UMBC (8-3) enjoyed a couple days of relative rest after two drama-filled home games versus Towson and The Citadel in a 72-hour span on Dec. 17 and 19, but the Retrievers will head out on the road for a pre-Christmas contest at James Madison (1-10) on Dec. 23. The non-conference tilt at the JMU Convocation Center tips off at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast by the Madison HD SportsNet.
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 is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
RETRIEVERS' UPDATE: In a record-setting performance on several fronts, the UMBC Retrievers (8-3) defeated the visiting Citadel Bulldogs (7-6), 120-111, in double overtime on Dec. 19. The victory snapped a two-game slide, in which the Retrievers lost to Richmond and Towson by a total of four points.
UMBC junior guard Jairus Lyles became the first UMBC Division I player to amass 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game. He finished with 32 points and 20 caroms. The 6-2 guard also became just the fourth Retriever Division I player to collect 20 or more rebounds in a game.
UMBC set a school scoring record by putting up 120 points. The previous mark was 118, which was recorded versus Gallaudet on Jan. 29, 1974. The Retrievers' Division I mark was 115 points, tallied against Central Connecticut State in a 115-107 win at the RAC Arena on March 6, 1992. The 231 points scored also eclipsed the RAC Arena record.
UMBC never trailed in either of the extra periods and hit 16 of 18 free throw attempts in the final 3:26 of double overtime to finally put the game away.
Senior forward Will Darley scored 22 points, 20 of which occurred in the final 30 minutes, while sophomore forward Joe Sherburne scored 18 points and added 9 rebounds. Sophomore post Nolan Gerrity produced a monster game, recording career highs in points (17), rebounds (15) and blocked shots (6).
Lyles leads the squad and America East in scoring, averaging 22.1 points per game. He is currently ranked 14th in the country in points per game.
Sherburne, who has knocked down 24-of-34 treys over the past six games, is now ranked eighth nationally in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 54.2 percent. He is now averaging 14.9 points per contest. Darley is also averaging in double figures at 13.6 points per contest.
Through games of Dec. 21, UMBC was 18th in the nation in scoring average at 85.6 points per game. They are also ranked 22nd nationally with 9.9 three-point field goals made per game and 14th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (41.3). The Retrievers lead America East in scoring average, scoring margin (+10.4), field goal percentage (49.2), treys made per game and 3-pt. percentage.
DOG BYTES: The 8-3 start is also UMBC's best Division I record through 11 games. Only the 1981-82 NCAA Division II squad was 9-2 after 11 contests. The eight victories surpasses UMBC's total from a year ago.
UMBC has led ten of 11 games with five minutes remaining.
UMBC also set a record for rebounds in a game vs. The Citadel, amassing 65, to 50 for the visitors. The previous high was 60, posted versus Coppin State, on Nov. 30, 1978.
DUKES' UPDATE: James Madison (1-10) has dropped three straight since its lone victory, a 71-59 triumph at Longwood on Dec. 3. Two setbacks have occurred in overtime (at George Mason, at Appalachian State).
The Dukes came up on the short end of a 75-55 decision versus Richmond on Dec. 20.
Senior guard Jackson Kent and junior backcourt mate Joey McLean are the Dukes' lone double-digit scorers at 12.2 and 10.2 points per game respectively. They are tied for the team lead with 18 treys apiece.
The Dukes excel on the glass, outrebounding foes by 5.6 caroms per game. They have struggled from long range, hitting just 31.4 percent from 3-point range and are a -7.1 in turnover margin.
THE SERIES: After splitting a pair of meetings in the 1970's, JMU has captured all four contests in Harrisonburg since UMBC entered the NCAA Division I ranks.
In the most recent meeting, the Dukes edged the Retrievers, 53-51, on Nov. 28, 2009. UMBC shot just 31 percent from the floor, but did have two chances in the final 12 seconds to tie or win the game, but jumpers by Chris De La Rosa and Matt Spadafora missed the mark. Robbie Jackson led UMBC with 12 points, 7 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC pays its third and final visit to the commonwealth of Virginia to complete the non-conference schedule on Wednesday, Dec. 28 when they battle ACC power Virginia Tech. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the ACC Network. The Retrievers open their 14th America East season on Thursday, Jan. 5 when they host Binghamton.