As part of UMBC's Homecoming Festivities and to cap off a big weekend for Retriever basketball, the men's basketball program will host a black-and-gold scrimmage on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14. The action will tip off at the RAC Arena at 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
It will be #RetrieverNation's first chance to get a glimpse of the 2017-18 Retrievers. UMBC posted the second-most victories (21-13) in the school's NCAA Division I history (1986-87) a year ago and was the third-most improved team in the nation.
UMBC Men's Basketball will host the Second Annual Tip-Off Event on the evening of Friday, Oct. 13 to open the weekend's hoop-related events.
Graduate student guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) leads a group of four returning starters and four returning All-Conference players for the team. Lyles is America East's leading returning scorer at 19.0 points per game. Backcourt mate, senior K.J. Maura (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was tabbed to the All-Defensive Team, sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) was selected to the league's All-Rookie Team, and junior sharpshooter Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) earned a spot on America East's All-Academic team.
UMBC opens the season by taking on two pre-season nationally-ranked squads in the Battle for Atlantis Mainland Tournament. The Retriever face SMU in Dallas, Texas on Friday, Nov. 10, then travel to Tucson, Ariz., to face the University of Arizona on Sunday, Nov. 12.