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UMBC shatters 3-point records, beat Messiah

By: Zain Ahmed

UMBC was able to hit 3-pointers at will against Messiah, setting both a UMBC and America East Conference record with 19 made in the game.

UMBC was able to hit 3-pointers at will against Messiah, setting both a UMBC and America East Conference record with 19 made in the game.

It doesn’t matter who it is against, 19 made 3-pointers can be described as nothing but remarkably impressive. The rate at which the Retrievers are hitting outside shots is simply amazing and it’s led them to a 6-1 start to the season, tying the program’s best start ever. Against Division III Messiah, the Retriever broke a record for 3-pointers made that they had previously set in their season opener, also setting a new America East record on their way to a 98-59 victory.

In the absence of Jairus Lyles, who was rested for a back injury, the rest of the team stepped up and distributed the points around. Five Retrievers reached double figures in points. Max Curran led the team with 16 points, including two 3-pointers and a pair of highlight dunks. Nolan Gerrity added 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting and was one rebound short of a double-double. Joe Sherburne continued his hot shooting with 14 points and nailed four 3-pointers to help the Retrievers onto the record. He is 8-for-10 from 3-point range in the past two games.

“The previous game against Duquesne, I went in there knowing I had a good game last year. I made the first shot there and I knew I was gonna make the net one and the next one. And then this game I had my confidence back and I didn’t have to worry about will I have bad shooting games and everyone keeps saying ‘keep shooting, that’s what you do,’” Sherburne said.

UMBC led at halftime 52-24 with 13 assists on their 34 baskets. UMBC shot an amazing 61.8-percent from the field while holding Messiah to just 27.6-percent from the floor. UMBC already hit eight of their 3-pointers at a 50-percent rate and dominated the rebounding battled 22-11.

Out of the gate to start the game, UMBC went on a 10-0 run, capped off by a 3-pointer by Sherburne. That prompted a Messiah timeout with 17:05 left in the first half. Following the timeout the Falcons had struggled to get their first basket until Neil Murren made a shot taken from outside with 15:28 left in the first half. Following that basket, Messiah went on a 13-7 run to cut the lead to five points at the mid-way point of the first half.

But UMBC was not about to let the game become competitive and ended the game on a lopsided 31-8 run with an acrobatic layup by KJ Maura beating the buzzer.

UMBC didn’t allowed their to be any sort of a letdown in the second half either, not even after Messiah out-scored Retrievers by one through the first four minutes of the second half to slightly reduce the lead to 25 points at 60-35.

Messiah never cut the lead lower than 25. UMBC poured it one with 13-point run over the next four minutes to take a 73-35 lead following a 3-pointer by Sherburne. The lead got to as many as 40 points at 85-45.

“We just read 0-0 on the board at halftime. Today is a day to focus on getting better,” first-year UMBC head coach Ryan Odom said. “We’re only as good as out last half, our last possession and we wanted to play with some energy and enthusiasm to avoid a letdown in the second half.”

Messiah was able to spark a nine-point run to get back within 31 points off a layup by Josh Darville, but they made it 85-54 with only 4:38 left. UMBC was in no danger of suffering a comeback defeat. But just to make sure, they capped the game off with 10 of the final 15 points scored.

UMBC finished the game shooting 58.3-percent from the field and 58-7-percent from distance on 33 attempt. Messiah finished the game shooting 36.1-percent from the field. Logan Long led the Falcons with 11 points that included three made 3-pointers.

“Coming off a big win at Duquesne we really did not have any letdown,” Odom said. “I felt like our guys focused in and did what they had to do to win the game and our charge throughout the game was we just gotta keep trying to get better. Today was a day for us to improve and I thought we did that.”

Odom did not make Lyles’ injury to seem very serious, describing it as him having a “bad back.” Rodney Elliott started at point guard in place for Lyles and dished a game-high six assists to go with nine points. Jourdan Grant made his second start of the season and contributed 10 points off two 3-pointers to go with five assists.

UMBC will be back in action against Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday, Dec. 7 for the first of a two-game road trip. UMBC will then go to Richmond before returning home to host beltway rival Towson on Dec. 17.

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Zain Ahmed

Staff Writer
When Zain was a youngster his brothers were huge sports fans, but would only watch occasionally and wasn't a huge sports fan at the time. That would all change when he was in fourth grade and his father gave him his first two sports jerseys. He got an Elton Brand Clippers jersey and Derrick Brooks Buccaneers jersey. Those gifts jump-started his sports fandom, especially for basketball and football. Zain began to follow sports more than ever and even started to play a bit. When in high school he wrestled and played rec basketball. In 2014, his love for sports expanded even more with the World Cup. That got him interested in soccer and the English Premier League. After high school there were no more sports for Zain to play anymore, so to continue his passion for sports he moved into writing.

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