Albany bounces UMBC in quarters

Top seed pulls away from Retrievers

Albany 79 UMBC 65


VESTAL, N.Y. -- They might have been expected to give up against Albany, the top team in America East.

But No. 8 seed UMBC did anything but that in yesterday's tournament quarterfinal, even though the Retrievers took a season-ending 79-65 defeat by the No. 1 seed Great Danes.

Overmatched as they were, the Retrievers put up a creditable fight for much of the game, and even led by a basket in the latter stretches of the first half.

But their spunk was no match for Albany's outside shooting or inside domination.

"We just played hard," senior Jerrel Dinkins said, "just like we always do. Nobody blows us out. So we just hang with them. When they would have a run, we'd try to answer. But we just didn't have enough runs in us."

The Retrievers, buoyed by a healthy contingent of Binghamton supporters who were pulling for an upset, fought off early attempts by Albany to run them off the court.

They used an 11-4 run to pull back from a 16-11 deficit midway through the first half.

Three-pointers by Chris Pugh and Jay Greene got them going, cutting the margin to 17-16 with 9:35 left in the half.

Soon after, Brian Hodges, the hero of Friday night's 88-70 play-in win over No. 9 seed Stony Brook, staked UMBC to a 22-20 lead with a jumper, followed by three free throws with 7:43 to play.

But Albany stormed back with an 11-0 run in a span of 2:38.

Shooting guard Jamar Wilson (18 points), the conference's Player of the Year, made a pair of three-pointers in that run.

"We had some open shots," Pugh said, "but some shots didn't fall today the way they did [Friday]. We had some chances; we just didn't knock down some shots."

Albany increased the lead to 35-23, but UMBC managed another rally, putting together a 7-3 half-closing spurt to pull within 39-30.

Dinkins (team-high 14 points) had a hand in the run, scoring five points, and connecting with Tom Young on a nifty no-look inside bounce pass to set up the other basket.

"For me, it was my career," he said. "I'm going to play hard every possession. My goal was pretty simple. Do whatever it takes. Whether it was - to dive on a loose ball, or make the extra pass."

Down 10 with 6:38 left, the Retrievers couldn't mount a rally.

Albany's Lucious Jordan scored 15 of his game-high 22 in the second half to foil UMBC.

"We lost to a very good basketball team," UMBC coach Randy Monroe said. "Hopefully we'll be going in that direction soon. But we have nothing to be ashamed of. We tried, but we didn't have the answers."

UMBC-Zito 1-4 3-6 6, Housman 3-5 2-2 8, Greene 4-9 0-0 11, Dinkins 5-14 4-4 14, Pugh 1-4 7-9 10, Seaborn 0-0 0-0 0, Young 2-5 1-1 5, Hodges 1-6 7-7 9, Eshietedoho 1-3 0-0 2, Timba 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-50 24-29 65. ALBANY-Jordan 8-14 1-2 22, B.Wilson 5-8 2-2 12, Zoellner 2-3 6-12 10, Lillis 2-2 5-6 9, J.Wilson 4-8 8-8 18, Siggers 1-1 0-0 2, Bauman 0-0 0-0 0, Levine 0-1 0-0 0, Iati 0-2 4-4 4, Knotts 0-0 0-0 0, Connelly 1-1 0-0 2, Covington 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-40 26-34 79. Half-Albany, 39-30. 3-point goals-UMBC 5-19 (Greene 3-7, Zito 1-2, Pugh 1-3, Dinkins 0-1, Young 0-1, Hodges 0-5), Albany, N.Y. 7-17 (Jordan 5-6, J.Wilson 2-6, Iati 0-2, B.Wilson 0-3). Fouled out-Greene. Rebounds-UMBC 24 (Dinkins 5), Albany, N.Y. 29 (J.Wilson 7). Assists-UMBC 11 (Pugh 4), Albany, N.Y. 15 (B.Wilson 5). Total fouls-UMBC 24, Albany, N.Y. 19. A-NA.

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