BOSTON (AP) -- Jay Greene scored a career-high 21 points and snapped a 61-61 tie with a 3-point play with 1:02 left to lift Maryland-Baltimore County to a 70-61 victory over Maine in American East quarterfinal action Saturday.
The win moved the No. 4 Retrievers (12-18) into the conference semifinals for the first time. They'll face No. 1 Vermont, 81-62 winners over Hartford in Saturdays first game, in the opener of Sundays semifinal.UMBC, which has won three of its last four games, lost twice to Vermont this season.Greene, who had 16 points in the first half, scored in the lane and was fouled as he broke the 12th tie of the game. He made the free throw and UMBC put the game away with six more free throws in the final 42.5 seconds, the first four by Thomas Young.Greene (7-for-9 from the field) also had six assists, three steals and three rebounds, leading four Retrievers in double figures -- as UMBC won even though Brian Hodges, its only double-figure scorer coming in (15.1), was held to seven points.Chris Pugh had 14 points, Young 13 and Mike Housman 11. Housman and Young both had seven rebounds.No. 4 Maine ended at 12-18 after losing six of its last seven. Junior Bernal led five Black Bears in double figures with 15 points. He also had 10 rebounds and five assists.Jon Sheets had 14 points, Kevin Reed 12 and Chris Bruff and Phil Tchekane-Bofia 10 apiece Bruff grabbing eight rebounds but committing six of his teams 14 turnovers. There were 17 lead changes in the game.