Men's Basketball Faces League Favorite/Host Vermont in Battle of 3-0 AE Foes

Men's Basketball Faces League Favorite/Host Vermont in Battle of 3-0 AE Foes

UMBC at Vermont Game Notes 

Ryan Odom Podcast, Jan. 12, 2017

The UMBC Retrievers (12-4. 3-0 America East) face the other 3-0 squad in America East when they take on preseason favorite Vermont (13-5, 3-0) on Friday, Jan. 13 at Patrick Gym. Tip-off time is slated for 7:00 p.m. and 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: Senior forward Will Darley scored a season-high 29 points, including seven treys, as the visiting Retrievers improved to 12-4 overall and 3-0 in America East play with a 84-68 victory at Hartford (5-12, 0-2) on Wednesday evening.

 

The 3-0 start in league play equals UMBC's best in 14 years of America East competition. The 2007-08 championship squad also started that campaign at 3-0.

 

The win snapped a five-game losing streak to the Hawks and was UMBC's fifth in the last six contests. The 12-4 mark is the program's best in 30 years of NCAA Division I competition.

 

Darley fell one trey and three points shy of his career high, set at Stony Brook in the league quarterfinals a season ago. Junior guard Jarius Lyles and sophomore forward Joe Sherburne scored 16 and 14 respectively for UMBC.

 

UMBC converted 17-of-33 treys on the night, tying its second-most in school history, and recording the most against ever against a Division I foe.

 

Lyles leads the squad and is second in America East in scoring, averaging 20.9 points per game. The 6'2" guard is also UMBC's top rebounder at 7.0 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  28th in the country in points per game.  

 

Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne, who has knocked down 37-of-58 treys over the past 11 games,  stands second in the nation in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 54.2 percent. He is now averaging 14.1 points per contest. Darley is also averaging in double figures at 13.9 points per game.

 

Junior guard K.J. Maura leads America East in steals per game (1.8) and is second in assists per contest (4.6).

 

Through games of Jan. 11, UMBC was 31st in the nation in scoring average at 82.4 points per game. They are also ranked 13th nationally with 10.1 three-point field goals made per game and 9th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (41.3).

 

DOG BYTES: The 12-4 start is also UMBC's best Division I record through 16 games. Only the 1981-82 NCAA Division II squad was also 13-3 after 16 contests. The 12 victories are UMBC's most since posting 15 in the 2008-09 campaign and the five road wins are the most since earning five that same season.

 

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.

 

UMBC's 17 treys made at Hartford tied the second-most in school history (Hood, Nov. 11) and is the most converted against a Division I foe.

 

CATAMOUNTS' UPDATE: Vermont (13-5, 3-0 AE) has the longest winning streak in America East, with five straight victories, including the first three in league play. The Catamounts held host Binghamton to 32 percent shooting and cruised past the Bearcats, 67-50, on Wednesday.

 

Junior forward Payton Henson led a balanced effort with 12 points and added a team-best six caroms.

 

Henson, who has started 11 of 13 games, leads UVM with 12.8 points per contest. Junior guard Trae Bell-Haynes and freshman forward Anthony Lamb also average in double figures at 10.5 points per outing. The Catamounts score 73.5 points per game and allow just 64.6. They have outscored their foes, 680-542 in first halves in 2016-17.

 

THE SERIES:  Vermont has dominated the series, winning 19 straight and leading, 28-4. Three of UMBC's four wins occurred in the 2007-08 championship season.

 

LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS: UMBC competed well at Patrick Gym last January 24, dropping a tight 79-72 decision. Lyles scored 32 points and UMBC led, 66-63, with 4:40 to play, but a 10-1 Vermont run  put the game away for the hosts. The Retrievers shot 53.1 percent from the floor, but missed 10 of 22 free throw attempts.

 

Vermont nearly set a UMBC opponent record by shooting 69.1 percent from the floor, as the Catamounts handled the Retrievers, 99-54, at the RAC Arena in February. Lyles led UMBC with 19 points.

 

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 returns home and will play its fifth league game in 12 days when they welcome a rested Albany (9-9, 0-3 AE) squad on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at 1:00 p.m. at the RAC Arena.