Men's Basketball Welcomes Manhattan in "Monday Night Hoops" Action

by: Ian Feldmann
by: Ian Feldmann

Manhattan at UMBC Game Notes 

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The UMBC men's basketball team welcomes Manhattan College in the first meeting between the two schools in non-conference action on Monday, Nov. 12. Opening tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+ with Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.


Retriever Review: 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.


UMBC (1-1) 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.


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.


Through two games, Horvath leads UMBC with 13.0 points per game, while Sherburne checks in at 12.0 points per outing. 


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… UMBC's last game against a MAAC school occurred in the 2017 CIT Tournament, when they edged Fairfield, 88-83, in a first round game played at UMBC.


A Glance at the Jaspers: Manhattan opened the season with a 62-56 loss to Elon at Draddy Gymnasium. The Jaspers never led, as a second-half rally from an 11- point halftime deficit fell short. Manhattan shot just 32.3 percent from the floor.


The hosts did get great effort off the bench, as they outscored Elon, 30-6.


Guards Nehemiah Mack and Thomas Capuano led the Jaspers with 10 points each. Capuano, a senior, added a career-best eight caroms and four helpers.


Manhattan returns two starters, including Capuano, from a squad went 14-17 a year ago. The leading returning scorer in junior forward Pauly Paulicap, who averaged 10.0 ppg and 6.9 rpg a season ago. He was the 2018 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year.


Under head coach Steve Masiello, the Jaspers won back-to-back MAAC title and went to the NCAA Championships in 2014 and 2015.


Up Next: UMBC departs for the Bahamas and the Bimini Jam on Wednesday. The Retrievers open the three-game tournament by taking on Air Force on Friday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m.