Johnson, Spadafora spark UMBC past Hampton, 83-65
CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP)—Cavell Johnson had 19 points and 15 rebounds, reserve Matt Spadafora scored a career-high 18 points and undermanned Maryland-Baltimore County beat Hampton 83-65 on Saturday.
Ray Barbosa had 15 points and Jay Greene added 11 points and 11 assists for the Retrievers (8-4), who are off to their best start in 22 Division I seasons. UMBC snapped a two-game losing streak.
Rashad West scored 20 points to lead Hampton (5-6), which lost its third straight. Theo Smalling added 15 points.
After West’s three-point play put the Pirates up 47-43 with 14:48 left in the game, UMBC responded with a 15-0 run without Greene, who had gone to the bench with three fouls.
Spadafora’s right-side 3-pointer gave the Retrievers their first lead, 48-47, with 14:03 to go. He later added a transition layup for a five-point cushion.
The Retrievers—minus reserves Uwem Eshietedoho (broken leg) and Justin Fry (sprained ankle)—dressed only nine players. The bench was further taxed when Darryl Proctor, who scored 15 points, fouled out with 2:13 remaining and Hampton behind by eight points.
The Pirates wasted an early 10-0 lead and didn’t take advantage of UMBC’s 8-for-28 start from the floor. Smalling scored 10 first-half points for Hampton, which led 34-32 at halftime.