Vestal, N. Y. – Junior forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) scored a season-high 24 points to lead four Retrievers in double figures as UMBC defeated Binghamton, 78-68, at the BU Events Center.
The Retrievers improved to 17-9 overall and 8-3 in America East and regained sole possession of second place in the conference over idle Hartford.
Senior guard K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) added 16 points and six assists, while sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) and graduate student Jarius Lyles scored 13 and 11 points respectively.
Sherburne connected on 10-of-13 shots from the floor and 4-of-6 from behind the arc.
Binghamton fell to 10-16 overall and 1-10 in the league. The Bearcats were led by junior guard J.C. Show, who tallied 23 points.
UMBC committed a season-low five turnovers and outscored Binghamton, 12-2, in points off turnovers.
UMBC jumped out to a 9-0 and never trailed in the first 20 minutes. The Bearcats got as close as 29-25 with 5:09 to play in the stanza, but a 7-0 Retriever run restored a double digit lead, which they held for the final 3:05 of the period. Show, who scored 16 points in the first 20 minutes, hit a trey while double-teamed from the corner to slice the Binghamton deficit to 41-28 at the break.
The Bearcats got as close as seven points in the second half as Show's final trey of the night sliced the UMBC lead to 48-41 with 14:12 remaining. But a dunk by Lamar and a trey by Sherburne pushed the lead to double figures, where it would stay until the 6:09 mark. Binghamton got to within 66-58 with 6:09 to play, but back-to-back field goals by freshman post Daniel Akin (Eltham, England) and Lamar again repelled the Bearcat rally.
UMBC converted 29-of-59 shots from the floor (49.2 percent) and were a tidy 12-of-14 from the charity stripe.
UMBC earned its fifth consecutive victory over Binghamton and have taken a 16-15 lead in the all-time series.
The Retrievers return home briefly, then travel on Saturday to play at UNH on Sunday afternoon.