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Proctor Nets Career-High 33, Leads Retrievers to Come-From-Behind Overtime Win in America East Quarterfinals; Host Albany Up Next for UMBC
Albany, N.Y.—UMBC senior forward Darryl Proctor (District Heights, Md.) scored a career-high 33 points, including a 12-foot fade-away jumper with 2.5 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime, where the Retrievers prevailed, 79-75, over Boston University in the America East quarterfinals.
The sixth-seeded Retrievers advance to take on host Albany, as the seventh-seeded and host Great Danes knocked off co-favorite, No. 2 Vermont, 56-52, in overtime in the first quarterfinal of the day at SEFCU Arena.
UMBC trailed, 66-58, with under three minutes remaining, but Proctor hit a pair of free throws with 2:23 remaining, and junior forward Justin Fry (New Bloomfield, Pa.) cut the six-point deficit in half with a put back and free throw with 1:31 remaining. UMBC got another defensive stop and Proctor’s driving layup sliced the Terrier advantage to 66-65 with 46 seconds left.
Boston’s Corey Lowe, who was brilliant in defeat as he matched Proctor with 33 points, hit one of two free throw attempts with 17 seconds left, setting up Proctor’s game-tying play. He maneuvered inside the paint, but had the ball knocked away. The two-time America East First-Team honoree recovered the ball and his high arcing fade-away swished.
UMBC struggled from the floor for most of the game, but hit five of seven attempts in overtime and took the lead for good on sophomore forward Rich Flemming’s (Chester, Pa.) put-back with
1:24 to play. Boston’s John Holland hit just one of two free throw attempts with one minute to play and Proctor’s reverse layup pushed UMBC’s advantage to 77-74 with 29 seconds to play. Lowe’s deep 3-point attempt with 13 seconds to play was short, and senior guard Jay Greene sealed the win with two free throws with 9.2 seconds remaining.
Proctor hit 12 of 25 from the floor, 9 of 12 from the stripe and added 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 45 minutes. He became UMBC’a all-time single season points leader with 612 and eclipsed the 1,900 point plateau with 1,910 points.
Fry, playing for just the second time since suffering a knee injury at Maine on Feb. 7, posted a career-high 19 points and recorded his third double-double in his last six appearances with 10 rebounds.
Freshman wing Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md.) was the other Retriever in double figures with 16 points. Greene’s two free throws were his only points of the game, but he contributed eight assists and eight rebounds.
The Retrievers trailed by as many as nine points at 22-13 midway through the first half, but went on a 16-4 run to lead 29-26 with two minutes to play in the stanza. But Lowe, who scored 17 first half points, scored the last points of the half on a three-pointer and the Terriers led, 31-29, at intermission. BU built the lead to as many as 11 points on two occasions in the second half, but could not defeat UMBC for the third time this season.
The Terriers had a slight edge in shooting and won the battle of the boards, 44-37. But for the second consecutive game, and after 12 straight losses when outshot this season, the Retrievers won despite a lower shooting percentage. The nation’s second stingiest team in terms of give-aways (9.9 per outing) only turned the ball over four times in 45 minutes, and had no turnovers in the final 27 minutes of play.
UMBC will make its third consecutive America East semifinal appearance and have won at least one game in their last five tournament appearances. The league’s defending champions split a pair of games with Albany this season, losing at SEFCU Arena, 80-71, on Jan. 25, before defeating the Great Danes, 68-64 in Baltimore on March 1. In their only previous tournament meeting, Albany defeated UMBC, 79-62, in the 2006 quarterfinals en route to their first of back-to-back titles.