UMBC falls to Hartford in overtime, 66-64

UMBC men’s basketball lost to the Hartford Hawks (8-8, 1-0) in overtime Wednesday night at the Chase Arena, 66-64.

Junior forward Arkel Lamar paced the Retrievers (9-8, 1-1) with a season-high 18 points (including 14 in the 2nd half) shooting 7 of 12 from the floor. Lamar was supported by graduate student forward Joe Sherburne who tallied 17 points on the night. No other Retriever scored in double-digits. Sophomore center Daniel Akin chipped in with 10 rebounds.

The Hawks got 16 points each from senior forward George Blagojevic, who was huge in the paint, and senior guard J.R. Lynch who’s clutch play down the stretch helped the Hawks overcome a five-point deficit with 1:53 remaining in regulation.

The Retrievers started the game cold, trailing 10-0 early and battled to cut into the Hawks lead for the majority of the game, trailing by 9 points at halftime. They took their first lead at 50-48 with 6:30 remaining in the game, but it was short-lived.

The Retrievers once again struggled from the free-throw line, which has been a common theme this season, shooting 12 of 18 for the game, including missing some big opportunities down the stretch.

UMBC will continue their road trip on Saturday when they take on the UMass-Lowell River Hawks (8-9, 0-2). Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 at the Tsongas Center.

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