Towson, Md. – UMBC's shooting woes deepened as the Retrievers managed to hit only 29 percent from the floor and Towson defeated UMBC, 75-60 at SCU Arena.
The Tigers (4-2) rejected 11 UMBC (2-5) shots in the contest.
After hitting five of its first ten shots in the game, UMBC went ice cold, going without a field goal for over six minutes of action. The Retrievers trailed, 20-13, with 6:51 to play in the half, but a trey by Malik Garner triggered a 16-5 UMBC surge. Rodney Elliott capped the run with a long trey from the top of the key and the visitors snagged a brief 26-25 lead with 3:51 remaining in the half.
Towson's final six points of the half came from the charity stripe the Tigers took a 31-28 advantage into the locker room.
The Retrievers managed to hang around until the midpoint of the second half .When Malik Garner (Philadelphia, Pa./Chestnut Hill Acad.) buried a long right baseline jumper, UMBC was within 48-42 with 11:30 to play. But a couple of possession where UMBC could not clear its defensive glass were costly, as the Tigers responded with a 13-4 run and took command at 61-46 with five minutes to play.
After UMBC held a 19-17 edge in rebounds in the first half, Towson outrebounded UMBC,28-13 in the final twenty minutes and amassed a 45-32 advantage for the evening. UMBC attempted 26 more shots from the floor than did the hosts, but made one less field goal (20-19).
UMBC freshman guard Bryan Harris (Oxon Hill, Md./Southern) made his debut for UMBC and scored six points in 11 minutes. Houston hit three of six shots from behind the arc to key his second game in double figures for UMBC.
Towson wing Marcus Damas led all scorers with 22 points. UMBC held Tiger leading scorer Jerrelle Benimon scoreless in the first half, but he scored 19 second half points.
UMBC committed a season-low four turnovers in the contest, but committed 28 fouls, sending Towson to the line 42 times (28-of-42).
The Retrievers take a mini-break over the Thanksgiving holiday before welcoming UMES to the RAC Arena on Monday, Dec. 2.