The Retrievers showed they still have fight left in them. With their position in the America East Conference Tournament locked (they were in the 8 vs. 9 play-in-game against Albany no matter what the result was) the team had two goals in their season finale: Don’t finish in last place and go into the tournament with some momentum.
With the victory the Retrievers are just an Albany loss away from the eighth seed in the America East Conference tournament, meaning they were not the worst in their conference. They lost to Albany two times this season, but those were the Great Danes only conference victories.
But after not even being competitive against Binghamton, getting the win and playing well means so much more going into the conference tournament next weekend.
Against New Hampshire the Retrievers had both their best offensive and defensive night of the season, scoring a season high 79 points and holding New Hampshire to a season low (in terms of points allowed) 50 points.
Sophomore guard Chris De La Rosa scored a game high 23 points and had seven assists as he led five other player in double figures to a victory. Brian Neller made three threes for 11 points while Chauncey Gilliam had his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Robbie Jackson, Matt Spadafora, and Shawn Grant all scored 10 points.
UMBC just could not be stopped in the first half. They shot 66.7% from the floor and 75% from behind the line. Meanwhile, New Hampshire shot just 30.8%, and that dropped to 29.6% in the second half.
After two early four shots by Russell Graham in the first minute, UMBC got the lead and never looked back. They led by 22 points at the half and built it up to 33 with just 10 minutes to go in the game.
The Retrievers simply just out hustled the Wildcats. They out-rebounded New Hampshire 43-33, had 32 points in the pain, and 14 second chance points.