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UMBC Squeaks Past Binghamton

Jairus Lyle drives for 2 of his 25 points - Photo by UMBC Athletic Communications

Jairus Lyle drives for 2 of his 25 points – Photo by UMBC Athletic Communications

UMBC blew a late lead Wednesday night, but managed to beat Binghamton in overtime 80-79.

With a minute left in the game and a three point lead, the Retrievers missed four straight free throws that could have sealed the win. With less than 2 seconds left Binghamton guard, and Maryland native, Marlon Beck II knocked down a slightly contested three from the top of the circle sending the game into overtime.

The overtime period was a free throw contest, with only two combined made field goals. With 8 seconds left, the shot clock off and the score tied at 79-79, Binghamton accidentally fouled UMBC sophomore guard Jairus Lyle, who converted 1 of 2 from the line. Binghamton’s Willie Rodriguez missed at the buzzer and UMBC got their third conference win of the season.

Jairus Lyle led the way for the Retrievers scoring 25 points, 17 of which came after halftime. He was 10-18 from the floor but just 4-10 from the FT line. Will Darley scored 22 for UMBC and Joe Sherburne finished with 15. Darley and Sherburne combined to go 9-16 from behind the arc, a major key to the Retrievers win.

The Bearcats were led by freshman forward Thomas Bruce’s 18 points and 8 rebounds. Bruce wowed the crowd with several thunderous dunks, but fouled out just 10 seconds into overtime. Marlon Beck II and Bobby Ahearn both scored 17 for Binghamton.

Scott Zolotorow