Maryland Baltimore County, which trailed by as many as 16 points against Division III Eastern University of Pennsylvania, rallied to defeat the visiting Eagles 84-79 in overtime Monday night behind a career-high 32 points by sophomore forward Malik Garner.
Garner had 12 of UMBC's 13 points in overtime. He also had two steals and two rebounds in the extra period for UMBC, a Division I team from the America East Conference playing its home opener in Baltimore.
Garner, whose three free throws in the last 10 seconds of overtime clinched the victory, finished with 11 rebounds and three steals. UMBC's defense overall was too much for the Eagles, who committed 28 turnovers. UMBC (1-1) had 18 steals.
Garner's two free throws with 1:58 left in overtime put the Retrievers ahead 79-76. After a steal by UMBC's Joey Getz, Garner scored on a layup to put UMBC up 81-76 with 38 seconds remaining.
Eastern freshman guard Shaquan Turk converted on a three-point play with 17 seconds left to cut the lead to 81-79. Garner sealed the game from the foul line.
Three missed free throws by Eastern (0-1) in the last 30 seconds of regulation enabled UMBC to rally and tie the game at 71 by the end of regulation on a 3-pointer by Rodney Elliott. The freshman guard scored 19 points.
Turk and Malcolm Garrison each had 13 points to lead the Eagles.