Game Tying Shots Don’t Fall As UMBC Falls to James Madison 53-51

November 28, 2009 |

In the final 12 seconds of the game UMBC had two good looks at the basket to tie the game and possibly send it into overtime, but the shots by Chris De La Rosa and Matt Spadafora did not fall, dropping UMBC to a 0-5 record to start the season.

While Dukes were by UMBC 42-32, missed seven free throws, and turned the ball over more, and shot just five percent better from the field, they stole a win because they did one thing better- shoot three’s.  Though they missed an astounding 18 thtre ppoint field goals, they hit an even number of total baskets (18) than UMBC, but eight three pointers.  UMBC hit just two.

Neither teams shot well as James Madison shots 36% and UMBC shot 31%, but in a close game usually the better three point shooting team gets the win and that was the case this time.

Robbie Jackson once again led the team in both points and rebounds with 12 and seven respectively.  But once again foul trouble limited his times as he played just 19 minutes.

Freshman Adrian Satchell has a fine day in the front court with 10 points and four rebounds in 31 minutes.

Both Matt Spadafora and Chauncey Gilliam totalled nine points and six rebounds in the game.  Gilliam added three assists.

Off the bench Shawn Grant scored seven points in 24 minutes of action.  Only two more Retrievers scored in the game, those were the point guard duo of De La Rosa and Nicj Groce, who each scored two points with a three and two assists, respectively.

UMBC will play their second came of their four game road trip on Wednesday when they make a short trip up I-95 to take on local rival Towson at 7:00.