Maura scores career-high 25, UMBC beats Hartford 62-53

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) K.J. Maura scored a career-high 25 points with a career-tying six 3-pointers, Joe Sherburne added 13 points and three 3s and Maryland, Baltimore County beat Hartford 62-53 on Tuesday night in a battle for the No. 2 seed in the America East Tournament.

Maura, whose previous high was 24 points, scored 18 points in the first half with four 3-pointers.

Hartford cut its deficit to five points but a layup by Daniel Akin and a 3-pointer by Sherburne extended UMBC’s lead to 57-47 with just under three minutes to play.

Jairus Lyles added 10 points, six coming at the line, for UMBC (21-10, 12-4). Ten of UMBC’s 21 field goals were from distance.

UMBC will host UMass-Lowell on Saturday, looking for its fifth straight win in the series.

J.R. Lynch led Hartford (18-12, 11-5) with 15 points. Jason Dunne added 13 and John Carroll had 11 points and 12 rebounds.