BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) scored a career-high 22 points and graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) added 18 as UMBC concluded the non-conference slate with a 98-48 victory over Centenary (N.J.) at the UMBC Event Center.
The Retrievers will enter America East play with a record of 8-7 and will host the Maine Black Bears on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Horvath did not miss a shot, converting all six field goal attempts, including all three from behind the arc, and sunk all seven shots from the charity stripe.
Sherburne moved into a tie for tenth place on UMBC's all-time scoring list. He has amassed 1,307 points and is deadlocked with Chase Plummer, who competed from 2010-14.
UMBC came out aggressively on both ends, gradually building leads of 12-3, 24-9, 33-12, and 43-12 at the four media time marks. They held Centenary to just one 2-point field goal in the half, a desperation shot with 10 seconds left in the period. Jackson scored 12 points and recorded three steals, while Sherburne took his game inside, scoring 9 points and adding a team-high 6 caroms.
The Retrievers outscored the smaller Cyclones, 20-2, in the paint and 10-0 in fast break opportunities.
UMBC made 18-of-27 shots from the floor in the final 20 minutes and finished at a season-best 62.7 percent (37-of-59). They converted 13-of-27 from behind the arc as seven Retrievers knocked down treys.
Four other Retrievers finished in double figures – junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) tallied 14 points, while sophomore forward Daniel Akin (London, England) and freshman guards Jose Placer (Orlando, Florida) and Jack Schwietz (Frisco, Texas) all scored 10 points.
Centenary, which had won three straight and played the contest as an exhibition, is 4-9. Freshman guard Divine Anderson led the Cyclones with 14 points.
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