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Last Second Shots Don’t Fall As Men’s Basketball Lose to James Madison 53-51

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In the final 12 seconds both Chris De La Rosa and Matt Spadafora had chances to tie the game, but neither of their shots fell as the Retrievers fell 53-51, and to an 0-5 start.

While Robbie Jackson led the team in both points and rebounds for a second straight game with 13 and seven respectively. He also blocked two James Madison shots. He only played 19 minutes due to foul trouble. If UMBC wants to be successful he absolutely has to stay in the game. It will come in time because he has only played five games in over a year, but he has to stop the early fouls, and quick.

Other than Jackson having his time limited, there was very little rotation. The other four starters all saw at least 31 minutes of action, and only three reserves were called upon.

As for the starters, Adrian Satchell was second on the team with 10 points in 31 minutes of action as he went 4-5 from the field and 2-2 from the charity stripe.

Spadafora and Chauncey Gilliam each added nine points and six rebounds. Gilliam also had three assists and two steals.

De La Rosa only managed two points in 34 minutes but he took care of the ball well as he had three assists and just two turnovers while stealing two balls from the Dukes.

Only three players saw time off the bench. Shawn Grant led the bench with seven points and five rebounds while Nick Groce added two points and two assists. Jake Wasco say 14 minutes of action and grabbed four rebounds and recorded a block but did not score in the game.

It is not surprising to see both Bakari Smith and Brian Neller not see the floor. Smith was already used very sparingly but while Neller came in with very high expectations, and regards as a very good three point shooter, he has not played well at all so far and he has taken very bad shots.

It was a very sloppy game. Neither team shot the ball well at all as James Madison shot 36% from the field and UMBC shot just 31%. While both teams had 18 made field goals, and UMBC outrebounded James Madison 41-32, and caused more turnovers, what won the game for James Madison was three pointers. While they missed 17 shots, they made eight, six more than UMBC, and in a close game that was ultimately the difference in the game that dropped UMBC to a 0-5 start.

While still in quest of their first win, the Retrievers will take part in their second of four straight road games as they will travel north on I-95 to take on local rival Towson on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

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