Baltimore, MD. – Graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) posted his first double-double of the season, and the UMBC defense held visiting Stony Brook to a season-low for points as the Retrievers defeated the visiting Seawolves, 57-49, in front of 2,260 rowdy fans at the UMBC Event Center on Wednesday night.
Sherburne finished with a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds as UMBC (14-9, 6-2) picked up its fifth straight win while holding Stony Brook (17-5, 5-2) to 22-points below its season average (71.6 ppg), and just 2-for-22 from three-point range.
With the victory, the Retrievers moved into second place in the America East, a half game behind Vermont.
Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, CT.) and R.J. Eytle-Rock (London, England) each scored 10 points and added six and five rebounds, respectively. Junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, TX) tallied nine points and added five rebounds.
Both teams started off sluggish offensively, with the game tied at six over seven minutes in. Ricky Council II (Durham, NC) then dunked a back-door pass from Nolan Gerrity (Cleveland, Ohio), but Stony Brook answered with five straight points. Council II then tied the game at 11 with a three, and Jose Placer (Orlando, Fla.) hit a three of his own with 9:12 left in the half to put the Retrievers ahead for good at 14-11. UMBC would eventually take a 26-20 lead into the half.
The Retrievers sprinted out to an early 13-point advantage in the second half, but then went scoreless for nearly five minutes midway through the half as the Seawolves closed the deficit to just six (39-33). However, Sherburne pulled down a defensive rebound, quickly passed to Jackson, who fed Lamar for a corner three in transition to push the UMBC advantage back to nine.
A Stony Brook dunk again cut the lead down to seven (54-47) with under six minutes remaining, but Jackson knocked down a three moments later to end the threat. The Seawolves would get no closer than seven points.
Each team finished with 38 rebounds, while UMBC had 12 assists on 19 baskets compared to just six assists on 17 baskets for the visitors. Stony Brook held a 24-16 points in the paint advantage, while the Retrievers forced 14 Stony Brook turnovers.
UMBC is the final team in the America East to have a bye, as the Retrievers will not return to action until next Wednesday when they host Hartford at 7 p.m. The Hawks won an overtime thriller, 66-64, when the teams last met in Connecticut on January 9.