Men's Basketball Heads to UML for Valentine's Day Matinee

Men's Basketball Heads to UML for Valentine's Day Matinee

UMBC at UMass Lowell Game Notes, Feb. 14, 2016 

The UMBC Retrievers will try to avenge a tough defeat from a month ago when they travel to Lowell, Mass. and take on the UMass Lowell River Hawks on Sunday, Feb. 14. A noon tip-off time is slated for Costello Athletic Center and the contest will be broadcast on


Live stats will be available via 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: After hitting 60 percent from the field against Maine last week, the UMBC (6-20, 2-9 AE) men's basketball team ran into a shooting drought that lasted nearly 10 and a half minutes against Stony Brook. The Seawolves took advantage of the Retrievers' struggles by running up a 37-17 halftime lead and held on to remain undefeated in the 2016 calendar year with a 75-52 victory at the RAC Arena.


Sophomore guard Jairus Lyles again led the team in points (13) and was the only Retriever to break double digits, despite putting up his second lowest total of the season.


Lyles (24.5 ppg) has scored 24 or more points in all but three of his 15 outings and the Retrievers are averaging 76.6 points per game during his tenure.


In his return after missing the 2014-15 season due to injury, red-shirt sophomore guard Rodney Elliott is averaging 12.8 points. He scored a season-high 24 points vs .UML in the first meeting.


Freshman center Nolan Gerrity has picked up his play of late, averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in the last two games. He has hit 7-of-8 field goal attempts and played a season-high 17 minutes versus Stony Brook.


RIVER HAWK UPDATE: Sophomore guard Matt Harris set a new career highs with 33 points, hitting seven three-pointers to lead the UMass Lowell men's basketball team (10-15, 6-6 AE) to an exciting, 108-95 overtime win at Maine (8-17, 4-8 AE) on Thursday. Down by three with just seconds to play in a game that saw a total of 20 lead changes, Harris sunk the last bucket of regulation to force overtime. The River Hawks' offense then took control in the extra period, scoring 14 unanswered points in the first three minutes to put the decision out of Maine's reach.


In their previous outing, UML also hit the century mark, defeating Vermont, 100-93. The River Hawks have won three of their last four.


Harris (10.8 ppg) scored 32 points in the overtime victory at UMBC a month ago. Sophomore guard Jahad Thomas leads UML with 13.7 points and 7.6 caroms per game.


EARLIER MATCH-UP AND THE SERIES: Jairus Lyles poured in 29 points, but the Retrievers missed all eight field goal attempts in overtime and fell, 95-89, in extra time to visiting UMass Lowell on January 16.  


UMBC freshman wing Joe Sherburne sent the game into overtime by burying a 3-pointer just before the horn. But the visiting River Hawks scored on the first possession of overtime and never trailed in the final 4:38 of the contest. Lyles, who scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half, only took a pair of shot attempts in the overtime period.


The River Hawks have won all five games in the series, with all but one being decided by 10 points or fewer. UMBC was averaging 56.8 points per game in the first four games before tallying 89 back on Jan. 16.


WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC heads right back up north on Tuesday for a Wednesday, Feb. 17 evening contest at Hartford. Tip-off time at the Chase Family Arena is slated for 7:00 p.m.