Emmitsburg, Md.— UMBC men's basketball got a career best 28 points from Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) on 6-6 shooting from three in a 78-70 win against Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday night. The win moves UMBC to 7-1 on the year.
The Retrievers improve to 7-1, their best start in program history. The win also extends their win streak to three. The win also give UMBC their best start to a season in Division I history.
Mount St. Mary's drops to 1-9, who was playing their first home game of the season.
The Retrievers used a big 11-0 run to open the second half, taking a lead they would not relinquish. During the run, Sherburne netted three of his six trifectas, which ties his career best. The sophomore set the mark at Duquesne just a week ago.
The Mountaineers tried to cut into the deficit, getting a three and a subsequent steal to cut the Retriever lead to ten. However UMBC would answer back with a pair of layups from Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) and Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) to quell the run.
Lyles ended with 24 points, his third 20-point performance of the season. Darley had eight points on 3-6 shooting, going 2-2 from the charity stripe.
The first half saw both sides play even early, with the Mountaineers taking a lead into the locker rooms, thanks to an 8-0 run midway through.
UMBC as a team shot 47.2% from the field, going 6-12 from three, all six hit by Sherburne. The Retrievers out rebounded the Mount 38-33 after being out-rebounded in the first half.
Elijah Long led the Mountaineer offense with 17 points, as four Mountaineers hit double figures in the contest.
UMBC returns to the court on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Richmond with a 7:30 p.m. tip.