Baltimore, MD – Junior Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc./Whitefish Bay) and sophomore Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn./St. Thomas More) led the UMBC men's basketball team to victory over Chicago State, 84-73, at the RAC on Thanksgiving Day in the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament.
Sherburne contributed a season-high 19 points on 6-13 shooting, going 5-9 from distance, while Lamar added 17 points, shooting 6-10 from the field, and was perfect from beyond the arc, knocking down all five of his three point attempts.
The Retrievers started sluggishly, falling behind, 12-2, and not hitting their first field goal until the 14:14 mark, when Sherburne connected on a trey. That prompted a 14-2 response by UMBC, which gave the hosts a 16-14 advantage at the 11:35 mark. The Cougars scored the next five points, but the Retrievers started to find the range from behind the arc and outscored CSU, 25-11, to take a stanza-best 11-point margin at 41-30. They would settle for a 44-36 advantage at the break.
Sherburne, who hit three of four first half treys, recorded 13 points in the first half alone. The rest of the squad only converted 9-of-29 shots from the floor.
The second half kicked off with a Lamar three-pointer, and a layup from Chicago State's Anthony Harris, to put the UMBC lead at 47-38. UMBC would hold onto a double-digit lead for most of the half, never allowing the Cougars to get within less than nine points.
The Retrievers would take their largest lead of the match of 18 points after an 11-2 run, which included two treys from Sherburne, one from guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) and a layup from forward Max Portmann (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider), to put the score at 74-56.
UMBC did not record a field goal in the final 3:30 of the match, but made their free throws and defended well down the stretch to come away victorious.
The hot shooting continued for UMBC from distance, shooting 46.7% (14-30), marking their fourth consecutive game shooting over 40%. The Retrievers also recorded 21 assists on 26 made shots, with guards Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) and K.J. Maura (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Arlington Day County) dishing out seven each.
UMBC forced Chicago State into 23 turnovers, and recorded a season-bests in steals and blocks with 10 and six, respectively.
Chicago State was led by guard Glen Burns with 15 points on 7-8 shooting.
The Retrievers are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host the winner of Thursday's Nicholls State-Presbyterian game. The match will be broadcast on ESPN3, thirty minutes after the first game concludes.