Maura Leads Six in Doubles as UMBC Knocks Off The Citadel, 98-72

Maura Leads Six in Doubles as UMBC Knocks Off The Citadel, 98-72

Charleston, S.C. – UMBC (5-4) senior guard K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) led six Retrievers in double figures as UMBC defeated The Citadel (3-5), 98-72, in the consolation game of the Bulldog Bash.

Maura, who averaged 14.5 points per game and 7.5 assists per game in the two games, was tabbed to the All-Tournament Team. 


The victory was UMBC's first road win of the campaign.


Junior forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) added 16 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the floor. He became the eighth player in school history to reach the 150-trey plateau.


A pair of freshmen also recorded season highs for the Retrievers. Forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) scored 15 points and added 7 rebounds, while guard Josh Rosario (Miami, Fla.) added 13 points and 4 assists.


UMBC led for all but 23 seconds, but The Citadel trimmed a 13-point halftime deficit to 52-46 early in the second half. But Rosario scored 11 consecutive Retriever points, including three treys, in the midst of a 23-10 run, to give the visitors a comfortable 75-56 lead with 7:49 remaining.


The Retrievers knocked down 16 treys and hit 36-of-78 overall (46.2 percent) from the floor. They held the Bulldogs 19 points below their scoring average and to 35.3 percent shooting overall and 20.7 percent (6-of-29) from behind the arc.    


Maura knocked down his three treys as UMBC extended an early 17-10 advantage to 27-10 with 10:30 to play in the first half. The Retrievers increased the margin to 21 points at 35-14 on a Sherburne trey with 8:22 to play in the half. But the UMBC would miss 9 of its final 11 field goal attempts of the half and, despite hitting only two (of 13) first half treys, the Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 44-31 at intermission.   


Sophomore forwards Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H.) and Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) added 13 and 11 points respectively.


UMBC continues with four straight road games as they travel to Dover, Del., to take on Delaware State on Wednesday, Dec. 6.