BALTIMORE – UMBC junior post Cody Joyce (Churchton, Md./Southern) scored a team-high 14 points, but the Retrievers fell at Loyola (Md.), 45-38.
UMBC slipped to 0-2 on the campaign, while Loyola improved to 2-1.
The Retrievers struggled for all 40 minutes to score, recording their lowest point total since scoring 34 points in a 71-34 loss at Virginia Tech in the 2009-10 campaign.
Nevertheless, UMBC held a lead at 33-31 after a Charles Taylor (Washington, D.C./Springbrook) dunk with 10:32 remaining. But the Retrievers failed to score for the next 6:30 and Loyola took the lead for good at 36-33 on their lone trey of the game by Andre Walker with 8:31 to play.
Loyola extended the advantage to 39-33 before freshman guard Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) hit a running layup to cut the gap to 39-35 with 4:06 to play. The Retrievers had three chances to make the contest a one possession game, but came up empty and the Greyhounds hit four consecutive free throws in the final minute to put the game away.
Graduate student guard Wayne Sparrow (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances) added 13 points for the visitors.
Walker led all scorers with 16 points, including 11 in the second half.
UMBC's 6-2 lead after a Grant field goal with 13:05 to play in the half marked the largest lead by either side in the first half. There were seven ties and six lead changes as both teams struggled from the floor. The Retrievers only hit 7-of-23 shots, including misfiring on all eight 3-point attempts, while Loyola converted only 9-of-29 and were 0-for-5 from behind the arc.
Joyce led all scorers at the break with 10 points as the teams went to the locker room knotted at 20-20.
The Retriever defense was outstanding, holding the hosts to 29.4 percent shooting (15 of 51) and coming up with 11 steals and seven blocked shots. But UMBC hit just 26.4 percent, converting on just 14 of 53.
UMBC takes to the road and will face Big Ten's Minnesota on Nov. 22.