Road-Tested Men's Basketball Faces Test at Explosive Duquesne Tuesday Evening

Road-Tested Men's Basketball Faces Test at Explosive Duquesne Tuesday Evening

UMBC at Duquesne Game Notes, Dec. 8 2015

Coming off a victory at Longwood on Dec. 5, the UMBC Retrievers (2-7) conclude their three-game road swing on Tuesday, Dec. 8 when they travel to Pittsburgh to tangle with high-scoring Duquesne University (6-2). Tip-off time for the contest at A.J. Palumbo Center is slated for 7:00 p.m.

 

Paul Mittermeier will have the call on Q1370 (www.q1370.com), beginning at 4:55 p.m. and the Atlantic 10 Digital Network will provide live streaming of the Retrievers-Dukes 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.

 

RETRIEVERS' UPDATE: UMBC has proved to be a tough out on the road (2-3, -3.0 ppg scoring margin) as the Retrievers proved on Saturday with a 70-59 victory at Longwood. After falling behind 22-7 in the first 10 minutes, UMBC concluded the first half on a 30-8 run and never looked back in the final 20 minutes. The Retrievers shot a season-best 52.1 percent from the floor and buried a season-high ten treys. Red-shirt sophomore guard Rodney Elliott led four Retrievers in double figures with 18 points.

 

In his return after missing the 2014-15 season due to injury, Elliott leads UMBC with 14.0 points per game and has scored in double figures in eight of his first nine contests. The Baltimore native is tied for third in America East in scoring and is tied for fourth with 3.7 assists per game. Freshman wing Joe Sherburne is second on the squad at 13.6 points per game (5th, AE) and leads the team in 3-point field goals (23, 2.6 per game, T3 in AE) and steals (14, 1.6 per game, T2 in AE).

 

Senior post Cody Joyce, who is expected to compete in his 100th collegiate contest at Duquesne, added 16 points at Longwood and averages 10.4 ppg and a team-high 5.8 caroms per contest. 

 

Since opening the season 28-of-58 (48.3%) from the charity stripe, UMBC is 115-of-149 (77.2%) in its last six games. The Retrievers have attempted 42 more free throws than its foes.

 

DUKES' UPDATE:  A veteran-laden Duquesne team is 6-2 entering the contest, in the wake of a 96-75 loss versus cross-town rival Pitt. The Dukes have scored 70 or more points (average 85.2) in all eight games to date and are 16th in the nation in field goal percentage (50.3%) and 19th with 83 treys converted. The Dukes have impressive victories over Penn State (78-52) and Western Kentucky (81-73) this season.

 

Maryland native Derrick Colter leads the Dukes with 19.3 points per game and the 5-11 guard is expected to make his 100th consecutive start versus UMBC. Running mate and classmate Micah Mason averages 16.1 points per game and is a 48.9 percent shooter from behind the arc in his career in Pittsburgh.

 

SERIES NOTES: UMBC shot 50.8% from the floor, but Duquesne topped that at 59.6% and the Dukes edged the Retrievers, 94-88, two seasons ago on Dec. 4, 2013 in Pittsburgh. Rodney Elliott (18 pts., 9/9 ft) and Will Darley (9 pts., 3/3 fg), then freshmen, combined to score 27 points for the visitors.  Two of UMBC's three set-backs to Duquesne, all played on the road, have been decided by seven points or less.

 

DU also won match-ups in in the late autums of 2005 (76-69) and 2010 (101-69). 

 

WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC returns home in the midst of its exam period to entertain in-state rival Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, Dec. 12. Tip-off time is slated for 1:00 p.m.