The UMBC men's basketball team (6-5) returns home on Tuesday, Dec. 12 to face the Coppin State Eagles (0-10) at the RAC Arena. Tip-off time is slated for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.
It's Star Wars: The Last Jedi Night--- with half-white, half-black Rally Towels being given out and contest winners win a pair of movie tickets.
Retriever Update: UMBC took a brief second half lead, but could not overcome poor shooting throughout and fell, 78-65, to Towson on Saturday afternoon at SECU Arena. Jairus Lyles led all scorers with 21 points and he added a team-high eight rebounds, but UMBC shot a season-low 29.0 percent from the floor. The shooting performance was the poorest since a 28.6 percent effort vs. Lehigh on Dec. 28, 2014.
Lyles leads the team at 20.0 points per game and has moved into 11th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 1,246 points. He needs seven points to move into a tie for tenth place..Sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (15.1 ppg, team high 6.8 rpg) has enjoyed a stellar start, while senior guard K.J. Maura (11.3 ppg, 6.1 apg) junior forward Joe Sherburne (11.2 ppg) also average in double figures. Lamar is 31-of-59 (52.5 percent, ranked 14th in the nation) from 3-point range, while Maura has produced 49 assists and committed just 14 turnovers in eight games to date.
UMBC, which is averaging 81.9 points per game, leads the nation with 137 3-pt. field goals made through games of Dec. 10. The Retrievers are ranked second in treys made per game (12.5, Davidson leads at 13.1) and are 14th in 3-point field goal percentage (42.5).
A Glance at the Eagles: Coppin State (0-10) wil play their tenth game on the road when they make the short trip to the RAC Arena on Tuesday. The Eagles dropped their home opener, 70-53, to Navy, on Dec. 6, then gave a game performance, before falling, 72-59, at U.Conn on Dec. 9.
Coppin State junior wing Lamar Morgan scored 30 points in the setback, converting 8-of-12 from the floor, 7-of-11 from behind-the-arc and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Morgan is the first Eagles' men's basketball player to score 30 points in a game since Michael Harper tallied 30 points on January 23, 2012 against North Carolina A&T. While also grabbing five rebounds, Morgan's seven triples were the most for a CSU player since Andre Armstrong made eight against NC A&T on January 28, 2013.
Sophomore guard Dejuan Clayton leads Coppin State at 10.2 points per game, but he has not competed in the last four games. Niagara transfer guard Karonn Davis, who scored 18 points versus Georgetown, averages 8.6 points and a team-best 3.1 assists per game.
The Eagles shoot 31.7 percent from the floor and 26.9 percent from behind the arc. Despite playing a score of high majors, Coppin only averages 13.4 turnovers per game and only allow 7.1 treys per game.
Series Record: Coppin State holds a prohibitive 27-10 lead in the all-time series, including a 12-5 mark at the RAC Arena. The Eagles have won the last four meetings dating back to the resumption of the series in the 2009-10 campaign. UMBC's last win occurred in the 1999-2000 campaign, when they triumphed, 72-58, at the Battle of Baltimore Tournament, held at Coppin State.
The Eagles won the last encounter, 91-71, at the Physical Education Complex on Dec. 11, 2013.
Other UMBC Notes: The Retrievers knocked down 10 or more treys in 16 games last season and have converted 10 of more in nine of ten games (9 consecutive) in 2017-18. Hence, in the Ryan Odom era, UMBC has converted double-digit treys in 25 of 44 games… Last season, UMBC scholarship players missed only 11 games in a 34-game season due to injury. Through ten games this season, that number is already at 26. After the same starting lineup for the first six games, there have been three different quintets in the past four contests.
Up Next: UMBC concludes this mini home stand versus Northern Kentucky on Sunday, Dec. 17. Tip-off time is slated for noon and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.