UMBC drops Loyola, 72-50

Better shooting, strength inside help Retrievers, Feeley breeze in Battle

College Basketball

November 22, 2003|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

If last night's UMBC-Loyola basketball game were played two months later, perhaps you would see a game much different from the Retrievers' 72-50 win in a first-round Battle of Baltimore matchup.

Maybe time will give the Greyhounds better shooting from the outside, and perhaps the know-how to contend with an inside game like the one UMBC presented in the season opener for both teams.

But at the Towson Center last night, it was the Retrievers, and in particular forward Andrew Feeley, who dominated, opening a 21-point halftime lead that was the deciding factor.

After making last year's all-tournament team, Feeley looked every bit at home in the final year of the event, with 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting. Fourteen of those came en route to a 41-20 halftime lead, and he also grabbed 10 rebounds during the game.

"I thought Andrew Feeley was spectacular," said Loyola coach Scott Hicks, who got 13 points from Bernard Allen. "Any time you can go 19 and 10, with six offensive rebounds, you're really dominating the game."

In Tom Sullivan's 100th win at UMBC, getting the ball inside seemed an easy task for his team, which shot 50 percent for the night as nine players scored, including 16 points from guard Rob Gogerty and 10 from forward John Zito.

But defense, rebounding and care with the ball were the primary hallmarks of this victory, giving the Retrievers a chance at their fourth straight championship in this four-team tournament.

UMBC got a hand in the face of Loyola's outside shooters, with the Greyhounds hitting but 30 percent of their shots in the first half. They also had a stretch of 7:19 between field goals.

The Retrievers committed only three first-half turnovers (against 12 by Loyola), and had 11 offensive rebounds during that time.

A little luck didn't hurt UMBC, either.

Two of Feeley's points came after rebounding a shot by Cory McJimson that went off the side of the backboard. In another case, guard Chris Pugh split two Greyhounds on a fast break and attempted a wild shot in hopes of being fouled.

No foul occurred, but McJimson's follow-up dunk at the 3:44 mark gave the team a 33-17 lead.

"We got a few rolls our way," Feeley said. "That's what happens when you're playing hard and the other team's playing back a bit."

UMBC- Davis 2-2 0-0 4, Zito 4-6 1-3 10, Feeley 7-9 5-10 19, Gogerty 7-11 1-2 16, Pugh 1-10 4-4 6, Washington 2-7 3-4 8, McJimson 3-7 0-0 6, Feckoua 0-0 0-0 0, Housman 1-2 0-0 2, Young 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 27-54 15-25 72. LOYOLA - Bossman 0-3 1-2 1, Corrigan 3-9 0-0 7, Tuck 2-4 1-3 5, Bell 4-12 4-6 12, James 3-5 3-3 11, Dixon 0-1 0-0 0, Allen 5-13 2-2 13, Hinds 0-0 0-0 0, Nijaradze 0-1 0-0 0, Chivers 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 17-51 12-18 50. Half: UMBC, 41-20. 3-point goals-UMBC 3-8 (Zito 1-1, Gogerty 1-5, Pugh 0-1, Washington 1-1), Loyola 4-18 (Bossman 0-3, Corrigan 1-6, Bell 0-3, James 2-3, Allen 1-3). Rebounds - UMBC 39 (Feeley 10), Loyola 30 (Allen 8). Assists -UMBC 16 (Pugh 6), Loyola 9 (Bossman 3). Total fouls-UMBC 15, Loyola 22. A-n/a.

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