The University of Maryland Baltimore County couldn't overcome an awful first half last night and dropped a 67-58 decision to Boston University at the Baltimore Arena.
UMBC shot 25 percent in the first 20 minutes and fell behind by 18 points, then launched a furious second-half rally, but couldn't get over the hump.
With sophomore Emmanuel Fasaye leading the charge, the Retrievers pulled to within five points, 58-53, with 3:26 to play.
But some strong leadership by the Terriers' freshman point guard, Brian Holden and four clinching free throws by Reggie Stewart, gave BU its second victory over Baltimore-area teams.
The other was a 86-75 win over Morgan State.
"I thought we played well the first half," said Terrier coach Bob Brown. "We got the ball where we wanted it and were effective with it.
"But we never put it away and they played more intensely in the second half. We got a little bit tired on the inside and they were quicker than we were."
UMBC (1-4) shot a peaked 25 percent in the first half, making only 1 of 9 from three-point range, despite the addition of guards Bobby Mills and Derell Thompson, who have been nursing ankle injuries.
"They're really about 80 percent [healthy]," said coach Earl Hawkins. "They can't get the push off the ankles they normally would."
Fasaye scored 16 second-half points en route to his career high, capitalizing on the Terriers' fatigue. His biggest basket was a steal from guard Reggie Stewart and then a thundering dunk that brought UMBC to within 52-44.
Hawkins that if the two-shot foul rule (after the 10th team foul) were not in effect, the end might have been a little more exciting.
"The foul shots killed us," he said. "It's different when you're in a 1-and -1 and you have to make the first one. I think it takes away from the fans."
Brown was simply happy that his young team has progressed so well after shooting 0-for-17 from three-point range, committing 25 turnovers and trailing by 28 at the half in an opening-game rout against Lafayette.
"I was ready to go back to Maine and start picking potatoes," he said.
A crowd of 3,159 attended the game for the benefit of the Baltimore Literacy Program. It became enthusiastic during the final 10 minutes, but it was too late.
"We never did really shoot well the first half," said Hawkins. "They have a large team with long arms and they're quick. They did a good job on defense."