UMBC Bows Out of America East Playoffs With Setback at Vermont

UMBC Bows Out of America East Playoffs With Setback at Vermont

Burlington, Vt. – Second-seeded Vermont advanced to the America East Conference semifinals with a 66-39 victory over UMBC at Patrick Gym.


Sophomore forward Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) led the Retrievers with 14 points and nine rebounds and junior forward Cody Joyce (Churchton, Md./Southern) added 10 points and seven caroms.


But UMBC (4-26) shot just 32.7 percent from the floor and committed 20 turnovers and lost contact with the Catamounts (18-12) early in the second half.  


Vermont senior forward Harold Hector, who did not score against UMBC in the meeting on Feb. 14, hit 4-of-5 shots from behind the arc and propelled the hosts to a 32-16 halftime edge. UMBC struggled in the environment at Patrick Gym in the first half, hitting only 8-of-25 from the floor, 0-of-6 from behind the arc and committed ten turnovers.     


Hector did not score in the second half, but led the Catamounts in scoring with 14 points.


UMBC freshman guard Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) recorded four assists and finished the season with 121, a UMBC Division I freshman record. Joyce finished the campaign with 401 points and became the 18th UMBC Division I player to amass 400 in a season.