Hamilton, N.Y. – UMBC came up on the short end of an offensive shootout, as the Retrievers fell, 93-88, at Colgate.
The Retrievers shot 54.1 percent from the floor and knocked down 14-of-25 treys, but the hosts converted 56.7 percent and netted 15-of-28 shots from behind the arc.
Akin to the opening setback at SMU, UMBC led for more time than their foe and led at the half, but could not close in the final five minutes.
Graduate student guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) posted his first double-double of the season, sharing game scoring honors with 26 points and leading all players with 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) tallied 20 of his career high 24 points in the final 20 minutes.
The Retrievers answered every Colgate run early in the second half and led, 70-62, after a four-point play by senior guard Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) with 12:04 remaining. But the Raiders finally broke through, outscoring UMBC, 11-0, and taking their first lead since 13-12, at 73-70 with 9:09 remaining.
But UMBC would fight back and back-to-back field goals by Lamar and junior forward Max Portmann (Wichita Falls, Texas) restored an 80-76 lead for the visitors with 5:30 remaining.
With the game knotted at 85-all, Lamar hit one of two free throws to give UMBC its final lead with 2:16 to play. But Colgate freshman guard Jordan Burns hit a driving layup on the next possession, and after a Grant trey rattled in and out, Raider forward Dana Batt converted a layup to give the hosts a 89-86 lead with 1:09 to play. Lyles hit a jumper in the lane, but Burns responded with a baseline jumper to restore the lead to 91-88 with 30 seconds left.
With a chance to tie or draw within one, Lamar was called for an off-the-ball offensive foul with 23 seconds left and Colgate hit two free throws four seconds later to put the game away.
Lyles hit 10-of 15 shots from the floor, while Lamar converted 10-of-18 and added eight rebounds. In his first appearance of the season, senior guard K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) scored 14 poitns and added four assists, while Grant tallied 12 points and added five helpers.
Burns hit 12-of-15 shots from the field in 28 minutes of action off the bench. Sophomore forward Will Rayman hit 5-of-6 from behind the arc in the second half and scored 21 of his 23 points after the break. Colgate (2-1) hit 19-of-28 shots (67.9 percent) in the final 20 minutes.
There were eight lead changes early in the half and the game stay tight until Maura capped a 9-0 Retriever run with a pair of treys to give the visitors a 40-29 lead with 2:50 to play in the half. But the Raiders stormed back, taking advantage of UMBC turnovers closed the stanza on a 11-4 surge to cut the deficit to 44-40 at the break.
UMBC (1-3) scorched the nets in the first half, knocking down 16-of-26 shots from the floor, 7-of-11 from behind the arc and all five free throw attempts. Lyles scored 16 points and added seven rebounds, three steals and three assists in 18 minutes. Maura knocked down his first four 3-point attempts of his season and finished the period with 14 points.
UMBC will host campus games in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. The Retrievers open versus Chicago State on Thursday at noon, and Nicholls State will take on Presbyterian in the nightcap. UMBC's games during the competition will be broadcast on ESPN3, with Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.