After going into halftime down 14 points the UMBC men’s basketball team looked to be completely out of the game, but a 17-7 run over the first nine minutes of the half cut the Terrier lead to just five point. However, a questionable foul on Robbie Jackson sent John Holland to the free throw line, and when both of his shots went in all of the Retrievers momentum went out the window and the Terriers went on a 17-1 run, which UMBC could not recover from.
The last time these two teams squared off Holland scored 25 points while Jake O’Brien and Corey Lowe each rattled of 20. This time, Holland did match his total from last game, but he did it with the help of five three-pointers while also grabbing 12 rebounds. O’Brien did not have one of his best days shooting the ball but still only came up two points shy of his previous total as he scored 18 points and added six rebounds, three blocks, and two assists. Lowe packed the stat sheet with 10 points, eight assists, five rebounds, a steal, and two three-pointers.
But this time the Boston three-party had a big lift from a fourth Terrier, Carlos Strong, who scored 13 points with four rebounds, three assists, and three three’s.
The Terriers shot 54.9% from the field and made 11 three pointers, eight of which came in the first half.
While UMBC made a valiant comeback, they just did not have enough offensive production to keep up with the hot shooting Terriers. Chris De La Rosa led UMBC with 18 points and six rebounds but Chauncey Gilliam was the only other Retriever to score in double figures. He scored 10 points with five rebounds and has four steals and three assists.
Adrian Satchell did not score in double figures but scored seven points and had 10 rebounds. Matt Spadafora and Shawn Grant each added nine points.