Baltimore, Md. -- Junior Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) hit five three pointers, including an overtime-forcing one with less than 10 seconds remaining in the second half, but visiting Maryland Eastern Shore (4-9) pulled away late in overtime for a 73-67 on Monday evening at the UMBC Event Center.
UMBC (7-6) was paced offensively by 17 points from Te'yjah Oliver (Clinton, Md.) and 16 points and eight rebounds from Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) who fouled out with 1:16 left in the fourth. The Hawks were able to overcome a poor shooting performance thanks to a 33-13 free throw advantage, including a 15-5 advantage in the fourth quarter.
O'Lesheya Braxton (Paterson, N.J.) had a near triple double, with seven points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Retrievers. UMBC trailed by as much 12 early in the second, but rallied to cut the deficit to just three, 33-30, at the half.
The Retrievers eventually would take a game-high four point lead at 42-38 with 5:35 left in the third quarter, but Eastern Shore would end the quart with a 6-0 run to take a 44-42 lead into the final frame. The teams traded leads back-and-forth until an Oliver three with 2:22 left put UMBC up 59-57.
After two Hawk free throws tied the game, UMBC missed a jumper and Eastern Shore would get three consecutive offensive rebounds before finally hitting a layup and the foul with 1:17 left to go up 62-59. The teams traded empty possessions until Moore hit a three with 9.6 left to help force overtime.
In the extra period, Moore hit another three to put the Retrievers up 65-64 with 2:44 left, but the Hawks immediately responded with a shot-clock beating three to take the lead for good.
UMBC opens up America East play on Saturday, January 5 at defending conference champion Maine. Tipoff in Bangor iis set for 1 p.m. and the game can be viewed on ESPN3.