Release: March 14, 2009
In front of a raucus standing-room-only crowd of 5,342, BU shot 52% to take a nine-point halftime lead. Senior forward Reggie Fuller netted 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the half. After bumping the margin up to 14 early in the second half, BU's offense slowed, and UMBC began to tighten the gap. The Retrievers pulled to within six, 57-51, with 4:49 left. But BU, who went the final 8:16 of the contest without a field goal, clamped down defensively, holding the Retrievers scoreless the rest of the way and converted all four free throw attempts down the stretch to seal the outcome.
The UMBC ball club is a wonderful ball club," an emotional head coach Kevin Broadus said. "From start to finish it was a great game The only way you can win a championship is to beat the champions This year was an unbelievable ride for me these guys coached me, they taught me to be a better person. These guys showed me what a true champion is all about."
Fuller wound up with 19 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Junior guard D.J. Rivera scored 16 points and earned the Reggie Lewis Championship Most Outstanding Player honor. Junior guard Emanuel Mayben, who scored 45 points in the three tournament wins, joined Rivera and Fuller on the All-Championship team. Mayben pitched in five points, five rebounds and six assists in the title game.
senior Darryl Proctor, who recorded a double-double of 12 points
and 11 rebounds, and classmate Jay Greene were also named to
the the team.
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