North Bimini, The Bahamas – UMBC graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) led all scorers with 24 points and junior forward Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H.) led the way in overtime as the Retrievers outlasted Air Force, 77-72, in double overtime in the augural game of the Bimini Jam.
UMBC has won three straight and improved to 3-1 on the season, while a game Air Force squad fell to 1-2.
Curran scored 9 of UMBC's 15 overtime points and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Tied at 66 entering double overtime, Curran hit a long baseline jumper to give the Retrievers a two-point lead. But AFA knocked down a trey and had the ball with less than 1:45 to play. But Curran rebounded a Falcon miss, then fed sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) tor a trey with 1:35 remaining which gave the Retrievers the lead for good.
A nice lob pass from Horvath to Curran resulted in a layup to give UMBC a 73-69 lead, but, after a free throw by Horvath, the Falcons trimmed the deficit to 74-72 on a trey with 22 seconds remaining. Junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) made one of two free throws one second later, giving Air Force a chance to send the game to a third overtime.
But Jackson rebounded the miss of a Falcon trey and found Curran, who punctuated the victory with a dunk with five ticks on the clock.
Sherburne hit 9-of-14 shots from the floor and 4-of-7 from long range. He surpassed two players to move into 15th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list, now with 1,152 points.
Despite a tough shooting night, Jackson added 11 points, 4 assists and 4 steals, while Horvath also scored 11. Along with Curran, junior forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) recorded a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 11 caroms.
Air Force was led by guard Sid Tomes, who scored 20 points.
The Falcons led by as many as 7 points in the first half, as they shot 56 percent from the floor, making 11 of 15 shots inside the arc in the first 20 minutes. They settled for a 33-29 lead after one half.
UMBC trailed, 41-35, with 13:01 to play in the second half and had misfired on 15 of their first 20 treys of the night. But they strung together a 15-7 run, highlighted by consecutive makes from long range by Sherburne, Horvath and Lamar.
There were six lead changes in the final 10 minutes of the second half. The Retrievers had the last opportunities at the end of regulation and the first overtime, but could not convert, setting up the 50-minute affair.
UMBC will face High Point, a 60-56 winner over South Dakota in the nightcap, on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The Retrievers will meet South Dakota on Monday at 6:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.