UMBC drops third straight, 91-81

February 08, 1994|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

UMBC's basketball woes continued last night as the Retrievers were beaten at home by Radford, 91-81, in a Big South Conference game.

It was the third straight loss for UMBC (5-14, 4-7), all of them in the conference.

This marked the end of a five-game road trip for Radford (14-5, 8-3), which plays five of its next seven games at home.

Radford, which was knocked out of first place in a loss aTowson State on Saturday night, jumped to a 12-4 lead against UMBC.

"We just have to start doing things right," said UMBC coach Earl Hawkins. "We have to be disciplined. That stretch at the beginning cost usthe game.

"We knew they were going to press us," Hawkins added, shaking his head. "We just have to do a better job of executing."

UMBC caught the Highlanders late in the first half and went ahead 34-30. The Retrievers' last lead was at 34-33 with 1:16 left in the half.

Damian Ingram, whose career high for Radford had been 13 points, led his team with 23 points. Don Burgess, a 6-foot-6 senior, had 20.

High scorer for the game was UMBC's Spencer Ferguson wit 24 points. At times, Ferguson, a speedy 5-foot-11 senior, looked like a one-man team, streaking coast-to-coast for baskets as the Retrievers tried in vain to close the gap late in the game.

Kevin Bellinger had 20 points for the losers.

UMBC sent Radford to the foul line for 45 shots, of which the Highlanders made 31. UMBC was 19-for-31 from the line. Five players fouledout of the game, three for UMBC.

"We missed a lot of free throws down toward the end," said Radford coach Ron Bradley, a former assistant coach at Maryland.

"We're starting to feel like a CBA team, we've been on the road so much. When you go 3-2 on the road, that's not bad. It's !B always tough when you're near the top and everybody wants a piece of you, no matter where you play."

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