Winston-Salem, N.C.—UMBC men's basketball fought hard in a 78-73 loss on Friday to Wake Forest. Sophomore guard Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) led the Retriever offense with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. UMBC falls to 0-1 with the loss.
UMBC would keep it close the entire first half, never trailing by more than five points all half. Every run that Wake Forest would attempt to put together, the Retrievers would seem to have an answer. The Retrievers took times with the lead.
The Retrievers took their largest lead of the game halfway through the stanza after a Jourdan Grant three pointer. After the Demon Deacons tied the game just moments later, Malcolm L. Brent (Silver Spring, Md./Kimball Union Academy) knocked down a trey to give UMBC a 20-17 lead. Wake Forest ended the half with a Devin Thomas layup to give the Deacs a 41-40 lead at the break.
Grant led all scorers with 13 points in the first half, going 3-5 from the field and 6-7 from the line. Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) added nine first half points on 3-4 shooting from beyond the arc.
The second half saw much of the same as the first, as UMBC continued to battle. The Retrievers opened the half with four points from Brent to give the visitors a 44-41 lead.
UMBC would keep Wake Forest in check, never letting the lead go more than five points. Wake Forest committed 16 turnovers in the game, thanks in part to hustle plays made by a slew of Retrievers. Brent scored on a break-away after freshman Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc./Whitefish Bay) forced a turnover. Classmate Sam Schwietz (Frisco, Texas/Johnson Ferry Christian Acad.) had a big block on Bryant Crawford midway through the half to add to the staunch UMBC defense.
The Retrievers had a chance late, but could not overcome the deficit, falling to Wake Forest 78-73 on Friday.
Grant finished the day with 20 points, five boards and five assists. Sherburne, Elliott and Brent each finished in double figures with 12, 13 and 13 each. UMBC as a team shot 40% from the field, including36% from three.
The Retrievers will head to St. John's for a Monday matchup with the Red Storm. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.