Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC men's basketball took care of business in their season opener against Valley Forge, 134-46, setting numerous school records in the process. Dimitrije Spasojevic (Vrsac, Serbia) and Nathan Johnson (Adel, Iowa) each dropped 20 in the win.
The Retrievers move to 1-0 on the year.
UMBC jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The Retrievers used an 18-3 run early on to take a double-digit lead. That would extend to 20-3 after Nathan Johnson hit a layup to force a Patriot timeout.
From there, Valley Forge would cut into the deficit to just 11 after a pair of triples, but a big steal and dunk by Daniel Akin (London, England) ended the run, propelling a 24-3 run to end the half that gave UMBC a 68-24 lead at the break.
Johnson ended the half with 10 straight points to lead all scorers with 13. Ricky Council II (Durham, N.C.) and Dimitrije Spasojevic each chipped in 10 points. The Retrievers shot a blistering 69.4 percent from the floor, going 7-14 from three.
The 68 points scored were the most in a single half in program history. The previous best was 62 against George Mason in 1978.
The trend continued in the second half with the Retrievers putting together a 20-5 run, scoring 12 straight to put the game away. Every Retriever who got in the game scored, with nine players hitting double figures in a 134-46 victory.
Spasojevic and Johnson finished with 20 points each. Darnell Rogers (Baltimore, Md./Indian Land (SC)/New Mexico JC) and Jack Schwietz (Frisco, Texas) each had a double-double with Rogers dropping 14 points and 10 assists and Schwietz adding 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Retrievers broke numerous records in the process, including margin of victory (88), points scored (134), two players with double-doubles, 20 plus assists in a game and field goals made.
UMBC returns to action on Saturday, November 9 at Florida Gulf Coast. Tip-off with the Eagles is set for 3 p.m.