Burlington, Vt. – UMBC played a solid first half of basketball at Patrick Gym, but succumbed to Vermont's depth and efficiency and fell, 74-51, to the Catamounts in America East action.
Junior post Cody Joyce (Churchton, Md./Southern) scored in double figures for the 18 th time this season, leading UMBC with 13 points. Freshman wing Malcolm Brent (Silver Spring, Md./Northwood) added 12 points, while freshman Jakob Stenhede (Goteburg, Sweden) tied his season high and led UMBC with seven rebounds.
Vermont junior post Ethan O'Day led all scorers with 22 points, hitting 9-of-12 shots from the floor.
After sophomore Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) committed an offensive foul, wiping out a made field goal on UMBC's first possession, the Retrievers played an errorless first half. They did not commit another turnover and hit eight of their first 13 shots to open up a 19-13 lead after a layup by Brent with 11:41 to play in the stanza.
But Vermont, which hit 67 percent of its shots in a rout of UMass Lowell on Wednesday, kicked it into gear offensively and went on a 15-4 run to take a 28-23 lead with 4:56 to play in the half. The Catamounts made 11 of their final 15 field goal attempts of the half and led, 38-32, at the half.
The Retrievers would suffer turnovers on their first three possessions of the second half and Vermont quickly built the advantage to 47-34, before Darley buried a trey from the left wing to cut the deficit to 47-37. But UVM scored the next 10 points of the game and, although UMBC would continue to battle, the Retrievers could not cut into the margin.
UMBC (3-22, 1-11 AE )hit just 8-of-23 shots from the field in the second half and finished at 40.8 percent (20-of-49) for the game. The Retrievers missed their first five free throw attempts in the second half, allowing Vermont to continue their scoring runs. The Catamounts hit 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from the floor and 14-of-18 from the charity stripe.
Senior forward Devarick Houston (Jonesboro, Ga.) finished with nine points and three steals, while Darley added eight points and three assists.
Vermont (16-10, 11-2 AE) has won five straight games.
UMBC faces Hartford in West Hartford, Conn. on Tuesday evening.