Baltimore, Md.—UMBC men's basketball heads up I-695 for a Wednesday matinee against Towson on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m at SECU Arena.
Retriever Update: The Retrievers are coming off a 103-93 loss to Howard on Saturday, Dec. 19. The Bison used stout free throw shooting to keep the Retrievers at bay, going 34-40 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) led the Retriever attack with 27 points and ten rebounds in his first outing as a Retriever. Both were career highs for Lyles, who spent one year at VCU.
Four other Retrievers reached double figures with junior Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney/Fishburne Academy) pouring in 21 and nine boards. Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.), Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll), and Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) added 16, 13, and 12 respectively.
Sherburne leads the team in minutes per game (34.1), and ranks second in the America East in that category. He is third in the league in scoring at 13.4 points per game, the most among freshman.
Scouting the Tigers: Towson sits at 8-4 on the year, including a perfect 5-0 record at SECU Arena. The Tigers are coming off an 88-47 against Rio Grande on Sunday, in which five Tigers hit double figures. William Adala Moto led the team with a double double against Rio Grande (12 points, 11 boards).
Byron Hawkins leads the Tiger offense, averaging 14.9 points per game, shooting 44.9% from the field. Adala Moto has made his presence known for Towson, averaging 13.5 ppg and 7.4 rpg in his first season since transferring from Wake Forest.
Nationally, the Tigers rank fourth in total rebounds (503) and seventh in free-throw attempts (313).
Series History: Towson leads the all-time series, 36-20, including wins in the last two meetings and a 77-66 victory at the RAC a year ago. UMBC holds a 5-3 advantage in contests at Towson dating back to 2000.
Up Next: UMBC closes out 2015 with a home matchup with UMES on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m.