Bloomington, Ind.- UMBC shaved a 23-point deficit to 10 points early in the second half, but a torrid shooting display by No. 17 Indiana propelled the Hoosiers to an 89-47 victory before 12,665 at Assembly Hall.
Three Retrievers- junior Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) and sophomores Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J.) and Quentin Jones (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph) scored 10 points apiece to lead UMBC. Plummer added a team-high seven rebounds, while Jones had four assists and three steals against relentless Indiana pressure.
The hosts built a 37-14 lead, scoring 17 of those points from the free throw line, with 3:40 left in the first half. But UMBC finished the half on 9-0 run and trailed, 37-23 at the break.
The Retrievers came out with passion early in the second half and shaved the deficit to 40-30 on a Plummer lay-in just 1:57 into the frame. But the Hoosiers hit their next 11 shots from the floor, including all seven from behind the arc in a mammoth 33-5 run which gave them a prohibitive 73-35 advantage with 9:52 remaining.
Hoosier forward Christian Watford led all players with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
UMBC shot 32 percent (16-of-50) from the floor, while Indiana erased a 34.6 rate in the first half (9-of-26) and converted on 17 of 29 shots in the second stanza to improve to 47.3 percent (26-of-55) for the contest.
The Retrievers close out 2011 with a contest at Niagara University on Wed., Dec. 28.