Every sports fan most likely knows the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off the first-ever men’s 16-seed victory, 74-54 over Virginia Friday evening, but Abilenians might not know that a crucial part of the Golden Retrievers’ roster was once a Wildcat.
Now senior UMBC guard, K.J. Maura, came to ACU and played half of his freshman year of eligibility before being dismissed from the team after the Wildcats’ January 24, 2015 game against Incarnate Word. Maura averaged 1.9 points per game in 195 minutes and came away with 30 total assists in the season.
After earning Junior College All-America honors at the College of Central Florida, Maura transferred to UMBC and took over the point guard role. In addition to becoming the America East Conference’s shortest player to ever be awarded Defensive Player of the Year, at 5’8″ Maura averaged 11.3 points per game and just under two steals per game for the Retrievers this season.
Unfortunately for the Retrievers and all the Cinderella Story fans out there, UMBC fell in the round of 32 last Sunday, 50-43 against Kansas State. Maura posted 10 points in his final game for the Retrievers.