Durham, N.H. – Junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) tallied a game-best 21 points, while graduate student Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) added 14 points and nine rebounds as the UMBC Men's Basketball team used a late surge to push its win streak to four games and defeat host New Hampshire, 59-51, on Saturday afternoon.
UMBC (13-9, 5-2) made just eight field goals in the second half, but was 10-of-11 from the free throw line to help get past the Wildcats.
The Retrievers out-rebounded UNH (3-16, 1-5) by 11 (38-27) including winning the offensive board battle 8-4. UMBC was able to convert those rebounds into 10 second chance points, compared to just two for the hosts.
UMBC forced two turnovers on the first two Wildcat possessions and converted it into five points, forcing an early UNH timeout. The game was eventually tied at 14 when Sherburne scored on four consecutive possessions, those eight points pushed him over the 1400 career total mark.
The Wildcats cut the deficit to 22-18, but Jackson made a layup and that was followed by a Jose Placer (Orlando, Fla.) three. UNH rattled of five straight quick points, but Placer made a driving layup and senior Nolan Gerrity (Cleveland, Ohio) tipped-in a missed shot from Sherburne right before the buzzer to send UMBC into the half with a 31-23 lead.
UNH came out in the second half firing, but Jackson scored the first seven points of the half for the Retrievers to keep it an eight point lead at 38-30. After the hosts scored six straight to cut the UMBC lead to 38-36, Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, CT.) tallied six consecutive points to once again make it an eight-point Retriever lead. However, the Wildcats would then finally tie the game with eight-straight points.
Jackson got his own rebound and made a jumper to restore the UMBC advantage, but UNH would hit a three moments later to take its first lead of the game at 47-46. After a few empty possessions for both teams, Sherburne hit a jumper from the foul line to restore the Retriever lead, and seconds later, R.J. Eytle-Rock (London, England) hit an open three in transition after a Wildcat miss to make it a four-point lead. The freshman would add a tough layup 45 seconds later to put UMBC up six. UNH would cut it to four, but the Retrievers would hit all their free throws to put the game away.
The four-game winning streak ties a season-high for UMBC, who return home to host first place Stony Brook on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The game will be a blackout as fans are encouraged to wear black. The first 300 students will receive a black "Sharpie" t-shirt.