UMBC finishes off Loyola

Seniors Feeley, Gogerty lead 14-4 closing run as Retrievers prevail, 58-53

College Basketball

December 22, 2004|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Twice in the second half last night, UMBC was on the verge of surrendering to visiting Loyola College. Twice, the Retrievers came back.

Finally, seniors Andrew Feeley and Rob Gogerty led UMBC over the final three minutes to a 58-53 victory over the Greyhounds before 2,142 at RAC Arena.

Feeley, a 6-foot-9 center, recorded his third double double in a row and his fifth of the season with 19 points and 15 rebounds, and helped to ignite a game-ending 14-4 run. Gogerty, a 6-1 guard, scored all five of his points in the final 42.7 seconds to put away Loyola.

For the Retrievers (4-5) and first-year coach Randy Monroe, it was an exhilarating finish on a night when they committed 20 turnovers and neither team could shoot the ball with any consistency.

For Loyola (1-7) and first-year coach Jimmy Patsos, who were trying to double last year's victory total, it was another tough lesson for a less experienced squad trying to figure out how to win.

"When you have that never-say-die attitude, a lot of good things can happen," Monroe said. "I'm really proud of the way our guys hung in there and gutted it out. That says a lot about this basketball team and how they feel about each other. It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it."

UMBC could not have done it without Feeley. He personally kept the Retrievers afloat in the first half with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Then, after UMBC used an 11-1 run to take a 40-39 lead with 7:28 left in the game, yet found itself trailing 49-44 with 3:44 left, Feeley went back to work. He followed a huge three-pointer by freshman guard Rashad Bilal with two free throws and a layup to tie the score at 51 with 1:43 to go.

After that, Gogerty made his only basket count by making an 18-footer at the top of the key with 42.7 seconds left. Loyola freshman guard Brad Farrell (10 points) turned the ball over, and Gogerty followed with two free throws to make it 55-51 with 26 seconds left. He sank the game's final foul shot, capping a 15-for-17 showing at the line in the second half for the Retrievers.

"We're working as hard as anybody in the country. We're just not there yet," said Patsos, who watched the Greyhounds squander leads of 38-29 and 47-42 down the stretch. "We're getting better, but don't expect me to be happy. We're 1-7. I thought we'd be 5-3."

Freshman forward Freddie Stanback led Loyola with 16 points and four steals. Sophomore guard Shane James had 12 points and eight rebounds. For UMBC, junior forward Cory McJimson had 14 points and nine rebounds. Bilal scored all eight of his points in the second half.

LOYOLA - Stanback 7-14 1-2 16, Farrell 3-9 3-4 10, Corrigan 0-3 0-0 0, Nixon 1-5 0-0 2, James 4-12 2-3 12, Hinds 2-8 1-2 5, Allen 0-1 0-0 0, Manning 0-0 0-0 0, Bell 1-6 5-6 8, Nijaradze 0-0 0-0 0, Chivers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-58 12-17 53. UMBC - McJimson 3-9 8-10 14, Zito 0-7 0-2 0, Feeley 8-17 3-4 19, Gogerty 1-3 3-3 5, Pugh 0-3 0-0 0, Knight 2-7 0-0 5, Dinkins 0-0 0-0 0, Bilal 2-4 2-2 8, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Hodges 2-6 0-0 5, Housman 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-57 16-21 58. Halftime- 23-23. 3-Point goals-Loyola 5-19 (Stanback 1-6, Farrell 1-5, Corrigan 0-2, James 2-4, Bell 1-2), UMBC 4-18 (McJimson 0-1, Zito 0-1, Gogerty 0-2, Pugh 0-2, Knight 1-5, Bilal 2-3, Hodges 1-4). Rebounds-Loyola 37 (James 8), UMBC 45 (Feeley 15). Assists-Loyola 12 (James, Hinds 3), UMBC 13 (Pugh 4). Total fouls-Loyola 18, UMBC 13. Fouled out-Stanback. A-2,142.

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