West Hartford, Conn. – A spirited UMBC (9-8, 1-1 America East) second-half rally could not produce a victory, as the Retrievers fell, 66-64, in overtime at Hartford (8-8, 1-0).
UMBC by as many as 12 points early and 34-25, at the break, but rallied to lead from the 7:14 mark until 2.5 seconds remained when Hartford's J;R. Lynch hit two free throws to knot the score at 59-all.
Junior guard K.J. Jackson's (Houston, Texas) attempt to win the game in regulation from 30 feet out hit the front of the rim.
UMBC missed the front end of two one-and-one situations on two possessions prior to Lynch's two made free throws.
The Hawks never trailed in overtime, but a pair of misses by Lynch with five seconds left gave UMBC a chance. After advancing the ball to midcourt with 2.5 seconds left and calling a time out, junior guard Ricky Council (Durham, N.C.) got open on the right wing, but his 22-footer to win the game drew the front of the rim.
Junior forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) scored a season-high 18 points, including 14 after halftime. Graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) added 17, but fouled out on UMBC's penultimate possession. The Retrievers got two shots in the paint on that possession, but missed their final five shots from the floor in the game to conclude the game.
Sherburne moved up the UMBC top-ten charts in both all-time scoring and treys made. He moved into eighth place on the scoring charts, now with 1,334 points and his pair of treys were numbers 241 and 242 to vault him into fourth position on that list.
Trailing 44-37, with 14:04 remaining, Lamar spearheaded a 16-4 run, which gave the Retrievers a 53-48 lead with 6:16 remaining. Lamar connected on three consecutive field goal attempts in that span, including two from behind the arc. UMBC led, 59-54, with 1:53 to play, but the Hawks converted all five free throw attempts to push the game to extra time.
The Retrievers missed their first seven shots from the floor and fell behind, 10-0, at the 15:40 mark. UMBC would whittle the deficit to 28-23 after an Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) put-back with 3:04 remaining, but UH senior guard Travis Weatherington buried two long threes to restore the advantage to double figures. A Sherburne steal and Aaron Rodgers-like long pass to K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) resulted in the half's final points and the Retrievers trailed, 34-25, at the break.
UMBC travels to UMass Lowell for a Saturday evening (5:30 p.m.) contest.