Stony Brook, N.Y. – UMBC(13-7, 4-3 America East) sliced a 21-point first half deficit to 46-45 midway through the second half, but could not complete the rally and fell to Stony Brook (11-9, 6-1 AE), 83-73, at IFCU Arena.
Senior forward Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) and junior guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) scored 20 points each for UMBC. Junior guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) sparked the second half comeback by tallying all of his 13 points in the final 20 minutes.
But UMBC could not overcome 34.4 percent shooting against the defending America East champions.
Trailing 39-24 at intermission, UMBC quickly sliced into the deficit as Darley scored six points in a 10-4 run which brought the visitors to within 43-34 at the 15:28 mark. Then Elliott took his turn, scoring eight consecutive points to extend the surge to 18-5 and bring the Retrievers to within 44-42 with 13:48 to play.
After a Stony Brook field goal, sophomore forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) buried a trey to bring the visitors to within 46-45.
UMBC had a pair of chances to tie or take the lead, but Darley could not convert and Stony Brook responded with a 12-5 answer to lead, 56-47, with 8:53 to play.
The Retrievers could not close the gap down the stretch and dropped their third game in the last four outings.
UMBC struggled through a miserable first half, converting only seven (of 27) field goal attempts and just 3-of-13 from behind the arc. The game was tied early at 5-5, but the Seawolves went on a 14-5 run to take a 19-10 advantage at the 11:42 mark of the period. The hosts would lead by as many as 21 points at 33-12, before Lyles would lead a mini-surge, which cut the deficit to 11 points at 35-24 with 3:16 to play in the half.
But UMBC would not score in the final 3:16 and could not carry the momentum into the locker room as they trailed, 39-24 at the break.
Stony Brook senior guard Lucas Woodhouse led all scorers with 23 points.
The Retrievers return home after 12 days away from the RAC Arena and complete the first half of the league slate by hosting New Hampshire on Sat., Jan. 28 at 1:00 p.m.