MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS SHORT TO UMBC, 45-44
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Baltimore, Md. – UMBC Sophomore guard Chris Pugh drilled a three pointer with three seconds remaining to lift the Retrievers past the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, 45-44, in America East men’s basketball action on Thursday at the Retriever Activities Center.
            UMBC improves to 8-13, 4-4 AE, while the ‘Cats fall to 8-13 and fall into a tie for fourth place the conference with the Retrievers at 4-4 AE.
            In what proved to be a defensive battle throughout the contest, the Retrievers ended UNH’s season-high three game winning streak with a trey from Pugh with just three ticks left on the clock. The Wildcats struggled and missed on a number of opportunities to put the game away down the stretch. The offensive struggles continued for UNH late in the second half en route to scoring just 21 second half points, shooting 7-of-26 (26 percent) for the half.
For a second straight game, the Wildcats tallied 23 first half points. The stingy UNH defense limited its opposition to a season-low 14 first half points as the Retrievers shot 28 percent from the floor. After UMBC recorded six consecutive points to open the contest, the Wildcats held the Retrievers scoreless for 12:39 and went on an 11-2 run.
Freshman forward Radar Onguetou (Yaoundé, Cameroon) notched his second career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) notched a game-high 17 points and six boards. Janev was named America East Player of the Game. Also scoring in double figures for the Wildcats was sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) who posted 11 points in the loss.
            The Wildcats return to action on Sunday (Jan. 28) as they play host to defending conference champion University at Albany at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. The game will be broadcasted on UNHSN and tickets are still available at www.unhwildcats.com.
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