Bowling Green, Ohio – A gritty effort by visiting UMBC came up a bit short, as Bowling Green overcame a halftime deficit to defeat the Retrievers, 72-64 at Stroh Center.
The Retrievers set a good pace in the first half, hitting 7-of-16 shots from behind the arc, 44 percent overall and committed just six turnovers in getting out to a 33-29 lead. But the second half was a different story, as UMBC misfired on 9-of-11 shots from behind the arc , suffered 10 give-aways and were outscored, 43-31.
UMBC (1-7) surged to a 19-12 lead after a Cody Joyce (Churchton, Md./Southern) field goal at the 11:14 mark of the first half. The Falcons countered with a 9-0 run to recapture the lead, but Elliott's lone trey of the first half restored a Retriever lead at 25-23 at the 6:40 mark and the visitors led for the rest of the half. Grace capped the half with a corner three at the buzzer to give UMBC a 33-29 lead at the break.
After hitting just four treys in two games at home last week, UMBC buried 7 (of 16) in the first 20 minutes.
UMBC came out steadily in the second half and when Sherburne buried his fourth trey of the night, the Retrievers had secured a 40-34 lead with 15:56 to play. But the Falcons came out of the media time out and proceeded to outscore the Retrievers, 13-3, over the next four minutes and take a 47-43 advantage .
Sherburne hit his final trey of the night with 6:01 to play and the Retrievers were within four points at 56-52. But UMBC would commit turnovers on its next two possessions, leading to an 9-0 BGSU run, which gave the hosts their biggest lead of the night at 65-52 at the 4:06 mark.
But the Retrievers would not go quietly, as their press forced a bevy of Falcon turnovers in the late stages of the game. Bowling Green committed miscues on four consecutive possessions and UMBC did take advantage, trimming the deficit to 67-63 with 1:10 remaining. On the fourth BGSU error, UMBC junior guard Ben Grace (Baltimore, Md./The Gilman School) got an open look from behind the arc at the top of the key, but his shot to bring the guests within a point with 53 seconds left hit the front iron and the Falcons garnered the carom and hit two free throws nine seconds later to quell the Retriever rally.
Bowling Green improved to 5-2 on the season with the victory. Wing Spencer Parker led all scorers with 20 points, hitting 8-of-13 shots from the floor.
Sherburne, who also converted five treys and scored 19 points versus Cal Poly, added five rebounds , two assists and two steals. Elliott also grabbed five caroms and his seven helpers were a season-best. Junior wing Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) scored in double figures for the second straight game with 10 points.
UMBC continues its three-game road trip when they visit Longwood on Saturday afternoon with a 5:00 p.m. tip-off scheduled.