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Digest: UMBC men's basketball beats Liberty to reach CIT semifinals

The UMBC men's basketball team defeated visiting Liberty, 80-68, on Sunday to reach the semifinals of the College Insider Tournament.

UMBC improved to 21-12, reaching the 21-win mark for just the second time in the school's 30-year Division I history. The 2007-08 America East championship team and NCAA qualifier holds the record for victories with 24.

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Liberty's season came to a close at 21-14.

Five Retrievers scored in double figures, led by junior guard Jairus Lyles, who had 20 points. Lyles also had a game-high eight rebounds and added five assists. Senior forward Will Darley (Dulaney) finished with 18 points. Junior guards K.J. Maura and Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) and sophomore forward Joe Sherburne added 11 points each.

UMBC converted all 17 free throw attempts, surpassing the previous record of 12-for-12 against Penn in November 2010.

The Retreivers will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (23-11) in the semifinals on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Et cetera

Terps baseball takes two of three against No. 18 Michigan

Marty Costes (Archbishop Curley) had two hits, a run scored and an RBI, but the host Maryland baseball team fell, 6-2, to No. 18 Michigan on Sunday after winning the first two games of the series. The Terps (15-8, 2-1 Big Ten) lost their first home game of the season. Michigan (17-6, 1-2) bounced Terps starting pitcher Tyler Blohm (Archbishop Spalding) in a three-run fourth inning. On Saturday night, Madison Nickens' eighth-inning sacrifice fly drove in Nick Dunn with the winning run as host Maryland earned a 5-4 victory. Maryland tied the game at 4 in the sixth inning on Will Watson's solo home run. In the eighth, Dunn singled to shortstop and moved to third on a single by Watson before Nickens' fly to right field brought him home. Terps starting pitcher Taylor Bloom of Severna Park allowed three runs in five innings before turning the game over to Ryan Hill, who went two scoreless innings. Andrew Miller earned the first win of his career with a spotless eighth, and Ryan Selmer picked up his third save with a scoreless ninth. Maryland opened its Big Ten season Friday night by beating the Wolverines, 7-2, behind 10 strikeouts over eight innings by Brian Shaffer (North Harford).

Women's college lacrosse: Samantha Giacolone matched her career high with 13 saves and No. 16 Notre Dame (9-4, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a three-game losing streak with a 16-7 victory over host No. 8 Syracuse (8-3, 2-1). ... Kylie Ohlmiller had two goals and a career-high eight assists to lead No. 9 Stony Brook (8-1, 1-0 America East Conference) to a 14-2 win over host New Hampshire (0-10, 0-1). ... Michaela Michael scored six goals to lead No. 10 Southern California (7-3) to a 16-7 win over Ohio State (6-7) in Mountain Lakes, N.J. ... Stephanie Asher scored six goals to lift No. 14 Elon (8-2) to a 15-7 victory over visiting Davidson (2-5). ... After trailing 5-3 at halftime, No. 17 Northwestern (5-5) scored four unanswered goals in the first 2:31 of the second half for a 12-8 victory over visiting Louisville (9-4).

Baseball: Former Orioles outfielder Drew Stubbs has opted out of his minor league contract with the Twins, according to the Pioneer Press. Minnesota informed Stubbs on Sunday that he wasn't going to make the big league roster. Stubbs, 32, was hitting .139 with 15 strikeouts in 36 spring at-bats.

College esports: The Big Ten Network will air the first live esports match in network history when Maryland takes on Illinois in the BTN League of Legends Championship today at 6 p.m. at the NA LCS Battle Theater in Los Angeles. The match also can be seen on BTN2Go. Monday's winner will compete in the League of Legends College Championship, which features the eight best college teams from across the continent. Maryland went 4-1 in the East and advanced by beating Ohio State, which stunned top-seeded and unbeaten Michigan in the division semifinal.

College basketball: The University of Maryland Hillel will host the seventh annual National Hillel Basketball Tournament to determine the best men's and women's Jewish teams in the country Thursday to Sunday in College Park. More than 60 teams from universities across the country are expected to participate. The tournament raises money to support Jewish campus life. For details, go to hilleltournament.com.

Basketball fundraiser: The Towson Rec Room and Rec Room Patio will host the Brother for Others Final Four Fundraiser, an evening of college basketball and community Saturday to benefit the Brian Cosgrove Memorial Scholarship Fund at Loyola Blakefield. Brian Cosgrove, a lifelong Towson resident who played basketball for the Dons and at Johns Hopkins, died in May at the age of 36 after a year-long battle with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. "Brian loved the game of basketball — and he loved Baltimore. The idea to create an event that brings together all the facets of his life in Baltimore, with the goal of creating a scholarship for a student in Baltimore was a natural fit," said Michael Morgan, president of MJ Morgan Group and the event's lead sponsor. Until his death, Brian worked for MJ Morgan, along with his younger brother Patrick, chair of the Brian Cosgrove Memorial Scholarship. Sponsorships, donations and tickets for the event, which sell for $75 each and a team of 10 for $675, are available at finalfourfundraiser.com. Tickets include dinner, beer, wine, basketball viewing and live music by The Ravyns' Rob Fahey.

Minor league baseball: The High-A Frederick Keys named Erin Lawson marketing manager; Mike Dunn head groundskeeper; Evan Dennis home clubhouse manager; Kelly Wallace sponsorship account manager; Kyle Huson, the son of former Oriole Jeff Huson, broadcast, community relations and public relations assistant; Trever Sheets video production assistant; Kevin Hernandez (UMBC) marketing assistant; Brandon Kline and Ben Underwood (Towson University) box office assistants; Vernon Koslow home clubhouse manager; and Cannon Schrank operations assistant.

Youth basketball: Athletes for Better Education will be holding a regional tournament at Garden Spot High in Lancaster, Pa., from March 31 to April 1. There will be eight age divisions for both boys and girls. They are: 10 and under, 11 and under, 12 and under, 13 and under, 14 and under, 15 and under, 16 and under, and 18 and under. Each team will be guaranteed three games. There are a limited number of spots available in each division. The deadline to register is today. For more information and to register, go to afbe.org, call Jason Bieber at 866-906-2323 or email him at jbieber@afbe.org.

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