Four Retrievers scored in double figures, including senior guard Jay Greene (Whitehall, Pa.) who tallied 18 points and freshman wing Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md.), who posted 15. Junior forward Justin Fry (New Bloomfield, Pa.) registered his first career double-double with 16 points and a career high 10 caroms.
But the Retrievers quickly erased that deficit and earned a 46-all tie on a lay-up by junior wing Matt Spadafora (Richboro, Pa.) with 14:44 remaining. UMBC took the lead for good on a driving layup by Proctor with 12:20 remaining. The Retrievers built a pair of eight-point leads, leading by 68-60 on another Proctor driving score with 7:02 to play.
But a pair of Greene assists to junior forward Justin Fry (New Bloomfield, Pa.) and freshman wing Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md.) sparked a rebound and Gilliam converted a three-point play to give the hosts a 76-71 advantage with 2:42 remaining.
UMBC hit 17 of 25 shots from the field and 17 of 20 from the free throw in the second half and finished at 52 percent (28 of 54) and 81 percent (26 of 32) respectively. They also tied a season high with nine steals and outrebounded the Bearcats, 35-26.