In the end, Loyola’s quickness and ability to penetrate to the basket was the biggest difference down the stretch.
Loyola (2-1) held off a spirited rally from UMBC (0-2) and won 69-66 before 2,511 at the RAC.
The second half was a battle between the Retrievers’ Chauncey Gilliam (22 points) and Loyola’s Jamal Barney (21), but it was Barney’s final basket with just under a minute to play — a drive through the lane and a soft touch off the glass — that put the ‘Hounds ahead for good.
UMBC got the ball back with 13 seconds to go, trailing by three, but elected to stay on the court instead of calling time-out. That plan was spoiled when guard Chris De La Rosa was trapped just outside of the 3-point arc and he was forced to call time-out with 3.3 seconds to play.
On the ensuing inbounds play, Loyola fouled De La Rosa and he then hit two foul shots.
Loyola then put the ball in play, was fouled, and Brett Harvey’s two from the charity stripe with 1.4 seconds to play finalized the scoring at 69-66.
UMBC plays next on Saturday at George Washington. Loyola travels to Mt. St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.
9:34 pm —
Trailing by three with 3.3 seconds to play, UMBC designed a play and had the ball in Chris De La Rosa’s hands, but Loyola smartly fouled on the inbounds play and even though De La Rosa hit both shots, Loyola played the exchange to perfection and went to the foul line with 1.4 seconds to go. Brett Harvey hit both foul shots to seal the game for the Greyhounds.
9:30 pm —
Brett Harvey’s two foul shots have put Loyola up by three with 57.2 seconds to go at UMBC.
It’s been a back and forth last six minutes as both teams have had the lead on four different occasions.
UMBC coach Randy Monroe has gone with a four-guard lineup over the last few minutes to try and contain Loyola’s quickness in transition.
However, with less than a minute to go, he’s put 7’0″ center Robbie Jackson back in the game.
9:21 pm —
Now THIS is what local college basketball is all about.
Down by five just moments ago, the UMBC Retrievers got back-to-back 3-pointers from Shawn Grant and Chauncey Gilliam to go ahead by a point before Jamal Barney sliced through the paint to put one off the glass and in to give Loyola another one-poit lead.
It’s 59-58 Loyola with 2:23 to play.
There’s an excellent Wednesday night crowd on hand here at the RAC and they’re being treated to a terrific second half of basketball as these cross-town rivals go at it.
Gilliam (20 points) and Barney (19) have taken over here in the last few minutes.
The final 2:23 is going to be fun, that’s for sure.
9:17 pm —
It’s a 7-0 run for Loyola as they’ve gone back ahead by six points, 55-49.
UMBC battled so hard to get back into the game that perhaps they’re out of gas.
Loyola’s quickness in transition has been the story over the last two minutes.
Jake Wasco continues to play the low post role for UMBC with 7-footer Robbie Jackson remaining on the bench.
9:13 pm —
Chauncey Gilliam’s 2-point basket with 6:20 to play gave the Retrievers their first lead since the 10-minute mark of the game but the Loyola Greyhounds bounced right back to take the lead on Anthony Winbush hoop and it’s now 50-49 with 6:02 remaining in the game.
This one’s going down to the wire, it seems.
It’s been a tale of two halves. Loyola led by 10 at the half and UMBC has outscored them by nine so far in the second half.
9:10 pm —
Jimmy Patsos has the look of a coach who sees the game slipping away from his team and there’s apparently not much he can do about it.
Loyola still leads UMBC, 48-44.
But the Retrievers have worked their way back into this one and judging from Patsos’ actions on the bench, he’s not at all pleased about it.
As much as Loyola outworked the Retrievers in the first half, the same can be said for UMBC’s effort in the second half. They’ve battled harder and done the dirty work at both ends of the floor, rebounding and diving for loose balls in a way they didn’t do in the first half.
And Randy Monroe’s team has shot the ball much better in the second twenty minutes.
Loyola is still in control of this one, but it’s a shaky four point lead with 8:35 to play.
8:54 pm —
We have ourselves a basketball game on the campus of UMBC.
The Retrievers have scratched their way back into this one, trailing Loyola by four now, 39-35.
Matt Spadafora has been the second half spark for Randy Monroe’s team.
Jimmy Patsos is looking uncomfortable on the Greyhounds bench as he watches this lead disappear.
At one point, he had a rather terse exchange with his point guard Brett Harvey on the bench.
Harvey was inserted in the game moments later, promptly hit a 3-pointer and gave Patsos and the bench a “take that” glare as the ball found nothing but net.
8:40 pm —
UMBC shows some life right from the first whistle of the second half and two Matt Spadafora baskets have the Retrievers back to within six at 36-30.
And Jimmy Patsos has just called time-out.
This time around, he’s a little more animated in the huddle at the Loyola bench.
This is what’s known as a “good time out”.
Loyola only has two left, though.
8:20 pm —
This one’s pretty simple to evaluate after 20 minutes.
Loyola wants it more.
And they can shoot better.
Loyola leads UMBC by ten at the half, 36-26.
Jimmy Patsos has his team playing good basketball early in the campaign.
Randy Monroe has some work to do with his club.
Call it the Jay Greene-Darryl Proctor hangover.
UMBC is struggling to find someone to hit the shot when it’s needed. Chauncey Gilliam had a decent first half, but after scoring 9 points in the first 5 minutes of the game, he only managed one more point in the half.
The 7’0 transfer from Marshall University, Robbie Jackson, is having a tough go of it in two games thus far. His hands are suspect and that’s a problem in traffic under the basket where you often need to be able to catch, turn and shoot in one motion. And while he’s imposing on the defensive end of the floor, the athletic players going against him have an advantage with their speed and quickness to the hoop.
Meanwhile, the Greyhounds are quick in transition and tightened up defensively after a sluggish first 7 minutes or so.
This one’s not over by any means, but the Retrievers will need to make some adjustments at halftime if they want to get back in this. I’m guessing Monroe might go with a smaller, quicker lineup to start things off, featuring Chris De La Rosa and Nick Groce in the backcourt.
Loyola’s on a 6-0 run and now leads 27-21 with 5 minutes to play in the first half.
Randy Monroe just called time-out and read his Retrievers the riot act.
I assume the fact that Loyola just scored two buckets by dribbling right through the UMBC defense had something to do with the Monroe time-out.
One big difference between this year’s UMBC team and last year’s edition is the depth they have…although it’s “young depth”, they can still go 8-9 deep at any given time.
8:04 pm —
It’s all tied up at the RAC…21-21 with 7:33 to play in the opening half.
But there’s been a shocking development here on the campus of UMBC.
Stacy the Baton-Twirler-Girl, a fixture at all home basketball games, actually dropped the baton tonight. It brought an audible “ooooooooohhhh” from the crowd.
I’ve seen a lot of hoops here over the last 4-5 years and that’s maybe only the 2nd or 3rd time I can remember her dropping the baton.
OK, back to basketball.
8:00 pm —
UMBC leads 21-19 with 9:18 to go in the first half.
Loyola just called a time-out. Jimmy Patsos merely stood and stared at his team in the huddle.
I take it he’s not happy.
7:55 pm —
UMBC continues to lead, 19-17. Chauncey Gilliam, who had 11 points vs. Morgan State on Saturday, already has 9 points tonight. Robert Olson has a pair of 3-pointers to lead the Greyhounds early on.
Jake Wasco is in the game for UMBC. It’s even-money he’ll commit a foul within the first minute he’s — oops, there’s the whistle. And, a foul on Wasco. 30 seconds into his first stint of the night.
7:45 pm —
A good start for UMBC, who get a couple of early buckets from Chauncey Gilliam to lead, 11-6 with 4:08 gone in the contest.
Loyola’s six points came in the form of two 3-pointers.
Another decent crowd on hand here at the RAC. The entire section behind the Loyola bench is filled. Then again, they have roughly a 16-mile drive to get here.
7:35 pm —
I’ve only seen it two times now — but I have a feeling watching UMBC guard Chris De La Rosa get introduced is never going to get old.
When his name is called, he just gets up off the bench, walks out past his teammates, and there is senior forward Jake Wasco waiting for him. De La Rosa then raises his hands above his head and Wasco “frisks him” from armpits to shoes.
It’s really funny.
UMBC continues its own version of “The Beltway Tour” by welcoming Loyola University to the RAC tonight. Tip off is 7:30 pm.
The Retrievers opened their ’09-10 season on Saturday with a 15-point home loss to Morgan State. Loyola, meanwhile, knocked off America East conference tough guy Vermont in their opener last Friday, then took to the road on Sunday and lost at West Virginia.
UMBC will host Coppin State next Tuesday night at the RAC and finish their Baltimore battles on December 2 when the visit the Towson Tigers.
I’ll be back throughout tonight’s game with periodic updates, live from the RAC Arena on the campus of UMBC.