Five Retrievers scored in double figures, three of whom were making their UMBC debuts and the other, forward Justin Fry (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) , who missed the 2009-10 season after knee surgery.
VMI was paced by junior guard Keith Gabriel, who scored 30 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the floor and 5-of-10 from behind the arc. Sophomore wing Stan Okoye added 21 points and a game high 14 rebounds, hitting 9-of-12 from the field.
Jolicoeur hit a trey with 7:50 remaining to make it a two-possession game at 64-58. But VMI would score on 12 of their final 14 possessions of the contest, including converting on five of their final six treys, to pull away down the stretch.
UMBC junior guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) led all players with nine assists.