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Men's Basketball Clinches Tie for America East Regular Season Title; Guts Out 81-77 Overtime Win at Albany
Albany, N.Y.—The UMBC men’s basketball team clinched at least a tie for the America East regular season title with a gutsy 81-77 overtime win over the two-time defending league champion Albany Great Danes (13-13, 8-6 America East).
The Retrievers (19-7 overall) improved to 11-2 in the conference, while second-place
Senior guard Ray Barbosa (
The key play in extra time occurred with UMBC leading by 76-75 after
Barbosa hit six three-point field goals and is now averaging 21.8 points in the five games since classmate Brian Hodges went down with his ankle injury.
UMBC’s 19 wins is tied for its second-most in 22 years at the Division I level and the team’s seven-game winning streak is its longest since an 11 game streak in the 1998-99 campaign.
The Retrievers led, 32-24 at halftime and built a 43-31 advantage with 14:14 remaining in regulation. But the Great Danes went on a 12-0 run to take a 44-43 advantage with 9:44 to play. UMBC would take the lead back at 53-51 on a driving layup by Barbosa with 6:49 to play and held that lead until Lillis’ miraculous shot.
Senior post Cavell Johnson (
Notes: Hodges dressed, but did not play for UMBC. Hodges, Johnson and Barbosa will be honored before the UNH game on Saturday as part of the “Senior Night” festivities.