UMBC beats top-seeded Vermont 65-62, wins America East title

March 10, 2018 - 3:39 pm

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Jairus Lyles hit a long 3-pointer with less than a second left, lifting Maryland Baltimore County over top-seeded Vermont 65-62 Saturday in the America East championship game.

Second-seeded UMBC (24-10) had lost 23 straight times to the Catamounts over the last 10 years, but rallied to earn its first NCAA Tournament trip since 2008.

Vermont (27-7) led 57-48, but didn't make a basket in the final 8:21.

Lyles scored 27 points, going 5-for-7 from 3-point range. He tied it with a deep 3 with 1:01 to go, setting up his last-second shot.

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