ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Melvin Branham scored a game-high 21 points to lead Winthrop past UMBC, 78-72, yesterday. The Retrievers (8-18, 6-12), who have lost eight of their past nine, were led by Skip Saunders' 16 points.
Winthrop (4-22, 3-15) led 42-34 at halftime and held UMBC to 36-percent shooting from the field in the second half. LaShawn Coulter added 20 points and David McMahan 13 for Winthrop.
Marc Lay added 12, and Pascal Fleury and Eric Wyatt 11 each for UMBC.