BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) recorded career highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds in posting his first career double-double as the Retrievers scored a school record 64 second-half points in a 93-45 victory over Shenandoah.
The Retrievers evened their record at 1-1, while the game was an exhibition for the NCAA Division II Hornets.
It was a very special day for Horvath, who competed against his younger brother, Alex, a freshman for the Hornets. The younger Horvath knocked down a three in the second half and a light moment occurred when he was given assessed a flagrant foul for hooking Brandon in the post.
Four Retrievers scored in double figures, including graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.), who scored all 16 of his points in the second half. Junior forward Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H.) added 12 points and junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) added 10 as 11 of the 12 Retrievers dressed hit the scoring column.
Junior forward Christopher Chaney led the Hornets with 12 points.
UMBC led only, 29-24, at the break, after committing 11 first-half miscues and misfiring on 9-of-12 treys. But they scored at will in the second half, hitting 12 of their first 15 field goal attempts and 5-of-6 from long range in the first 8:19 of the second half. The Retrievers opened the stanza on a 36-6 run to lead 65-30 at the midpoint of the half.
Junior guard Ricky Council II (Durham, N.C.) triggered the beginning of the surge by converting the first trey of his UMBC tenure and adding another at the 15:50 mark. Sherburne also knocked down a pair of treys in the opening stages of the half, while Horvath added a dunk on a drive down the lane and a long ball as well in the Retriever flurry.
Horvath hit 7-of-8 shots from the floor, while Curran converted 6-of-7 and Sherburne finished at 7-of-10. UMBC made 26 second half field-goals in 38 attempts (68.4 percent) and finished the contest at 58.5 percent (38-of-65).
Jackson added six assists and a pair of steals in his second career game, while Curran complemented his 12 points with 9 caroms in only 18 minutes of work.
Shenandoah was held to 27.1 percent shooting (16-of-59) for the game and suffered 20 turnovers.
UMBC has a short turnaround as the Retrievers host Manhattan in a first-time meeting on Monday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at https://bit.ly/2DyeaEG.
Notes: Sherburne became the 17th player to surpass the 1,100-point mark in school history (1,115)… UMBC is now 3-0 in home openers under Head Coach Ryan Odom and moved to 29-7 at home under the three-year bench boss… In addition to Council, freshmen Jose Placer (Orlando, Fla.) (7 pts.), R.J. Eytle-Rock (London, England) (5 pts.) and Jack Schwietz (Frisco, Texas) (5 pts.) all scored for the first time in the black-and-gold… Placer amassed five assists and no turnovers in the game.