Washington, D.C.- Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (Elizabeth, N.J.) scored 18 points to lead a game UMBC effort, but the Retrievers fell, 69-58, to American University at Bender Arena.
The Retrievers committed a season-low 10 turnovers and outrebounded American, 41-36, but hit only 7 of 27 shots from the floor in the second half.
Plummer nearly pulled off a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds. Junior Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) added 13 points and seven caroms. Senior post Jake Wasco (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a season-high 10 points.
American's Charles Hinkle, who entered the game averaging 23.0 points per game, led the Eagles with 18 points.
Cook and Wasco came off the bench to spark a 17-6 UMBC surge, which turned a 16-11 deficit into a 28-22 lead with 4:04 remaining in the half. But the Eagles closed the stanza with back-to-back treys in the final 39 seconds to grab a 37-32 advantage at the break.
UMBC could not find the range in the second half, recording just two field goals in the first 14 minutes of the stanza. American extended the lead to 11 points at 58-47 with 4:30 to play, but Plummer scored five consecutive points to cut the deficit to 58-52 with 2:45 remaining. The teams exchanged field goals, but the Eagles hit five-of-six free throws, while UMBC came up empty offensively.
American won for the sixth straight time and improved to 6-2 on the season, while UMBC fell to 0-7.
UMBC shot just 36.7 percent (22 of 60) for the game and misfired on 14 of 16 attempts from behind the arc. American hit 42.9 percent, but converted five more treys and eight more free throws than their guests.
UMBC is off until Dec. 10 when they complete this five-game road swing at Towson.