The UMBC men’s basketball team matched their second lowest scoring output in school history as they only managed to score 34 points against Virginia Tech.
UMBC did not have much chance of winning going into the game. They were just a 1-9 America East team while Virginia Tech was a 9-1 ACC team. The difference in talent was evident as UMBC failed to get anything going.
Virginia Tech’s press completely took UMBC out of their element as they shot just 22.4% from the field, and when they were given gifts and sent to the line, they shot just 66.7%.
It took UMBC nine minutes to record their first point. Virginia Tech scored the first 14 points of the game before Chris De La Rosa finally got UMBC on the scoreboard with a short jumper. But there was nothing near a comeback. UMBC went into the half down 38-13, and only scored 21 points in the second half as they fell 71-34.
The only Retriever to score in double figures was the tallest guy on the court, Robbie Jackson, who scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds, and blocked three shots.
Brian Neller shot 3-6 (50%) from three point range and ended the game with nine points, while De La Rosa scored seven points. Matt Spadafora, Bakari Smith, and Nick Groce all added two points while Chauncey Gilliam scored just one point.
For the Hokies, Baltimore native Malcolm Delaney scored 17 points, 16 of which came in the first half.
UMBC is now 1-10 and will be looking to rebound against Central Connecticut State on December 30 before starting conference play three days late against the Vermont Catamounts.