UMBC (15-16), the defending tournament champions, will play top-seeded Binghamton (22-8) at the BU Events Center on Saturday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. The Retrievers are the second sixth-seeded team in league history to make the finals; Vermont did so in 2006 before falling to Albany.
After missing all eight field goal attempts in UMBC's quarterfinal win over third-seeded Boston University yesterday, Greene hit five-of-nine from behind the arc and 10 of 12 from the free throw line. He added six assists and three steals in 40 minutes.
UMBC led for most of the second half, but Albany closed to within 56-54 on a Brian Connelly free throw with 2:26 remaining. Greene hit two free throws after being fouled on a drive to the basket, then buried a step-back three-pointer to put the visitors up, 61-54 with 1:36 remaining.
Senior forward Darryl Proctor (District Heights, Md.) added 15 points and a team high eight rebounds.
"Those guys (Proctor and Greene) have taken me on a fantastic ride," Monroe said. "They just refuse to lose."
The Retrievers fell behind, 16-5, to start the game, as Proctor's jumper with 12:55 left in the half was the first field goal of the game for UMBC. Sparked by a trio of 3-point field goals by Greene, UMBC made its comeback, erasing the deficit and taking the lead for the first time on two free throws by the senior guard with 4:20 to play. A driving layup by Proctor stretched the advantage to 30-22 with 1:24 to play in the stanza before Albany's Tim Ambrose hit a short jumper with 1:03 to close the first half scoring.
Ambrose led the Great Danes with 21 points and forward Will Harris added 14.