UMBC rallies late to beat Maine

UMBC guard Jairus Lyles (10) in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Jairus Lyles scored 16 points with seven rebounds and UMBC rallied late to beat Maine 72-67 on Wednesday night.

Joe Sherburne added 15 points for the Retrievers (11-7, 2-1 America East). K.J. Maura had 12 points and Daniel Akin had 11 points and seven rebounds. Arkel Lamar led the team with nine rebounds.

Lyles sank a jumper early in the second half to give UMBC its biggest lead, 41-30, with 18:26 to play. Maine replied with a 15-3 run and took a 45-44 lead with 13:57 left.

The Retrievers continued to struggle midway, falling behind by six before a Sherburne 3-pointer and an Akin layup helped put them back on top 59-57 with 5:51 remaining. Maura followed a pair of free throws with a 3-pointer to make it 66-61 and UMBC led the rest of the way.

Aaron Calixte scored 24 points to lead the Black Bears (4-14, 1-2) who have lost six of the last seven.

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