Posts Laurence Jolicoeur (Manhattan, N.Y./Holy Cross/Manhattan) and Chase Plummer (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick) also scored in double figures for UMBC, with 13 and 11 points respectively.
UMBC continued to inch its way back in to the game, as the visitors started the second half on 11-6 run and closed to within 46-38 with 11:34 to play.
With eight minutes remaining, Plummer drove to the basket and hit the deck hard, and Morgan's Tola Lawal snared the rebound and passed down court to DeWayne Jackson for an uncontested dunk. As UMBC brought the ball up the court, head coach Randy Monroe was assessed his second technical foul and ejected from the contest.
The Retrievers did not relent, as sophomore guard Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Bros.Academy) hit three late treys, the final one from nearly 30 feet, bringing UMBC to within 69-59 with 1:28 to play. Trailing 72-60 with 68 seconds remaining, Neller's final attempt from behind the arc went in and out, and Morgan State sealed the win from the charity stripe.