Proctor Nets 26 More; Men's Basketball Edges Maine, 61-59

The Retrievers evened their records at 7-7 overall and 1-1 in America East Conference play, while Maine lost for the sixth time in seven outings and fell to 6-10, 1-2.

The Black Bears nearly completed a comeback from an 11-point second half deficit, but junior guard Mark Socoby's 22-footer at the buzzer was just off the back of the iron. Socoby was Maine's America East Player of the Game with 20 points, while Proctor, who hit 12 of 14 shots from the floor, earned the honor for UMBC for the fourth consecutive home game.
 

UMBC extended a 34-26 halftime lead to 11 points at the midpoint of the half, as Proctor's fast break layup gave the hosts a 51-40 advantage with 9:39 remaining. But Socoby keyed a rally as the Black Bears continued to chip away and his follow shot with 4:17 remaining cut the Maine deficit to 57-55.

Maine had three possessions to tie or take the lead, but missed two 3-point attempts and a subsequent steal by UMBC junior post Justin Fry (New Bloomfield, Pa.) keyed a fast-break layup by Matt Spadafora (Richboro, Pa.) to restore a four-point lead with 1:31 remaining. Maine post Sean McNally hit a layup on the other end just 18 seconds later, but Proctor's jumper from the foul line gave UMBC a 61-57 lead with 58 seconds to play.
 

Proctor would foul Socoby with 45 seconds left and the Maine wing hit both ends of a one-and-one opportunity. UMBC ran the clock down, but senior guard Jay Greene's (Whitehall, Pa.) floater in the lane with 14 seconds left hit the rim and Fry could not control the rebound.

Proctor played excellent perimeter defense on Socoby, forcing the Black Bears to call their final time out with 2.7 seconds left.  Socoby received the inbounds pass, and was able to get Proctor off his feet, but his left-handed effort from the left wing was a tad too strong and UMBC snapped a two-game home losing streak.
Proctor added a team-high eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocked shots in his 40 minutes of work. He is averaging 27 points per game in his last three outings and the 12 made field goals is the most he has garnered in a Retriever uniform.
 

Sophomore forward Rich Flemming (Chester, Pa.) was the only other Retriever in double figures with 11 points and he added seven rebounds in 21 minutes. Greene compiled a season-high 11 assists, posting double figure assists for the 11th time in his career.

Maine reserve Malachi Peay was the only other player in double figures with 13 points.
UMBC hit 27 of 60 shots (45.0 percent), while Maine converted on 22 of 54 (40.7 percent). The Retrievers continue to struggle from behind the arc, hitting just one of five attempts and are have made only two in their last three contests.
The Black Bears were the only team to win at the RAC Arena last year, capturing a 77-74 victory in mid-January of 2008, as the Retrievers won 13 of 14 home decisions.
 

UMBC begins a stretch of eight games in 14 days on Wednesday, Jan. 14 when they travel to New Hampshire.