Elliott, Roseboro Lead Five in Doubles as UMBC Upends Host Binghamton, 73-61
Vestal, N.Y. – UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) and senior post Brett Roseboro (Quakertown, Pa./Quakertown) each posted double-doubles as the visiting Retrievers defeated Binghamton, 73-61, at the BU Events Center.
Elliott nearly posted a triple-double, scoring 14 points, and garnering season bests in rebounds (11) and assists (8). Roseboro scored 14 points and garnered a season-best 12 caroms to post his fifth career double-double.
UMBC (7-14, 3-5 America East) won back-to-back games for the first time this season and snapped a 15-game road losing skid which extended back to last season.
Binghamton slipped to 4-17 overall and 1-7 in America East play.
UMBC led, 28-24,at the half, but the Bearcats scored on a pair of layups to quickly tie the score at 28-all. The Retrievers would never relinquish the advantage, however, and outscored Binghamton, 18-8, over a span of 3:20 to take a 46-36 advantage after a Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./St. Patrick) three-pointer with 14:58 remaining.
Binghamton would only get within seven points on two occasions in the final 11:21 of the contest. UMBC converted 19-of-23 free throws in the final 20 minutes.
Senior guard Quentin Jones (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) hit 4-of-6 from behind the arc and added a career-high 16 points. Five Retrievers scored in double figures, as Plummer scored 15 points and freshman wing Charles Taylor, Jr. (Silver Spring ,Md./Springbrook) added 10 points.
Jones started the game in place of freshman guard Bryan Harris (Oxon Hill, Md./Southern), who did not make the trip due to illness, while sophomore guard Aaron Morgan (Langhorne, Pa./Council Rock North) started for the first time since Jan. of 2013 in place of an injured Devarick Houston (Jonesboro, Ga./Mays).
Plummer moved past Emmerson Small ('74) and into the top ten in scoring in school history with 1,243 points.
The Retrievers hit 50 percent (22 of 44) from the floor and converted 8-of-19 from behind the arc.
The first half featured a handful of multiple-basket runs as the Retrievers opened by scoring the game's first eight points, only to be passed on a 12-0 Bearcat response. UMBC then found the range and outscored the hosts, 15-3, to take a 23-15 advantage on an Elliott fast-break layup with 3:29 to play in the half. Binghamton would cut their deficit to 25-24 on a Jordan Reed slam-dunk with 46 seconds remaining in the half, but Retriever forward gave the visitors a 28-24 halftime lead by burying the squad's sixth trey of the half with 13 seconds left.
UMBC's last road victory was nearly a year ago to the day, as they defeated the same Binghamton side, 61-58, on Jan. 30, 2013.
The Retrievers return to Baltimore for one day before heading back north for a Saturday afternoon contest at Maine.
Notes: The Retrievers posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season… UMBC knotted the series, 12-12 with the Bearcats… The Retrievers have won three in a row overall, and three in a row at the Events Center… There is only one triple-double in UMBC;s Division I history – it was recorded by Marc Lay (12 pts./11 rebs./10 ast.) on Jan. 16, 1995 versus Coastal Carolina.