UMBC loses in OT in opening round

Ninth-seeded Binghamton defeated eighth-seeded UMBC, 73-67, in overtime in the first round of the America East tournament on Thursday night at West Hartford, Conn.

The Retrievers (4-26) rallied from 11 points down with less than eight minutes remaining and sent the game to overtime but could not defeat the Bearcats (2-28) for the third time this season.

Junior guard Brian Neller led UMBC with 18 points. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer added 17 points and four steals, and junior guard Ryan Cook (St. Vincent Pallotti) added 15 points and a season-high 10 rebounds.

The Bearcats led 55-44 with 7:58 remaining, but the Retrievers outscored Binghamton 14-3 down the stretch. Trailing 58-57 inside the final minute, Plummer was fouled after collecting a steal on the defensive end, but he converted only the first of two free throws to tie the score.

In overtime, Neller gave UMBC a 63-62 lead with a 3-pointer with 3:32 remaining, but put-backs by Ben Dickinson and Jabrille Williams on the next two possessions put the Bearcats ahead to stay.

Bowie State 72, Livingstone 68: The Bulldogs (22-5) earned their first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament victory since 2008 by defeating the Blue Bears (11-17) at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Byron Westmorland (Mervo) hit two free throws with 1:22 left to give Bowie a 65-55 lead. Mark Thomas (22 points) made two 3-pointers to pull the Blue Bears within 68-66 with 27 seconds left, but All-CIAA guard Darren Clark (18 points, six assists, seven rebounds) was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line to shut the door.

Westmorland led Bowie with 20 points.

St. Mary's 69, Bethany 57: Junior guard Devin Spencer (Towson Catholic) scored a career-high 28 points to lead the host Seahawks (20-7) over the Bison (25-4) in the first round of the Division III championship tournament.

Coppin State 58, Bethune-Cookman 55: The Eagles (18-11, 13-3 MEAC) overcame a seven-point second-half deficit in their season-finale win over the Wildcats (10-18, 7-9 MEAC).

Navy 66, Colgate 54: A game-closing 11-4 run allowed the host Midshipmen (16-13) to secure a victory over the Raiders (8-22).

UMES 47, Savannah State 42: The visiting Hornets (10-19, 3-13 MEAC) tied the game nine times but could not keep the lead in the loss against the Hawks (11-17, 8-8).

Florida A&M 88, Morgan State 57: Jasmine Grice scored a game-high 20 points off the bench to lead five Rattlers (21-7, 14-2 MEAC) in double figures over the visiting Bears (6-23, 3-13 MEAC).

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