UMBC's 2nd-half shooting beats Hartford 69-62
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Ryan Cook scored 24 points and Brian Neller added 20 Saturday as Maryland-Baltimore County upset Hartford 69-62 in the America East Conference quarterfinals with a blazing second-half shooting display.
The sixth-seeded Retrievers (8-22) shot 78.9 percent (15 of 19), the second best ever in a half at the America East tournament. Their 85.7 percent (18 of 21) in the second half of a 2006 tournament win over Stony Brook stands as the record.
Cook made his first six shots in the second half to help UMBC take a 38-35 lead with 13:26 remaining after it trailed 32-24 early in the half.
Wes Cole's 3-pointer with 1:28 left brought the third-seeded Hawks (17-13) to within 61-59, but a 3-pointer by Neller and baskets by Adrian Satchell and Malik Garner secured UMBC's semifinal berth Sunday against Vermont.
Nate Sikma scored 17 points and Mark Nwakamma 13 to lead Hartford.
Updated March 9, 2013