Towson, Md. – UMBC took a brief second half lead, but could not overcome poor shooting throughout and fell, 78-65, to Towson on Saturday afternoon at SECU Arena.
The Retrievers split four games on its road swing and enter Tuesday's home game versus Coppin State at 6-5. The Tigers won their tenth straight and improved to 10-1.
Grad student guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) led all scorers with 21 points and he added a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) scored in double figures for the 11th consecutive game with 10 points, all scored in the second half.
But UMBC converted a season-low 20 field goals and shot a season-low 29.0 percent, hindering their chances for a road win.
The Retrievers made seven of those 20 field goals in the first 5:27 of the second half when they took a pair of leads. Erasing a 41-35 deficit, Lamar gave UMBC its first lead at 46-45 after a jumper inside the paint at the 15:14 mark. He would then bury a trey from the left baseline to put the visitors ahead, 54-51, at the 12:39 mark, but that was UMBC's last field goal until 3:48 remained in the game.
The Tigers would go a game-deciding 17-3 run to surge ahead, 68-57 with less than five minutes to play and essentially put the contest out of reach.
Sophomore guard Zane Martin scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the second half. UMBC was outrebounded by just, 20-19, in the first 20 minutes, but Towson corralled 29 second half caroms to just 16 for the Retrievers.
Matching the weather outside, UMBC started icy from the floor, missing nine of its first ten shots from the floor. The Retrievers fell behind, 11-2, at the 16:42 mark, but sliced into the Tiger lead by getting to the free throw line 15 times in the first half.
Lyles would forge a 21-all tie with a trey at the 7:11 mark and freshman post Dan Akin (Eltham, England) knotted the score at 24-24 by hitting two free throws 44 seconds later. But the Tigers capitalized on a couple of second-chance opportunities down the stretch and took a slim 35-33 lead into the break.
Notes: Junior wing Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) hit a trey in the final seven seconds to move past former teammate Will Darley and into eighth place on UMBC's all-time list with 156… The trey also extended UMBC's streak of games with 10 or more treys to ten…. UMBC returns home on Tuesday to entertain Coppin State, with a tip time slate for 7:00 p.m.