Sophomore guard Jesse Reed made a layup with one second left in overtime and American beat Maryland-Baltimore County 63-61 Thursday in a non-conference game at Bender Arena in Washington.
Eagles guard Darius Gardner, who played all 45 minutes, had 22 points, and guard John Schoof added 15 as American rallied at the end of regulation. Forward Kyle Kager had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles (1-1).
Maryland-Baltimore County (1-2) was paced by Chase Plummer, who came off the bench to score 12 points and grab 12 rebounds.
Freshman guard Rodney Elliott, the son of the former University of Maryland star with the same name, started for Maryland-Baltimore County and had eight points and four assists. Guard Joey Getz also had eight points for UMBC.
Gardner made a basket with 2:15 left in overtime to give the Eagles a 61-55 lead. UMBC center Brett Roseboro made two free throws with 40 seconds to go as the visitors pulled within 61-59, but Reed hit the game-winner after the Retrievers tied the game at 61 on two free throws by Elliott with 14 seconds left.
Maryland-Baltimore County led 31-28 in the second half, but American came back to take a 37-35 lead with 12:17 to go.
The Eagles beat the Retrievers 73-70 in overtime last season.
American's next game is Wednesday at Ohio State. Maryland-Baltimore County will host in-state foe Mount St. Mary's on Sunday at the RAC Arena.