UMBC again fails screen test, 85-55

In TV game, Retrievers no match for Northeastern

College Basketball

February 13, 2005|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Television has not been a productive venue for the UMBC men's basketball team this season.

The Retrievers suffered a 26-point loss in its only previous TV game, and yesterday at the RAC Arena with the CN8 TV cameras rolling, endured an 85-55 loss to Northeastern.

It was UMBC's most lopsided defeat since joining the America East last season, and Northeastern's largest margin of victory this season.

"We were tight playing on TV, and Northeastern shot the ball well," said Retrievers coach Randy Monroe, whose team was defeated by Hartford, 80-54, last month. "If you shoot like they did, then you're not going to lose many games."

Northeastern (14-8, 11-3) shot 58.5 percent (31-for-53) from the field, its best percentage of the season, 9-for-18 from three-point range and 14-for-17 (82.4 percent) at the line. Several of the three-points baskets were from 10 feet beyond the arc.

"You had to guard them almost to the locker room," said Monroe. "And they can shoot over people. We tried different defenses, but none of them worked for long. They are a very talented team - maybe the best team in the league."

Guard Marcus Barnes, Northeastern's only starting senior, led the Huskies with 22 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field and 4-for-6 from three-point range. Junior guard Jose Juan Barea, the team's leading scorer with a 22.4 average, scored 21 points. And freshman forward Shawn James scored 18 points, going 8-for-8 from the field. He also blocked seven shots and had six rebounds.

In an earlier 77-66 loss to Northeastern, UMBC led by five points with nine minutes to play by getting strong games from its inside players, center Andrew Feeley and forward John Zito. Feeley had 20 points in that game, and Zito scored 17. But Feeley scored only two points yesterday (Zito had 13).

"We have a lot of respect for UMBC, and we wanted to key on their inside guys today," said Huskies coach Ron Everhart. "We started with a lot of urgency and defended as well as we have all year."

The Retrievers (9-14, 4-10), who shot only 33.8 percent from the floor, suffered their fifth straight loss.

NORTHEASTERN-B.Davis 1-4 4-4 6, James 8-8 0-0 18, Barnes 8-12 2-2 22, Barea 8-13 3-5 21, Kelly 2-3 0-0 5, Popoola 0-1 0-0 0, Kirkland 0-1 0-0 0, Martinez 0-2 2-2 2, A.Davis 0-1 2-2 2, Farmer 0-1 0-0 0, Coffee 0-0 1-2 1, Cole 1-3 0-0 2, Pinckney 1-1 0-0 2, Washington 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 31-53 14-17 85. UMBC-McJimson 2-10 0-0 4, Bilal 1-6 1-2 3, Feeley 1-5 0-0 2, Gogerty 3-6 0-0 6, Pugh 0-4 0-0 0, Knight 2-6 2-4 7, Fisk 1-2 0-0 2, S.Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Hodges 4-13 0-0 8, Zito 5-8 3-4 13, Housman 4-7 2-2 10. Totals 23-68 8-12 55. Halftime-Northeastern 48-21. 3-point goals-Northeastern 9-18 (Barnes 4-6, James 2-2, Barea 2-3, Kelly 1-2, A.Davis 0-1, B.Davis 0-1, Kirkland 0-1, Martinez 0-2), UMBC 1-16 (Knight 1-4, S.Davis 0-1, Fisk 0-1, Bilal 0-2, Pugh 0-2, Hodges 0-6). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Northeastern 37 (B.Davis 10), UMBC 35 (McJimson 8). Assists-Northeastern 19 (Barea 7), UMBC 8 (Gogerty, Zito 3). Total fouls-Northeastern 14, UMBC 16. A-2,216.

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