The UMBC Retrievers continue their three-game road swing on Saturday, Dec. 2 when they travel to Farmville, Virginia to take on Longwood University. Tip-off time for the contest at Willett Hall is slated for 5:00 p.m.
Paul Mittermeier will have the call on Q1370 (www.q1370.com), beginning at 4:55 p.m. and the Big South Network will provide live streaming of the Retrievers-Lancers match-up. Live stats will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com and fans can also follow via the men's basketball program's Twitter feed (UMBC_MBB). Access of live stats and video is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: A gritty effort by visiting UMBC came up a bit short, as Bowling Green overcame a halftime deficit to defeat the Retrievers, 72-64 at Stroh Center on Wednesday evening. Freshman wing Joe Sherburne tied his season high with 19 points, while red-shirt sophomore guard Rodney Elliott added 16 points and 7 assists. UMBC (1-7) has dropped four straight since an 81-72 at Northern Colorado on Nov. 21, but has been a tough road team, with a scoring margin of -6.5, despite contests at Wake Forest, St. John's, Northern Colorado and Bowling Green.
In his return after missing the 2014-15 season due to injury, Elliott leads UMBC with 13.5 points per game and scored in double figures in his first six contests. He is third in America East with 3.9 assists per game and seventh in scoring. Freshman wing Joe Sherburne is second on the squad at 13.4 points per game (8th, AE) and leads the team in 3-point field goals (20, 2.5 per game, T3 in AE) and steals (13, 1.6 per game, T3 in AE).
Since opening the season 28-of-58 (48.3%) from the charity stripe, UMBC is 105-of-135 (77.8%) in its last five games. The Retrievers have attempted 36 more free throws than its foes.
LANCER UPDATE: Longwood opened Big South play on Wednesday, and fell, 90-66, at High Point. HPU hit 11-of-19 shots from beyond the arc and scored 22 points off 19 Lancer turnovers. LU's senior forward/center Lotanna Nwogbo led his side with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Longwood has dropped five of six since opening the campaign with wins over Randolph (69-49) and LaRoche (89-65). One of those setbacks was a 92-82 defeat at Maine.
Nwogbo leads four Lancers in double figures with 15.6 points per game and he also chips in 7.0 rebounds per outing. Sophomore forward Khris Lane is the leading rebounding with 8.5 per contest, including 25 offensive caroms and he scores 11.9 points per contest. Longwood is an outstanding shooting club at 45.6% FG, 39.2% 3pt. FG and 76.6% FT.
SERIES NOTES: Last December 14, UMBC guard Wayne Sparrow scored a career high 20 points, leading three players in double figures and the Retrievers captured their first victory of the season, outlasting Longwood, 58-53, at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers hit 11-of-17 shots from the floor in the second half and ended up at 50 percent (19-of-38) for the game. UMBC held Longwood (3-7) to 33.8 percent shooting and sent the Lancers to the free throw line only three times.
Last season's meeting was the first between the two schools at the Division I level. The two schools were members of the NCAA DII Mason-Dixon Conference from 1982-86. Longwood had won four straight in the series and still holds a 6-3 overall series advantage. UMBC is 0-4 in games played in Farmville.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC completes the road swing when they face Duquesne in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Dec. 8 (7:00 p.m.).