Men's Basketball Starts Road Portion of AE Slate at Hartford Wednesday

Men's Basketball Starts Road Portion of AE Slate at Hartford Wednesday

UMBC at Hartford Game Notes

The UMBC Retrievers (11-4. 2-0 America East) make their first road trip of the young league season as they face Hartford and Vermont in a span of 48 hours. The Retrievers take on the Hawks at Chase Family Arena in West Hartford, Conn. at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on America East 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 is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.

 

RETRIEVERS' UPDATE: Sophomore center Nolan Gerrity set a program Division I record by converting all nine field goal attempts and junior guard K.J. Maura added 13 points and a season-high 11 assists as the Retrievers moved to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in America East play with a 75-64 victory over Maine in an early start at the RAC Arena on Jan. 8.

 

UMBC has won four of five and moved to 2-0 in America East play for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.

 

Gerrity led UMBC by scoring a career-high 18 points and added seven rebounds. Along with Maura, Retriever junior guard Jarius Lyles posted a double-double with 17 points and a game-best 10 rebounds.  

 

Lyles leads the squad and is second in America East in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game. The 6'2" guard is also UMBC's top rebounder at 7.1 caroms per game, good for fifth in the conference. Named America East Player of the Week for the second time this season on Dec. 26, he is currently ranked 19th in the country in points per game.  

 

Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne, who has knocked down 35-of-53 treys over the past ten games,  leads the nation in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 55.1 percent. He is now averaging 14.1 points per contest. Senior forward Will Darley is also averaging in double figures at 12.9 points per game.

 

Maura leads America East in steals per game (1.8) and is second in assists per contest (4.5). Gerrity leads the conference in field goal percentage (63.0) and blocked shots (1.3) per game.

 

Through games of Jan. 8, UMBC was 34th in the nation in scoring average at 82.3 points per game. They are also ranked 26th nationally with 9.6 three-point field goals made per game and 14th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (40.3).

 

DOG BYTES: The 11-4 start is also UMBC's best Division I record through 15 games. Only the 1981-82 NCAA Division II squad earned more at 12-3 after 15 contests. The 11 victories are UMBC's most since posting 15 in the 2008-09 campaign.

 

UMBC was ranked No. 21 in the Dec. 26 College Insider Mid-Major poll. The Retrievers received the third-most votes (37) in the Others Receiving Votes section in the Jan. 9 poll.

 

HAWKS' UPDATE: After winning three straight games, Hartford (5-11, 0-1 AE) has fallen in three in a row, and opened America East play with an 85-54 setback at Vermont on Sunday. Included in UH's victories were triumphs at Boston College (65-63) and versus Navy, 63-54.

 

Senior guard Jalen Ross now leads America East in scoring at 21.4 points per game. He has buried 46 treys (2.9 per game) and 90 (5.6 of 105 free throw attempts

 

THE SERIES: UMBC led the series, 12-11, but the Hawks had taken the last five meetings to surge ahead, 16-12.

 

The Retrievers dropped the first five contests at Chase Family Arena, then won three straight, but have dropped the last five to stand at 3-10 all-time in West Hartford.

 
 

LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS: Hartford shot 55 percent from the floor and led all the way in a 98-87 victory last Jan. 21. Jalen Ross hit 13-of-14 free throws and led all scorers with 27 points. Jairus Lyles scored 24 for UMBC and Joe Sherburne added 18, but UH converted 13 treys to just 5 for the hosts to earn the victory.

 

In the return contest at Hartford on Feb. 17, the Hawks again scorched the nets at a 56 percent clip and buried 15 treys in a 88-65 rout. Jourdan Grant and Will Darley scored 15 each for UMBC, but Lyles was held to a season-low 5 points.

 

WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC stays in New England and will play at Vermont on Friday evening.