The UMBC men's basketball team (1-2) gets back on the road when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y., to take on the Colgate Raiders (1-1) at Cotterell Court on Sunday, Nov. 19. Tip-off time is slated for 2:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.
Retriever Update: Sophomore forward Max Curran posted career highs in points (21), rebounds (10) and treys (4) and posted his first career double-double as UMBC (1-2) opened the home schedule with a 93-62 victory over Central Penn on Nov. 16. Four other Retrievers scored in double figures as UMBC shot nearly 53 percent from the field and knocked down 11 treys in the victory.
On November 12, graduate student guard Jairus Lyles led all scorers with 31 points, but third-ranked Arizona overcame a spirited Retriever (0-2) effort and triumphed, 103-78, before 13,496 at McKale Arena. Senior backcourt mate Jourdan Grant (14 points) buried a pair of treys to spark an 8-2 run to start the second half and brought UMBC to within 58-55 at the 17:48 mark. UMBC opened the two-city, five-day road trip to open the season with a 78-67 loss at SMU on Nov. 10. The game was knotted at 63-all at the five-minute mark, but the Retrievers went without a field goal down the stretch. Lyles led UMBC with 24 points, while sophomore forward Arkel Lamar posted his first double-double with career highs of 23 points and 12 caroms.
Lyles leads the team at 20.3 points per game. His 31-point effort at UA marked the fifth time in his career that he topped the 30-point mark. Lamar (16.0 ppg), Grant (11.0 ppg) and Curran (10.0 ppg) are average in double figures.
The Retrievers knocked down 10 or more treys in 16 games last season and have converted 33 (of 80, 41.3 percent) to date.
A Glance at the Raiders: Colgate opened the campaign with a hard-fought 70-58 setback at UConn on Nov. 10, then bounced back with a 72-61 home victory over Cornell on Thursday. The Raiders only trailed the Huskies, 33-31, at the half in the opener, but the hosts slowly pulled away in the second half Sophomore forward Will Rayman led the Raiders with 19 points. Reserve guard Jordan Burns led a balanced attack with 14 points as Colgate held Cornell to 18.5 shooting (5-of-27) from behind the arc to garner the win at home.
Rayman leads the Raiders at 13.5 points per contest in the early going.
Colgate foes have only hit 11-of-47 shots from behind the arc through a pair of games.
The Raiders finished the 2016-17 campaign at 10-22, but over 90 percent of its scoring punch returns for this season. They were picked fifth in the Patriot League pre-season poll.
Series Notes: The two teams met two seasons ago at the RAC Arena and the Raiders came away with a 72-61 victory. Jourdan Grant came off the bench to score 18 points for the Retrievers.
Other Retriever Notes: Head Coach Ryan Odom was the recipient of the 2017 Joe B. Hall Award, which is presented annually to the top first-year coach in Division I.
UMBC became the fourth team in America East history to make their way to the semi-finals of a national tournament, after garnering three victories in the 2017 College Insider Tournament (CIT). Vermont went to the semis of the 2015 and 2016 CBI and Boston U. got to the CBI semis in 2010. But UMBC is the first of those squads to win three games to reach the penultimate round.
The 21 wins was the second-most in the 30-year NCAA Division I history of the program.
Up Next: UMBC will host campus games in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. The Retrievers open versus Chicago State on Thursday at noon, and Nicholls State will take on Presbyterian in the nightcap. UMBC's games during the competition will be broadcast on ESPN3, with Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.