Men's Basketball Drops Bimini Jam Finale to South Dakota; Lamar Named Tournament MVP

Men's Basketball Drops Bimini Jam Finale to South Dakota; Lamar Named Tournament MVP

North Bimini, The Bahamas – South Dakota forward Trey Burch-Manning scored a game-high 20 points and led the Coyotes to a 58-52 victory over UMBC in the final game of the Bimini Jam.

The loss halts a four-game winning streak for UMBC (4-2) and a two-game slide for South Dakota (3-2).

Despite the setback, junior forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) joined him on the All-Tournament Team. Lamar averaged 11.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the three-game set, and Horvath averaged 9.3 points and 6.7 rebounds.

The Retrievers could not overcome poor shooting throughout, as they converted only 17-of-52 field goal attempts and 5-of-24 from behind the arc. After a solid first half from the charity stripe (7-of-8), UMBC misfired on 6-of-12 in the second half, stalling their hopes of a rally.

Lamar led UMBC with 13 points. Junior wing Ricky Council (Durham, N.C.) reached double figures for the first time in his career and was the only other Retriever in doubles with 10 points.

UMBC trailed, 35-31, at the half, but scored the first five points of the half to take a 36-35 lead. But USD's Brandon Armstrong hit a desperation three at the end of the shot clock on the next possession and the Retrievers would never lead or tie the game again.

UMBC would go over eight minutes without scoring a field goal as the Coyotes built the lead to 52-44 with 2:19 remaining. After an exchange of basketball, UMBC freshman guard Jose Placer (Orlando, Fla.) hit a jumper and converted a USD turnover into a layup to slice the lead to 54-50 with 63 seconds remaining.

The Retrievers would force another Coyote miscue, but a hurried Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) trey from the corner rimmed out and South Dakota hit two free throws to essentially close out the game.  

UMBC forced 21 South Dakota turnovers, but produced 18 miscues of their own.

Burch-Manning hit 8-of-10 shots from the floor and 4-of-5 from long range. He was the only player that attempted more than three shots to convert more than half of their attempts.

UMBC started brightly, causing four turnovers in the opening sequence of play and taking a 9-0 lead at the 15:40 mark. But South Dakota fought back, scoring 11 of the next 12 points to slice the lead to one. Lamar recorded consecutive steals and pounded home dunks on the ensuing two possessions to give the Retrievers a 15-10 lead, but, led by the marksmanship of Burch-Manning, USD outscored UMBC, 16-5, to snag a 26-20 advantage with 3:48 remaining in the half.

The Retrievers misfired on 10 of their first 11 shots from behind the arc, but, after a sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) connected from long range, junior guard Ricky Council (Durham, N.C) knocked down two straight to get the Retrievers to within 33-31. But Burch-Manning hit a short baseline jumper with six seconds to play in the period to give the Coyotes a 35-31 halftime lead.

After a chilly start, USD shot 52.2 percent (12-of-23) in the first 20 minutes, while UMBC struggled at 37.0 percent (10-of-27).

UMBC returns to Baltimore on Tuesday and will host American on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1:00 p.m.