Release: January 28, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. -- UMBC (9-11, 3-5 AE) overcame a 17-point deficit and shot 68% in the second half to rally past visiting Binghamton (12-8, 5-3 AE) 84-78 Wednesday night from the RAC Arena. The Retrievers put four players in double figures and converted 26-of-32 free throws to knock BU out of first place in the America East standings.
In a matchup featuring the top two scorers in the conference, BU junior guard D.J. Rivera (19.8 ppg.) netted 28 points but UMBC senior forward Darryl Proctor (19.4 ppg.) countered with 26 points, including 20 in the pivotal second half.
The Retrievers, who trailed by nine at the break, chipped away and took the lead for good on a Proctor layup with 12:20 to play. UMBC's lead swayed between 1-8 points for the remainder of the game before the Retrievers converted 4-of-4 free throws in the final 28 seconds to seal the win. UMBC, which used just seven players, also was the beneficiary of a 24-11 fouls margin on its home floor.
Rivera scored 19 of his points after intermission, including a three-pointer with 1:49 left that pulled the Bearcats to within three, 78-75. But Proctor hit a jumper with 1:28 left and BU misfired on three three-pointers in the final 37 seconds.
Binghamton dropped in a school-record 15 three-pointers (15-of-26, 58%), including a school-record nine in the first half (9-of-12). But using its trademark inside game, UMBC shot 68% in the second half and netted 26 points in the paint.
Junior guard Emanuel Mayben had an exceptional game with a season-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Mayben drained 6-of-7 three-pointers and added four assists. Sophomore guard Brandon Herbert added a season-high 12 points - all in the first half.
"That was a tough one," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "We just couldn't finish it off. We started off slow in the second half and UMBC played all the way to the end."
In the first half, BU was blistering, hitting a school-record nine three-pointers and shooting 63% to build a 41-32 lead. Mayben drained 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and Herbert added 12 points on 4-of-5 marksmanship. That pair keyed a 25-6 run in a 7:21 span that turned a 12-10 deficit into a 35-18 lead with 5:53 left. Herbert drilled his four treys during that stretch and Mayben added three of his. UMBC finished the half with a 14-6 run to trim the margin to nine at the break.
The Bearcats host Maine at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The game will mark the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Events Center (Jan. 31, 2004).
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