Bangor, Maine – UMBC hit 16 of 20 shots from the floor in the second half and scored a season-high 76 points in a 76-59 victory over Maine at the Cross Insurance Center.
Junior post Cody Joyce (Churchton, Md./Southern) scored a career high and UMBC season-best 28 points, hitting 11-of 16 shots from the floor. Freshman guard Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Southern) tied his season high with 18 points, converting 6-of-8 attempts from the floor.
UMBC led, 28-23, at the break and the Black Bears trimmed the deficit to 34-32 at the 15:16 mark of the half. UMBC gained footing as Grant capped a 7-0 surge with the Retrievers' first trey of the game and the visitors led, 43-34, with 12:03 to play.
Maine would hang around and trailed just 49-42 with 8:29 to play. But Joyce scored six points in an 8-0 surge that extended the margin to 57-42 with 6:31 remaining and the Bears would not get closer than eight points the rest of the way.
The Retrievers extended the lead to as many as 20 points at 74-54 on a late trey by freshman guard Malcolm Brent (Silver Spring ,Md./Northwood)
The Retrievers (3-16, 1-5 AE) snapped a seven-game slide and earned its first America East victory of the season, while Maine slipped to 1-18, 0-6.
Joyce scored in double figures for the seventh consecutive game and added a game-high eight rebounds. Graduate student guard Wayne Sparrow (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances) recorded a career-best nine assists and added eight points and four steals. Freshman post Jakob Stenhede (Goteburg, Sweden) hit both of his field goal attempts and all four free throw attempts to score a season-high eight points in just five minutes of work.
Both teams struggled in the early going and neither hit the 40 percent in shooting for the half. But the Retrievers got it going late in the half, erasing a 21-19 deficit with a 9-0 run and taking a 28-23 lead into the break. Joyce hit 5-of-8 shots from the floor and added five rebounds to lead the charge.
UMBC finished at 52.9 percent from the floor (27-of-51) and hit 18 of 22 free throw attempts. They held Maine to just 35.7 percent shooting (20-of-56).
The 76 points are the most for the Retrievers since scoring 80 in an 83-80 loss at Maine last season.
UMBC heads back to Baltimore for a day, before travelling back up north to face defending America East champion Albany on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.