November 21, 2008

Men's Basketball Falls To Maryland-Baltimore County, 76-71

NEW YORK – Freshman James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the second half, but the Quinnipiac men's basketball team was defeated by Maryland-Baltimore County, 76-71, Friday afternoon in first-round action of the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic at Levien Gym. Bryan Geffen (Queens, N.Y.) got off a three-point attempt with three seconds left that would've tied the game, but the shot drew iron, giving the Retrievers the victory. The Bobcats' first loss sets them back to 2-1 while the Retrievers improved to 2-1. The Bobcats will play either host Columbia or future Northeast Conference foe Bryant in tomorrow's consolation game at 6 p.m. The two potential opponents play tonight at 8 p.m.

Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) contributed 12 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats while Geffen also added 12 points. Johnson added six assists, while James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) and Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) had 10 points apiece.

UMBC's Darryl Proctor had a game-high 25 points to lead five Retrievers in double-figures. Proctor completed a double-double with 11 rebounds while Jay Greene also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. Matt Spadafora (15), Justin Fry (11) and Rich Flemming (10) rounded out UMBC's double-figure scorers.

A back-and-forth first half saw the Bobcats take a 37-35 advantage into the locker room on the heels of Geffen's three from the right wing in the final seconds of the stanza. Feldeine and Geffen led the way for the Bobcats with nine points apiece in the half, while Proctor led all first-half scorers with 14. Geffen and Johnson had four assists apiece in the first half.

The Bobcats extended to their largest lead of the game at six points on consecutive buckets from Edward Zajac (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and Johnson to begin the second half. But the Retrievers went on an 11-2 run to take the lead for good.

Both teams shot over 50 percent for the game, with the Retrievers edging the Bobcats, 55.8 percent (29-52) to 50.9 percent (27-53). The Bobcats outrebounded UMBC, 33-29, while also outshooting the Retrievers from three-point range, 46.2 percent (6-13) to 30.0 percent (3-10). UMBC finished with a 68.2 percent (15-22) to 55.0 percent (11-20) advantage from the free-throw line.