Johnson lifts UMBC past Richmond

The Baltimore Sun

Cavell Johnson's dunk with 3.2 seconds left broke a tie and gave visiting UMBC a 70-68 victory over Richmond yesterday at the Robins Center.

The win gives UMBC its first 3-0 start since the 2002-2003 season. Richmond fell to 2-3.

Johnson had tied the game on a short baseline jumper with 29 seconds left. On the game-winning play, Retrievers guard Jay Greene stole the ball from Richmond guard Kevin Anderson as he tried to penetrate into the lane. Greene drove down the left side of the court and found a streaking Johnson in the center, and the UMBC forward slammed home the winner.

Richmond's Justin Harper's desperation shot from 35 feet fell short at the buzzer.

Johnson led four Retrievers in double figures with a game-high 20 points. He also had nine rebounds. Guard Brian Hodges scored 17 points off the bench, and Darryl Proctor and Ray Barbosa scored 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Barbosa posted a double double with a game-high and career-best 10 rebounds.

After leading by as many as 10 points (30-20) midway through the first half, UMBC settled for a 39-25 lead at halftime.

La Salle 66, Mount St. Mary's 63 -- Darnell Harris (12 points) made two foul shots with eight seconds left to secure the win for the Leopards (1-1). Jeremy Goode hit a layup with 1.2 seconds left, but the Mount (0-2) got no closer. Chris Vann had a game-high 21 points for the Mount. Yves Mbala Mekongo also had 12 points for La Salle.

Texas-San Antonio 77, Navy 67 -- Clif Colbert scored 13 points in a losing effort for the visiting Mids (1-3). Devin Gibson led all scorers with 19 and Travis Gabbidon had 16 for the Roadrunners (2-1). Texas-San Antonio went on a 21-5 run in the first half to take control.

Bowie State 90, Holy Family 79 -- Carlos Williams scored 20 points to power the Bulldogs (2-0) to the championship of their Classic Tournament. Michael Sturns led the Tigers (1-1) and all scorers with 30 points.

Hood 94, Penn State-Harrisburg 51 -- Ryan Junghans led all scorers with 22 points as the Blazers (1-1) beat the Lions (0-2) in the consolation final of the Dickinson College Tip-Off Tournament.

Guilford 87, Villa Julie 52 -- Greg Woody had a team-high 20 points in a losing effort for the Mustangs (0-1). Ben Strong led the Quakers (1-0) with 29 points.

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