It amazes me how many people completely overlook scoring 21 points in the first half when discussing the defeat. They see the 74 points, the 53-point second half and say "you can't blame the offense."
We scored 21 points in the first half against an America East opponent. Twenty-one points. That's 6 points fewer than the #1 scoring defense in the nation allowed in the average half.
We gave up 21. That is in line with what we gave up in the first half to several other teams of the same or better calibre as UMBC.
If we score 35 points in that first half - a nice conservative expectation for an ACC team against an opponent from a bottom tier conference - does anybody seriously believe we get outscored by 20 in the second half? The second half would transpire exactly the same as it did if we go into the locker room with a 35-21 lead? Really?
It strains my credulity.