Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC men's basketball picked up a big 85-60 win against Drexel on Saturday thanks to four Retrievers scoring in double figures. Senior K.J. Jackson (Missouri City, Texas) led the way with 19 points, tying a season-high and Daniel Akin (London, England) who scored a career-high 18 points on 9-11 shooting.
UMBC snaps a three-game losing streak and moves to 5-3 on the year while Drexel falls to 4-4.
Jackson led all scorers with 19 points. Akin added 18 and three steals with Dimitrije Spasojevic (Vrsac, Serbia) and Jack Schwietz (Frisco, Texas) adding 15 and 10 respectively. The Retrievers shot 56 percent from the floor, going 63 percent in the second half. UMBC outscored the Dragons 56-16 in the paint and forced 20 turnovers that led to 30 points.
Sam Green led Drexel with 16 points with Zach Walton adding 13 and five rebounds.
Drexel came out of the gates with a quick 6-0 start forcing an early UMBC timeout. Following the timeout, Brandon Horvath (West River, Md.) hit a tough layup and the foul to cut the deficit in half. That would wake up the Retriever offense with Dimitrije Spasojevic scoring four fast points off the bench.
That sparked a 5-5 run from the floor with Jack Schwietz hitting a layup and a corner three to cut the deficit to one. That would become part of an 11-0 run that gave the Retrievers their first lead of the game, 23-22.
UMBC would suffocate the Dragons on defense in the first half, forcing 12 turnovers and using a 22-7 run over the last ten minutes to take a 38-29 lead at the half. Spasojevic led the way with 13 points with Jackson adding nine as UMBC shot 50 percent from the floor.
The Retrievers would not let up, opening the second half on a 13-0 run going 3-4 from three to extend their lead. That would open up to a 22-2 run before the Dragons snapped a three minutes scoring drought with the Retrievers leading by 30.
The Dragons would go on a 6-0 run late in the game, but Daniel Akin put the punctuation mark on the game with a thunderous one-handed slam as UMBC defeated Drexel, 85-60 on Saturday afternoon.
UMBC will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 3 against American. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. from Bender Arena in Washington, D.C.