Fast-starting UMBC fades in 73-63 loss to Radford Retrievers shoot 28% in second half

January 30, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

The three players that UMBC relies on for much of its offense weren't much help last night.

And because of it, the Retrievers didn't stand much of a chance of overtaking Radford.

Seniors Tony Thompson and Kevin Bellinger and freshman Alhamisi Simms combined for six field goals, and UMBC couldn't sustain its fast start in losing to the Highlanders, 73-63, in a Big South Conference game at UMBC Fieldhouse.

The Retrievers (3-16, 1-7) scored 20 points in the opening six minutes to build a 20-8 lead, then went dry. They made seven field goals and shot 28 percent in the second half, as the Highlanders (10-10, 4-4) gradually took control and defeated UMBC for the second time in 11 days.

"I thought we did a nice job of taking it to them, but then there

was a little bit of a swing there," said Retrievers coach Tom Sullivan. "Once again, our shots stopped being taken, which is almost worse than stopped falling."

Thompson led UMBC with 15 points, but eight came from the line. He was 3-for-9 from the field.

Bellinger fouled out with 2:08 left. He scored nine points on 2-for-9 shooting. Simms managed one field goal and eight points.

Radford had an easier time finding the mark. The Highlanders shot 55 percent in the first half, including 5-for-5 from three-point range, and 48 percent for the game.

For UMBC to have beaten Radford last night, it would have needed to cool off Highlanders senior guard Jason Lansdown (22 points), who was shooting 59 percent from the field and averaging 21.2 points over his past five games.

The Retrievers succeeded for the first 14 minutes, until Lansdown hit a three-pointer, then another. His third, with 2:55 left in the half, reduced UMBC's lead to 30-26. The Retrievers' Marc Lay (12 points) was called for a foul underneath on Lansdown's basket, and Jermaine Williams made two free throws to complete a five-point play. Two free throws by Radford's Kevin Robinson tied it, 30-30, and his turnaround jumper in the lane gave the Highlanders their first lead, 32-30.

After four lead changes in the first 6:10 of the second half, Radford went on a 14-1 run that put the Retrievers away. Lansdown began the run with a fallaway jumper that put Radford ahead, 42-41.

NOTE: UMBC sophomore forward Tony Mensah, who appeared in three games this season and scored two points, has left the team. He had taken a brief leave of absence after the death of teammate Matt Skalsky on New Year's morning, then came back.

RADFORD -- Bowens 6-11 5-7 17, Robinson 1-2 4-4 6, Walker 3-9 6-7 14, Lansdown 9-16 1-3 22, Williamson 1-1 6-8 9, Johnson 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 0-1 3-4 3. Totals 21-43 25-33 73.

UMBC -- Lay 4-13 0-0 12, Thompson 3-9 8-11 15, Bellinger 2-9 5-8 9, Simms 1-3 6-7 8, Lucien 1-5 1-2 3, Van Veen 2-4 0-0 6, Merritt 1-2 2-2 4, Barber 0-0 0-0 0, Poiesz 3-3 0-1 6. Totals 17-48 22-31 63.

Halftime--Radford 34, UMBC 33. 3-point goals--Radford 6-11 (Walker 2-5, Lansdown 3-5, Williamson 1-1), UMBC 7-19 (Lay 4-9, Thompson 1-3, Simms 0-2, Lucien 0-2, Van Veen 2-3). Fouled out--Lay, Bellinger. Rebounds--Radford 30 (Walker, Lansdown), UMBC 31 (Thompson, Bellinger 8). Assists--Radford 9 (Bowens 3), UMBC 13 (Lucien 8). Total fouls--Radford 19, UMBC 24. A--726.

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