RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC advanced to the finals by virtue of a 79-75 (ot) quarterfinal win over third-seeded Boston University and a 64-58 victory over seventh-seeded and host Albany on Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8. UMBC has won its last five games in America East Tournament play and now has a record of 8-4 in its six conference seasons. UMBC defeated Hartford, 82-65, in last year's championship game, played in Baltimore, Md. at the RAC Arena.
The Retrievers are just the second No. 6 seed to make it to the finals, following Vermont's 2005-06 squad, which fell in the title game to Albany.
Senior forward Darryl Proctor scored a career-high 33 points to pace UMBC in the come-from-behind victory over the Terriers. He forced overtime with a 12-foot fade-away jumper in the lane with 2.5 seconds remaining. Senior guard Jay Greene recovered from an 0/8 shooting performance vs. Boston to score 29 points in the win over the Great Danes.
BEARCAT UPDATE: Binghamton will make its first title game appearance. The Bearcats advanced with a 73-65 quarterfinal win over Hartford and a thrilling 72-67 win in the semifinals over UNH. Junior guard D.J. Rivera leads an explosive attack with 20.0 points per game.