The UMBC Retrievers departed Baltimore at 7 a.m. on Friday to beat Winter Storm Jonah and make it to Burlington, Vermont where they will take on the Vermont Catamounts on Sunday, Jan. 24 at Patrick Gymnasium. Tip-off time for the America East Conference contest is slated for 1:00 p.m.
The contest will be broadcast on www.americaeast.tv and 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 (5-15, 1-4 AE) dropped its third straight as visiting Hartford never trailed and scored a season-high 98 points in a 98-87 victory over UMBC at the RAC Arena on Thursday evening. UMBC sophomore guard Jairus Lyles led five Retrievers in double figures with 24 points.
The Retrievers would rally late, trimming an early second half 16-point deficit of 59-43 to 84-80 after a Lyles run-out and layup with 2:42 remaining, but could not get any closer down the stretch.
Lyles (25.3 ppg) has debuted with a flourish, scoring 24 or more points in all but one of his outings and the Retrievers are averaging 80.9 points per game during Lyles' brief tenure.
However, America East foes have averaged 85.6 points per game and are shooting a combined 53 percent from the floor against the Retrievers through five games.
In his return after missing the 2014-15 season due to injury, red-shirt sophomore guard Rodney Elliott is averaging 14.0 points and leads AE with 4.4 assists per game in league play. Freshman wing Joe Sherburne has scored in double figures in 16 of his first 20 intercollegiate games and averages 13.2 points per contest. Sherburne's 50 treys lead UMBC and he is already has sunk the fourth-most by a Retriever freshman in school history. Junior forward Will Darley is the fourth Retriever in double figures at 11.2 points per contest.
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: Vermont (11-9, 3-2 AE) has won all three of its league road contests, but is 0-2 in AE contests at Patrick Gym to date. Most recently, the Catamounts edged Binghamton, 61-52, in Vestal on Thursday. Junior Kurt Steidl led UVM with 16 points as the visitors hit 8-of-15 attempts from behind the arc.
Four Catamounts average in double figures, led by sophomore guard Trae Bell-Haynes, who averages 12.4 points per game. Senior post Ethan O'Day posts 11.0 points and a team-best 6.2 caroms per game, while Steidel comes in at 10.8 points per outing.
LAST YEAR'S MATCH-UPS AND THE SERIES: The Catamounts extended their winning streak over UMBC to 17 straight with three victories over the Retrievers in 2014-15. The two squads met in the AE quarter-finals in March, and the host Catamounts came away with a 66-39 victory. Darley led UMBC with 14 points and 9 caroms in that contest.
Overall, UVM has won 26 of 30 match-ups and 12 of 13 at Patrick Gym. UMBC won three times in the 2007-08 versus Vermont, posting their lone triumph in Burlington that championship campaign.
WHO'S UP NEXT: The Retrievers will face Binghamton in Vestal, N.Y. on Wednesday evening, Jan. 27.