BALTIMORE – UMBC junior forward Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) recorded career highs in scoring and rebounding, tallying 23 points and 10 caroms, as the host Retrievers bested Mount St. Mary's, 75-63, at the RAC Arena.
The Retrievers (3-8) have won two of their last three contests and won for the first time at home (1-3) this season. The Mount (3-7) saw its three-game winning streak halted and slipped to 0-7 on the road.
The game was tied at 32-all at halftime, but the Retrievers opened the second stanza on a 15-1 surge, taking a 47-33 lead with 14:19 remaining. Darley scored six points in the run, red-shirt sophomore guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) added five and freshman wing Joe Sherburne capped the rally with a trey from the left side.
The Mount was unable to trim the lead to single digits the rest of the way. They crept as close as 10 points down on two occasions, the second of which occurred when junior guard Will Miller buried his third trey of the half to bring his side to within 59-49 with 5:53 to play. But 30 seconds later, Sherburne countered Miller's three with his third of the game and the Retrievers went on to post their 20th all-time victory versus the Mountaineers.
Darley, who is now averaging 15.6 points per game since entering the starting lineup five games ago, hit 10-of-16 shots from the floor and corralled all of his rebounds on the defensive glass. His double-double was the first of the year for a Retriever player.
Elliott added 17 points. eight rebounds and six assists in a complete effort, while Sherburne chipped in with 15 points and six caroms.
Mount junior guard BK Ashe led his side with 23 points, but was the lone Mountaineer in double figures.
UMBC got off to a chilly 4-of-12 start from the floor and the Mount hit its first three shots from behind the arc to build a 22-10 lead at the 10:21 mark of the half. But, once again, junior guard Ben Grace (Baltimore, Md./The Gilman School) gave the Retrievers a huge boost coming off the bench. He buried back-to-back treys to spur a five-minute, 17-0 run which gave UMBC a 27-20 advantage. But the Mount took advantage of some late UMBC miscues and knotted the game at 32-all at the break.
UMBC hit 12-of-20 shots from the field in the second half and finished at 50 percent (24-of-48) for the game. They were also a tidy 8-of-18 from behind the arc, recording more than four treys at home for the first time this season. Mount St. Mary's converted 24-of-60 shots (40 percent), but misfired on 14 of their final 18 attempts from behind the arc.
The Retrievers outrebounded the Mountaineers, 37-29 and have won all three times when they have out-boarded their foes in a game.
UMBC completes its exam period next week and is off until Sat., Dec. 19 when they travel to Howard for a 4:00 p.m. contest. The game will be Aki Thomas' (Howard, '02) first versus his alma mater at Burr Gymnasium.