The UMBC Retrievers will try to bounce back from a tough overtime home loss when they take on the Hartford Hawks on Thursday, Jan. 21 at the RAC Arena.. Tip-off time for the America East Conference contest is slated for 7:00 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 poured in 29 points, but the Retrievers (5-14 overall, 1-3 America East) missed all eight field goal attempts in overtime and fell, 95-89, in extra time to visiting UMass Lowell on January 16.
UMBC freshman wing Joe Sherburne sent the game into overtime by burying a 3-pointer just before the horn. But the visiting River Hawks scored on the first possession of overtime and never trailed in the final 4:38 of the contest. Lyles, who scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half, only took a pair of shot attempts in the overtime period.
Lyles (25.5 ppg) has debuted with a flourish, scoring 204 points in his first eight contests. He has scored 24 or more points in all but one of his outings and the Retrievers are averaging 80.1 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 14.1 points per game after scoring a season-high 24 points vs. UML. Sherburne has scored in double figures in 15 of his first 19 intercollegiate games and averages 12.9 points per contest. Sherburne's 47 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 11.5 points per contest.
HAWK UPDATE: Hartford (6-13, 1-3 AE) has dropped five of its last six, but half of the Hawks' wins have occurred on the road. On Thursday, UH matched up at home with Stony Brook and the Seawolves cruised to a 77-43 victory. Red-shirt junior guard Evan Cooper came off the bench to lead UH with 10 points, but SBU held Hartford to 29.4 percent shooting in the game.
Red-shirt junior guard Pancake Thomas leads the Hawks at 15.6 points and 6.4 caroms per outing. Freshman, George Blagojevic contributes 11.2 points per game The Hawks have converted 41 more treys than their foes and five Hawks average more than one trey made per game. UH struggles on the glass, with a -11.3 rebound margin, but leads the America East with a +2.6 turnover margin.
LAST YEAR'S MATCH-UPS AND THE SERIES: Hartford won a pair of nail-biters versus UMBC in 2014-15, triumphing, 65-63, at the RAC Arena in February and outlasting UMBC, 55-52, in West Hartford a month later. With the sweep and three consecutive wins overall, UH grabbed a 14-12 overall lead in the series. UMBC has won seven of the 12 contests played at the RAC Arena.
WHO'S UP NEXT: The Retrievers play the next two on the road, starting with a 1:00 p.m. Sunday contest at Vermont.