Sophomore Chauncey Gilliam scored over 20 points for his fifth time this season as he set a new career high with 26 points.
After what may have been their worst performance of the season against Maine, the UMBC men’s basketball team bounced back to get their third win of the season as they beat their 2007 championship opponent Hartford Harks on the road, 78-70.
Sophomore guard Chauncey Gilliam broke out of a shooting slump in which he shot just 6-of-25 (24%) in his last three games with a 6-of-11 (54.5%) performance from the field as he netted a career high 26 points. Half of his field goals came from three-point range as he went 3-of-5 (60%) and he helped the team out with an 11-of-15 (78.5%) performance from the free throw line in 27 minutes of action. He also came up just one rebound away from a double-double as he grabbed nine.
Fellow guard Chris De La Rosa scored 16 of his 22 points in the half while also adding five assists, four rebounds, and two steals in the game.
In the first half UMBC broke out to an 8-2 advantage and went into half-time with a 33-25 lead. It took Hartford nearly four minutes to get their first score of the second half while UMBC went on a 8-0 run to put the Retrievers ahead by 16 points.
Hartford was able to cut the lead to just five points with a minute left, largely due to seven three’s and 29 points by Joe Zeglinski and 15 points by Morgan Sabia, but UMBC hit their last seven free throws to close out the win.
While the UMBC defense game up 70 points, they stepped up to play one of their best games of the season. Hartford could not get much going from the field as they shot just 38.2% in the game and 34.3% from three-point range. But they did not help their cause as they only made it to the free throw line 17 times, making just six attempts as they shot 35.3%.
UMBC however thrived from the free throw line. De La Rosa went 14-of-15 (93.3%) while the team made it a total of 53 times, making 39 of their attempts (73.6%).
While the Retrievers still trailed in the rebounding totals, they only came up with four less than Hartford and won the rebounding contest on Hartford shots, 31-18.
With the win UMBC picked up their third win of the season but more importantly their second against conference opponents.