Zito leads UMBC to win in opener

Senior's 23 points, 14 rebounds beat UMES

Umbc 75 Umes 65

November 19, 2005|By GARY LAMBRECHT | GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTER

Senior forward John Zito scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, both career highs, and UMBC was outstanding at the free-throw line last night, as the Retrievers took over the second half and pulled away to a season-opening, 75-65 victory over UMES before 2,247 at RAC Arena.

UMBC, looking for its first winning season in four years, won its seventh consecutive opening game. Zito carried the Retrievers early by recording a double double in the first half. Then, with sophomore guard Brian Hodges (13 points, 10 rebounds) leading the way, the Retrievers went on a decisive, 14-0 run in the middle of the second half.

Hodges made a pair of three- point baskets and scored eight points during the run, which turned a 42-41 deficit into a 55-42 lead with 9:34 left. UMES (1-2) never got closer than seven points after that.

Freshman guard Jay Greene made his UMBC debut by scoring 16 points, including 11 in the game's final four minutes.

Greene finished 10-for-10 at the foul line, highlighting an 81.5 percent showing by the Retrievers, who converted 22 of 27 attempts. That made up for a bad night shooting from the field, where UMBC made just 32.8 percent of its shots.

UMES was led by senior forward Tim Parham, who finished with 20 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. But the Hawks, who led for much of the first half, could not sustain their offense, which had problems attacking UMBC's zone defense.

The Hawks committed 19 turnovers and shot poorly for much of the second half. Missing eight of 12 free throws didn't help.

"I thought at the beginning, we were probably a little nervous, and rightfully so," UMBC coach Randy Monroe said. "For the most part, our defense was pretty good. Our guys were locked in. When you go to the free-throw line 27 times and you make 22, that says something about the mental state of your team."

In the early going, UMBC missed 10 of its first 13 shots and got pushed around on the boards by UMES, which maintained the lead for most of the first half behind Parham. But the Retrievers went into the half on a strong note by scoring eight unanswered points to take a 32-28 lead at halftime.

The Hawks wore down in the second half, which is not surprising. UMES concludes a stretch of four games in six days tonight at St. John's.

gary.lambrecht@baltsun.com

UMES - McMillion 6-14 1-1 16, Parham 9-14 2-6 20, Cohen 0-0 0-0 0, Leak 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 1-3 0-0 3, Brooks 3-12 0-0 9, Jackson 2-7 0-1 5, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Pierce 0-1 0-0 0, Tyson 4-10 1-2 10, Valentine 0-0 0-0 0, Waddell 1-2 0-2 2. Totals 26-64 4-12 65.

UMBC - Dinkins 2-7 2-2 6, Zito 8-16 5-9 23, Housman 3-7 0-0 6, Pugh 3-9 1-2 8, Bilal 0-2 0-0 0, Hodges 3-16 4-4 13, Eshietedoho 0-0 0-0 0, Greene 2-6 10-10 16, Seaborn 0-1 0-0 0, Timba 0-0 0-0 0, Young 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 22-67 22-27 75.

Halftime - UMBC 32-28. 3-point goals-UMES 9-29 (McMillion 3-6, Brooks 3-11, Harris 1-3, Jackson 1-3, Tyson 1-4, Leak 0-1, Pierce 0-1), UMBC 9-24 (Hodges 3-11, Zito 2-2, Greene 2-4, Young 1-2, Pugh 1-4, Bilal 0-1). Fouled out-Housman. Rebounds-UMES 44 (Parham 15), UMBC 46 (Zito 14). Assists-UMES 16 (Brooks 7), UMBC 14 (Pugh 3). Total fouls-UMES 19, UMBC 15. A-2,247.

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