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For UMBC men’s basketball, defense is a building block for success

For UMBC men’s basketball, defense is a building block for success

The most obvious objective in many sports is to score more points than your opponent does. That’s especially true in college basketball, but for the UMBC men’s program, limiting the opposition in that department is just as important.

“When we’re on defense, it’s almost sometimes like we’re two times more locked in just because that’s what we’ve got to do to win games,” junior point guard K.J. Jackson said.

A good portion of credit for the Retrievers’ 20-12 overall record, 11-5 mark in the America East and No. 3 seed in the conference tournament can be traced to their performances on the defensive end of the floor.

They held Albany to 54 points in Saturday’s eight-point...

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