Men's Basketball Hopes to Keep Protecting Home Court as Retrievers Welcome UML in Saturday Noon Clash

Men's Basketball Hopes to Keep Protecting Home Court as Retrievers Welcome UML in Saturday Noon Clash

UMass Lowell at UMBC, Jan. 16 2016

The UMBC Retrievers search for their fourth consecutive home victory on Saturday, Jan. 16 when they host the UMass Lowell River Hawks. Tip-off time for the America East Conference contest is slated for 12:00 p.m.

 

The contest will be broadcast on Q1370 AM, www.q1370.com and streamed on www.americaeast.tv with Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.  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 sophomore guard Jairus Lyles led all scorers with 24 points, and the Retrievers trimmed a 17-point deficit down to three points midway through the second half, but America East preseason favorite Stony Brook weathered the storm and prevailed, 86-74 at IFCU Arena.

The Retrievers (5-13 overall, 1-2 America East) have split their last four outings. 

 

Lyles (25.0 ppg) has debuted with a flourish, scoring 175 points in his first seven contests. His 27 points at Howard was the most ever by a UMBC Division I player in a debut and he became the first Retriever to score 20 or more points in his first four appearances in the black and gold. The Retrievers are averaging nearly 79 points per game during Lyles' brief tenure.  

 

In his return after missing the 2014-15 season due to injury, red-shirt sophomore guard Rodney Elliott is averaging 13.5 points per game. Freshman wing Joe Sherburne has scored in double figures in 14 of his first 18 intercollegiate games and averages 13.1 points per contest. Sherburne's 45 treys lead UMBC and he is already has sunk the seventh-most by a Retriever freshman in school history. Junior forward Will Darley is the fourth Retriever in double figures at 11.7 points per contest.

 

RIVER HAWK UPDATE: After getting out to an impressive 4-4 start, which included a victory at Boston College, UML has dropped seven of its last eight outings to fall to 5-11 overall and 1-2 in America East play. The River Hawks are 4-2 at home and 1-9 on the road this season, with the lone victory coming at BC, a 68-66 triumph.

 

In their last outing, UML dropped a 95-81 decision to Maine at home on Wednesday. Red-shirt sophomore guard Jahad Thomas led UML with 19 points and 7 rebounds, but UML allowed 21 Maine offensive rebounds and were outscored, 23-9, on second chance points.

 

Thomas leads a balanced attack with 12.6 points per game. He is shooting 57.5 percent from the floor and also leads the club with 7.3 caroms per contest. Six River Hawks have converted a dozen of more treys, including freshman guard Isaac White (10.4 ppg), who has buried 34 of his 83 (41 percent) tries. 

 

LAST YEAR'S MATCH-UPS AND THE SERIES: A depleted UMBC team lost a late second half lead and fell to the River Hawks, 73-61, in overtime in the America East lid-lifter at the RAC Arena on Jan. 7. UML outscored the Retrievers, 13-1, in the extra session. Cody Joyce posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. In the rematch, the Retrievers trailed just, 35-34, at the half, but scored only 17 second-half points in the 67-51 loss in Lowell on Feb. 5.

 

UML has won all four games in the series, holding the Retrievers to an average of 56.8 points per contest.

 

WHO'S UP NEXT: The Retrievers stays home and will entertain AE rival Hartford on Thursday, Jan. 20. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.