Princess Anne, Md.—The UMBC Retrievers fell, 65-52, at the hands of the UMES Hawks on Tuesday night on the eastern shore. Wayne Sparrow led the Retrievers with 12 points, as they fall to 0-6 on the year.
The opening half saw UMES step on the gas and not let go. Before too long the Hawks had a 9-5 lead at the first media timeout, and extended that to 22-7 with 11:13 to go. UMES used a 13-2 run over that time, fueled by a trio of threes by Devon Walker.
UMBC fell behind 27-7 by the next media timeout, as the Retrievers went ten minutes between baskets. Wayne Sparrow (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances) broke the scoreless drought with a monster dunk in transition, followed up by an and one to cut the deficit to 27-12.
However the Hawks would withstand the rally, and close the half with a 39-16 lead. UMES shot 51.9% from the field, including a blistering 53.8% from three. UMBC shot 28% from the field in the opening stanza.
UMBC came out firing in the second half. The Retrievers outscored the Hawks 16-8 over the opening seven minutes. The Retrievers got their offense going, thanks in part to a pair of steals from Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding). Following the transition bucket from Grant, Sparrow laid down yet another rim rattling dunk, forcing a UMES timeout, trailing 45-31.
UMES would weather the rally from the Retrievers and extend their lead to 20, at 53-33 with just under eight minutes to go.
The Retrievers would make their final push late, with Aaron Morgan (Langhorne, Pa./Council Rock North) hitting the transition three plus the foul to cut the deficit to just 13, at 59-46. However it would not be enough, as UMES held on to win 65-52.
UMBC shot just 38% for the game, including 22% from three. Sparrow leads the way with 12 points on five of 13 shooting.
The Retrievers return to the court on Thursday, December 4, when they travel to George Washington. The matchup with the Colonials begins at 7:00 p.m.