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America East Battles Continue On Into The Postseason

Down seven points with just 2:23 remaining, UMBC found themselves in a world of trouble against Boston University.

The Retrievers, the defending America East Champions, had a rough year, finishing 7-9, good for sixth in the conference.

The Terriers, led by the high scoring guard tandem of John Holland and Corey Lowe, were looking to put their stamp on this year’s tournament.

Holland had drained multiple long three’s earlier in the game, and it looked like BU was going to pull away from UMBC.

But nothing comes easy in this conference, and even when a game looks like it’s over, it never truly is until the clock strikes zero.

“Every game is a war, a dogfight,” UMBC Head Coach Randy Monroe said after the game.

That was after his team went on an 8-1 run to tie the game with four seconds remaining in regulation, and rallied to win in overtime, fueled by Senior Daryl Proctor.

“This was a typical America East game,” Monroe said. “It’s almost like WWE Smackdown on Friday nights.”

Because of the lack of foul calls during the game between Stony Brook and New Hampshire, the two best defensive teams in the conference, Seawolves Head Coach Steve Pikiell told his players the game “was like a cross between football and sumo wrestling.”

Later in the evening, this year’s number one team, the Binghamton Bearcats, got a first hand lesson in how tight every conference game really is.

Hartford, the worst team in the conference all season long, took a quick 6-0 lead in their game.

Binghamton eventually took over, but not before Hartford made a strong run at the end of regulation, draining three-point shots and making it necessary for the Bearcats injured Tiki Mayben to check back into the game.

“That was America East Play at it’s finest,” Bighamton Head Coach Kevin Broadus said. “It was a war.”

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