UMBC hardly feels at home in 71-63 loss

Maine beats Retrievers on Senior Night at RAC

College Basketball

February 22, 2004|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Not even the sentimentality of Senior Night and a near-capacity crowd were enough for UMBC, which lost to Maine, 71-63, last night at RAC Arena.

In front of 3,664, Maine's inside-outside combination of Mark Flavin and Kevin Reed sent the Retrievers (7-18, 4-12 America East) to their 10th loss in their past 12 games.

The defeat came in the last home game for UMBC seniors Kareem Washington and Eugene Young.

"You're in the entertainment field, and you want to perform and make sure that these people are entertained and they want to come back," said Young. "Tonight, we didn't perform at the level we are capable of."

Both Flavin, a senior center, and Reed, a sophomore forward, finished with 23 points for the fourth-place Black Bears (17-8, 11-5), who completed a season sweep of UMBC.

Flavin's performance was hardly a surprise. It was the seventh time an opposing forward or center left a UMBC game with 17 points or more.

Reed's results seemed less inevitable, as the Retrievers were OK against him when getting a hand in his face. On several occasions, however, they lost him on defense, leading to four first-half three-pointers, including a bomb at the buzzer that put Maine ahead at the half 34-28.

"I think Kevin Reed murdered us from the outside," said Washington, who finished with nine points. "We tried to play good [defense] on him. But when you try to play help-fill-and-rotate defense, people are going to get open looks, and he was just burying them [his shots]."

UMBC couldn't do much to counter - beyond the arc or in the paint - taking nearly 7:30 to hit its first field goal of the second half.

By the time the Retrievers got going, they were trying to climb back from a 21-point deficit.

With 19 points, sophomore forward John Zito made one of two free throws to pull UMBC within 61-50 with 4:12 left in the game.

"They're a team where we need to bring our A-game to the table," said UMBC coach Tom Sullivan, who got 12 points from Rob Gogerty. "At this time of the year, they're playing for playoff position. So are we, but their record indicates that they're better at doing it than we are."

MAINE-Flavin 11-17 1-3 23, Reed 8-13 0-0 23, Dobson 2-10 4-6 8, Petkus 3-6 0-0 6, Markwood 2-7 1-2 5, Hadjisotirov 0-1 2-2 2, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Dubois 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 28-56 8-13 71. UMBC-Zito 7-12 5-8 19, Young 0-2 1-1 1, Washington 4-6 0-2 9, Gogerty 5-11 0-0 12, Pugh 2-11 0-0 5, Davis 4-8 1-2 9, McJimson 3-7 0-1 6, Housman 0-0 0-0 0, Feeley 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 25-59 9-17 63. Half: Maine 34, UMBC 28. 3-point goals-Maine 7-19 (Reed 7-11, Dobson 0-1, Petkus 0-3, Markwood 0-3, Hadjisotirov 0-1), UMBC 4-12 (Zito 0-2, Washington 1-2, Gogerty 2-4, Pugh 1-4). Rebounds-Maine 34 (Flavin 15), UMBC 35 (Zito 7). Assists-Maine 19 (Dobson 9), UMBC 11 (Washington, Gogerty 2). Total fouls-Maine 13, UMBC 15. A-3,664.

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