Men's college basketball: Jalen Ross came off the bench and scored a career-high 27 points as Hartford defeated host UMBC, 98-87, on Thursday night. The Hawks (7-13, 2-3 America East) never trailed, but the Retrievers (5-15, 1-4) came as close as 84-80 on a breakaway layup by Jairus Lyles with 2:42 left to play. Lyles, a sophomore transfer, finished with 24 points — his ninth game in a row of 17 points or better since joining the team Dec. 19. … Elijah Long (John Carroll) led Mount St. Mary's with 20 points, but the Mountaineers (8-12, 5-2 Northeast Conference) fell to host Sacred Heart, 76-71. The game featured 30 lead changes. BK Ashe missed a 3-point attempt with 7.2 seconds remaining and the Pioneers (4-14, 3-4) were able to seal the game at the free throw line.