Hours before Stony Brook takes the court against Boston University tonight at Pritchard Gymnasium, the Seawolves got a gift from the basketball gods that seems unimaginable. Lowly Maryland-Baltimore County (2-20, 1-8 America East) made the long trip north to Orono, Maine and pulled off a shocking upset of the first-place Black Bears (14-7, 6-2) by a 56-55 margin this afternoon.
It was a close game all the way, and it appeared Maine likely would pull out a home win after taking a 55-54 lead on a Junior Bernal layup with 1:12 left in the game. But Maine's Andrew Rogers missed a couple of free throws and a chance to at least assure overtime with 31 seconds left, and UMBC's rebounded a missed foul shot and made the game-winning jumper with one second left.
So, what should have been a "gimme" win for Maine went into the loss column. Stony Brook (14-7, 6-2) has a tough one tonight against BU (11-10, 6-3) , but a win would put the Seawolves in first place in the America East and Maine still has to visit.