CATONSVILLE, Md. — Darryl Proctor had 26 points and eight rebounds, reserve Rich Flemming added 11 points and Maryland-Baltimore County held off Maine 61-59 in America East men’s basketball action Saturday night.
Maine (6-10, 1-2 AE), which trailed 49-38 with 10:53 to go, used an 8-2 run that was capped by Sean McNally of Gardiner’s layup to get within 59-57 with 1:13 left.
But the Retrievers (7-7, 1-1) went up 61-57 on a jumper from the foul line by Proctor with 58.2 seconds left and the Black Bears (6-10, 1-2) never made another field goal.
Houlton native Mark Socoby got the last of his team-high 20 points on two free throws with 44.7 seconds left, which brought Maine back within two, but he couldn’t connect on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The clubs traded baskets early in the game, but UMBC embarked on a 9-3 run to take a 20-13 lead near the midway point of the first half, and the Retrievers took an eight-point lead into intermission.
The hosts would extend the lead as high as 49-38 in the second half, but the Black Bears climbed back to within five thanks to a 15-8 run and
Jay Greene contributed 11 assists for UMBC, which scored 22 points off 18 turnovers. The Retrievers won their fourth straight game over Maine.
Both clubs shot the ball fairly well, with the Black Bears shooting 22 of 54 (40 percent) and UMBC 27 of 60 (45 percent).
The Black Bears performed well on the backboards too, outrebounding the Retrievers 38-32, including 12-8 on the offensive end.
Turnovers, however, continued to plague Maine, as UMBC scored 22 points off Black Bear turnovers and the Retrievers cooked up 16 fast-break points.
Malachi Peay had 13 points and eight rebounds for coach Ted Woodward’s Black Bears, who have lost six of their last seven games.