- Associated Press - Saturday, March 3, 2018

BALTIMORE (AP) - Jairus Lyles scored 18 points and had five steals and Maryland-Baltimore County used a second-half surge to break a string of four straight post-season losses with an 89-77 defeat of UMass-Lowell in an America East Conference quarterfinal on Saturday.

The game was the first tournament game UMBC has hosted at the four-year-old RAC Center. The second-seeded Retrievers (22-10) advance to the AEC semifinal round Tuesday.

Daniel Akin opened the second half with three consecutive layups as the Retrievers erased a 12-point deficit, scoring 51 points in the half. Lyles scored 16 of his points and made four of his steals after the break. K.J. Maura drained a 3 with 14:31 remaining to put UMBC ahead for the rest of the game.

The Retrievers turned 13 UMass-Lowell turnovers into 27 points.

Jourdan Grant and Maura scored 16 each for UMBC, Maura with seven assists.

UMass Lowell (12-18) advanced to the tournament as the No. 7 seed in its first year of postseason eligibility in Division I. The River Hawks were led by 18 points and 16 rebounds from Jahad Thomas.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide