Albany 65, UMBC 61
CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP)—Jamar Wilson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, converting a pair of free throws with 31.2 seconds left to break a tie, and Albany beat Maryland-Baltimore County 65-61 on Tuesday night.
Jason Siggers added 14 points for the Great Danes (9-6, 2-1 America East), who had lost two of three.
Brian Hodges led UMBC (6-10, 2-1) with 24 points. Jay Greene added 16 and Thomas Young 13 for the Retrievers, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
After Hodges’ right-side 3-pointer put UMBC ahead 52-47 with 9:09 left in the game, the Great Danes responded with an 11-2 burst for a 56-54 lead. Siggers had six points during the run, ending it with a basket off a rebound.
Wilson hit a pair of foul shots with 57.9 seconds remaining for a 61-58 Albany lead, but Hodges tied it with a right-wing 3.
Two more Wilson foul shots broke the tie with 31.2 seconds remaining. Greene’s 3-point attempt with 31.2 seconds to go was off the mark, and Siggers closed out the game by hitting two free throws with 4.6 seconds left.
A 16-4 run midway through the first half staked Albany to a 27-19 lead. Brian Lillis had a hand in the last four points of the burst, making a steal and scoring on a jam, then forcing a turnover and feeding Jason Siggers for a transition layup.
The Retrievers got within 27-25 on Hodges’ backdoor cut, but consecutive 3-pointers by Brent Wilson and Jamar Wilson blunted the comeback and the Great Danes led 33-27 at halftime.