Men's Basketball Faces Key AE Contest at Albany on Wednesday Evening

Men's Basketball Faces Key AE Contest at Albany on Wednesday Evening

UMBC at Albany Game Notes

With four games left in the regular season, UMBC (16-9. 7-5 America East) faces a huge contest as they battle Albany (16-11, 7-5 AE) for sole possession of third place in the America East standings on Wednesday, Feb. 15, Tip-off time at SEFCU Arena is scheduled for 7:00 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: A furious UMBC (16-9, 7-5 America East) comeback came up just short, as America East leader Vermont (23-5, 13-0 AE) won its 15th straight game, surviving the Retriever rally, 77-74, before a frenzied crowd at the RAC Arena on February 12.  

 

UMBC junior guard K.J. Maura was brilliant in scoring the basketball for the second straight game, leading UMBC with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. Maura had a chance to send the game to overtime but, his desperation shot from 30 feet out was on line, but struck the front of the iron.

 

Vermont led by 18 points in the second half and by 69-57 with 2:32 to play, but UMBC got to within 71-70 with 50 seconds to play and had two chances to tie or take the lead in the final 38 seconds of play.

 

Junior guard Jarius Lyles leads the squad and is second in America East in scoring, averaging 19.4 points per game. The 6'2" guard is also UMBC's top rebounder at 6.7 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 53rd in the country in points per game.  

 

Senior forward Will Darley, who earned America East co-Player of the Week and College Sports Madness AE Player of the week honors on Feb. 6, is scoring at a clip of 16.0 points per game and is averaging 19.4 points per outing (2nd in the league) in America East contests.  Darley has made 31 straight free throws, breaking Terence Ward's school record of 28 in a row set in the 1998-99 season

 

Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne leads the conference in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 49.1 percent and is averaging 12.4 points per contest.

 

Through games of Feb. 12, UMBC was 22nd in the nation in scoring average at 81.8 points per game. They are also 20th nationally with 9.8 three-point field goals made per game and 13th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (40.5 percent).

 

DOG BYTES:   There are 30 first-year head coaches and 21 first-year new school coaches (with previous DI experience) in 2016-17. As of Feb. 6, Ryan Odom has the greatest winning percentage differential of all of those coaches at an improvement of 47.7 percent over last season's final record.

 

UMBC is currently the 2nd-most improved Division I team in the nation with a 12.5-game improvement (7-25 to 16-9) over a year ago. Minnesota is one-half game ahead at +13.0.

 

UMBC is four 3-point field goals shy of breaking its all-time mark for treys in a season. The Retrievers have 245 and the mark of 248 was set in the 2007-08 campaign

 

GREAT DANES' UPDATE: Albany  (16-11, 7-5 America East) has not played since Feb. 9, when they outlasted Binghamton, 66-54, on the road. The Great Danes have won four of five since a 60-49 loss to Vermont on Jan. 25.

 

Sophomore guards David Nichols (17.0 ppg) and Joe Cremo (16.9 ppg) form the most dynamic backcourt duo in America East. The duo has attempted 49 percent of Albany's total field goals. They combined for 30 points and each connected on a trio of treys in the win in Vestal last week.

 

The Great Danes are the league's best team in rebound margin (+7.9) and free throw percentage (75.1 percent).

 

THE SERIES: Albany has dominated the series, winning six straight, 15 of the last 16 and lead all-time, 23-7 heading into the 31st meeting. UMBC's lone victory since 2008-09, when they won two of three contests, occurred at the RAC Arena in February of 2014, when a Quentin Jones tip-in with under two seconds remaining gave the hosts a 71-69 win. UMBC is 3-12 at SEFCU Arena and has dropped seven in a row.

 
 

EARLIER MEETING: UMBC (12-6,  3-2 America East) scored a season-low 50 points and fell to Albany (10-9, 1-3 AE), 77-50, at the RAC Arena on Jan. 16.

 

The Retrievers, playing for the fifth time in 12 days, shot a season-low 32.7 percent from the floor (16-of-49) and 29.6 percent (8-of-27) from behind the arc, primarily against Albany's 1-3-1 aggressive zone defense.

 

Leading 37-25 at the half, the fresher Danes built the lead to 62-32 at the 10:20 mark and UMBC replaced its starters midway through the second half. Rodney Elliott led UMBC with 9 points and junior guard Malcolm Brent came off the bench to score 7.

 

Nichols scored a game-high 18 points as the Great Danes shot 51.9 percent from the field.

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WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC completes the home portion of the regular season with games versus UMass Lowell (Sat., Feb. 18, 1:00 p.m.) and Stony Brook (Wed., Feb. 22). The Retrievers will honor seniors Will Darley and Ben Grace before the finale versus the Seawolves.  

 

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: A furious UMBC (16-9, 7-5 America East) comeback came up just short, as America East leader Vermont (23-5, 13-0 AE) won its 15th straight game, surviving the Retriever rally, 77-74, before a frenzied crowd at the RAC Arena on February 12.  

 

UMBC junior guard K.J. Maura was brilliant in scoring the basketball for the second straight game, leading UMBC with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. Maura had a chance to send the game to overtime but, his desperation shot from 30 feet out was on line, but struck the front of the iron.

 

Vermont led by 18 points in the second half and by 69-57 with 2:32 to play, but UMBC got to within 71-70 with 50 seconds to play and had two chances to tie or take the lead in the final 38 seconds of play.

 

Junior guard Jarius Lyles leads the squad and is second in America East in scoring, averaging 19.4 points per game. The 6'2" guard is also UMBC's top rebounder at 6.7 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 53rd in the country in points per game.  

 

Senior forward Will Darley, who earned America East co-Player of the Week and College Sports Madness AE Player of the week honors on Feb. 6, is scoring at a clip of 16.0 points per game and is averaging 19.4 points per outing (2nd in the league) in America East contests.  Darley has made 31 straight free throws, breaking Terence Ward's school record of 28 in a row set in the 1998-99 season

 

Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne leads the conference in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 49.1 percent and is averaging 12.4 points per contest.

 

Through games of Feb. 12, UMBC was 22nd in the nation in scoring average at 81.8 points per game. They are also 20th nationally with 9.8 three-point field goals made per game and 13th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (40.5 percent).

 

DOG BYTES:   There are 30 first-year head coaches and 21 first-year new school coaches (with previous DI experience) in 2016-17. As of Feb. 6, Ryan Odom has the greatest winning percentage differential of all of those coaches at an improvement of 47.7 percent over last season's final record.

 

UMBC is currently the 2nd-most improved Division I team in the nation with a 12.5-game improvement (7-25 to 16-9) over a year ago. Minnesota is one-half game ahead at +13.0.

 

UMBC is four 3-point field goals shy of breaking its all-time mark for treys in a season. The Retrievers have 245 and the mark of 248 was set in the 2007-08 campaign

 

GREAT DANES' UPDATE: Albany  (16-11, 7-5 America East) has not played since Feb. 9, when they outlasted Binghamton, 66-54, on the road. The Great Danes have won four of five since a 60-49 loss to Vermont on Jan. 25.

 

Sophomore guards David Nichols (17.0 ppg) and Joe Cremo (16.9 ppg) form the most dynamic backcourt duo in America East. The duo has attempted 49 percent of Albany's total field goals. They combined for 30 points and each connected on a trio of treys in the win in Vestal last week.

 

The Great Danes are the league's best team in rebound margin (+7.9) and free throw percentage (75.1 percent).

 

THE SERIES: Albany has dominated the series, winning six straight, 15 of the last 16 and lead all-time, 23-7 heading into the 31st meeting. UMBC's lone victory since 2008-09, when they won two of three contests, occurred at the RAC Arena in February of 2014, when a Quentin Jones tip-in with under two seconds remaining gave the hosts a 71-69 win. UMBC is 3-12 at SEFCU Arena and has dropped seven in a row.

 
 

EARLIER MEETING: UMBC (12-6,  3-2 America East) scored a season-low 50 points and fell to Albany (10-9, 1-3 AE), 77-50, at the RAC Arena on Jan. 16.

 

The Retrievers, playing for the fifth time in 12 days, shot a season-low 32.7 percent from the floor (16-of-49) and 29.6 percent (8-of-27) from behind the arc, primarily against Albany's 1-3-1 aggressive zone defense.

 

Leading 37-25 at the half, the fresher Danes built the lead to 62-32 at the 10:20 mark and UMBC replaced its starters midway through the second half. Rodney Elliott led UMBC with 9 points and junior guard Malcolm Brent came off the bench to score 7.

 

Nichols scored a game-high 18 points as the Great Danes shot 51.9 percent from the field.

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WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC completes the home portion of the regular season with games versus UMass Lowell (Sat., Feb. 18, 1:00 p.m.) and Stony Brook (Wed., Feb. 22). The Retrievers will honor seniors Will Darley and Ben Grace before the finale versus the Seawolves.