Led by Jackson, UMBC edges Maine, 67-66
KJ Jackson scored 22 points as visiting UMBC held on to defeat Maine, 67-66, in the America East Conference on Sunday. The Black Bears’ Dennis Ashley hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to narrow Maine’s deficit to 67-64. A steal and layup by Vincent Eze cut the lead to a point with 1.4 seconds remaining, but the Retrievers were able to inbound the ball to end the game. Joe Sherburne added 21 points and nine rebounds for UMBC (15-10, 7-3), and Ricky Council II had 14 points. R.J. Eytle-Rock added six rebounds. Isaiah White had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Black Bears (5-20, 3-7). Andrew Fleming added 15 points and eight rebounds. Sergio El Darwich had 11 points and 10 assists. The Retrievers have won six of their past seven games and three straight on the road in league play. UMBC dressed only 10 players, as junior post player Sam Schwietz (ankle) joined the list of injured big men, which now totals five. Two of those players not in uniform — sophomores Dan Akin and Brandon Horvath (Southern) combined for 25 points and eight rebounds in UMBC’s 61-52 win over Maine on Jan. 5. The Retrievers will play Binghamton on the road Wednesday night.