A well-traveled UMBC men's basketball team (12-7, 3-1 America East) concludes an arduous start to the conference season on Monday, Jan. 15 when the red-hot Hartford Hawks (10-8, 3-1 AE) visit the RAC Arena. The special MLK, Jr. Day tip-off time is set for 6:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.
Both teams are coming off huge victories two days ago. UMBC knocked down 16 (of 25) treys in their 89-62 victory at UMass Lowell, while Hartford swished 18-of-23 in a 97-65 home thrashing of Binghamton.
Retriever Update: UMBC made a pair of journeys to New England in an eight-day span, and after a setback at Vermont on Jan. 6, the Retrievers posted back-to-back wins at Maine on Jan. 10 and at UMass Lowell (89-62) on Jan. 13.
UMBC shattered season best in field goal and 3-point field goal percentage in the rout of UMass Lowell, 89-62. UMBC converted 33-of-57 shots (57.9 percent) from the field and 16-of-25 (64.0 percent) from beyond the arc. The 16 treys were one shy of a season high, recorded versus Centenary on Dec. 31.
Graduate student guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) led all scorers with 21 points in just 24 minutes of playing time.
Senior guard K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) and junior forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) both tied season highs from behind the arc, each knocking down five in six attempts. Maura scored 17 points and added five assists, while Sherburne scored 15 points.
Lyles leads the Retrievers and America East in scoring (20.1 points per game) and steals (2.25 per game).
Sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) (13.4 ppg, team high 7.0 rpg) leads the league in treys made (51) and in 3-point field goal percentage (46.8). Maura (San Juan, P.R.) (11.4 ppg) also averages in double figures and leads the conference with 5.3 helpers per game.
UMBC is averaging 77.7 points per game, which leads America East. The Retrievers are now converting 11.9 treys per game, still good for second in the nation through games of Jan. 13. They are also second nationally with 227 total 3-pt. field goals made.
A Glance at the Hawks: Junior transfer guard Travis Weatherington tied a school record in three-pointers on Saturday afternoon as the University of Hartford men's basketball team (10-8, 3-1 America East) routed Binghamton, 97-65, on Saturday at Reich Family Pavilion. Weatherington knocked down 10 three-pointers and finished with a game- and career-high 34 points for Hartford, which matched the program mark for most triples in a game with 18.
Hartford has shot 50 percent or better in each of its last four games and is 5-1 in their last six contests. They are now third in America East in field goal percentage at 46.7 percent.
Junior forward John Carroll leads the Hawks in scoring (17.2 ppg, fifth in America East) and rebounding (6.4 rpg) and is shooting 51.1 percent from the floor, third-best in the league. Junior guard Jason Dunne averages 14.4 points per contest and leads the conference with 2.8 treys made per game.
The Series: The Hawks hold a 17-13 overall lead in the series and have won three in a row at the RAC Arena. Overall, UMBC is 8-7 vs. Hartford at home, which includes the 2008 America East championship game triumph.
Last season, each team won on the road, as UMBC triumphed, 84-68, in West Hartford, while UH responded with an 84-77 victory at the RAC Arena. The Hawks outscored UMBC, 53-35, in the second half on Feb. 9. UMBC's K.J. Maura scored a career high 24 points in the setback.