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Maryland-Baltimore County 68, New Hampshire 57

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In a battle of two teams nestled in the bottom half of the America East standings, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers rallied to beat the New Hampshire Wildcats on Wednesday night 68-57 in Baltimore, Md.

The Retrievers (8-15, 4-6) rebounded from a tough 83-80 loss to Maine on Saturday. They were led Wednesday by star guard and reigning America East Player of the Week Rodney Elliot, who led all scorers with 21 points just a few days after earning the honor for the fourth time this season.

UMBC guard Quentin Jones added 16 points, while center Brett Roseboro chipped in 10 points and five rebounds.

With the win, UMBC -- which came into the game as the America East's seventh-place team -- will switch spots with New Hampshire (5-17, 3-7) and move to sixth place in the standings.

The UMBC victory also avenged a Jan. 15 loss at the hands of the Wildcats, who manhandled the Retrievers 56-42 while holding them to their lowest scoring output of the season.

UMBC fell behind 29-24 at halftime after New Hampshire went on a 10-2 run midway through the first half. But the Retrievers cut the deficit to 42-39 with 13 minutes to go in the game, then went on a 21-5 tear over a nearly eight-minute span to take a commanding 60-47 lead they would not give back.

The Wildcats, meanwhile, lost their second straight. They were led by forward Jacoby Armstrong with 14 points and eight boards, while guard Daniel Dion was the only other New Hampshire player to reach double figures, adding 10 points and two steals.

New Hampshire still leads the all-time series 13-10 despite the loss.

The Retrievers will play their second of three straight home games when they next host UMass Lowell on Saturday, while the Wildcats will cap their two-game road trip with a visit to St. Bonaventure on Saturday.
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