Forward Chase Plummer led the UMBC men's basketball team with 21 points and seven rebounds Monday night and became the 12th player in school history to reach the 1,200-point plateau, but the Retrievers lost to visiting Stony Brook, 81-62.
Plummer was named the Retrievers' Player of the Game, while senior guard Dave Coley earned the honor for the visitors. Coley led all scorers with 22 points, hitting 13 of 15 free-throw attempts.
UMBC (5-14, 1-5 America East) went toe-to-toe with the Seawolves (13-6, 5-0) in the early stages, but Stony Brook guard Carson Puriefoy hit a 3-pointer that started the game's key surge.
The Seawolves outscored the Retrievers 14-0 over a three-minute span and took a 31-15 advantage on another 3 by Puriefoy with 7:06 to play in the half.
Stony Brook settled for a 43-30 halftime advantage, buoyed by doubling up UMBC on the glass, 22-11, and in second-chance points, 14-7.
The Seawolves built the lead to as many as 25 points with 12:29 remaining, but the Retrievers did not fold. UMBC nearly halved the deficit, as Plummer capped a 10-1 surge with a long-range 3 to give the Retrievers some hope. They trailed 73-60 with 2:57 remaining.
UMBC's press bothered Stony Brook in the second half, and a steal by freshman guard Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) 11 seconds later gave the home side a chance to climb even closer. But the Retrievers committed a turnover and Coley hit two free throws on the other end with 2:18 remaining to stem the rally.
Elliott managed 13 points for UMBC, scoring in double figures for the 11th time in his past 12 outings. Freshman guard Bryan Harris (Southern) was also in double figures with 10 points, but the rookie duo converted only a combined six of 20 shots from the field.
Seawolves sophomore forward Jameel Warney posted a doubledouble with 17 points and a game-high 11 caroms.
The Retrievers shot below 40 percent from the field for the third consecutive game, hitting 20 of 53 shots. Stony Brook cooled off in the second half, and finished at 46.2 percent (24 –of 52). The Seawolves outrebounded UMBC 41-27.
Plummer now has 1,220 points. With nine more, he'll move into 11th place on the school's all-time scoring list.
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