Men's Basketball Uses Second Half Surge to Subdue Shenandoah, 88-59

photo by: David Sinclair
photo by: David Sinclair

BALTIMORE – UMBC outscored Shenandoah, 48-22, in the second half and posted a 88-59 victory in a Monday matinee at the RAC Arena.


Junior forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) continued his sharp shooting, as he knocked down 4-of-9 treys and 7-of-12 shots overall to lead all scorers with 18 points. Sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) posted his second double-double of the season, with 12 points and 12 caroms, while senior guard K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) posted 10 assists, 9 points and 3 steals.


UMBC (4-3) extended its winning streak to three and the Retrievers have won nine of their last ten games at home. The game was an exhibition contest for the NCAA Division III Hornets (2-1).


The Hornets surprised UMBC with great efficiency from behind the arc, hitting 7-of-12 in the first 20 minutes. UMBC, which entered play at 45.5 percent from long range, misfired on 12 of 17 shots in the first half and led, 40-37, at the break.


Leading 47-42 early in the second stanza, Sherburne sparked a 16-0 UMBC surge by hitting treys on three consecutive possessions. Freshman forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) capped the run with a trey to give the hosts a 63-42 lead with 11:03 remaining.


UMBC hit 16-of-30 shots from the floor in the second half and 8-of-17 from behind the arc, while the Hornets cooled considerably, converting only 1-of-13 treys in the final 20 minutes.


UMBC dominated in the action in the paint, outscoring the Hornets, 34-10.


The Retrievers entered the game in ninth place nationally with 11.8 treys made per game and converted 13 in the contest. UMBC has knocked down 10 or more treys in six of seven games to date.


Reserve guard Alex Dabney led the Hornets with 10 points.


Junior guard Ishmail Jabbie (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) and sophomore forward Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H.) joined Maura with 9 points in the game. 


UMBC will travel to Charleston, S.C. to compete in the Papa John's Bulldog Bash at The Citadel on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2. The Retrievers will face a strong Army West Point squad on Friday at 5:00 p.m. The Citadel will meet Marist in the opener at 3:00 p.m.