Dinkins stepping forward

Senior has career-high 22 points

Retrievers have won three of four

UMBC 64 William and Mary 60

College Basketball

December 18, 2005|By GARY LAMBRECHT | GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTER

UMBC won yesterday for the third time in its past four games, and the Retrievers once again can thank a senior who is coming of age.

Forward Jerrell Dinkins, who spent the previous three seasons as a seldom-used backup, scored a career-high 22 points and dominated the closing minutes, as UMBC defeated William and Mary, 64-60, before 1,422 at RAC Arena.

On a day when UMBC (4-4) was missing freshman guards Jay Greene and Tom Young - each of whom served a one-game suspension for missing a class - Dinkins, with help from senior forward John Zito, filled the void by making nine of 11 shots.

Dinkins, 6 feet 5, used his quickness and the screens of his teammates to shred the Tribe's interior defense. He added four rebounds, four assists and two steals and committed one turnover in 37 minutes. He scored seven straight points in crunch time to give the Retrievers a 60-55 lead with 37 seconds left.

After averaging 2.2 points over 52 games in first three seasons, Dinkins has emerged. During his past four games, he has averaged 16.3 points and is now the team's second-leading scorer behind Zito, who scored 20 points and added six rebounds yesterday.

"You talk about patience, about someone waiting four years to get an opportunity. [Dinkins] has waited patiently," UMBC coach Randy Monroe said. "I can't tell you how proud I am of him."

"The coaches prepare us very well. They tell us to be quick, but not in a hurry," Dinkins said. "I try to keep that in mind. Take the open shot when I've got it. Take the drive when I have it. Pass it when there's somebody open. I try to slow it down."

The Retrievers led for the game's final 15 minutes and used their quickness to counter a bad day on the boards, where the Tribe out-rebounded UMBC 39-26.

Even with 12 players getting into the game, even with guard Nathan Mann scoring a season-high 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range, William and Mary (4-4) could not produce the inside game it needed to overtake UMBC. The Tribe only got to the free-throw line six times, converting four attempts.

Mann sparked a 15-6 run by William and Mary late in the first half that gave the Tribe a 28-25 lead with 2:05 left in the half. But Zito made a layup and a three-pointer to send UMBC into halftime with a 33-30 advantage, then gave the Retrievers a 40-38 lead by driving through the lane for a layup with 15:12 left in the game. UMBC led by as many as nine points and never trailed after that.

gary.lambrecht@baltsun.com

WILLIAM AND MARY-Kisielius 0-4 0-0 0, Cofield 4-7 2-2 10, Loehrke 0-1 0-0 0, Baker 5-15 0-1 11, Payton 3-7 2-2 9, Trumbower 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Mann 7-11 0-0 19, Hutt 3-4 0-1 6, Stein 1-1 0-0 2, Smith III 0-0 0-0 0, Mokris 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 24-56 4-6 60. UMBC-Zito 8-17 3-4 20, Housman 2-6 1-1 5, Dinkins 9-11 2-4 22, Pugh 1-7 0-0 3, Hodges 3-9 4-5 12, Seaborn 0-1 0-0 0, Bilal 1-3 0-0 2, Timba 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 10-14 64. Half-UMBC, 33-30. 3-point goals-William and Mary 8-18 (Mann 5-8, Payton 1-2, Mokris 1-2, Baker 1-5, Trumbower 0-1), UMBC 6-17 (Dinkins 2-2, Hodges 2-5, Zito 1-3, Pugh 1-5, Bilal 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-William and Mary 39 (Kisielius 9), UMBC 26 (Pugh 7). Assists-William and Mary 16 (Hutt 4), UMBC 16 (Dinkins, Pugh 4). Total fouls-William and Mary 16, UMBC 15. A-1,422.

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