The UMBC men's basketball team wraps up the regular season by traveling to Durham, N.H. to take on New Hampshire on Saturday, Feb. 27 A noon tip-off time is slated for the Lundholm Gymnasium and 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.
WHO'S UP NEXT: The contest has playoff implications for both squads. UMBC (7-23, 3-12 America East) needs a win to earn the No. 7 seed in Wednesday's America East quarterfinals and play at defending champion No. 2 Albany. A loss means the Retrievers travel to regular season champion Stony Brook. UNH needs a win and a Vermont loss at Stony Brook to secure the No. 3 seed, but the Wildcats are assured of hosting a quarterfinal contest on Wednesday.
RETRIEVERS' UPDATE: Sophomore guard Jairus Lyles led all scorers with 25 points and hit a free throw with 8.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Retrievers a 80-79 victory over Binghamton in final home game of the campaign. UMBC snapped a four-game slide and improved to 7-23 overall and 3-12 in league play. Junior forward Will Darley tied a career-high with five treys and added 22 points for UMBC.
Lyles is still the conference leader with 21.7 points per game in league play. Despite missing the first 11 games of the season, he needs only 14 points, five field goals and five steals to set UMBC sophomore records in all three categories. Darley is averaging 11.3 points per contest and is sixth in America East in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 41.8 percent.
WILDCAT UPDATE: New Hampshire (17-11, 10-5 AE) has won six of its last eight and its two setbacks have occurred by a total of seven points at Stony Brook (59-58, Feb. 14) and, most recently, at Vermont (73-67) on Wednesday. The Wildcats converted only 35.8 percent from the floor in the loss to the Catamounts. Junior guard Jaleen Smith led four Wildcats in doubled figures with 16 points, but hit only 5-of-14 shots from the field.
UNH is 9-3 at home this season. Sophomore post Taylor Leissner leads the Wildcats with 17.0 ppg and 7.0 rebounds per game, while Smith posts 12.8 points and a team-best 2.9 assists per contest. UNH has snared 103 more offensive rebounds than its foes.
EARLIER MATCH-UP AND THE SERIES: A gritty effort by UMBC came up just short, as the Retrievers fell, 84-81, to visiting New Hampshire at the RAC Arena on Jan. 30. Lyles led all scorers with 26 points, leading four Retrievers in double figures. There were six ties and seven lead changes in the second half and neither team led by more than four points over the final 27 minutes of play. Leissner stepped out late in the shot clock and knocked down a trey from the top of the key to give his side the lead for good at 78-75 with 59 seconds remaining.
UNH leads the series, 15-9, and has won four straight in the series. The Wildcats are 7-4 vs. UMBC at Lundholm Gym and have taken two in a row since an 82-76 Retriever victory in the 2011-12 season.