Loyola Maryland evened its record in the Patriot League with a 72-68 victory over visiting Lehigh on Saturday at Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds, who won for only the second time in their past eight games, improved to 7-8 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League. Lehigh lost for the fourth time in its past five games, slipping to 8-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Loyola senior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) led all scorers with 25 points. Senior guard Mackey McKnight paced Lehigh with 17 points — all in the second half.
Loyola trailed once, within the first minute of the game. The Greyhounds' biggest lead was 50-36 with 13:44 left after senior forward Jordan Latham's layup.
After Lehigh closed to within 68-64 with 35 seconds left, Latham sealed it by making two free throws with 24.4 seconds remaining.
Loyola took a 35-32 lead into halftime, thanks to the Greyhounds outscoring Lehigh 18-10 in the paint. Lehigh turned the ball over eight times in the first half.
UMBC (5-11, 1-2) led 78-75 with possession and 50 seconds to play, but turned the ball over, giving it to Maine (3-12, 1-2) with 17.8 seconds left.
However, the Black Bears returned the favor, throwing the ball away and giving the Retrievers another opportunity to ice the game.
Malik Garner missed two free throws, and the Retrievers fouled guard Xavier Pollard to prevent a game-tying 3-pointer. Pollard made the first free throw, and a lane violation on the second gave UMBC the ball.
Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) made one of two free throws to push the margin back to three.
The Bears (4-10) are 2-0 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play for the first time since 2011. They've won seven in a row against South Carolina State (5-10, 1-1).
Morgan State led 36-23 at halftime and blew the game open with an 11-2 run to start the second half.
Savannah State, after losing 10 of 11 games, won two straight for the second time this season in moving to 4-12 overall.
Coppin State (4-11, 1-1) lost its seventh straight. The Eagles' last victory came Dec. 11 against UMBC.
The Tigers received a big game from freshman forward Jyles Smith, who scored 14 points and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds.
Norfolk State 66, UMES 62: In a MEAC game between two teams trying to shake losing streaks, the visiting Spartans ended their four-game skid. UMES fell to 2-13 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
Pendarvis Williams' pair of free throws with one second left sealed the victory for Norfolk State. Williams led the Spartans with 20 points, including four free throws in the final 20 seconds.