UMBC senior post player Cody Joyce (Southern) scored a career-high 30 points as the visiting Retrievers beat Northern Colorado, 81-72, in the Maui Jim Maui Regional Games opener Saturday night.
UMBC (1-3) will face Cal Poly (2-2) in the title game today at 2 p.m. The Mustangs beat Austin Peay, 73-64, in Saturday's opening game at Bank of Colorado Arena.
Joyce hit 11 of 14 shots from the field and all eight free throws to lead the Retrievers. Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) scored all 16 of his points in the second half. The Bears fell to 1-2.
No. 10 Gonzaga 101, Mount St. Mary's 56: Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 14 rebounds to help the host Bulldogs (2-0) beat the Mount (0-4).
Silas Melson added 15 points for Gonzaga in the game that was part of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
BK Ashe had 16 points and Will Miller had 13 for Mount St. Mary's, which is 1-25 against ranked teams.
The Mountaineers, the preseason favorite to win the Northeast Conference, have opened the season with losses at No. 3 Maryland, Ohio State, Washington and Gonzaga.
"We're striving to be a program like Gonzaga someday," Mount coach Jamion Christian said. "It's been a 20-year process for Gonzaga and we're at the infancy stage of that."
Christian said his team has shown improvement already this season.
"Down 12 at the half, that's 10 points better than we were a week ago," Christian said. "We've gotten better exponentially this past week."
Gonzaga held the Mountaineers to 35 percent shooting, including just 3-for-21 from 3-point range. The Zags won the rebound battle 49-25.
Morgan State 59, Campbell 54: After the host Camels (1-2) drew within two points and threatened a ninth tie, Kyle Thomas made a layup with 1:05 left to make it a two-possession game. The Bears (1-3) went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the closing 20 seconds to win.
Thomas finished with 17 points. Chris Clemons had 14 points for Campbell.
The Bears used a 14-4 run midway through the second half to build a 52-43 lead, then withstood the late rally.
St. Bonaventure 94, Loyola Maryland 82: Marcus Posley scored 26 points, Dion Wright had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and the host Bonnies (2-1) held off the Greyhounds (1-3).
Jaylen Adams scored 16 and shot 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, and Nelson Kaputo added 11 for St. Bonaventure.
Tyler Hubbard led Loyola with 21 points on 7-for-11 3-point shooting. Andre Walker added 14.
Wofford 73, UMES 63: The host Terriers (1-2) used tough defense to protect their lead and limit the Hawks (0-3) to four points over the final three minutes.
Wofford went on a 12-6 run to close out the game. Dominique Elliott had 19 points for UMES. Wofford has won its home opener 19 out of 21 years.
UMBC 58, Rider 53: The host Retrievers (2-2) eliminated a 14-point third-quarter deficit, outscoring the Broncs (2-1), 19-5 in the fourth quarter to win.
Pandora Wilson (15 points) and Taylor McCarley (14 points) combined for 11 of their 29 points in the fourth quarter.
The Broncs had a chance to tie when Lexi Posset attempted a 3-pointer with 10 seconds to go, but the shot missed and the Retrievers held on.
Campbell 62, Mount St. Mary's 53: The host Camels (3-1) held off a comeback by the Mount (1-2) to win.
After trailing by 14 early in the fourth quarter, Mount St. Mary's trimmed the deficit to seven, 55-48. Alexis Carter (16 points) made a jumper to bring the Mount to within 57-53 with just 1:46 left.
RaeChaun Edwards responded with a pair of free throws at the 1:10 mark to extend Campbell's lead to 59-53, and Caroline Bowns hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to seal the win.
Brown 72, Morgan State 45: Danielle Robinson scored 14 points, but visiting Morgan State lost.
Loyola Maryland 75, Norfolk State 68: Colleen Marshall scored 28 points, and Bri Betz-White added 19 as the host Greyhounds (2-2) led start to finish over the Spartans (0-2).
Loyola Maryland built a 23-13-point lead with less than two minutes to play in the first quarter.