The UMBC men's basketball team plays at home on Saturday night for the first time this season to cap a triple-header of Retriever home action on Saturday, Feb. 20. A 7:00 p.m. tip-off time is slated for the RAC Arena and the contest will be broadcast on www.americaeast.tv. In addition, Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier will also have the call on Q1370AM and www.q1370.com.
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: Hartford buried 15-of-25 shots from behind the arc and pulled away late, defeating UMBC, 88-65, at Chase Family Arena. Junior wing Will Darley and sophomore guard Jourdan Grant led the visitors with 15 points apiece.
Sophomore guard Jairus Lyles (22.9 ppg) has scored 24 or more points in 12 of his first 14 outings, but the conference leader in scoring in league games tallied a season-low five points at Hartford.
In his return after missing the 2014-15 season due to injury, red-shirt sophomore guard Rodney Elliott is averaging 13.1 points. He scored 20 points in the loss at UML last Sunday, but suffered an injury late in that game and did not dress at Hartford.
Darley, who scored a career-high 31 points at UML, is averaging 11.1 points per contest.
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: Vermont (16-12, 8-5 AE) has won two straight at home after a pair of road setbacks. The Catamounts pulled away down the stretch in a 78-64 triumph over stubborn Binghamton on Wednesday. UVM produced a balanced attack with four players in double figures, led by sophomore guard Cam Ward's 16 markers. Vermont shot 50.8 percent from the floor in the game and are up to 47.7 percent on the year from the field.
Six Catamounts are averaging 8.6 points per game or more, led by sophomore guard Trae Bell-Haynes at 11.6 per contest .Bell Haynes leads the squad with 95 assists and 107 free throws made.
EARLIER MATCH-UP AND THE SERIES: Lyles scored a career-high 32 points and the Retrievers held a late lead at Vermont, but the Catamounts prevailed, 79-72, at Patrick Gym on January 24. , UMBC led, 66-63, with 4:40 to play, but a 10-1 Vermont run put the game away for the hosts.
Vermont has won 17 straight in the series and leads, 27-4 overall. UMBC swept three games from the Cats in the championship season of 2007-08, but have not won since. UVM is 9-2 at the RAC Arena.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC plays its final home game of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 24 when they host Binghamton. The Retrievers will honor senior Cody Joyce in pregame ceremonies, which will begin at 6:55 p.m.