Press helps UMBC rally in no time flat, 74-67

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The UMBC's men's basketball team was thinking one thing after it fell behind by 13 points to Stony Brook midway through the second half last night at RAC Arena in Catonsville.

Press.

The press triggered an 18-2 run and a three-point lead with 7:06 to play, and led to a 74-67 victory, UMBC's first of the season in the America East Conference.

The win erased the memory of Sunday's lackluster 60-41 loss to New Hampshire and was the Retrievers' fourth win in five games. Stony Brook fell to 5-7 and 0-3.

UMBC point guard Rob Gogerty scored a season-high 17 points and the Retrievers (6-6, 1-2) made 18 of 22 free throws in the second half. They were 23-for-27 (85.1 percent) for the game after shooting just 57.5 at the line for the season.

"This was a great bounce-back win," said UMBC coach Randy Monroe. "Gogerty made his shots tonight and kept our guys poised and we just pecked away possession by possession."

Gogerty, freshman Rashad Bilal, Brian Hodges, Andrew Feeley and Mike Housman ran the press, both full-court and half-court, that caused Stony Brook to lose its composure.

"That's the best rotation job we've had on our press all year," said Monroe. "We made our slides and without doubt the press is what turned it around."

Gogerty's four assists made him the ninth player in UMBC history to reach the 300 mark. He now has 302. He was 5-for-10 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. And he shot 4-for-4 at the foul line.

"It was Gogerty's three-point shot in the corner that I thought turned the game around," said Seawolves coach Nick Macarchuk. "Everything turned bad for us after that. We lost our composure and panicked."

In addition to Gogerty, the Retrievers received a strong effort from Bilal, who scored 10 points in the final seven minutes including four free throws in the final 47 seconds.

"I make them in practice so I kept thinking it was just practice," said Bilal.

Monroe called Bilal a "gutsy player" who plays with passion.

UMBC had four players in double figures, including Housman (10 points), Hodges (12 points) and Bilal (10 points).

"Housman had an excellent game off the bench," said Monroe.

The teams made 14 straight free throws in the final 56 seconds before UMBC's Chris Pugh missed with 18 seconds left.

STONY BROOK-McCollum 1-6 2-5 4, Popoko 4-7 4-5 12, Spencer 1-1 0-0 2, Hardy 5-13 4-7 16, Santiago 3-11 8-8 15, Feist 0-1 1-2 1, Orfini 4-5 1-2 12, Kobryn 0-0 5-6 5. Totals 18-44 25-35 67. UMBC-McJimson 3-5 1-1 7, Zito 3-4 1-2 8, Feeley 2-9 1-2 5, Gogerty 5-10 4-4 17, Pugh 1-3 0-2 2, Knight 0-3 0-0 0, Bilal 3-6 4-4 10, Davis 1-3 0-0 3, Hodges 2-5 6-6 12, Housman 2-2 6-6 10. Totals 22-50 23-27 74. Half-Stony Brook, 34-31. 3-point goals-Stony Brook 6-13 (Hardy 2-6, Santiago 1-3, Orfini 3-4), UMBC 7-16 (Zito 1-1, Gogerty 3-5, Knight 0-2, Bilal 0-3, Savis 1-1, Hodges 2-4). Rebounds-Stony Brook 31 (Popoko 8), UMBC 29 (Feeley 8). Assists-Stony Brook 10 (Santiago 4), UMBC 12 (Gogerty 4). Total fouls-Stony Brook 24, UMBC 22. Fouled out-Spencer, Bilal, McCollum. Technical fouls-UMBC bench. A-1,054.

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