After coming out very strong with a 7-0 lead in the early minutes of the game, the men’s basketball team struggled down the stretch as they were outscored 18-5 in the final 7:08 of the first half. Until Matt Spadafora broke a 5:29 scoring drought with just 13 seconds left, UMBC was trailing the golden eagles by 14 points, but went into the half down 11, 36-25.
Only four retrievers would score in the half, the transfer duo of center Robbie Jackson and point guard Chris De La Rosa each recorded eight points. Chauncey Gilliam shot 3-5 from the field totaling six points, while Spadafora’s only points were the three at the end of the half.
Despite out rebounding Coppin State, 18-14, the Retriever trailed in every other key statistical category, and gave up six more turnovers than their opponent.
Eight minutes into the second half the golden eagles climbed out to a 19 point lead, and while UMBC battled back to cut the lead to just four with under four minutes remaining, the deficit proved to be too much as Coppin State’s next seven points were from the free throw line and UMBC could not hit a shot to match.
While the team made a valiant effort to come back and ended with four players scoring in double figures they fell to the Golden Eagles 77-66 to drop to 0-4 with a four game road stretch including James Madison, Towson, Toledo, and Penn State next on the schedule.
Four Retrievers scored in double figures, as Gilliam led all scorers with 20 points, Shawn Grant scored 11 points, and Jackson (17 points and 11 rebounds) and De La Rosa (12 points and 11 assists) each recorded a double-double.