UMBC 70, Binghamton 56
Chase Plummer scored 15 points, and Maryland-Baltimore County
pulled away in the second half to beat Binghamton 70-56 on
Wednesday night, keeping the Bearcats the only team in Division I
without a victory.
Binghamton (0-25, 0-13 America East Conference), which has lost
15 games by 15 points or more, has four games left in the regular
The Bearcats, who were coming off a 62-60 loss at Hartford on
Sunday in which they nearly rallied from 14 points down, trailed
UMBC just 24-20 at halftime, and they moved within 28-26 after
Jimmy Gray’s 3 from the right wing with 14:54 left.
The Retrievers responded with an 18-8 spurt to take control.
Brian Neller started the run with a 3 from the top of the key, and
Jarrel Lane’s steal and layup and a shot off the glass by Plummer
gave UMBC a 35-28 lead.
A 3-pointer by Ryan Cook and layups by Jamar Wertz and Chandler
Thomas boosted the lead to 46-34 with 8 minutes left.
The Bearcats pulled back within 46-38 on Robert Mansell’s
driving layup with 6:47 to go, but that was as close as they would
UMBC (4-22, 3-11) beat the Bearcats 64-58 at home in
mid-January, but the Retrievers had dropped seven in a row since
and hadn’t fared well in the Events Center where Binghamton plays
its home games. UMBC entered the game 1-8 in the building and
seemed a likely victim, having lost seven of the last nine to the
Bearcats, including a 91-65 blowout in the America East Conference
tournament last March.
Not on this night, though, as Joey Getz had 12 points, Wertz 10,
and Thomas eight for the Retrievers.
Gray led Binghamton with 13 points and Mansell had 12. Freshman
Ben Dickinson, the Bearcats’ second-leading scorer at 12.8 points
per game, finished with eight points on 2-of-14 shooting.
Binghamton shot 18 of 53 (34 percent) and UMBC finished 25 of 63
(39.7 percent), dominating 32-18 in the paint and getting 36 points
from its bench.
The Bearcats got off to a great start, scoring the first five
points of the game, a 3-pointer from the left corner by Taylor
Johnston prompting a roar from the hometown faithful.
UMBC rallied by dominating inside, tying the game at 9-all on
consecutive layups by Thomas and taking the lead on a reverse layup
by Jake Wasco. But after hitting 6 of their first 8 shots, the
Retrievers sputtered mightily, missing 26 of their final 31 shots
of the half. They took a four-point lead into the locker room
because Binghamton wasn’t any better, finishing 7 of 26 (26.9
percent) as Dickinson, the team’s second-leading scorer, was 1 of
The Bearcats drew more than 3,200 in their previous two home
dates at the Events Center and despite their futility on the court
were averaging a league-high 2,771. They had 2,483 fans on this
night as they go after their ninth straight attendance crown in the