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UMBC pulls away from Coppin State

UMBC has won three of their last four games since Taylor McCarley returned from an injury.

With Taylor McCarley back in the lineup, the UMBC wmen’s basketball team’s turnaround continues. Since she returned to play LIU Brooklyn at the Barclays Center in New York, the Retrievers have one 3-1 with one loss at ACC foe Virginia. On Saturday she helped the Retrievers to their latest victory, a 73-63 home win over Baltimore rival Coppin State.

McCarley facilitated an offense that shot 52.1-percent from the floor and finished with a solid across the board stat line with six points, six rebounds, seven assists two steals and a block. And while McCarley was facilitating, guard Te’yJah Oliver and Tyler Moore were burying shots from outside and each hit four 3-pointers in the game. Oliver led UMBC with a career-high 19 points to go with five assists and four rebounds. Moore had 17 points with five boards, three steals and two dimes.

Defensively, the Retrievers effectively put everything on Genesis Lucas. She scored 26 points for Coppin State, but did it of a high-volume 10-for-24 shooting that included four 3-pointers. Chance Graham and Tiara Goode scored 13 and 12 points for Coppin State, respectively. However, Graham made only two field goals in the second half. Goode scored only two points in the fourth quarter.

UMBC was actually behind 19-17 with three minutes left in the first half before McCarley assisted back-to-back 3-pointers made by Moore and Oliver, respectively. UMBC kept that four-point lead going into the half and an exchange of points that made it 25-21 at halftime.

Out of halftime, UMBC pulled away. Vanessa Neal made the first basket to make it a two-point game, but the Retrievers responded with 11-straight points to jump out to a 36-23 lead. The Golden Eagles were able to score seven in a row in response, but were still multiple possessions behind. Lucas and Goode each hit 3-pointers one minute apart, but Moore and Oliver did them one better as the teams exchanged five-consecutive long-distance shots.

UMBC held onto a seven-point lead at the end of the third quarter, 50-43 and added three more points to their advantage to open the fourth quarter.

But after Lucas hit a jumper to make it a 60-52 game with 5:43 remaining, The Retriever defense shut Coppin State out for the next two minutes and built a 16-point lead with only three minute remaining in the game. That lead was safe the rest of the way for UMBC as they earned their fifth win of the year and third win in four games.

The Retrievers will start America East play on the road with games at Binghamton and Maine next week before returning home to host Hartford on Wed. Jan. 11

Coppin State drops to 0-12 on the year and will open MEAC play with just their second home game of the year against South Carolina State on Wednesday at 5:30 pm.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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