Hofstra, Dudley defeat UMBC, 103-87

March 01, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

When Demetrius Dudley took over the game in the second half for Hofstra, the lights went out on UMBC's vision of a four-way tie for the regular-season East Coast Conference championship.

Dudley hit an assortment of shots from all over the court for 27 points in the second half, leading the Flying Dutchmen to a 103-87 victory over the Retrievers at UMBC.

The win gave Hofstra the regular-season ECC title with a 10-2 record and kept alive the school's hopes for a National Invitation Tournament bid. Hofstra (19-8 overall) has won eight straight and was a surprise ECC champion after being picked fifth in the preseason by the league coaches.

"That shows what we coaches know," said veteran Hofstra coach Butch van Breda Kolff. "I picked us fifth because we don't have much size or quickness. We don't even use the word quickness around our team. All we try to do is play smart basketball."

Van Breda Kolff, whose long coaching career has included stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Jazz in the NBA, said that Dudley is a "throwback to the old-time players."

"You could put him on the court with guys who played 40 years ago and he would fit right in," said van Breda Kolff. "He does it all and does it very good."

Dudley, a 6-foot-4 junior, finished with 32 points. Keith McMillan added 22 for the winners, who will get the top seed and a bye in the ECC tournament, which opens at UMBC Saturday.

UMBC (9-18, 8-4) fell to fourth place in the final regular-season standings. A win would have given the Retrievers a four-way tie for first with Hofstra, Towson State and Rider.

Since those four teams all split in the regular season in head-to-head competition and were all 2-0 against the fifth, sixth and seventh place teams, a three-person ECC games committee would have had to determine the top four places in the regular-season standings.

That committee is made up of Towson State coach Terry Truax, UMBC coach Earl Hawkins and Central Connecticut athletic director Judith Davidson.

But UMBC saved the committee from any tough decisions, fading badly in the second half when the Flying Dutchmen shot 60.7 percent from the floor.

Dudley hit nine of 10 shots in the second half against the retreating Retrievers, who made things easier for Hofstra with some bad passes, poor positioning on the boards and bad defensive decisions.

UMBC, which hit its first seven shots from the floor to take a 18-9 lead, was hurt when center Sonique Nixon had to sit out the final 13 minutes of the first half with two fouls.

"We have not played well in foul trouble this season," said UMBC's Hawkins. "That's why I held Soni out. That's not what cost us the game. We just allowed Hofstra to run its offense. They're a very good team. A four-way tie for first would have been a big step for us. The players and I talked about it and we're very disappointed."

HOFSTRA -- Dudley 11-17 7-9 32, Shanahan 5-11 3-4 14, Nason 1-2 0-0 2, Kiernan 4-5 0-0 8, Mavroukas 5-5 1-2 13, McMillan 7-11 6-9 22, Larsen 1-2 2-2 4, LoRusso 0-1 0-2 0, Cosgrove 3-6 0-0 6, Ruskiewicz 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 37-61 21-30 103.

UMBC -- D. Thompson 5-10 5-5 15, Watkins 6-8 5-6 17, Nixon 4-6 4-6 12, Harris 5-8 4-4 16, Saunders 2-7 0-0 5, Ferguson 0-2 1-2 1, Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Andrews 6-10 4 -6 16, Walker 1-4 0-0 3, Fasaye 0-0 1-1 1, C. Thompson 0-0 1-2 1, Bellinger 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 25-32 87.

Halftime--Hofstra 47, UMBC 41. 3-point goals--Hofstra 8 of 12 (Dudley 3-4, Shanahan 1-2, Mavroukas 2-2, McMillan 2-2, Larsen 0-1, LoRusso 0-1); UMBC 4 of 15 (D. Thompson 0-4, Harris 2-3, Saunders 1-3, Ferguson 0-1, Wright 0-1, Walker 1-2, Bellinger 0-1); Rebounds--Hofstra 30 (Shanahan 5, Kiernan 5); UMBC 30 (Andrews 8, Nixon 6); Assists--Hofstra 25 (Dudley 7, Shanahan 6, Kiernan 5); UMBC 19 (Harris 9, Watkins 5). Total fouls--Hofstra 26, UMBC 24; Technicals--none; A--1,622.

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