As if the Retrievers weren’t going to have enough trouble against conference leading Stony Brook, they had to take the floor without two starters, leading scorer Chauncey Gilliam, and sophomore forward Jake Wasco.
But despite being without those two players UMBC came out fired up, hoping to send the lone senior, Matt Spadafora, out with a win in his final home game at UMBC. They led for the majority of the first half and held Stony Brook’s offense in check as just two players, Muhammad El-Amin (15 first half points) and Chris Martin (13 first half points) could get anything going.
With just over three minutes remaining in the first half Stony Brook took their first lead and went into the half with a four point lead.
But the lack of available players took it’s toll on UMBC as the players came out tired and let Stony Brook go on a 26-11 run to start the second half.
If it wasn’t for their continuous defensive struggles, UMBC could have come out on top as they scored 72 points in the game.
Four players scored in double-figures, led by Chris De La Rosa with 20. The others were freshman Shawn Grant, who scored 17 in place of Gilliam in the starting lineup, Robbie Jackson with 12 points, and the senior Spadafora went out with 10 points and six rebounds.
But Stony Brook’s offense could only be contained so long. They shots 58.3% in the second half and 60.0% in in the second half from three-point range. El-Amin led the team with 26 points while Martin ended with 17. Bryan Dougher scored 14 and Columbia native and River Hill graduate Tommy Brenton scored 10 points and had 11 rebounds.