Men's Basketball Completes Long Week on Road at Maine in Saturday Matinee

Men's Basketball Completes Long Week on Road at Maine in Saturday Matinee

UMBC at Maine Game Notes 

UMBC (15-7. 6-3 America East) completes a long week of travel on Saturday, Feb. 4, when they take on the Maine Black Bears (5-19, 1-8 AE) at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. Tip-off time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and 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 senior forward Will Darley led four players in double figures as the Retrievers ran past Binghamton, 92-74, before 4.939 at the BU Events Center.

 

UMBC shot 56.1 percent from the floor, including 64 percent in the second half. They buried 12 treys to sweep the season series from Binghamton and improve to 15-7 overall, 6-3 in America East play.

 

The Retrievers also snapped the Bearcats' (12-12, 3-6 AE) three-game winning streak.

 

Junior guard Jairus Lyles added 19 points for UMBC, while junior guard Rodney Elliott and sophomore forward Joe Sherburne added 14 apiece.

 

Lyles leads the squad and America East in scoring, averaging 20.6 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 25th in the country in points per game.  

 

Darley is scoring at a clip of 15.1 points per game and is averaging 18.6 points per outing in America East contests.  Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne leads the conference in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 50.5 percent and is averaging 12.6 points per contest. Darley (117) and Sherburne (112) are ranked ninth and tenth in program history for 3-point field goals made.

 

Through games of Feb. 1, UMBC was 24th in the nation in scoring average at 82.4 points per game. They are also ranked 16th nationally with 9.9 three-point field goals made per game and 15th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (40.1 percent).

 

DOG BYTES: UMBC leads America East in scoring (82.4), 3-pt. field goal percentage (40.1), and treys per game (9.9). They are ranked second in assists (15.2), steals (6.7), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3), and third in scoring margin (+5.9), and in field goal percentage (47.5).

 

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

 

Elliott (950) needs two points to move past John Zito and into 20th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list.  

 

BLACK BEARS' UPDATE: Maine (5-19, 1-8 America East) have dropped six straight since their lone conference victory, a 73-71 triumph over UMass Lowell on Jan. 11. The Black Bears are struggling on the offensive end, as they are averaging 60.6 points per game in league play and shooting only 26.9 percent from behind the arc. However, Maine is averaging 9.0 offensive rebounds per game in nine AE games.

 

Junior guard Wes Myers leads Maine and the America East in scoring at 21.6 points per game. He is converting 48.3 percent of his shots from the floor in league play. 

 

Maine hung tough for the first 20 minutes at Vermont on Wednesday, before falling to the undefeated Catamounts, 74-53. Maine trailed just, 39-32, at halftime, but converted only 9-of-30 shots from the floor in the final 20 minutes. Myers was held to 10 points on 5-of-18 shooting, while Ilija Stojiljkovic led the visitors with 13 points.

 

THE SERIES:    UMBC has won five straight, and seven of eight in the series and leads, 16-13. They have enjoyed some success in Maine, splitting 14 contests, including the last two. The Retrievers have averaged 79.3 points per game in the seven games.

 
 

EARLIER MEETING: Nolan Gerrity set a program Division I record by converting all nine field goal attempts and 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 on Jan. 8.

 

Myers led all scorers with 28 points. 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.

 

 

WHO'S UP NEXT: After playing only two home games since last facing Maine on Jan. 8 (six road games), UMBC will play four of its next five at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers open that stretch drive by hosting Hartford on Thurs., Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m.