BALTIMORE- UMBC rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit, but could not complete the comeback and fell, 67-60, to Stony Brook at the RAC Arena.
The setback was UMBC's first at home in conference play (2-4 America East, 4-15) this season. Stony Brook (5-1, 14-5) won for the sixth time in their last seven outings.
Four Retrievers scored in double figures, led by senior guard Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti), who scored all 14 of his points in the second half. Junior guard Quentin Jones (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph) was the Retrievers' America East Player of the Game, scoring a season-best 11 points and adding six assists, with just one turnover in 37 minutes.
Stony Brook junior guard Dave Coley led all scorers with 17 points and was his side's America East Player of the Game.
UMBC trailed, 50-35, at the midpoint of the second half and were still down by double digits at 58-47 after Coley hit a trey with 5:26 to play. But UMBC junior forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./St. Patrick) sparked a 9-2 run with a matching 3-point field goal. The run was capped by a thunderous dunk by junior post Brett Roseboro (Quakertown, Pa./Quakertown) which got the Retrievers to within 60-56 with 62 seconds remaining.
UMBC quickly fouled Coley, who hit one of two free throws, but Plummer misfired on a 3-point attempt and SBU's Anthony Jackson hit two free throws to restore the lead to 63-56 with 36 seconds left. Retriever senior guard Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Bros. Acad) countered with a long three just five seconds later to bring the hosts to within 63-59.
Jackson hit one of two free throws, but Plummer was fouled after getting an offensive rebound with 17 seconds to play. Plummer could have trimmed the deficit to three points, but hit only one of two free throws and Stony Brook's Tommy Brenton made three of four free throw attempts in the final 16 seconds to seal the victory.
UMBC started the game slowly, misfiring on 13 of its first 14 attempts from the floor and falling behind, 12-2 at the 11:33 mark of the first half. The Retrievers did pick up the pace, hitting 10-of-19 and closing to within 33-26 the half.
But poor shooting plagued UMBC throughout, as they hit only 34.8% (23-of-66) for the contest, while SBU converted 21-of-50 attempts. UMBC outscored SBU from the floor, 55-47, but Stony Brook converted 20-of-26 from the charity stripe, while the Retrievers were just 5-of-7 against the physical Seawolf defense.
Led by Jones steady play, UMBC committed a season-low eight turnovers.
Plummer, who led the team with eight rebounds, and Roseboro added 11 points each for UMBC.
The Retrievers return to action on Sat., Jan. 26 when they travel to Boston U. to face the Terriers in a 1:00 p.m. afternoon tilt.