The UMBC men's basketball team's quest to return to the NCAA Tournament fell short when the Retrievers lost, 66-49, to Vermont in the America East championship game March 16.
UMBC fell to 21-13 with the loss. The Retrievers, who have struggled offensively for much of the season, shot just 32.6 percent from the field and were 8-for-26 from 3-point range. Vermont's defense dictated play from the outset by keeping the Retrievers' guards and wings out of the paint and forcing jump shots.
UMBC's top scorers -- forwards Joe Sherburne and Arkel Lamar and guard K.J. Jackson -- combined for 31 points on 10-for-33 shooting.
Vermont was led by America East Player of the Year Anthony Lamb, who scored 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Lamb scored from the outside, in the paint and at the free throw line, dominating the game from start to finish. He also pulled down nine rebounds and dished out two assists.
Guard Stef Smith (17 points) and the Catamounts' work on the boards (11 offensive rebounds) were also key.
The Catamounts will represent the America East in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in head coach John Becker's eight-year tenure in Burlington, Vt. Vermont improved to 27-6 on the season with the win and are currently projected to be a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament by ESPN's Joe Lunardi.
UMBC may play in a postseason tournament as well. The Retrievers played in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) under head coach Ryan Odom in 2017.
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