Due to the historic snowfall that hit the Baltimore area over the weekend, the UMBC Retrievers' men's basketball team travelled directly from Burlington, Vermont to Vestal, N.Y. where they will resume America East Conference play against the Binghamton Bearcats on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Tip-off time at the BU Events Center is slated for 7:00 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 (5-16, 1-5 AE) dropped its fourth straight as host Vermont edged the Retrievers, 79-72, at Patrick Gym on Sunday. UMBC sophomore guard Jairus Lyles scored a career-high 32 points and the Retrievers held a late lead at Vermont, but the Catamounts prevailed by virtue of a key 10-1 run down the stretch.
Lyles' 32 points is the most by a Retriever versus a Division I foe since Darryl Proctor netted 33 points versus Boston University on March 7, 2009. He also led UMBC with five rebounds and five assists and he added three steals.
Lyles (25.5 ppg) has scored 24 or more points in all but one of his ten outings and the Retrievers are averaging 80.1 points per game during Lyles' brief tenure.
However, America East foes have averaged 84.5 points per game and are shooting a combined 53.8 percent from the floor against the Retrievers through six league games.
In his return after missing the 2014-15 season due to injury, red-shirt sophomore guard Rodney Elliott is averaging 13.9 points and leads AE with 4.3 assists per game in league play. Freshman wing Joe Sherburne has scored in double figures in 16 of his first 21 intercollegiate games and averages 12.7 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 11.0 points per contest.
BINGHAMTON UPDATE: Visiting Binghamton (4-15, 1-5 America East) opened the second half with a decisive 19-4 run and then made seven free throws in the game's final minute to hold off UMass Lowell 64-57 Sunday afternoon at the Tsongas Center. Sophomore forward Willie Rodriguez led 14 of his game-high 17 points in the second and the Bearcats' pressure defense ran their turnover count up to 23 with nine steals in the period. Junior guard Marlon Beck netted 12 of his 17 points after intermission.
The win snapped a six-game slide for Binghamton. The Bearcats average a league-low 58.7 points per contest. Rodriguez leads the squad in scoring and rebounding at 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while Beck has netted a team-best 46 treys on the campaign.
LAST YEAR'S MATCH-UPS AND THE SERIES: Binghamton has won three straight in the series after UMBC had evened the all-time mark at 11-all with a five-game streak. Last season, the Bearcats triumphed, 69-55 at the RAC Arena in January and held off UMBC, 76-69 in the penultimate game of the season a month later in Vestal. Retriever guards Jourdan Grant and Ben Grace excelled versus the Bearcats last season, averaging 19.5 and 17.0 points per game respectively
WHO'S UP NEXT: The Retrievers return home after parts of seven days on the road on Saturday, Jan. 30 when they host the New Hampshire Wildcats. Tip-off time is set for 1:00 p.m.