Proctor sparks UMBC in quarterfinal win

The Baltimore Sun

VESTAL, N.Y. -- While his UMBC teammates took turns making three-pointers, Darryl Proctor did a little bit of everything inside the arc.

Proctor scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had five assists yesterday, and the Retrievers pulled away in the first half en route to a 76-60 victory over Stony Brook in the America East quarterfinals.

When the Seawolves briefly caused problems by pounding the offensive boards in the opening minutes, it was Proctor who helped settle things down to spark a quick turnaround.

"We knew it was going to be a sloppy game because of the way Stony Brook plays with intensity," Proctor said.

Stony Brook led 8-3 before a pair of baskets by Proctor started an 18-2 run that featured four three-pointers. Proctor added another basket and a steal during the run and held back a Stony Brook attack that grabbed seven of the game's first nine rebounds - five on the offensive end.

With the rebounding situation solved, the Retrievers had little trouble breaking the game open.

Playing as a first seed for the first time, UMBC (22-8) moved within two wins of its first NCAA tournament berth. The Retrievers need a win today at noon against Vermont, which beat Binghamton, 65-57, to get the chance to play the America East championship game at home Saturday.

"We were saying, 'No slippage, no slip-ups,' " said UMBC's Randy Monroe, who was named conference Coach of the Year on Friday.

Matt Spadafora and Jay Greene each hit three times from long range to help UMBC go 9-for-14 on three-pointers in the first 17 minutes and open a 42-26 lead.

"They have five guys that can all handle the ball and five guys that can shoot," Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said. "That's why they have the best offense in the league."

Greene made the offense go with 12 assists, tied for the fourth-best total in tournament history.

"It's lovely having a real point guard who thinks of the team first before himself," Proctor said.

Greene had plenty of options for his passes. UMBC shot better than 50 percent on three-pointers and overall. Four players scored in double figures and six scored at least eight points.

Cavell Johnson came off the bench to score 15 points and block five shots in 20 minutes. Spadafora scored 14 points, and Ray Barbosa added 11.

Brian Hodges, who was 4-for-20 in three games after returning from an ankle injury, was 3-for-4 and scored eight points.

Ricky Lucas scored 18 points to lead Stony Brook (7-23).

STONY BROOK-Paul 0-1 0-0 0, Neto 5-10 3-3 13, Tyree 0-5 0-0 0, Lucas 6-15 4-6 18, Martin 3-5 2-2 9, Cox 0-0 1-2 1, Castellanos 1-2 0-0 2, Beauford 3-11 0-0 7, Pitt 3-4 0-2 6, Young 1-4 0-0 2, Carter 1-8 0-0 2. Totals 23-65 10-15 60. UMBC-Spadafora 5-9 1-2 14, Fry 1-3 0-1 2, Proctor 7-9 3-3 17, Greene 3-7 0-0 9, Barbosa 4-12 0-0 11, Adkins 0-0 0-0 0, McKnight 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 7-9 1-1 15, Hodges 3-4 0-1 8, Massey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-53 5-8 76. Half-U 44-29. 3-point goals-S 4-15 (Lucas 2-4, Martin 1-2, Beauford 1-3, Paul 0-1, Carter 0-2, Tyree 0-3), U 11-21 (Spadafora 3-4, Barbosa 3-6, Greene 3-7, Hodges 2-3, Johnson 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-S 39 (Lucas 8), U 31 (Proctor 11). Assists-S 6 (Beauford, Castellanos, Cox, Lucas, Martin, Neto 1), U 23 (Greene 12). Total fouls-S 13, U 12. Technical-UMBC bench. A-N/A.

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