Change of scenery fails to help UMBC out of slide Retrievers lose to Campbell, 75-70

January 21, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

The return to a familiar place and a familiar face weren't enough to lift UMBC, as the Retrievers lost for the eighth time in nine games last night, 75-70 to Campbell.

It was the first loss in four tries at UMBC Fieldhouse for the Retrievers, who had played eight of their last nine on the road. The game also marked the return of Dana Harris, the point guard with 407 career assists who had missed two games with a knee injury. The return of his leadership didn't matter, as UMBC blew a five-point lead in the last six minutes.

"We've tried just about everyone else at the point, and we need Dana," UMBC coach Earl Hawkins said.

Campbell, which like UMBC had lost seven of its last eight, scored 11 straight points to erase a 64-59 deficit with 6:13 left. By the time junior forward Joe Spinks completed the four-minute run with a running circus move, the Camels (4-8, 2-2) had a 70-64 lead and their first Big South Conference road win of the season.

"It was a bit more enjoyable than our first trip to Baltimore," said Campbell coach Billy Lee, whose team was beaten at the free-throw line at Towson State last week. "It's going to make the bus ride home a lot easier."

The Camels, who represented the conference and went to the NCAA tournament last year, figured to get back to Buies Creek, N.C. about 5 a.m. this morning. UMBC (4-9, 1-3), meanwhile, was left to ponder one that wiggled out of its grasp. The Retrievers went six minutes down the stretch with a single field goal, a putback by junior center Soni Nixon.

Spinks, who's already No. 7 on the Big South career rebounding list, had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Steve Martin knocked the Retrievers silly with a career-high 15, as he and Jared Harrison had three three-pointers apiece in the second half while making up for the absence of Mark Mocnik specialist who missed the winning rally with an ankle injury.

UMBC got 16 points and nine rebounds from Nixon, 13 points from Brian Watkins and 10 from sophomore Kevin Bellinger. Those big men helped the Retrievers pile up a 42-29 rebounding advantage, but the Retrievers' perimeter game continued its recent slump, as junior guard Skip Saunders, the Retrievers' leading scorer who didn't start because of disciplinary reasons, scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Watkins pushed the Retrievers to a 54-43 bulge with 10:34 left, as the Camels themselves went more than six minutes without a basket.

CAMPBELL -- Mocnik 6-11 3-3 16, Spinks 8-15 3-7 19, Ellison 0-1 0-0 0, Poque 2-2 0-1 4, Hall 0-2 0-0 0, Harrison 3-3 0-0 9, Lee 0-3 2-2 2, Martin 6-10 0-0 16, Neely 2-7 3-4 7, Mitchell 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 28-57 11-17 75.

UMBC -- Watkins 4-7 5-6 13, Bellinger 5-7 0-3 10, Nixon 7-9 2-3 16, Harris 3-11 0-0 7, Scott 1-6 0-0 2, Ferguson 2-6 2-2 7, Saunders 3-9 0-1 8, Butts 0-2 0-0 0, Pasaye 2-4 3-3 7, Tweedy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-61 12-18 70.

Halftime--UMBC, 37-31. 3-point goals--C 8-24 (Harrison 3-3, Martin 4-6, Mocnik 1-6 Spinks 0-3, Lee 0-2, Neely 0-4); UMBC 4-15 (Harris 1-4, Ferguson 1-3, Saunders 2-6, Butts 0-1, Scott 0-1). Rebounds--C 29 (Spinks 11); UMBC 42 (Nixon 9). Assists--C 16 (Spinks 8); UMBC 16 (Harris 5). Total fouls--C 18; UMBC 19. Fouled out--Ellison, Watkins. Technicals--none. A--723.

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