Retrievers bounce back

After trailing, seniors Greene, Proctor lead second-half rally

Umbc Men 61, Toledo 56

November 30, 2008|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Point guard Jay Greene and forward Darryl Proctor played integral roles last season in UMBC's run to the America East title. Yesterday, with their team trailing visiting Toledo by seven, the team's lone seniors made certain the Retrievers kept their stride.

After a sluggish start, Greene scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and Proctor added a key three-point play in the final minute, helping UMBC rally for a 61-56 win for its ninth straight victory at RAC Arena.

"We weren't worried about trailing," Proctor said. "This was just about the team that wanted it the most."

Proctor also finished with 14 points, and he and Greene helped UMBC (4-2) outscore the Rockets 17-2 down the stretch while holding them without a field goal for 8:37.

"We were very fortunate to win an ugly game," said UMBC coach Randy Monroe, whose team shot just 43 percent from the field. "I just thought the defensive intensity was there. We got out of a zone and went man-to-man. When we switched defenses and really made a commitment to containing Toledo, we did a very good job."

The Retrievers also helped their cause by hitting 18 of 20 free throws.

Tyrone Kent led Toledo (1-5) with a game-high 19 points.

With the score tied at 37, Toledo took the lead when Kent blocked Justin Fry's three-point attempt and scored on a layup with 14:40 left. Kent's three-pointer then extended the Rockets' lead to 50-43.

UMBC, however, regained control with an 8-0 run, capped by Rich Flemming's alley-oop dunk off a pass from Greene that put the Retrievers ahead 51-50 with 3:46 left.

Proctor converted a three-point play to extend the lead, and the Retrievers sealed the win by making six foul shots in the final minute.

"They went to their money guys," Toledo coach Gene Cross said. "They went to Proctor and they went to Greene, and they got them baskets and created baskets for other people."

Said Proctor: "I knew we had them. They were a little rattled after we stopped them six times in a row. Then we capitalized."

Greene, who made just one of five attempts from the field in the first half, went 4-for-6 after the break, including a pair of three-pointers.

"I just kept shooting, and they started dropping," Greene said. "Coach just told me to keep shooting. Luckily in the second half, my shot felt good."

UMBC also got offensive help from Chauncey Gilliam and Flemming, who scored 11 and 10, respectively.

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