Coming off their highest scoring output in 13 seasons of America East Conference play, the UMBC Retrievers battled league pre-season favorite Stony Brook at IFCU Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Tip-off time is slated for 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, the Retrievers (5-12, 1-1 AE) won their third consecutive home game, an 89-76 triumph over Maine, while Stony Brook (11-4, 2-0 AE) extended its winning to seven straight with an 86-59 rout of UMass Lowell.
The contest will be broadcast on www.americaeast.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 and video is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
RETRIEVERS' UPDATE: UMBC sophomore guard Jairus Lyles dazzled the home crowd with 27 points and added seven rebounds and four steals, leading the host Retrievers to an 89-76 victory over Maine in an America East Conference contest at the RAC Arena. Red-shirt sophomore guard Rodney Ellilott added 21 points and eight assists as the Retrievers surpassed their previous high of 86 points in an America East regular season contest.
Lyles (25.2 ppg) has debuted with a flourish, scoring 151 points in his first six contests. His 27 points at Howard was the most ever by a UMBC Division I player in a debut and he became the first Retriever to score 20 or more points in his first four appearances in the black and gold.
In his return after missing the 2014-15 season due to injury, Elliott is averaging 14.1 points per game.
Freshman wing Joe Sherburne has scored in double figures in 13 of his first 17 intercollegiate games and averages 13.1 points per contest. Sherburne's 42 treys lead UMBC and he is already has sunk the eighth-most by a Retriever freshman in school history. Junior forward Will Darley is the fourth Retriever in double figures at 11.7 points per contest. Darley leads UMBC and is sixth in America East lead in field goal percentage at 55.5 percent.
UMBC is averaging 70.8 points per game, including 79.7 per game since Lyles became eligible to compete. The Retrievers averaged 56.1 points per game last season. UMBC has surpassed last season's four-win total with at least 15 games remaining on the schedule.
SEAWOLF UPDATE: Stony Brook (11-4, 2-0 America East) has won seven consecutive games and is a perfect 6-0 at IFCU Arena in 2015-16. SBU opened America East play with a 62-52 win at Binghamton on Wednesday and an 86-59 rout of UMass Lowell on Saturday.
Senior post and returning America East Player of the Year Jameel Warney is averaging a double-double with 19.1 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest. Warney is shooting over 60 percent from the floor and has rejected 49 shots on the campaign. He is aided by guards Carson Puriefoy (14.1 ppg, 36 treys) and Ahmad Walker (10.9 ppg, 4.9 apg). Puriefoy led four Seawolves in double figures with 18 points as SBU shot nearly 60 percent from the floor in the victory over the River Hawks.
LAST YEAR'S MATCH-UPS AND THE SERIES: The Seawolves took a pair of games versus UMBC in 2014-15, extending their winning streak to 14 in a row in the series. Both games were fairly-well contested, as Stony Brook prevailed at home, 64-54, on January 14. UMBC led as late as the 6:40 mark to play. In the rematch on Feb. 11, visiting Stony Brook hit 16-of-26 shots in the second half and got past a determined UMBC squad, 73-61. Cody Joyce led the Retrievers with 24 points and averaged 18.5 ppg in the two games vs. the Seawolves.
Stony Brook has won 14 consecutive contests in the series after UMBC opened with a 8-5 lead. The Retrievers' last win occurred in the 2008 America East quarterfinals, when UMBC completed a three-game season sweep of the Seawolves.
WHO'S UP NEXT: The Retrievers return home and entertain UMass-Lowell on Saturday, Jan. 16. The Retrievers look to win their fourth straight home game vs. the River Hawks in a noon tip-off.