With 17:15 to play in the first half UMBC looked to ready for a rout of Morgan State with an 18 points lead, but over the next five minutes Morgan State made a 19 point ru to get a one point lead.
While UMBC got the lead back with just over nine minutes left in the game, Morgan State outscored the Retrievers 25-8 after that to get the 72-57 win.
Though the team collapsed, they were not expected to win. Morgan State is expected to run away with the MEAC championship while UMBC is supposed to struggle in the America East.
But to come out that strong, assuming they won’t drop a lead like that very often, UMBC should be a decent team in the conference this year.
In the game it was the lone available senior Matt Spadafora who stepped up and led the team in scoring with 12 points.
The next highest man was Chauncey Gilliam, who was declared eligible less than 48 hours prior to the game. He scored 11 points in 23 minutes of action with four rebound while shooting 4-10 from the field.
Freshman Adrian Satchell showed a lot of promise as in his debut he came up just a point away from a double-double with nine, and ten rebounds.
Transfer Robbie Jackson recorded seven points and a block while fellow transfer Chris De La Rosa scored six points with five assists.
Off the bench freshman Shawn Grant scored six points off two threes, with five rebounds. Brian Neller scored a four points while Bakari Smith added two.
Next for UMBC is Loyola (MD) on Wednesday at 7:30 in the RAC. The game will be televised on MASN.