UMBC Shoots 56 Percent From Field; Runs Past Host Binghamton, 92-74

UMBC Shoots 56 Percent From Field; Runs Past Host Binghamton, 92-74

Vestal, N.Y.  – UMBC senior forward Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) led four players in double figures as the Retrievers ran past Binghamton, 92-74, before 4.939 at the BU Events Center.

UMBC shot 56.1 percent from the floor, including 64 percent in the second half. They buried 12 treys to sweep the season series from Binghamton and improve to 15-7 overall, 6-3 in America East play.

The Retrievers also snapped the Bearcats' (12-12, 3-6 AE) three-game winning streak.

Junior guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) added 19 points for UMBC, while junior guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md.,/John Carroll) and sophomore forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) added 14 apiece.

The game was tightly contested through the first 16 minutes of the first half, until the Retrievers created a little separation in the latter stages of the period. Binghamton led, 25-24, on a Bobby Ahearn three-point play at the 9:15, but a Rodney Elliott trey on the next possession gave the visitors the lead for good in the half.

UMBC led, 35-31, at the final media time out, but outscored Binghamton, 14-6, in the final 3:37 of the stanza to take a 49-37 lead at intermission. Lyles hit a pair of long treys and Darley capped the scoring with his fourth trifecta of the half with 48 seconds to play.

The Retrievers knocked down 9-of-19 shots from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes, primarily against a Binghamton 1-3-1 zone defense.

UMBC opened the second half on a 16-7 run to open up a 65-44 advantage just six minutes into the second half. The Retrievers converted 7 of their first 10 shots from the floor to open the half and cruise to their third victory in four outings.

The Retrievers outrebounded the bigger Bearcats, 34-25, and committed just two second half turnovers (8 for the game).

Binghamton's Willie Rodriguez led his side with 19 points.

The 15 victories for UMBC is the most since they finished the 2008-09 campaign at 15-17.

UMBC has a quick stop at home before heading back north to take on Maine on Saturday.