Baltimore, Md.-- Junior Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) hit the game winning layup with 4.5 seconds left to lift UMBC to a 64-62 win against New Hampshire on Saturday. Classmate Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) netted a career high 27 points, scoring 16 in the first quarter in the win.
UMBC snaps a seven game losing streak to improve to 8-12, 1-6 AE while the Wildcats fall to 4-16, 1-6 AE.
The first quarter was dominated by the Retrievers and in particular Tyler Moore. Moore could not miss in the first ten minutes, dropping 16 points. The Retrievers started the quarter on a 5-0 run with Moore scoring 13 of the team's first 15 points. UMBC used an 8-0 run to extend the lead to double digits, ending the quarter up 20-12.
New Hampshire came out in the second getting the Retriever lead down to just three, but back-to-back buckets, including an and one by Te'yJah Oliver extended the lead back to eight. Both teams would struggle late in the half to score with both sides going through scoring droughts. The Retrievers, however, would get a late Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) layup to go into the locker room up 32-26.
Moore led all scorers with 16 points in the first 20 minutes. UMBC shot 43 percent from the floor, holding the Wildcats to just 27 percent shooting.
Oliver took control of the game in the third, scoring seven quick points to increase the lead back into double digits. The Retrievers then went on a 10-0 run to take their largest lead of the night at 19 late in the third, leading 53-39 into the fourth.
New Hampshire came out firing in the fourth, outscoring the Retrievers 24-9 at one point in the quarter and coming all the way back to tie the game at 62-62 under a minute to go. After the Wildcats missed on their chance to take the lead with 10 seconds left, the Retrievers had a chance to win late.
Oliver took the inbounds and hit a tough runner in the lane to put UMBC up two with 4.5 seconds left. On the next possession, Summer blocked an Alli Gribbin shot to seal a 64-62 win.
Moore led all scorers with a career high 27 points on 8-12 shooting going 7-11 from three. Oliver added 14 in the win.
Kari Brekke led the Wildcats with 20 points with Caroline Soucy (13) and Gribbin (11) also reaching double figures.
UMBC returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 30 when they travel to Stony Brook to close out the first half of the conference season. Tip-off with the Seawolves is set for 7 p.m.