Iowa, City, Iowa-- The UMBC men's basketball team fell, 77-47, to Iowa on Saturday afternoon. Will Darley had seven points and eight rebounds to pace the Retrievers (0-8). UMBC shot 33% from the floor in the contest.
UMBC came out of the gates firing early, trailing by just four at the first media break, 10-6. Iowa would then hold the Retrievers scoreless over the next seven minutes, going on a 16-0 run over that span. Graduate student Wayne Sparrow (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances) would get a steal and put home the dunk to break the run with 8:30 remaining.
The Sparrow dunk sparked an 8-0 run by the Retrievers, led by the dunk, as well as a Devarick Houston (Jonesboro, Ga./Mays) trifecta and three points from Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney/Fishbourne Academy).
From there, Iowa would push ahead and close out the half on a 20-4 run, giving them a 48-20 lead at the break. Darley paced the Retrievers in the first half, scoring five points on 2-4 shooting. Cody Joyce (Churchton, Md./Southern) added four points, while Houston chipped in three.
The second half started out with the Retrievers playing hard nose defense, scoring a couple early buckets by Darley and Joyce. However the Hawkeyes weathered the storm, and hit back to back triples from Peter Jok.
Iowa would hold on late, winning 77-47. Joyce led the way with nine points, adding four rebounds. Darley chipped in seven points and eight rebounds for the Retrievers, who shot 33.3% from the field. Gabriel Olaseni and Peter Jok led the Hawkeyes with 15 each.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, December 10 against Central Connecticut State. The game with the Blue Devils begins at 7:00 p.m.