Men's Basketball Caps Busy First Week With Saturday Matinee vs. Kennesaw State

Men's Basketball Caps Busy First Week With Saturday Matinee vs. Kennesaw State

Kennesaw St. at UMBC Game Notes 

The UMBC (3-0) men's basketball squad plays for the fourth time in eight days on Saturday, Nov. 19, when they host the Kennesaw State Owls (1-2). The game is the nighcap of a doubleheader at the RAC Arena, as the women open the proceeding with a 1:00 p.m. contest versus Maryland Eastern Shore. The men's game will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's contest.


Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier have the call 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: Junior guard Jairus Lyles scored a game-high 24 points, leading four players in double figures as the Retrievers overwhelmed Delaware State, 90-68, at the RAC Arena, on Wednesday. The Retrievers, who shot 54.1 percent from the floor, have opened the season at 3-0 for the first time since the championship season of 2007-08.


Lyles' backcourt mate, junior K.J. Maura , scored 19 points and added six assists and two steals in his home debut. Sophomore post Nolan Gerrity recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while senior forward Will Darley added 11 points.


Lyles leads UMBC with 21.7 points per game and is second in America East in scoring. Darley comes in at 16.3 per game and is seventh in America East in scoring (16.3), tenth in field goal percentage. (55.6), sixth in 3-pt. percentage (55.6%) and leads in treys made (10).


DOG BYTES: Through games of Nov. 17, UMBC is fifth in the nation with 35 treys made and ninth with 11.7 converted per game.


•      UMBC was also 17th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game with 17.3 per contest.


•     UMBC's 259 points scored is the most ever recorded through three games in the Retrievers' DI history. Only the 1977-78 team scored more, when they put up 260, also in a 3-0 start. 


•     The Retrievers lead America East in scoring average (86.3), scoring margin (+19.0), 3-pt. FG percentage (39.3), treys made per game (11.7) and assists per game (15.7). 


OWL UPDATE: Kennesaw State is 1-2 on the campaign, with setbacks at Iowa (91-74) and Bethune-Cookman (75-72), sandwiched around a home win over Brewton-Parker (80-74). KSU shot 50 percent from the floor, but just 3-of-15 from behind the arc and could not rally from a 32-23 halftime deficit in Wednesday's three-point loss at BCU. The Owls' big men of Jordan Jones (6/7 fg, 12 pts.), Aubrey Williams (7/8 fg, 15 pts.) and Johannes Nielsen (5/6 fg, 15 pts.) dominated the paint in the contest.


Sophomore guard Nick Masterson leads a balanced Owl attack at 16.0 points per game, while Williams, a Bowie, Md. native, is averaging 13.3 points and a mammoth 14.3 rebounds per contest.


THE SERIES: The two squads met for the only time on Dec. 20, 2014 in Kennesaw, Ga., and the Retrievers came away with a 66-53 victory. UMBC's Grant (11 pts.) and Darley (9 pts.) and KSU's Masterson (11 pts.) started on that date and are key contributors to their 2016-17 squads. UMBC shot 54.2 percent from the floor and outscored the hosts, 29-15, in the final 20 minutes to pull away.


WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC will play on Thanksgiving Eve, as the Retrievers play their fifth consecutive game in the state of Maryland when they travel to Annapolis to face Navy on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Tip-off time is slated for 7:00 p.m .