Dover, Del. (Dec. 6, 2017) --- UMBC trailed by five points at the half, but dominated the final 20 minutes in an 81-60 men’s basketball victory over Delaware State in Memorial Hall Wednesday evening. The Retrievers trailed 40-35 at the break, but outscored the Hornets 46-20 in the second half to improve to 6-4 this season. DSU dropped its fourth straight game to fall to 2-8.
Jairus Lyles led four UMBC players in double figures with 21 points, highlighted by 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range. K.J. Maura and Arkel Lamar added 15 points each for the Retrievers. Maura also knocked down five three-pointers in the game (5-8).
Jonathan Walker was high scorer for the Hornets, matching his career-high with 17 points. Simon Okolue recorded a double-double for Delaware State, tallying 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, and topping all players with 12 rebounds. Kavon Waller contributed a season-high 10 points for DSU.
Artem Tavakalyan came off the bench to score nine points, while Okolue, Walker and Pinky Wiley tallied eight points each to lead the Hornets to a 40-35 lead at the half.
Delaware State shot 51.6% percent from the field and outrebounded the Retrievers 20-13 in the first half.
UMBC scored the first 12 points of the second half, and pulled ahead 47-40 on a three-pointer by Joe Sherburne with 15:36 left to play.
The Hornets trailed 53-47 before another run by the Retrievers. UMBC outscored Delaware State 19-6 over the next six-and-a-half minutes, and opened up a 72-53 advantage after a three-ball by Maura at the 6:20 mark of the second half.
DSU could get no closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
The Retrievers were 16-for -30 from the field (53.3%), including 10-of-18 on three-point shots (55.6%) in the second half.
Delaware State hit just 7-of-23 shots (29.2%) overall and 2-of-9 from beyond the arc (22.2%) in the final 20 minutes.
The Hornets return to action on Sat. (Dec. 9) at Duquesne. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pa.