BALTIMORE- Visiting Canisius scored the last nine points of the first half and opened the second half on a 9-1 run to break open a close game and proceed to defeat UMBC, 83-65 at the RAC Arena.
Canisius junior guard Billy Baron led all scorers with 19 points.
The Golden Griffins have opened the season at 4-1 and snapped a 10-game road losing streak. UMBC has dropped four straight and fell to 1-5.
It was a see-saw battle for the first 12 minutes of the contest and a Roseboro layup but the hosts ahead, 19-16, with 9:10 remaining. But the visitors scored the next nine points to lead, 27-19, at the 6:21 mark. UMBC looked poised for their surge when Cook hit a layup and senior guard Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Bros. Acad.) to cut the deficit to 27-24 with 4:36 to go. But those would be the last points UMBC would score in the half, as Canisius hit four field goals from inside and added to free throw to take a 36-24 edge at the break.
UMBC could only manage one free throw in the first 5:22 of the second half, as the Griffins completed the 18-1 surge over a span of 9:56.
Canisius led by as many as 22 points at 54-32 before UMBC managed to whittle the lead down to 75-63 with 1:36 remaining. But the visitors hit all six free throws in the final 79 seconds to hold off any Retriever comeback effort.
The Retrievers looked to have an advantage on the boards entering the game as Canisius entered play with a -7.2 rebound margin. But the visitors dominated the glass, garnerning 24 of 36 total caroms in the first half and ending the game with a 44-27 advantage.
UMBC junior guard Jamar Wertz (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) scored a season-high 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 15 minutes of action.
Both teams shot poorly from behind the arc with each side hitting only 3-of-20 attempts. But the Golden Griffins hit 24 of 35 attempts (68.6%, 49.1 percent overall) and converted 26-of-31 (83.9%) from the stripe. UMBC misfired on 20 of 30 first half attempts in the first half and rallied to surpass the 40-percent mark (27-of-65, 41.5%).
UMBC returns to action on Saturday evening, when they host cross-town foe Towson at 7:00 p.m.