University of Maryland-Baltimore County rallied from 23 points down in the second half Sunday to beat visiting Mount St. Mary's 90-84 in overtime at the Recreation and Athletic Complex.
Freshman guard Rodney Elliott was rattled early by the pressure of Mount St. Mary's but rebounded in spectacular fashion. Elliott, who committed three turnovers in the first four minutes as UMBC fell behind 11-2, scored 26 points and added six rebounds and five assists as the Retrievers improved to 2-2.
Elliott, the son of former Maryland star Rodney Elliott (1994-98), scored seven points in the final 2:16 of regulation as the Retrievers erased an 11-point deficit. He also had a key backcourt steal with 27 seconds left that set up the game-tying layup by guard Joey Getz.
In overtime, UMBC's momentum carried over as reserve forward Chase Plummer (10 points, nine rebounds) hit a 3-pointer that gave the Retrievers the lead for good. Reserve guard Charles Taylor (17 points, seven rebounds) added five points in the extra session and Elliott had five points and two key assists.
UMBC also got 11 points and 14 rebounds from forward Devarick Houston, who helped propel the Retrievers to a 53-33 rebounding edge.
It was all going Mount St. Mary's way, which applied furious full-court pressure early, but backed off in the second half. When reserve guard Rashad Whack (20 points, five rebounds) hit a 3-pointer with 14:19 left, the Mountaineers had a 61-38 lead.
But that was before Elliott regained his composure.
Mount St. Mary's (0-4) was led by guard Julian Norfleet, who had 28 points and six assists.