The UMBC men's basketball team plays its final home game of the 2015-16 campaign on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when the Retrievers host Binghamton. The program will honor its lone senior, Cody Joyce, in pregame ceremonies before taking on the Bearcats. A 7:10 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: Visiting Vermont shot over the 70 percent mark for much of the game and defeated UMBC (6-23, 2-12 AE), 99-54, at the RAC Arena on Saturday evening. Sophomore guard Jairus Lyles scored 15 of his team-high 19 points in the first half. Vermont converted 38 of55 for the game and 9 of 18 from behind the arc.
Lyles is still the conference leader with 22.7 points per game in league play.
Joyce (8.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg) enters the contest versus Binghamton with 1,040 career points during his tenure at Houston Baptist (2012-14) and UMBC (2014-16). He earned America East Second Team honors last season after averaging career bests in points (13.4) and rebounds (5.8). Joyce is slated to play in his 117th career contest versus the Bearcats.
Junior forward Will Darley, who scored a career-high 31 points at UML, is averaging 10.9 points per contest.
BEARCAT UPDATE: As they did when the two teams met in late January, Binghamton (7-20, 4-10 AE) comes into the contest versus UMBC after a win over UMass Lowell. Binghamton never trailed in a 81-77 home victory. Five players scored in double figures, led by junior guard Marlon Beck II, who scored 14 points.
Sophomore forward Willie Rodriguez is the lone Bearcat to average in double figures, as he posts 14.7 points and adds a team-best 6.6 caroms per game. Beck has drilled a team-high 64 treys and averages 9.8 points per outing.
EARLIER MATCH-UP AND THE SERIES: A road-weary UMBC squad posted only 57 points in a 66-57 setback at Binghamton on January 27. It was the sixth consecutive day on the road for the Retrievers, who could not get back to Baltimore from Burlington after the major snowstorm on Jan. 22-23. But UMBC never got untracked against the Bearcats, shooting only 38.8 percent from the floor.
Binghamton has won four in a row in the series to take a 16-12 advantage. UMBC holds an 8-4 edge at home, but Binghamton has won the prior two encounters.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC plays its final regular season contest on Saturday, Feb. 27 when they visit New Hampshire. Opening tip is slated for noon in Durham, N.H.