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.