BALTIMORE —Despite a Noah Collier double-double and a second-half William & Mary comeback, UMBC won its sixth game in a row, topping the Tribe, 78-62, at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Collier led the way for the Green and Gold with his third career double-double. The 6-8 forward scored 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and added a career-high 14 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.
W&M (4-8) trailed by as much as 13 in the opening half and the deficit as 12, 43-31, at the break. The Tribe started the second half strong with back-to-back Gabe Dorsey 3-pointers, narrowing the gap to 45-39 just over two minutes into the period.
Freshman Chase Lowe, who gave W&M a big spark off the bench, found junior bigman Ben Wight for a lay-up at the 12-minute mark to bring the Tribe within 54-50. Wight had the chance to cut the deficit to a single basket, but missed a good look on the ensuing possession.
The deficit was just five, 61-56, following a nice drop-step lay-up from Collier at the 6:36 mark. UMBC (9-4) answered with a 10-1 run to put the game out of reach.
Dorsey finished with 13 points on 3-of-7 from 3-point range, while graduate student Anders Nelson tallied 10 points and five assists. Sophomore Matteus Case tied his career-high with 10 points off the bench.
The Tribe jumped out to a 7-0 lead thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from Nelson and Dorsey in the opening 2:06 of the game.
UMBC used a 16-2 run, including 12-straight points, to take a double-double advantage, 24-13, midway through the first half. Colton Lawrence scored the Retrievers first 10 points and had 12 of the home team’s first 24.
The margin reached 33-20 after back-to-back Yaw Obeng-Mensah jumpers with 5:30 remaining in the opening half.
The Tribe closed to within 35-29 on a Collier bucket just three and a half minutes later. It was part of a 9-2 Tribe run, including five-straight from Nelson.
UMBC, which shot 60.7% in the opening 20 minutes, scored eight of the half’s last 10 points, including six from Jacob Boonyasith to lead by 12 at the intermission.
W&M finished the game at 41.1% (23-of-56) from the field and outrebounded UMBC, 33-29, including 11 rebounds on the offensive end. The home team finished at 53.6% (30-of-56) shooting. Boonyasith scored a game-high 19 points, while Lawrence added 14.
The Tribe closes out the nonconference portion of its schedule when it welcomes Randolph College to Williamsburg on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Kaplan Arena.