Men's Basketball Finishes First Half of League Season vs. UNH at Home Saturday Afternoon

Men's Basketball Finishes First Half of League Season vs. UNH at Home Saturday Afternoon

UNH at UMBC Game Notes, Jan. 30 2016

The UMBC Retrievers complete the first half of the America East Conference schedule and look to snap a five-game slide when they host the New Hampshire Wildcats at the RAC Arena on Saturday, Jan.30. Tip-off time is slated for 1:00 p.m.

 

The contest will be broadcast on Q1370AM, www.q1370.com and www.americaeast.tv with 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: A road-weary UMBC squad (5-17, 1-6 AE) produced its lowest scoring total in league play this season, posting only 57 points in a 66-57 setback at Binghamton on Wednesday evening.  The Retrievers had averaged 78.3 points per game in their six previous America East contests. But UMBC never got untracked against the Bearcats, shooting only 38.8 percent from the floor. 

 

Sophomore guard Jairus Lyles was held to a season-low 8 points, although he paced the Retrievers with 8 rebounds. Just three days earlier, Lyles scored 32 points at Vermont, the most by a Retriever versus a Division I foe since Darryl Proctor netted 33 points versus Boston University on March 7, 2009.

 

Lyles (24.4 ppg) has scored 24 or more points in all but two of his 11 outings and the Retrievers are averaging 78.0 points per game during his tenure.

 

In his return after missing the 2014-15 season due to injury, red-shirt sophomore guard Rodney Elliott is averaging 13.7 points and leads AE with 4.0 assists per game in league play. Freshman wing Joe Sherburne scored in double figures in 16 of his first 20 intercollegiate games and averages 12.3 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 10.6 points per contest.

 

America East foes have averaged 81.9 points per game and are shooting a combined 53.0 percent from the floor against the Retrievers through seven league games. 

 

WILDCAT UPDATE: UNH (11-9, 4-3 AE) had won three straight, until going ice cold from the floor in a 66-50 setback versus Vermont on Wednesday. The Wildcats converted only 14-of-59 field goal attempts (23.7%) against the Catamounts. Junior wing Jacoby Armstrong scored 13 points off the bench to lead UNH.

 

Sophomore post Tanner Leissner, the reigning America East Player of the Week, leads the Wildcats at 14.9 points per outing. Classmate Iba Camara gives the Wildcats a tough duo in the paint, as he averages 9.6 rebounds per outings and contributes 9.1 points. UNH is the second-best rebounding team in America East, with a +6.8 rebound margin.

 

LAST YEAR'S MATCH-UPS AND THE SERIES:  New Hampshire leads the all-time series, 14-9, and has won three straight games. UNH has won 7 of the 11 games played at the RAC Arena, including a tight 63-60 decision a season ago. Jourdan Grant scored 18 points and added six assists and Cody Joyce posted 14 points and 10 rebounds, but UNH hit 57 percent from the floor in the second half to hold off the Retrievers. UNH cruised in the rematch in Durham, 80-46, in February.

 

WHO'S UP NEXT: The Retrievers open February at home when they welcome three-time defending league champion Albany on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Tip-off time is slated for 7:00 p.m.