UMBC fails at home, falling in last second

Last-place N. Hampshire deals Retrievers 62-60 loss

College Basketball

February 19, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

UMBC missed another opportunity to improve its standing for the America East conference tournament.

Home again was not so sweet last night for the Retrievers, who squandered a 10-point first-half lead and lost to last-place New Hampshire, 62-60, on center Ben Sturgill's follow shot in the final second.

UMBC (7-17, 4-11) is 2-8 at the RAC Center this season.

With possession and slightly more than the 35-second clock remaining, UMBC worked the ball around for 20 seconds before Kareem Washington tried to launch a three-pointer from the corner. But freshman guard Jermaine Anderson leaped to block the shot and kept the ball alive inbounds.

That set up a final shot for the Wildcats, and Blagoj Janev lofted a long three-pointer. Sturgill outmaneuvered two UMBC players for the rebound and scored the winning basket.

Sturgill, a 6-foot-8 junior, has missed more than half the season after fracturing his foot Dec. 7.

"We rebounded the ball in the second half, and Sturgill obviously made a difference," said coach Phil Rowe of New Hampshire (7-18, 3-12).

UMBC played outstanding defense in the opening half. New Hampshire shot just 5-for-25 from the field and trailed by eight at the break.

But the Wildcats - going inside-out with Sturgill as the primary receiver - warmed up significantly, hitting 14 of their first 16 shots in the second half to take a 51-48 lead.

UMBC recovered to go up by three itself, but New Hampshire countered with five free throws to regain the lead.

"We don't seem to have one player who can come out of the pack. They did a better job at that," said Retrievers coach Tom Sullivan. "Kareem thought he was open at the end, but we turned it over. We just have to execute better."

New Hampshire made 16 of 21 shots in the second half (76.2 percent), and Sturgill finished with a game-high 20 points.

The defeat was the third straight and seventh in eight games for UMBC, which was led by Rob Gogerty's 19 points.

UMBC now must scramble to finish sixth in the regular season, which would provide a first-round bye in the league tournament.

NEW HAMPSHIRE-Janev 4-12 2-2 12, Walker 1-3 1-4 4, Sturgill 7-11 6-8 20, Bullock 0-2 0-0 0, Anderson 1-4 0-0 3, Childs 1-3 5-6 7, Dennis 0-1 0-0 0, Karalis 0-0 0-0 0, Liddell 2-3 0-0 4, Walls 5-7 1-2 12, Peterson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-46 15-22 62. UMBC-Davis 0-2 1-2 1, Zito 3-9 0-0 6, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Gogerty 7-16 2-4 19, Pugh 3-7 0-0 8, Washington 6-14 2-2 16, McJimson 4-7 0-0 8, Housman 0-2 0-0 0, Feeley 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 24-61 5-8 60. Half -UMBC, 24-16. 3-point goals-New Hampshire 5-13 (Janev 2-6, Walker 1-1, Bullock 0-2, Anderson 1-2, Childs 0-1, Walls 1-1), UMBC 7-19 (Gogerty 3-7, Pugh 2-3, Washington 2-9). Rebounds-New Hampshire 38 (Walls 8), UMBC 31 (Pugh, Washington 5). Assists-New Hampshire 11 (Childs 4), UMBC 17 (Pugh 8). Total fouls-New Hampshire 12, UMBC 21. Technical fouls-Bullock. A-1,518.

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