Marquette Defeats UMBC in Collegiate Debut of Fiserv Forum

photo by: Ricky Bassman
photo by: Ricky Bassman

MILWAUKEE – Host Marquette got out to an early 12-4 lead and never trailed, defeating UMBC, 67-42, in the opener for both teams.

The contest was first-ever played by the Golden Eagles in the brand-new Fiserv Forum, the home of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.

Marquette received the second-most votes of all teams receiving votes in the pre-season Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Junior forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) led UMBC with 11 points, while graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) reached a career milestone in an 8-point effort.

Playing in front of family and friends, the Wisconsin native moved into 17th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list, passing former teammate Will Darley. The graduate student now has 1,099 points.  

The Retrievers missed 10 of their first 13 shots from the floor and fell behind, 20-6, with 13:02 to play in the first half. But back-to-back treys by sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) and Lamar sliced the lead to 20-12, forcing a Marquette time out.

The Golden Eagles scored the next five points, but Sherburne went on a personal 8-0 run, hitting a follow-up lay-in, before burying back-to-back treys. But with their lead down to 25-21, MU went on a 9-0 run to lead 34-21 with 3:52 remaining in the half and led, 37-24, at the break.

UMBC attempted four more field goals than did the host, but only converted 9-of-35 in the stanza. Lamar (9), Sherburne (8) and Horvath (7) were the only Retrievers to hit the scoring column in the first 20 minutes.

The Retrievers held Marquette to just seven points in the first 9:37 of the second half, but went over eight minutes without scoring and could not cut into the deficit.

UMBC entered the season with the nation's longest road winning streak (tied with others) at five.

The Retrievers open the home schedule on Saturday when they welcome Shenandoah. Tip-off time is set for 1:00 p.m.