The UMBC men's basketball team (5-4) continues its early December four-game segment away from the friendly confines of the RAC Arena and will travel to Dover, Del. to take on Delaware State (2-7) at Memorial Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be streamed at www.dsuhornets.com.
Retriever Update: UMBC senior guard K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) led six Retrievers in double figures as UMBC defeated The Citadel (3-5), 98-72, in the consolation game of the Bulldog Bash on Dec. 2. The victory was UMBC's first road win of the campaign.
Junior forward Joe Sherburne added 16 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the floor. He became the eighth player in school history to reach the 150-trey plateau. A pair of freshmen also recorded season highs for the Retrievers. Forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) scored 15 points and added 7 rebounds, while guard Josh Rosario (Miami, Fla.) added 13 points and 4 assists.
Graduate student guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha), who has not dressed in the past three games (injury), still leads the team at 19.7 points per game. Lyles has moved into 13th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 1,204 points. Sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) (15.7 ppg, team high 7.4 rpg) has enjoyed a stellar start, while Sherburne (11.6) and Maura (11.5 ppg) also average in double figures. Lamar is 26-of-48 (54.2 percent) from 3-point range, and Sherburne is now 22-of-44. Maura has produced 41 assists and just committed nine turnovers in six games to date.
UMBC is averaging 83.9 points per game and the Retrievers are converting 12.3 treys per game, fourth-best in the nation through games of Dec. 4.
A Glance at the Hornets: Delaware State trailed by three points to East Carolina with less than a minute to play, but the Pirates held on for a 63-57 win at Minges Coliseum on Dec. 3. The loss overshadowed a career performance by DSU senior forward Artem Tavakalyan, who topped all players with a career-high 20 points.
Both of the Hornets' wins have occurred at Memorial Hall, while their lone setback occurred to UMBC America East foe Binghamton, 85-64, on Nov. 29.
Sophomore guard Kobe Gantz leads DSU with 13.5 points per game and also tops the Hornets with 3.3 assists per outing. Delaware State is averaging 62.7 points per game. They do have more take-aways than their opponents, averaging 8.1 steals per game.
Series Record: UMBC won the first meeting between the two schools, 90-68, at the RAC Arena, last Nov. 16. The Retrievers, who shot 54.1 percent from the floor, were led by Jarius Lyles' 24 points. Maura scored 19 points and added six assists and two steals in his home debut, while junior center Nolan Gerrity (Cleveland, Ohio) recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds,
UMBC led, 43-23, at halftime and 56-33 with 13:27 remaining.
Other UMBC Notes: Sherburne became the eighth player in school history to reach the 150-mark in treys (151)…The Retrievers have led eight of nine games at the half this season… Maura was named to the All-Tournament Team of the Bulldog Bash, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 helpers in the two-game set.
Up Next: UMBC concludes the road swing at Towson on Saturday, Dec. 9. Tip-off time is slated for 2:00 p.m.