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Greene, Barbosa Lead UMBC Back Into First Place; Retrievers Outlast Vermont, 75-73
Jay Greene tied a school record by hitting five of five from behind the arc.
Burlington, Vt.—Junior guard Jay Greene (Whitehall, Pa.) scored a career-high 26 points and senior backcourt mate added 21 as visiting UMBC (15-7, 7-2) regained sole possession of first place in the America East Conference with a thrilling 75-73 win over Vermont (11-10, 6-3) before a sold-out crowd of 3,266 at Patrick Gym.
UMBC has won three straight games and triumphed for the first time ever in five attempts at
The Retrievers trailed, 46-35 with 16:51 remaining in the second half, but embarked on a 16-3 run, capped by a three consecutive three-point field goals. Barbosa’s bomb from the left wing gave UMBC a 52-51 lead with 11:00 minutes remaining. UMBC would maintain the lead until
But Barbosa, who scored all 21 points in the final 20:01 of play, put UMBC ahead, 70-69 on a three-point field goal and the 2:00 mark, then hit three free throws with 1:24 to play to give the visitors a 73-71 advantage. UMBC would stop
Greene was brilliant at the start, scoring 18 of UMBC’s first 20 points as the Retrievers trailed, 21-20 with 9:15 remaining in the first half. He tied a school record by hitting five of five shots from behind the arc and was 9 of 13 overall with six rebounds, four assists, a blocked shot and just one turnover in 40 minutes of work. Barbosa hit four of six from behind the arc as the Retrievers made nine of 14 attempts. Junior forward Darryl Proctor (
UMBC trailed, 35-31 at intermission and won for the sixth time this season when trailing at halftime. Sophomore wing Matt Spadafora (
The Retrievers return home for three straight, beginning with a Wednesday encounter with Stony Brook.