The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Firebirds dropped their third straight contest, an 83-72 loss to the University of Bridgeport Purple Knights on Feb. 21 in D.C.

With the loss, UDC fell to a dismal 5-21 overall record, including 5-13 against the East Coast Conference (ECC).

UDC tried to keep the score close against Bridgeport, the second best team in the ECC standings with a 19-6 overall record, and 14-3 against the ECC. The Firebirds trailed by only two points at halftime, but the Purple Knights used a 14-2 scoring run early in the second half to build a comfortable lead.

Senior guard Michael Terry scored a game-high 25 points for UDC in the loss. Senior forward Willie Williams III led Bridgeport with 22 points and eight rebounds.

Next: UDC will host Mercy on Feb. 26, followed by its season finale against top-seeded St. Thomas-Aquinas (18-10 overall, 15-3 ECC) in Sparkill, N.Y. on Feb. 28.