Retriever sophomore guard Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md.) was UMBC's America East Player of the Game, scoring 15 points and posting double figures for the tenth consecutive game. UMBC (3-23, 2-11) sophomore point guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y.) led UMBC with 19 points.
McRae, Albany's America East Player of the Game, hit seven of nine shots from the floor, seven-of-seven from the line, and added nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Ambrose, who scored 21 points in Albany's 76-69 win over UMBC on Jan. 16, hit seven of eight shots from the floor, and added game-highs with 10 rebounds and six assists.
After allowing the game's first field goal, the Great Danes went on a 7-0 run and never trailed in the first half. Albany led by as many as 18 points at 34-16 at the 5:49 mark, before settling for an 11-point halftime advantage at 37-26. The visitors hit 15 of 28 shots from the floor , six of 12 from behind the arc and outrebounded UMBC, 24-12, in the first 20 minutes.
Gilliam, who did not score in the first half, sparked a UMBC rally, and his second three-pointer of the half quickly trimmed Albany's lead to 44-38 with 15:34 remaining. But the visitors went on a mini 6-0 run to restore the lead to double digits at 52-40 with 11:39 to play, and the Retrievers never got within single digits the rest of the way.
Albany hit 27 of 51 shots (52.9%) from the floor for the game, while the Retrievers attempted 19 more shots, but made two fewer. UMBC was 25 of 70 (35.7%) from the field and misfired on 17 of 20 shots from behind the arc.
Freshman guard Mike Black added 15 points for Albany, hitting four of six shots from behind the arc.
UMBC plays its final home game of the 2009-10 season on Tuesday against America East leader Stony Brook.