College Basketball

State basketball roundup: UMBC throws scare into Wake Forest before losing, 78-73

Injuries and suspensions hit Wake Forest before Friday night's season opener. Add foul trouble and poor defense and the host Demon Deacons were in danger of a shocking upset to start coach Danny Manning's second season.

Then the big guys took over.


Devin Thomas, the brother of former Terp Alyssa Thomas, had 21 points and 17 rebounds, Dinos Mitoglou added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Wake Forest relied on inside muscle to hold off hot-shooting UMBC, 78-73.

"We didn't shoot the ball well from 3, but we got second-chance points and rebounded the ball well," Manning said. "Our bench came in and gave us 15 points. So we've got some things to build on, but we've definitely got to get better."


The Retrievers, who went 4-26 last season, hit nine 3-pointers, led with under 7 minutes left, and got within 72-71 on Rodney Elliott's steal and layup with 1:45 left.

But Wake Forest hit enough free throws down the stretch and used a 59-36 rebounding edge to avoid the upset.

"We don't have our horses," Thomas said.

The Demon Deacons, who went 13-19 last season, had eight scholarship players available with top scorer Codi Miller-McIntyre recovering from a broken foot and Cornelius Hudson and Rondale Watson serving suspensions.

"We've got to play better defensively. We turned the ball over [16 times]," Thomas said. "It's good for these guys to go through adversity right now."

Jourdan Grant matched a career-high with 20 points for UMBC (0-1), which missed 13 of 25 free throws.

Elliott and Malcolm Brent added 13 points each and freshman Joe Sherburne scored 12 for UMBC in a game that included 48 fouls and 55 free throws.

UMBC started 9-for-20 from 3-point range but missed its last five attempts. Daquon Ervin's layup with 6:47 left tied it at 66.


But Wake Forest had 24 offensive rebounds, 25 second-chance points and wore down the Retrievers inside despite shooting 39 percent from the field and 3-for-20 from 3-point range.

UMBC coach Aki Thomas: "A lot of it attributes to their size. They were bigger and stronger."

"A lot of it attributes to their size," UMBC coach Aki Thomas said. "They were bigger and stronger."

Sherburne was 5-for-17 from the field in his college debut.

The Retrievers lost, 71-34, to Virginia Tech in their last game against an Atlantic Coast Conference team, in the 2009-10 season.

Elliott, the 2013-14 America East Rookie of the Year from John Carroll, was held to 22 foul-marred minutes in his first game since suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in last year's opener. He hit three of six 3-pointers.


Florida 59, Navy 41: The Midshipmen came close to pulling off a stunning upset of Michigan State in the inaugural Veterans Classic last year.

Navy wasn't quite as competitive against a similar major conference opponent in the second installment of the Annapolis event.

The Gators had too much firepower on offense and used their superior length to play lockdown defense in easily handling the Mids in the second half of a doubleheader Friday night.

Sophomore forward Devin Robinson led a balanced attack with 13 points and Florida took advantage of its depth and up-tempo pace in wearing down host Navy.

Top-ranked North Carolina, led by Kennedy Meeks with 25 points, beat Temple, 91-67, in the earlier game.

--Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group


No. 6 Virginia 86, Morgan State 48: Mike Tobey had 15 points and eight rebounds and the host Cavaliers shook off early shooting problems to beat the Bears in the season opener for both teams.

Virginia missed 12 of its first 13 shots before pulling away with a 24-9 run at the end the first half and a 17-0 burst at the start of the second.

Kyle Thomas led Morgan State with 14 points. The Bears trailed just 16-14 before Tobey began the Cavaliers' decisive run with a layup and a dunk.

Tennessee State 86, Loyola Maryland 71: The visiting Tigers scored 21 of the game's final 27 points to rally past the Greyhounds in the season opener for both teams.

Wayne Martin scored 27 points and had 21 rebounds for Tennessee State. Tyler Hubbard had 21 points for the Greyhounds.

Eastern Kentucky 107, Coppin State 80: Jarelle Reischel scored a career-high 21 points and JaVontae Hawkins added 19 with five assists to lead the host the host Colonels over the Eagles in the season opener for both teams.


Kansas State 80, UMES 53: Wesley Iwundu scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half and finished with 10 rebounds, and Justin Edwards added 17 points to help the host Wildcats beat the Hawks in the season opener for both teams.

Devin Martin led UMES with 18 points while Bakari Copeland scored 14 and added eight rebounds.


Virginia Commonwealth 73, Coppin State 42: Keena Samuels scored 12 points, but the visiting Eagles fell to the Rams in the season opener for both teams.

Columbia 70, UMBC 68, OT: The host Retrievers were outscored 9-7 in overtime and fell to the Lions in the season opener.

Hofstra 65, Navy 63: Taylor Dunham (17 points) made a 3-pointer with 1:06 left to give the visiting Mids a 63-60 lead, but the Pride scored the final five points.


Sarita Condie scored 17 for Navy.

Georgetown 71, UMES 60: TeAmber Burke scored 15 points, but the host Hawks fell behind 17-7 after the first quarter and never recovered. Dorothy Adomako had 24 points for the Hoyas.

William & Mary 76, Mount St. Mary's 74: The host Mount couldn't overcome a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and fell to the Tribe.

Loyola Maryland 57, Lipscomb 52: Bri Betz-White had 23 points and the visiting Greyhounds (1-0) outscored the Bisons (0-1) 24-18 in the fourth quarter.