Derrick Reid made a game-winning shot from the corner as time expired last night, lifting the University of Maryland Baltimore County to a 75-73 victory over Howard at UMBC Fieldhouse.
The winning basket came after the Bison had fought back from a 21-point, second-half deficit to a tie at 73 with 12 seconds remaining in the game.
Julius McNeil hit a 22-footer for three points with two Retrievers draped all over him to set up the final sequence.
UMBC called timeout, looked at the Howard defense, then requested a second timeout.
"They jumped into a zone on us the first time, and we were prepared for a man-to-man," said Retrievers coach Earl Hawkins. "The second time we gave them an option for both. Luckily, Derrick was wide-open on the baseline and stuck the shot."
Reid, who co-led UMBC with 17 points in its home opener, said Derell Thompson had the opening himself, "but realized I was there. He was unselfish. The second timeout had gotten us organized.
"Before that, this game looked like last year. We blew leads and lost a lot that way."
Howard (0-3) trailed, 58-37, early in the second half before senior forward Keith Kirvin fueled the comeback with 16 second-half points.
The UMBC reserves were on the floor when the Bison began chipping away and, even when the starters returned, the momentum remained with Howard.
A free throw by Kirvin got Howard within 68-67 with 3 minutes, 4 seconds to play, but UMBC center Jim Frantz converted a three-point play and a jumper off the block to give the Retrievers a 73-70 lead.
The final play was directed to go to Frantz as the first option, but the Bison sagged on him and Reid got the hero's mantle.