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

season.

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

get.

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

9.

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

conference.