UMBC surprises Loyola, 76-66 Freshman trio's 47 points help overcome sloppy play

November 22, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

A young and reckless UMBC team flirted with disaster all game and got away with it last night against a more-schooled Loyola College squad.

The Retrievers came out racing up and down the court, taking three-point shots and turning the ball over against Loyola's full-court pressure.

At times, UMBC looked like it was out of control.

But the Retrievers had too much quickness, talent and depth for Loyola and made an early-season statement about just how far their program has advanced with a surprising 76-66 victory at Reitz Arena.

UMBC missed all 10 of its three-point shots in the first half and had nine turnovers, but it never backed off from Loyola (0-2), which had thrown a minor scare into Florida State on Monday night before losing by 17 points in Tallahassee.

UMBC started four freshmen and one sophomore, all from the New York-New Jersey area, and they combined to ruin new Loyola coach Dino Gaudio's home-court debut.

"It's deflating," Gaudio said. "But give Coach [Tom] Sullivan credit. He did a better job of coaching than I did. Our kids weren't ready to play and I'll take the blame for it."

Sullivan, a former assistant at Seton Hall, has gone back to his New York-New Jersey roots to bring nine players from that area )) to UMBC.

Three of the freshman starters -- Rich Giddens, Terence Ward and Tim Hyland -- combined for 47 points, seven steals and six assists for UMBC (1-1).

Giddens, a 6-foot-5 forward, led UMBC with 19 points, but in keeping with the Retrievers' theme for the evening, he turned the ball over five times.

Ward and Hyland each scored 14 and freshman Brad Martin came off the bench to score 11 points in 18 minutes.

Martin, a product of DeMatha High in Hyattsville, breaks up the New York-New Jersey connection a little.

"It just turns out that we have all these players from the New York area," Sullivan said. "We're really going out to get the best players we can find no matter where they are."

UMBC finished with 17 turnovers and was 4-for-19 on three-pointers, but Loyola was sloppier. The Greyhounds had 21 turnovers and made only two of 19 three-point attempts.

Loyola was guilty of several sloppy passes but played the kind of up-tempo game Gaudio wants to use this season.

"Taking care of the basketball was a major problem for us," Gaudio said. "I was shocked by this. I have a philosophy: Florida State beat us on Monday night, but we can't let them beat us on Friday night, too."

But Loyola shooting guard Mike Powell, who led all scorers with 27 last night and became the 26th player in school history to score 1,000 points, said without hesitation: "We had a letdown from the Florida State game. We were fully prepared to play, but we went out and didn't play hard and they put a whipping on us."

UMBC -- Ward 5-16 4-4 14, Hyland 4-7 4-6 14, Green 4-9 0-3 8, Okafor 1-5 2-3 4, Giddens 5-13 7-7 19, Womble 0-1 0-0 0, Harrison 2-5 0-0 4, Van Veen 0-1 0-0 0, B.Martin 5-6 1-2 11, K.Martin 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 27-65 18-25 76.

LOYOLA -- Powell 9-20 9-13 27, Rowe 5-17 1-2 12, Platt 2-7 6-7 10, Nasiou 2-4 2-4 6, Hunter 4-12 0-0 9, Mack 0-1 0-0 0, Langley 0-1 0-0 0, Blosser 0-3 0-0 0, Davis 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 23-66 18-26 66.

Halftime--Loyola 35-33. 3-point goals--UMBC 4-19 (Ward 0-7, Hyland 2-3, Giddens 2-6, Harrison 0-2, Van Veen 0-1). Loyola 2-19 (Powell 0-5, Rowe 1-6, Hunter 1-6, Langley 0-1, Blosser 0-1). Fouled out--B.Martin. Rebounds--UMBC 46 (Okafor 14), Loyola 46 Platt 11). Assists--UMBC 11 (Okafor 4), Loyola 8 (Powell 3). Total fouls--UMBC 22, Loyola 22. A--1,427.

Pub Date: 11/22/97

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