilliam recorded his third career 20 points game, with an even 20 points and Shawn Grant recorded 11 points. The two combined for five three points field goals.

However, only two other Retrievers would score in the game. Spadafora scored four and Satchell scored two.

Spadafora was the biggest disappointment in the game. As mentioned in the preview, he is a fifth year senior that is praised for his shooting ability yet he only scored four points and took just four shots. He has to step up and the teams leader and score at least 12 points a game. But perhaps he just is not the player that everybody thought he was and his expectations are too high. He looks to be a fourth option on the team now and with the amount of time he was sat in the second half (six minutes total which nearly all came from five and a half minute rest early in the period), it would not be shocking to see him eased out of the game more and more for Grant to get on the floor.

Now at 0-4 the team’s is extremely desperate for a win and it will be tough as they have a four game road stretch coming up including James Madison, Towson, Toledo, and Penn State.

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Written by Corey Johns

November 25, 2009 at 11:19 am

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