The UMBC men's basketball squad closes a rigorous opening to the 2016-17 season, when they play for the fifth time in 13 days on Wed., Nov. 23, making the short trip to Annapolis, Md. to take on the Navy Midshipmen. The Retrievers will be looking to build upon their 4-0 start, while Navy (1-4) attempts to halt a three-game slide. Tip-off time at Alumni Hall is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Live stats will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com and the game will be streamed by the Patriot League Network. 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 junior guard Jairus Lyles scored a season-high 29 points, including 23 in an explosive second half, leading the Retrievers to a 93-85 victory over Kennesaw State (1-3) at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers have won their first four games and are off to their best start since the 2000-01 campaign, when they opened at 5-0.
Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne recorded his second career double-double with 16 points and a team-best 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Arkel Lamar stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, eight caroms and four steals, as UMBC outscored KSU, 14-0, on fast break points.
Lyles' 35 field goals made through games of Nov. 20 was second in the nation and he is second in America East with 23.5 points per game. The reigning America East Player of the Week is also seventh in field goal percentage at 54.7, tied for fourth with 3.8 assists per game and tied for sixth with 1.8 steals per contest.
Three other Retrievers are averaging in double figures – senior forward Will Darley (13.5 ppg), junior guard K.J. Maura (13.0 ppg) and Sherburne (10.8 ppg). UMBC is averaging 88.0 points per game and shooting 49.4 percent from the floor in the early stages of the campaign.
DOG BYTES: Lamar earned America East Rookie of the Week honors after his break-out performance vs. Kennesaw State on Saturday.
- Through games of Nov. 20, UMBC was ninth in the nation with 39 treys made.
- UMBC's 352 points scored (88.0 per game) through four games in the most recorded in school history.
- The Retrievers lead America East in scoring average (88.0), scoring margin (+16.2, tied w/Vermont), treys made per game (9.8) and steals per game (8.0).
- The 57 second-half points scored by the Retrievers in the second half vs. Kennesaw State tied a UMBC Division I mark. UMBC also tallied 57 at Long Island U. on Feb. 15, 2002.
MIDS UPDATE: After a good opening showing in a 78-68 loss to Ohio State and an easy 74-47 victory over Washington (Md.) College, Navy dropped three straight on consecutive days at the High Point Tournament. Navy fell to North Dakota State, 66-59, to the host Panthers, 69-62, and to UNCG, 72-59 on Sunday.
Junior guard Shawn Anderson led Navy in the finale with 19 points and added a team-best six caroms. But the Spartans hit 58.5 percent from the floor and never trailed in the contest.
Anderson leads Navy with 13.0 points per game, while senior backcourt mate Tim Abruzzo is the only other Midshipman in double figures at 10.7 points per contest. Navy has struggled from behind the arc, hitting just over 30 percent, while allowing foes to shoot just over 50 percent from the field.
THE SERIES: Navy leads the all-time series, 10-5, and captured last year's encounter, 75-54, at the RAC Arena. The two squads played a home-and-home series in 2013-14 and each squad won on its home floor. Navy is 7-2 versus UMBC in nine all-time meetings in Annapolis.
UMBC misfired on 18-of-19 3-point attempts and shot 34 percent overall in last year's home setback. Navy countered with 57 percent shooting from the floor and buried 7-of-13 from beyond the arc. Sherburne led UMBC with 14 points, while Rodney Elliott added 11. Three Navy seniors accounted for 55 of their 75 points.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC has the Thanksgiving break off and returns to action on Wed., Nov. 30 when they head back to Duquesne for a 7:00 p.m. tip. The Retrievers dropped an 89-70 decision to the Dukes last season.