UMBC showed a lot of heart to get back into the game after an extremely slow start. Chauncey Gilliam recorded two fouls in the first minute and was sent to the bench for the next eight. Randy Monroe attempted to fire up his team after a quick turnaround and was given a technical foul, and Stony Brook got out to a 20-4 lead on the Retrievers in the first 10 minutes.
But after that terrible start Monroe put Gilliam back into the game with those two fouls in hopes of getting something going and it certainly did. Gilliam and Shawn Grant made six threes and combined for 24 of the teams 38 first half points to cut the Stony Brook lead to just six points at half-time. Gilliam scored 13 of his career-high 24 points in that half while Grant scored all 11 of his points in that span.
In the second half Stony Brook let UMBC hang around but when it came time for UMBC to foul Stony Brook on each possession, they just could not make a shot and fell to 1-17 on the season, 81-69.
Though Stony Brook shot less than 40% from the field in the game, they attempted 66 shots and scored 81 points. The main reason for that type of offensive success was a lack of rebounding on UMBC’s end. Just two days after only getting one offensive rebound against Albany, UMBC only managed to get five offensive rebounds in this game and were out-rebounded in the game 50-28.
UMBC will attempt to get their first conference win of the season as they will play three straight home against against New Hampshire, Boston University, and Binghamton in a span of seven days.