Northeastern's Barea fills gaps vs. UMBC

Retrievers fall, 81-62, in short-handed battle

College Basketball

January 18, 2004|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

On a night when both teams were forced to play without key scorers, it was visiting Northeastern that managed best last night at UMBC.

Despite missing a pair of starters, including their leading scorer, the deeper Huskies got a game-high 29 points from guard Jose Juan Barea as they took the lead midway through the first half and extended it to as many as 21 in an 81-62 win before 2,147.

"We wanted to push the pace a little bit just to see if we could wear them down, because we thought they were a little thin," said UMBC coach Tom Sullivan.

"Unfortunately, I think that backfired on us. We got a little exhausted, we missed some easy shots, then it just kept piling on."

UMBC (5-10 overall, 2-4 America East), which was playing without its second-leading scorer in starting forward John Zito (strained groin muscle), lost for the fourth time in five games and fell to 1-5 at home.

Northeastern (11-6, 5-1) showed why it entered the game as the top-scoring team in the conference, hitting 10 of 22 three-pointers despite missing the second-leading scorer in the conference in shooting guard Marcus Barnes (suspension) and center Cornellius Wright (knee injury).

The teams traded baskets early in a fast-paced contest. Northeastern, however, broke ahead on consecutive three-pointers by Wilson midway through the half, and then extended its lead to 30-19.

The Retrievers stayed in the game with the hot perimeter shooting of guard Rob Gogerty and strong play on the offensive boards. Forward Cory McJimson led UMBC with 20 points and Gogerty added 17.

UMBC cut the lead to four twice before halftime, but never could pull closer.

Barea punctuated a late surge with three straight three-pointers, each from nearly 30 feet.

"I had two pretty good guards when I was [head coach] at McNeese State, and I've never laughed on the bench before until tonight," said Northeastern coach Ron Everhart. "That was a pretty good show."

Said Sullivan: "[Barea] hit some big-time threes that were from out of the building. I thought Rob [Gogerty] had done a spectacular job on him for 30 minutes. Then they just blew it open."

NORTHEASTERN-Wilson 8-14 0-0 20, Davis 1-5 3-6 5, Robinson 6-9 3-6 15, Barea 10-21 4-6 29, Kelly 1-4 0-0 3, Popoola 0-0 0-0 0, Youmans 0-0 0-0 0, Dunn 3-5 3-3 9, Melvin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-58 13-21 81. UMBC-Davis 6-12 1-2 13, McJimson 8-16 4-6 20, Young 1-3 2-4 4, Gogerty 7-14 0-0 17, Pugh 1-5 0-0 2, Washington 0-7 4-4 4, Dinkins 0-0 0-0 0, Housman 1-2 0-0 2, Feeley 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-61 11-16 62. Half: Northeastern 41, UMBC 35. 3-point goals-Northeastern 10-22 (Wilson 4-8, Davis 0-1, Robinson 0-1, barea 5-8, Kelly 1-3, Dunn 0-1), UMBC 3-14 (Davis 0-1, Gogerty 3-7, Pugh 0-2, Washington 0-4). Rebounds-Northeastern 38 (Robinson 8), UMBC 36 (Davis 9). Assists-Northeastern 12 (Barea 7), UMBC 13 (McJimson, Gogerty 4). Total fouls-Northeastern 12, UMBC 15. A-2,147.

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