For the fourth time in the last seven seasons, UMBC has advanced to the America East Tournament semifinals. The sixth-seeded Retrievers shot a season-best 54.5 percent from the floor and upset No. 3 Hartford, 69-62 in Saturday's quarterfinals. They will face nemesis Vermont- the No. 2 Catamounts defeated No. 7 UNH, 61-42, in the first quarterfinal of the day. Vermont holds a prohibitive 20-4 series lead and has won the last 11 meetings. Paul Mittermeier and Dan Levin have all the play-by-play action on Q1370/www.q1370.com. The game can be seen on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app on smartphones and tablets.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (8-22) hit 15-of-19 second half field goal attempts and rallied to defeat No. 3 Hartford, 69-62, to advance to the America East semifinals. The Retrievers were an efficient 9-of-17 from behind the arc, including 5-of-6 in the final 20 minutes. Ryan Cook (24 pts.)and Brian Neller (20 pts.) scored 44 of the Retrievers' 69 points.
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: Vermont (20-10) has posted back-to-back 20 win seasons under second-year head coach John Becker. The defending league champions have won four of their last five outings. Their balanced attack is led by JR F Clancy Rugg, who posts 11.4 points per game. Classmate and frontcourt partner Brian Voelkel, an America East First Team and All-Defensive Team performer, leads the team in rebouding (8.8) and assists (4.8) per game.
WHAT'S UP NEXT: UMBC is attempting to play in its second America East title game. A Retriever victory would put them at either No. 1 Stony Brook or No. 4 Albany on Sat., March 16 at 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2).