Report from Todd Carton
After opening their season with a 67-42 loss at Marquette, the UMBC Retrievers returned to the UMBC Event Center hosting the (Division III) Shenandoah Hornets Saturday afternoon and returning to D1 play Monday night against the Manhattan Jaspers. As one might expect, UMBC ran away from Shenandoah dealing the Hornets a 93-45 loss. They handled the Jaspers nearly as easily cruising to a 75-52 win over their MAAC foe in front of a sparse crowd of 1,164.
Both squads were sloppy at the outset reaching the first media timeout with more turnovers than baskets. Manhattan created turnovers with a physical aggressive press while the Retrievers relied on superior athleticism to create theirs.
Coach Ryan Odom was able to settle his squad down and, although they would finish the half with 13 turnovers, the Retrievers began finding ways of efficiently attacking Manhattan and making shots. After starting the half making just two of their first seven attempts from behind the arc, UMBC finished the half making five of their last six. The three point barrage helped the Retrievers build a 19 point lead with just over four minutes to play in the half but a return to sloppy ball handling allowed the Jaspers to close the half on a 12-3 run chopping UMBC’s lead to 40-30 at the break.
Efficient play by the Retrievers allowed them to gradually pull away from the Jaspers reaching their largest lead at 63-39 on a three point jumper by forward Joe Sherburne. Sherburne is a player who epitomizes the notion of “letting the game come to you.” The grad student from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin filled the stat sheet with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal in an efficient 24 minutes.
Manhattan had no answer for junior college transfer K. J. Jackson. Jackson, who was the Texas junior college player of the year led all scorers with 20 points on 7-10 shooting that included 4-7 from three. He also dished out a team high seven of the Retrievers 19 assists.
Arkel Lamar was the third Retriever to fil up the stat book. The 6’5” junior swing man scored 15 points on just seven shots and led UMBC with five steals. He shot three of four from long range and added three rebounds and an assist.
The Retrievers will travel to the Bahamas for three games in the Bimini Jam before returning to the Event Center on Satuday, November 24th when they will host the American University Eagles. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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