Jose Placer made the go-ahead basket, a 3-pointer, with 2.4 seconds left and host UMBC men’s basketball won, 55-53, over New Hampshire on Saturday.
The Retrievers (19-12, 11-5 America East) came back from being down by 18 points in the second half. The Wildcats fell to 4-24, 2-13.
UMBC’s Brandon Horvath (Southern) stole the inbounds pass, was fouled and went 1-for-2 from the line with 1.3 seconds left for the final score.
The Retrievers trailed 48-30 with less than 12 minutes left. Horvath led the rally with 13 points, nine at the free-throw line. Placer's winning 3-pointer came after UMBC had made just two of its previous 19 attempts from the arc in the game and UNH's Josh Hopkins missed the front end of a one-and-one with 11.3 seconds remaining.
New Hampshire was 2-for-13 from the field over the final 12 minutes with eight turnovers. The loss eliminated UNH from advancing to the eight-team America East Conference tournament.
Joe Sherburne posted 15 points for UMBC. Horvath had 13 points for the Retrievers. KJ Jackson added 10 points.
Marque Maultsby had 15 points for the Wildcats. Chris Lester added 10 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Reed had 10 points.
The Retrievers improved to 2-0 against the Wildcats on the season. UMBC defeated New Hampshire, 59-51, on Jan. 26. New Hampshire finishes its season against Maine at home Tuesday. UMBC next takes the floor in the conference tournament Saturday.
Navy 79, Boston U. 74: Evan Wieck scored 15 points, John Carter Jr. came off the bench to score 15 more and Navy turned aside a late rally by the Terriers (14-17, 7-11) to win and claim the fifth seed in next week's Patriot League tournament.
Trailing 67-50 with just under five minutes to play, Boston University sliced the gap to three points with a 22-9 run over the next 4:16. The Terriers had four steals, Navy made five turnovers and Tyler Scanlon scored nine points as Boston U. made eight of 12 shots, including three 3-pointers.
The Midshipmen (11-18, 8-10) held on over the final 38 seconds with Carter and Cam Davis each making a pair of free throws. George Kiernan added 11 points, and Davis 10. Navy earned a first-round bye and will meet No. 4 American in Thursday's quarterfinal round.
Scanlon finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Terriers. Max Mahoney added 14 points. Jonas Harper had 11 points. Boston University plays Tuesday night in the opening round of the league tournament.
Mount St. Mary’s 73, St. Francis Brooklyn 71: The visiting Mount (9-22, 6-12 Northeast Conference) scored 50 points in the second half to upend the Terriers (17-14, 9-9). Vado Morse had a game-high 23 points and Malik Jefferson had 20 points.
Loyola Maryland 92, Lehigh 73: Jaylin Andrews (Boys’ Latin) had a season-high 21 points as the host Greyhounds (11-20, 7-11 Patriot League) beat the Mountain Hawks (19-10, 12-6). Andrews made 5 of 6 3-pointers.
Andrew Kostecka had 19 points for Loyola. Isaiah Hart added 18 points and seven assists. Kenny Jones had 15 points for the hosts.
The 92 points were a season best for the Greyhounds.
Jordan Cohen had 16 points for the Mountain Hawks. Kyle Leufroy added 16 points. Lance Tejada had 14 points. The Greyhounds leveled the season series against the Mountain Hawks with the win. Lehigh defeated Loyola (Md.) 89-72 on Jan. 6. The Greyhounds and the Mountain Hawks next take the floor in the Patriot League Tournament.
Elon 86, Towson 66: Steven Santa Ana scored a game-high 34 points to lead the visiting Phoenix (11-20, 7-11 Colonial Athletic Association) past the Tigers (10-21, 6-12). Solomon Uyaelunmo had 12 points for Towson, which has lost four straight.
Loyola Maryland 55, Navy 50: Bri Betz-White had a game-high 18 points and Stephanie Karcz had 13 rebounds and the visiting Greyhounds (5-23, 4-13) made their free throws down the stretch to hold off the Mids (10-17, 5-12). Jennifer Coleman had 16 points for Navy.
Coppin State 54, Norfolk State 51: Jalynda Salley had a game-high 17 points to lead the visiting Eagles (4-23, 4-11 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) past the Spartans (14-13, 9-5). Coppin State leads the series, 28-10.
UMBC 55, New Hampshire 47: The visiting Retrievers (10-19, 3-13 America East) went on a 15-7 run in the third quarter to key the win over the Wildcats (6-23, 3-13). The win secured a seventh seed for UMBC in Wednesday’s opening round of the league tournament. Te’yJah Oliver had 17 points for the Retrievers.
Mount St. Mary’s 62, Fairleigh Dickinson 57: Jatarrikah Settle (St. Frances) and Daly Sullivan each scored 14 points to lead the host Mount (14-13, 8-8 NEC) over the Knights (6-21, 3-13). Mount St. Mary’s travels to St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday at 7 p.m.
Delaware State 62, Morgan State 57: The visiting Bears (8-20, 6-8 MEAC) lost their fourth straight.