Boston, Mass.- Despite a torrid shooting display by visiting UMBC, the Boston University Terriers outscored the Retrievers, 81-75 at Case Gymnasium.
The Retrievers hit season highs in both field goal percentage (31-of-59, 52.5%) and 3-point field goals (12), but the Terriers converted on 19-of-31 shots from the floor in the second half to outlast UMBC.
UMBC junior forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./St. Patrick) posted a double-double, scoring 16 of his 19 points in the second half and adding a game-high 11 rebounds. Senior guard Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) added 15 points and six rebounds.
Six Terriers scored in double figures, including junior forward Dom Morris, who tallied 19 points. Boston U. (5-3 AE, 11-10) has won five of its last six contests. UMBC slipped to 2-5 in league play and 4-16 overall.
The Retrievers hit eight consecutive field goal attempts in the second half and built a 55-50 advantage on a mid-range jumper by Cook at the 10:21 mark of the stanza. After an exchange of baskets, the Terriers made the critical run of the game, outscoring UMBC, 12-2, over the next five minutes to take a 64-59 lead with 5:21 remaining.
Senior forward Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn./Windsor), who tied his season high with 11 points, scored inside on back-to-back possessions to slice the deficit to 64-63 with 3:59 remaining. But Terrier freshman guard Maurice Watson, Jr. hit a trey on the next trip down the floor, sparking a 7-0 run over the next 84 seconds and UMBC could not get inside a four-point deficit the rest of the way.
Senior guard Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Bros. Acad.) was the fourth Retriever in double figures with 12 points, as he converted 4-of-9 shots from behind the arc. Plummer was 3-of-5 from three-point range, while Cook connected on all three of his attempts from long distance.
Overall, the Retrievers hit 12-of-22 shots from behind the arc, but were outscored, 46-26 in the paint. UMBC posts Brett Roseboro and Will Wise were suspended for the game and did not accompany the team to Boston.
The Retrievers got off a solid start and took a 15-6 lead when freshman forward Malik Garner (Philadelphia, Pa./Chestnut Hill Acad.) and Neller hit back to back treys to give UMBC a 15-6 lead at 12:11 mark. UMBC increased the advantage to 25-15 with seven minutes remaining in the half on Cook's second consecutive trey, but the Terriers went on a 10-0 run over a four-minute span to knot the score at 25-all.
Neller hit his second and third trifectas of the half to give the visitors a 32-31 halftime edge. UMBC hit 7-of-13 shots from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes, while the Terriers were 0-for-9. But the hosts dominated the paint, outscoring the Retrievers, 18-6, on the interior.
The Retrievers set a school record in the contest, by attempting only two free throws in the game. The Terriers outscored UMBC, 15-1, from the charity stripe. The 81 points allowed by UMBC is its most since allowing 83 points to Canisius on Nov. 29.
UMBC returns to action on Wed., Jan. 30 when they take on Binghamton in Vestal, N.Y.