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UMBC edges Binghamton 61-58 in A-East action

UMBC edges Binghamton 61-58 in A-East action

VESTAL, N.Y. (AP) Brian Neller scored all of his 18 points on 3-point baskets, leading Maryland-Baltimore County to a 61-58 win over Binghamton Wednesday night in America East action.

Neller, 6 for 13 from beyond the arc, got help from Chase Plummer, who scored 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

The Retrievers (5-16, 3-5) led by 27-26 at halftime. But they held on as the Bearcats (3-18, 1-7) lost for the 14th time in their last 15 games.

Jordan Reed scored a game-high 21 points for Binghamton, but that wasn't quite enough. Not even with Jimmy Gray's 11 points.

Ryan Cook's second trey with 3:06 remaining gave UMBC the lead for good, 55-53, with 3:06 remaining. Binghamton's Roland Brown missed the second of two free throws to cut the lead to one. UMBC held on.

The Retrievers were a decisive 10 for 24 on treys. Binghamton went 4 for 20, with three by Gray.

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Gerardo Parra 'overwhelmed' by 'Baby Shark' tribute on Nationals World Series ring

Gerardo Parra 'overwhelmed' by 'Baby Shark' tribute on Nationals World Series ring

The Nationals' 2019 World Series rings managed to capture just about every aspect of the team's unforgettable run to their first-ever championship. 

Included on the inside of the ring was a special tribute to "Baby Shark," which of course was Gerardo Parra's walkup song and eventually became the anthem for Washington's postseason run. Parra saw the design and posted a heartfelt message on Instagram thanking the organization for honoring him. 

"I’m completely overwhelmed about the honor the Washington Nationals organization gave me in our World Champions ring we earned last season," Parra wrote. "I can not say thanks enough to the organization and, of course, our fans, because you were the ones that made the Baby Shark song our anthem. I just feel really blessed and I want to say that I will be forever grateful for being a part of the Washington Nationals history!"

Now Parra's World Series ring matches his "Baby Shark" tattoo he got shortly after the Nats won the title. He may have only been in Washington for a year, but he left an everlasting mark on the franchise and its fans 

Parra unfortunately won't play in the majors in 2020 after signing a one-year, $2.5 million contract with a $3 million vesting option for 2021. 

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Maryland's Serrel Smith Jr. is transferring, leaving a hole at point guard

Maryland's Serrel Smith Jr. is transferring, leaving a hole at point guard

Maryland sophomore guard Serrel Smith Jr. will transfer the team announced on Tuesday. Without him, the Terps have completely lost their true point guard depth from last season. 

Smith played in 27 games last season off of the bench, almost exclusively as Anthony Cowan Jr.'s backup. In only eight minutes of action a game, he scored 40 points total on 56 shot attempts. 

He will have to sit a year unless the 6-foot-4 guard obtains a waiver. Smith will have two years left of eligibility left. 

"I want to thank Maryland and Coach Turgeon for these past two years - they've been nothing but amazing," Smith said in a school release. "My time at Maryland was filled with memories and relationships that I will always cherish! After careful consideration, I have decided to enter my name into the NCAA transfer portal and explore my options."

The Terps were already extremely thin at the point guard position before the announcement of Smith's decision to transfer. As a four-year starter, Cowan held the position down for several seasons without much need for depth on the bench. Even in a limited capacity, Smith did not show that he could rise to be a starter next season. 

Eric Ayala ran some sets last year at the point and is likely going to be the starter next season. Primarily, he has been the two-guard in his two years with Maryland. Ayala as the point guard will allow Darryl Morsell and Aaron Wiggins to be on the floor at the same time. 

Point guard was a position that Turgeon and his staff were heavily targeting in the grad transfer market. In each instance, they missed out on bringing one to College Park.

Two incoming freshmen, Aquon Smart and Marcus Dockery, who signed their letter of intent could also provide some relief at the position according to Verbal Commits. Neither should be expected to rise to be a starter in their first year.

Smith is the third Terp to transfer this offseason. The fifth since the start of the 2019-20 season. 

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