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RETRIEVERS TAKE THE BATTLE OF BALTIMORE
For the second consecutive year, the UMBC Retrievers (2-0) won the Battle of Baltimore Classic, upending Towson (1-1), 73-54, to capture the tournament. Tournament Most Valuable Player Peter Mulligan led the Retrievers with 20 points. Also earning All Tournament Team honors were junior guard Malik Wallace (14 points) and sophomore swingman Ron Yates (21 points vs. Loyola). The Retrievers never trailed, jumping out to a 21-6 lead eight minutes into the game, buoyed by six points each by Mulligan and junior reserve guard Kareem Washington. The Tigers would slice into the lead as UMBC cooled off from the floor, but the Retrievers maintained a 33-24 advantage at intermission. UMBC came out of the locker room on fire, as Mulligan scored 13 points in the first eight minutes of the half, keying a 18-6 run which put the Retrievers ahead, 51-30 with 12 minutes to play. The Tigers did not get closer than 14 points the rest of the way, as the Retrievers forced 25 turnovers and permitted just 38 Tiger attempts from the floor. Mulligan added 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals, and hit 8 of 17 shots from the field. Junior guard Justin Wilson hit 5 of 6 from the floor en route to 15 points, as UMBC hit 27 of 55 from the floor and were an efficient 4 of 8 from three-point range. UMBC has now defeated TU four straight times, and has won 5 of the last 6 BOB games. The Retrievers are off until Thursday, November 29, when they open NEC play at St. Francis (PA).