Despite shooting 32 percent from the field, host UMBC pulled away from Binghamton for a 59-49 win Sunday to clinch the sixth seed in the America East tournament.
The Retrievers' Ryan Cook (St. Vincent Pallotti) led all scorers with 24 points. Brian Neller, who made five 3-pointers to move into second on the school's career list with 252, added 17 points.
The Bearcats (3-26, 1-15), led by Taylor Johnston's 16 points, shot 34 percent from the field (19-for-56) and were 6-for-23 on 3-pointers.
Cook hit a 3-pointer just before halftime to put the Retrievers up 26-25 at the break. The score was tied at 30 with 15:58 remaining, but UMBC (7-22, 5-11) extended the lead to six with 12:24 remaining after a Joey Getz 3-pointer.
Binghamton cut the lead to two with 10 minutes remaining but went the final 3:35.
UMBC will face third-seeded Hartford in the conference tournament quarterfinals Saturday. Binghamton, as the eighth seed, will play top-seeded Stony Brook.
Loyola 57, St. Peter's 45: Katie Sheahin (Good Counsel) scored a game-high 23 points, leading the Greyhounds to victory over the host Peacocks.
Loyola (12-17, 7-11 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) went on an 11-2 run to start the second half. St. Peter's (2-27, 2-16) would close within single digits but never take the lead.
The Greyhounds earned the eighth seed in the MAAC tournament and will face Manhattan in the first round Thursday.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun