UMBC keeps 2 under control, but Vermont still wins, 80-70

Catamounts' reserves frustrate Retrievers

State

February 03, 2005|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The top-scoring pair of players in the nation isn't what beat UMBC last night at the RAC Arena.

It was two Vermont freshmen three-point shooters coming off the bench and combining for 28 points that made the difference in an 80-70 game that extended the America East-leading Catamounts' winning streak to 13 games, tying a school record.

"Whenever we made a run, they hit a big shot," said UMBC guard Rob Gogerty, who recorded season bests with 19 points and nine assists. He also shot 11-for-22 from the floor, had three steals, made just one turnover and guarded T. J. Sorrentine, part of Vermont's prolific scoring tandem, holding him to 14 points, well below his 18.8 average.

UMBC's strategy was to double down inside against 6-foot-9, 250-pound Taylor Coppenrath, who is being scouted at every game by the NBA. Coppenrath scored 17 points, below his 23.7 average, but had 12 rebounds and was 7-for-8 at the line.

"They had an inside game and an outside game and we elected to make their outside shooters beat us," said UMBC coach Randy Monroe. "Rob did a great job on Sorrentine, who'll probably get All-Conference honors."

Coppenrath's ability to kick the ball out to his shooters, particularly to freshmen Josh Duell (16 points) and Ryan Schneider (12), enabled him to pick up six assists.

"My teammates got to play some H-O-R-S-E tonight," said Coppenrath.

Despite the loss, UMBC solidified its reputation as a comeback team and as a tough team at home, falling to 7-3 at home and 9-11 overall and to 4-7 in America East.

"We were leading 37-18 and I'm wondering where we're going to dinner," said retiring Catamounts coach Tom Brennan, making his farewell tour of the league with a team that has posted three 20-win seasons since the arrival of Coppenrath, and appears headed for another.

The Catamounts are 16-3 overall and 11-0 in the league. "We're happy to be leaving here because Baltimore played wonderful and didn't go away," said Brennan. "They'll be trouble for a lot of teams."

Old Dominion 70, Towson 59: Valdas Vasylius had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds and Alex Loughton had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Monarchs (20-3, 10-1 Colonial Athletic Association) in Norfolk, Va.

Old Dominion led 36-28 at halftime, scored the first four points of the second half, and never let Towson (5-16, 2-9) closer than five.

Johns Hopkins 64, Swarthmore 52: Matt Griffin scored a game-high 18 points as the host Blue Jays (12-6, 9-3 Centennial Conference) defeated the Garnet Tide (2-17, 1-11).

Lincoln 77, Hood 71: Jarett Kearse scored 35 points and the host Lions (13-5) ended the Blazers' five-game winning streak. Denis Tressler led Hood (10-4) with 20 points.

McDaniel 79, Dickinson 76: Sam Anstead made a layup with 31 seconds left in overtime to give the host Green Terror (4-15, 2-10 Centennial) a 77-76 lead and Kyle O'Connor made two free throws to seal the win.

Brad Litchfield finished with 37 points for the Red Devils (8-11, 5-7).

Ursinus 89, Washington College 80: Mike McGarvey led all scorers with 24 points for the host Bears (11-8, 8-4 Centennial).

John Alexander, Kyle Stem and Travis Moore all had 12 for the Shoremen (8-11, 5-7).

York 77, Goucher 64: Garrett Smith had 19 points in a loss for the visiting Gophers (14-6, 5-4 Capital Athletic Conference).

Chad McGowan and Kenny Fass had 15 points each for the Spartans (17-2, 7-2).

Women

Vermont 55, UMBC 27: The Catamounts (10-8, 6-3 America East) - led by Chrissy Battram with 12 points - set a school record for fewest points allowed.

The Retrievers (7-11, 2-7) were outrebounded 23-10 and committed eight turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

St. Francis (Pa.) 91, Mount St. Mary's 85: Beth Swink scored 18 of her game-high 32 points in the second half as the host Red Flash (10-9, 8-2 Northeast Conference) beat the Mount (6-14, 5-6) a fifth straight time.

Samira Rashid led the Mount with 20 points.

UMES 62, American 59: The Hawks (8-11) - led by Ashley Chase with 17 points - outscored the host Eagles (8-12) 9-6 in overtime.

York 73, Goucher 70: The visiting Gophers (2-15, 1-8 Capital) had two chances in the final minute to tie the game but couldn't capitalize.

Goucher's Shadae Swan (St. Frances) led all scorers with 26 points. Kristen Daly had 20 for the Spartans (9-11, 4-5).

Hood 53, Chatham 40: Danielle Allen scored 13 points to lead the visiting Blazers (9-6) past the Cougars (1-12).

Sun staff reports contributed to this article.

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