Men's Baskletball Falls at Northern Kentucky

Men's Baskletball Falls at Northern Kentucky

Highland Heights, Ky. –Drew McDonald scored 21 points and Dantez Walton added 19 as host Northern Kentucky defeated UMBC, 78-60, at BB&T Arena.

Graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) led the Retrievers with 18 points, hitting 8-of-10 field goal attempts. Sherburne moved into 14th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list, passing Jay Greene ('09), now with 1,197 points.

UMBC got off to a solid start on both ends of the court, taking leads of 9-0 and 13-2 after junior Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) hit a short-range jumper at the 14:17 mark. When Sherburne knocked down a jumper with 8:33 to play in the frame, the Retrievers led, 19-9.

But the Retrievers would only hit one more field goal and missed two free throws in the final 8:33 of the half. NKU scored 16 consecutive points to take a 25-19 lead, and, after a Sherburne field goal ended the 4:24 drought, the Norse tallied the final 14 points of the half to take a 39-21 advantage into the locker room.

Sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) scored 16 of his 17 points for the Retrievers in the second half, but UMBC could not slice into the deficit.

UMBC freshman guard R.J. Eytle-Rock (London, England) saw extensive time in the second half and contributed a season-high 6 points.

Last season's regular season Horizon League regular season champions are off to their best-ever start at 8-1. UMBC dropped its third straight and fell to 4-4 on the season.

UMBC returns to Baltimore and face local rival Coppin State on Monday, Dec. 3. Tip-off time on the Eagles' campus is set for 7:00 p.m.