Elliott and Jones Set Marks, But Men's Basketball Falls to Host Albany in AE Quarters
Albany, N.Y.- The UMBC guard tandem of senior Quentin Jones (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and freshman Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) each scored 18 points, but the Retrievers fell to a hot-shooting Albany squad, 86-56, in the America East quarterfinals at UA's SEFCU Arena.
Jones set a career high with the 18-point effort, as he hit 4-of-7 shots from behind the arc in his final appearance in the black and gold.
Elliott's 18 points gave him 451 on the season, as the America East Rookie of the Year set a UMBC Division I freshman single season scoring record.
But the fourth-seeded Great Danes (16-14) hit 32 of 57 shots from the field (56.1%) and 11 of 20 from behind the arc over the 40 minutes and will take on top-seeded Vermont in Sunday's semifinals.
UA sophomore guard Peter Hooley led all scorers with 30 points, hitting 12-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-6 from behind the arc.
UMBC (9-21) had some good looks early in the game from the paint, but could not convert, misfiring on 15 of their first 17 attempts. Leading, 10-5, after a Quentin Jones' trey at the 16:44 mark of the half, the Danes went on a 12-0 run to take control at 22-5 at the midpoint of the half.
The Retrievers hit only 6-of-29 attempts from the floor in the first 20 minutes, while Albany converted at a 57.7 percent rate (15-of-26) and led, 38-17 at the break.
UMBC improved in the second half, burying 14 of 25 shots and, when freshman wing Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) swished a trey with 11:58 remaining, the Retrievers had not lost touch, although trailing, 60-38.
But the Danes went on a 16-5 surge and put the game out of reach by the 6:10 mark.
Elliott added six assists and two steals for UMBC, while Darley scored eight points and garnered a season-best and team-high seven rebounds.
Notes: Eliott's six assists pushed his total to 108 on the year, tying Larry Simmons for the second-most for a Retriever freshman… Elliott's final field goal with 52 seconds remaining pushed him past Peter Mulligan, who scored 450 points in the 2000-01 campaign… Only seven players dressed and competed for UMBC in the contest.