Johnson’ bank shot sends UMBC past Binghamton, 63-59
CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP)—Cavell Johnson scored 13 points, including a decisive short bank shot with 1:25 left, and Maryland-Baltimore County extended its winning streak to a season-high five games Saturday with a 63-59 triumph over Binghamton.
Darryl Proctor had 12 points and seven rebounds, Jay Greene added 11 points and Justin Fry and Ray Barbosa had 10 apiece for the Retrievers (17-7, 9-2 America East).
Reggie Fuller led Binghamton (10-13, 6-5) with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Dwayne Jackson scored 13 points for the Bearcats, who have lost three straight after a five-game winning streak.
UMBC has won nine of 11 overall, and with five regular-season games remaining the Retrievers are within three victories of their single-season record for wins, 20 set in 2001-02.
The Retrievers squandered a 20-point, second-half lead, allowing Binghamton a 9-0 run, capped by a game-tying 3-pointer from the left side by Chretien Lukusa that made it 59-all with 2:01 remaining.
Proctor missed on an inside move on UMBC’s next possession, but Johnson banked in the rebound from the right side for a 61-59 lead with 1:25 left.
After Proctor failed on the front end of a one-and-one with 39.3 seconds to go, Greene made two foul shots with 13.1 seconds left for a four-point cushion.
UMBC won its third straight game without leading scorer Brian Hodges, who remains sidelined indefinitely with a left ankle injury.