BALTIMORE – UMBC shattered a school and an America East Conference record by knocking down 19 3-point field goal attempts and tied its best-ever NCAA Division I start after defeating Messiah (Pa.) College, 98-59, at the RAC Arena.
The Retrievers improved to 6-1 overall, which knots the 2007-08 America East championship team for the best start in 30 years of NCAA Division competition.
Messiah, a member of the NCAA Division III that played the game as an exhibition, remains at 2-3 on the season.
UMBC had knotted the school record of 17 treys in the opener vs. Hood College, then converted eight in the first half and 11 in the second half to set the new mark. The 19 treys is tied for the third-most in NCAA Division I competition this season. Eight different Retrievers converted from behind the arc, led by sophomore forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), who knocked down 4-of-6 in a 14-point effort.
Five Retrievers scored in double figures, led by freshman forward Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H.), who set season highs with 16 points and 8 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
Sophomore center Nolan Gerrity (Cleveland, Ohio) matched Sherb urne with 14 points and snared a game-high nine rebounds. Junior guards K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) and Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and added 11 and 10 points respectively.
Messiah sophomore wing Logan Long hit all three of his shots from behind the arc and led the Falcons with 11 points.
The Retrievers sprinted out to a 14-0 lead, forcing a Messiah time out just 2:45 into the contest. The Falcons, on the strength of some proficient three-point shooting, put together a 16-7 response and cut the deficit to 21-16 at the midway mark of the half, but Curran's two dunks on the fast break keyed a 16-3 surge which gave the hosts a 37-19 advantage three minutes later.
K.J. Maura capped a 61.8 team percent shooting effort in the first half with an acrobatic driving layup to provide UMBC with a 52-24 halftime edge.
The Retrievers converted 11-of-17 from behind the arc in the second half to cruise to the victory. UMBC had buried 12-of-25 shots from behind the arc in Wednesday's 81-72 upset victory at Duquesne.
Overall, UMBC shot 58.3 percent (35-of-60) from the floor and 57.6 percent (19-oif-33) from long distance. They outrebounded the Falcons, 44-22, and outscored the visitors, 30-10, in the paint.
The 98 points scored by UMBC is its most since tallying 111 versus Long Island University in February of 2002.
The Retrievers are averaging 11.1 made treys per game and are shooting 42.2 percent from behind the arc.
UMBC returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 7 when they visit Mount St. Mary's.