BALTIMORE- UMBC sprinted out to a 23-9 lead, but could not hold off visiting Albany and the Great Danes came away with an 89-72 America East Conference victory over the Retrievers.
UMBC forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J.) posted a career high in scoring for the second consecutive night. After tallying 23 points in the 82-76 win at New Hampshire on Monday, the sophomore led all scorers with 25 points, despite fouling out in 20 minutes of action. He was UMBC's America East Player of the Game.
Albany (10-6, 2-0) won for the fifth time in their last six outings. Their three starting junior guards- Mike Black, Logan Aronhalt and Gerardo Suero- all tallied 22 points. Aronhalt, who now has 69 points in his last three games vs. UMBC, was the Danes' America East Player of the Game.
UMBC hit four of its first five shots and took a 10-0 lead only 1:36 into the proceedings. Junior guard Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J.) hit his second trifecta of the night to increase the margin to 23-9 just 6:01 into the contest .
But the Retrievers were whistled for 16 fouls in the final 13:30 of the half and Albany made a portion of its run by converting 15 of 20 free throw attempts in the first 20 minutes. The Great Danes took their first lead of the night at 39-37 on a pair of Black free throws with 4:14 to play in the half and outscored UMBC, 31-10 over the last 10 minutes of the half to take a 51-40 lead at intermission.
Albany scored the first two field goals of the second half, but UMBC countered with a 7-0 run to get within 55-47 with 17:52 remaining. After Retriever senior center Jake Wasco (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit a layup to keep UMBC within eight points at 61-53 with 14:31 to play, Albany's Suero scored six points in an 8-0 run to put the visitors in control at 69-53 just three minutes later.
UMBC (2-12, 1-1) could not get within single digits in the final 14:20 of play.
Wasco scored 12 points- scoring in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time in his career, and junior forward Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn.) came off the bench to hit 5-of-7 shots in a 10-point effort.
UMBC hit 50 percent of better in both halves, finishing 28-of-54 (51.9 percent), while Albany was 26-of-54. Both teams hit seven treys, but the visitors were 30-of-40 from the stripe, while UMBC struggled to a 9-of-17 evening.
The Retrievers had outrebounded 10 of its first 13 foes, but Albany outboarded their hosts, 39-26, and outscored UMBC, 18-8, in second chance opportunities.
UMBC, the lone league team to play three times in the first six days of America East play, board a plane Friday morning for a Saturday afternoon tilt at Maine. The Black Bears (7-5, 1-0) won their opener at Binghamton on Monday and did not play a mid-week tilt.