They say it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. Well tonight at the RAC Arena on the campus of UMBC, the littlest dog among them, 5’8 senior point guard Jay Greene, scored 36 points as the Retrievers (11-13, 5-7 in America East ) turned back a pesky New Hampshire team, 81-76 in front of 2,146 fans.
UMBC had only seven healthy players, and forced to play the entire game, Greene did it all: three- point shots from Arbutus, drives in the lane against guys a foot taller, long rebounds, free throws in the clutch, and, oh yeah, running the club as well. Greene added seven rebounds and four assists on the night, going 12-18 from the field and 5-8 on from behind the arc.
Senior Darryl Proctor added 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Retrievers who improved to 5-7 in America East play. The Retrievers were without junior starting center Justin Fry who spent the game on the bench in street clothes. Freshman forward Brett Burrier starting in place of Fry chipped in with 10 rebounds.
New Hampshire had four players in double figures led by guard Alvin Abreu with 20 point. With the loss, New Hampshire fell to 9-14 overall and 4-7 in America East.
The Retrievers rallied from a 32-31 deficit at the half and ripped off 50 points in the second half. The Retrievers are at Hartford on Valentine’s Day before returning to the RAC next Tuesday vs. Vermont.