BALTIMORE-UMBC guard Travis King (New Haven, Conn.) scored a career-high 22 points, but the host Loyola Greyhounds hit 29 of 35 free throw attempts and outlasted the Retrievers, 83-72, at Reitz Arena.
King hit 7-of-10 shots from the floor, 3-of-4 from behind the arc and all five free throw attempts. Three other Retrievers finished in double figures, as forward Laurence Jolicoeur (Queens, N.Y.) scored 12, points, forward Chase Plummer (Elizabeth, N.J.) added 11 points and guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y.) scored 10 points and added a game-high five assists.
UMBC got off to a strong start, taking a 16-8 advantage exactly six minutes into the first half. But the fouls started to pile up for the Retrievers, as the visitors were whistled for 13 violations in the first 20 minutes and the hosts hit 17 of 18 attempts from the charity stripe. Loyola took its first lead of the half on two free throws by Dylon Cormier with 4:30 to play in the half to put the Greyhounds ahead, 29-27.
Loyola led, 41-34, at intermission.
The Retrievers sliced into the deficit and crept within three points at 60-57 after a Justin Fry (New Bloomfield, Pa.) short jumper with 10:22 remaining. But Greyhound freshman guard Dylon Cormier hit seven consecutive points in an 11-0 run which put the hosts ahead, 71-57, just three minutes later. UMBC was unable to close within single figures the rest of the way.
Loyola outrebounded UMBC, 42-28, and shot 51 percent for the contest. Cormier hit 9-of-10 from the free throw line and let four Greyhounds in double figures with 20 points.
UMBC returns home to face Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Nov. 20.