Men's Basketball Opens Second Half of AE Play at Binghamton Wednesday Evening

Men's Basketball Opens Second Half of AE Play at Binghamton Wednesday Evening

UMBC at Binghamton Game Notes 

UMBC (14-7. 5-3 America East) open the second half of America East Conference play when they make the first of two road trips this week and face the Binghamton Bearcats (12-11, 3-5 AE) on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Tip-off time at BU Events Center is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.

 

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: UMBC rallied three times in the final 40 seconds of regulation and both overtime periods and pulled off a stunning 105-103 double overtime victory over New Hampshire at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers tied the Wildcats for third place in the league at the halfway mark. 

 

Junior guard Jairus Lyles' pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to give the Retrievers a 104-103 lead. UNH senior guard Jaleen Smith missed a runner and Retriever senior guard Rodney Elliott grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 6.6 seconds remaining. Elliott hit the first of two free throws and Smith drove down the floor, but his attempt from behind the arc came up short, setting off a wild celebration at the RAC Arena.

 

The Wildcats appeared to have the game under control after junior post Tanner Leissner (career high 36 points) buried two free throws with 2.3 seconds left to give the visitors a 92-89 lead. After a time out, UMBC sophomore forward Joe Sherburne's three-quarter court length pass found forward Will Darley  and the senior turned and buried a 24-footer just right of the key before the buzzer to send the game to a second overtime period.

 

Lyles scored 28 points for the victors, but he had plenty of help. Elliott scored a season-high 22 points, and freshman Arkel Lamar sparked a second half rally, knocking down three consecutive treys and amassing 14 points.

 

Lyles leads the squad and America East in scoring, averaging 20.7 points per game. The 6'2" guard is also UMBC's top rebounder at 6.8 caroms per game, good for fourth in the conference. Named America East Player of the Week for the second time this season on Dec. 26, he is currently ranked 24th in the country in points per game.  

 

Darley is scoring at a clip of 14.8 points per game and is averaging 18.1 points per outing in America East contests.  Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne leads the conference in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 51.1 percent and is averaging 12.6 points per contest. Darley (113) and Sherburne (111) are ranked tenth and tied for 11th in program history for 3-point field goals made.

 

Through games of Jan. 27, UMBC was 24th in the nation in scoring average at 81.9 points per game. They are also ranked 19th nationally with 9.8 three-point field goals made per game and 19th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (39.9).

 

DOG BYTES: The 102 points scored in regulation by UMBC at UML is the most since scoring 102 versus Radford in February of 1993. The Retrievers scored 100 for the third time this season vs. UNH- they have only scored 100 plus on multiple occasions in a campaign one other time when they posted 4 efforts in 1991-92.

 

UMBC leads America East in scoring (81.9), 3-pt. field goal percentage (39.9), and treys per game (9.8). They are ranked second in assists (15.0), steals (6.7), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and defensive rebounds (26.4), third in scoring margin (+5.3), and fourth in field goal percentage (47.2).

 

The 14 victories are UMBC's most since posting 15 in the 2008-09 campaign and the six road wins are the most since earning nine in 2007-08.  

 
 

BEARCATS' UPDATE: After dropping their first five league contests, the Bearcats (12-11, 3-5 America East) have bounced back to win their last three conference encounters. Binghamton knocked off second-place Stony Brook, 71-67, then defeated Hartford, 76-55, before getting a road win at Maine, 65-54, on Sunday. The Bearcats are 7-3 at the BU Events Center.   

 

Junior guard Timmy Rose led the way against the Bearcats, knocking down all three of his shots from behind the arc and netting 20 points. Junior post Willie Rodriguez added 15 points and seven rebounds.

 

Rodriguez leads a balanced effort with 12.6 points per game and is converting 52.3 percent of his shots from the field. The Bearcats excel from behind the arc and are ranked third in the America East at 38.0 percent and convert 8.3 treys per game. Eight Bearcats have converted 11 or more treys during the season.

 

THE SERIES:  The home teams have dominated the series, with Binghamton winning 10 of 14 contests in Vestal, while UMBC has taken 10 of 14 in Baltimore. Binghamton leads the overall series, 16-14, due to a pair of neutral site America East Tournament victories. BU has won two straight at the Events Center.

 

EARLIER MEETING: Four Retrievers scored in double figures as UMBC (10-4, 1-0) opened America East Conference play with a 85-71 victory over Binghamton (9-7, 0-1) at the RAC Arena on Jan. 5. Senior forward Will Darley and junior guard Jairus Lyles paced the balanced effort with 17 points each.

 

UMBC converted 10-of-21 shots from behind the arc as seven different Retrievers got into the act. Binghamton knocked down 11 treys, but attempted 28 and only went to the free throw line six times. Maura added five assists and four steals to his stat line as UMBC scored all eight fast-break points in the game.

 

WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC makes a one-day rest stop back in Baltimore, then head to Maine on Friday for a Saturday afternoon affair (1:00 p.m.) versus the Black Bears. That will conclude a span of four road games in five for the Retrievers and they will then begin a stretch of four home games out of the next five contests before the regular season finale at UNH.