UMBC (12-6. 3-2 America East) get back into league play on Sunday, Jan. 22, when the Retrievers travel to the Boston area and take on the UMass Lowell River Hawks (8-12, 3-3 AE). Tip-off time at Costello Athletic Center is scheduled for noon.
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 is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
The Retrievers, playing for the fifth time in 12 days, shot a season-low 32.7 percent from the floor (16-of-49) and 29.6 percent (8-of-27) from behind the arc, primarily against Albany's 1-3-1 aggressive zone defense.
UMBC enjoyed its first bye mid-week and prepped for its next stretch of four of the next five games on the road.
Junior guard Jairus Lyles leads the squad and is second in America East in scoring, averaging 20.3 points per game. The 6'2" guard is also UMBC's top rebounder at 6.9 caroms per game, good for fourth in the conference. Named America East Player of the Week for the second time this season on Dec. 26, he is currently ranked 37th in the country in points per game.
Senior forward Will Darley, who scored a season-high 29 points in the win at Hartford on Jan. 11, is at 13.9 points per game. Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne, who has knocked down 39-of-63 treys over the past 13 games, leads the nation in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 53.4 percent. He is now averaging 13.3 points per contest.
Through games of Jan. 19, UMBC was 48th in the nation in scoring average at 80.0 points per game. They are also ranked 17th nationally with 9.7 three-point field goals made per game and 14th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (40.4).
DOG BYTES: The 12-6 mark equals UMBC's best Division I record through 18 games. The 1981-82 NCAA Division II squad was two games better at 14-4 after 18 contests. The 12 victories are UMBC's most since posting 15 in the 2008-09 campaign and the five road wins are the most since earning five that same season.
UMBC was ranked No. 21 in the Dec. 26 College Insider Mid-Major poll. The Retrievers received the third-most votes (37) in the Others Receiving Votes section in the Jan. 9 poll and received 19 votes on Jan. 16.
UMBC's 17 treys made at Hartford tied the second-most in school history (Hood, Nov. 11) and is the most converted against a Division I foe.
UMBC recorded season lows in scoring (50 pts.) and field goal pct. (32.7%) after playing for the third time in six days vs. Albany on Jan. 16. UMBC's previous low output of 62 points occurred in a 62-61 win at JMU.
RIVER HAWKS' UPDATE: After opening America East play with wins over Albany and Binghamton, the River Hawks have dropped three of four to fall to 8-12 overall and 3-3 in the league. However, the two most recent setbacks were to Stony Brook (86-75) and Vermont (81-67), a combined 11-0 in the conference.
Junior wing Jahad Thomas has won three consecutive America East Player of the Week honors. He is averaging 16.9 points, 9.6 caroms (leading AE) and 4.4 assists per game and is also shooting nearly 60 percent (131 of 219) from the field. Thomas leads four River Hawks in double figures - Tyler Livingston is next in line at 14.1 points per game and leads the team with 54 treys.
UML is second in the league in scoring at 77.3 points per game, but last in defense, allowing 80.1 points per contest. They also pace the AE in free throw percentage at 77.3 and assists (15.7 per game.)
THE SERIES: The Retrievers have been unable to defeat the River Hawks, dropping all six decisions, including a pair of overtime defeats and two other losses by four and five points. Both of those setbacks occured at Costello Athletic Center.
LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS: Joe Sherburne's trey at the buzzer sent the Jan. 16 game at the RAC to overtime, but, for the second straight year, UML led the entire extra period and defeated UMBC, 95-89. Jairus Lyles scored 29 points and Rodney Elliott added 24, but the guests made 20 of 33 shots after halftime to erase a six-point deficit in the victory.
There were 10 ties and 17 lead changes, but UML continued to keep UMBC out of the win column with a 96-92 triumph on Valentine's Day in Lowell. Will Darley scored a then-career high of 31 points, but UML's Logan Primerano tallied 29 in 29 minutes off the bench to spark the River Hawks.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC plays back-to-back America East road contests, as the Retrievers head to Long Island to face Stony Brook on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Tip-off time at Island Federal Credit Union Arena is set for 7:00 p.m.