The UMBC Retrievers visit the Maine Black Bears in America East play this Saturday, Feb. 6. The game will be played at the Portland Expo Center in Portland, Maine and tips at noon.
The contest will be broadcast on www.americaeast.tv. 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 shaved a 16-point second half deficit to three points in the final minute, but could not complete the comeback and fell, 79-73, to Albany in America East Conference play at the RAC Arena. Retriever sophomore guard Jairus Lyles led all scorers with 24 points and senior post Cody Joyce scored 13, including his 1,000th career point.
The Retrievers (5-19, 1-8 AE) have dropped seven consecutive games, despite just a -6.1 scoring margin in America East play. UMBC is 1-10 in games decided by 10 or fewer points in 2015-16.
Lyles (24.5 ppg) has scored 24 or more points in all but two of his 13 outings and the Retrievers are averaging 78.1 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. Elliott scored 21 points in the victory over Maine in January. Junior forward Will Darley is tenth in America East in field goal percentage at 49.7 percent.
America East foes averaged 81.8 points per game and shot a combined 51.1 percent from the floor against the Retrievers through the first nine contests.
BLACK BEAR UPDATE: Since their loss at UMBC on Jan. 9, Maine (8-14, 4-5 AE) has won four and dropped three and moved into fifth place in the conference. The Black Bears average 76.7 points per game, but have allowed a league-high high 85.7 points per outing. In their last contest, Vermont broke open a close game at halftime and defeated UM, 85-68, in Burlington.
Sophomore guard Kevin Little and freshman forward Isaac Vann, who both did not play versus UMBC in the game in Baltimore, lead Maine with 14.3 and 14.2 points per game respectively. Little is one of the conference leaders in three-point field goals made with 2.7 converted per game. Maine has made 26 more treys than their foes, but has converted 111 fewer free throws.
EARLIER MATCH-UP AND THE SERIES: UMBC swept a pair of games versus Maine in 2014-15 to knot the all-time series at 13-all. Cody Joyce led UMBC in scoring on both occasions, tallying 28 points in Orono and posting 18 in Baltimore. The Retrievers took the lead in the series with an 89-76 win at the RAC Arena on Jan. 8. Led by Jairus Lyles' 27 points, four Retrievers scored in double figures and the hosts hit nearly 59 percent from the floor.
WHO'S UP NEXT: The Retrievers return home to face league-leading Stony Brook on Thursday, Feb. 11. Tip-off time at the RAC Arena is slated for 7:05 p.m.