March Madness created brief distraction from money-hungry NCAA
Well, that was nice.
Villanova won the NCAA men's basketball tournament with an old-fashioned college team, nary a one-and-done in sight. Vanquished Michigan was constructed in similar fashion by John Beilein, voted the sport's cleanest coach in a CBS poll of 100 coaches last year.
UMBC’s NCAA fairytale ends but memories will last forever
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — UMBC's improbable run through the NCAA Tournament was brief. The statement the Retrievers made and their place in history is forever.
For one weekend in March, the tiny commuter school from Baltimore known for its academics and championship-winning chess team captured the hearts of the college basketball world and beyond. UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 in March Madness, a victory over Virginia that made the Retrievers the ultimate Cinderella.
After posting huge upset, UMBC guards turn eyes to Kansas State
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jairus Lyles says fellow UMBC guard K.J. Maura is "annoying" in practice.
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber says the 5-8, 140-pound Maura is "a little pest" after studying him on game film.
Maura breaks into a wide smile when relayed the comments - like he has been paid the biggest compliment in the world.
"Oh, I'm definitely a pest, but I have to do that for my team to be successful - and I try to do that at a high level," Maura said.
Grad player, 5-8 point guard comprise UMBC’s tough backcourt
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jairus Lyles says fellow UMBC guard K.J. Maura is "annoying" in practice.
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber says the 5-foot-8, 140-pound Maura is "a little pest" after studying him on game film.
Maura breaks into a wide smile when relayed the comments — like he's been paid the biggest compliment in the world.
"Oh, I'm definitely a pest, but I have to do that for my team to be successful — and I try to do that at a high level," Maura said.
UMBC downs Hartford 75-60, faces Vermont in finals
BALTIMORE (AP) — K.J. Maura scored 18 points with three 3-pointers and five assists, Arkel Lamar added 13 points with eight rebounds, and No. 2 seed UMBC beat third-seeded Hartford 75-60 in Tuesday night's America East Conference Tournament semifinal.
Jairus Lyles added 13 points with two steals and Jourdan Grant had 11 points for the Retrievers (23-10), who hit 10 3s and advance to Saturday's championship game against top-seeded Vermont.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jairus Lyles scored 18 points and had five steals and Maryland-Baltimore County used a second-half surge to break a string of four straight post-season losses with an 89-77 defeat of UMass-Lowell in an America East Conference quarterfinal on Saturday.
The game was the first tournament game UMBC has hosted at the four-year-old RAC Center. The second-seeded Retrievers (22-10) advance to the AEC semifinal round Tuesday.
Lyles leads 2nd-half charge in UMBC’s 68-60 win over Albany
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jairus Lyles scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half and UMBC rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat Albany 68-60 on Sunday, snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Great Danes.
K.J. Maura scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half with Joe Sherburne finishing with 14, reaching 1,011 career points.
Albany (20-9, 8-6 America East) led by one before UMBC (19-9, 10-3) finished the final 3:06 on a 12-3 run with Lyles scoring six points and Maura four.
UMBC leads throughout to beat Binghamton 78-68
VESTAL, N.Y. (AP) — Joe Sherburne had 24 points and K.J. Maura added 16 while dishing out six assists as Maryland-Baltimore County led throughout and beat Binghamton 78-68 on Thursday night to claim sole possession of second place in the America East standings.
Arkel Lamar added 13 points and Jairus Lyles had 11 for UMBC.
The Retrievers (17-9, 8-3) had their three-game win streak halted Saturday when conference leader Vermont rolled over them, 81-53.
Vermont spoils UMBC’s debut of new arena 81-53
BALTIMORE (AP) — Drew Urquhart scored 18 points, Payton Henson and Trae Bell-Haynes added 16 each as hot-shooting Vermont beat UMBC 81-53 in the debut of the Retrievers' new Event Center on Saturday.
Sherburne helps UMBC hold off Binghamton 69-57
BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Sherburne scored 18 points, including a dagger of a 3-pointer from the corner to blunt a comeback and Maryland-Baltimore County defeated Binghamton 69-57 Wednesday night.
Lyles, Maura lead UMBC to 89-62 win over UMass Lowell
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Jarius Lyles scored 21 points and K.J. Maura added 17 on 6-of-7 shooting, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, to help Maryland-Baltimore County beat UMass Lowell 89-62 on Saturday.
Joe Sherburne also hit 5-of-6 3-pointers and finished with 15 points and Arkel Lamar scored 14 for UMBC (12-7, 3-1 America East). The Retrievers shot 58 percent (33 of 57) from the field, including 64 percent (16 of 25) from behind the arc — both season highs.
UMBC rallies late to beat Maine 72-67
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Jairus Lyles scored 16 points with seven rebounds and UMBC rallied late to beat Maine 72-67 on Wednesday night.
Joe Sherburne added 15 points for the Retrievers (11-7, 2-1 America East). K.J. Maura had 12 points and Daniel Akin had 11 points and seven rebounds. Arkel Lamar led the team with nine rebounds.
Lyles sank a jumper early in the second half to give UMBC its biggest lead, 41-30, with 18:26 to play. Maine replied with a 15-3 run and took a 45-44 lead with 13:57 left.
Vermont beats UMBC 71-56 behind Henson
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Payton Henson scored 14 points with a career-high 13 rebounds and Vermont beat UMBC 71-56 in its America East Conference home opener on Saturday night for its fourth straight win and 22nd straight win against the Retrievers.
Trae Bell-Haynes scored 13 and Ernie Duncan had 12 for the Catamounts (11-5, 2-0), who outrebounded UMBC 44-26 and shot 46 percent from the floor.
Maura with 21 points leads UMBC over The Citadel 98-72
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — K.J. Maura scored 21 points with seven assists and six rebounds and led six players in double-figure scoring as Maryland-Baltimore County beat The Citadel 98-72 on Saturday afternoon.
Joe Sherburne added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Retrievers (5-4). Arkel Lamar had 15 points and nine rebounds, Brandon Horvath had 15 points and seven rebounds, Josh Rosario had 13 points and four assists and Max Curran chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds.