BALTIMORE – UMBC committed ten first half turnovers, leading to 20 Albany points, and the visiting Great Danes (20-8, 14-1 AE) clinched the America East regular season title with a 67-49 victory over the Retrievers at the RAC Arena.
Junior post Cody Joyce (Churchton, Md./Southern) scored in double figures for the 21st time this season, as he led the Retrievers (4-24, 2-13 AE) with 14 points.
After allowing the game's opening basket, Albany scored the next ten points to take early control of the contest. UA extended the lead to 19-6 on a three-point play by junior guard Evan Singletary before UMBC mounted a response in the form of a 9-3 surge. The run was capped by a jumper by Retriever senior wing Devarick Houston (Jonesboro, Ga.), who was the lone UMBC senior honored before the team's final home game of the campaign.
But after Houston's field goal cut the deficit to 22-15 with 7:55 left, Albany countered with seven straight points and settled for a 34-22 halftime advantage.
UMBC was outscored, 20-6, in points off turnovers in the first 20 minutes and 14-4 in the paint.
The Retrievers were unable to cut into the deficit in the second half as Albany kept UMBC off the glass and completed a perfect road season (8-0) in league play.
Singletary and Albany guard Peter Hooley led all scores with 15 points each and forward Sam Rowley posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 caroms.
UMBC freshman guard Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) recorded four assists and moved into second place on the Retrievers' freshmen assist list with 111.
UMBC finishes the regular season at Binghamton on Saturday. With a victory or a Maine setback, the Retrievers would be the No. 7 seed in the America East Tournament and travel to No. 2 Vermont. A UMBC loss and a Maine win at New Hampshire would send the Retrievers to Albany as the No. 8 seed.