Monday, January 28, 2013

From the FreeP: Effort, preparedness issues in BU’s recent victory against over-looked UMBC team

By Michael Bagarella/DFP Staff 

Even though it was able to defeat the University of Maryland-Baltimore County for its third straight victory Saturday afternoon, the Boston University men’s basketball team came out with a lack of effort and preparedness that disappointed BU coach Joe Jones.

“Whether the Albany game, the overtime win, the emotional win at Albany had anything to do with it, who knows,” Jones said. “But the bottom line is we did not come out with the energy that it takes to be a great team—that’s what we are striving for and we didn’t do it tonight.”

UMBC (4–16, 2–5 America East) entered the contest with a less-than-spectacular record, but Jones understood that it was not a team to be taken lightly. Earlier this year, despite its lack of a consistent offense, UMBC was able to open its game against Hartford with a 20–0 run.

The Terriers’ (11–10, 5–3 America East) lack of concentration and effort was apparent immediately. UMBC opened the game on a 7–0 run in which the Terriers botched an inbound pass that opened the door for a quick 4–0 lead for the Retrievers within the first thirty seconds.


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