Retrievers finally topple Vermont

Dinkins sparks first win over Catamounts

UMBC 86 Vermont 73

February 12, 2006|By MATT PAPUCHIS | MATT PAPUCHIS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

UMBC led Vermont by 10 points with just less than a minute to play yesterday, but the fact that the Retrievers had been up by 20 just a few minutes earlier was enough to make coach Randy Monroe as animated as ever on the sideline.

And he had good reason: UMBC had never defeated Vermont in six tries -- including an 0-4 mark in the Monroe era that began last season, making the Catamounts the only America East opponent it had yet to beat.

But yesterday, the Retrievers ended that, never trailing on their way to an 86-73 win before 2,122 at the RAC Arena on a day when the school recognized nine former athletes being enshrined into the UMBC Hall of Fame.

"We came out for the first time this season and kept the same intensity from the very beginning all the way until the end," said Monroe, sporting his size 14 sneakers in support of National Coaches vs. Cancer Awareness Day. "I'm really proud of our guys for keeping up that focus and competitiveness. Their energy and enthusiasm never waned."

Five Retrievers scored in double digits, including a career-high 24 for Jerrell Dinkins, while Brian Hodges and John Zito added 16 each and Jay Greene and Chris Pugh had 13 apiece.

"It's funny, before the game I was joking around with some of the guys about how this was going to be a career night," Dinkins said. Only he was talking about rebounds, and though he led all players with eight, it was his 63 percent shooting (10-for-16) that stood out.

Forward Chris Holm scored 24 points for Vermont (10-12, 6-6), which has won the past three America East titles. UMBC (9-14, 5-7) scored the first basket of the second half to take a 20-point lead, 50-30, with 18:44 left.

After trading scores with Vermont during the opening minutes of the second half, the Retrievers extended their lead to 65-41 with 11:44 left.

Vermont, which immediately called a timeout when its deficit reached 24, was going to make sure that the Retrievers earned it. The Catamounts went on a 16-4 run during the next 4 1/2 minutes to cut the UMBC lead to 69-57 with 6:15 left.

That's when UMBC called a timeout of its own and regained its composure.

The Retrievers went on a 10-2 run and were up by 20 again with less than four minutes to play.

Vermont closed to within 10 on a three-pointer by Mike Trimboli with 44 seconds left, but UMBC pulled away again as Pugh hit two free throws and Dinkins scored inside.

VERMONT--McIntosh 2-6 0-0 5, Holm 9-13 6-8 24, Klimes 4-6 4-7 12, Trimboli 3-11 4-4 11, Cieplicki 2-4 0-1 5, Sisca 0-3 0-0 0, Powlovich 1-1 0-1 2, McCrory 0-1 0-0 0, Galloway 0-0 0-0 0, Schneider 1-7 0-0 3, Duell 3-5 2-2 11. Totals 25-57 16-23 73. UMBC--Dinkins 10-16 3-6 24, Zito 7-13 2-5 16, Housman 2-4 0-0 4, Greene 3-6 5-6 13, Pugh 4-9 3-4 13, Seaborn 0-0 0-0 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Hodges 6-9 1-3 16, Massey 0-1 0-0 0, Timba 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-58 14-24 86. Halftime--UMBC 48-30. 3-point goals--Vermont 7-21 (Duell 3-4, Cieplicki 1-2, McIntosh 1-2, Schneider 1-5, Trimboli 1-7, Sisca 0-1), UMBC 8-18 (Hodges 3-6, Pugh 2-4, Greene 2-5, Dinkins 1-2, Zito 0-1). Fouled out--Duell, Housman. Rebounds--Vermont 36 (Holm 7), UMBC 33 (Dinkins 8). Assists--Vermont 17 (Powlovich 4), UMBC 20 (Pugh 5). Total fouls--Vermont 22, UMBC 22. A--2,122.

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