The sixth-seeded Retrievers advance to take on host Albany, as the seventh-seeded and host Great Danes knocked off co-favorite, No. 2 Vermont, 56-52, in overtime in the first quarterfinal of the day at SEFCU Arena.
Boston's Corey Lowe, who was brilliant in defeat as he matched Proctor with 33 points, hit one of two free throw attempts with 17 seconds left, setting up Proctor's game-tying play. He maneuvered inside the paint, but had the ball knocked away. The two-time America East First-Team honoree recovered the ball and his high arcing fade-away swished.
1:24 to play. Boston's John Holland hit just one of two free throw attempts with one minute to play and Proctor's reverse layup pushed UMBC's advantage to 77-74 with 29 seconds to play. Lowe's deep 3-point attempt with 13 seconds to play was short, and senior guard Jay Greene sealed the win with two free throws with 9.2 seconds remaining.
Fry, playing for just the second time since suffering a knee injury at Maine on Feb. 7, posted a career-high 19 points and recorded his third double-double in his last six appearances with 10 rebounds.
The Retrievers trailed by as many as nine points at 22-13 midway through the first half, but went on a 16-4 run to lead 29-26 with two minutes to play in the stanza. But Lowe, who scored 17 first half points, scored the last points of the half on a three-pointer and the Terriers led, 31-29, at intermission. BU built the lead to as many as 11 points on two occasions in the second half, but could not defeat UMBC for the third time this season.
UMBC will make its third consecutive America East semifinal appearance and have won at least one game in their last five tournament appearances. The league's defending champions split a pair of games with Albany this season, losing at SEFCU Arena, 80-71, on Jan. 25, before defeating the Great Danes, 68-64 in Baltimore on March 1. In their only previous tournament meeting, Albany defeated UMBC, 79-62, in the 2006 quarterfinals en route to their first of back-to-back titles.