UMBC, UNH, Vermont Pick Up Men's Hoops Wins as Road Teams go 3-0 Wednesday
Wednesday night was one for the road teams in America East men's basketball action as all three road squads came away with victories. UMBC beat Binghamton, New Hampshire was victories at Maine and Vermont won at Hartford.
UMBC (5-16, 3-5 AE) shot 50 percent after halftime and made 10 three-pointers for the game in a 61-58 victory at Binghamton (3-18, 1-7 AE). The Bearcats had a chance to tie, but Jimmy Gray's 30-foot heave clanged off the rim as time expired. Chase Plummer recorded his fifth double-double of the season (17 pts, 10 rebs) for the Retrievers, who earned their first road win of the year, while Brian Neller canned six treys for 18 points. Jordan Reed had 21 points and seven boards for Binghamton.
In Orono, Chris Matagrano sank two free throws to seal New Hampshire's (6-14, 1-6 AE) 57-54 win over Maine (8-13, 3-5 AE). The win, UNH"s first at Maine since 2008, was Bill Herrion's 152nd America East win, tying him with Dennis Wolff for the most all time. Chandler Rhoads led UNH with 18 points, while Alasdair Fraser had a game-high 20 and eight rebounds.
In Hartford, Vermont (14-7, 7-2 AE) held Hartford to a season-low 43 points and 5-of-29 shooting from three-point land en route to a 49-43 win, its fifth in its last six games. Luke Apfeld returned from injury, playing for the first time since at Boston U. on Jan. 8, and had eight points and six rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. Brian Voelkel had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists to pace UVM, while Mark Nwakamma's 12 points led Hartford.