BANGOR — Bob Walsh is the face of a 1-18 basketball team.

That face was red with exasperation after Maine dropped its 13th consecutive game Thursday, 76-57 to Maryland-Baltimore County before an announced crowd of 1,994 at the Cross Insurance Center. The good news for Maine was that the bulk of that crowd was actually there for the women’s game that preceded the men’s, so most didn’t see the tepid display of basketball put on by Walsh’s team.

The loss put the Black Bears alone in the basement of the America East Conference with an 0-6 record. The Retrievers, winning for the first time in a month, moved to 3-16 overall and 1-5 in the league.

“We joke that we’re the most revered one-win coaching staff in the country. And our fans and everybody who supports this program … deserve so much better than what we’re giving them,” said Walsh, in his first year as Maine’s head coach. “It’s hard to describe how much it hurts, how bad it feels or what it looks like. It’s unacceptable. There’s so much pride in the University of Maine and our team is not coming close to living up to that standard.”

Walsh said he hit rock bottom in his coaching career at halftime Thursday, when the Black Bears trailed 28-23 after a sluggish and ragged first 20 minutes.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been so disappointed in myself or in a team that I’ve been a part of,” Walsh said, a message he conveyed to his players.

“We looked like the opposite of everything that we try and stress to these kids every day.”

It got worse from there. UMBC shot 80 percent from the field in the second half, a number that was staggering to both coaches.

Forward Cody Joyce had his way with Maine in the post, scoring 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting. The Retrievers outscored the Black Bears 38-22 in the paint, but also connected on all four of their 3-point attempts in the second half.

“We got a lot of layups. We got out in transition,” UMBC Coach Aki Thomas said. “When you’re pretty much going inside to a guy like Cody, you’re getting high-percentage shots.”

“I’ve never seen that number, 80 percent,” Walsh said. “We tried everything we could to get a response. The message isn’t getting across. The second half wasn’t much different than the first half except UMBC settled in and realized, if we make our shots …”

Maine got 15 points from freshman guard Kevin Little and 14 from senior Zarko Valjarevic. But the Black Bears shot only 35.7 percent and were outrebounded, 37-28.

Maine has never lost 13 consecutive games before. Walsh, who replaced Ted Woodward as coach last spring, has never had to contend with so much losing, going 204-63 in nine seasons at Rhode Island College. He said he is still thrilled to be coaching the Black Bears now. But there was despair in his voice as he tried to put a finger on what exactly is wrong with his team.

“If we competed at a high level for 40 minutes, and were invested and engaged and UMBC was just better than us, then we can live with that,” he said.

“It’s the fight, it’s that edge, it’s that competitive spirit. And it’s not something you just decide to do with 10 minutes to go against UMBC because you’re losing. I have not been able to get that message across to this group.”

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