Men's Basketball Gets Defensive, Surges Past Binghamton, 70-56
Vestal, N.Y.- UMBC held host Binghamton to 34 percent shooting and defeated the Bearcats, 70-56, at the BU Events Center.
UMBC sophomore forward Chase Plummer (Plainview, N.J.) led all scorers with 15 points, scoring 12 in the second half as the Retrievers broke the game open. Freshman guard Joey Getz (Philadelphia, Pa.) added a season-high 12 points and sophomore wing Jamar Wertz(Suffolk, Va.) added 10.
Plummer, UMBC's America East Player of the Game, has scored in double figures for a career-best ninth consecutive game.
Binghamton guard Jimmy Gray led his side with 13 points.
Both teams started out quickly, as Binghamton sprung to a 15-14 lead at the 10:34 mark of the first half. UMBC would then go on a 7-0 surge, capped by a Chase Plummer trey and took a 22-16 advantage with 7:53 to play in the stanza. But the Retrievers would not score in the final 6:17 of the half after a Jamar Wertz (Suffolk, Va.) gave the visitors a 24-18 lead. Binghamton scored just one field goal and UMBC maintained a 24-20 advantage at the break.
The Bearcats cut the deficit to 28-26 on a Gray 3-point field goal five minutes into the half. But Retriever junior guard Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J.) countered with his lone trey of the night 19 seconds later, triggering a 13-5 run, which gave the visitors a 42-31 advantage with 9:37 to play.
Binghamton could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way. The outcome was still in doubt when Wertz hit a baseline trey to extend a ten-point margin to 55-42 with 2:11 remaining.
UMBC (4-22, 3-11) would lead by as many as 21 points at 65-44 with 70 seconds left, but missed seven of 12 free throws down the stretch. Nevertheless, the Retrievers came away with their largest margin of victory since late in the 2009-10 season.
The Retrievers allowed their fewest points during the campaign and snapped a seven-game losing streak overall and a five-game slide at the Events Center.
Freshman forward Chandler Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.) led UMBC with eight rebounds and scored eight points. UMBC outrebounded the Bearcats, 43-36 and outscored the hosts, 32-18, in the paint.
UMBC heads back to New York on Friday and they will face Canisius in the Sears BracketBuster series on Saturday afternoon.