Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC men's basketball got off to their best start since the 2016-17 season thanks to a 60-48 win against Georgian Court on Saturday. The Retrievers had to fight off a pesky Lions team, and were aided by a career-high 23 points from Darnell Rogers (Baltimore, Md./Indian Land (SC)/New Mexico JC). Head coach Ryan Odom also recorded his 100th career victory on Saturday.
UMBC moves to 4-0 on the year, while the Lions remain at 0-2 with this game not counting against their overall record.
Rogers led all scorers with 23 points on 7-11 shooting, 5-8 from three. Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) added 13 points and 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double. Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) and Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H.) made their season debuts for the Retrievers, coming off of injuries to start the year.
Georgian Court would jump out to an early lead in the first half, but the Retrievers would get back-to-back buckets from Brandon Horvath and L.J. Owens (Annapolis, Md./Severn School/William & Mary) to help give UMBC the lead at the first media timeout.
From there, UMBC would struggle from the field before Darnell Rogers broke a scoring drought with back-to-back jumpers to help push the lead out further. That would spark a 7-0 run from Rogers on his own to give UMBC a seven-point lead.
The Retrievers would go on another scoring drought, but once again, Rogers ended the dry spell with a three. That sparked the Retrievers at the end of the half holding the Lions on the board, forcing five turnovers over the last six munites to take a 31-21 lead into the locker room.
Rogers led the way with 13 points on 5-6 (3-4 3FG) shooting. Horvath added 11 points and five rebounds, as UMBC shot 43 percent from the floor, holding the Lions to just 29 percent shooting.
The Retrievers came flying out of the gates in the second half, putting together a 6-0 run to force an early timeout. However, the Lions responded with a 7-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to just six. Georgian Court would continue to push, cutting the deficit to as little as three late in the game.
UMBC would come up big down the stretch, making all six of their free throws with under a minute to go to seal a 60-48 victory.
The Retrievers will now embark on a three-game road swing, starting with LSU on Tuesday, Nov. 19 before heading to the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic. Tip-off with the Tigers is set for 7 p.m. est (6 p.m. CT) on SEC Network.