Charleston, S.C. – UMBC (5-4) senior guard K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) led six Retrievers in double figures as UMBC defeated The Citadel (3-5), 98-72, in the consolation game of the Bulldog Bash.
Maura, who averaged 14.5 points per game and 7.5 assists per game in the two games, was tabbed to the All-Tournament Team.
The victory was UMBC's first road win of the campaign.
Junior forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) added 16 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the floor. He became the eighth player in school history to reach the 150-trey plateau.
A pair of freshmen also recorded season highs for the Retrievers. Forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) scored 15 points and added 7 rebounds, while guard Josh Rosario (Miami, Fla.) added 13 points and 4 assists.
UMBC led for all but 23 seconds, but The Citadel trimmed a 13-point halftime deficit to 52-46 early in the second half. But Rosario scored 11 consecutive Retriever points, including three treys, in the midst of a 23-10 run, to give the visitors a comfortable 75-56 lead with 7:49 remaining.
The Retrievers knocked down 16 treys and hit 36-of-78 overall (46.2 percent) from the floor. They held the Bulldogs 19 points below their scoring average and to 35.3 percent shooting overall and 20.7 percent (6-of-29) from behind the arc.
Maura knocked down his three treys as UMBC extended an early 17-10 advantage to 27-10 with 10:30 to play in the first half. The Retrievers increased the margin to 21 points at 35-14 on a Sherburne trey with 8:22 to play in the half. But the UMBC would miss 9 of its final 11 field goal attempts of the half and, despite hitting only two (of 13) first half treys, the Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 44-31 at intermission.
UMBC continues with four straight road games as they travel to Dover, Del., to take on Delaware State on Wednesday, Dec. 6.