WASHINGTON -- Life on the road only gets tougher for struggling University of Maryland Baltimore County. After turning its worst performance of a 1-6 start, the Retrievers will travel to Iowa on Saturday.
Last night, George Washington (4-3) embarrassed the mistake-prone Retrievers, 98-50, before 2,322 at the Smith Center.
"All games are the same. You can't approach one any different than the other," said UMBC coach Earl Hawkins, whose club has played six of its first seven games away from home. "We've got to go to Iowa and play with some intensity. We've got to look at this game and learn."
Six minutes after halftime, GW coach Mike Jarvis was emptying his bench. It was to the Colonials' largest winning margin in six years.
"I thought the way the game started, it be a fight to the end, especially with [injured starters] Sonni [Holland] and Ellis [McKennie] out," said Jarvis, in his first season at GW after compiling a 101-51 mark in five seasons at Boston University. "Then, all of sudden, the guys started shooting and making one defensive stand after another."
UMBC never led, but trailed only 25-21 on Stanley Wright's layup with 6 minutes, 35 seconds left before halftime.
By halftime, the Colonials had expanded their advantage to 49-26.
Twenty straight points spanning halftime, including the first 15 of the second half, put GW ahead, 64-26, with 14:40 left in the game.
"We're not disciplined enough to be patient to run our offense," said Hawkins. "When we got open shots, we did not sink them."
UMBC finished the game making 19 of 60 shots (.317), including four of 19 (.211) from three-point distance.
From the line, the Retrievers made eight of 20 (.400).
UMBC committed 27 turnovers, 18 before halftime and 13 more than its season average. Many of the miscues were unforced.