Moral victory still is a loss for UMBC Loyola-Chicago wins despite comeback

Notebook

January 07, 1991|By Jerry Bembry

It's not the best of signs when you start grasping for moral victories, but when you've won just one game, as the University of Maryland Baltimore County has, you reach for any positive sign you can.

That's why the Retrievers were almost feeling good after coming back from 20 points with nine minutes left in the game before eventually losing at Loyola of Chicago, 82-77, on Saturday.

"Even though we lost the game, it was a moral victory," UMBC center Jim Frantz said after scoring 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds. "In the first half, everybody was looking for everyone else to shoot. But in the second half, I decided to step up. I think we have the ability to play this way from the start if we put ourselves in the right frame of mind."

UMBC has suffered from a stand-around offense since forward Derrick Reid, the team's leading scorer, was hospitalized last month with a viral infection and a blood clot in his right knee. With Reid, having missed three games and expected to be out two more weeks, Frantz and Derell Thompson (14 points) added what has been the Retrievers' best effort in recent weeks.

"The team played very heady, and everyone went in with a good understanding of what we wanted to do offensively and defensively," UMBC coach Earl Hawkins said. "It helped that we've been able to play with the same 10 people for the past three games. People were finally understanding their roles."

The opposition gets a lot tougher this week. Tonight's game against Maryland at College Park is followed by Thursday's game at Kansas. Last year, UMBC lost at Maryland, 113-61, and lost at Kansas, 86-67.

"A lopsided loss could have some effect on us, but with our young team I really don't think so," Hawkins said. "The key is to go to Maryland and Kansas and play well. We'd like to win, but if we don't, [it's OK] as long as we play positive and work hard."

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Navy (4-7, 0-1) goes for its first Colonial Athletic Association win tonight when it plays host to UNC-Wilmington, but for that to happen, the defense will have to play better.

In Saturday's 97-81 loss to East Carolina in Annapolis, easy shots were plentiful for the visitors, who shot 61.1 percent in the first half and made 22 of 35 free throws.

"We didn't get enough out of our traps and enough out of our defense," said Navy coach Pete Herrmann. "We're not going to get anything done if we don't get more out of what we do defensively."

* The time is almost here: Morgan State, 0-11 going into tonight's game at North Carolina A&T, will play its first home game on Saturday when it plays host to University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The Bears were beaten by South Carolina State on Saturday night. In other late Saturday action, UMES (2-8) lost at Florida A&M, 89-71.

* When does doing play-by-play become a high-risk job? Any time Loyola Marymount plays U.S. International, as evidenced by the Lions' 186-140 win Saturday night.

The teams combined for the second-highest score in National Collegiate Athletic Association history behind last year's 180-150 Loyola Marymount win against U.S. International. In the past three seasons the teams have played the top three, and four of the five highest-scoring games.

The main benefactor Saturday was U.S. International's Kevin Bradshaw, a 24-year-old Navy veteran who scored 72 to break the record for points scored against a Division I opponent (LSU's Pete Maravich had the previous high of 69 against Alabama in 1970).

"He's one of the premier players in the country," Loyola Marymount coach Jay Hillock said of the relatively unknown player. "I'm glad we were able to accommodate him on his record-breaking performance and still win the game."

And the records of these dazzling teams: Loyola Marymount improved to 6-8, and U.S. International fell to 1-16.

* Milestones: When Mount St. Mary's guard Alex Watson scores his first basket against Monmouth tomorrow at Knott Arena, he will become the 30th Mount player with 1,000 points in a career.

And two days later at Knott Arena, Mountaineers coach Jim Phelan will coach his 1,000th game when the team plays host to Wagner. Phelan has the second-highest victory total among Division I coaches and will become the 10th coach to reach 1,000 games. He is in his 37th season at the Mount.

* State Division I Player of the Week: Towson State guard Terrance Jacobs, who scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Towson State's 85-84 win over Bucknell on Friday.

Pointed game

How Loyola Marymount's 186-140 victory over U.S. International Saturday ranks among the highest-scoring NCAA games of all time:

Both teams 331: Loyola Marymount 181, U.S. International 150, Jan. 31, 1989

326: Loyola Marymount 186, U.S. International 140, Jan. 5, 1991

306: Loyola Marymount 162, U.S. International 144, Jan. 7, 1989

302: Loyola Marymount 164, Azusa Pacific 138, Nov. 28, 1988

289: Loyola Marymount 152, U.S. International 137, Dec. 7, 1989

L 289: Louisiana State 148, Loyola Marymount 141, Feb. 3, 1990

284: Oklahoma 172, Loyola Marymount 112, Dec. 15, 1990

283: Loyola Marymount 147, Gonzaga 136, Feb. 18, 1989

282: UNLV 142, Utah State 140 (3OT), Jan. 2, 1985

=1 275: UNLV 164, Hawaii-Hilo 111, Feb. 19, 1976

One team 186: Loyola Marymount, vs. U.S. International, Jan. 5, 1991

181: Loyola Marymount, vs. U.S. International, Jan. 31, 1989

173: Oklahoma, vs. U.S. International, Nov. 29, 1989

172: Oklahoma, vs. Loyola Marymount, Dec. 15, 1990

166: Arkansas, vs. U.S. International, Dec. 9, 1989

Individual

72: Kevin Bradshaw, U.S. International, vs. Loyola Marymount, Jan. 5, 1991.

69: Pete Maravich, Louisiana State, vs. Alabama, Feb. 7, 1970.

68: Calvin Murphy, Niagara, vs. Syracuse, Dec. 7, 1968.

66: Pete Maravich, Louisiana State, vs. Tulane, Feb. 10, 1969.

66: Anthony Roberts, Oral Roberts, vs. North Carolina A&T, Feb. 19, 1977.

66: Jay Handlan, Washington & Lee, vs. Furman, Feb. 17, 1951.

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