Philadephia, Pa. - Junior forward Darryl Proctor (District Heights, Md./Paul IV/Coppin State) posted a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, leading visiting UMBC to a 76-69 win over La Salle in the Explorers' opener at Tom Gola Arena.
UMBC is off to its first 2-0 start since the 2003-04 season. They have now defeated La Salle in back-to-back seasons on the road.
Senior guard Brian Hodges added 22 points and set a UMBC school record by hitting all 12 attempts from the free throw line. Senior Cavell Johnson scored 15 of his 17 points and garnered all of his nine rebounds in the second half.
For the second straight game, UMBC rallied from a first-half deficit to get the victory. La Salle opened the game on a 7-0 run, and the Retrievers struggled by hitting just nine of 27 shtos from the floor. They did however manage to stay within striking distance at 32-28 at intermission.
But it was the Retrievers who opened the second half on a 9-0 run to take a 37-35 lead and they were never headed.
UMBC would gradually build the lead to as many as 16 points at 70-54, but the Explorers hit five late three-pointers to trim the difference to 74-69 with eight seconds left. But Jay Greene hit two free throws on the next possession to seal the victory.
"This is a very unselfish team that believes in themselves," head coach Randy Monroe said. "They look for each other and find ways to win."
UMBC hit 25 of 28 from the charity stripe for the game and 14 of 29 from the floor in the second half in the rally.
Rodney Green led La Salle with 19 points.
UMBC plays another Atlantic 10 team when they take on Richmond on the road on Saturday.